A U.A.E. local daily today hailed the directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to enhance and streamline hotel investment and development in Dubai.
In its editorial on Wednesday, 'Gulf News' wrote that Sheikh Mohammed's directives will be ideal in helping the country's tourism industry build the infrastructure needed for tourists. Those directives will cut down the amount of time needed to secure pre-approval for new hotels, as well as provide much-needed land.
"World Expo 2020 is six years away, and that means that the country has to double the number of hotels, a target outlined in the Dubai Tourism Vision for 2020 that was announced last year. The UAE will need that many hotels to host the 20 million people it plans to welcome," the paper said.
"It is another step forward to ensure the country hosts a successful Expo, as well as its on-going mission to diversify the economy."