Over 8 million overnight visitors in Dubai in the first half

Published on : Tuesday, August 1, 2017


dubaiThe first six months of 2017 saw a record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arriving in Dubai.


A 10.6 per cent increase was reported over the same period last year.


Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing released figures that showed the foundational strength and sustained acceleration of the emirate’s tourism sector.


There has been an impressive growth trajectory from January projecting the expanding appeal of Dubai as a global tourism destination.


The year –on-year performances revealed that Dubai’s top 20 inbound visitor market during the half of 2017 was stable where around five of them delivered standout double-digit growth.


For the first time India was ranked number one in the list of traffic generated crossing one million mark over a period of six month.


Around more than a lac Indians visited the city between January and June with a 21 per cent more footfall over the same period last year.


Saudia Arabia and UK took second and third spot in the largest feeder markets. Arab struggled hard to stabilize in June after facing economic challenges in 2017 but UK delivered reliable volume giving  a good four per cent growth.


The growth peaks of UAE was noticed due to the free visa-on-arrival from China and Russia with 55 per cent and 97 per cent increase respectively last year over the first six months.


China brought in 413,000 visitors to end half one of 2017 in fifth place, and Russia cemented its return to the top ten with 233,000 visitors.
However, there was an exception with Oman – the GCC’s second highest volume driver showed a negative slide with a 30 per cent decline. The rest had increased contributions.


Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai Tourism, mentioned that Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth in the first quarter. It delivered a strong double-digit performance through first half of 2017. It has set the stage for continued acceleration in tourism volumes and GDP contribution for 2017.


The strategic investments, innovative destination promotion programmes, responsive federal policy reforms, and long-term global partnerships had brought good response. There will be increase in  Dubai’s accessibility, visibility and overall appeal, minimizing  barriers to travel driving both first-time and repeat visitation.

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