First half of 2017 witnessed major tourist boom in UAE

Published on : Wednesday, August 2, 2017

UAE tempting visitorsThe first half of this New Year, Abu Dhabi and Dubai witnessed a huge increase in tourism, as per Emirates News Agency’s (WAM) reported this Monday. The Abu Dhabi hotels greeted over 2.25 million guests in H1 2017, which is up 7% from H1 2016.

In the month of June of this year, visitor arrival in the 165 hotel and hotel apartments in Emirates increased by 30% on a yearly basis. WAM explained that the performance increased due to an “exceptional Eid Al Fitr period.” Eid Al Fitr is a vacation that identifies the end of Ramadan on the Islamic calendar (Moon-based). As a result of which dates fall on different Gregorian-calendar days each year.

“Eid Al Fitr has been a springboard for these figures as Abu Dhabi welcomed record-breaking numbers of visitors, with many of our leading hotels achieving near full occupancy with tourists from across the world choosing Abu Dhabi as the place to spend their holiday,” said the director-general of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Saif Saeed Gobash, according to WAM.

Gobash also added by saying that the summer season is in progress, and visitor rush is anticipated to stay strong till August, with attractions like theater, music concerts, and retail and hospitality promotions. In 2016, Abu Dhabi had a record-breaking 4.4 million hotel guests, and is expecting to go the statistics of last year whatsoever.

WAM reported on Sunday that Dubai welcomed 8.06 million visitors in H1, up 10.6% from H1 2016, quoting the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.


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