Dubai's popularity as a holiday destination has been highlighted by new figures released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Some 8.6 million hotel guests stayed in Dubai last year, with visitor numbers climbing by ten per cent compared to 2010.
"The market has witnessed correction with the emergence of budget airlines and budget hotels in the region that has helped balance the tourist mix," said Ghassan Aridi, the chief executive of Alpha Tours.
"Alpha Tours witnessed a 20 per cent growth in visitors, driven mostly by tourists from the GCC, China and the conventions and exhibitions sectors. We expect 2011 to be better than 2010."
In total, the data showed that revenue accrued through tourism in Dubai also rose to Dh 13.27 billion, compared to Dh 12.46 billion in 2009.
The DTCM added that the number of hotels and hotel apartments increased to 573 in 2010, compared to 540 in 2009. This meant that the number of available rooms grew to 70,955 at the end of last year, a growth of 9,468 against 2009 figures.