Muscat – With over 1mn visitors travelling to Dubai from Oman, the sultanate became the second largest source market for the emirate in the first nine months of 2022.
According to data released by the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai, the emirate attracted about 1.051mn tourists from Oman during the January-September period this year, compared to 129,000 tourists during the same period last year, a growth of 715 per cent.
Compared to the same period before the pandemic in 2019, the increase was 35 per cent, as Dubai attracted 778,000 tourists from the sultanate during the first nine months of 2019.
India leads the visitors’ list with 1.24mn travelling to Dubai till September, an increase of 135 per cent from 528,000 in the first nine months of 2021.
Oman was followed by Saudi Arabia, the UK and Russia making the top five source markets.
Data from Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information shows that the number of visitors to the sultanate from Gulf countries during the same period also witnessed a significant growth of 780.8 per cent – from 13,512 at the end of September 2021 – to 119,010 until the end of September 2022. The Gulf state visitors were followed by European guests whose number grew by 578.2 per cent to 203,103.
The number of American guests was 40,149, registering an increase of 200.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2021, while the number of guests from the African continent was 5,831, a growth of 98.4 per cent.
The number of Asian guests also increased – 44.2 per cent – from 101,351 until the end of September 2021, to 146,191 during the same period of 2022.
Dubai received 10.12mn visitors till September 2022, down by almost 2mn compared to the first nine months of 2019.