With tourism contributing to the 8.5% of its GDP by the end of 2016, the UAE is tremendously investing on infrastructure projects to welcome more and more visitors as per reports. Also the Dubai Expo 2020, for example, is expected to bring 25 million visitors, 70% of whom will come from abroad. This is expected to boost visits to theme parks and retail malls encouraging the growth of FECs in UAE. With growing number of tourists, it is imperative for shows like DEAL to be conducted and attract stakeholders across the region and the globe.
Dubai, the host city for DEAL 2018, is one of the seven cities that make up the United Arab Emirates, and is truly billed as the gateway to the world due to its excellent geographical location. Majority of airlines around the globe offer flights to Dubai. DEAL 2018 will be held at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) and the venue is easily accessible by Dubai's transportation systems: Dubai Metro, buses and cabs.
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The supply of hotel rooms in Dubai increased by 5.8% y/y in Jan-Sep 2016 to 86,151 rooms with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) targeting 140,000 to 160,000 hotel rooms by 2020. Data from STR Global also shows that a further 19,783 hotel rooms are currently under construction in Dubai, of which 6,851 are due to come online by year end. Another 23,825 hotel rooms are in planning stages. Designed to accommodate for business or relaxation purposes, the hotels in Dubai are enriched with the introduction of the city's social scene as they offer a wide array of spas, restaurants, shops, bars, and live entertainment to guests.
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DEAL 2018 ensures a great experience for exhibitors and visitors not only at the show but also an opportunity to explore the city. Dubai, as an internationally recognized tourism hub, carries numerous world record-holding projects which attract tourists from all parts of the globe. For instance, one must not miss visiting Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, or the Palm Jumeirah, the world's largest man–made island. One also must not miss Dubai's unique shopping experiences as retail stores in the region regularly offers exceptional discounts. In addition, Dubai's amusement sector is one of the best in the world, with parks like Dubai Parks and World Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ferrari World and SEGA Republic among other such amazing destinations.
People visiting Dubai require a visa from the UAE government unless they are holding a visa from other GCC countries. However, most premium hotels in Dubai provide visas for the duration of their guests' visit.