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Dubai holidays continue strong on the way to recovery

  • 15-Sep-10 13:37
  • Dubai
  • Holiday Industry

Despite the considerable losses that affected the Dubai holidays market as a result of the global recession which saw many ambitious developments come to a halt and remain in standby, it looks like the emirate is rapidly picking up the pace and recovering

Dubai holidays continue strong on the way to recovery

One of the most popular emirates for top luxury holidays in the Middle East, Dubai holidays have continued to recover from the global economic downturn over the last months, with visitor numbers increasing significantly in early 2010.

Dubai holidays saw some 4.2 million holidaymakers during the first half of 2010, up nine per cent from the previous year.

According to official statistics compiled by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing the increase in the number of visitors taking Dubai holidays was mainly driven by a rise in the number of holidaymakers arriving from Asia and the Gulf Arab region.

On another note, the number of guests travelling to Dubai holidays from Europe also increased by 3% over the same period, adding up to a total of 1.3 million, while visitors from the Americas were up 7% with an increase of 335,000 visitors.

The United Kingdom was Dubai’s biggest tourism partner, while Saudi Arabia came first regionally, officials added.

A promising bright future is on the cards for Dubai holidays. And with the future of the United Arab Emirates tourism sector as a whole also received a boost recently, with a new report finding the federation will account for 86 per cent of tourism-related construction projects in the Gulf over the next eight years.

Carried out by industry researcher RNCOS, the report revealed $234bn is set to be invested over the period, with stated-funded projects in Abu Dhabi leading the way.

“The UAE has one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the Middle East,” the report highlighted.

“As a result, several new projects have been announced to tap the opportunity created by the growing demand for hotels and amusement and theme parks.”

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