The UK has emerged as the best performing international source market for Abu Dhabi.

Around 12,595 UK travellers stayed in the emirate’s 141 hotels and apartments in February, up by 10% on the same month in 2012.

They accounted for 61,309 guest nights, an increase of 20% on the previous year, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). 

UK travellers visiting Abu Dhabi are staying longer, with the average length of stay of UK visitors in February increasing by 9% to 4.45 nights. 

Overall figures show 196,518 guests stayed in the emirate in the month, an increase of 7% year on year. The average length of stay climbed 15% to stand at 3.44 nights.

TCA director general Mubarak Al Muhairi said: “The fundamentals show that people are staying longer in the emirate which demonstrates that our message of there now being so much more to see and do thanks to expanded resort, attractions and business events offerings is resonating well.”

The emirate hosted the World Travel & Tourism Council global summit last week and will be the venue for the Institute of Travel and Tourism annual overseas conference in June.