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Dubai Hotels well equipped to accommodate Dubai 2003 Guests

Travel News Asia 1 July 2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Director General, Khalid A. bin Sulayem yesterday announced that Dubai hotels are fully equipped, and can conveniently look after the guests and officials during 'Dubai 2003'.


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Around 16/18,000 delegates are expected to travel to Dubai for 'Dubai 2003' to attend meetings and seminars associated with the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

The Annual Meetings are the largest and most comprehensive gathering of global financial representatives in the world, and are held outside their Washington D.C. base every third year. The first Annual Meetings took place in 1946 in Washington D.C. and in 1953 the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund decided that the Annual Meetings would be hosted outside the U.S. capital every three years to help foster the international character and spirit of the two organisations. The UAE was selected in 1999 and Dubai will be the 20th international city to host these prestigious meetings.

Addressing the representatives of the hotel and hotel apartment group and officials of other government departments, Mr. bin Sualyem revealed that Dubai hotels have more than enough rooms to accommodate the guests. "There are 272 hotels in Dubai with 23,000 rooms. This can comfortably entertain the visiting delegates and guests," said Mr. bin Sulayem.


DTCM Director General, Khalid A. bin Sualyem (fifth from left) in a meeting with the representative of hotel and hotel apartment group. Also seen in the picture DTCM Deputy Director General, Hussain Ali Lootah (sixth from left) and DTCM Director Operations, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb (fourth from right)
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He stressed that Dubai hotels have some of the most up-to-date facilities in the world and infrastructure matching the latest international standards. "Dubai has major chains of hotels in the city as well as beach properties with excellent services in breath taking locations, which will be immensely enjoyed by the visiting delegates," said Mr. bin Sulayem.

Dubai expects the meetings to inject a US$ 45 million cash boost into the UAE's already flourishing economy and with an estimated 2,500 media from around the world expected to attend, Dubai will be looking to use the event to ensure that the profile of the United Arab Emirates, and the Middle East in general, is raised all over the world as a dynamic, modern and profitable place to do business.

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