A record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six months of 2017, reflecting a stellar 10.6 percent increase over the same period last year. Figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) affirm the strength of the emirate’s tourism sector, underscoring the expanding appeal of Dubai as a global tourism destination of choice.
India continued to top the list of traffic generators, for the first time crossing the one million mark over a six-month period with 1,051,000. Saudi Arabia and the UK retained their spots as the second and third largest feeder markets respectively.
Recent regulatory changes granting citizens from China and Russia free visa-on-arrival access to the UAE was evident in the continued growth peaks being delivered from these markets, as they topped the charts with 55 percent and 97 percent increases respectively over the first six months of 2016.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, commented: “We are extremely pleased that Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth we achieved in the first quarter to deliver a strong double-digit performance through H1 2017, setting the stage for continued acceleration in tourism volumes and GDP contribution this year.
“Our strategic investments, innovative destination promotion programmes, responsive federal policy reforms, and long-term global partnerships are evidently paying dividends as we ramp up efforts to increase Dubai’s accessibility, visibility and overall appeal, minimise barriers to travel, and ultimately drive both first-time and repeat visitation.”