The UAE’s plans to rival the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations by 2020

In SESSION 4: Opportunities Overseas

The UAE’s plans to rival the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations by 2020

Speaker: Graham Ellis

The UAE is fast meeting its aspiration to transform itself into one of the best countries in the world by 2021, when it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Key to this aspiration is to position Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub. Good transport links, a variety of hotels, retail and restaurants plus a number of amazing tourist and leisure attractions – with more planned – alongside hosting the next World Expo 2020, make Dubai’s  20 million annual visitor target more than achievable. Theme parks currently under development are expected to generate $5bn annually by 2020 while the Expo site, hotels, retail and related infrastructure developments could see investment total some $40bn.

This is therefore an exciting time for Dubai and one of massive investment – meaning real opportunities for UK companies (some 5000 UK companies are already involved in the UAE, whether in design, construction, ICT, creative & experience economy, financial and professional services).