Best cities for British expats – including Malaga, Dubai and Singapore | Travel News | Travel

InterNations is the largest global community for expats around the world and has over four million members. In the Expat City Ranking, expats rated cities based on several important factors.

The cities were ranked on factors including the quality of life they offer expats, how easy it is to make friends, work-life balance and finance and housing.

The best city in the world for expats came in first place because so many expats feel at home there.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, was ranked as the best city in the world for expats.

Over 75 percent of expats find it easy to get used to the local culture while 80 percent think local residents are friendly towards foreigners.

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One expat from the USA said: “I love Kuala Lumpur’s culturally diverse environment and the overall friendliness.”

The buzzing Malaysian city is also very affordable for most expats with 74 percent saying they found housing well priced.

Over 90 percent of expats said housing was easy to find in Kuala Lumpur while over 60 percent thought their household income was “more than enough”.

Kuala Lumpur is also a top tourist destination with travellers flocking to the city to visit the limestone Batu Caves and marvel at the views from the Petronas Twin Towers.


The second best city in the world for British expats is already a firm favourite with British migrants and tourists.

Malaga ranked second highest in the InterNations study and was chosen as the best city for making friends and socialising.

Nearly 70 percent of expats found it easy to make friends in Malaga while over 85 percent thought the cost of living was very affordable.

One US expat in Malaga said: “Malaga has everything to offer for downtime.” Not a single expat said they were unhappy with the weather in Malaga.

Malaga is a fantastic choice for British expats with 16 beautiful beaches and it’s just a short hop from many top Costa del Sol resorts.

Dubai was the third best destination for British expats and was ranked the best city in the world to live in without speaking the local language.

Over 80 percent of people said the local people were friendly towards foreign residents while almost 60 percent thought it was easy to make friends there.

Almost all the expats felt safe living in Dubai but the great quality of life unfortunately comes at a price.

Only 41 percent of expats thought housing was affordable in Dubai and over 30 percent thought their household income was not enough.

The fourth best destination for expats was sunny Sydney in Australia. An expat from Pakistan said: “I like the clean environment, the beautiful scenery and the diverse community with its mix of cultures.”

Over 80 percent of expats in Sydney thought it was easy to get used to the local culture and 72 percent felt at home in the Australian city.

Best 10 cities for British expats (InterNations)

  1. Kuala Lumpur
  2. Malaga
  3. Dubai
  4. Sydney
  5. Singapore
  6. Ho Chi Minh
  7. Prague
  8. Mexico City
  9. Basel
  10. Madrid

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Expo 2020 Dubai prepares to mark UAE golden jubilee | News

Expo 2020 Dubai will mark 50-years since the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in show-stopping style with a four-day slate of world-class events and immersive experiences.

Organisers said the show comes as the country celebrates its golden jubilee with “renewed optimism for the next half century”.

Running from December 1-4, the site-wide celebration – taking each and every visitor to Expo on a journey of authentic Emirati experiences and stories – will include world-class ceremonies, exceptional musical showcases, meaningful cross-cultural conversations, culturally-fused performances and engaging exhibits.

As announced by the UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlights at Expo 2020 include the UAE national day, celebrated every year to commemorate December 2nd, 1971, when the UAE declared independence as a sovereign nation.

From 10:15, visitors are invited to Expo 2020’s UAE national day ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, including the raising of the flag, high-level speeches and anthem performances by a children’s choir, concluding with an Al Azi Performance by Al Wasmi.

This will also feature alongside horses of the Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Interior Marching Band in the Colours of the World Parade between 12:45 and 13:15.

A gravity-defying aerial performance by Dubai Police will follow shortly after, alongside a 30-minute musical showcase by Emirati singer Fatma Zahrat Al Ain, and a jaw-dropping flyover display by the UAE Air Force aerobatics team Al Fursan.

The diamond in the crown of Expo 2020’s programming will be Al Wasl Plaza’s immersive theatrical show, Journey of the 50th.

Set to take place from December 1-4, the show will push the boundaries of what is possible in Al Wasl Plaza, featuring a blend of human performance, theatrics and the unique capabilities of the venue in a never-before-seen way.

