Tourist results of the first quarter of 2022 in the Emirate of Dubai

Between January and March 2022, the city received 3.97 million foreign tourists (only those who spent at least one night in the city were taken into account). Compared to 1.27 million tourists in the same period last year, there is a significant increase in visits – by 214% per year.

According to the latest data released by the Dubai Department of Economics and Tourism (DET) at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the influx of international tourism in the first quarter is the largest since the beginning of the pandemic. March 2022 was a particularly exceptional month for post-pandemic tourists as the city welcomed 1.78 million foreign visitors, up 11% from pre-pandemic (the city received 1.61 million visitors in March 2019) overnight).

Hotels lead recovery

In the first three months of 2022, hotels reached an average occupancy rate of 82%, almost in line with 84% in the same period in 2019. In terms of hotel occupancy in the first quarter of 2022, Dubai ranked first in the world, ahead of other international destinations including London (56.0%), New York (55.3%) and Paris (51.2%), according to the analyst firm hotel management STR.

Also the average daily cost (649 AED), length of stay of guests (4.3 nights) and total number of nights booked by tourists in hotel rooms (10.22 million), exceeded pre-pandemic levels. In the first quarter of 2019, CCC was AED 498, while guest stays were 3.5 nights and hotel room reservations were 8.63 million nights. Domestic and international investment in this sector has helped increase the volume of hotel offerings, with an 8% increase in the number of establishments and a 10% increase in the number of rooms compared to the same period in 2021. Guests and residents of Dubai currently have 769 hotel establishments and 140,192 rooms to choose from, compared to 716 hotel establishments that welcomed guests in 117,434 rooms in the first quarter of 2019.

Achievements and Events

Dubai's reputation as a global gastronomy hub was bolstered by the announcement of the launch of the Dubai Michelin Guide in June and the arrival of renowned restaurant brand Gault&Millau. In addition, 16 restaurants in Dubai were featured in the first edition of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa in February 2022. In total, there are more than 12,000 restaurants and cafes in Dubai.

Also from 2 to 15 May, the city hosted the annual Dubai Gastronomy Festival. Traditionally, the program includes Dubai Restaurant Week, Gourmet Experiences, as well as many entertainment and special offers for guests.

Sustainability Initiatives

In February 2022, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, launched Dubai Can, a pioneering sustainability initiative designed to encourage people to make simple lifestyle changes to inspire to mass actions such as reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles.

An innovative approach to growth

New policy, legislative and regulatory opportunities, including the recent announcement of “ Golden Visa, as well as extending the validity of the tourist visa from 30 to 60 days, starting in September, are intended to increase the number of visitors to the emirate, as well as support those who are considering moving to Dubai. This, in addition to the Investor and Entrepreneur visas, as well as the Dubai Retirement and Virtual Job programs, provides more opportunities for talented people to come and stay here, and highlights Dubai's position as a global business destination. investment and tourism.

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