Dubai has always been a focus of attraction due to the exciting festivals, shopping, tourism, horse-racing and many promising real estate projects. It is a fusion of the east and west of the world. It connects between Europe and the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and Africa since time immemorial. The Gulf region is still playing intermediary role between different cultures and trade routes. The tourism industry of Dubai and the nearby regions see more profits every year. It has also helped the hospitality and travel industry in return. With numerous mega-projects being introduced in the region, tourism is likely to be a golden-key revenue earner for Dubai.
Due to the growing number of visitors entering Dubai every year, the city has turned into a tourism hub much faster compared to other Arabic countries. The sophisticated law enforcement infrastructure and crime-free environment has also contributed in creating an ideal atmosphere for the development of tourism industry. Dubai is now seen as an international important meetings or venue for events. Luxury cruises, parks, cinemas, exotic desert safaris, extreme sports, skyscrapers, business and other leisure outlets augment the tourism experience. With all these reasons, it adds up to a unique experience so quintessential to the city.
During the year 2002, the reputed World Tourism Organization praised Dubai for having over 30 % growth in tourist arrivals. No country has achieved such rate for that year. Initially Dubai was a global travel and business destination but after the successful Dubai International Film Festival and the Shopping Festival, Dubai attracted almost 5.4 million tourists in 2004. The visitors loved the flashy resorts, modern convention centres and exciting sport events. Now Dubai's tourism industry has got a boost. The manicured golf courses provide the true sportspersons a luxury feeling for the sport. Additionally, the country's deep-rooted cultural heritage is a major draw. There are accessible cultural centres and traditional sports like falconry, camel- racing and horse-racing. The UAE has also become pivotal for regional and international exhibitions and major sports events. A few successful ones are the Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament and polo and the cricket competitions.
In recent years, Dubai has emerged as a regional tourism hub as the visitors which are growing exponentially in numbers are attracted year-round and from all over the planet. Dubai offers the guests a fascinating kaleidoscope of contrasts, beach, a distinctive blend of east with west, modern city and everlasting desert dunes, interesting Arab tradition, old world charm and a new word of comfort and lavishness.
The stunning golden beaches, hotels, breathtaking sightseeing places, festivals of the region rank amongst the best in the world. The unique and varied leisure, sporting facilities, world-class shopping malls, cultural attractions and a friendly welcoming society gives all the positive appeal too. This Arab city reflects a right blend of orthodoxy, modernism and futuristic vision. It is the perfect holiday destination. You would definitely not regret spending your holidays in the wonderful Dubai!