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Dubai welcomed 4.7 million international overnight visitors in Q1 Dubai welcomed 4.7 million international overnight visitors in Q1

Dubai Achieves Record Visitor Q1 Statistics

Dubai’s tourism sector picked up pace through the first three months of this year in light of growing currency pressures as it continued to retain and grow share across global markets.

Welcoming 4.7 million international overnight tourists from January to March, the emirate posted a stable two percent increase in traffic versus the same period in 2017, as reported by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

Recording a seven percent year-on-year increase to deliver 617,000 visitors, India helped level out the relatively stable second-placed Saudi Arabia (one percent decline) and the steeper decline in visitation from third-placed UK (eight percent).

Russia ended the quarter in fourth place, continuing its upward trajectory by topping the growth charts with a stellar 106 percent increase over Q1 2017, delivering 259,000 tourists, benefiting from availability of visa-on-arrival facilities for Russian citizens from early 2017.