The Impact of Tourism in Dubai Essay

2535 Words Aug 13th, 2008 11 Pages

Tourism is no more an occasional past-time for wealthy and adventurous people. Nowadays, everyone is participating in the tourism industry, may it be a catering company, a hotel or an entertainment business. In fact, tourism has an impressive impact on its host country’s economy. It increases growth rate, national profit, investment and country celebrity as well, going from short term to long term improvements. However, it has crucial negative impacts on other sectors, mostly, the environment. Gradually, the ecosystem has been affected taking with it an increase of pollution and a decrease in natural resources of the country. Dubai is good example to take in order to analyze the impacts of tourism on the short and long
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As a matter of fact, tourism in Dubai emits the same pollution than any other industry: air pollution, water pollution, noise, solid and liquid waste, petroleum products and chemical residues and visual pollution. In truth, the tourism sector generates tons of rubbish: for example, a single cruise ship rejects 7000 tones of solid waste every year. These solid wastes, in areas of high touristic concentration, are present even in the most remote and less frequented places.
Furthermore, aesthetic pollution engenders difficulties integrating certain tourism infrastructure, including coastal accommodations, in valleys or along picturesque roads: for example, the artificial islands under construction on the coast-line of Dubai, which make the reputation of the emirate in the world, provoke the anxiety of the environmentalists, who fear their impact on the environment. Palm Jumeirah and two other islands "palm ", as well as "The World", group of islands forming a globe, are part of colossal plans which Dubai launched to establish itself as a worldwide destination of tourism.

Let’s see some statistics on pollution in Dubai: (Sources: AIR POLLUTION INDICATORS AT MONITORING SITES - EMIRATE OF DUBAI
(2004 - 2006), Table Code SYB06-01, Dubai Municipality)

As we can see on this table, in the Deira sector, respirable particulars pollution has more than doubled. It is the same case as in the Safa Area. This is most likely coming from the increase in ways of

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