On Monday, official statistics showed a decline in inbound tourism to the emirate of Dubai during the first quarter of 2021.
And by 67.2 percent year-on-year, with ongoing travel concerns due to the Coronavirus.
According to the statistics of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai (governmental), the number of tourist arrivals during the period recorded one million and 260 thousand visitors, compared to 3 million and 840 thousand visitors in the first quarter of 2020.
According to the data, India was the largest source of visitors to Dubai in the first quarter of 2021.
With the equivalent of 320 thousand visitors, followed by Russia 99 thousand, France 46 thousand, Egypt 41 thousand, and the United Kingdom 40 thousand.
The tourism sector, which is very important for the emirate, has been dealt a major blow by Dubai’s tight restrictions on entry for foreigners.
And before it resumed receiving tourists from July 7, amid a slow recovery due to health concerns and the emergence of new strains of the virus.
According to the data, the number of international tourists who visited Dubai during last March reached 449,800 tourists.
While it reached 358 thousand and 500 international tourists in February, and 451 thousand and 700 tourists in January.
The number of foreign visitors in Dubai decreased by 64 percent during 2020 to 5.51 million visitors, compared to 16.73 million visitors the previous year.
Before Corona, Dubai (the most popular tourist destination in the UAE) used to account for 67 percent of the number of tourists.
While the share of the capital (Abu Dhabi) is 18 percent, and the rest is distributed among the rest of the Emirates.
According to the expectations of the “Standard & Poor’s Global Credit Ratings” agency, the echo of the shocks of the year 2020 will continue to reverberate in the economy of the Emirate of Dubai, and will not return to pre-Corona pandemic levels before 2023.