H.E. KHALID AHMED BIN SULAYEM
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H.E. KHALID AHMED BIN SULAYEM

DIRECTOR GENERAL, DUBAI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM & COMMERCE MARKETING

Once again, Dubai has effected a miraculous recovery from the depths of commercial despair and the effects of regional unrest, with visitor figures up 13.6% and hotels in the emirate enjoying at times the dizzy heights of high 80s occupancy in the first half of 2011 — due in no small part to the efforts of the DTCM.

It’s a role the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing has played with aplomb since its inception as a government department in 1997, headed then as now by Khalid bin Sulayem.

From its former role as a promotional body, DTCM has segued in to a holistic organisation that not only arranges overseas workshops, roadshows and exhibition participation — 25 events in 10 countries this year — but also licenses the hotel sector, spearheads environmental regulation and formulates marketing.

Meanwhile, for 2011, the emirate is set to better its 8.2 million visitors last year, a total that was up nine per cent over the previous year even despite the less than positive circumstances and ever-rising inventory — 33 new properties opened in 2010, bringing the total to 573 and 71,000 rooms.

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