SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFans from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar accounted for 70 per cent of the spend from the Middle East during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

According to a report of VISA Inc., visitors form the Middle East spent over $5.7 million during the FIFA World Cup on their Visa cards.

These figures represent a 400 per cent rise in spending by visitors during the month compared to the same period in 2013.

The UAE was ranked the 27th top-spending nation in the report as Visa cardholders from the country spent almost $2.5 million during the thirty-two day tournament.

Meanwhile, visitors from Saudi Arabia and Qatar spent around $840,000 and $639,000 respectively during the World Cup.

All three countries also recorded triple-digit increase in international spend compared to the same period in 2013, the report said.

Saudi Arabia recorded the largest increase in international spend at 700 per cent, followed by Qatar (276 per cent) and the UAE (243 per cent).

Top spenders during the soccer tournament were visitors from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Argentina, Mexico and Germany.