Over 200 hundred performers including participating countries will take part of this theatrical show.

Amna Abulhoul, executive creative director, events and entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As the show unfolds, we will learn about the origins of the Emirati people, the people of this land, who follow the current of the sea, know the language of the stars and hear the wind as it speaks.

“Their true connection to the earth and how the values of our forefathers still continue to push us forward today.”

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International Superyacht Summit headed to Dubai next month | News

The International Superyacht Summit is set to take place on December 8-9.

One of the most anticipated events in the yachting tourism sector, the event will take place under the patronage of P&O Marinas, a subsidiary of DP World.

The show is initiated and co-organised by Fabulous Yachts, and will take place at the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2, anchored at Mina Rashid Marina in Dubai.

Held in collaboration with key stakeholders, including the Dubai Department of Economy & Tourism and Dubai Maritime City Authority.

Since its launch in 2018, the International Superyacht Summit has garnered global attention and gained the confidence of the national and international yachting community.

Constituting an integral part of P&O Marinas’ strategy, the summit will lead the way in establishing Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as preferred yachting destinations in the Middle East.

Featuring world-class ports and superyacht berths with state-of-the-art facilities, the UAE has an ideal setup for a thriving yachting tourism industry.

Dubai especially has attractive and competitive advantages including suitable berth spaces, dedicated support facilities and its strategic location along a beautiful coastline.

Hamza Mustafa, chief operating officer, P&O Marinas, said: “The UAE has a diversified economy with tourism as one of its core pillars.

“Capitalising on this, the country has established itself as an exclusive, luxury yachting destination.

“At P&O Marinas, through our collection of sought-after yachting and coastal destinations, our sole purpose is to develop and promote Dubai as a comprehensive maritime hub and a global destination for marine tourism.

“Our assemblage of marinas is one of the most comprehensive in the Middle East, with a total capacity of 1,200 wet berths, 600 dry berths, and an ability to accommodate 60 superyachts ranging between 25-160 metres.

“In addition to this, we are continually working to ensure that the Emirate remains the epicentre for yacht and superyacht owners.”

The 2021 edition of the International Superyacht Summit will introduce two new themes.

The first highlights superyacht marina developments and their role in empowering lifestyle and tourism and the elite yachting industry.

The second theme focuses on emerging trends in superyacht ownership and how builders can cater to the needs of young yacht owners and charterers.

Central to this is the increasing environmental awareness and the deployment of sustainable practices.

Tony Crabbe, chief executive of Fabulous Yachts, said: “The superyacht sector has seen much progress, especially since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Through the summit, we hope to highlight the success of the sector.

“The event will also act as a platform to create awareness and synergy between a multitude of decision-makers and superyacht aficionados.”

The event being held during EXPO 2020 Dubai will further amplify its reach due to a large number of incoming tourists.

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Dubai Airport CEO: More Passengers, but Years to Recover | World News

By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, handled 20% more passenger traffic in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year, its chief executive said Monday, signaling cautious optimism for the ravaged aviation industry.

Yet a full recovery remains years off. More than 86 million people squeezed through the airport before the coronavirus hit in 2019. So far this year, it’s welcomed just 20.7 million, up until October. But CEO Paul Griffiths said the figure still represents a sharp turn in fortunes for the crucial east-west transit hub that was clobbered by the pandemic last year.

“We’re still optimistic for recovery being very strong,” Griffiths told The Associated Press amid the aroma of jet fuel and noise of plane takeoffs at Dubai Air Show, the biennial aviation trade expo that kicked off here on Sunday. “It’s going to be a couple of years, but I hope I’m wrong.”

The airport saw 6.7 million passengers over the third quarter, with flights surging 17% between January and September compared to the same period last year. It’s a welcome change from the steady stream of bad news in 2020, when the airport slashed 34% of its staff and mothballed a main terminal as the coronavirus closed borders around the world.

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“Growth is returning very strongly,” Griffiths said, citing a 40% spike in bookings last month. The airport is gearing up for flying to rebound for the rest of the year, betting that accelerating vaccinations and relaxing travel curbs will allow Europeans to flee wintry weather for Dubai’s beaches and tourists to visit the giant world’s fair in the city that runs until March.

