In 2022, over half (51%) of Indian departures abroad were directed towards Arab nations, with the UAE and Saudi Arabia alone accounting for 40% of total Indian departures abroad as per the data released by Indian ministry of tourism. This trend is a fascinating one, and it highlights the growing popularity of Arab countries as travel destinations for Indian nationals.
Standing out with a substantial lead, the UAE welcomed a whopping 5,891,814 Indian visitors in 2022. This accounts for 27.93% of all Indian departures. While February saw the fewest visitors, there was a marked surge in August. The allure of Dubai's shopping festival, coupled with its rapidly evolving skyline and modern attractions, might be among the top reasons drawing Indian tourists. Additionally, the extensive Indian expatriate community and business connections in the UAE could also be significant contributing factors.
With 2,421,723 arrivals from India, Saudi Arabia holds the second spot, making up 11.48% of the total departures. Pilgrimage to Mecca for Hajj and Umrah, and the rising employment opportunities in the Kingdom, could explain the high number of Indian nationals traveling there. Interestingly, while February marked the lean period, September witnessed a spike in arrivals.
Welcoming 876,687 Indians and contributing to 4.16% of the total, Qatar's appeal might be augmented by the growth in employment sectors and the vast developments leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Close behind Qatar, Kuwait saw 834,347 Indian visitors in 2022. With a share of 3.95%, this Gulf nation has long-standing ties with India in terms of employment and trade relations.
The Sultanate of Oman played host to 722,071 Indian nationals, accounting for 3.42% of the departures. Oman's cultural ties, serene landscapes, and employment opportunities make it an attractive destination.
The lean month for most of these nations is February. The reasons might be multifaceted, from weather conditions to economic cycles. The peak months vary, indicating diverse reasons for travel, such as religious pilgrimages, vacations, or business opportunities.