Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sectors will be key beneficiaries of the newly launched Dubai 2040 Master Plan, which aims to focus on enhancing quality of life and the visitor experience.

Key aspects of the 20-year blueprint for sustainable urban development, announced last week by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, include more than doubling the space allocated to hotels (+ 134 per cent) and increasing the emirate’s beachfront by some 400 per cent. In addition, more than 60 per cent of Dubai will be allocated to nature reserves.

The Dubai Urban Master Plan is focused on development and investment in five main urban centres (three existing and two new centres) that support growth of economic sectors, boost job opportunities and enhance leisure and lifestyle facilities.

The existing urban centres include Deira and Bur Dubai, historic areas that highlight the emirate’s tradition and heritage; the business and financial heart of the city encompassing Downtown and Business Bay; the hospitality and leisure centre encompassing the Dubai Marina and JBR that serves as an international tourism and leisure hub.

The two new centres include Expo 2020 Centre, an economic and growth hotspot featuring affordable housing and a focal point for the exhibitions, tourism and logistics sectors and Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre, a science and technology and knowledge hub that drives innovation, digital economy development and talent generation.