Dubai receives more than 8 million international overnight visitors in first half of 2017

Posted: 11-Aug-17 10:09

Dubai recorded a total of 8.06 million international overnight visitors during the first six months of 2017. New figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing revealed that the emirate recorded a 10.6 per cent increase in tourists compared to the same period last year. Indian visitors continued to be the main international source market to Dubai during this time frame.

Dubai receives more than 8 million international overnight visitors in first half of 2017

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has released new tourism figures that show the emirate received a 10.6 per cent increase in overnight visitors in the first six months of 2017. Between January and June, Dubai received 8.06 million international overnight tourists.

The main international source market continued to be India, with 1,051,000 Indians visiting Dubai in the first half of 2017, which was a 21 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Saudi Arabia and the UK also retained their second and third spots as tourism source markets to the emirate.

Helal Saeed Almarri, the Director General of Dubai Tourism, stated:

“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.

“Alongside the continuous expansion and enhancement of Dubai’s infrastructure and tourism proposition, and backed by the strength of our industry stakeholders across government and private sectors, our goal now is to ensure that the city builds on this positive trajectory through not just the remainder of 2017 but also further, to get us closer to our Tourism Vision 2020 target of 20 million annual tourist arrivals.”

Dubai currently has a total of 676 hotels and hotel apartments, with a total of 104,138 guest rooms at the end of June, 2017. The average hotel and hotel apartment occupancy levels in the emirate was recorded at 79 percent during this six-month period, which was a one per cent increase over this period in 2016. Occupied room nights also increased between January and June, with a total of 14.53 million recorded.

Dubai is one of the most unique destinations in the world, with its wide range of attractions and eye-catching landmarks and architecture. The emirate is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab, a hotel which has been constructed in the shape of a traditional dhow boat sail.

Popular modern attractions in Dubai include Dubai Creek, the vast Dubai Mall, Dubai Ski, Dubai Marina, the Dubai Fountain with its light and music show, Wild Wadi Water Park, the manmade Palm Islands, and Universal Studios Dubailand. Tourists can also explore the city’s traditional and historic parts by visiting the Dubai Gold Souk, Grand Mosque, Jumeriah Mosque, and the Dubai Spice Souk. 

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