Dubai Registers Increase in Tourist Inflow

DUBAI - Dubai registered a marked increase in tourist inflow in the year 2008, the latest figures of the Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (DNRD) confirm.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Thu 12 Feb 2009, 1:43 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:37 AM

The total number of inbound and outbound travelers to Dubai exceeded 6.6 million during the last quarter of 2008, a strong increase from the same period in 2007 that saw 5.8 million travelers crossing the borders in and out of Dubai.

In January 2009, the total number of individuals who entered and exited the country on all types of visas by air, land and sea reached 1.20 million, a very slight change, if compared to the same period last year with 1.26 million travelers in January 2008.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of DNRD, said the department issued 293,745 residency permits during the last quarter of 2008, while only 118,993 residency visas were cancelled in the three-month period.

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