Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Germany records 180% surge in Gulf visitors

Gulf visitors have plenty to see in Germany, such as the Brandenburg Gate Reuters/Michele Tantussi
Gulf visitors have plenty to see in Germany, such as the Brandenburg Gate

The number of Gulf nationals visiting Germany rose 180 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2022, figures from the German National Tourist Board reveal.

GCC nationals accounted for more than 872,000 overnight stays from January to September, making the region Germany’s number one source market in Asia.

Although the figure was up from 311,000 visitors in 2021, it still represented a 34.5 percent drop on the pre-pandemic figures of 2019.

The GNTB reported in May last year that it had increased its 2022 marketing budget in the Gulf after making savings by shutting down several of its international offices.

“We actually got a 10 percent budget increase because we unfortunately had to close our Russian office,” Yamina Sofo, director of sales and marketing for the GCC at the German National Tourist Office, an affiliate of the GNTB, said.

In November, Outletcity Metzingen, Europe’s largest luxury discount outlet mall, announced that it had signed a partnership to promote the destination to Gulf shoppers.

The shopping centre, which is located in the south of Germany about 30 minutes from Stuttgart, struck the deal with Dubai-based AVIAREPS Middle East to promote it to travellers and consumers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

Latest articles

EV charger network UAE

UAE to roll out countrywide EV fast charger network

The UAE is speeding up the expansion of its electric vehicle charger infrastructure in support of the energy transition, the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production. UAEV, a joint venture between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Etihad Water and Electricity that was announced on Monday, intends to build a network of high-performance […]

Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser (centre back) at the signing ceremony for the quantum computer deal with Pasqal

Aramco to use Saudi Arabia’s first quantum computer

Saudi Arabia plans to deploy its first quantum computer, after an agreement between the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and the French computing company Pasqal.  Pasqal will install, maintain and operate a 200-qubit quantum computer, due for deployment in the latter half of 2025, Aramco said in a statement. Quantum computers use the principles of […]

A Tadawul trader looks at prices on the Saudi stock exchange. Aramco's profits have fallen as Riyadh reduces oil output

Saudi listed companies report Q1 profit rise

Businesses listed on the Saudi stock exchange, excluding the state energy giant Aramco, reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter profits this year, highlighting the continued strength of the non-oil sector as hydrocarbon output is cut.  Net profit gains in the banking sector, and for telecoms operator STC and state mining company Maaden, helped to […]

A jet on the assembly line at the Airbus factory in Blagnac, France. Saudia says it is updating the interiors of its current fleet

Saudia announces ‘largest deal in Saudi aviation history’

Saudia, one of Saudi Arabia’s national carriers, has ordered 105 aircraft from Airbus, with the first batch due for delivery in early 2026. Saudia director general Ibrahim Al-Omar told an aviation industry forum in Riyadh that it is “the largest deal in Saudi aviation history”. A similarly large order has been made by new carrier […]