Inside the Korean island that has seen a 20% increase in UAE tourists

Jeju Island offers visa-upon-arrival to 180 nationalities including Emiratis
By Lubna Hamdan
Sun 23 Jul 2017 12:48 PM

The Jeju Island in South Korea has seen a 20 percent rise in the number of UAE tourists during the first half of 2017, according to the Jeju Island Tourism Organisation.

The island is the largest off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and is known for its posh country and seaside. It contains the World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.

Top attractions on the island also include Mount Halla, the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallim Park, Yakcheonsa Temple, Manjanggul and the Jeju Stone Statue Park.

Jeju has four seasons and has the smallest annual range of temperature, where the annual average temperature is about 16 degrees Celsius.

Furthermore, the island became a prime destination for medical tourism. It is home to four general hospitals and 800 clinics that offer specialised medical treatments including cosmetic surgery, skin care and allergy treatment.

Jeju is also becoming a Muslim-friendly destination, offering Muslim visitors with prayer room facilities, with plans to ensure halal-certified food is served on the island.

Visitors to Korea's biggest island can partake in a number of sports activities including hiking the country's highest mountain Hallasan, climbing the Seongsan Ilchul-Bong cone and walking across the Jeju Olle Trails.

Afterwards, they can enjoy seafood delights caught by the haeneyos, South Korean female free divers.

Korea as a whole saw a 7.4 percent rise in tourists from the Middle East during the since 2016, with over 10,277 tourists having visited the country in the first half of 2017 alone, according to a recent report from the Korea Tourism Organization.

Jeju Island offers visa-upon-arrival to 180 nationalities including Emiratis.

“Tourists visiting Jeju will be awestruck with the island's many destinations, including crystal blue beaches, green countryside and historical and natural sites. In addition, there are wide choices of hotels that can suit their budget,” said H.E. Seongtae Jeon, Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, who was in Dubai for a promotional event this weekend.

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