Griffiths said confidence also grew with the loosening of travel restrictions from India and Pakistan, which remained the airport’s largest market this quarter and routinely send legions of laborers and visitors to the United Arab Emirates. Airlines are expanding their flying schedules as the United States recently welcomed back vaccinated Europeans and India reopened for quarantine-free tourism on Monday.

Still, signs linger that the industry’s worst-ever crisis may not be over. Behind Griffiths, tails of scores of Emirates’ iconic fleet of double-decker Airbus A380s, largely grounded amid the pandemic, loomed at Dubai World Central, the Gulf city’s second airport that went out of use for commercial flights last year.

The Middle East’s biggest carrier, Emirates, reported receiving an additional $681 million from the Dubai government earlier this month, bringing the total cash aid close to $3.8 billion as it posted $1.6 billion in losses for the third quarter.

Yet as demand for long-haul travel picks up and more superjumbo jets fill the skies, the airport’s dedicated A380 terminal, Concourse A, will return to life later this month, Griffiths said.

“We’ve been cash positive throughout the pandemic and not relied on any subsidy from any other entity,” Griffiths added, while acknowledging that the region’s airlines have struggled with the slow return of long-haul and business trips.

Even as virus variants continue to course through inoculated populations and economic recovery remains slanted toward wealthier Western countries with vaccine access limited across Africa and Asia, Griffiths described a torrent of pent-up travel demand after a year and a half of financial pain.

“We’ll see people having the confidence to rush back to travel,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a trickle. It will be a flood.”

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Dubai Airports CEO on travel recovery, passenger numbers

The air travel industry is “not quite out of the woods” — but the future could be brighter than the last 20 months, says Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports.

“We have room for optimism that the future, hopefully, is much brighter than the last 20 months,” he told CNBC’s Dan Murphy on Sunday at the Dubai Air Show, the first major international air show since the Covid pandemic began.

The city’s airports have seen 20.7 million passengers this year, a “far cry” from pre-pandemic levels, which may only be achieved in 2025, he said.

But there are signs of recovery as the world relaxes restrictions and major international traffic flows start up again, he said. Traffic numbers at Dubai International grew 40% in the last six weeks, he added.

Dubai Airports owns and manages Dubai International and Dubai World Central Airports in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai International alone served 86.4 million customers in 2019.

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By the end of this year, Griffiths expects Dubai Airports to see 26.7 million passengers. That figure could jump to 56 million or 57 million in 2022, he said.

The CEO said he’s cautiously optimistic that passenger numbers could be even better.

Emirates Airlines airplanes at Dubai International Airport on February 1, 2021.

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If airlines and airports respond with a quality product, and good value for money, people are so desperate to get back in the air again, they will respond.

Paul Griffiths

Dubai Airports, CEO

Griffiths added that many people likely do not have the confidence to travel because of strict regulations, expensive Covid testing protocols and the fear of rules changing quickly.

“The last thing you want to do is embark on a journey and then get stuck somewhere having to quarantine,” he said, though he acknowledged that that is less of a risk now.

The economic situation — whether people have the disposable income to go on trips the way they used to — is another factor that will affect the recovery of the aviation sector, he said, but added that he is “fairly confident” about the demand.

“If airlines and airports respond with a quality product, and good value for money, people are so desperate to get back in the air again, they will respond,” he said. “We’re starting to see the green shoots of that already.”

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Boeing 777X to debut at Dubai Airshow | News

The new Boeing 777X will make its international debut during the 2021 Dubai Airshow this month.

It will be part of a wider showcase of commercial, defence and services products from the manufacturer in the Middle East.

“Boeing is excited to participate fully in the Dubai Airshow, the first major international airshow in almost two years, and to be able to engage directly with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders from the region and beyond,” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

“The show is a perfect opportunity to come together and remind the world of the importance of our industry and discuss technology and innovations that are critical to advance a more sustainable aerospace industry over the long-term.”

During the event, a Boeing 777-9 flight test airplane will soar in the flying program and appear in static display.

