Malls and restaurants cashing in on tourists
Visitors spend more in Dubai than other cities
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.”