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Opening of Dusit Princess' flagship hotel in Dubai coincides with upswing in UAE's travel and tourism market

UAE ranks No.1 in Middle East and Africa's travel and tourism sector with long-term growth forecast of up to 2.8 per cent in 10 years

Bangkok - Dusit International has officially opened the hotel Dusit Princess City Centre, Dubai located near Deira City Centre, adding a new facet to one of the most exciting and popular locations in Dubai with its legendary Thai brand of hospitality. The opening of Dusit Princess City Centre, Dubai, the first Dusit Princess hotel outside Thailand, coincides with encouraging travel and tourism prospects brought about by the UAE's top ranking in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009 and the country's positive long-term growth forecast of up to 2.8 per cent within the next 10 years.

The four-star hotel has 120 tastefully decorated rooms and suites along with exclusive meeting rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality café, a gymnasium, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a juice bar. Developed to be an attractive choice for both budget-conscious business and leisure guests, Dusit Princess City Centre, Dubai is just five minutes away from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Airport Expo Centre, the Ernie Els-designed Dubai Creek golf course, and is just a walking distance from the landmark Deira City Centre, one of the biggest malls in the UAE.

Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International, said: "The UAE is a strategically important market for Dusit as the country remains the leader in travel and tourism across the Middle East. The success of our new venture in the UAE will help set the tone for the rest of our projects in the region and provide the impetus to pursue new growth opportunities in other markets. Furthermore, our distinct, world-renowned brand of Thai hospitality has captivated thousands of tourists and travellers from the Middle East, particularly the UAE. The opening of Dusit Princess City Centre, Dubai is an exciting opportunity for us to bring Dusit's legendary brand and unique Thai hospitality right in the heart of Dubai."

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009, which covered 133 countries, ranked the UAE as the number one travel and tourism destination in the Middle East and Africa, moving up seven places from the previous report, while securing the 33rd spot in the world. The UAE likewise ranked first among all 133 countries in destination-marketing campaigns, third in government prioritising the sector, and fourth in air transport infrastructure.

"The launch of the new Dusit hotel is in line with Dubai's growing reputation as a dynamic metropolitan society that embraces a spectrum of cultures and nationalities. Dusit Princess City Centre, Dubai likewise complements efforts to further diversify and enrich the value-added offerings of the emirate's hospitality sector, in accordance with the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015," Mr. Donavanik added.

In addition to the Dusit Princess City Centre Dubai, Dusit International is also poised to launch Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi in 2011. Five other hotel developments in key international markets will also soon join the Dusit family: Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Sanya in China, Dusit Devarana New Delhi, and dusitD2 new delhi.


Picture shows: Mr. Chanin Donavanik (left), CEO - Dusit International,
and Mr. Yasser Sharafuddin Sharaf (right), Managing Director of Sharaf DG
Chutimaporn Kasemsuk (Kee)
Corporate Director of PR & Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 2200 9999 ext. 3320
chutimaporn.ks@dusit.com l www.dusit.com/pr