There are many tourist attractions in Dubai, resulting from a large scale construction boom. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current ruler of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, wants Dubai to become the top tourist destination in the world. Dubai is expected to attract 15 million tourists from all around the world in 2015.Euromonitor ranked the world's 150 most visited cities by international tourists in 2009; Dubai ranked 7th. Dubai hosted a record 10 million visitors in 2012, an increase of 9.3% from the previous year.
Souks (also written souq and soukh) are traditional outdoor markets selling food, spices, gifts, jewellery, fabrics and other items. In Dubai most souks are named after the types of products on sale. There are both indoor and outdoor souks in Dubai, mostly located in Deira and Bur Dubai.