Influx as tourist season is in full swing
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