Staying with tourism news, the UAE is expected to welcome almost 9 million foreign visitors this year, a rise of 9% on 2011. That’s according to the latest industry report by global industry consultants, Business Monitor International (BMI). Last year 8.2 million tourists visited the country, with Dubai proving to be the strongest performer. Guest numbers to Dubai hotels rose 10% year on year to reach almost 4.6 million in the first half of 2011 alone. Dubai was also the only tourist destination in the region to witness an increase in both occupancy and revenue per available room during 2011, with rises of 4% and 4.5% respectively.