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Stopover in Dubai!


In 2014 Dubai International Airport overtook London Heathrow to be crowned the world's busiest for international passengers, with


more than 70 million passengers travelling though the airport annually. This accolade demonstrates Dubai is a truly global hub with huge potential as a stopover destination.


Dubai Tourism has set the ambitious target of reaching 20 million visitors by 2020 and the stopover market o�fers a great sales opportunity. It isn't an option automatically suggested to clients by agents and we'd like to change that. You, the travel trade, are key to making our vision a reality so we're delighted to partner with Selling Travel to produce this guide.


Dubai has a huge amount to o�fer holidaymakers regardless of how much time they have in the emirate. Take a bird's eye view of famous landmarks from the observation deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa, discover Dubai's yesteryear with a cultural tour of Old Dubai or get an adrenaline fi x with a desert safari adventure.


UK visitors were up by 11.3% in 2014 but we need your continued support. We're committed to ongoing training so don't forget to sign up to our Dubai Expert training programme and monthly Dubai Update newsletter for sales tips and competitions.


We're dedicated to providing the necessary tools required to aid better selling of our extraordinary destination and this supplement o�fers a small taste of the options available to travellers with just one or two days in the city.


Thank you.


Ian Scott Director Dubai Tourism UK and Ireland


CONTENTS


Get connected .................4 See just how well connected Dubai is as a gateway to the rest of the world


48 hours for families ......8 Keeping kids happy is child's play in this city of endless entertainment


48 hours of adventure ....9 Give your clients their adrenaline fi x on sand, water and even snow


48 hours of shopping ....10 Shop ‘til you drop in this city of souks, malls and shopping festivals


48 hours of culture .......11 From souks and Bedouin hospitality to inspirational galleries and museums


Dubai calendar ..............13 There's always something happening in Dubai, an annual guide to what's on


Dubai with Australasia..14 Why a stop in Dubai en route Down Under makes perfect sense


Dubai with Thailand .....17 Easy ways to combine buzzing Dubai with Far East favourites


Dubai with Indian Ocean..18 How to mix and match Dubai with Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives


Agents in Dubai .............20 They've been there and they've sold it. Dubai experts share their sales tips


Discover Dubai ..............22 Fast facts and travel essentials to get to know Dubai


uk.dubaixperts.com Learn more on the free and easy-to-use Dubai Expert online training course


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