Hotels in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi welcomed approximately 462,700 Arab tourists and visitors in the first nine months of the current year, according to official statistics.
The figure indicates a 16 per cent rise, compared with the 399,600 Arab visitors who checked into the emirate’s hotels during the same period of 2014, data by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority shows.
The largest numbers of Arab tourists and visitors came from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar, respectively, followed by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
The data indicates that the number of visitors from the GCC region surged by 20 per cent to 205,900, compared with 171,989 in the same period of 2014.
Saudi visitors accounted for 54 per cent (or 112,200 visitors) of the total number of visitors who came from the GCC region, compared with 87,100 in the same period last year, signalling an increase of 29 per cent.
Non-GCC Arab countries sent a total of 256,800 visitors to Abu Dhabi hotels, up by 13 per cent when compared with 227,600 visitors in the same nine-month period of 2014, according to the figures published by Al-Ittihad.
The total number of visitors from all nationalities, including Arabs and foreigners, surged by 21 per cent to three million against 2.49 million in the corresponding period of last year.