Established in January 1997, the DTCM has two main areas
of responsibility. The first of these includes all the
functions of the former Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion
Board (DCTPB), which had been in existence since 1989
and concentrated on the international promotion of Dubais
commerce and tourism interests. The DTCMs second
main area of responsibility is as the principal authority
for the planning, supervision and development of the
tourism sector in the emirate.
the importance attached to tourism development at
the highest level, the DTCMs Chairman is His
Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence.
Its Director-General is Khalid A. bin Sulayem.
part of its marketing role, the DTCM plans and implements
an integrated programme of international promotions
and publicity activities. This programme includes
exhibition participation, marketing visits, presentations
and roadshows, familiarisation and assisted visits,
advertising brochure production and distribution,
media relations and enquiry information services.
addition to its head office in Dubai, the DTCM has
14 overseas offices. They are located in Philadelphia
(covering North America East and Central),
Los Angeles (North America West Coast), London
(the UK and Ireland), Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany),
Stockholm (Scandinavia), Milan (Italy), Moscow (the
Russian Federation, CIS and Baltic States), Nairobi
(East Africa), Johannesburg (South Africa), Mumbai
(India), Hong Kong (Far East), Tokyo (Japan) and Sydney
(Australia and New Zealand).
assuming its administrative responsibilities within
Dubai, the DTCM has now taken over the licensing of
hotels, hotel apartments, tour operators, tourist
transport companies and travel agents. Its supervisory
role also covers all touristic, archaeological and
heritage sites, tourism conferences and exhibitions,
the operation of tourist information services and
the organisation and licensing of tour guides.