Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing

Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the official tourism board and government body responsible for regulating, planning and licensing the city’s tourism and hospitality industry.

The DTCM is headquartered in Dubai but also maintains offices in many of the world’s biggest cities (London, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Frankfurt, etc.).

Visitor Information Bureaus

Visitors to Dubai wishing to obtain maps, brochures, public transport schedules, and general tourist advice can visit one of the DTCM’s Visitor Information Bureaus. They can be found at the airport and several shopping malls (Deira City Centre, BurJuman, Ibn Battuta Mall, and Wafi City Mall).

Official Dubai Tourism Websites

The DTCM maintains 2 websites:

Government of Dubai – Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

The official site of the DTCM offers a wealth of information in addition to general tourist advice. It features an excellent interactive map, press releases, useful tourism statistics (hotels, visitors etc.), legislation and laws, videos, a weekly newsletter, an online complaints service, electronic brochures, and more.

Definitely Dubai

This website is the official tourism portal of the city of Dubai and is very consumer focused.

The site is split into three major sections, each targeting a different audience:


This section includes information about getting to Dubai, accommodation, things to do, things to see, and places to eat.


Everything a new or existing resident of Dubai needs to know about living in the city can be found here. Topics covered include residence visas, fixed and mobile telephones, internet access, nurseries and schools, ID cards, and sponsoring a maid.

Business Visitors

This part of the site contains information about setting up a business in Dubai, exhibition and conference venues, free zones, employment, and more.

Comments and Additional Information

  1. I am delighted to visit Dubai, the spectacular city is the best example of urban planning has super luxury Hotels, Big shopping Malls, beautiful buildings, conference facilities, shopping, knightlife, delicious food and so on…. would like to visit again..

  2. Hello. I have a Christ tattoo on my body and some other tattoos.Is that a problem in public beaches in Dubai or in hotel swimming pools????

    • Wife wife has a cross around her neck and we have lived in Dubai for over 15 years. This is an extremely tolerant Emirate. We love Dubai and its people

    • No, of course not, dubai is open for everyone from all regions, religions, races, backgrounds, and walks of life, so you are free to enjoy the beautiful beaches of dubai.

  3. When in Rome behave like a Roman , so goes the old adage.

  4. I’m from South Africa and every country has its own roots culture and religion, I lived in Dubai for months and it was one unforgettable experience I wouldn’t trade for anything, Abide by the rules you’ll love it.
    Can’t wait to get an a holiday apartment there

  5. SO just because a "kissing" in public arrest has been made? stay away?
    Its called respecting religion, Dubai is an AMAZING place 🙂 No offence or not tryign to argue, but thats abit silly advice John 😛

    • Kissing is not a crime anywhere in the world. If they want visitors to feel welcomed they also have to respect other cultures and welcome them instead of trying to force theirs customs onto others.

  6. After the recent arrest of the two British nationals for "kissing" in public. I urge everyone to stay out of Dubai.

    • Dubai is independent and sovereign state. Aliens and foreigners MUST comply and respect ALL UAE laws and regulations plus traditions. If they are not happy, they should stay out of Dubai.

      • Uae… where their “religion” is mandatory. Very narrow minded!

    • they were not “kissing” in public , they were fornicating in public , in all countries worldwide = you will go to jail for such behaviour

  7. Summer is a good time to go to Dubai. The weather is very hot but flights and hotels are a lot cheaper.


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