Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Dubai seeks to host 400 global economic events annually by 2025

DUBAI: Dubai seeks to host 400 global economic events annually by 2025, after the emirate hosted 120 events in 2021 driven by a robust economic recovery post Covid-19 induced headwinds.

These events, which are a combination of conferences, meetings and incentive travel programmes, will feature about 70,000 opinion leaders, scientists, government officials and other experts, Dubai Media Office said on Sunday, report agencies.

“The city’s handling of the pandemic and rapid economic recovery continue to be recognised by the global business community,” Helal Almarri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, said.

“In addition to seeing Dubai become a hub of choice for businesses, associations and talent across a wide range of sectors and professions, this is also resulting in the city standing out as a preferred destination for events of all sizes.”

The UAE, a regional tourism and business hub, is banking on its speedy Covid-19 vaccination campaign, the hosting of the Dubai Expo world’s fair in October, open borders and visa reforms to boost the number of visitors to the country.

The Emirates has, in recent months, hosted a number of large-scale in-person events, including The Big 5, Gitex, Arab Health and Arabian Travel Market.

Hotels in Dubai recorded a 16.8 per cent surge in occupancy in the first 10 months of last year as the emirate’s tourism sector continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The city hosted 2.85 million international overnight visitors from January to July 2021, according to Dubai Tourism.

Expo 2020 Dubai has been attracting a large number of visitors. It recorded more than 10 million visits since it started last October, according to official data.