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PHOTOS: Dubai Tourism holds road show in Ghana, says it is ready to receive Ghanaians with warmth



Whether you are seeking a place to start your small business, planning to relax and recharge with your family, just want a place to ignite your creative juice or desire adventure? Your number one choice should be Dubai according to Stella Fubara-Obingwa, Director (Africa) of Dubai Tourism. Speaking at the West Africa Road Show organised by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) in Accra over the weekend, she noted that in terms of a destination which offers a one-stop solution for business and tourism travel, Dubai tops the list with its price friendly, tax friendly and people-friendly policies.

At the event, Dubai Tourism showcased its expanding portfolio of affordable luxury experiences across travel, accommodation, entertainment and events, with a focus on family travel, medical tourism and business. The event offered an opportunity for local travel agencies and hospitality providers to network with Dubai Tourism and its Dubai-based partners including Emirates Airline, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai College of Tourism, as well as Hyatt Regency, Nikki Beach, Grand Hyatt, Dubai Parks and Resorts, North Tours LLC, Red Apple Travel Group, Prime Healthcare Group LLC and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai. The partners took turns to showcase their different products and services, promising Ghanaians some juicy deals and discounts. Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of tourism in Dubai.

It also markets and promotes the emirate’s commerce sector, and are responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels establishments, tour operators, travel agents, and all other tourism services. Dubai is one of the best cities in the world where you don’t need unlimited credit limit. With the rising popularity of the city amongst millennials and families, Dubai ensures that more is accessible for less, with a host of value options – whether it is shopping, family experiences or hospitality.


  • Retail therapy is an integral part of the Dubai experience with virtually every global brand on sale here, alongside a collection of home-grown boutiques and labels. While the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates will always remain as the go-to destinations, travellers can also explore other cooler alternatives such as Outlet Village – where you can shop while enjoying scenic medieval Italian town setting, or Dubai Outlet Mall – which offers up to 90 percent off designer merchandise for adults and children.
  • The upcoming opening of Gate Avenue in 2017 – a premium lifestyle and entertainment boulevard will take the city’s offering to the next level. With indoor and outdoor themed walkways and over 200 dining, boutique, retail, and entertainment options, it gives a new meaning to “shop- ‘til-you-drop.”
  • For those who love to start their year by travelling, then you’ll be just in time for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year, the iconic Dubai Shopping Festival. Running annually in December/January, DSF not only offers great deals while shopping but also opportunities to win life-changing prizes including luxury cars, gold, and cash.
  • One can also shop at for discount designer goods at My Ex Wardrobe. Held monthly at nightspots and restaurants around the city, this pop-up concept sees the unwanted wardrobes of some of Dubai’s most avid shoppers on sale for much lower prices. You’ll find everything from Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo pumps to Louis Vuitton bags as well as high-street buys from brands including Zara and H&M.

Family offering

  • Dubai has a unique blend of beach, city, and desert escapes; there are not many cities where you can sunbathe in the morning, ski at lunchtime and go dune-bashing in the afternoon. In recent years, Dubai beaches have become a buzzing hub for sun, sand and fun. Activities to try include an aerial obstacle course, skate park and water sports. Something for everyone in the family to enjoy together and individually!
  • Running across 28 football fields sounds like an impossible feat, but experiencing Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest theme park spanning over 1.5 million square feet, sounds like impossible is nothing. IMG Worlds of Adventure is the first global theme park to bring international brands Marvel and Cartoon Network together, featuring a unique array of attractions, along with 28 food and beverage outlets.
  • Family adventures are bigger and better in Dubai, as the city is home to the region’s first and largest integrated theme park resort – Dubai Parks and Resorts. There is something for everyone at the Hollywood-themed Motiongate, Bollywood Parks (the first Bollywood-themed park in the world), LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Water Park. Riverland Dubai connects all the individual parks, along with the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian themed family resort.
  • The opening of IMG World of Adventures and Dubai Parks and Resorts further cements Dubai’s reputation as a destination of choice for the entire family. The parks are perfect for families looking for an alternative to long haul trips to theme parks in the US.
  • The Dubai Opera is the definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai, bringing to life music and art. The iconic dhow-shaped building places culture at the heart of the city, as it is located at the most prestigious square kilometre in the world, Downtown Dubai. The 2-000 seater theatre is home to large-scale drama productions, musicals and ballets at affordable prices, with tickets selling for as little as AED250. It has already featured productions such as Les Miserables, The Nutcracker, Cats and West Side Story. Later this year, is set to feature the acclaimed BBC Proms and Mary Poppins.


  • Catering to any budget Dubai has over 100,000 hotel rooms. While many notable five-star openings have continued to bolster Dubai’s luxury reputation – such as the St. Regis Dubai Palazzo Versace, and Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai – there have also been several new, high-quality, good-value properties to open in the mid-market range of three and four-star hotels.
  • Travellers can enjoy Dubai-style luxury with wallet-friendly prices with the city’s host of three and four-star hospitality options
  • Stay in the heart of Dubai at the three-star Rove Downtown, which combines artsy and cool with high-quality. For families that seek a beach experience without having to leave the comfort of their accommodation, Double Tree by Hilton is the perfect destination – with its own private beach and proximity to the Mall the of Emirates
  • The first four-star R Hotels Resort & Spa resort also provides luxury within reach – with 259 rooms and modern recreational facilities including a spa, gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam bath
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