Dubai Tourism

Dubai tops European tourists’ preferred vacation destination

Dubai has become the most visited destinations by European tourists due to the annual increase in the emirate’s arrivals as compared with other cities in the world.

Because of its various tourism services and outstanding hotspots, Dubai has been able to attract more European tourists amounted to over 1 million in Q1-19, accounting for 21% of total visitors that reached around 4.75 million people.


Dubai is known globally for its great reputation and remarkable high-quality services, which attract European tourists, mainly from the UK, France, Germany, and Italy, experts told Mubasher.

The European tourist likes the unusual mix of cultural diversity and heritage in the emirate and prefers shopping there for being exempted from taxes, they highlighted. It offers a variety of prices and brands that suit different visitors.

 UK leads

The British tourists to Dubai lead the European tourists with around 327,000 people who visited the emirate in Q1-19, data by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) showed.

The German visitors claimed the third spot with 204,000 visiting the GCC emirate in Q1-19, while the number of French tourists rose by 17%.

Moreover, the number of Italians who visited Dubai increased by 1% to 81,000 from 80,000 in Q1-18, according to the DTCM.

The number of Dutch tourists who visited Dubai in the first three months of the year rose 6% year-on-year to 48,000.

On the other hand, Dubai has welcomed around 234,000 Russians in Q1-19, down 10% from 259,000 in the same period of 2018.

 Yassin Diab, general manager of Al Faisal Travel & Tourism Agency, said that European tourists usually go on vacations in the period between October and April.

The European tourism in Dubai is ongoing all over the year, but it notably shrinks during the summer, the June-September period of each year, he pointed out.


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