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World Expo 2020 to boost tourism across GCC
Dubai's bid 'part of government's vision for sustainable national development'
December 5, 2013 9:58 by kippreport
Between October 2020 and April 2021, more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2020 in Dubai, 70 per cent of which will be from outside the UAE, which is the largest number of international visitors in the event’s history.
Currently, there are 82,000 hotel and hotel apartment rooms in Dubai, and this figure is expected to double by 2020. This expanded hotel portfolio will be vital to ensure that the demands of the visitors are met and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will work with its partners in both the government and private sectors to put in place the infrastructure and processes needed to meet the demand of the expected visitors.
Following the announcement that Dubai would be the host city for Expo 2020 at the final vote counting in Paris, His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General at DTCM and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The legacy of holding such an event in Dubai is where the real value lies. A wide range of sectors will benefit, including construction, engineering and transportation, and, of course, the hospitality, retail and aviation sectors will experience a significant positive impact, further strengthening their already robust positions.
“The announcements made at the recent Dubai Airshow demonstrate the extraordinary strength of the aviation sector in Dubai and the UAE, and retail has been one of the leading drivers of the emirate’s economic growth to date.”
His Excellency was one of the attendees at the final vote count in Paris for the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE) General Assembly.
Representatives of the 168-member nations voted on the bids from the final four contenders – Dubai, Brazil, Russia and Turkey – to host the 2020 edition of one of the world’s oldest, largest and most significant international mega events. Dubai’s bid – with the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – won with 116 votes.
His Excellency says: “In May of this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the Tourism Vision for 2020, a strategy that sets a clear path towards developing Dubai’s tourism industry and furthering its contribution to the city’s economy, with the headline target of welcoming 20 million visitors to Dubai a year by 2020. In our journey to achieve our target, we will now leverage the hosting of the Expo 2020 and the focus it will place on Dubai as a means to attract visitors to the city, not just during the six months of the event itself, but in the seven years leading up to it.
From the outset, Dubai’s bid was part of the government’s long-term vision that ensures sustainable national development and a prosperous future for the UAE. Hosting Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that will be maximised to accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider GCC region.”