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Who’s visiting Dubai?

Who’s visiting Dubai?

The emirate was hit by a substantial decline in tourist numbers last year, but could be on the road to recovery.

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January 31, 2010 2:14 by



Dubai saw the number of hotel rooms increasing to 59,372 during the first nine months of 2009, a 19 percent rise compared to the same period in 2008, according to DTCM figures.

Earlier this year, the organizers of The Hotel Show said that hotel projects under construction across the GCC are valued at more than $7 billion, with the majority of them-with a value of $4.4 billion-located in the UAE.

“We asked research company Proleads to examine active and under-construction hotel projects scheduled for completion between now and 2013 across the GCC countries. The results indicate that the continuing development of the regional hospitality industry is both robust and sustainable,” Maggie Moore, exhibition director of The Hotel Show said in a release.

“It has undoubtedly been a tough time for the hospitality industry on a worldwide basis in 2009 and the Middle East has not escaped totally unscathed. But set against global trends, the region is still comfortably placed,” she said.

Most of the research reports seem optimistic about tourism picking up across the region this year. But even as the shopping festival begins in Dubai, taxi drivers complain that there are no tourists, and the Jumeirah Beach road, which used to announce the event with lights and colors, remains bare this year. It is going to take a while, it seems, before the tourists numbers shoot up again.



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  1. AP on February 4, 2010 10:04 am

    Though Dubai has attractions to visit, what pisses off tourists is the entry restrictions and lengthy formalities. The repeated eye test is the most complex and delays the arrival a lot. Not to forget, a very high visa fee – as a GCC resident, I go through these formalities repeatedly on every visit and pay AED 185 for a visa.
    I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO MUSCAT INSTEAD, WHICH ALSO HAS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, WITH BEACHES & GREENERY, AND THEIR VISA COST IS JUST OMR 3 (AED 30). THEIR IMMIGRATION STAFF MAY BE A BIT SLOW, BUT THEY WELCOME VISITORS VERY WELL.
    Just a contrast for one to see. Dubai needs foreign visitors and therefore should relax unnecessary hassles and reduce visa fees to make more people travel and spend in the country and revive its economy quickly.

     

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