UAE is most popular destination for Indian tourists

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UAE is most popular destination for Indian tourists

 

DUBAI – The UAE is the most popular destination in the world for Indian tourists, according to the latest figures submitted to the Indian parliament.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said 314,495 Indians left on tourist visas for the UAE in the first quarter of this year.

This represented an increase of slightly more than 50 percent over the corresponding period last year until India suspended all international passenger traffic into and out of the country on March 23 following the pandemic.

For most of 2021, flights out of India were few because of a second wave of Covid-19 that hit the country.

However, the popularity of the UAE among Indian tourists is clear, especially in the first three months when flights were allowed under bilateral “bubble” arrangements.

Air bubble arrangements are temporary measures for the global movement of passengers pending the resumption of scheduled flights. India currently has air bubble agreements with 31 countries, including the UAE and four other GCC countries.

The attraction of the UAE for Indian tourists is especially underlined in the Parliament figures.

A total of 536,038 Indians went abroad during the first quarter of last year. This number declined during the same period this year to 393,374. At the same time, UAE’s share of Indian tourist traffic correspondingly rose in excess of 50 per cent.

The second and third most popular destinations for Indians were Thailand and Bangladesh. ICA/Expat Media


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