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Subject: Tourism Growth in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Restaurants and City Guides
Asked by: adrianb1967-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 29 May 2005 02:39 PDT
Expires: 28 Jun 2005 02:39 PDT
Question ID: 526903
Can anyone supply me with current statiscal information on the rapid
growth in tourism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates?  This is with
particular reference to a previous posting regarding the design of a
supper club...and therefore my questions are somewhat linked.
Subject: Re: Tourism Growth in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 29 May 2005 12:58 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The growth of the tourism industry in Dubai in the past few years is
generally described in superlatives:  incredible, phenomenal,
outstanding, stellar, inspiring, triumphant and just about any other
laudatory adjective you can think of.  Although one might be tempted
to pass this off as marketing hype, in Dubai's case, it may well be
warranted.  Tourism in the area they say...booming.

Impressive as the growth may be, however, finding detailed statistics
-- especially up-to-date statistics -- is a bit of a challenge.  The
official government sites for statistics for both Dubai and the UAE
more generally are replete with data, but most of the numbers appear
to be quite dated.

However, searching through the press releases from the Dubai Tourism
office produced some relatively recent insights into the rapid of
growth of tourism in the area.

I've summarized and excerpted the most relevant links in my answer
below, and provided a few other interesting sources as well.

I trust the information provided fully answers your question.  

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If you would like any additional information, just post a
Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further,
and I'm at your service.

All the best with your ventures,


March 13, 2005

Dubai?s booming hotel industry crossed a major milestone by playing
host to an all-time record 5.42 million guests at 371 hotels and hotel
apartments and recording AED6.2 billion revenues in the year 2004

...Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, Director General of Dubai Department of
Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said: ?Tourism has contributed
enormously in giving new directions of growth and expansion for Dubai.
We have succeeded in matching the expectations and marching into the
future with confidence as the world keeps looking at Dubai with
admiration and amazement...Dubai has been posting impressive growth
year after year, even at times when the tourism industry in other
parts of the world went through major downturns and negative

The stellar performance reconfirms Dubai?s economic vibrancy and the
growth potential that the emirate holds in different economic sectors.

A total of 5,420,724 guests checked-in at the Dubai hotel and hotel
apartments in 2004 as against 4,980,228 in the previous year.

The guest nights grew by 22.2 per cent with the Dubai properties
logging over 15.2 million guest nights last year. The average length
of stay jumped 12.3 % to reach 2.80 days.

Dubai hotel industry?s total revenues in 2004 were to the tune of AED
6,205,748,480, a 37 % increase over the previous year.

Hotel room inventory went up by 2.3 % to reach 26,154 against 25,571
in 2003. Hotel apartments totaled 7,277 with an 8.7 % increase in
occupancy levels.

Hotel beds occupancy rose by 13.9 % with 76.9 % beds occupied in 2004.
The average occupancy levels for Dubai hotels last year was 81 % as
against 72.4 % in the year 2003.

December 21, 2004

...Dubai?s booming hospitality industry showcased its vibrancy by
posting over 42 per cent growth in revenues during the
January-September 2004 compared with the corresponding period last
year with the hotels and hotel apartments playing host to 4,099,772

...The volume of business done by the Dubai hotels industry in the
first nine months of 2004 was AED4.38 billion.

...The fast-expanding industry remained upbeat with a spectacular 28.6
per cent increase in total guest nights which stood at 11,541,417.

...a 27.8 % increase in revenues in Q3 2004 compared with the
corresponding period last year....AED 1,307,175,851 as against AED
1,022,984,449 in the third quarter of 2003.

...The number of guest nights in hotels and hotel apartments recorded
a 14.5 % increase in the third quarter of 2004 compared with 3,387,866
guest nights generated during the same period in 2003.

...Hotels and hotel apartments? room inventory went up by two per cent
to reach 26,206 against 25,683 in Q3 2003.

[NOTE from appears that beachfront locations are
particularly hot commodities] ...Beach properties were way ahead of
the city-centre hotels in terms of occupancy levels, with a rate of 90
% in August 2004 as against 84.2 % during the same month last year.
This is followed by 87.1 % in September 2004 compared with 76.6 % the
same period last year.
...The hotel room occupancy rate during the third quarter of 2004 was
79.4 per cent.

...Room occupancy levels rose by 16.5 % and bed occupancy showed 22.2
% growth during the January-September period.

May 25, 2005

...Dubai, which has become a global travel and business destination
and attracted 5.4 million tourists last year with its flashy resorts,
modern convention centres and sport events, is rapidly becoming home
to major international hotel chains.

[cached link of a December 24, 2003 press release]

...The department has been pursuing an aggressive marketing and
promotional agenda to achieve the goal of attracting 15 million
tourists by the year 2010.


[Growth was rapid even after September 11, and the decline of tourism worldwide]
Dubai Tourism Growth Highest In The World  
March 5, 2003

...Dubai has registered outstanding over all growth in the tourism
sector. ?This is a great accomplishment for the emirate especially
keeping in view with the fact that world tourism had suffered a
setback after the events of September 11, 2001. Dubai with its focused
and well planned marketing strategies both regional as well as
international, has emerged triumphant, successfully defying the world
wide slump and the results are for everyone to see,? said Mr. bin

...Dubai is also one of the safest places in the world. ?The emirate
caters to the requirements of visitors from all the corners of the
world. Dubai?s state-of-the art infrastructure and facilities as well
as the varied activities it offers are hard to find in any other
place,? he said.

