The numbers of people taking flights to Dubai is on the increase.

A rise in the number of people taking flights to Dubai has been recorded, with the state’s airport seeing the strongest increase in arrivals for 14 months.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport increased by 14 per cent during the month of January when compared with the numbers who arrived at the terminal during the same month in 2011, the airport authority has stated.

In total, it saw 4.85 million people pass through the airport across the four-week period, up from the 4.25 million seen during January 2011.

“The fantastic start to the year is partially due to the traffic surge caused by the holiday season, the recently concluded Dubai Shopping Festival and the ongoing expansion of the hub network,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports.

Some people heading to Dubai could be planning to spend time at the world famous Mall of the Emirates, which is now also home to its very own colony of penguins.

Written by Ruth Norris

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