Merchants of Dubai enriched by Saudi spending power
The National | Lucien Zeigler | 9.5.12
But the only crossroads at which I’ve noticed Saudis increasingly over the past year has been the one outside the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai’s swanky Jumeirah area, home to the big Madinat leisure complex as well as the so-called “seven-star hotel”.
Saudi-registered cars often flood the area, with KSA plates outnumbering the Dubai and Abu Dhabi ones, especially over the weekends. The cars themselves are big, powerful enough to make the trip from Riyadh, Damman or Al Khobar and often packed with a whole family obviously enjoying a Dubai holiday.
It’s been a growing trend over the past year but especially noticeable at the recent Eid Al Fitr holiday. Saudis appear to have lots of money to blow and are not shy to be seen to be blowing it.