Dubai Tourism Statistics 2022 [Infographics] | GMI (2023)

Recently, many travel trends like ‘Bleisure Tourism’ and ‘Sustainable Tourism’ have emerged in Dubai as a result of the pandemic. These trends along with new models of tourism like ‘staycations’ and travel-friendly initiatives like remote-working visas and golden visas have revived the tourism sector. Today, through the Dubai Tourism Statistics 2022 blog, we will be analyzing the effects of these initiatives in the tourism sector.

Dubai Tourism Statistics 2022

  • Total International Visitors from Jan to June 2022 is 7.12 Million.
  • India was the major source of tourists in Jan – June 2022, with 858K visitors.
  • Total International Visitors from Jan to May 2022 is 6.17 Million.
  • India was the major source of tourists in Jan – May 2022, with 707K visitors.
  • Total International Visitors from Jan to April 2022 is 5.10 Million.
  • Oman was the major source of tourists in Jan – April 2022, with 590K visitors.
  • Total International Visitors from Jan to March 2022 is 3.97 Million.
  • Oman was the major source of tourists in Jan – March 2022, with 463K visitors
  • Total International Visitors from Jan to Feb 2022 is 2.19 Million.
  • Saudi Arabia was the major source of tourists in Jan – Feb 2022, with 194K visitors
  • Total Visitors in the Month of January 2022 alone 979.7K
  • Saudi Arabia was the major source of tourists in January 2022, with 105K visitors
  • Total International Visitors in 2021 – 7.28 Million
  • Total Number of Hotels for Accommodation 2021 – 755
  • Available Rooms in Dubai 2021 – 137,950
  • Average Daily Rate for Rooms in Dubai 2021 – 451 AED

Accommodation Available in Dubai (Jan – Dec 2021)

With hotels dotted everywhere in Dubai, finding a good place to stay is no big deal. From five star resorts to budget hotels, you can choose accommodation based on your travel preferences.

As of 2021, there are 755 hotels and nearly 137,950 rooms available for tourists in Dubai. The average rate of rooms is AED 451 per day.

67% is their average occupancy level and the average length of stay is 4.6 nights.

Accommodation in Dubai (January – June 2022)

The average hotel occupancy rate in Dubai in the first half of 2022 (H1 2022) was 74%. When compared to previous years, it is 2% lower than the rate during the pre-pandemic period (76% in 2019), but 12% higher than the rate in H1 2021 (62%).

This growth was achieved with 8% more hotels than in H1 2021 and 19% more rooms than in H1 2019. By the end of June 2022, there were 773 hotels with 140,778 rooms available for tourists.

According to government reports, Dubai’s hotel industry performed exceptionally well for key metrics such as Occupied Room Nights, Average Daily Rate (ADR), and Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR).

During the first half of 2022 (H1 2022), the Average Daily Rate of hotels in Dubai was AED 567 while the Occupied Room Nights reached 18.47 million and RevPAR rose to US$147. In fact, Dubai has emerged third in the world in terms of RevPAR, after Paris and New York.

International Tourists in Dubai

YearInternational Tourists (Million)

In 2015, the total number of international tourists accounted for 14.2 million. The figure rose gradually over four years, touching 16.73 million in 2019. However, the pandemic put a damper on the tourism sector, causing a sudden plunge in the annual visitations. According to official estimates, only 5.51 million tourists came to Dubai in 2020. Now, the UAE government is taking necessary measures to revive the tourism sector again.

Top 5 International Destinations

Top 5 Most Visited Cities in the WorldAverage number of Visitors
Bangkok22.78 million
Paris19.10 million
London19.09 million
Dubai15.93 million
Singapore14.67 million

According to Travel Medium, Dubai is the fourth most visited city in the world after Bangkok, Paris and London. Bangkok ranked first on the list, and has an average visitor count of more than 22 million. Paris, the second most visited city in the world, attracts visitors with its classic buildings, arching Parisian bridges and elegant boulevards. The city has an average of 19.10 million visitors.

Renowned for its Gothic architecture, London is the 3rd most visited city in the world. The city attracts more than 19 million tourists. With around 16 million international visitors, Dubai ranks fourth on the list. The city is popular for its highrises, mega-malls, and desert trips. Singapore comes fifth on this list with around 15 million visitors. This green and innovative city is a tourist hotspot with its unique hawker centers, street markets and fine dining restaurants.

