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Dubai hotel rooms to triple by 2015

Despite the downturn in the global economy, the 'signs are positive' for continued growth in Dubai's tourism market, said Khalid Bin Sulayem, Director General of Tourism and Commerce Marketing for the Dubai Gorvernment. Speaking at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Dubai, Bin Sulayem said tourism is 'Dubai's future' and represents 30% of the emirate's GDP. Dubai hosted seven milion tourists in 2007, he noted, and that number is projected to rise to 10 million by 2010 and 14 million by 2015. At present, there are 47,000 hotel rooms in Dubai, and that figure is expected to triple by 2015.