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28/09/2017 - 18:28hs

Tourism up 10% in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and RAK

Tourist arrivals in the first half of the year increased in the three emirates, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates said. Most of the visitors were from Russia, China, India and the Philippines.

Abu Dhabi – The emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah saw tourist numbers increase by 9.9% year-on-year in the first half of this year, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported, quoting statistics from the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, which keeps track of activity in different areas of the national economy.

Tourist numbers increased by 10.9% in Dubai, 7.2% in Abu Dhabi and 6.5% in Ras Al Khaimah year-on-year in H1.

The average stay per guest was 5% longer, while occupancy rates were up 1% in the three emirates combined. WAM said this shows that the destinations are attractive to international tourists.

Russian, Chinese, Indian and Filipino tourist arrivals were highlights, but WAM reported that the number of visitors from various nationalities increased.

Dubai tourist numbers increased by 10% from the Gulf, 12% from the Middle East, 21% from Western Europe and the United States, and 97.5% from Russia. The number of Chinese visitors to the emirate was up 54.7%.

In Abu Dhabi, Chinese tourist arrivals were up 55.4%. Filipino tourist numbers were up 10.4%, Indian visitor numbers were up 8% and arrivals from Jordan were up 2.6%.

Ras Al Khaimah saw arrivals increase by 83.7% from Russia, 223.2% from Poland, 80% from China, 20.8% from the United Kingdom, 21.7% from India, 20% from the United States and 16.2% from Kazakhstan.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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