Dubai Draws Lebanese Tourists

The number of Lebanese visitors staying at Dubai’s hotels rose two per cent year-on-year during Q1 2012.

The number of Lebanese tourists visiting Dubai has increased in the last few years, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Last year, the number of Lebanese guests at Dubai’s hotels reached 91,000, up 10 per cent compared to the previous year, said the DTCM. In the first quarter of this year, guest numbers rose two per cent compared to the same period last year.

The figures were released during a visit by the Lebanese tourism minister Fadi Abboud to Dubai.

He met up with DTCM’s director general Khalid Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and the two sides discussed plans for joint tourism projects, news agency WAM reported.

Abboud also requested the UAE and other GCC countries to lift the travel advisory issued against Lebanon. He said that the situation in the country was stable and “under control”.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a second travel warning last week, while Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have also advised their citizens not to travel to Lebanon mainly because of the current violence in neighbouring Syria.

Abboud said that the GCC was essential to tourism in Lebanon, with around 40 per cent of the country’s visitors coming from the Arab region.