From being named one of the best cities for travellers, to its year-round state of sunny bliss, it’s no wonder tourists flock to Dubai.
In fact, the number of overnight visitors travelling to Dubai hit an all-time high in 2019, with Dubai welcoming 16.7 million tourists, according to the latest data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
There was a 5.1 per cent increase from 2018, and a staggering 11.5 per cent contribution to the emirate's GDP, with international tourism spending worth Dhs102 billion.
The top six nations that visited - India, Saudi Arabia, UK, Oman, China and Russia - delivered over seven million visitors in 2019.
"While the global economy remains in a state of flux, we can clearly see an exciting opportunity to further grow Dubai's dominance in the tourism industry in 2020, and to pioneer the next decade for global travel, offering unique and transformative tourism experiences created and driven by our strong appetite for radical innovation and stakeholder collaboration," said Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general, Dubai Tourism.
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