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Dubai’s record tourism

DUBAI welcomed a record 15.92 million tourists in 2018, the tourism authority said, but the rise was marginal due to drops in visitors from the Gulf, India and Britain.

The number of international visitors last year grew by just 0.8 percent, far below the 5 percent and 6 percent rises in 2016 and 2017, Dubai Tourism said.

But the emirate remains “focused on ensuring that (it) becomes the No. 1 most visited city in the world,” said Dubai Tourism chief Saeed al-Marri.

The number of Chinese tourists rose by 12 percent to 857,000 while Russians visitors increased by 28 percent to 678,000.  

The city-state, one of seven sheikhdoms that make up the UAE, aims to attract 20 million visitors annually by 2020 when it hosts the six-month global trade fair Expo 2020.

Boasting the most diversified economy in the region, Dubai became a favorite tourist attraction in recent years due to its safety following turmoil in the Middle East.


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