Published on : Tuesday, July 24, 2018
This shows how the emirate is emerging as a tourism destination performing ahead of the UNWTO forecast of four per cent tourism growth in the Middle East in the second quarter of 2017.
From January to June 2018 there were 66% international visitors and the travellers from Russia were even more, with 50 percent year-on-year.
The second biggest source market was Germany which was also up by four percent following the UK showing an increase of 13 percent in 2017.
The Nordic region saw 21.3 per cent growth since the start of the year and the emerging markets continued their upward trajectory . Czech Republic was up by 34 per cent, Kazakhstan up by 22 per cent, and Poland up by 6.3 per cent in comparison to the same period last year.
Overall growth from the Global Cooperation Council increased by 4.6 per cent and visitors from Saudi Arabia topped the arrivals list.
There was a surge in adventure tourism activities and hotel performance remained strong in the first half of the year. The occupancy rates were consistent at 73.3 per cent .