The leading film festival in the Middle East, Africa and South and Central Asia – the Dubai International Film Festival is underway. Now in its eighth year, the event has established itself as a major festival showcasing the best of world cinema.
The 2011 World Travel Market is set to be another success for the government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Agents are invited to the Dubai stand (ME200) to meet Andrew Flintoff who, having lived in the emirate with his family during 2010, will be helping the DTCM to promote the emirate’s sporting interests and in particular the England v Pakistan test match there in Jan/Feb 2012.
Flydubai has confirmed it will launch launching a new car rental service, allowing passengers to book a vehicle and then drive away for less anywhere in the world. The service, available exclusive online through Flydubai.com, finds the best rates from more than 650 car rental companies across 35,000 cities and airports in 185 countries.
Hotel occupancy in Dubai witnessed a 10.5 percentage points increase in July 2011 year-on-year, the biggest such increase within the region, global consultancy Ernst & Young said in its Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey. Occupancy in Dubai hotels rose to 80.8 per cent in July 2011, up from 70.3 per cent in July 2010.
Indigo Airlines has inaugurated its first international route, offering departures from the United Arab Emirates to Delhi. The second largest budget carrier on the sub-continent will fly to Dubai from September, with the first 25,000 passengers offered cut price fares
Hot on the heels of hosting the incredibly successful World Travel Awards in May when it was voted “Middle East’s Leading Destination”, Dubai has reported that its hotel industry has enjoyed strong growth for the first quarter of 2011.
UAE’s S.S. Lootah Group and Dubai Events and Promotions (DEPE) will organize the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo, the Middle East’s first consumer show designed to promote eco-friendly products and services on June 22-24 at The Dubai Mall.
Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing has reassured both the travel trade and consumers that a safe destination after claims a holidaymaker was beaten to death in his prison cell.
The Foreign Office is calling for a “full investigation” after a British man died in police custody in Dubai.
Dubai has reported a strong surge in interest as the United Arab Emirate continues to recover from the global economic slump. Releasing its latest figures earlier, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing confirmed destination had hosted 8.3 million international guests in 2010, a 9.4 per cent increase over 2009.
With the FIFA World Cup secured Qatar has shifted its footballing ambitions, with Manchester United thought to be the next target. According to reports, Qatar Holding – the sovereign wealth fund of the Middle Eastern state - has set aside some £2.5 billion for the deal.