Dubai attracts a record 8.10 million international overnight tourists during the first six months of 2018, according to figures released on Wednesday.
India, Saudi Arabia and the UK were once again the top source markets, while Russia accounted for the highest jump in visitors at 74 per cent year-on-year.
China ended the first half of 2018 in fourth place, bringing in 453,000 tourists, while from a regional perspective, Western Europe contributed 21 per cent of the overnight visitor volumes.
According to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, relaxed visa norms and customised marketing strategies are some of the key factors behind the growing numbers.
The recent introduction of the stopover visa and the decision to exempt dependents aged 18 years or below from visa fees is expected to boost tourist numbers even further.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s hotel room inventory stood at 111,317 at the end of June 2018, up seven per cent compared to the same time last year.
Occupied room nights were also up year-on-year with a total of 14.97 million compared to 14.53 million during the same period in 2017.
Source Credit: Dubai eye