Written by Bob Brunskill
The number of Russians choosing to visit Dubai last year went up by over 20 per cent from 2007's figures.
Gulf News reports tourists from Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States members increased by 21 per cent.
The global economic slowdown was noted by many experts as a factor in the popularity of the emirate. Natalia Vorobieva, general director of Natalie Tours, was one of them.
"Countries with the euro are suffering more than those with dollar prices because the euro now is extremely high compared to other currencies," she explained. "This is one advantage to Dubai."
Statistics show that some 13 per cent of the total guests at the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah are from Russia, Gulf News claimed. The hotel offers features such as a 42-acre Aquaventure water park, lagoon exhibits and salt water pools.
In addition, Dubai is also said to hold the highest revenue per available room when compared to markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.