Dubai is rapidly emerging as a leading tourist destination, it has been reported.
Long-inhabited by western workers, the United Arab Emirates’ largest city is now benefiting from money invested in the tourist industry, says the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
ABTA spokesperson Francis Duke explained that Dubai had as a result been transformed from a desert state into one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
He said: “Dubai is really four and five star upwards when it comes to its tourism offering.
“It is totally an example of where a lot of money and a lot of resources have been ploughed into the tourism products.”
Developments in Dubai reflect general rises in the number of visitors to destinations in emerging economies, the World Tourism Association has announced.
The association claims the market share of developing countries had grown to 40 per cent of worldwide international arrivals in 2007, up from 34 per cent in 2000.
ABTA represents more than 6,000 travel agencies and 850 tour operations throughout the British Isles.