Major events boost as Abu Dhabi posts record number of visitors

Abu Dhabi has opened up to vaccinated tourists from across the world.

The number of international visitors coming to Abu Dhabi in 2019 is estimated to have reached a record 11.35 million, a 10.5 per cent increase over 2018.

This number includes 2.83 million overnight and 8.53 million same-day visitors, according to figures from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

DCT Abu Dhabi’s official 2019 hotel figures also reveal that Abu Dhabi’s 168 hotels and hotel apartments posted the highest number of guests to date (5.1 million), with robust growth across key revenue metrics including total revenues, average room rate and revenue per available room.

India, China, the UK and the USA remained the top four non-UAE source markets for hotel guests, with Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and Bahrain the fastest growing markets between 2017 and 2019.

The Indian market performed especially well, with an 8.2 per cent increase over 2018 – with more than 450,000 hotel guests arriving – and the US posting a 5.1 per cent increase over the same time period.

“These 2019 results reflect the hard work and dedication that DCT Abu Dhabi, its tourism stakeholders and its partners have put into offering a ‘must-see, must-visit’ leisure and business destination to not only the international visitor but to domestic guests also,” said Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.

The results were underpinned by a calendar of major events including Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art.

“These events helped elevate Abu Dhabi’s global standing and reputation and contributed massively to our guest metrics, resulting once more in a record breaking year in terms of visitation to the UAE capital,” said Al Hosani.