Two of Dubai’s major tourist events for 2008 have also been named among the most significant events worldwide for the whole year.

Two of Dubai’s major tourist events for 2008 have also been named among the most significant events worldwide for the whole year.

In a list compiled by the Telegraph, the opening of new hotels such as Atlantis and an increase in tourist development in the emirate in general earned it a place thanks to its bringing in thousands of extra visitors.

“The pace of development is only expected to increase next year, which should see the completion of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai,” the newspaper pointed out.

Built on a man-made island, Atlantis opened for bookings on September 24th and has 1,539 rooms.

One of its top attractions is the Leap of Faith water slide, which drops people 27.5 metres before sending them through a transparent tunnel inside a shark-filled aquarium.

Meanwhile, the QE2’s arrival in Dubai also won a spot. The ship left Britain in November to take its place in the city, where it will be converted into a floating hotel.

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