Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The department also said that Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016, recording a healthy 5% increase over 2015. This was due to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launching the 2020 tourism strategy. India and other South Asian markets across the Indian sub-continent continued to deliver impressive tourist volumes for Dubai.
Hopes on tourism growth from India remain high for 2017 with even stronger bilateral ties being forged between the UAE and India. The robust performance of the Emirate’s tourism industry in the midst of a particularly chaotic year across the world assures progress towards not only the annual target of 20 million visitors by 2020, but also the increased sector-driven economic contribution to Dubai’s GDP.
To quote His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, “Under the visionary leadership and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, 2016 was another milestone marker for Dubai’s travel sector, as we rallied strong, and ramped up the momentum to significantly outpace the four-year global industry average by double.
With our international overnight traffic reaching 14.9 million, Dubai has cemented its ranking as the fourth most visited city in the world, critically delivering the highest value to the domestic economy with our number one ranking in terms of spend per tourist compared to any other competitor destination.”