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UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah welcomes 11.2% more visitors in first nine months of 2018

UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah welcomes 11.2% more visitors in first nine months of 2018

Authorities are aiming to welcome one million international arrivals this year

The UAE emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has seen a 11.2 per cent increase in international visitors in the first nine months of the year.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) said the emirate received 795,000 guests from January to September for a total of 2.53 million nights.

Germany was the largest source market with 4.1 per cent more visitors to 64,372 followed by Russia, which saw 36.5 per cent growth to 57,117.

UK visitors increased 10.01 per cent to 45,496, Indian visitors were up 16.1 per cent to 44,734 and Kazakhstani visitors were up 26.9 per cent to 21,966.

Authorities are aiming to welcome one million international visitors this year.

“With international tourism arrivals to the Emirate up to 11.2 per cent, we are confident of meeting our 2018 visitor targets. In fact, we are preparing to launch our New Destination Strategy in Q4 and we’re targeting further growth – with a goal of attracting three million visitors by 2025,” said RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar

“We will achieve this by investing heavily in developing our attractions and adventure offerings, combined with bringing the world’s best luxury hotel experiences to Ras Al Khaimah.”

RAKTDA said the emirate has the second highest revenue per available room in the region at Dhs402.2 ($109.6), the third highest daily room rate at Dhs581.6 ($158) and an average occupancy of 69.1 per cent during the nine-month period.

Ras Al Khaimah has sought to differentiate itself from other emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi by focusing on adventure tourism.

Earlier this week, RAKTDA said it would reopen the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata attraction, offering rock climbing and trekking on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain.

Read: Ras Al Khaimah to reopen Jebel Jais Via Ferrata attraction this month

It also opened the world’s longest zip line on Jebel Jais in February.

Read: Video: Ras Al Khaimah breaks record for world’s longest zip line

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