Dubai records increase in overnight UK visitors in first quarter of 2016

Posted: 16-May-16 10:29

Dubai recorded a ten per cent increase in the number of UK visitors who stayed overnight in hotels and apartments in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period last year. More than 334,000 British travellers stayed in the emirate for at least one night between January and March this year, making it Dubai's leading European source market.

Dubai records increase in overnight UK visitors in first quarter of 2016

The UK is Dubai’s leading source market after new figures released by Dubai Tourism revealed that the number of overnight UK visitors increase by ten per cent in the first three months of 2016. Over 334,000 travellers from the UK stayed at least one night in hotels and apartments in Dubai between January and March this year.

The emirate recorded a total of 4.1 million overnight visitors during the first quarter of 2016, which was a 5.1 per cent increase compared to the previous year. The majority of visitors originated from Saudi Arabia, with a total of 476,000 business and leisure travellers visiting Dubai during this period.

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, said:

“Global travel in the first three months of this year has been impacted by geo-political, social and economic uncertainties, with most markets experiencing flat to negative growth.

"I see Dubai’s highly agile, fragmented source market approach, the strength of our government, public and private sector partnerships, as well as our effective promotional and marketing outreach, as having been fundamental to fuelling overall growth.”

Dubai is one of the most popular destinations in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, due to its modern offerings and unusual skyline that is dotted with soaring architectural masterpieces such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the luxurious sail-shaped Burj al Arab hotel.

Holidaymakers flock to the emirate for its sandy beaches, hot, sunny climate, and array of attractions including the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai Marina with shops, cafes and beaches, the Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek, Dubai Museum, and the Mall of the Emirates luxury brands, high street stores, and indoor ski centre.

Dubai’s manmade Palm Islands are a hotspot for holidaymakers. Luxury hotels, cafes, restaurants, shops and bars line the trunk and the crescent-shaped leaves of the palm tree islands. There are plenty of annual events and festivals to enjoy in the city, including Dubai Summer Surprises, the International Film Festival, the Shopping Festival, and the Dubai Jazz Festival.

The Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airport in the world, and in 2015 it recorded a staggering 78 million passengers.

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