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 per cent and 106 per cent, respectively. India, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom together made up 30 per cent 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 per cent. Pakistan figures were up 17 per cent while Kuwait rounded out the GCC contribution with a 10 per cent growth.
On a regional basis, Dubai saw another first as western Europe took on pole position, contributing 22 per cent of the overnight visitor volumes, ahead of the traditional market leader the GCC, where numbers grew by 19 per cent.
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 per cent.
“Taking stock of the future – 2017 and beyond – our priorities are clear: Dubai’s continued growth trajectory in tourism … and for us to be 10 years ahead of any other city in the world,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, the director general of Dubai Toursim. (Source credit – The National)