Dubai: Tourism returns to pre-Covid levels, +183% in H1 2022

Over 7 million international visitors visited Dubai in the first half of 2022, marking growth of over 183% compared to the corresponding period last year, at levels similar to those before the Covid-19. 19.

According to data from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, the rise in tourist visits and activity in the city means Dubai is on track to meet its tourism targets for 2022.

The number of tourists registered in the first half of this year was very close to the figures achieved by the emirate in the first half of 2019, before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the city registered 8.36 million tourists .

“The rapid increase in international tourist arrivals puts Dubai on track to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming the most visited destination in the world.

In the years to come, Dubai will continue to develop further as a destination offering attractive value to international travellers,” said Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Of the 7.12 million tourists who visited Dubai between January and June this year, 34% were from the Middle East and North Africa region, 22% from Western Europe, 16% from Asia South and 11% from Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe.

The hospitality industry surpassed pre-pandemic levels in all key metrics, including occupied nights, average daily rate and revenue per room.

Dubai hotels reportedly delivered a total of 18.47 million occupied nights during this period, recording 30.4% year-on-year growth and an 18% increase from pre-Covid levels in the first half of 2019 .

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