Dubai tourism Makes History After Witnessing All-Time High in 2019
Dubai tourism faced an unprecedented high of 16.73 million foreigners or international visitors. This can be translated into a 5.1% increase in tourism volumes compared to the previous year
2019 proved to be the end of a fruitful decade for Dubai in terms of tourism. The Gulf emirate made history after witnessing an unprecedented high of 16.73 million foreigners or international visitors. This can be translated into a 5.1% increase in tourism volumes compared to the previous year (2018). The figures have overtaken the global tourism growth forecast by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) by over 1%, reported Arabian Business. Tourism now contributes 11.5% of Dubai’s GDP, according to data provided by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Dubai’s top six source markets in 2019 were India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Oman, China and Russia.
These countries delivered over seven million visitors as nine of the top 10 countries crossed half a million visitors each for the first time. Speaking about the same, Director General Dubai Tourism, Helal Saeed Almarri said, “The strong performances across our diversified spectrum of traditional strongholds and fast-growing high value segments have continued to solidify the global competitiveness and sustained resilience of Dubai’s tourism sector.” He added, "While the global economy remains in a state of flux, we can clearly see an exciting opportunity to further grow Dubai’s dominance in the tourism industry in 2020, and to pioneer the next decade for global travel, offering unique and transformative tourism experiences created and driven by our strong appetite for radical innovation and stakeholder collaboration.”
Moreover, the findings showed that India has yet again retained the first spot with nearly two million visitors coming into Dubai. Following suit, 1.6 million Saudis visited Dubai in 2019 while the UK remained Dubai’s third largest source market, with 1.2 million travellers. China registered 989,000 visitors to Dubai at 15.5% year-on-year growth. Almarri added, "In 2020, we will continue to accelerate the tourism momentum by showcasing Dubai’s event hosting capabilities in the run up to Expo 2020, roll out brand new campaigns and high-profile entertainment programming, develop richer content partnerships, in addition to widening existing marketing outreach activities and expanding our portfolio of destination offerings.”