Dubai: A City With A Vision Of The Future

These are good days for Dubai’s tourism industry and considering what’s happening in the next year and a half, things are just going to get that much better.

In October 2020, Dubai will become the focus of world attention with the opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai World Expo that will run for six months. But between then and now, the destination will also the opening of a host of new attractions to entertain, amuse and excite visitors.

Soraya Al Olama, Head of North America for the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), points out that Dubai’s Vision 2025 is a plan that will see the destination welcome 25 million visitors by 2025.

Al Olama told Canadian Travel Press that: “Dubai is doing extremely well. We’ve cemented ourselves as the fourth most visited city in the world, five years in a row. And [Vision 2025] is the platform for future acceleration.”

And she added that: “We’re also up 6% [in] the first seven months of this year [2019] compared to last year [2018], where we’ve welcomed 9.58 million visitors into the city. And we’re expecting that this quarter of the year, we’re also going to be experiencing healthy growth from all regions.”

From the Americas, Al Olama said that Dubai is up by 6% during the first seven months of 2019 and “we’re foreseeing a lot of growth as well from the Canadian market” that’s being driven by the additional capacity that Emirates has brought on in the last year.

So far in 2019, Canada is up by 4%, but Al Olama noted that in the month of July, Canada was up by an “incredible” 19%.

For the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press.