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Dubai tourism numbers surge on Indians, Chinese, and Russians

Staff Writer | April 25, 2017
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has reported an 11 percent increase in overnight visits in the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year.
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Tourists   An 11 percent increase in Dubai
January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year.

Visitors from China and Russia recorded the largest rises at 64 percent and 106 percent, respectively.

India, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom together made up 30 percent of total visits to Dubai in the first quarter, with India becoming the first ever market to record nearly 580,000 in a quarter.

Some 440,000 visitors came from Saudi Arabia, while the UK saw visits rise by 5 percent. Pakistan figures were up 17 percent while Kuwait rounded out the GCC contribution with a 10 percent growth.

On a regional basis, Dubai saw another first as western Europe took on pole position, contributing 22 percent of the overnight visitor volumes, ahead of the traditional market leader the GCC, where numbers grew by 19 percent.

Dubai’s average occupancy rate across all hotel and hotel apartment categories in the first quarter increased 2 percentage points over the same period last year to reach 87 percent.