Decline in tourists in Dubai is short-lived

Published on : Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Earlier this year, the tourism sector in Dubai appeared to have been impacted considerably, with leading international luxury hotel chain Jumeira Group cutting hundreds of jobs.


However, new figures showed that the dip in one of the emirate’s most lively industries is short-lived.


As per statistics published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing recently, the number of international overnight visitors to Dubai increased by 3 percent in the first half of this year. Compared to last year (8.10 million), this year witnessed the arrival of around 8.36 million tourists.


Countries witnessing the largest increase in visitors include China, which saw an increase of 11 percent in year-on-year visits.


As for the UAE – Dubai, visitors from Oman increased in numbers with a year-on-year growth of 28 percent, while the Philippines recorded a 29 percent increase in tourists traveling to the emirate.


Tourists arriving from these countries helped in supporting declines from other international markets like the UK and India. In previous years, India was considered Dubai’s largest tourism source market but this year, its visitor numbers declined by 8 percent. Visitors from the UK, which is the emirate’s third-largest source market, also dropped by two percent.


Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, kept its place as the emirate’s second-largest tourism market, with China and Oman following fourth and fifth, respectively.


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