Dubai's theme parks look to Indian visitors for boost
Sub-continent crucial market for UAE tourism
Jayant Pawar, the founder and chief executive of Trident Net Holidays, based in Mumbai:
"Dubai is one of the favourite destinations for the Indian outbound tourism segment. This includes independent travellers, group departures, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, and destination weddings.
"The UAE, specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi, are pushing their efforts to offer various attractions to entice Indians, which tops the maximum tourists from the region. For example, the Bollywood theme park in Dubai is one such attraction.
"Also, there's the fact that Dubai will be the host for Expo 2020, a big time international event for which Dubai has been getting ready over several years. Indians will play major role in making it a success.
"With this backdrop, any reduction in the flight rates for Indians will definitely boost the travel flow to this country.
"The UAE is also gradually gaining grounds a cruise destination, a product Indians love to explore. With the entertainment products profile to suit Indians, any reduction in flight cost will boost the growth at least by 10 to 15 per cent. Also, a reduction in the visa cost, which is one of the costliest, can furthermore make Dubai a preferred tourist destination for Indians."
Updated: August 10, 2017 04:11 PM