Dubai Tourism

Dubai Tourism & Destination Milestones

Press Release   •   Jul 31, 2013 07:16 GMT

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July 2013

Dubai Tourism and Destination Milestones

January – June 2013

The first half of 2013 has been the busiest six months in Dubai’s history as a tourist and commerce destination. The city has welcomed more leisure and business tourists than ever before thanks to an unrivalled regional list of attractions and events. Here’s a quick recap of some of the tourism sector highlights from January to June 2013 that have contributed to the sector’s growth and success.


 The year starts off with a bang: 1.7million visitors head to the Downtown Dubai celebrations, and the spectacular Burj Khalifa fireworks – which are broadcast to a global TV audience of 2.5billion

 In its eighteenth edition, Dubai Shopping Festival continues to entice millions of shoppers from around the world with 30 days showcasing ‘Dubai at its Best’

  Emirates Airline is forecast to become world’s second largest long-haul airline in 2013, by CAPA Centre for Aviation


  HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, approves AED6billion ‘Bluewaters’ project in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina

 Emirates Airline inaugurates its new route to Polish capital Warsaw - its first destination in Poland and the 129th destination in the airline’s global network

 Cirque du Soleil brings its East-meets-West acrobatic arts inspired show Dralion to Dubai, delighting 95,000 fans over 13 days and 26 shows

 A delegation from the International Bureau of Exhibitions arrives in Dubai on an Enquiry Mission to find out more about the UAE’s bid to bring World Expo 2020 to Dubai

 The official grand opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel, closes the month with a glamorous event featuring a performance from Leona Lewis and a visit from Donna Karan


 H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Board of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), announces a record performance for DWTC in 2012, with more than 1.85 million visitors and circa 37,000 companies using the events as a trading, promotional and sales platform for the MENASA region 

 DTCM announces the city’s visitor numbers for 2012, with Dubai welcoming more than 10 million tourists for the first time in its history

 Dubai International becomes world’s second busiest airport for international passenger traffic,overtaking Paris Charles de Gaulle for the first time, according to Airports Council International’smonthly traffic report

 The month hosts some of the city’s best known and best loved events including Art Week –featuring Art Dubai and Design Days – Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, the DubaiInternational Boat Show, Taste of Dubai, and of course, the Dubai World Cup Horseracing

 International hotel group Starwood Hotels & Resorts relocates its global senior leadership team to Dubai headquarters for the month


 Emirates Airline and Qantas, two of the world's leading airlines, form a global partnership, flying 14times a day from Australia to Dubai and the wider region

 Flydubai inaugurates two new routes – Mineralnye Vody, its fifth destination in Russia; and Juba, the capital of South Sudan 

 Dubai World Trade Centre announces that it welcomed a remarkable 140,000 fans to live events andconcerts in the first quarter of 2013, hosting 12 world-class events over three months

 DTCM opens a new office in Sao Paolo, Brazil, taking the total number of overseas offices working together to promote Dubai as a business and tourism destination to 19


 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum approves the Dubai Tourism Vision for2020: to welcome 20 million visitors a year by 2020

 The Middle East’s biggest travel and tourism shows Arabian Hotel and Investment Congress (AHIC)and Arabian Travel Market (ATM) are held - with ATM celebrating its 20 year anniversary

 DTCM announces its new hotel classification system is in effect, providing greater clarity and choicefor visitors and for the hospitality industry

 Emirates Airlines announces its 25th consecutive year of profit

 Flydubai adds Salalah, Oman to its GCC destination portfolio Justin Bieber brings his ‘Believe World Tour’ to Dubai, giving his first ever performance in the ArabWorld; the teen sensation plays two nights after 25,000 tickets for the first night performance selloutin record time


 The UAE makes its final submission to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai to the International Bureau of Exhibitions General Assembly in Paris; the winning bid will be announced in November 2013

 Dubai Summer Surprises begins, part of Summer is Dubai – a season of festivities, events, cultural activities and promotions designed to encourage family tourism

 Emirates Airlines increases its schedule to daily, non-stop flights between Dubai and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)

 Dubai Duty Free announces US$874 million profits for H1 2013 – buoyed by the increase in travellers numbers at Dubai International Airport

 Emaar and Meraas launch their budget hotel brand in Dubai - ‘Dubai Inn’, providing a further boost to the diversification of the city’s tourism offering.***

Dubai Tourism or DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, DTCM operates 20 offices worldwide.