Dubai has fast become one of the most attractive holiday destinations not just in the Middle East, but in the world. Tourists from all over the planet descend on the emirate each year to take advantage of its top class restaurants and shops, luxury hotels, gorgeous beaches and warm climate. In fact, tourism officials recently confirmed that arrival numbers at the city's airport grew by 13.7 per cent in the first half of 2012 when compared with the corresponding period in 2011. Clearly, there is enormous potential for property investors who are looking to secure new assets in Dubai - especially for those who are concentrating on the more exclusive areas. Hotel owners are reaping the benefits of Dubai's booming popularity, as flush tourists are spending huge sums during their stay. Bosses at the Grand Millennium Dubai are particularly keen to attract more Chinese tourists, as the Asian nation is expected to become one of the world's top outbound travel markets. In order to promote their hotel, representatives of the organisation recently took part in the first Chinese Visitor Summit held in Dubai. General manager of the Grand Millennium Dubai Peter Mansourian said he was pleased with the response his business received at the event. "Dubai as a destination is extensively gaining popularity in China, it is a must-see for those considering long-haul travel and this event has familiarised the major travel operators with the relevant facts and contacts," he remarked. "Located between Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall, the Grand Millennium Dubai was of tremendous interest to the Chinese tour operators, and we expect more business for the hotel arising out of the summit," Mr Mansourian added. China has the second largest economy in the world, so establishing closer links with the country is vital to the UAE and events such as the Chinese Visitor Summit will certainly help to build a solid relationship between the two nations. Foreign property investors will also be encouraged to find that Dubai is a popular destination among wealthy Chinese travellers.