Dubai hotels are reporting an increase in Russian tourists on the back of a stronger rouble, local media said.
Despite its drop in 2015, the rouble has been one of the world’s best-performing currencies this year after gaining 19 percent against the US dollar since January.
According to The National, five-star hotel Amwaj Rotana on The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), is expecting a 15 to 20 percent increase in the number of guests from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) over the Christmas and New Year period compared to 2015.
“JBR is a popular destination during the New Year due to the fireworks, and the location helps,” spokeswoman Jasmine Arika told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, Rixos, The Palm, is expecting around a one percent increase in Russian guests this year, and Atlantis, The Palm is also expecting an increase, the newspaper said.
Dubai Tourism has said the number of Russian tourists increased by 8 percent to 177,000 in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
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