Dubai Day 2 – 29/12/2016 | Study Abroad in Dubai, UAE

Dubai Day 2 – 29/12/2016

Dec 29, 2016   //   by Kora Philipp   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

Our 2nd day in Dubai starts early in the morning as we are heading South to DP World.

DP World is a leading maritime company and enabler of global trade with terminals in 40 countries all over the globe. Their headquarter is in Dubai, where they operate the world’s largest man-made harbour Jebel Ali Port. After a short introduction at DP World‘s offices, our private tour bus is led through Jebel Ali . We see countless cargo containers and loading plants as we drive through the world ninth largest port.

Our guide teaches us about the importance of cargo shipping in global trade. In fact, almost 90 % of all goods are transported by container ships. As it is a very competitive and yet growing market, operators always search for new, more efficient ways to run their business. DP World is especially proud of their latest project, the fully automatized Terminal 3. There, machines run 24/7 without human involvement. Furthermore, it’s the geographical situation which makes the port one of the most important ones in the world and a transhipment point for goods from Asia to Europe and the U.S. as well as Northern Africa.

Our second appointment for today is Dubai South, not far away from Jebel Ali. Dubai South is Dubai’s current prestige project and will be a masterplanned metropolis in the South of Dubai. In their gigantic and modern head offices, basically in an oasis in the desert lands at the outskirts of Dubai, we are shown how the government realizes their own “Dubai Plan 2021” since 2006.

Besides a gigantic air cargo terminal, only a few miles away from Jebel Ali port, Dubai South will hold several communities, malls as well as a college for aviation and engineering- all of this built in an area twice the size of Hong Kong Island.

Dubai South is also home to the now-operational Al Maktoum International Airport, which will be the largest airport in the world when complete – and the above all, home of the World Expo 2020.

Very impressed, we return to the EAHM for lunch. In the afternoon, we have an appointment at Kempinski Palm Jumeirah. After being shown around the pool and private beach area, we are welcomed by the Hotel Management – in one of the hotel’s 4-bedroom-luxury penthouses with a very impressive view of Dubai’s skyline and the Gulf.

After exploring this 8000 AED/night accommodation, we are given a presentation on Kempinski as a brand and on their Palm Jumeirah object. As Kempinski defines itself not only as a luxury brand, but also as a “collection of individuals”, every hotel looks different but they share highest hospitality standards. After their presentation, the two managers offer us coffee, tea and cake (baked by Kempinski’s chef) and take all time to answer all our questions.

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