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Number of visitors to Dubai down 46 per cent during Eid holiday

More than 350,000 people left emirate during the holiday, many of them travelling to Europe

The number of visitors to Dubai during the Eid al-Fitr holiday fell by 46 per cent compared with the number last year, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs –Dubai reveals.

The Directorate’s data shows that 326,074 people visited Dubai during Eid al-Fitr between July 15 and 20, compared with 597,652 people during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in 2014.

According to the data, Dubai received 166,945 visitors from other GCC countries and, in total, visitors to the emirate came from 197 different countries, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.

On the other hand, the Directorate points out that more than 350,000 people left the emirate during Eid al-Fitr holiday this year, noting that many vacationers went to Europe to take advantage of the current weakness of the euro.

It is noteworthy that the number of passenger arrivals and departures through Dubai ports, air, sea and land amounted to 680,381 passengers during this year’s Eid al-Fitr holiday.