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Saudi Arabian tourists 'spend $21.1bn overseas'

Kingdom accounts for highest outbound tourism spend in Gulf, says World Bank

Saudi Arabian tourists 'spend $21.1bn overseas'
Arab shoppers in Knightsbridge, London. Photo for illustrative purposes.

Saudi Arabia accounted for the highest level of spending on tourism overseas of all GCC countries, according to statistics from the World Bank.

Tourists from the kingdom spent a total of $21.1 billion in 2014, the most recent figures from the World Bank show.

Meanwhile, tourists from the UAE spent $17.7 billion; Qatar spent 12.87 billion and Kuwait spent $12.28 billion.

Tourists from Oman spent a total of $2.3 billion overseas, and Bahrain spent $864 million.

Saudi Arabia ranked among the top 20 countries in the world for overseas tourism spend, according to the World Bank.

However, the kingdom fell behind Qatar and the UAE when it came to revenue from inbound tourism.

The figures showed that the UAE earned $14 billion a year, followed by Qatar, with $10.6 billion, and Saudi Arabia with $9.3 billion.  

Of all countries in the Arab world, Egypt followed with $8 billion of tourism receipts, Jordan with $5.5 billion and Tunisia with $3 billion.

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