Dubai was once one of the world’s best-kept travel secrets, but today, it is the travel hotspot on everyone’s lips. In the past, Dubai was one of the poorest cities in the world. Since its tourism boom, the economy has also experienced a welcome boost. In fact, tourism contributed over $64 billion to the UAE’s economy in 2016 alone, and this is a figure that is set to double by the year 2026. It is an inspiration to many other hopeful destinations, but just how has tourism led Dubai from poverty to riches?