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About Dundee

Positioned on the beautiful banks of the River Tay, Dundee is a young, educated and cosmopolitan city, in a strategic location with excellent communication links and all the facilities expected of an economic and employment centre.

The city offers high quality infrastructure, excellent educational institutes, and range of leisure amenities, but with low cost living and employment.

Dundee is a global city, recognised internationally for its heritage, culture, economic sectors and location. With a strong labour pool, including graduate output from two key Scottish Universities, and an extensive scientific community including a skills base with strong industry links.

Dundee is a cost-effective location, with low property and staff costs compared to the other larger cities in Scotland with an attractive lifestyle for staff and their families.

Transportation Links
Situated in the heart of the Scottish motorway network, the city is well connected to the other major cities in Scotland. The city is also serviced by the East Coast main rail line, which offers sleeper services to London and frequent connections to the rest of the UK. Dundee Airport provides direct flights to London. Dundee’s Port is one of Scotland’s most strategically important and suitable port locations for marine renewables, and will benefit from major investment as part of the Waterfront regeneration

Communication
Dundee’s businesses have access to the latest digital technology providing high-speed connectivity, guaranteeing unrivalled levels of access. This world class infrastructure has enabled the city’s entrepreneurs to develop Dundee into one of Europe’s leading software, games and biotechnology centres.

Dundee Waterfront
The £1 billion transformation of Dundee city waterfront, which encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km along the River Tay, is a strategic, focussed and forward-looking 30 year project (2001-2031) that is propelling the city to international acclaim and the most active regeneration project in the UK. The Dundee Waterfront regeneration will also offer high quality mix-use developments, which will include more than 20,000m2 of commercial space, and 10,000 m2 of modern office space within a central location.

V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be an international centre of design for Scotland. The first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London. Renowned architect Kengo Kuma's first British building, V&A Dundee will be a new living room for the city – a place for all to enjoy and be inspired. Their galleries will be the first dedicated home to the story of Scotland's outstanding design heritage – of the past, present and future.

Dundee’s Talent Pool
Dundee’s talent pool is skilled, multicultural and highly educated. The Dundee economic region has a growing knowledge based economy with key strengths in creative industries, life sciences and education, which has attracted a new generation of multi-skilled and exceptionally well qualified professionals to the city. The foundation for the growth of these knowledge based industries lies within the city’s two universities – the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee - as well as Dundee & Angus College, one of Scotland’s leading technical colleges. A campus city, with international appeal, Dundee is also home to the Al-Maktoum College for Islamic Studies, through which Dundee forges strong links with its sister city Dubai. The universities and colleges are, in their own right, major employers in the City employing in excess of 4000 academic and support staff.

Dundee’s Lifestyle and Culture
Dundee – UNESCO City of Design - is a city with much to discover with its vibrant art scene, a diverse array of attractions and a lively nightlife, making it an all-round city to work and play. Dundee offers an exceptional quality of life with the availability of good quality, affordable housing, excellent education and healthcare facilities, and access to a comprehensive range of sporting and leisure facilities. With an abundance of green space and seaside award beaches, a great tradition of wonderful music and local craft skills Dundee can offer residents and visitors a city lifestyle with a relaxing country feel.

Dundee’s artistic and cultural creative renaissance is progressing hand in hand with its economic regeneration. They city’s traditions in literature, drama and art have flourished with the advent of the hugely successful Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (DCA), Dundee Heritage Trust at Verdant Works and Discovery point, Dundee Science Centre and Dundee Rep Theatre. These institutions and a thriving music scene, have contributed greatly to a renewed energy and vibrancy in the city’s cultural life. The city’s growing centre offers a range of eateries, boutique galleries and visitor attractions which reflect the international influence within the city. The City is working towards the submission of a bid to be the European City of Culture 2023.

Dundee has always been a hub for design and innovation. It has a rich mix of industries, a huge creative community and a ‘get stuck in’ mind set – all which have helped ensure Dundee is well connected and well designed. Dundee became a UNESCO City of Design in December 2014, the only UK city of design which joined their Creative Cities Network of global cities including Seoul, Kobe, Montréal, Shenzhen, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Bilbao and more. A prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide; and like other cities we have our challenges, but the City of Design status is something which Dundee can build on and do even greater things.

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