Dubai’s hospitality sector gears up to welcome Expo 2020 visitors

Female tourists look at a mobile phone in front of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Dossier/ Agence France-Presse

Dubai’s hospitality industry is gearing up for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest and most impactful event ever held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region , from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, as the COVID-19 recovery gains momentum globally and the United Arab Emirates prepares to celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

With Expo 2020’s theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, along with one or more of its sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Dubai will welcome visitors from all corners of the globe. to join in the creation of a new world, as it brings the planet together in one place to reinvent tomorrow.

The UAE’s service and business sectors, led by the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, have worked tirelessly to ensure Expo visitors have a safe, inspiring and unforgettable experience during this event. six months worldwide.

Wego, which specializes in travel services and online bookings, said various countries are waiting for the start of Expo 2020 Dubai. The company revealed that it witnessed, via its website, approximately 533,000 searches during the month of July, for flights and hotels for the period in which this event will be held.

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This indicates the growing demand that Dubai is witnessing and the rapid recovery of the business tourism sector, noting that in light of preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai, hotels have started awarding extended stay packages and offers specifically to visitors to the exhibition, the company said.

The Dubai Tourism and Trade Marketing Department (Dubai Tourism) revealed that up to May 2021, there were 128,545 hotel rooms in Dubai. There were 715 hotel establishments, including 134 five-star hotels.

Statistics from Dubai Tourism showed that the emirate welcomed 2.06 million international overnight visitors from January to May 2021.

The emirate has one of the largest numbers of hotel rooms in the world, according to a study by travel site Insider Monkey. Dubai has 100,000 hotel rooms available for visitors.

Dubai has hotels such as Burj Al Arab and The Address and hosts seven of the world’s 12 tallest hotels including the Gevora Hotel (356.3m), JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (355m), SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences (336 m), the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana (333 m), Burj Al Arab (321 m), Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel (309 m) and Millennium Plaza (294 m).

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Dubai’s hospitality sector is building more hotels despite the challenge and impact of COVID-19 on global tourism and travel.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the largest cultural gathering in the world and will provide inspiring experiences for 182 days. More than 200 entities will contribute to these experiences, including countries, multilateral organizations, businesses and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors, to create the largest and most diverse version.

Dubai’s business events sector continues to build on its momentum as one of the first cities in the world to reopen for international meetings, with a packed schedule of top-notch conferences, meetings and incentives. level on the horizon until 2021 and until 2022.

Following the resumption of international tourism in the city in July 2020, Dubai hosted international business events from October 2020 and immediately saw a good number of conferences and exhibitions taking place across the city, according to a statement. release released by Dubai Tourism on Tuesday. .

With meeting planners acknowledging Dubai’s ability to hold events safely and its careful handling of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this is now set to continue into the second half of 2021, thanks to hosting Expo 2020 Dubai and until the rest of 2022.

Some of the major conventions and conferences coming to Dubai in the coming months include the International Society of Urology Congress, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, the International Astronautical Congress, the Global Chambers, LPG Week, Gastech and African Petroleum Week. . Meanwhile, major incentive groups visiting the city will include AFC Life Science, Amway, Sunhope, Jeunesse and OMNILIFE. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Driven by the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the city has been among the first in world to restart its business events sector, providing a vital platform for associations, companies and organizations to resume their face-to-face meetings and stimulate knowledge development in key sectors.

“We understand the importance to the global meetings industry of restarting physical events, and thanks to the efforts of stakeholders across the city, all of this continues to be done in environments that prioritize everyone’s safety. delegates, participants and organizers,” Kazim said. With Expo 2020 Dubai kicking off October 1 and lasting for six months, the city is poised to welcome a number of major business and incentive groups who will be looking to use the opportunity to allow delegates to experience and explore the greatest spectacle in the world during their time in the city.


Peter M. Doran