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If you want a place to visit that combines history, culture, entertainment, and business, look no further than the Dubai Trade Center. This iconic complex is the heart of Dubai’s economy and showcases its achievements. In this blog post, we will explore the history, the attractions, and the tips for visiting the Dubai Trade Center.

Featured image of Dubai Trade Center

History

The Dubai Trade Center was conceived in the late 1960s to promote regional trade and commerce. The project was initiated by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai at the time, who envisioned a modern and dynamic city that would attract visitors and investors worldwide. The construction began in 1971 and was completed in 1979. The complex consisted of a 39-story tower, the tallest building in the Middle East then, and eight exhibition halls. The tower housed offices, hotels, restaurants, and a revolving restaurant on the top floor. The exhibition halls hosted various events, such as trade fairs, conferences, concerts, and sports tournaments.

The Dubai Trade Center has witnessed many historic moments in its history. It was the venue for the first Gulf Cooperation Council summit in 1981, establishing a political and economic alliance among six Arab states. It was also the site of the first visit of Pope Francis to the Arabian Peninsula in 2019, which marked a milestone in interfaith dialogue and cooperation. The Dubai Trade Center has also hosted many celebrities, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, and Oprah Winfrey.

Attractions

The Dubai Trade Center is a business, leisure, and entertainment place. There are many attractions to enjoy within and around the complex, such as:

The World Trade Center Metro Station.

This is one of the most convenient ways to access the Dubai Trade Center. The station is part of the Dubai Metro, a rapid transit system connecting different parts of the city. The station is decorated with artworks that reflect the culture and heritage of Dubai.

The World Trade Center Souk

This is a traditional market that offers a variety of goods, such as spices, perfumes, textiles, handicrafts, and souvenirs. The souk is located in a modern building that resembles an Arabian tent. The souk is a great place to experience the local culture and buy gifts for friends and family.

The World Trade Center Arena

This multipurpose venue accommodates 10,000 people. The arena hosts various events throughout the year, such as concerts, shows, exhibitions, and sports competitions. Some famous performers, including Elton John, Justin Bieber, Shakira, and Bruno Mars, graced the stage.

Image of Dubai Trade Center Buildings

The World Trade Center Residence

This luxury residential complex offers serviced apartments for short-term and long-term stays. The residence features spacious and elegant units that are fully furnished and equipped with modern amenities. The residence also provides access to facilities such as a swimming pool, a gym, a spa, and a restaurant.

The World Trade Center Mall

This shopping mall offers a wide range of retail outlets, dining options, and entertainment facilities. The mall features international brands, such as Zara, H&M, Adidas and Sephora. The mall also has a cinema, a bowling alley, an ice rink, and a children’s play area.

Some interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about the Dubai Trade Center that you may not know:

Image of Big Buildings in Dubai Trade Center
  • The Dubai Trade Center was designed by John Harris, a British architect who also designed other landmarks in Dubai, such as the Dubai International Airport and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
  • The Dubai Trade Center was featured in several movies and TV shows, such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Fast & Furious 7, and Star Trek Beyond.
  • The Dubai Trade Center has its own zip code (9292) and flag (a blue background with four white stars).
  • The Dubai Trade Center has a helipad on its roof that can accommodate helicopters up to 12 meters long.
  • The Dubai Trade Center has an observation deck on the 37th floor that offers panoramic city views.

Need a tip before the visit?

If you plan to visit the Dubai Trade Center, here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable:

When is it open?

The Dubai Trade Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. However, some attractions may have different opening hours depending on their schedules.

What to wear?

The Dubai Trade Center has a dress code requires visitors to dress modestly and respectfully. Avoid wearing shorts, skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, or anything that reveals too much skin. Also, wear comfortable shoes as you may have to walk a lot.

Is it family-friendly?

The Dubai Trade Center is a family-friendly destination that has something for everyone. Many activities and facilities cater to children, such as the play area, the ice rink, and the cinema. There are also baby changing rooms and strollers available for rent.

When is it best to visit?

The Dubai Trade Center is a popular attraction that attracts millions of visitors annually. Therefore, during peak seasons, such as holidays, weekends, and festivals, it may get crowded. To avoid the crowds, try to visit during weekdays, early mornings, or late evenings.

Image of Dubai Trade Center

Landmarks in Dubai

Dubai driving trip from Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to Sallet Al Sayad Seafood Restaurant

Direction 1: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Al Khail Rd/D68 from ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (3 min, 2.4 km)

            a. Head southeast on ‫Acces to Dubai Mall Main Entrance‬‎ (51 m)

            b. Keep left to continue toward ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (80 m)

            c. Continue onto ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (900 m)

            d. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Bur Dubai/City Center/Deira/E66/Business Bay Cr/D71/DXB Airport, and merge onto Al Khail Rd/D68 (1.3 km)

     2. Get on Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (2 min, 2.8 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Khail Rd/D68 (650 m)

            b. Take the E66 W/2nd Zaa’beel St/D73 ramp to Oud Maitha Rd (300 m)

            c. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (1.0 km)

            d. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Oud Maitha Rd/E66 W/Bur Dubai/Latifa Hospital (450 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (190 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E66 W/Oud Maitha Rd/Bur Dubai/Latifa Hospital, and merge onto Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (220 m)