Top Sources of visitors to Dubai: (Jan-Dec 2021)

CountryNumber of Tourists
Saudi Arabia4,91,000
United Kingdom4,20,000

The UAE tourism sector under the effective guidance of the government undertook ‘revival’ strategies to open its doors to visitors. Innovative solutions were designed to adjust to the ‘new’ normal and make the visitors feel safe while travelling. These efforts to rekindle the tourism sector did not go in vain.

Around 7.28 million foreign nationals visited Dubai between Jan and Dec 2021. Of which, nearly 0.91 million were Indians. India was (and continues to be) the primary source of visitors to Dubai and UAE. Saudi Arabia came in second with 0.49 million visitors followed by Russia with 0.44 million. You can check the chart for the top ten sources of visitors to Dubai.

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Sources of Visitors by Region (Jan – Dec 2021)

Western Europe22%
South Asia18%
Eastern Europe15%
North & South East Asia4%

When we take the region-wise distribution into account, from January to December 2021, Western Europeans dominated the tourist category with 22% of the total visitors. South Asians followed close with 18%. The third position was occupied by Eastern Europeans with 15%. While 13% of tourists were from the MENA and GCC region and 8% of tourists came from the African region.

Sources of Visitors by Region (January – June 2022)

In the first half of 2022 (H1 2022), Western Europe was still the major contributor of visitors to Dubai. It accounted for 22% of Dubai’s tourists. The notable change in the pattern this year was the increase in tourists from the GCC and MENA regions, which together made up 34% of the total visitors. South Asia accounted for 16% while Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States collectively contributed 11% of the tourist population.

Dubai’s diversified strategy, which included customized messages for audience-specific platforms contributed to the global reach of its tourism industry.

Top Tourist Destinations in Dubai

Dubai is a dream city with the tallest skyscrapers, shopping malls, mammoth aquariums, indoor ski slopes and a number of other tourist spots. The city attracts thousands of visitors every day.

As per the list of most popular tourist destinations in Dubai by Trip Advisor, the Burj Khalifa is the most visited site. The list claims that the Burj Khalifa is more popular than the Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall as well as the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Burj Al Arab, the most popular luxury hotel in Dubai, came first on the list of ‘Top Sites To See In Dubai’ on Lonely Planet, another travel portal. In this list, the Burj Khalifa ranks fourth after IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Museum.

Most Searched ‘Dubai’ Places on Google

Unsurprisingly, Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is the most searched place on Google. Nearly 1 million people search Burj Khalifa every month, which is almost 6 times higher than Burj Al Arab, the second spot with 1,60,000 searches. The Dubai mall is the third most searched place in Dubai with 99,000 searches per month and Global Village comes in fourth place with 52,000 monthly searches. Moreover, 35,000 people search for Ski Dubai, 25,000 people search for Dubai Frame and 15,000 people search for Dubai Miracle Garden every month.

Most Famous Buildings & Artificial Islands in Dubai

Being the favourite tourist destination and the most searched place in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is, without doubt, the most famous building. Burj Al Arab is the next most famous building, followed by Atlantis the Palm, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Cayan Tower, and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

The world’s largest artificial island, Palm Jumeirah is in Dubai. The island is shaped like a palm tree and is filled with luxury hotels, beachfront villas, and apartments. World Islands, an archipelago of small artificial islands, is located off the coast of Dubai.

Events that Promote Tourism in Dubai

Apart from the architectural marvels, Dubai hosts a lot of festivals and events every year. Dubai Shopping Festival, Dhow Race, Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai World Cup, etc. are some of them. Every year these events attract thousands of tourists from all corners of the world.

The year 2021 saw the grand opening of the most-awaited Dubai Expo 2020. Let’s take a look at the two main attractions of 2021 that generated the maximum visitations.

Dubai Expo 2020

The Dubai Expo 2020 was a 6-month long event that started on 1st October 2021 and ended on 31st March 2022. 24 million visitors from over 178 countries travelled to witness the breathtaking architecture, groundbreaking technological advances and thrilling live performances staged at the expo For the first time in world expo history, each country showcased itself through a pavilion. The theme of the expo was Connecting Minds and Creating the Future.

