Dubai Tourism Grows Nearly 200% This Year

This year, the number of tourist visits to Dubai has increased significantly.

The Dubai press office said today that from January to May 2022, the number of international visitors who arrived overnight stood at 6.17 million. This is 197% more than in the same period in 2021, when just over 2 million people visited the United Arab Emirates” (UAE). ) The largest city.

Overnight visitors exclude those transiting through Dubai Airport.

Why is it important: Tourist visits to Dubai and the UAE fell to zero for the period in 2020 as the country closed its airports. Later that year, Dubai lifted its strict curfew and gradually began to welcome more tourists.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, a major international transit hub, reached pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2022.

Tourism performance this year was helped by Expo 2020 Dubai, which ran from October 2021 to the end of March 2022. As a result, the cultural exhibition was visited by more than 24 million people. By January, 10 million people had visited it, indicating that more people visited the exhibition in 2022 than in 2021.

To learn more: In 2021, more and more Russian citizens are coming to Dubai. This year, many Russian oligarchs have taken refuge in Dubai, evading Western sanctions related to the invasion of Ukraine.

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