Al Rais Travel has highlighted the latest trends supporting the growth of the tourism industry in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC, as visitors from key source markets — including the UK and China — continue to rise.
Dubai’s reputation as a safe and secure destination and trusted brand has resulted in an uptick from key source markets.
Mohamed Al Rais, deputy managing director of Al Rais Travel, stated: “Brand Dubai is trusted by people around the world. The country has rebounded incredibly well since Covid-19. The latest figures for the first half of 2023 are the best on record. Furthermore, the return of the Chinese market has already moved into a top five position.”
According to the latest statistics from DET, Dubai’s top source markets include India. It has seen a 44 percent increase between January and August 2023 compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, Saudia Arabia, has seen a nominal 5 percent decrease during the same period. On the other hand, the UK is up 14 percent. The Chinese market experienced a remarkable 309 percent surge in the initial eight months of 2023.
The tourism expert also believes that rather than competing, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are complementing one another’s tourism offerings. Similarly, in central Europe, visitors tour several countries during one trip, benefiting the tourism industry across several borders.
The UAE’s Minister of Economy, H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, announced a GCC tourist visa by 2025, simplifying travel and boosting tourism across Gulf states.
This opportunity benefits the entire GCC, as qualified visitors can travel seamlessly across member countries, enhancing tourism throughout the region.