Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai has seen its hotel occupancy rates rise strongly this year, with the average rate now around 80 per cent, a government official has said.
Mohammed Shael Al Saadi, chief executive officer of business registration and licensing at Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED), argued that the figures demonstrate the emirate's impressive recovery from the global downturn, Arabian Business reported.
"Dubai is regaining its vitality as an investment and tourism destination," he said.
The news provider also referred to recent comments by Mr Al Saadi which suggested that the success of the budget airline flydubai has resulted in thousands more tourists from India, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey visiting Dubai.
Mr Al Saadi was speaking at an economic forum also attended by Chung Byung-chol, vice-chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries.
Last week, flydubai received its ninth Boeing 737-800NG, marking its latest on-time aircraft delivery in less than 13 months of operation.