//Abu Dhabi sees visitors hit 10m

Abu Dhabi sees visitors hit 10m

The UK remains the largest European source market, writes Anthony Pearce.

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018, with an increase in hotel guests to the emirate of 13.62 per cent since the beginning of 2016.

The United Kingdom remains the largest European source market, registering a 6 per cent rise from 2017 figures to more than 277,000.

Figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) show more than 10 million visitors travelled to the UAE capital last year, with these hotel guests increasing by 3.94 per cent compared to 2017 at one of the emirate’s 168 hotels or hotel apartments.

The key markets of India, the US and China have all posted double-digit growth for hotel guests in 2018. India and China remain the two top markets for overseas visitors along with the UK.

“We are incredibly pleased to see these positive metrics, as year on year we have exceeded the already ambitious targets set for Abu Dhabi’s growth,” said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has made extraordinary strides since its very inception, and a snapshot of the last three years gives an even clearer indication of the strength of the emirate’s growth and standing on the global stage. We are now firmly established as a world-class cultural destination. The soaring visitor figures we have seen are evidence of the increase in global appeal of our emirate.”

The emirate also saw an increase of 27.82 per cent in cruise passengers to Abu Dhabi: 279,704 cruise passengers visited in 2016, compared with 354,015 in 2018. During this time from 2016-18, 963,257 cruise ship passengers disembarked at Abu Dhabi.

(Credit: Mohamed Somji)