Dubai’s airport and hotels welcomed an increase in visitor numbers following a slowdown during the height of summer and Ramadan. The boost for Dubai hotels was partly driven by continued diversion of tourist flows to the emirate amid unrest in other parts of the Middle East and also the earlier timing of Ramadan in August.
The number of rooms and occupancy in Dubai has increased said Syed Zulfiqar Mehdi, the director of sales and marketing at City Seasons Hotel and Suites in Dubai.
It is thought that because of the disturbance in Egypt, the GCC market has moved to Dubai. The weather is in favour as conditions were not spo hot compared to August.. Now a lot of GCC travellers are moving to Dubai, especially due to Thailands floods. It’s a very heathy sign that the season has started with good numbers. In addition, exhibitions such as the Dubai Airshow, are also expected to help increase numbers of tourists into Dubai.
However, there been a slight dip in the number of European visitors partly due to Europes economic uncertainty. Hoteliers have also cited Dubai’s relative affordability as a major factor in helping to drive visitors to the emirate from markets including India. In the first nine months of the year, passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport has risen to 37.5 million, an increase of 7.8 per cent over the same period last year.
Further, increased services to Russia and eastern Europe helped boost passenger traffic. The budget carrier flydubai’s expansion into Russia in recent months has meant the market expanded by 33.9%. The eastern European market rose by 18.7%, with North America increasing 17.6%.