The Gulf region is popular for refreshing en-route stopovers or as a vacation destination in their right.
It is particularly true when mild year-end temperatures combine with lively year-end activities. The “piece de résistance” for many are the spectacular fireworks displays that ring in the New Year.
Hundreds of thousands of locals and travelers watch each year. The fireworks themselves arrive in the region by boat. But many of the spectators, show crew and control equipment arrive by air.
In Dubai, year-end festivities help to boost hotel occupancy towards 90% and January tourist arrivals to nearly 1.6 million arrivals. While in the Emirate, tourists also flock to local shopping malls, restaurants and a plethora of attractions.