The emirate of Abu Dhabi continues to receive rising numbers of European tourists despite the decline in the exchange rate of the Euro against the dollar and the United Arab Emirates dirham.
The emirate’s hotels welcomed 282,000 European guests in the first half of the current year, up by 16 per cent compared with the same period last year when the number stood at 245,000, Al-Ittihad reports.
Industry sources attributed the surge in the number of European tourists to joint efforts by the public and private sectors to attract more guests through promotional campaigns and the organisation of various fairs and entertainment activities in the emirate.
Meanwhile, it was clear that the slide of Russia’s ruble cut the number of Russian tourists to Abu Dhabi by ten per cent to 14,400 visitors in the first six months of the current year from 16,100 in the same period of 2014.
The ruble has shed almost 45 per cent of its value against the dollar since August last year.
Britain sent the largest number of visitors to Abu Dhabi as approximately 113,300 arrived in the emirate during the January-June period, followed by Germany (81,000), Italy (34,700), France (31,400), Switzerland (12,100) and finally Dutch tourists whose number reached 11,300.