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By Nicole Petrak

Middle Eastern boom

It’s no secret that the Asian market is fuelling the global tourism recovery, but, joined with an increasing number of visitors from the United Kingdom, they may be turning the Middle East into one of the world’s fastest-growing hotspots.
In September, OAG reported that Dubai International Airport has surpassed JFK in flight and seat capacity, reflecting the popular rise of Dubai holidays in both Europe and Asia; meanwhile, the region also experienced steady airline growth from Latin America, the Asia Pacific, and from North America. Egypt, Turkey and Dubai have long been popular destinations for Europeans, but now as more travellers come to explore, they’re increasingly shifting out to new areas.
EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline, will be taking advantage of the new EU Open Skies agreement by offering roundtrip flights to Jordan beginning in March 2011 for only £106. Abu Dhabi, Syria and Tunisia are also seeing more travellers and are expected t...

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