In­flux as tourist sea­son is in full swing

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Dubai is ex­pect­ing a huge in­flux of tourists in the com­ing weeks as the city hosts ma­jor sport­ing events and the tourism sea­son gets un­der way.

Dubai Po­lice has is­sued advice to vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing tips on per­sonal safety and be­hav­iour.

Officers said the com­ing four months, dur­ing which tem­per­a­tures are typ­i­cally be­low 30C, will see “mil­lions” de­scend on the city. Saudi Ara­bian schools are on a mid-term break un­til November 20 and also have hol­i­days next month.

Bri­gadier Mo­hammed Rashid Al Muhairi, Deputy Di­rec­tor of CID, said the force aims to en­sure tourists are “happy” dur­ing their stay. He said: “Mil­lions of vis­i­tors are ex­pected to come to Dubai, es­pe­cially Saudis in the com­ing weeks.

“We want them to con­tact us on 800 243 about any prob­lem they face, es­pe­cially with ho­tels and rental car of­fices.”

Po­lice urge vis­i­tors to be mind­ful of cus­toms and for cou­ples to avoid “ex­ces­sive touch­ing or By 7DAYS News Team kiss­ing in pub­lic”. Arnoon Travel and Tourism es­ti­mated from “De­cem­ber un­til the end of Jan­uary we [the in­dus­try] are ex­pect­ing around 1 to 1.5 mil­lion vis­i­tors from Saudi Ara­bia”.

Ra­heesh Babu, Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer at travel site Musafir.com, also said: “The in­flux from Saudi Ara­bia is ex­pected to be high.

“How­ever, trav­ellers from GCC coun­tries have a trend and they tend to book their hol­i­days last minute, so we are ex­pect­ing more book­ings in the com­ing days.

“Air­lines have in­creased their ser­vices by up to 40 per cent be­tween UAE and Saudi Ara­bia. Also, the Dubai Rugby Sevens is near­ing so the trav­ellers from Europe is ex­pected in great num­bers. Trav­ellers from In­dia have al­ways shown great in­ter­est and that has been the case this year too.”

PACKED: Dubai Mall in the win­ter

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