With the help of strategic tourism initiatives and endless attractions, the UAE has strengthened its performance in terms of global tourism in a nice way. This has placed the UAE among the world’s top tourist destinations.
The country’s magnetic appeal is also largely due to the year-round calendar of festivals, events and shopping experiences.
The tourism sector contributes over Dhs161 billion to the national GDP and this figure is expected to record annual increases of 3.9 per cent to reach Dhs234.2 billion by 2027.
As per the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum, the UAE ranked second in the Safety and Security Index, and third with regard to the air transport infrastructures.
Expo 2020 Dubai expects to attract 25 million visitors to explore its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ in the six-month event starting from October 2020.
More than 70 per cent of visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE.
The number of hotel rooms in Dubai increased to 115,967 in 2018. Dubai welcomed 4.75 million international overnight visitors in the first quarter of this year.
The UAE is also popular as a special attraction because of its safety, security, political stability, economic prosperity and advanced infrastructure.
Environmental attractions, rich desert culture, shopping centres, archaeological and heritage sites, music festivals and theatrical shows – the UAE has everything.