Dubai positioned fourth in most visited cities globally

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

Dubai has once again set a new record for tourists visiting the city in 2017, recording a total of 15.79 million tourists last year, in comparison to the 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.

Data revealed by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) presented that Dubai has confirmed its fourth position in most visited cities globally. Dubai is drawing ever closer to the 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade.

"Our strong 6.2 per cent growth in 2017 has allowed us to ramp up the pace towards meeting our 2020 targets, and today Dubai's travel and tourism sector is not only well-positioned to offer a superlative destination experience across its eight core strategic propositions, but also geared to accelerate its appeal to the diverse and evolving needs of our global travellers," said Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general of Dubai Tourism.

A recent opening of leisure, family and cultural attractions such as the Dubai Opera, City Walk, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Etihad Museum, La Perle by Dragone, Deira Islands, Dubai Safari Park and Dubai Frame have added to the overall attractiveness of the city.

The top 3 visitors in terms of nationality were:

India 2.1 million visitors

Saudi Arabia 1.53 million visitors

UK 1.27 million visitors

“The influx of visitors is a positive sign for everyone in Dubai, after a slightly softened real estate market in 2017 we are seeing strong signs of recovery. 2018 has already got off to a fantastic start, the demand is there, investors are only seeking confidence in the ever-developing market.” Quoted Marcello Arcangeli, CEO.

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