Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai witnessed a nine per cent increase in hotel guests in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year, new figures show.
According to a report by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai catered for 4.2 million hotel guests in the first six months of the year against 3.9 million in the first half of 2009.
Khalid Ahmed Bin Sulayem, director general at DCTM, commented that despite the challenging conditions faced by the global tourism industry last year, Dubai was still able to achieve impressive results in terms of tourist arrivals, hotel revenues and tourism related events.
DCTM data also shows that the number of hotels operating in Dubai has reached 566 - a seven per cent increase on the 530 recorded last year.
In addition, the number of hotel rooms reached 67,369, indicating a 16 per cent increase from 58,188 rooms last year.
The news comes after Macdonald & Company, a leading property recruitment consultancy, said this week that the demand for high calibre real estate professionals in the Middle East is on the rise.