Published on : Tuesday, April 25, 2017
In the first three months of this year, number of Chinese and Russian visitors to Dubai increased considerably. This was boosted by the UAE’s recent decision to grant visas on arrival to citizens of the two countries.
Overnight Chinese visitors jumped 64 percent to 230,000 in the three months to March 31, making it Dubai’s fourth largest source market during this period. Overnight Russian visitors rose by 106 percent to 126,000.
Tourism is pivotal for Dubai and it is spending billions of dollars for attracting visitors to its world-famous sites.
The swell Chinese and Russian visitors is likely to be welcomed in Dubai where growth slowed down last year due to low oil prices and slow global trade. According to the UNWTO, China is the world’s largest outbound tourism market with Chinese travelers spending $261 billion in 2016. As regards Russia, state-owned budget carrier flydubai is planning to add flights to Russia after the number of Russian passengers traveling to Dubai increased in the first quarter. Russia is considered a huge market for Dubai.
Along with China and Russia, Dubai is targeting South Korea, Nordic countries, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet states as growth source markets.
Dubai expects 20 million visitors by 2020, up from 14.9 million in 2016.