During the first six months of 2017, Dubai welcomed a record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists, a 10.6% increase over the same period last year. The figures, released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, showed the foundational strength and sustained acceleration of the emirate’s tourism sector.
The year-on-year performances revealed Dubai’s top 20 inbound visitor market during the half of 2017 was stable where around five of them delivered standout double-digit growth.
India, for the first time was ranked number one in the list of traffic generated crossing one million mark over a period of six months. Around more than one lakh Indians visited the city between January and June with 21% more footfall over the same period last year.
Saudi Arabia and the UK took second and third spot in the largest feeder markets.
The growth peaks of UAE was due to the free visa-on-arrival from China and Russia with 55% and 97% increase respectively last year over the first six months. China brought in 413,000 visitors to end first half of 2017 in fifth place and Russia cemented its return to the top ten with 233,000 visitors.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, mentioned that Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth in the first quarter and delivered a strong double-digit performance through the first half of 2017. It has set the stage for continued acceleration in tourism volumes and GDP contribution for the rest of the year.