The United Arab Emirates is experiencing a tourism boom.

The number of visitors heading to Dubai and the other members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to exceed nine million this year.

New figures from Business Monitor International show that demand for flights to Dubai and its neighbouring nations is high.

The projected figure is nine per cent higher than it was last year, when 8.2 million people travelled to the UAE.

Mark Walsh, portfolio director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, which organises conferences in the region, said: “With unrest particularly in Egypt and North Africa last year, the UAE experienced an influx of tourism, boosting its status as a regional safe haven.”

He added that more airlines are opening up routes to the region to take advantage of the unprecedented demand from travellers.

Another factor that seems to be affecting visitor numbers is the UAE’s desire to become the top tourism destination in the world.

Recently, the Al Habtoor Group announced it was developing a new hotel in Dubai that would help the city rival Las Vegas as a gambling hotspot – showing just how ambitious the nation is.

Written by Erin Marshall

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