File - A family sits at the Palm Jumeirah beach as the Burj Al Arab hotel is seen during sunset in Dubai February 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Saleh Salem)
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Dubai plans to almost double its number of hotel rooms by 2020 as it expects a surge of visitors to the desert sheikhdom ahead of that year's World Expo.The emirate that spent more than $110 billion to transform itself into the Middle East's commercial and entertainment hub is seeking to attract 20 million tourists annually by the end of the decade, Helal Saeed al-Marri, director general of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said in an interview Monday. To do that, it needs to raise the number of hotel rooms to as many as 160,000, many of them not in the luxury category Dubai is known for, he said.About a third of Dubai's 85,000 rooms are in luxury hotels.
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