20m tourists by 2020: What they are coming to see in Dubai

Dubai Municipality (DM) is planning to launch new projects aimed at attracting 20 million tourists per year to the emirate in the run-up to the World Expo 2020, to be held in the UAE.

“We are working on projects such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Palm Park, Dubai World Park and Dubai Maritime Museum,” the municipality said 

Dubai Frame - Destination My Dubai

Giving the construction update on the already announced projects, DM said progress onsite for Dubai Frame had reached 7 per cent.

The Dubai Frame, a window-frame like structure in Zabeel Park with a clear glass walkway, is likely to be completed by year-end.

The Frame comprises a 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karamu.

Quran Park-Destination My Dubai

On The Holy Quran Park, the municipality said 70 per cent work on Phase 2 had been completed, while progress on Phase 3 was at 25 per cent.

In January, Hussain Nasser Looted, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said completion of the Dh26-million project was scheduled for 2015.

“Holy Quran Park is one of the prestigious projects of the civic body and not only the UAE, but also the entire tourist world is waiting to visit the park,” he had said.

The park, located in Al Khawaneej area, has been specially designed in the Islamic perspective to introduce the miracles of Quran through a variety of surprises for the visitors.

The 64-hectare park will include all available plants mentioned in the Holy Quran along with facilities such as an Islamic garden, children’s play areas, Umrah corner, a theatre, fountains, desert garden, palm oasis, lake, walking, running and cycling tracks.

Dubai Safari-Destination My Dubai

According to the Municipality, Dubai Safari’s (infrastructure package) progress was at 29 per cent, while Wadi was at 16 per cent.

Dubai Safari, spread over an area of 119 hectares, was planned for opening by year-end.

The project will consist of a safari village, Arabian village, Asian Village, African village, a zoo for children, butterfly park, botanical garden, resort, golf course, in addition to educational and veterinary facilities.

Earlier this month, municipality said it was building an ‘Aladdin City’, a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad.

The project will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek, which will be connected through air-conditioned bridges.

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