2011 saw Dubai hailed as a safe haven for visitors, as destinations at the centre of the ‘Arab Spring’ witnessed a downturn in tourism. That’s according to a report released by the World Tourism Organistion at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. While locations such as Tunisia and Egypt saw visitor numbers drop due to regional unrest, Dubai and the UAE have seen figures soar, with the influx of tourists visiting from Egypt and Turkey rising by 400% in 2011. Overall last year Dubai witnessed a 10% rise in guests to 9.09 million at hotel and hotel apartments, boosting revenue by 20% from 2010 to $4.4 billion. Guests numbers also increased by 9% to 2.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 – highly positive news for investors in Dubai’s thriving hotel industry.