Britons are staying for an increasingly longer time when they go on holidays to Dubai.This is according to figures from Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and published in Breaking Travel News, which show that guest nights for visitors in the emirate increased by 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 when compared with the same time period last year.Such is the affection UK adults seem to be developing for the state, many may start to look at apartments for sale in Dubai so they can have extended breaks. The statistics from the body show there has been a 20 per cent increase in the average length of stay, while this figure rises to 37 per cent when only apartments are considered.Ian Scott, UK and Ireland director for the DTCM, said: "We are delighted with the UK results to date and are confident that visitor numbers will continue with this positive start throughout the year. It is great to see guests extending their stay in the emirate as visitors take advantage of the huge variety of activity Dubai has to offer."He went on to note the figures highlight that visitors are "becoming increasingly aware" of the accommodation options open to them. The hike in apartment use is being explained by the fact more families are travelling to the area.People may be cautious about buying property in Dubai because of fears they will not settle. However, executive director at InternationalLiving.com Jennifer Stevens stated individuals will discover that expat communities are very welcoming and it will be easy to make acquaintances.She added weekly or monthly group meetings are typically held by people of the same nationality in order to organise events. This can prove to be an ideal way to build up a social life and ensure the transition to the Middle East is as smooth as possible. "You can make wonderful friends with people who are from the country and are moving too," Ms Stevens commented.