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