Dubai welcomed a file 8.1 million worldwide in a single day vacationers throughout the first six months of 2018, representing a constant enhance on the identical interval final yr.
Figures launched by Dubai’s Division of Tourism & Commerce Advertising and marketing have confirmed the continued success of the emirate’s tourism sector, which on the finish of 2017 was price AED109 billion a yr.
A vacation spot of selection for numerous world markets, Dubai is on monitor for projected progress into the second half of 2018.
High supply markets continued to witness secure year-on-year performances within the first half of 2018, with India, Saudi Arabia and the UK retaining their prime three positions when in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
India once more introduced within the highest variety of worldwide visitors, as soon as once more crossing the one-million-mark over a six-month interval, up by three per cent year-on-year.
Saudi and the UK retained their spots because the second and third largest feeder markets respectively, with the previous rallying to a slight enhance and remaining as the very best visitors driver from the GCC area.
China ended the primary half of 2018 in fourth place, persevering with its upward trajectory by 9 per cent to ship 453,000 vacationers.
In the meantime, Russia topped the expansion charts with a stellar 74 per cent enhance over the primary half of 2017, delivering 405,000 guests to leap 5 positions throughout the prime ten supply markets.
Each markets continued to profit from added ease of journey entry following the introduction of visa-on-arrival amenities for Chinese language and Russian residents in late 2016 and early 2017 respectively.
The primary half of 2018 additionally witnessed elevated contributions from the USA and Germany, standing sturdy at seventh and eighth positions with 327,000 and 302,000 guests respectively.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director common, Dubai Tourism, commented: “The primary six months of 2018 have each generated and sustained a gradual efficiency, supporting sturdy progress throughout our world feeder markets.
“Attracting 8.10 million guests throughout the first half of 2018 stands us in good stead as we speed up momentum in direction of our visionary aspiration of turning into probably the most visited metropolis on the earth.
“The numerous providing of Dubai’s tourism proposition has steadily developed, prudently but actively responding to market demand, and growing the emirate’s attractiveness amongst goal customer segments throughout our key markets.
“As such, we now have strategically deployed partnerships to make sure we proceed to remain related and entrance of thoughts to each first-time and repeat guests, whereas concurrently creating a gradual stream of Dubai ambassadors.”