Amazingly over just a few decades, Dubai has rocketed from a small fishing village into a global hub and a multicultural metropolis of skyscrapers, shopping malls, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Located halfway between Europe and Asia, Dubai has also now become a major airport, the world’s top hub for international travel, with 70m passengers passing through last year, a stunning tourism hub, a major port city, a home to some 200 nationalities and where old and modern cultures blend in harmony.
In Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum set a goal for the city to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2020, with Dubai well on track, with Shahab Abdulla Shayan of Dubai Tourism speaking at ATE 2015 recently saying that Dubai aims to be the most visited city in the world.
Now the world’s second most popular destination for shopping after the US, Dubai boasts 95 shopping malls, including the world’s most-visited, The Dubai Mall and another mall being built right now, reported to be seven times bigger, and in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for Dubai as a family destination, Dubai aims to become the world’s ultimate family destination. Families can enjoy beaches, theme parks, waterparks, an ice skating rink, an aquarium and a ski dome … and they can even meet penguins and dolphins and more!
Dubai Tourism has clearly played a vital role in the success of Dubai as a tourism destination and for me it is refreshing to work with an NTO that has such clear vison and passion for success and a “do it” attitude.
So, where does Dubai Tourism fit into all this? Well, all you have to do is click on the video box below and listen to what Shahab Abdulla Shayan had to say at ATM 2015.
Written by : John Alwyn Jones