International Tourism in Dubai

Dubai, which is the commercial capital of the UAE, is one of the leading international tourism spots in the world. Dubai continues to excel in the rankings as top destination, and has been included in the TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2016. It was the only destination in the UAE that made into the top 25.


Dubai is a futuristic cityscape towering over the Arabian Desert. This cosmopolitan city is home to world’s tallest building, largest dancing fountain, largest natural flower garden, and largest artificial islands. It is world’ 4th most visited city after London, Paris, and Bangkok.


The numbers of tourists visiting Dubai are increasing significantly. According to the Dubai’s Tourism Department, the number of overnight visitors to Dubai in the year 2016 exceeded 15 million. The tourism sector recorded a growth of 5% and a 4-year CAGR of 8%. The department is expecting that tourism in Dubai will grow further in order to maintain stable momentum over the next 3 years. The emirate tourism industry’s strong performance across the world assures achievement of the 20 million visitors target by 2020.

The leading sources of visitors and tourists to Dubai include India, KSA, UK, Oman and Pakistan. The number of visitors from each market are shown in the table below:

Source Markets 2016 2015
India 1,587,000 1,431,000
KSA 1,524,000 1,424,000
UK 1,120,000 1,077,000
Oman 983,000 893,000
Pakistan 540,000 459,000

There is also a significant rise in the hotel rooms’ supply in the market, and a decline in average room rates(10%). To cater the anticipated growth in the number of visitors to Dubai, the number of hotel rooms will be doubled (140,000 – 160,000) by 2020. The Dubai Expo 2020 will play an important role in boosting the tourism sector and the overall economic growth. It will serve as a catalyst in inspiring and attracting huge number of visitors from different parts of world. The Expo 2020 will provide the tourist a change to merge with global communities and cultures, enjoy exciting tourism attractions, and a number of popular activities in Dubai, including desert safari, sky adventure, city tours, sea adventure, and visits to water parks.


Tourism in Dubai is an important part of strategy of the government to maintain the flow of foreign investments and cashflows. Due to high economic impact of the tourism sector, the government is constantly putting efforts to strengthen and promote the sector.


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