As Chinese tourists begin venturing farther in search of new cities to experience, Dubai has become a popular destination for an increasing number of Chinese travelers.
Dubai’s iconic Burj al Arab saw a major boost in Chinese guests celebrating recent New Year festivities, hotel operator Jumeirah Group told Arabian Business. Read more here.
Dubai: Retailers and hoteliers are all geared up to welcome Chinese New Year in style on Sunday, with offerings ranging from traditional dumplings to dances to woo Chinese tourists and the business community in Dubai. Read more at Gulf News.
For many Chinese tourists spending their New Year holidays in Dubai, the sheikhdom is still an oriental mystery. The same applies to local hospitality groups as offers for celebrating the year of the snake are still rare, despite an ample community of 200,000 Chinese nationals living in Dubai. Read more at China Daily.
Around 70 million Chinese travelled overseas in 2011, up by over 38 per cent on 2010 figures, of which an estimated 300,000 Chinese tourists visited the UAE spending $334 million, said a World Tourism Council report. Read more here.
Alongside predictable vacations to Paris, New York and London, Chinese tourists are now venturing further afield, making them an important new tourist base in places like Dubai. Famously attractive to newly wealthy tourists from places like Russia, Chinese tourists are now among the top 20 demographics visiting the sheikdom and make up an estimated 20 percent of all foreign tourists there. As a result, Dubai’s lavish hotels and malls are moving quickly to ensure they extract as much cash from these visitors as possible. Read more here.
Major retailers in Dubai have now started employing Cantonese and Mandarin speaking staff to cater to the rising number of visitors from China. Read more here.