Published on : Wednesday, August 29, 2018
CEO Paul Griffiths said that faster and easier visa arrangements are playing a pivotal role in attracting more visitors to the city.
To quote Griffiths, “Traffic is up every country where the visas have opened up… A situation where we are able to attract even more visitors [from other countries] will be important for our numbers and for the prosperity of Dubai.”
Griffiths stressed the fact that Chinese tourists are an example of how visas on arrival are boosting more people to Dubai. Due to relaxed visa restrictions, passenger traffic through Dubai Airports from China increased 19.4% to 2.2 million.
The first five months of 2018 saw a record 400,547 Chinese visitors in Dubai.
Dubai Airports officials predicted that July 2018 will be the airport’s busiest ever for Chinese visitors and overall numbers.
“We’re very excited as China climbs up the ranks to be one of the major countries from whom a lot of visitors to decide to come to Dubai,” said Griffiths.
Chinese visitors currently account for 4% of the traffic and 15% of sales at Dubai Airports, and this makes China Dubai’s fastest growing source market for travellers.
Passenger traffic from Russia also increased 28% to 1.3 million after the easing of visa policies in January 2017.
Griffiths added, “Visa facilitation agreements are a major way to get more traffic into Dubai. If you can facilitate more people with visas, clearly you attract more people to come.”