Building on the best of the industry-leading 777 and 787 families, the 777-9 will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, delivering ten per cent better fuel use, emissions and operating costs than the competition.

The static display will also feature the 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines 737-9 that is flight-testing about 20 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise and further improve safety.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways will display a 787-10 Dreamliner that showcases the airline’s collaboration with Boeing to advance sustainable aviation.

Etihad’s program researches and tests innovative technologies, products and practices on its fleet of 787s to further reduce carbon emissions.

Also on display, flydubai – the region’s largest 737 operator – will feature a 737 MAX 9 that reduces fuel use and CO2 by 14 per cent compared its predecessors.

The Dubai Airshow runs for four days from November 14th.

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Expat property trends in ‘popular hotspot’ Dubai- ‘Make significant profits’ | Travel News | Travel

According to the experts, property prices have declined in recent years across the United Arab Emirates. Sarah-Jane Carter, Head of Marketing at Cavendish Maxwell said: “There has never been a better time to invest in Dubai.”

Cavendish Maxwell research found that average residential prices in Dubai declined by just over four percent between 2019 and 2020.

Yet prices grew by over one percent on a quarterly basis suggesting stability in the Dubai housing market.

Carter said: “This could mean that housing in Dubai can be bought at a relatively low price but will appreciate in value.

“There is the opportunity to potentially make significant profits as prices begin to rise again in Dubai.”

According to experts, Investement Expatriates, the Dubai property market is a stable sector “by and large”. 

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Carter also told that while the cost of living can be expensive in Dubai, it’s cheaper than some other global hotspots such as New York.

Dubai and the UAE as a whole does not have income tax so anyone working in Dubai will receive their whole salary.

Carter said: “It’s mandatory for employers to provide insurance to employees which can extend to families.

“Keeping this in mind, compared to other capital cities, such as London, the price of Dubai is relatively reasonable.”

There are reportedly over 120,000 British citizens living in Dubai.


Cavendish Maxwell data also found that Dubai’s rental market is in decline, with people choosing to move to bigger spaces after the pandemic.

However, if potential investors choose bigger properties in popular neighbourhoods, Carter said it isn’t a “bad time” to become a Dubai landlord.

Villas in the popular areas of Jumeriah Golf Estates, Jumeriah Park, Arabian Ranches and Palm Jumeirah have all performed strongly according to Cavendish Maxwell.

Jumeirah is a coastal residential area of Dubai and is a popular area with expats working in Dubai.

“With the length of a guest’s average stay increasing, there’s untapped potential for hotel apartments to grow.

“While house prices are low this could be a prime time to secure property in the city before a market boom.”

She added: “The UAE is the wealthiest country in the Middle East, according to new data and Dubai is the richest city.

“More and more people are being drawn to Dubai and the population is estimated to stand at almost three million in 2021.”

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Breaking Travel News investigates: Raffles Dubai | Focus

It can be a challenge to standout amid the stunning skyline of Dubai.

The city, rising from the desert, is a myriad of architectural wonders, each more dazzling than the last.

But, amid the riches, Raffles Dubai strikes an unmistakable pose; one of the most venerable and respected properties in the city.

Situated next to sister hotel, Sofitel the Obelisk, the Egyptian-themed destination is a bastion of luxury in this famed destination.

Inspired by the great pyramids, Raffles Dubai is the epitome of residential elegance and warm Arabian hospitality.

An iconic landmark of sheer opulence, it features palatial suites and rooms distinguished by sophisticated Asian, Middle Eastern and Egyptian decor.

Harmonious elements of earth, air, fire and water inspire its graceful architecture, setting unrivalled standards of refined luxury and impeccable comfort.

A surprising, chic merging of Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic, Raffles Dubai is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, delivering the unexpected luxury of space, impeccable service and sophisticated style.

Loved by travellers for the warmth of its service and the sophistication of the aesthetic, the hotel offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city – generously proportioned, sumptuously appointed and blessed with a uniquely Raffles sensibility.

With their walk-in showers, sitting areas and balconies the rooms are like suites; and the suites are … extraordinary.

At night, the views from your private balcony stretch out forever.