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For those who could not visit the Expo and those wishing to revisit their experiences, the became a boon. This first-time initiative allows people to indulge in a virtual tour of the Expo. To date, this platform has received 250 million visits with the majority of traffic from India, China and the UAE.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2021

The 27th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival started on 17th December 2020 and continued till 30th January 2021. The shoppers were enthralled with the power-packed performances of international celebrities. The celebrations kickstarted at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai with a performance by Balqees Fathi and Mohamed Hamaki.

An impressive collection by local artisans and mouthwatering delights by food trucks filled the hunger and impressed the minds of the visitors. The DSF Drone Light Show at Bluewaters Island returned this year with more dazzle and pomp. Dubai Lights also debuted this year throughout the city. It included 7 interactive lighting installations. Not to forget the huge discounted offers from leading brands that welcomed shoppers.

Many visual delights like aerial acrobatics enthralled the visitors. Harry Potter’s magical world and Madagascar were also recreated here. To sum up, the DSF was truly an unforgettable experience for shoppers and visitors alike. If you missed out this year, you can be a part of the next DSF, which is expected to take place from 15th December 2022 to 29th January 2023.

Global Tourism Campaigns

Dubai has been engaging global audiences through international campaigns for several years. The notable ones are ‘Dubai Presents’ and ‘Stay more Pay less’. While the former promotes the city’s attractions through movie-style trailers featuring Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, the latter shows Dubai as a summer destination and draws people to the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival. These campaigns are designed to portray Dubai as the destination of choice for all kinds of travellers from across the globe.

Modes of Transportation

Dubai city is the most travel-friendly city since it provides several means of affordable transportation for tourists.

1. Metro

For long-distance travel, the metro is the best option for tourists. Metro trains are available every few minutes. If you are staying in Dubai for a long duration, you can buy a red NOL card. You can recharge this card with a sufficient amount of money and use it for any public transport facility.

2. Tram

If you want to travel along the coastal route then you can take the tram. The tram in Dubai has 11 stations and runs along Al Sufouh Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.

3. Bus

The bus network in Dubai covers 87% of the urban area and has 1,518 buses. The internal lines connect to metro stations and the intercity lines can be used to travel to another emirate.

4. Taxi

The taxi is the cheapest mode of transportation available to tourists. However, you may have to face the peak hour traffic, sometimes. But with proper planning, this situation can be avoided to a good extent.

5. Marine

Various modes of Marine transport are available to tourists for a comfortable trip around Dubai. These include the water bus, the Dubai ferry, Abra and the water taxi.

  • Abra is the most traditional transportation facility that is part of the city’s heritage (you can opt for a traditional Abra or an air-conditioned/petrol heritage Abra).
  • A ferry can take you on a striking journey along the coastline and give you a view of the historical sites alongside.
  • The water taxi is the perfect alternative to the city’s busy traffic. Tourists can either explore the impressive skyline between Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina or the heritage between Creek and Dubai Water Canal.
  • The water bus provides a comfortable air-conditioned ride for tourists to enjoy the charms of the scenic Dubai Marina area.

If you visit the official website of the Government of Dubai, you can access the timetables of the various transports. You also have the option of entering the ‘From’ and ‘To’ sections under: ‘Plan your Journey’ to view the time taken by each transport service.

Awards and Recognitions – A Testimony to Dubai’s Travel-Friendliness

  • Julius Baer’s Global Wealth and Lifestyle report placed Dubai as no.1 in the MEASA region and no.12 globally for providing exceptional experiences and maintaining an outstanding quality of life.
  • The Global Talent Competitive Index placed Dubai in the 3rd position as the most desirable place to live and work.
  • Gallup Global Law and Order gave the first position to the UAE in terms of night safety and the second position in terms of overall safety.
  • At the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards, Dubai was voted as the No.1 destination for ‘City Lovers’ and the No. 4 destination for ‘Food Lovers’.

Visa Initiatives

The Dubai Government has taken many initiatives to make travel a hassle-free experience for visitors. As part of this, it has introduced several easy entry procedures for travelers like

  • Five-Year Multi-Entry Visa – Employees of international companies can access this visa.
  • Golden Visa Initiative – Retired professionals, acclaimed personalities, investors and entrepreneurs can access this visa.

