Report: Visitors to Dubai soar
26 January 2009 11:53
The growing number of tourists heading off on holidays to Dubai is helping drive the growth of its airport, it has been revealed.
Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has become a popular destination for tourists looking for a luxury winter break, with exclusive hotels such as the spectacular Burj al Arab attracting celebrities including model Naomi Campbell and tennis star Roger Federer.
According to official figures, more than 34.3 million passengers passed through Dubai Airport in 2007, with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, predicting that as many as 40 million people would use the hub next year.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said: "[It] is a reflection of Dubai's robust economy and its rising popularity as an international commercial and tourism hub."
As well as enjoying the stunning beaches and soaking up traditional Arabian culture, Dubai is also renowned for its shopping opportunities, with many visitors spending hours picking up bargains at the Dubai Gold Souk.
Before they head off, savvy travellers ensure that they have taken out adequate travel insurance which could come in handy if they get into difficulties while on holiday.