In 2022, Dubai witnessed twice as many foreign visitors to Dubai than in 2021. The most recent data from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism indicates that the emirate received 14.36 million visitors in 2022, an increase of 97% over the 7.28 million tourists that came in 2021. (DET).
With this, the emirate will probably surpass the 16.73 million visitors it had in 2019 prior to the pandemic. Additionally, the average hotel occupancy rate rose from 67 percent in 2021 to 73 percent in 2022, making it one of the highest rates in the world. The occupancy rate in 2019 falls barely short of the pre-pandemic level of 75%.
The ranking comes in right after Dubai was ranked the number one global destination in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2023.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, said: “The exceptional growth in the inflow of visitors reflects Dubai’s continued rise as one of the world’s most connected cities and its determination to lead the world in hospitality infrastructure and service levels.
“The high growth shows the world that we never rest on our achievements and constantly work to raise our benchmarks. I am confident that Dubai will be an even greater catalyst for the growth of global tourism and travel connectivity in the years ahead.”