Published on : Sunday, April 30, 2017
In 2016, more than 1.6 million overnight visitors entered Dubai from Saudi Arabia. The Annual Visitor Report 2016, released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) during the 2017 Arabian Travel Market, expressed the figures.
Over 2015, this increase of 6 percent re-establishes Dubai’s position as one of the most popular travel destinations among Saudis. In addition, Saudi Arabia’s contribution toward 14.9 million tourists that visited Dubai 2016 was second to India 1.8 million.
The GCC was number one volume generator for tourism in Dubai. In 2016, it delivered the highest share of visitor volumes with a total of 3.4 million which accounted up 5 percent over 2015. To make a note, Saudi Arabia remained one of the most dominant markets within the region, attracting first-time as well as repeat travelers to Dubai, followed by Oman, which accounted for over 1 million overnight visitors respectively. Kuwait and Qatar were the source markets for Dubai, registering an annual growth of 2 percent and 9 percent respectively.
To quote Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism, ‘the rising popularity of Dubai as a destination of choice reflects our relentless investments in building a vibrant tourism offering for visitors from across the region and beyond, as well as our concerted efforts to promote our Arabian heritage.