     3. Continue on Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 to Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75. Take exit 1A from Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (3 min, 3.4 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (850 m)

            b. Take exit 1A for Al Sa’ada St/D86/Sheikh Rashid St/D75/E11 S/Sheikh Zayed Rd toward PR Port/Latifa Hospital/Abu Dhabi (180 m)

            c. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (650 m)

            d. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for D75 W/PR Port/Sheikh Rashid St (1.1 km)

            e. Keep right to continue toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (290 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (350 m)

     4. Drive along D92 (7 min, 5.1 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (210 m)

            b. Slight left (1.0 km)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (700 m)

            d. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and stay on Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75, heading to Port Rashid (280 m)

            e. Turn right onto Al Mina St/D92 (600 m)

            f. Continue straight onto Al Khaleej Rd/Al Mina St/D92, and follow Al Khaleej Rd/D92 (500 m)

            g. Keep left to stay on al Khaleej Rd/D92 (1.2 km)

            h. Slight right (210 m)

            i. Merge onto Al Khaleej St/D92 (350 m)

     5. Drive to your destination (3 min, 1.2 km)

            a. Slight right (350 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (150 m)

            c. Turn right, and the destination will be on the right (700 m).

Direction 2: House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum

779R+72F – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Dubai (3 min, 1.0 km)

            a. Head northeast (700 m)

            b. Turn left (87 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (200 m)

     2. Drive along D92, Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75, 36th St, 2nd Za’abeel Rd/D73, and Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (13 min, 6.9 km)

            a. Keep left (1.4 km)

            b. Keep right to continue toward Al Khaleej St (160 m)

            c. Merge onto Al Khaleej St (260 m)

            d. Continue onto Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd (180 m)

            e. Continue straight onto al Khaleej Rd/D92, and follow D92 (450 m)

            f. Continue straight onto Al Mina St/D92 (290 m)

            g. Keep left to stay on Al Mina St/D92 (22 m)

            h. Slight left toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (100 m)

            i. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (550 m)

            j. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and stay on Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 heading to Za’abeel/E11 (450 m)

            k. Turn right toward 36th St (150 m)

            l. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto 36th St, go through 3 roundabouts (1.3 km)

            m. Continue straight onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St/D88 (280 m)

            n. At Trade Centre Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 2nd Za’abeel Rd/D73 heading to Za’abeel/D.X.B. Airport/DIFC/Trade Center/Jumeirah Emirates Towers (650 m)

            o. Turn right onto Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (400 m)

            p. Keep left to stay on Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (18 m)

            q. Keep left to stay on Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (270 m)

     3. Turn right (28 sec, 180 m)

Direction 3: Dubai World Trade Centre

67FP+8QM – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre – Trade Centre 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (3 min, 750 m)

            a. Head northwest (260 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (400 m)

            c. Slight right toward Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (76 m)

     2. Take Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 and Al Safa St/D71 to ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (5 min, 3.9 km)

            a. Turn right onto Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (250 m)

            b. Turn right (signs for Dubai/Abu Dhabi/E11) (1.2 km)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (750 m)

            d. Take exit 50A for D71 W/Al Safa St toward Jumeira (Toll road, 240 m)

            e. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Al Safa St/D71 (750 m)

            f. Keep right to stay on Al Safa St/D71 (600 m)

            g. Turn left toward ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (76 m)

     3. Continue on ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎. Drive to ‫Al Madina St‬‎ (2 min, 550 m)

            a. Turn left onto ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (350 m)

            a. Turn left onto ‫Al Madina St‬‎, The destination will be on the right (180 m).

Direction 4: The Green Planet

City Walk – Al Wasl – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Take ‫Al Madina St‬‎ to Al Safa St/D71 (2 min, 600 m)

            a. Head southeast on ‫Al Madina St‬‎ toward Happiness St (300 m)

            b. Turn left onto Happiness St (300 m)

     2. Get on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (2 min, 1.8 km)

            a. Turn right onto Al Safa St/D71 (400 m)

            b. Take the E11 N ramp to Al Sharjah (1.4 km)

     3. Continue on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to your destination (9 min, 7.3 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (450 m)

            b. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.0 km)

            c. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            d. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/D79/E66 (300 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E11 N/DXB Airport/Sheikh Rashid Rd/Al Sharjah (500 m)

            f. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for D79 W/Bur Dubai, and merge onto Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/D79/E66 (1.5 km)

            g. Take the exit toward Umm Hurair 2/Floating Bridge (350 m)

            h. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Creek Park/Dr Sulaiman Al Habib/Children’s City/Wonder Land, and merge onto 20th St (Partial restricted usage road, 1.0 km)

