An award-winning entrepreneur and international keynote speaker in Dubai, James Taylor has travelled the world for over 20 years, from Doha to Singapore, to deliver tailored, insightful, content-rich and highly visual keynote presentations to various audiences from Europe, Asia, Middle East and the United States. An in-demand expert in creativity, innovation, leadership and marketing, Taylor has collaborated throughout his career with famous multi-national companies and organizations including Sony, Johnson & Johnson, Yamaha, Bertelsmann and Apple, offering them advice on how to maximize, market and monetize their creativity. He has also engaged on one-on-one coaching with some of the world’s most creative individuals, ranging from corporate leaders to entrepreneurs to educators, writers, or music artists.
He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, is currently a fellow of RSA (whose past fellows featured great personalities such as Nelson Mandela and Benjamin Franklin), and is the recipient of the Modern ONTRApreneur Award and the S.D. Southern Award. His passion is in helping individuals and companies increase their creativity, speed up innovation, and successfully cope with an ever-changing world. Taylor was featured on various media outlets and was also the subject of a 30 minutes BBC documentary focused on his life and his professional achievements as a world-leading expert in creativity and innovation and an insightful international keynote speaker.
Dubai has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:
Dubai World Trade Center, on Sheikh Zayed Rd.
Zaabeel Convention Center Entrance, on 2nd Za’abeel Rd.
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center, on Sheikh Zayed Rd.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, on Sheikh Zayed Rd.
Fairmont Hotel Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Rd.
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, on Sheikh Zayed Rd.
General Information about Dubai for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals
Dubai is the largest and most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, famous for its ultramodern architecture, luxurious shops and active nightlife. It is the 7th most visited city in the world and the most rapidly developing one. With only about 15% of its inhabitants being UEA nationals, Dubai is a multinational and multicultural city. Although its initial development was fueled by its oil industry, nowadays most of its revenue comes from tourism, real estate, finances and aviation, with only 5% relying on oil. It is world famous for its ultramodern architecture, including a large number of skyscrapers (the tallest being the famous Burj Khalifa, an 830 meters tower), as well as for its luxurious shopping venues, including also almost 250 gold retail shops (for this reason it is also called the ‘City of Gold’). One of the most important tourist attractions is the Dubai Creek Park, including a dolphinarium, a cable car, camel or horse carriage rides and exotic bird shows. Other famous parks include the Safa Park, the Mushrif Park, and the Hamriya Park. Dubai is also renowned for its beaches such as the Umm Suqeim Beach, the Al Mamzar Beach Park, the JBR Open Beach, the Kite Beach, the Black Palace Beach and the Royal Island Beach Club.
The City as a Conference Destination
Dubai is an important international conference and convention destination. Its famous Dubai Shopping Festival, initiated in 1995, attracts a large number of visitors from all over the world. Other famous events include: the UAE Public Policy Forum, a platform for addressing future challenges and directions of public policies, the HOSTAPP Summit, a conference focused on the latest advances in mobile applications technologies, the Cityscape Exhibition & Conference, a large real estate and development international event with almost 300 exhibitors from 25 countries, as well as the CityTalks, the educational seminars on real estate, and the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets.
Dubai Food Options for Conference Delegates
While you are attending a business conference in Dubai, UAE, there are various restaurants you should experience, including: Amaseena, famous for its Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes (+971 4 318 6150), Giardino, with its delicious seafood (+971 4 556 8840), Miyako, one of the most renowned Sushi places from Dubai (+971 4 209 6914), Pai Thai, where you can sample delicious Thai food (+971 4 432 3232), as well as Italian food restaurants such as Armani (+971 4 888 3666) and Social by Heinz Beck (+971 4 818 2222), French food restaurants such as Celebrities (+971 4 399 9999) and, of course, also an American grill and steakhouse, JW’s Steakhouse (+971 4 262 4444).
Dubai Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a number of highly rated tourist attractions in Dubai, UAE which you should visit after your business conference. The 830 meters high Burj Khalifa tower is the world’s tallest building and one of the most visited landmarks from UAE. Other important attractions include the Dubai Museum, where you can learn about Dubai’s long history through artifacts dating from as early as 3,000 BC, the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai, constructed in 1787, and the Bastakiya, a Persian quarter located close to the Dubai Museum and containing some of the city’s oldest historical buildings.