The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) revealed that hotel occupancy rates in the UAE capital during Eid Al Adha averaged 81% this month.
Across the four days from August 21-24, occupancy was up by 6% compared to Eid Al Adha in 2017, it said in a statement.
The highest occupancy rate (87%) was recorded on the second day of Eid which saw a surge in visitors from both the UAE and further afield, with Emiratis, Saudis, Indians, British and Americans making up 55% of total visitors.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said in a release: “Once again, Abu Dhabi demonstrates its position as a leading tourism destination for visitors from the region and beyond. We are making strong progress in achieving our forecast guest arrivals growth for the year.
"Eid Al Adha provided further impetus as the capital welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors, with many of our leading hotels achieving near full occupancy with tourists choosing Abu Dhabi as the place to spend their holiday.”
In terms of occupancy rate by star rating, the highest was achieved by four-star hotels (88%).
“Our diverse potfolio of attractions, the recently opened Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi in particular, Abu Dhabi Summer Season and our ever-growing year-round programme of events, and our established credentials as a tourist and leisure destination provides us with persuasive reasons for travelers to choose the emirate as a ‘must-visit’ year-round location," said Ghobash.