Dubai braced for an Eid tourist invasion

23/10/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News
Dubai braced for an Eid tourist invasion

Room rates rise at hotels with many expecting near 100% occupancy as 1.5m arrive from GCC.

It may be a full house in Dubai this weekend. The emirate is expected to receive 1.5 million visitors from other GCC countries during Eid, with one million tourists expected from Saudi Arabia alone, according to a government official.

Ebrahim Saleh, festival co-ordinator general at the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), said that based on feedback from tour operators, hotels and shopping malls, he estimates Dubai could receive 1.5 million visitors from across the Gulf region during the Eid break.

Hotels in Dubai are expecting 90 to 100 per cent occupancy and rising room rates due to demand from Gulf visitors, especially Saudi nationals, in addition to Eastern European guests, they say.

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