Dubai “Live” in UK: Watch Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa come to London

By Parag Deulgaonkar

Dubai Tourism is launching an innovative new experiential marketing campaign, “Here Today, Dubai Tomorrow,” designed to give British holidaymakers a ‘live’ taste of what they could enjoy on a trip to Dubai.

The campaign will see London’s Waterloo Station transformed into a living, breathing recreation of Dubai’s top experiences from September 4th-11th.

Cutting-edge technology will let people experience the sights, sounds and attractions of the city right there on the station’s concourse, with daily prize trips to the destination up for grabs on-site throughout the campaign period.

At the heart of the campaign will be an innovative experiential customer zone at Waterloo Station, allowing visitors to get up close to Dubai via interactive 360 video gaming, virtual reality displays and unique optical illusions, which will see ‘mirage’ like characters seemingly appear on the concourse, from skydivers and camels to scuba divers and falconers.

Among the amazing experiences on offer at Waterloo will be:

Interactive animations that flick from visitors’ phones to a large LED ‘mirage’ screen, bringing to life Dubai’s many experiences in a truly immersive way as if the characters were in the station.
Virtual reality headsets that let people step right into a host of the city’s top attractions for a personal 360 degree tour.
A 360 degree video game in which players are transported to Dubai to find hidden gems concealed in the cityscapes which will give them a chance to register to enter them into a daily draw for a holiday to the destination.

Issam Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing, said: “This is an opportunity to bring a part of Dubai to London and the UK, allowing people to engage with the destination in new and innovative ways. Dubai has a rich history of welcoming travellers from the UK, and we want to continue building on that.

“With an ever evolving destination proposition, there is more and more for UK travellers to experience, whether first timers or regulars, which we hope to bring alive in this latest campaign.”