Dubai welcomed 15.92 million visitors in 2018, up 0.8% from a year earlier, and India retained its spot as the top source market with more than 2 million travellers, according to official figures.
The number of visitors from China rose by 12% while Nigeria soared 36%.
India remained Dubai’s top overseas market in 2018, with more than two million visitors – similar to 2017. In second place were Saudi’s 1.6 million visitors – largely helped by specialised city-wide campaigns for the kingdom’s national day.
Britain came in third, while China ranked fourth, but recorded a 12 per cent year on year growth to 875,000 visitors. Nigeria posted a 36 per cent rise in visitors to 185,000.
China overtook Oman, which along with Pakistan posted a decline in the number of tourists visiting Dubai last year, the statement said.
The UAE relaxed visa rules for Chinese in recent years in a bid to boost tourism.
Source: Gulf Business