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Addressing a press conference here today, Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, Chief Executive Officer, DSF, said, "Over the last seven years of its existence, DSF has attracted four million tourists, which is same as the number of tourists visiting India in one year. However, it must be remembered that the population of Dubai is a mere one million.''
Mr. Al Nabouda said over the period, DSF had done business worth $10 billion and more than 300 kg of gold was won in the gold schemes on offer at the DSF. DSF will spend up to $23 million in advertising and promotional activities in the run-up to the event. Mr. Al Nabouda said in 2003, the DSF would be even bigger and better with the major change being in the dates. This was largely because, "you get the best climate in Dubai this time of the year and we are having 20 per cent of the activity outdoors this time,'' said Mr. Al Nabouda.
The DSF would be characterised by raffles and promotions. Shopping would be a round the clock event at more than 3,000 retail outlets in Dubai with a new concept Night Bazar where bargains would be offered every night on well-known brands.
Tawheed Abdalla, Chairman, Gold & Jewellery Group of Dubai, said there were 500 gold jewellery retailers in Dubai and offer gold jewellery at the most affordable price in the world. "Indians are the biggest buyers of gold in Dubai,'' he said.
Jamshed Mohta, Sales Manager, Emirates Airline, Western India, said, "For the fifth consecutive year, Emirates Airline is one of the key sponsors of DSF. This year, the airline, in association with SOTC, is offering a five-day weekend package for $599.
In a significant step to simplify the visa application process, the Emirates has tied up with VFS to set up the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) in India to assist passengers in obtaining a visit visa or 96 hour visa to Dubai.
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