Dubai hotels see 35pc occupancy by Saudis
Riyadh, July 31, 2014
Hotels in Dubai recorded 35 percent occupancy by Saudis during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, a report said.
Statistics revealed by Dubai tourism authorities show that more than two million Saudis visited the emirate during the past six months, said The Saudi Gazette, citing a report in Al-Riyadh daily.
The numbers surge is partly attributed to Dubai’s summer activity planning and marketing. The three-month long “Summer is Dubai” campaign that will end on September 7 offers opportunities for fun, leisure and entertainment.
The campaign highlighted events such as Dubai Summer Surprises, Modhesh World, Ramadan in Dubai and Eid in Dubai.
More than four million Saudis visited Dubai in 2011 with total spend being a whopping Dh8.8 billion ($2.4 billion), the report said.
"There is no doubt that Dubai is very well equipped in terms of infrastructure, tourism facilities, services and attractions that makes it the ideal family tourism destination," Mohammad Al-Turki, an investor in the tourism sector, was quoted as saying in the report.
"Many tour operators plan is advance with their counterparts in Dubai to sell packages that are unique and affordable. They block tickets and the number of nights in Dubai early in the season and sell the products to Saudis to make it affordable. Also the fact that Dubai has witnessed a huge growth in shopping malls and large hotels during the past three years has proved helpful,” he added.