Dubai: World's best holiday destination received 14.36 million international visitors in 2022.
07 February 2023, 12:00 AM
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
According to the latest data published by Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Dubai has doubled the number of international overnight visitors it welcomed in 2022 compared to the previous year. The emirate received 14.36 million visitors in 2022, growing 97 per cent year on year from the 7.28 million tourist arrivals in 2021.
With this, Dubai has closed in on its pre-pandemic visitation of 16.73 million in 2019.
Additionally, average hotel occupancy in 2022 stood at 73 per cent — one of the highest in the world — rising from 67 per cent in 2021. The figure is just short of the 75 per cent occupancy in the pre-pandemic period of 2019.
The latest statistics come weeks after the city's ranking as the No. 1 global destination in the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2023 for the second successive year — only the second city in history to achieve the feat. The latest data from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) shows that global tourist travel in 2022 was 37 per cent lower than in 2019.
From a regional perspective, Western Europe and GCC regions each accounted for a 21 per cent share of arrivals. The GCC region, in particular, saw an exponential increase in their share of arrivals from 13 per cent in 2021 to 21 per cent last year. South Asia contributed 17 per cent of total volumes, while the MENA region had 12 per cent. The Americas accounted for seven per cent of arrivals, while the North Asia and South East Asia region and Africa each contributed five per cent, and Australasia accounted for two per cent.
Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said the emirate remains committed to moving to the "next level" with new and unique world-class infrastructure, experiences and attractions.