Dubai is already a major travel hub and popular holiday destination, but the stakes are set to get even bigger, with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince at the weekend saying he hopes to attract 25 million tourists in 2025.
Dubai plans to merge the departments of economy and tourism and hopes to attract 25 million tourists in 2025, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince, said on Twitter on Saturday.
Sheikh Hamdan added that Helal Al Marri will be appointed as a general director of the new department.
Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the new department’s main objectives include increasing the added value of the industrial sector by 150% over the next five years, expanding foreign export markets for local products by 50%, and increasing the number of tourists by 40%, his media office said.
He added that the Emirate also wants to attract 100,000 companies in 3 years, 400 global economic events annually by 2025, and encourage private sector companies and family businesses to list on the financial markets and stock exchanges in Dubai.
On 2 November Emirates stepped up the frequency on flights EK414/415 between Dubai and Sydney to daily operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
Flights to Melbourne are operating as a four-weekly service as EK408/409, with the potential to increase in line with demand.
Capacity on these flights have also returned to 100%, allowing 354 passengers across all cabins to travel on its flights.
From 1 December, Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft, will also return to the Australian skies once again, serving the Dubai-Sydney route, on a daily basis.
Expo 2020 Dubai opened its doors to the world last month, dubbed as “the world’s greatest show” and providing visitors with ultra-futuristic themes and incredible experiences.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be one of the greatest must-see events in the world.”
“In addition to impressive marquee pavilions that immerse visitors in the themes of mobility, sustainability and opportunity, and 191 amazing country pavilions, there will also be an unforgettable celebration of music, art and culture with a packed entertainment programme, unique culinary experiences, and much more.”
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