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Emirates will perform two flights to Moscow by A380 since October 1
“Emirates airline will perform two daily flights Dubai-Moscow-Dubai since October 1 2017 by the world's largest passenger airplane Airbus A380”, - the company's press service reported. "Replacing of the type of aircraft will significantly increase the capacity of the route and meet the growing demand from customers", - the report said.
Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah became the most popular destinations in UAE among Russians
“Among all emirates of UAE Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah are the leading summer destinations for Russian tourists”, - reported Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to market participants. Since February 2017, Russians can obtain visa instantaneously after arriving to the country.
The number of Russians in Abu Dhabi has increased by 70%
According to the Office of Tourism and Culture of Abu Dhabi, in April this year the number of tourists from Russia increased by 70%, and the number of nights increased by 86% against the same month of the last year. A comparative analysis of statistical data over the past 4 years has shown that April 2017 figures not only reached the pre-crisis (2014) level, but exceeded it (by visitors + 28%, by nights + 13%).
The Russian tourist flow to Dubai has doubled
During the first three months of this year, 126 thousand tourists have arrived Dubai from Russia, which is 106% more than in the same period of the last year. The Russians took the first place in the growth dynamics of the tourist flow. They are followed by citizens of China, who showed 64% growth.
Budget hotels in UAE are increasingly popular among the tourists from Russia
It is noted both by the sources of the tourist market in UAE and the Russian tour operators. It probably concerns with the reorientation of the Egyptian tourist traffic. The prices for accommodation in hotels in the United Arab Emirates are held at the last year's level and are declining in some cases, despite the growth of demand.
Dubai has closed the tourist office in Russia
Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) of Dubai has closed its Russian office from January 1. In addition, the agency is now called "Dubai Tourism".
Visas on arrival for Russians expected to increase UAE visitor numbers
The UAE government’s announcement about granting visas on arrival for Russians will boost visitor numbers to the country, tourism executives said on Monday. Russian visitors can now be issued a 30-day visa on arrival that can be renewed for another 30 days. The effective date and cost of the visa is not immediately available. Travel agents are known to charge anywhere between Dh350 for a one-month visa and Dh1,200 for a three-month visa with an average of two days waiting period. "Russian travellers normally make a decision for travelling abroad at the last moment and a visa on arrival will help to choose the UAE as vacation destination and increase arrivals," said Edward Grigoriev, the country manager for Russia and CIS markets at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.
Russians return to Dubai hotels as rouble rebounds
Russian holidaymakers are returning to Dubai hotels as the rebounding rouble boosts their purchasing power. Travellers from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are making a comeback, Dubai hoteliers say. And this is helping to increase occupancy in properties across the emirate over the holiday season. The rouble has gained 19 per cent against the US dollar since January, making it the world’s best-performing currency so far this year.
Coral Travel has decided to terminate pre-schedule its charter flights from Perm to Dubai
On Friday, November 18, it became known that the company Coral Travel has decided to terminate its charter flights from Perm to Dubai. Such decision the tour operator explains by low loading of this direction. “The airline company Royal Flight (which main customer is Coral Travel) will perform the last flight to Dubai on November 28”, according to "Kommersant-Prikamye" news agency.
Ras al-Khaimah is the second popular emirate among Russians
“United Arab Emirates Ras al-Khaimah is the second best in popularity among the Russian tourists. The first is Dubai”, - said the Director General of Tourism Development Department of the Emirate of Haitham Mattar at the "Leisure" exhibition.
Tour operators note rapid growth of popularity of summer holidays in the UAE
According to tour operators, the summer tourist flow to UAE has increased this year in three - four times - said the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) on Friday. According to tourist industry’s representatives, the closure of Egypt and Turkey affects on the demand. The increase of sales to United Arab Emirates in 3-4 times was noted in the company "PAKS".
Will the Russian tourists go to the "City of the Future" in Dubai?
Experts say that it is too far from the sea. “Deputy Prime Minister of UAE Sheikh Mohammed launches the "City of the Future» - Jumeirah Central in Dubai”, - informed the local newspaper “The National”. The cost of the project - which includes construction of residential facilities for 35 thousand people and 7,200 hotel rooms - more than 20 billion dollars.