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Key Facts

Dubai International Airport – Dubai International Airport received over 71 million passengers in 2014. This staggering figure awarded Dubai with the title of the busiest airport in the world. Passenger numbers are projected to reach 78 million in 2015 and 103 million by 2020.

Tourist Numbers – In 2014 Dubai welcomed over 10 million tourists. By 2020, this figure is due to soar to 20 million per year.

Hotel Occupancy – In 2014 hotel occupancy levels were 78% on average across the year.

GDP – It was estimated that Dubai’s GDP in 2014 reached USD 107.1 billion, posting a growth rate of 6.1% in 2014 and exceeding Dubai government’s estimate of 5%, according to Citibank.

Population – 2.2 million people live in Dubai (according to 2013 records) and this was set to increase by 5% in 2014.

Dubai World Records – Dubai is no stranger to breaking world records. In fact, it currently holds 59 of them – enough to warrant opening its own Guinness World Record office in Dubai Media City.

Dubai’s top ten world records include:

  • The tallest building – The Burj Khalifa
  • The highest outdoor viewing deck – The Burj Khalifa (124th floor)
  • The highest hotel – The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
  • The tallest residential tower – Princess Tower
  • The largest shopping mall – The Dubai Mall
  • The longest driverless train network – Dubai Metro
  • The largest man-made island – The Palm Jumeirah
  • The only seven star hotel – Burj Al Arab
  • The most expensive car number plate – Number ‘1’ sold for over $15 million at auction
  • The largest acrylic viewing panel – Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall

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