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07/02/2018 - 18:47hs

Dubai hits tourist arrivals record in 2017

The 15.7 million people that visited the emirate accounted for an increase of 6.2% in comparison to 2016.

São Paulo – Dubai registered a 6.2% increase in international visitations in 2017 over 2016, with 15.78 million visitors, getting close to the goal of welcoming 20 million tourists per year in 2020. In 2016, the growth stood at 5%.

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Dubai is the fourth most visited city in the world

According to data released this Wednesday (7) by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), this number established a new record for the emirates and boosts the local tourism sector.

“Today, Dubai’s travel and tourism sector is not only well positioned to offer a superlative destination experience, but also geared to accelerate its appeal to the diverse and evolving needs of our global travelers,” said the director general of Dubai Tourism, Helal Saeed Almarri, in the official report.

India remains as the top tourist source market, with an increase of 15%, totaling 2.1 million visitors. Saudi Arabia appears in second, despite the decline of 7%, with 1.53 million people, and the United Kingdom comes in third place, with an increase of 2%, with 1.27 million tourists.

In fifth place, China registered an increase of 41%, totaling 764,000 visitors, and, in eighth place, Russia posted a 121% increase with 530,000 people. This growth is due to the fact that citizens from both countries have now an easier entrance in the country, with visa issuance occurring at the time of arrival in the UAE. This change came at the end of 2016 for China, and beginning of 2017 for Russia.

There was also an increase in the number of visitors from the United States, Germany and Iran, with 633,000, 506,000 and 503,000 visitors, respectively. The number of tourists from Oman and Pakistan declined.

By region, Western Europe sent the highest number of tourists, accounting for 21% of the total, and an increase of 5.5% over 2016, totaling 3.2 million people. The second largest market are the other five countries in the Gulf – Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait – with 19%, representing a slide of 4% year-over-year, totaling three million tourists; and in third comes South Asia, with 18%, up 10.6% with 2.8 million tourists.

Almarri said also that Dubai is consolidating its position as the fourth most visited city in the world. “We remain confident that our performance, backed by the continued strength of our partnerships across government and private sector stakeholders, will enable us to successfully attain our goals of becoming the number 1 most visited city as well as being the most recommended with the highest number of repeat Dubai loyalists,” said the director general.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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