And as of 2019, it’s on the when it comes to visitors. Throughout last year, Dubai welcomed 16.73 million international overnight visitors, according to the latest data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
Compared to 2018, it’s a 5.1 percent increase, and there was an 11.5 percent contribution to the emirate's GDP, with international tourism spending worth $27.9 billion (Dhs102 billion).
The top six visiting nations in 2019 include India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Oman, China and Russia, delivering over seven million tourists.
India was the again the top contributor, with nearly two million visitors, while Saudi Arabia cemented its roll as the GCC’s highest traffic generator with 1.6 million.
The UK retained its position in third place, bringing in 1.2 million travellers.
"While the global economy remains in a state of flux, we can clearly see an exciting opportunity to further grow Dubai’s dominance in the tourism industry in 2020, and to pioneer the next decade for global travel, offering unique and transformative tourism experiences,” said director general of Helal Saeed Almarri Dubai Tourism.
We’re not surprised, as over the years Dubai has launched plenty of tourist attractions well worth checking out. In fact, we have a list of some of the best things to do right here for some inspiration.
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