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Business, tourism to thrive in safe Dubai


Dubai remains open and maintains its position as one of the world’s safest destinations, with a positive perspective for the tourism and hospitality sectors. The statement came following a meeting of top industry executives from the public and private sectors. Thanks to its position as a safe destination for global travellers, the emirate looks to carry strong momentum created in the second half of 2020 into 2021.

The high-profile meeting of major stakeholders included Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai Tourism; Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Mohammad Al Hashmi, VP for commercial products Dubai at Emirates airline; José Silva, CEO of Jumeirah Group; Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, president for Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Hilton; Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner International, Mark Willis CEO of Accor; and Mohamed Jassim Al Rais, deputy managing director of Al Rais.

The meeting highlighted the robust new safety measures deployed across sectors and new initiatives taken to further enhance the city’s position as a safe destination for global travellers.

Dubai’s top 5 source markets for tourism in 2020 have been India, Saudi Arabia, UK, Russia and Oman. Furthermore, 92.1% of the population of Dubai are expats with a total population of 3.07M. Lastly, 98% proportion of GDP comes from non-oil sectors.


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