Dubai validates position as favourite Middle East tourist destination

DUBAI, 27th August, 2013 (WAM) — Dubai may have accounted for the lion’s share of tourists flowing to various Arabic destinations during the recent Eid Al Fitr holiday. Family tourism has witnessed considerable growth, supported by wide range of tourist attractions in Dubai, including leisure and top of the line services, high-quality and a wide diversity of tourist facilities that suit different segments of visitors and meet the requirements of all age groups.

The bulk of foreign tourists descending on Dubai during Eid were from Gulf countries, mainly due to the geographical proximity and facilities offered by the UAE to visitors via land, sea and air. The number of visitors from the rest of the Arab countries has increased significantly with Dubai’s growing competitiveness in the tourism sector in light of the ambitious vision of the emirate to further enhance contributions of the sector to its domestic economy.

Announced earlier this year under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and spearheaded by Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 sets out how the city will double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020 and will treble the annual economic contribution made by the tourism sector.

Dubai’s success in attracting these numbers of visitors at this time of year, known to be the slowest tourist season due to high summer temperatures in the Gulf region in general is a strong indicator of the effectiveness of the approach the emirate is adopting in maximizing tourism yield and its impact on supporting the economy.


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