Dubai posts strong visitor numbers

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An aerial view of the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE. Photo – Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai has once again emerged as one of the most popular holiday destinations on the planet as new figures suggesting that tourists continued to flock to the emirate in September.

According to Dubai Airports statistics, passenger traffic rose by 12.8% during the month of September compared to the same period in 2011. The city’s year-to-date visitor numbers posted an impressive 42.5 million passengers landing at the airport.

Dubai attracts a large number of both business travellers and holidaymakers, thanks to several high-profile international conferences and exhibitions that are held in the city throughout the year.

Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths welcomed the figures.

“So far it’s been a very good year for Dubai Airports and we have had a great start to the last quarter,” he remarked.

Dubai International Airport, the world’s fourth busiest aviation hub, saw passenger numbers rise by 12.8% while neighbouring Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a rise of 14.5%.

Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in September, followed by the Indian subcontinent, the GCC and Africa.

The United Arab Emirates is enjoying high visitor number, as different Emirati city tourism boards and airlines promote visitor campaigns throughout the year.

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