In 2021, Iraq stood out as the top source market from the Arab countries for tourist arrivals in India. Out of the total tourist arrivals from Arab nations, a significant 33.9% were from Iraq, accounting for 16,213 visitors. Most of Iraqi 95% are visiting India for medical purpose.
Oman followed Iraq with 10,174 tourists, representing 21.2% of total Arab tourist arrivals. Sudan and Yemen were the next major contributors with 6,781 (14.2%) and 6,235 (13.0%) arrivals respectively. The United Arab Emirates, often considered a close ally and business partner of India, contributed 3,927 tourists, forming 8.2% of the total arrivals from Arab countries. Egypt and Bahrain each held a 3.6% share, while Saudi Arabia accounted for 2.3%.
The total number of tourists from Arab countries who visited India in 2021 was 47,884. To put this in perspective, India saw a total foreign tourist inflow of 1,527,114 in the same year. Thus, tourists from Arab nations constituted a mere 3.13% of the overall foreign tourist arrivals.
While the Arab countries showed a notable presence in the Indian tourist market, most of India's foreign tourist influx still stemmed from Western countries and South Asia. This is consistent with historical trends, showcasing the long-standing cultural, historical, and economic ties India shares with these regions.