The department of tourism and commerce marketing (DTCM) in Dubai has praised the Emirates city in terms of how much it has progressed as a tourist destination even during 2008.

The department of tourism and commerce marketing (DTCM) in Dubai has praised the Emirates city in terms of how much it has progressed as a tourist destination even during 2008.

According to the organisation, the number of people going on holidays to Dubai increased by 8.6 per cent in the first half of this year, with the majority of tourists coming from the UK.

They have been attracted by a range of new developments, including the new Atlantis resort, the Dubai Mall and a range of spas and other activities.

DTCM director for the UK and Ireland Ian Scott said that the city should feel proud of itself.

“To have witnessed an overall increase in international visitor figures of almost nine per cent in the first half of this year in the current global climate is testament to the strength of its … universal appeal,” he commented.

Officials in Dubai say they aim to have hit 15 million visitors by 2015.

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