The Big 5 reasons people visit Dubai for a day?

In the light of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen insistence he went to Dubai for only one day on a holiday, we ask, is this really somewhere one would travel for a one day vacation?

Bruce Whitfield speaks to Peter Delmar who has worked in journalism and public relations in South Africa, Dubai and London for 20-odd years, to try give us 5 reasons people might visit Dubai for a day.

I think Dubai is a completely remarkable destination and city, and everybody should go to Dubai and check it out, these crazy buildings and shopping malls. And think, they've only done that in the last 40 years.

Peter Delmar, journalist and author

Delmar concedes it beggars belief that anyone would go there for just a day on vacation. He says three or four days is a more realistic time frame to enjoy the city.

But, he says, he loved his time spent living in Dubai.

The best thing about my time in Dubai was the people we met. My wife and I still have friends from places like Egypt and India...Most of the people are from strange and fascinating places.

Peter Delmar, journalist and author

Dubai is however in the middle of a number of the world's biggest global centres and it is a place with business opportunities. And while it appears it is indeed a great place to meet people and to have a big 'jol', most people going there for a day are probably going to attend a meeting.

Read More
Starbucks – try as they might – just can’t get this Afrikaans guy’s name right

Starbucks – try as they might – just can’t get this Afrikaans guy’s name right

Eben du Toit is “trending” on the US version of Huffington Post. Why? Because Starbucks can’t get his name right.

Why the SA Reserve Bank cut rates (against the expectation of 92% of economists)

Why the SA Reserve Bank cut rates (against the expectation of 92% of economists)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nedbank Economist Busisiwe Radebe about Governor Lesetja Kganyago’s surprise move.

Already submitted your tax return? Sorry, you may have to do it again…

Already submitted your tax return? Sorry, you may have to do it again…

Sars is experiencing technical issues. Have a medical aid, retirement fund or travel allowance? You may want to check this out…

Location! Location! Location! What makes a business's space work (or fail)...

Location! Location! Location! What makes a business's space work (or fail)...

Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator founder Pavlo Phitidis for his weekly small business feature.

Super-saver Julia is human after all! She's struggling to keep it up...

Super-saver Julia is human after all! She's struggling to keep it up...

Bruce Whitfield interviews super-saver Julia and her advisor Warren Ingram. Is she keeping it up? Because life (and kids!) happen…

Meet Andrew Donaldson, former Deputy Director General at Treasury

Meet Andrew Donaldson, former Deputy Director General at Treasury

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield gets the inside scoop from Donaldson, who spent 24 years at Treasury.

Popular articles
Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will respond to all Zimbabweans under special dispensation.

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Dr Khoza is admired by South Africans for her role in the SABC inquiry as a ANC member of parliament.

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

Government is intending to change the way foreign income is taxed by introducing taxes to a large South African diaspora.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

How old are you? Financial advisor Warren Ingram discusses the five most important ages in anyone’s investment career.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?