Saudi Arabia remains one of the top three source markets for international overnight visitors to Dubai in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and cited by WAM.
During the first half this year, the Kingdom was the second largest feeder market with 755,000 Saudi visitors coming to Dubai, up two per cent year-on-year over six months, the WAM report added.
“With the GCC as a whole, and KSA (as its lead contributor), being key priorities on Dubai Tourism’s strategic agenda, investments in deepening alliances with the country’s travel ecosystem continued to increase in H1 2019, reflecting the value of such partnerships – particularly via consolidated marketing-promotions-sales programs,” WAM added.
Saudi visitors recorded a notable 4.9 percent increase over the Eid break alone – signifying continued stability in Dubai’s attractiveness for Saudi families and millennials, the report added.
India once again led the pack, drawing the highest half year volumes with 997,000 visitors to Dubai, while the UK was the third highest traffic driver into Dubai delivering 586,000 travelers to the Emirate.