Dubai Parks and Resorts has recorded more than 1.4 million visits in the first half of 2018.

Visits to the theme parks, which opened in November 2016, are 46% up compared to the same period last year.

Growth in the second quarter was up 48%, from 414,000 in 2017 to 612,000 this year.

Hotel occupancy rose to 55%, up from 24% in 2017.

April saw more than 300,000 visits, which the theme parks put down to an influx of tourists during the international school holiday season and the second annual ‘Big Day Out’ on the April 20 2018, which set a new single day record number of 36,000 visits.

Dubai Parks and Resorts said the warmer second and third quarters of the year “typically deliver lower visitation than the cooler months of the first and fourth quarter”.

Mohamed Almulla, chief executive and managing director of parent company DXB Entertainments, said: “We are pleased to announce continued year-on-year growth in our visitor and hotel occupancy numbers. Our results demonstrate Dubai Parks and Resorts is on a clear growth trajectory. We remain confident in our growth potential as we progress through our first full year of operations.”

In the firs quarter, an agreement to feature the theme park destination at all Dubai airport terminals was signed. Under this agreement, Dubai Parks and Resorts will be promoted to more than 88 million passengers travelling through the airport annually.

Bundled deals with Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, have also been negotiated.