TOURISM IN DUBAI INTRODUCTION . Dubai skyline/ Stock Photos Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has thelargest population with the second-largest land territory by area of all the emirates. Dubai was formally established in the early 19th century by the Al AbuFalasa clan of Bani Yas, and it remained under clan control when the United Kingdom assumed the protection of Dubai in 1892. Its geographical location made it an important trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port. In 1966, the yearoil was discovered, Dubai and the emirate of Qatar set up a new monetary unit to replace the Gulf Rupee. The oil economy led to a massive influx of foreign workers, quickly expanding the city by 300% and bringing ininternational oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after
the UK left the area in 1971. At this time Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and four other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates. A free trade zone was built around the Jebel Ali port in 1979, allowingforeign companies unrestricted import of labour and export capital. Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubais economy was built on the oil industry, currently the emirates model ofbusiness, similar to that of Western countries, drives its economy, with the effect that its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovativelarge construction projects and sports events. This increased attention has highlighted labor rights and human rights issues concerning its largely South Asian workforce. Dubais property market experienced a major deterioration in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the worldwide economic downturn following the financial crisis of 2007–2010. TOURISM IN DUBAI Tourism and retail/ Stock Photos Tourism in Dubai is an important part of the Dubai governments strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubais lurefor tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions.
Dubai is the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates. It is distinct from other members of the UAE in that revenuesfrom petroleum and natural gas account for only 6% of its gross domestic product. A majority of the emirates revenues are from the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) and now, increasingly, from tourism. Dubai is expected to accommodate over 15 million tourists by2015. Dubai is the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of UnitedArab Emirates. It is distinct from other members of the UAE in that a large part of the emirates revenues are from tourism. Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping malls, including the worlds 7th largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. The city draws large numbers of shopping tourists from countries within the region and from as far as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. While boutiques, someelectronics shops, department stores and supermarkets operate on a fixed- price basis, most other outlets consider friendly negotiation a way of life. Dubai is also known for its souk districts located on either side of thecreek. Traditionally, dhows from the Far East, China, Sri Lanka, and Indiawould discharge their cargo and the goods would be bargained over in thesouks adjacent to the docks. Many boutiques and jewellery stores are also found in the city. Dubai is known as "the City of Gold" and Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops. Dubai Duty Free at the Dubai International Airport offers merchandise catering to the multinational passengers using the airport. Entry regulations in Dubai Visa Rules Changed in 2010 Since 2010 there has been another change to visa rules in Dubai. Thecountries that have to apply for visa in advance they will have to apply the normal ways they do. The only thing that has changed for businesstravelers & Tourist if you leave the UAE – you must stay out of the country for 30 days then apply for new visa again.
Shopping tourism Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East." The citydraws large numbers of shopping tourists from countries within the region and from as far as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.Dubai is known for its souk districts. Souk is the Arabic word for market or place where any kind of goods are brought or exchanged. Modern shopping malls and boutiques are also found in the city. DubaiDuty Free at Dubai International Airport offers merchandise catering to the multinational passengers using Dubai International Airport. While boutiques, some electronics shops, department stores and supermarkets may operate on a fixed-price basis, most other outlets consider friendly negotiation as a way of life. Dubais numerous shopping centres cater for every consumer’s need. Cars, clothing, jewellery, electronics, furnishing, sporting equipment and any other goods will all be likely to be under the same roof. Dubai Shopping Festival The Dubai Shopping festival is a month-long festival held during month of January each year. During the festival the entire emirate becomes one massive shopping mall.Additionally, the festival brings together music shows, art exhibitions, and folk dances. Cultural tourism Sightseeing usually comes as a poor second for most visitors, who are lured by Dubais reputation as a shopping paradise. Aspects of Dubais old culture, while occasionally overshadowed by theboom in economic development, can be found by visiting places around the creek, which splits Dubai into two halves Other attractions include the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House; the Dubai Museum in the restored Al Fahidi Fort, which was erected
around 1799; and the Heritage Village of Hatta, situated 115 kilometers southeast of Dubai City in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains. Thehistory of the village can be traced back 2000 – 3000 years. It consists of 30buildings, each differing in size, interior layout and building materials used. Great care was taken to use the same materials as those used when originally built during the renovation such as mud, hay, sandalwood and palm fronds. The Sharia Mosque is an old mosque built around 200 years ago using the same building materials and consists of a large prayer hall, a court and courtyard, minaret and other utility rooms. Tourist accommodation in Dubai is plentiful and relatively expensive with all the major chains having a presence. One increasingly popular alternative is for visitors to rent apartments and villas on a short term basis. The economic positive n negative impacts of tourism in Dubai Tourism in Dubai (and all over the UAE) is of course making business/money. Especially the Emirate of Dubai has to get prepared for the time when oil runs out.The negative impact is crime and prostitution. But - this is not the normal tourists fault. Dubai has been a traditional country for decades, however with the opening up for tourism since the last two decades, there is a change being brought about . Free Trade zones have come to exist, along with King sized hotels, shopping plazas, ultra modern hospitals and zero level taxes, top quality infrastructure has been the result of Dubai Tourism. On the negative side, dilution of cultural values, softening of general populace (wherefathers used to travel long distances without the luxuries of modern amnesties- the sons are unable to do so), acceptance of western values (like ladies clothings, drinking tolerance), fatter incomes leading to waste economic trends.
The Effects of Tourism on Dubai Dubai is now considered an international tourist hot spot, attracting millions of visitors each year. This success, which is largely the result of careful marketing, has resulted in some dramatic changes in Dubai One of the main reasons for the recent increase in tourism is that Dubai has launched a massive tourism campaign* in the overseas media*. The Dubai tourism industry has shown on world television images of falcons hunting in the desert andtourists relaxing on the Burj Al Arab beaches. It has resulted in more and more tourists coming to Dubai each year. This increase in tourism has brought with it many changes. One of the most important effects is on the local economy. The tourist dollar ($) is now a significant*part of the local economy; something which is very important when we think about theuncertain future of income from oil. As a result of this increase in tourist numbers, not only are more and more hotels being built, but there are also many new apartmentblocks being built for foreigners who want to visit for longer than a short holiday. These buildings are changing the face of Dubai.In summary, Dubais tourism boom has resulted from a successful marketing campaign, and it has resulted in a dramatic change in the skyline and shoreline of Dubai. If it continues like this, who knows what the Dubai of 2015 will look like. CONCLUSION Our Heritage, Our Pride ,Hospitality Travelers visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi all over will always be amazed with thewarm welcome they receive everywhere they go. Hospitality is the main aspect of UAEpeople traditions and values. It is reflected in the authentic warmth and kindliness that visitors find. Hospitality is deep rooted in the people’s culture and history. It first started as one
of the age-old Arabian customs, and has grown now into a social intrinsic value. The "Majlis" or the reception room in the Emirati house is always prepared to receive and welcome guests with the incense of Oud, dates, Fuwala (nuts, sweets andfruits), and the Arabic coffee that is usually served to guests with the addition of specialingredients including cardamom, saffron and rose water, all indicators of generosity and hospitality. Hospitality is today reflected in all Dubai life aspects, it is the foundation upon which the destination image has been built. This is the reason they have majority internationally people visinting their country and have great tourism. REFERENCES:- http://www.viator.com/Dubai/d828-ttd?pref=02&aid=g1817 http://www.thedubaimall.com/en http://www.visitabudhabi.ae/en/what.to.do/shopping/malls.abudhabi.alain.aspx