UK and Irish top Dubai incoming visitor numbers

Visitors to Dubai from the UK and Ireland outnumbered those from any other European country last year, with an increase of 15.6% in visitor numbers to 348,477 and 7,065 respectively. Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing director for the UK and Ireland Bärbel Kirchner attributed the figures to a rise in business tourism, although a breakdown for C&I groups is not available. “Dubai is seen as a premier C&I destination,” said Kirchner. “When the Dubai International Convention Centre opens next September it will be the largest in the region. The Madinat Jumeirah hotel is due to open in 2004 and will have a purpose-built conference venue.”

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