Posted by Neil King
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has highlighted "the steadily growing relations" between the UK and Dubai over the last few years following its participation in the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this month.
The body pointed to the fact that in 2009, Dubai's hotels recorded a total of 715,000 guests from the UK - a figure that had already reached 382,000 by the first half of this year.
In addition, DTCM stated that the number of tour operators promoting Dubai in the UK grew by five per cent last year.
Eyad Abdul Rahman, DTCM's executive director of media relations and business development, added that the department's pavilion at WTM generated a "major response" from visitors, especially from UK-based travel agencies.
He also noted that nearly half of the participating travel agencies attended the special dinner hosted by DTCM "which served as an excellent networking platform".
The comments on developing UK-UAE relations come after a recent state visit to the region by Queen Elizabeth II.