The combined number of tourists visiting Abu Dhabi and Dubai increased by 1.6 percent during the first eight months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
Room occupancy rates increased by 4.2 percent from January to August, according to statistics from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism.
However, due to discounts offered by hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, average daily room prices decreased by 5.3 percent and 5.5 percent respectively during the same period, state news agency WAM reported.
Statistics on international visitors showed an increase in the number of tourists coming from Russia by 64.8 percent, which was supported by the loosening of entry visa requirements, despite a plunge in the value of the Russian currency against the dirham.
The number of tourists from China and Germany increased by 11.6 percent and 14.7 percent respectively from January to August, in line with a surge in the value of their currencies compared to the dirham, WAM said.
It added that the number of tourists from India increased by 2.3 percent, after a slight surge in the dirham against the Indian currency while the number of tourists from the United Kingdom and Egypt decreased.
The number of tourists from Pakistan and the Philippines also decreased.
Statistics from Dubai highlighted an increase in the number of foreign tourists by 6.7 percent from January to August while the total hotel occupancy nights and length of stay of hotel establishments in Dubai increased by 7.3 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
The number of international visitors visiting Abu Dhabi increased by 6.7 percent while the total hotel occupancy nights and length of stay of hotel establishments in the UAE capital increased by 6.7 percent and 1 percent, respectively.