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The hospitality sector accounted for 5% of total GDP in 2013
compared to 4.6% in 2012. However, the GDP breakdown for the
hospitality sector measures only restaurants and hotels. Tourism in
the broader sense is a much bigger driver of economic growth in
Dubai; some officials have indicated 20-30% of Dubai’s GDP is
tourism related. This would include transport, impact on retail and
other associated industries and services.
According to the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC), between 2010 and
2012, the total number of workers in the tourism sector increased
at an average of roughly 13% per year to 435,595 workers
representing 18.4% of Dubai’s total workforce. According to the
2020 Expo’s strategic objectives, an estimated 277,000 new jobs
will be created over the next six years with 40% of this (or 110,800
jobs) directed to the tourism sector.
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