More UK and Irish holidaymakers flock to Dubai

15/11/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
More UK and Irish holidaymakers flock to Dubai

The number of tourists heading to Dubai from the UK and Ireland grew sharply in the third quarter of 2012.New figures published by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) highlighted an eight per cent increase in visitor numbers from the UK when compared to the corresponding three-month period in 2011, Travel Weekly reports.Even more impressively, the amount of Irish people who travelled to the city in the third quarter was up by 54 per cent year-on-year.The report also indicated that holidaymakers are extending the length of their stay in Dubai.Indeed, the average UK visitor is now staying in the city for seven nights - a five per cent increase on last year.Hotel and apartment bookings in the second quarter rose to 170,452 from 154,180 in 2011.DTCM representatives suggested the emirate is viewed as a family-friendly destination among Britons and Irish citizens and this explains the high demand for self catering apartments.This should give foreign property investors some idea as to where their money would be most wisely spent."We are delighted with the UK results for the third quarter, and confident that visitor numbers will continue to be positive throughout the year," commented DTCM's director of UK and Ireland Ian Scott."Increasingly, families are realising that Dubai can offer them a fun and affordable family holiday with a relatively short flight time of only seven hours."New hotels and apartments are springing up all over Dubai and more foreigners are expected to visit the city in the coming years.Dubai Airports recently revealed that 42.5 million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport in the first nine months of 2012.Numerous airlines are providing additional services in order to cater for the huge demand for flights to the UAE.There was a 3.9 per cent rise in aircraft movement at the main airport in September alone, which reiterates how much extra traffic is being handled by the facility.