Over 10 million tourists

Dubai welcomed more than 10 million tourists for the first time in 2012 as the country experienced a surge in visitors.

Visitor arrivals were enhanced by increasing number of tourists from its largest source markets— 30% rise in tourists from Saudi Arabia and a 54% increase in Russian visitors.

Overall, the emirate recorded a 9.3% rise in hotel guests and cruise passengers in 2012 to 10.16 million people.

“For the first time in our city’s history we have crossed the 10 million thresholds in visitor numbers,” said Helal Almarri, the director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

“This growth is due to a number of factors including the city-wide destination management strategy, our world-class infrastructure, our location at the crossroads of East and West, and our unrelenting efforts to enhance our diverse and compelling tourism offer,” he added.