A view of the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Dubai’s hotels recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of tourists in 2011 to 9.30m Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Dubai Dubai’s hotels recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of tourists in 2011 to 9.3 million, up from 8.49 million reported in 2010, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the emirate’s tourism regulatory body.

Out of this, 7,262,730 guests stayed with hotels, up from 6,561,999 recorded in 2012.
Guestnights rose to 32,848,190 in 2011, an increase of 23 per cent compared with the previous year. Hotels contributed to 23,266,875 guestnights.

Hotel apartments witnessed an increase of over two million guests with these properties contributing 9.5 million guestnights last year as against 7.5 million guestnights in 2010.

Similarly, the average length of stay stood 3.6 days, up by 12 per cent compared with the previous year.

The DTCM Director General, Khalid A bin Sulayem, said: “We have been successful in boosting the number of tourists to Dubai due to our initiatives to enhance our position in established markets and tap new and emerging tourism source markets. The substantial gains by hotels and hotel apartments reflect, once again, the vibrancy and dynamism of the tourism industry in the emirate.”

The contribution of cruise tourism to Dubai tourism industry’s growth has also been enlarged with an increase in the number of cruise passengers last year.

He said the department has intensified its efforts to build on the success achieved last year through a variety of measures, including enhanced networking with the travel and tourism industry in different parts of the world with the help of the network of 18 overseas representative offices operated by the DTCM.

The marketing and promotion drive for the year started in Australia and New Zealand which promises to yield significant results in the remainder of the year and beyond, he added.

The department plans to participate in over 25 major travel and tourism exhibitions across the world in addition to holding Dubai workshops in 10 countries during this year.


Dubai hotel establishments’ revenues were close to Dh16 billion last year, an increase of 20 per cent over 2010 revenues. Out of this Dh13.6 billion were of the hotels, up considerably compared with 2012’s Dh11.2 billion. Hotel apartments too recorded considerable gains by posting Dh2.2 billion last year, up from Dh1.9 billion in 2010.

The impressive performance by hotels and hotel apartments were recorded despite a five per cent increase in the number of hotel rooms and hotel apartment flats which stood last year at 53,828 rooms and 21,015 hotel apartment flats. However, the number of hotels and hotel apartments last year was 575, up from 573 in 2010.

Top 20 source markets

In 2011, Saudi Arabia emerged as the top source market for Dubai’s tourism industry with 873,152 guests, followed by India (702,142), UK (643,196), Iran (476,708) and the US (462,653). Germany ranked sixth with 275,663 guests, while Kuwait and Russia scooped seventh and eighth positions with 273,253 and 255,746 guests, respectively. Oman emerged 9th on the list with 223,993 guests followed by Pakistan (221,374), China (193,791), Australia (179,214), France (152,439), Egypt (149,130), Philippines (125,408), Qatar (122,319), Italy (105,523), Jordan (95,818), Bahrain (91,238) and Lebanon (90,984).