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Dubai is top destination globally for business travel in 2022

08 April 2022

Dubai has surpassed London and grown to be the top destination for global business travel this year, with the UAE having seen its strongest ever travel recovery in comparison to any other country, reveals data from Travelport, a travel technology firm.

As per figures by Travelport, bookings to Dubai this year are surpassing its 2019 performance by 14 percent, with the UK having provided maximum number of visitors to Dubai.

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The emirate is world’s fifth when it comes to recovery for individual destinations. Leisure-oriented destinations such as Montego Bay in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexican resort of Cancun tops the list.

Travelport reported that corporate travel constitutes nearly 29 percent of Dubai’s total bookings this year, setting aside the emirate at top of the list of global business travel destinations so far this year.

London has been the top corporate destination in 2019 prior to Covid19 crisis. Dubai’s high vaccination rate and hosting of major events including Expo 2020 Dubai and the Dubai World Cup horse race have all contributed to recovery.

In the entire UAE, bookings are up 10 percent from their 2019 levels, which is higher than any other country in the world.

Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, has also recovered at a faster rate this year, with bookings 15 percent ahead of 2019 levels.

Globally, the bookings have recovered to 67 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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