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Mecca Mecca

Saudi Arabia: 11.3 Million GCC Visitors

Some 11.3 million GCC residents travelled to Saudi Arabia in 2014, more than 6.6 million

of whom spent at least one night in the Kingdom, resulting in 37.3 million guest nights for accommodation establishments.

The visits generated some SAR22.8 billion (USD6.08 billion), driven by strong demand from Kuwait and Bahrain, followed by Qatar and the UAE.

The most popular region for GCC travellers proved to be Mecca, and the top five also included Medina, the Eastern Province, Riyadh and Asir.

In the first half of the current year, the number of GCC visitors to Saudi Arabia reached 7.4 million.