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March 14, 2022

The five biggest tourism source markets in the Middle East in 2021

By Carmen

Verdict predicts the five biggest source markets for tourism in the Middle East in 2021, based on international departure estimates from GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database.

1. Saudi Arabia – 13.9 million departures

GlobalData forecasts that Saudi Arabia will see 13.9 million international departures in 2021, making it the biggest source market in the Middle East. According to GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain are expected to be the most popular destinations for those travelling from Saudi Arabia in 2021.

2. Israel – 8.6 million departures

According to GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database, Israel will be the second biggest source market in the Middle East, with 8.6 million international departures. GlobalData predicts that Turkey, Poland and Egypt will be the most popular destinations for this origin market in 2021.

3. Iran – 7.7 million departures

With 7.7 million international departures anticipated, Iran will be the third biggest source market in the Middle East, according to GlobalData. Turkey, the UAE and Armenia are forecast to be the most popular destinations for this source market in 2021, according to GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database.

4. Bahrain – 5.4 million departures

Bahrain will be the fourth biggest source market in the Middle East with 5.4 million international departures, according to GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database. Moreover, GlobalData predicts Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE to be the most popular destinations for those travelling from Bahrain in 2021.

5. Kuwait – 4.2 million departures

A predicted 4.2 million international departures in 2021 make the Middle East the fifth biggest source market in Middle East, according to GlobalData’s estimates. The most popular destinations from Kuwait during the year are expected to be the Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey, according to GlobalData’s traveller demands & flows database.

Methodology:

This analysis is drawn from GlobalData’s Traveller Demands & Flows Database, part of GlobalData’s Travel & Tourism Intelligence Centre.

Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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