Dubai welcomed a record 16.73 million international overnight visitors in 2019, which is an increase of 5.1 per cent and surpassing the growth forecast by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) by over 1 per cent, said a report.
Dubai’s top six source markets – India, Saudi Arabia, UK, Oman, China and Russia - delivered over seven million visitors in 2019, with nine of the top 10 countries crossing half a million visitors each for the first time, highlighting the robust diversity of Dubai’s base for tourist attraction, said a report in WAM.
The number of visitors from India reached 2 million, Saudi Arabia 1.6 million, 1.2 million from the UK and over 1 million visitors from Oman.
Poised to break the one million barrier in 2020, fifth-placed China registered 989,000 visitors to Dubai in 2019 at a 15.5 per cent year-on-year growth, said the report.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general, Dubai Tourism, said: "The strong performances across our diversified spectrum of traditional strongholds and fast-growing high-value segments have continued to solidify the global competitiveness and sustained resilience of Dubai’s tourism sector. This past decade, and 2019 in particular, have delivered unmatched acceleration in Dubai’s stature as a ‘Destination of Choice’ for global travellers assuring advancement towards the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make it the number one most visited, preferred and revisited global city."
Almarri added: "In 2020, we will continue to accelerate the tourism momentum by showcasing Dubai’s event hosting capabilities in the run-up to Expo 2020."
According to Dubai Tourism, Russia took sixth spot with 728,000 visitors, a growth of 7.4 per cent. The USA followed right behind with a 2 per cent increase to reach 667,000 visitors, while Germany took eighth place with 560,000 visitors. Closing out the top 10 markets, Pakistan also crossed the half a million mark with 501,000 visitors, while the Philippines impressed again with a dramatic 23.2 per cent increase, delivering 477,000 visitors to Dubai.