Dubai welcomes 8.36 million tourists in the first half of 2019

It’s a three percent increase on 2018

Dubai welcomes 8.36 million tourists in the first half of 2019

Dubai welcomed a whopping 8.36 million international overnight visitors during the first half of 2019, which is a three percent increase on the first half of 2018.

According to official figures from Dubai Tourism, India was Dubai's largest source market with 997,000 visitors while 755,000 visitors came from Saudi Arabia and 586,000 travellers came from the UK.

China (501,000), which reported 11 percent year-on-year growth, and Oman (499,000) rounded up the top five, while Russia (375,000), the United States (329,000), Germany (316,000), Pakistan (253,000) and Philippines (216,000) made up the top ten.

"Tourism is one of the cornerstones of Dubai’s diversified economic growth, and we measure success based on our ability to aggressively advance towards our goal to be the number one most visited and most preferred city” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Tourism.

In the first half of 2019, Dubai has continued to focus on providing new entertainment offerings and attractions for tourists and residents alike, which include the opening of the Coca-Cola Arena.

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