...The number of 2002 hotel establishment guests reached 4,756,280
with an increase of 31.15 per cent over the year 2001 where the number
was 3,626,625. ?Through our strategy of marketing Dubai
internationally as well regionally, we have achieved this enormous

...The number of hotel guests in 2002 increased to 4,107,236 as
compared to 3,064,701 in the year 2001, registering a growth of 34.02
per cent. Similarly, the number of hotel apartment guests in Dubai
recorded an upswing of 15.50 per cent as their number increased to
649,044 in the year 2002, as compared to 561,924 in 2001.

...The number of guest nights in hotel establishments in 2002 reached
8,937,758 registering an increase of 24.38 per cent over 2001, where
the number was 7,185,837.

...The number of operating hotels in Dubai was 272 in 2002 against 264 in 2001. 

...The hotel establishment total revenue in 2001 was AED 3.2 billion
and in 2002 it reached to AED 3.8 billion registering an increase of
19.28 per cent. Similarly the hotel revenue also increased by 22.12
per cent, registering AED 3.4 billion in 2002 as compared to AED 2.7
billion in 2001.

...In 2002, the number of average hotel rooms occupied reached to
16,264 as compared to 13,049, in 2001 registering a growth of 24.64
per cent.

...The hotel room occupancy rate has also increased by 12.46 per cent.
During 2001 it was 60.90 per cent and grew to 73.36 per cent in 2002.


[another mention of Dubai as the world's fastest-growing tourism spot]

August 11 2004

...Dubai stunned the world in 2002 when the World Tourism Organisation
praised it for posting 31 per cent growth in tourist arrivals - the
world's highest for the year.


[The US government has an in-depth report on the business climate in
UAE, which has some information on tourism in Dubai]
Doing Business In United Arab Emirates
A Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies

...Dubai is currently expanding its hotel capacity. Over 120 new
hotels are expected to be
constructed during the next five years. These include 80 hotels on the
two Palm Islands
projects. Additionally, Dubai Festival City is under construction as
Dubai develops it role
as a tourist destination.

...The construction industry is one of the most active sectors of the
UAE economy. The
UAE government will spend over US$30 billion dollars over the next
five years for the
construction of new infrastructure projects and government, commercial
and residential
buildings. The construction and tourism industries are the two major
sectors of the local
economy that will continue to generate a high demand for building products.

[the report also notes the availability of this US contact, in case
you would like additional information]

Government of Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing
8 Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-751-9750, Fax: 215-751-9551


[the information at this site is a bit dated -- circa 2002 -- but is a
nice overall description of the types of attractions in Dubai]
Dubai Development and Investment Authority 

...Dubai has emerged in recent years as a regional tourism hub
attracting visitors year-round and from all over the globe. Dubai
offers the visitor a fascinating kaleidoscope of contrasts - a
distinctive blend of east and west, modern city and timeless desert,
old world charm and hospitality and new world comfort and convenience.
Tourists are attracted by the year-round sun, magnificent beaches,
hotels that rank amongst the best in the world, unique and varied
leisure and sporting facilities, world-class shopping malls, cultural
attractions and a friendly welcoming society.

...Leisure has surpassed business as the primary reason for visiting Dubai.

...Dubai is widely recognized as an international sporting venue and
is on the mandatory calendar of top athletes in a vast number of

...Cruises, Parks and Cinemas, Heritage Tours, Desert Safaris  and
other leisure outlets augment the tourism experience and add
immeasurably to the unique and varied fabric of Dubai.

...Tourism is the fastest growing sector within Dubai's economy and
with 11.6% of Dubai's GDP invested in tourism ($1.9 billion of
economic activity), Dubai has made a huge commitment to this sector of
the economy. The Government's vision is to increase the number of
tourists from 2.8 million visiting Dubai in 2000 to 10 million per
annum by 2010.


The above sources seem to pretty much cover the available information
on the growth of the tourism sector in Dubai.  But as I said earlier,
if there's anything else I can do for you on this, just let me know,
and I'm at your service.



search strategy -- Google searches on:

[ dubai OR uae tourism statistics ]

[ dubai OR uae tourism statistics 2003..2010 ]

Request for Answer Clarification by adrianb1967-ga on 29 May 2005 21:43 PDT
Thanks for the detailed answer pafalafa, are you able to help me with
the linked question regarding good examples of such clubs?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 29 May 2005 21:51 PDT

Thanks so much for your feedback and your generosity.  

As for your other question, it currently has the attention of another
researcher.  But if it should go unanswered, I'll be sure to have a
look and see if I can provide an answer for you.



Request for Answer Clarification by adrianb1967-ga on 29 May 2005 22:02 PDT
Sorry, one other you know how we can find the profile of
the tourists arriving in Dubai?
adrianb1967-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
One can't ask for more than this!  Terrific response!!

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