By Shane McGinley
UAE tour deals to London games start from $3,428 for two, says official travel agent
Travel packages from the UAE to the 2012 London Olympic
Games will be priced from AED12,593 ($3,428) for two people, the official
travel agent for the event has confirmed.
MMI Travel, which is part of Emirates Group and the sales
point for tickets and packages to the summer games, is selling tours across
three price points, at a cost of up to AED84, 615.
Silver packages, which include economy class return flights
from Dubai to London, accommodation for three nights and tickets for the equestrian
events on August 7, start from AED12,593 for two people travelling together.
Gold packages, which incorporate tickets for the athletics
events on August 5 start from AED17,910 ($4,875) for a six-night package.
The nine-night platinum package, which offers tickets to the
games’ closing ceremony and business class flights, starts at a whopping AED84,615
MMI is the first travel agency to be appointed by the UAE’s
National Olympic Committee as the official point of sale for games tickets and
Demand significantly outstripped supply for passes to the
2012 games when tickets went on sale earlier this year. More than a million UK
fans missed out following a first-round public ballot.
Many British fans turned to foreign websites for tickets
where they are being offered for popular events on a first-come-first-served
General admittance tickets will go on sale in 2012 with more
available for the first week of the Games to avoid crowd congestion during the
second week when more venues are in use.
Details of the cost and availability of the tickets has not
The 560-acre Olympic Park in east London will host swimming,
cycling, handball and basketball, and also house the press and broadcast
centers as well as the Olympic stadium.
The Games of the 30th Olympiad begin on July 27, 2012.
After working 3 previous Olympic Games, I am quite certain that very, very soon there will be no rooms left to reserve. In addition, simple supply & demand forces will mean much higher than usual prices if you are lucky enough to find a room. Private homes may be your best option, with prices approximating normal hotel rates.
BBC world news said there are plenty of Camping sites available at modest prices.