Throughout, the elegant Raffles Club Rooms offer luxury and privacy to discerning business travellers and leisure seekers.

Rooms are generous in size and boast a décor inspired by Middle Eastern and contemporary Asian designs.

Handcrafted ornaments and luxurious fabrics create a sophisticated home away from home ambience.

For those with the resources, the Royal Suites are true masterpieces.

While luxury abounds at Raffles Dubai, nowhere is it more striking than in the two spectacular accommodations.

One draws inspiration from Asian design while the other features Middle Eastern décor.

Lavish interiors, luxurious fabrics and handsome works of art create a residential sanctuary.

Each is a sophisticated and luxurious home.

Each is an unforgettable experience that is second to none.

With a choice of seven exceptional restaurants and bars, as well a myriad of restaurants in Wafi, Raffles Dubai is the ultimate destination from which to explore the amazing boutiques, shops and souks of the city.

This iconic architectural gem is beautifully positioned close to the magnificent Khan Murjan souk, Dubai International Airport and convention centres.

Guests are also close to Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre and Exhibition Halls – and just a short hop to the sea, sand and sunbathing off the coast.

Surrounded by lush private gardens, Raffles offers space to live, breathe and express yourself in unique style.

An outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, the exceptional Raffles Spa – with six treatment rooms including a couple’s suite – and the exclusive Raffles Garden to complete the picture.

Surprising, delightful, delicious – and promising an incredible sense of space, service and unforgettable style – this destination hotel is an oasis of calm and charm for those for whom life is always an adventure.

Of course, Dubai is recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards, so there is business to be done amid all the luxury – and what better place than Raffles?

Set the agenda for a successful event in the city with the support of Raffles’ experienced planners and gracious service, dedicated to your every need.

The 11 flexible meeting spaces, multi-functional Library, private Raffles Garden and spectacular Raffles Ballroom offer endless options that ensure an event’s success.

Raffles is considered to be one of the most venerable names in hospitality.

The brand goes out of its way to give guests the warmest welcome, the richest experiences and the fondest of memories.

Today the legend continues all around the world.

From the classic colonial splendour of Raffles Singapore where it all began to urban oasis in Dubai, Paris or Warsaw and peaceful resorts in Maldives, Bali or Makati.

The Raffles Story will soon continue in London, Boston and Moscow, as well as many more leading destinations.

The Raffles name is synonymous with luxury, glamour and extraordinary adventure.

Each hotel is an oasis of calm and charm at the crossroads of a civilisation.

Each is a carefully chosen destination in its own right.

Each is uniquely, indefinably, sublimely Raffles.

Now, as the brand grows, and reach new and sometimes surprising destinations, guests can rest assured that wherever in the world they travel, the company will remain distinctly Raffles – infused with the same spirit of adventure, luxury and sublime service.

Exciting and enchanting, refreshing and reinvigorating, Raffles is loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.

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A part of Dubai, a place apart, Raffles Dubai is a five-star luxury hotel that embodies an oasis of calm and charm with an incredible sense of space, service and unforgettable style.

The property recently took the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Service Award at the World Travel Awards.

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Breaking Travel News investigates: Dubai leads global tourism recovery | Focus

Dubai was one of the first cities globally to reopen its markets and businesses in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and continues to stay open, while ensuring strict compliance with internationally benchmarked health and safety protocols.

Supported by a solid network of stakeholders and partners, the emirate has now launched a new tourism campaign as it seeks to build on the steady influx of visitors seen since the reopening in July last year.

The move is further evidence of a consistent and calibrated approach since the start of the pandemic to ensure the destination remains resilient and safe for international travellers.

The United Arab Emirates has one of the highest per capita vaccination rates in the world, with close to 85 per cent of residents having received at least one dose of the vaccine, and nearly 75 per cent having received both doses to-date.

So what has been behind the successful relaunch of the tourism sector?

Boosted by demand for staycations in the domestic market and visitation from international markets that are open, hotels in Dubai enjoyed occupancy levels of 61 per cent overall from January-to-July this year.

This has further instilled confidence in this sector and demonstrates its capability to attract guests and provide them with world-class hospitality.

