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Dubai to attract 3 million business tourists in 2015

The emirate continues to lead the business tourism industry in the region and ranks ninth globally

Dubai, a regional tourist magnet, is expected to welcome more than three million business tourists in the current year, expanding by eight per cent, in comparison with 2014.

Last year, the emirate attracted 13.2m tourists, of whom 2.77m or 21 per cent were business travellers, according to industry sources.

The sources said that the emirate has devised a strategy that aims to increase the number of inbound business tourists to 3.5m every year, Al Bayan reports.

Dubai continues to lead the business tourism industry in the region and ranks ninth globally. The emirate accounts for more than 50 per cent of international gatherings in the Middle Eastern region.

Issam Abdul Rahim Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, says the emirate has world-class infrastructure and facilities that make doing business easier and is home to a wide range of venues that can host major events and conferences.

According to industry sources, business tourism expanded by more than 50 per cent this year compared with previous years, as the emirate has been the venue of high-profile gatherings.

Business tourism posted earnings of more than AED394m in 2013; up by 30.5 per cent compared with the figure recorded in 2012.