Malls and restau­rants cash­ing in on tourists

Vis­i­tors spend more in Dubai than other cities

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Ryan @ThatPad­dyRyan pa­trick@7days.ae

When peo­ple come to Dubai they know they’ll be spend­ing a lot of money.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Ste­fan Breg, Star­wood Ho­tels’ re­gional di­rec­tor of food and bev­er­age, who was com­ment­ing on a re­port that re­vealed overnight vis­i­tors to Dubai spend more than those in New York and Paris com­bined.

“Peo­ple know what to ex­pect when they come here,” Breg said.

“You know that you’re go­ing to be ac­tive on the food and bev­er­age scene.

“The sheer di­ver­sity of the restau­rants is a ma­jor fea­ture of life here in Dubai.

“You can go to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent places from a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant to sim­ply go and hang out in Barasti.

“The cli­mate here also plays a mas­sive role.”

He said there was one fea­ture of life in Dubai that tourists couldn’t help but ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You have to go to the mall here,” he said.

“If you don’t go to the mall then it’s al­most as if you are go­ing to face be­ing os­tracised by peo­ple here. “I’ve never known any­thing like it. “When you go on hol­i­day to other coun­tries you aren’t ex­actly com­pelled to visit the malls, but it’s part of life here in Dubai.”

The wide range of op­tions avail­able to vis­i­tors here is another jewel in Dubai’s crown, he said.

Breg added: “You just have to look at the eth­nic di­ver­sity when it comes to choos­ing restau­rants.

“You have ev­ery­thing from Ar­me­nian to Peru­vian restau­rants.

“It can’t be de­nied that as good as all the sec­tors are do­ing that ho­tels are still lead­ing the way for Dubai.”

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