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As Dubai’s hospitality giants embark on a journey of global expansion, the city’s indelible mark on the tourism landscape becomes increasingly evident. Renowned for its opulent lifestyle and iconic skyline, Dubai’s success in attracting international visitors reached unprecedented heights in 2019, solidifying its status as a benchmark for Gulf metropolises.
The city’s allure continued to captivate the world in 2022, with a remarkable surge in tourist spending, reaching an impressive $29.4 billion– a figure nearly double that of London’s iconic tourist spending. Propelled by these achievements, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid unveiled the ambitious Dubai Economic Agenda in 2023, reflecting a commitment to doubling the emirate’s economy and securing a top-three global city status.
Analysts, led by Turab Saleem, Head of Hospitality at Knight Frank, recognise the untapped global potential of Dubai’s hospitality brands, including Jumeirah, Emaar Hospitality, and Atlantis. The opportune timing for international expansion is evident, given the saturation of extravagant hotel constructions within Dubai itself.
The dual motivations for international expansion — introducing the Dubai brand to global markets and overcoming spatial constraints for further development — underscore the strategic importance of establishing “Dubai experiences” in key feeder markets. Analysts emphasize the significance of expanding hospitality brands in vital feeder markets such as the US and China, integral to becoming a truly global brand.
Major players in Dubai’s hospitality sector, including Jumeirah, Kerzner, and Emaar Hospitality, are gearing up for international prominence. With Jumeirah’s “2030 Mission” under CEO Katerina Giannouka and Kerzner’s Atlantis Global initiative led by Timothy Kelly, the global replication of Atlantis hotels is on the horizon.
As opportunities arise, Dubai’s hospitality brands are not limiting themselves to the Middle East and Europe. Rove, an affordable brand under Emaar, eyes expansion in Europe, with the UK being a prime consideration. This strategic approach aligns with the broader vision of brand building and global expansion, reflecting Dubai’s commitment to becoming a leading force in the global hospitality landscape.