According to the latest figures released by the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Dubai recorded a total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists in the first quarter of 2017, marking a remarkable 10.6% increase as against last year’s figures.
H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, commented, “We are extremely pleased that Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth through H1 2017, setting the stage for continued acceleration in tourism volumes and GDP contribution this year. Our strategic investments, innovative destination promotion programmes, responsive federal policy reforms, and long-term global partnerships are evidently paying dividends as we ramp up efforts to increase Dubai’s accessibility, visibility and overall appeal, minimise barriers to travel, and ultimately drive both first-time and repeat visitation.
India continues to dominate Dubai Tourism as over one million Indians visited the city between January and June, up by 21% over the same period last year. Saudi Arabia and the UK continued to be the second and third feeders respectively. Despite the prevailing economic scenarios of Brexit, UK showed progress in terms of tourists flying to the Middle East country.
The strategic changes granting citizens from China and Russia free visa-on-arrival access to the UAE was evident in the continued growth peaks being delivered from these markets as they topped the charts with 55% and 97% increases respectively over the first six months of 2016. As a result, China cemented 413,000 visitors to end H1 2017 in fifth place and Russia delivered its return to the top 10 with 233,000 visitors.
From a regional perspective, Western Europe contributed 21% of overnight visitors. North and South-East Asia as well as the Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe bloc both saw two percent gains over their 2016 year-end contributions to end H1 2017 with 11% and 7% shares respectively.