Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with Dubai Tourism reporting an 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year.

Retaining their stronghold on the top three positions were UK, India and KSA, accounting collectively for 30 per cent of total Q1 visitation to Dubai, with the UK rallying growth across the mega markets with its 5 per cent increase to mitigate the declines from KSA and Oman.

Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts resulting in both countries moving up in their rankings as key feeder markets for Dubai, with China at number four and Russia at number 11, edging closer to a return to the top 10.