     4. Turn right (Restricted usage road, destination will be on the right, 34 sec, 86 m)

Direction 5: Dubai Dolphinarium

Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1 – Dubai Dolphinarium Building – Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on E11 from Riyadh St (4 min, 1.5 km)

            a. Head northwest (Restricted usage road, 86 m)

            b. Turn left toward 20th St (Partial restricted usage road, 87 m)

            c. Continue straight onto 20th St (57 m)

            d. Turn left onto Riyadh St/D81 (450 m)

            e. Continue straight to stay on Riyadh St/D81 (290 m)

            f. Keep right to stay on Riyadh St/D81, and follow Riyadh St (400 m)

            g. Take the ramp on the left onto E11 (170 m)

     2. Take exit 54 from E11 (3 min, 4.0 km)

            a. Merge onto E11 (3.2 km)

            b. Take exit 54 toward Zaa’beel St (750 m)

     3. Drive to your destination (1 min, 600 m)

            a. Continue straight (110 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (230 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Al Majlis St, heading to Za’abeel Park/Trade Centre/Al-Satwa/Area B (91 m)

            d. Take the exit (180 m)

            e. Enter the roundabout (13 m)

Direction 6: Dubai Garden Glow

Zabeel Park, Gate No- 6 & 7 Area – B – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Al Majlis St (1 min, 160 m)

            a. Head south (8 m)

            b. Exit the roundabout onto the Al Majlis St ramp (160 m)

     2. Drive along D78 and Baniyas Rd/D85. Take the exit toward Dhow Wharfage from Baniyas Rd/D85 (9 min, 7.2 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Majlis St (500 m)

            b. At the Trade Centre Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the E11 N ramp to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs/Al Sharjah/DXB Airport (550 m)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (240 m)

            d. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 54B (210 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for D78/Umm Hurair St/Deira/D84 N/Zaa’beel St/Bur Dubai (550 m)

            g. Keep at the fork to continue toward Umm Hurair Rd/D78 (85 m)

            h. Continue onto Umm Hurair Rd/D78 and follow D78 (1.2 km)

            i. Keep left to continue on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 1.8 km)

            j. Keep right to stay on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (28 m)

            k. Take the D85 ramp to City Center/Deira/Al Ras (140 m)

            l. Keep at the fork to continue toward Baniyas Rd/D85 (49 m)

            m. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (450 m)

            n. Keep left to stay on Baniyas Rd/D85 (650 m)

            o. Slight left toward Baniyas Rd/D85 (150 m)

            p. Sharp left onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (450 m)

            q. Take the exit toward Dhow Wharfage (56 m)

     3. Drive to your destination (1 min, 290 m)

            a. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit (250 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, and the destination will be on the right (43 m)

Direction 7: Dhow Wharfage

7859+85Q – 90 Baniyas Rd – Port Saeed – Riggat Al Buteen – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Baniyas Rd/D85 (4 min, 950 m)

            a. Head southwest (650 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (250 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the Baniyas Rd/D85 ramp (45 m)

     2. Take D78 and Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to your destination (11 min, 10.1 km)

            a. Merge onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (110 m)

            b. Take the Al Maktoum Br/D78 ramp to City Center/Bur Dubai (Toll road, 350 m)

            c. Merge onto Al Maktoum Bridge/Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 400 m)

            d. Keep left to continue on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 400 m)

            e. Keep left to stay on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78, and continue to follow D78 (1.9 km)

            f. Keep left to continue on Umm Hurair Rd/D78 (260 m)

            g. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E11 S/Sheikh Zayed Rd/Abu Dhabi, and merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (1.0 km)

            h. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.3 km)

            i. Take exit 50A for D71 W/Al Safa St toward Jumeira (Toll road, 240 m)

            j. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 50B (650 m)

            k. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Financial Center Rd/D71 (180 m)

            l. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for The Dubai Mall/Za’abeel/Burj Khalifa/D71, and merge onto Financial Center Rd/D71 (600 m)

            m. Turn right onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (signs for D921/Burj Khalifa) (650 m)

     3. Turn left (26 sec, 71 m).

Direction 8: Burj Khalifa

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (49 sec, 140 m)

            a. Head southeast (18 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (120 m)

     2. Get on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (5 min, 2.1 km)

            a. Turn right onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (650 m)

            b. Turn left onto Financial Center Rd/D71 (450 m)

            c. Take the E11 N/Sheikh Zayed Rd ramp (1.0 km)

     3. Continue on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to 16th St. Take exit 54A-55 from Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (4 min, 5.2 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (450 m)

            b. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.0 km)

            c. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            d. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 54B (210 m)

            e. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Bur Dubai (500 m)

            f. Keep right at the fork to continue toward 16th St (500 m)

            g. Keep at the fork to continue toward 16th St (300 m)

     4. Continue on 16th St. Take 45B St to ‫47C Street‬‎ (2 min, 450 m)

            a. Continue onto 16th St (110 m)

            b. Turn right onto 45B St (190 m)

            c. Turn right onto 20B St (66 m)

            d. Turn left to stay on 20B St (21 m)

            e. Turn right onto ‫47C Street‬‎, destination will be on the right (70 m)

Direction 9: Sallet Al Sayad Seafood Restaurant

Bin Abdulah, AL Shafar building – 46 47C Street – Al Karama – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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