Get up close and per­sonal with in­spir­ing peo­ple from the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try

Dubai is known as the “City of Pos­si­ble” with fun and thrilling ac­tiv­i­ties, for solo, cou­ple or even fam­ily trav­el­ers. Den­nis Latif sat down with Fron­tier Mar­ket Dubai Tourism Di­rec­tor, Ms. Jessie Ling, to find out more about what Dubai has to of­fer to th

Maxx-M - - CON­TENTS - Text by Den­nis Latif | Pho­tos courtesy of Dubai Tourism

What makes Dubai such an in­ter­est­ing travel des­ti­na­tion for tourists from all around the world?

The rea­son is that Dubai is so event­ful. Dur­ing the win­ter months from Novem­ber to April, we have a lot of out­door fes­ti­vals, for ex­am­ple in Fe­bru­ary, we have the food fes­ti­val, and along the beach there are beach can­teens and pop-up con­tain­ers, sell­ing dif­fer­ent types of de­lec­ta­ble cuisines. These ex­cit­ing events are scat­tered around Dubai on dif­fer­ent days and of­fer many dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, which are just one of the many things in Dubai that are so in­ter­est­ing for tourists from all around the world.

Dubai is also known as a culi­nary hub, could you elab­o­rate?

Well, if you look at New York or Lon­don, you will think that there are a lot of na­tion­al­i­ties gath­ered there and that makes it very cos­mopoli­tan, but ac­tu­ally, Dubai is the most cos­mopoli­tan city in the world. We have more than 200 na­tion­al­i­ties liv­ing in Dubai, much more than any other city, that is why there are a lot of au­then­tic cuisines as well as a mix match of the cuisines here. Some­times you will ques­tion the ori­gins of the food here “is that Le­banese food?”, “is that Syr­ian dish?” You don’t quite know what it is be­cause in a city like Dubai you get a lot of fu­sion. You can have an au­then­tic cui­sine or a fu­sion cui­sine all at once. So Dubai by it­self, if you look at just the na­tion­al­i­ties, there are lots of foods va­ri­eties. And also be­cause of the way the city is, all the top Miche­lin star chefs like Gor­don Ram­say, Ja­son Ather­ton, Tom Kitchin and more, all have restau­rants here in Dubai.

How about Dubai as a family des­ti­na­tion, could you ex­pand on that?

Dubai is a very at­trac­tive family des­ti­na­tion. In the Mid­dle East, Dubai is the top family va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion. We re­al­ized this a few years ago, and as part of our strat­egy for Tourism 2020, we want to ex­pand on that fact that Dubai is a very fun and safe family des­ti­na­tion, we want to make sure the rest of the world knows it, seizes it, wants to come and even do re­peat vis­its. In 2016, we had two big theme parks that opened here; one is the IMG Worlds of Ad­ven­ture, con­sist­ing of Car­toon Net­work, Lost Valley, Marvel Ad­ven­ture and an all-in-one weath­er­proof in­door theme park. The sec­ond is the Dubai Parks and Resorts which con­sists of a Bol­ly­wood Park (the first Bol­ly­wood theme park in the world), Le­goland Dubai which is also the first Le­goland Water­park in the world, and fi­nally MotionGate Dubai, which con­sists of all movie re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ments, from Sony Pic­tures and more.

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

I would say, just as ev­ery dish is nice, so ev­ery month is a good month to visit. But my per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion would be from Oc­to­ber to April, our win­ter months. Be­cause, those are our very busy months with many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties; you can dine along the river or dine next to the beach. And with all the in­ter­est­ing at­trac­tions that we have now, all the malls, IMG theme park, in which ev­ery­thing is in­door and tem­per­a­ture con­trolled, there is no rea­son why we shouldn’t come dur­ing summer as well.

What do you like the most about Dubai?

I am Sin­ga­porean; I love food, so the gourmet part of Dubai is what I like most. Be­ing able to have your street food all the way to your big fivestar restau­rants is what I love so much about this city. You can have Jor­da­nian waf­fle, Ira­nian desserts, Iraqi fish, Yemen biryani dish, all of these au­then­tic foods, best of the best in the world, in just a stretch of a few blocks here and there, so easy and fas­ci­nat­ing. This is truly a unique and fun ex­pe­ri­ence for my friends and I when they come vis­it­ing Dubai.

If you have to de­scribe Dubai in 5 words, what would it be?

Ro­man­tic, Dy­namic, Re­laxed, Beau­ti­ful and Pos­si­ble. Ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble in Dubai; you can go ski­ing here, shop­ping, ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cul­tures, en­joy rides on fast and lux­u­ri­ous cars, ma­rine cruises, and much more. There is al­ways some­thing for ev­ery­one here in Dubai.

Ms. Jessie Ling

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Indonesia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.