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Flourishing Indian Market in GCC

Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors, reflected by growing figures in 2016.

Considered as one of biggest future inbound markets alongside China, India was the top performing source of arrivals in 2016 for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi with 1.8 million and 323,388 visitors, respectively, representing 15 percent year-on-year increase in Abu Dhabi and a 12.5 percent boost in Dubai.

Oman welcomed 299,568 Indian tourists in 2016, which contributed to a 60 percent growth of the segment over the last five years.

The market is expected to grow further this year due to opening of the Bollywood Theme Park at Dubai Parks and Resorts and additional promotional activities, such as Arabian Travel Market, which will highlight the region to Indian travellers.