‘Every reason’ to be bullish says Dubai GM

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by Patrick Ryan | Published 4 years ago

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There is every reason to be bullish about the market in Dubai according to one of the city’s leading general managers.

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David Wilson, general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah was speaking to Hotel News Middle East, at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), when he said that a number of positive factors have led to his conclusion.

“We are seeing people talking about the rising market of China and we are seeing Russia coming back which is a great thing to happen for Dubai, generally it’s very positive, everyone is being bullish about the market and so far we are having a very good year,” said Wilson.

“It’s a very positive outlook for Dubai, a look of good things are happening in Dubai, we are never short of something to talk about.

“People are talking about the new parks, the new developments in Dubai, we’ve had the Expo of course and that’s going to be something we see a lot more of with more rooms and a bigger capacity in the city.”

Experiential travel is the theme of this year’s ATM and it’s one that Wilson identifies with.

“We like to create events that money can’t buy. One of the events we have is the Waldorf Astoria Driving experience and for that we have Lamborghinis at the hotel with race instructors taking people out on the streets of Dubai,” he said.

“Those are great experiences as well as the likes of the Waldorf dining experiences, that’s what we are creating by making personal experiences.”

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