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No swine flu in the UAE, says health minister

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April 29, 2009 12:00 by

Hotel occupancy in the Middle East and Africa fell 11 percent in March this year with Dubai and Egypt hardest hit by the economic downturn, says a report by STR Global. “Dubai has lost over 30 percent in the first quarter of 2009,” it says.
Hotel occupancy in Dubai was down 15.8 percent in March while revenue per available room (revPAR) fell almost 41 percent. However, cities like Beirut and Jeddah recorded an increase in hotel occupancy during the same period.

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