As revealed by Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, a record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six months of the year (H1), up 10.6 percent year-on-year.


As the emirate’s top feeder, India surpassed the one million mark for the first time, with 1.05 million arrivals, a surge of 21 percent over H1 2016.

Moreover, five of the emirate’s top 10 source markets delivered double-digit growth.

The recent implementation of visa-on-arrival for Chinese and Russian citizens has proven to be highly successful with growth from both markets, up 55 percent and 97 percent, respectively.


Dubai’s room inventory rose five percent to 104,138 keys across 676 properties, while occupancy climbed one percentage point to 79 percent.