Officials have revealed the five most popular nationalities from across the world visiting Sharjah during 2018.
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said the top five nationalities who travelled to the emirate in 2018 included Russia, followed by Oman, China, Saudi Arabia and India.
According to official data, visitor numbers from Russia, as well as the Commonwealth and the Baltics, increased by 41% year-on-year, while visitors from Africa increased by 4%.
Russian travellers registered growth in market share from 15% in 2017 to 23% in 2018.
Markets targeted by SCTDA in 2018 for the first time included Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany and Singapore.
Other attempts to boost tourism numbers in the emirate include the Sharjah Summer Festival, which was inaugurated in 2018.
SCTDA, in partnership with Emirates Airline, recently embarked on a roadshow in three European cities, namely Budapest in Hungary, Warsaw in Poland and Prague in the Czech Republic. The aim of the roadshow is to increase visitation from the three key source markets in central Europe.