Six million tourist arrivals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai during Q1 2019

Central Bank of UAE figures show tourist arrivals grew 1.8% year-on-year

6.04mn international tourists visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi during Q1 2019
6.04mn international tourists visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi during Q1 2019

A total of 6.04 million international tourists visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai during the first three months of the year, up 1.8% year-on-year, figures from the Central Bank of the UAE showed. 

Dubai received 4.75 million from January to March against 4.65 million during the same period last year, with tourist arrivals to Abu Dhabi having increased from 1.28 million to 1.29 million.

According to the CBUAE's figures, 52% of the tourists who visited Dubai during the period stayed in the emirate's hotels, with those staying in the capital's hotels up 0.5% during Q1 against the same period last year.

Despite the increase in the number of tourist arrivals in Dubai from January to March, hotel revenues declined per room as a result of the constant discounts and offers provided by Dubai hotels.

Tourists coming in from some source markets increased, with Omanis coming on top with 27.1% growth, France at 17.5%, China with 13.2%, Germany 5.2%, and USA 3.3%, while arrivals from Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan decreased.

Most Dubai-bound tourists arrived from GCC states, the Middle East and North Africa, accounting for 27%, 17%, and 10% respectively of the emirate's total foreign arrivals, with West Europe, and North America, comprising 23% and 7% respectively, while South Asian visitors represented 16% of arrivals.

US tourists who came to Abu Dhabi rose by 13.8%, followed by Egyptians at 9.7%, Jordanians 8.2%, and Pakistanis 6.5% against the same period last year.

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