Dubai tourism showing resilience in face of downturn

22/08/2009 - Dubai Lifestyle News
Dubai tourism showing resilience in face of downturn

Written by Bob Brunskill

Tourism in Dubai is growing, according to new figures.

The country's quarter-two results for tourist activity show that nearly two million people visited Dubai from across the globe between April and June, which may be good news for those with Dubai property investments.

Research indicates a four per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Ireland and the UK represent the largest portion of vacationers, with ten per cent of those who holidayed there coming from these locations.

Commenting on the news, Ian Scott, director of UK and Ireland for Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing explained that although the country has been affected by the global credit crunch, measures taken by the government have ensured a revival.

He mentioned the success of marketing, promotional activity, sales incentives and travel trade familiarisation trips, as well as educational events in drawing in more custom.

Mr Scott said: "Throughout this challenging period, we have remained realistic but confident,

"The figures speak for themselves showing that Dubai is on the road to recovery," he concluded.

Commercial property in Dubai has seen growth in recent months, with a 17 per cent increase in sales at the Dubai Shopping Malls Group.