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Dubai receives 7.1m tourists in first half of 2022

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Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan said that the growth in tourists reflects the resilience and dynamism of the emirate's economy
  • Western Europe accounted for 22% of total international visitors in H1
  • Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe accounted for 11% of total visitors

Dubai attracted 7.12 million international overnight visitors between January and June 2022, recording more than 183 percent year-on-year growth, UAE state news agency WAM reported, citing the latest data from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).

According to the DET data, the number of tourists received in H1 2022 was close to the numbers achieved in H1 2019, which saw 8.36 million tourists arriving in the emirate.

Western Europe accounted for a significant share of tourist arrivals, comprising 22 percent of total international visitors in H1 2022. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and GCC continued to make an impact, collectively contributing 34 percent of total international visitors.

These regions were followed closely by South Asia with a share of 16 percent and Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe together accounting for 11 percent of total visitors.

Elsewhere, average occupancy for the hotel sector between January and June 2022 stood at 74 percent year-on-year, one of the world’s highest.

The emirate’s hotel establishments delivered a combined 18.47 million occupied room nights during the period, an increase of 30.4 percent year-on-year, and an 18 percent increase over the pre-pandemic period of H1 2019.