Central Bank of the UAE figures reveal 1.8% increase in Q1 tourist numbers to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
A total of 6.04 million international tourists visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai during the first three months of the year, a growth of 1.8 percent year on year, according to new figures from the Central Bank of the UAE.
Dubai received 4.75 million from January to March against 4.65 million in the same period last year, while tourist arrivals to Abu Dhabi increased from 1.28 million to 1.29 million, state news agency WAM reported.
Despite the increase in the number of tourist arrivals in Dubai, hotel revenues declined per room as a result of the constant discounts and offers provided by the emirate's hotels, WAM added.
Tourists coming from some source markets increased, with Omanis showing a 27.1 percent growth, France (17.5 percent), China (13.2 percent), Germany (5.2 percent), and US (3.3 percent) while arrivals from Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan decreased.
According to the figures, most of Dubai-bound tourists are coming from GCC states, Middle East and North Africa, accounting for 27 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent respectively of the emirate's total foreign arrivals, with West Europe, and North America, comprising 23 percent and 7 percent respectively while South Asian visitors represent 16 percent of the total.
US tourists who came to Abu Dhabi in the monitored period rose by 13.8 percent, followed by Egyptians (9.7 percent), Jordanians (8.2 percent), and Pakistanis (6.5 percent) against the same period last year.