Dubai has announced a year-on-year increase in visitor figures for Q2 2009, reaffirming its position as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations
Despite a sharp downturn in travel and tourism in the emirate, Dubai Airports has registered a year-on-year growth of 10.3 percent in passenger traffic for the month of June.
South Africa has confirmed it is considering a proposal from Dubai to permanently berth the Queen Elizabeth 2 liner at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town, and convert it into a luxury floating hotel.
Dubai is gearing up for the opening of its long-awaited metro system in September.
Dubai’s luxury Monarch hotel is launching an online auction of rooms, meals and spa treatments as a novel way of attracting guests.The Monarch Dubai, with its prime location at 1 Sheikh Zayed Road, plans to launch the “name your price for luxury” auction next month, as a tool for combatting the slump in Dubai’s hospitality sector.
Etihad Airway’s Udo Fisher (Country Manager - Germany) talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB 2009.
Dubai is embarking on a £10 million global campaign in an attempt to boost its tourism economy.“Keep Discovering Dubai” aims to promote Dubai’s tourism facilities internationally and includes over 2,000 travel agents and tour operators being invited to visit the emirate over the next two months for three-day familiarisation trips to showcase the region’s accessibility, infrastructure and hospitality.
Dubai’s finance department has sold $10bn (£6.9bn) in bonds to the United Arab Emirates, to ease its liquidity problems.It will use the money to pay off its multi-billion dollar debt accumulated as a result of the emirate embarking on the biggest expansion project in history.
Dubai is introducing a fleet of water taxis to help alleviate the congestion problems and lack of public transport.The first of ten catamaran-based vessels will be powered by Rolls Royce waterjets, and serve as a modern version of the traditional abra water taxi.Trials are scheduled to start in August 2009. Deliveries are due to be completed by early 2010 and, if the water taxis prove successful, there is significant potential for future orders from the RTA.
Dubai is set to become the number one spa destination in the world by the year 2010 as global trends see more visitors seeking healthy holidays for rest and relaxation.
Breaking Travel News interviews Naseem. Javed, Founder, ABC Namebank at Arabian Travel Investment Conference 2008, Dubai.
Breaking Travel News interviews Abid Baloch, Sales & marketing Executiive, Al Sahra Desert Resort, Dubai Heritage Vision LLC at Arabian Travel Investment Conference 2008, Dubai.