Total of 53m people pass through Dubai during 2018

Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department chief says 3.2m residence permits issued last year
Total of 53m people pass through Dubai during 2018
Passengers who used the smart gates and corridors numbered 11,258,319 in 2018.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 17 Jan 2019 02:01 PM

A total of 53 million passengers passed through Dubai’s entry and exit points at land, sea and air ports in 2018, according to official figures.

Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director general of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Dubai, said that entry and exit movements through airports registered 50 million passengers.

According to statistics, inbound passengers reached 25.2 million against 24.7 million for outbound passengers.

"Passengers who used the smart gates and corridors numbered 11,258,319," he said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

He said that the department had issued 3,250,419 entry and residence permits for individuals and companies and 3,727,501 tourist visas last year.

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