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Dubai global guests practically triple in initial 7 months of 2022 to outperform 2021 aggregate

Dubai global guests | In the first seven months of 2022, Dubai welcomed over 8.1 million foreign visitors, more than doubling from the same period in the previous year and surpassing the amount for all of 2021.

In the post-Covid period, the emirate’s tourism industry has rebounded dramatically, and in 2021, it welcomed 7.28 million tourists.

According to figures from Dubai Economy and Tourism (DET), it came very close to surpassing that total at the end of June when it welcomed 7.12 million visitors during the first half of 2022.

Dubai is in a good position to perhaps match the 16.73 million visitors it attracted in 2019, the final full year before the pandemic struck, based on its year-to-date performance.

With a visitor count of 6.17 million in May, the emirate already exceeded its 2020 goal of 5.51 million.
According to the report, the GCC accounted for 23% of all foreign visitors to the emirate in July, followed by Western Europe (21%), South Asia (16%), the wider Mena (12%), and Russia, the CIS, and Eastern Europe (11%).

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India, with an estimated 975,000, was the largest source market by country, followed by Oman (880,000), Saudi Arabia (678,000), the United Kingdom (568,000), and Russia (348,000).

Oman experienced the largest increase in growth year over year, increasing more than 12 times.

One of Dubai’s main economic pillars is tourism, but like the rest of the world, it was severely affected by the pandemic.

The sector’s recovery has coincided with the country’s economy’s recovery from the effects of the health crisis.

Government programmes, such as the implementation of safety measures and a vigorous immunisation drive, have been credited with the recovery.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s momentum, which attracted tens of millions of visitors over its six-month opening period, was also crucial for the sector’s revival.

The vice president and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, predicted last week that the UAE will experience a “strong tourism revival” this winter.

Additionally, the nation is preparing for a surge in visitors for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, which will start in November. As Al Maktoum International Airport would be accommodating 30 more return flights to Doha during the international athletic event, the quadriennal event is anticipated to increase traffic there.

In addition, the aviation industry’s revival considerably aided the expansion of tourism. The UAE was one of the first nations to successfully reopen their borders, allowing economic sectors to pick back up where they left off.
The sector’s recovery and the nation’s economy’s recovery from the effects of the health crisis have occurred simultaneously.

The recovery has been attributed to government initiatives like the introduction of safety measures and a rigorous immunisation effort.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s momentum, which attracted tens of millions of visitors over its six-month opening period, was also crucial for the sector’s revival.
According to the data, the overall occupancy rate in the first seven months of 2022 was 72% compared to 61% in 2018 and 74% in 2019.

During the seven-month period, there were almost 141,000 rooms available at 774 facilities, which is an increase of roughly 9% from last year’s figures of 129,318 and 718, respectively.

According to Dubai Tourism, the number of establishments increased by 9% and the number of rooms was up 17% over the previous year.

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