As the gateway to the Middle East, Dubai is renowned for its designer shopping, contemporary architecture and hyper-lux hotels. Also a meeting place for the business world, deals are struck in a skyscraper-filled skyline crowned by the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, at 830m-high. When it’s time to relax, there are fantastic beaches, first-class restaurants and the finest hammams and spas from which to choose. The beauty of buying a property here is that any person of any nationality, whether based overseas or not, is entitled to purchase in the designated areas. Also the transaction process takes an average of just 30 days.