By the end of July, the hotel inventory in the emirate stood at 718 establishments offering 129,318 rooms with RevPAR increasing to AED225 (£50) compared to AED194 for the same period in 2020.

In the first seven months of 2021, the occupied room nights for hotels stood at 16.34 million, compared to 10.74 million for the corresponding period in 2020.

According to data from hotel management analytics firm STR, for the first seven months of 2021, Dubai ranked second globally in terms of occupancy after Singapore and ahead of London and Paris.

For the January-July 2021 period, year-to-date RevPAR in Dubai was highest among the four destinations, followed by Singapore, Paris and London.

Dubai has continued to invest in integrated marketing campaigns, highlighting that the city is open to travellers when they are ready to start holidaying again.

The latest campaign, Dubai Presents, features a series of blockbuster trailers helmed by Hollywood icons Jessica Alba and Zac Efron, and is designed to showcase the diversity of experiences, attractions and events that await visitors this year.

These include Expo 2020, which started on October 1st, and celebrations surrounding the fiftieth anniversary of United Arab Emirates on December 2nd.

Dubai Presents builds on a series of global marketing campaigns developed by Dubai Tourism such as A Story Takes Flight, starring Hollywood celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Zoe Saldanha, the award-winning #BeMyGuest featuring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, as well as many other campaigns led by prominent regional celebrities and influencers, in addition to various digital activations.

The recovery strategy, implemented in close coordination with stakeholders, proved crucial in reinvigorating the domestic hospitality market in May last year, preparing the ground for the return of international visitors to the city in July 2020.

As tourists returned to Dubai to enjoy its iconic attractions, experiences and world class infrastructure including beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, theme parks and golf courses, Dubai Tourism remained firmly focused on delivering an exceptional tourism experience whilst prioritising the safety of tourists at every stage and touchpoint of their travel journey, from arrival to departure.

A variety of safety initiatives were launched, based on the guidelines of the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, including a wide range of precautionary measures, in addition to effective testing and vaccination programmes.

The vaccination campaign also covered employees across hotels, considered the frontline of the tourism industry, starting with a pilot programme that saw more than 10,000 employees of leading hotels on the Palm Jumeirah receiving the vaccines.

The stringent measures are underpinned by the Dubai Assured stamp, a compliance protocol that certifies establishments within the tourism ecosystem that adhere to health and safety protocols.

Inspectors of Dubai Tourism, Department of Economic Development and Dubai Municipality are also taking a zero-tolerance approach towards non-compliance.

In 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak, the joint teams conducted more than 140,000 inspections on establishments across the tourism ecosystem.

Take a look below as Breaking Travel News speaks to Issam Kazim, chief executive of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing, about the reopening of the tourism market in the emirate:

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With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the leading tourism destination and commercial hub in the world, Dubai Tourism has a mission is to increase the awareness of emirate among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment.

The body markets and promotes the commerce sector in the emirate and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents.

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Expo 2020 off to quick start in Dubai | News

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and south-Asia region is off to a great start, with Expo 2020 Dubai welcoming 411,768 ticketed visits in its first ten days.

Expo 2020 opened its doors on October 1st, and figures up to and including October 10th show that visitors belonged to 175 nationalities – not far off the 192 countries that are participating in the event, each with its own pavilion.

One in three has come from abroad, with this proportion expected to increase as international travel ramps up.

Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said: “Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening week has undoubtedly been a success.

“The numbers we are seeing are very encouraging and demonstrate the global desire for people to reconnect with each other and to imagine a better future.”

A number of ticket options are open to visitors, with multi-day and season passes proving popular.

One in five visitors have already visited expo more than once, demonstrating that one day is not enough to enjoy the diverse and dynamic array of activities and entertainment on offer.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We are very happy with this wonderful turnout.

“The numbers achieved in the first ten days reflect the enthusiasm of the world to attend Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The coming days and weeks will be full of special events offering a visitor experience that will be rich, purposeful and entertaining, and we look forward to welcoming many more people from around the world.”

The figures include all physical ticket-holders.

They exclude representatives, delegations and guests of international participants, partners and other stakeholders, as well as expo staff.

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