Dubai witnesses record 16.73 million overnight visitors in 2019

 Thursday, January 23, 2020 


In 2019, Dubai witnessed a record 16.73 million overnight visitors, which is an all-time high, growing by 5.1 per cent. It exceeded growth forecast of the UNWTO by more than one per cent.


Dubai’s top six source markets, i.e. India, Saudi Arabia, UK, Oman, China and Russia delivered more than seven million visitors in 2019, with 9 of the top 10 countries surpassing the mark of half a million visitors each for the first time. The number of visitors from India reached two million; 1.6 million came from Saudi Arabia, 1.2 million from UK and more than 1 million from Oman. Fifth-placed China registered 989,000 visitors to Dubai in 2019 at 15.5 per cent year-on-year growth. China is expected to break the one million barrier this year.


“While the global economy remains in a state of flux, we can clearly see an exciting opportunity to further grow Dubai’s dominance in the tourism industry in 2020, and to pioneer the next decade for global travel, offering unique and transformative tourism experiences created and driven by our strong appetite for radical innovation and stakeholder collaboration,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General, Dubai Tourism.


The World Travel & Tourism Council’s Cities Report 2019 ranked Dubai as the third largest city with regard to direct international tourism spending with a total of $27.9 billion.


Dubai Tourism said that Russia grabbed the sixth spot with 728,000 visitors, marking a growth of 7.4 per cent. The USA follows right behind with a two per cent increase with 667,000 visitors, while Germany takes the eighth place with 560,000 visitors. Among the top 10 markets, Pakistan crossed the half a million mark with 501,000 visitors, while the Philippines marked a dramatic 23.2 per cent increase.


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