Dubai theme park says visitor numbers are up by a third on the first nine months of 2017
DXB Entertainments has announced that Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination, attracted over 1.96 million visits during the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 33 percent compared to the same period last year.
The growth in visitor numbers for the period ended September 30 follows sustained growth in visits for the past three quarters, the company said.
In the third quarter, Dubai Parks and Resorts recorded over 501,000 visits, compared to 479,000 in the same period last year.
August saw an increase in visits as the parks benefited from the Eid holidays, whereas September saw a slowdown as the new school year started.
The theme park's Lapita Hotel saw average occupancy rise to 59 percent in the first nine months of the year, showing significant improvement compared to the 30 percent occupancy reported during the same period last year.
Mohamed Almulla, CEO and managing director, DXB Entertainments, said: “We are pleased to progress according to our strategic plan and to deliver growth in visitor numbers, as Dubai Parks and Resorts continues to establish itself as a leading leisure and entertainment destination for the region.
"The first nine months of the year delivered a 33 percent increase in visits compared to last year, despite the seasonal slowdown of the third quarter.
"As we head into our peak fourth quarter we are optimistic that we will continue on this growth trajectory.”