These steps were undertaken to encourage people to extend their visits and also multiply their visits to Dubai.

Post-Covid Travel Requirements

The Dubai government has issued certain travel requirements from 26 February 2022 for tourists to create a safe environment for travelers while they enjoy the city. All passengers arriving from any country should present one of the three documents mentioned below:

  • Vaccination certificate with a QR code that proves they are fully vaccinated. Vaccines should be approved by the WHO or the UAE.
  • Negative PCR test with a QR code given by an approved health provider. It should be issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the flight time.
  • A Valid medical certificate with a QR code given by relevant authorities that shows you have recovered from Covid-19 within a month before the date of travel.

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan is an initiative to turn Dubai into a city that is the preferred destination for businesses, tourists and investors. These friendly and strategic steps are definitely yielding results as visitors continue to throng the city to witness its delights. Below you can read the Tourism Statistics for Dubai 2019

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Dubai Tourism Statistics 2019 (Infographics)

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Rooms for Everyone

In 2020, in spite of the pandemic, Dubai had a whopping 5.51 million visitors from around the world. In addition to a plethora of sights and delights that attracted these high number of people, Dubai is also well-equipped in terms of accommodations for dealing with this kind of inflow. The emirate has more than740 hotels, offering a total of127,814rooms. These rooms are available across awholespectrum of price ranges, catering to everyone from the luxury tours to the budget traveler. The average daily rate for rooms in Dubai is343AED.

International visitors for the first 6 months of 2019 (Jan-Jun) is recorded as8.36 million.

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Top Tourist Destinations in Dubai

Popular Places

Being home the tallest skyscraper in the world to the biggest shopping mall, Dubai is literally a wonder. These prominent tourist hotspots attract thousands of visitors daily. Dubai had attracted a record 16.7 million tourists in 2019 – an increase of 5.1 % compared to the previous year –

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According to alistof most popular tourist sites in Dubai byTrip Advisor, the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building is the most visited site in Dubai. The list claims that the that the Burj Khalifa is more popular than Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain as well as the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Burj Al Arab – the famous hotel of celebrities, was at the top of thelistof ‘Top Sites To See In Dubai’ onLonely Planet– another travel portal. In their list, Dubai Museum and IMG Worlds of Adventure rank ahead of the Burj Khalifa.

These are the top 10 destinations according to the list:

1. Burj Khalifa

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Burj Khalifa is the world’stallestbuilding, standing at a height of 828 meters. It is a mixed-use structure that hosts the Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Fountain, etc. besides numerous hotels and residential apartments.

2. The Dubai Fountain

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The Dubai Fountain is the most popular free tourist attraction in the city. It is built on Burj Khalifa Lake in downtown Dubai. The fountain shoots water sprays as high as 15 meters, illuminated by over 6000 lights, color projectors, and lasers.

3. The Dubai Mall

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Raised in Downtown Dubai, this is the largest shopping mall in the city, home to over 1000 stores and restaurants. The mall offers a number of tourist destinations including an ice rink, multiplex cinema, and an aquarium.

4. Dubai Miracle Garden

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Open to visitors in 2011, this ambitious project began with the aim to be the world’s largest garden. The Miracle Garden is aseasonalattraction, open from October to April each year. It is located in Al Barsha South.

5. Global Village

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The Global Village is a seasonal shopping extravaganza where multiple countries come together to showcase their regional culture, cuisines, etc. It is claimed to be the world’s largest tourism, shopping, leisure entertainment program. Global Village is open to visitors during the winter months in Dubai.

6. Dubai Frame

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The Dubai Frame is the latest addition to Dubai’s already awe-inspiring line of tourist attractions. This impressive feat of engineering has two 150 meter towers connected by Sky Deck, a 93-meter bridge. Dubai Frame is located in Zabeel Park.

7. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

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This large waterpark is a part of the Atlantis Resort, Palm Jumeirah. The park hosts a private beach, river rides, and numerous waterslides. The park opens daily at 10 am and closes at sunset.

8. La Mer

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Lamer is a popular beachfront tourist destination in Jumeirah. Visitors can indulge in a wide range of leisure facilities like restaurants, shops, cafes, and more. Lamer attractstouristsfor its magnificent street art and industrial-inspired zone.

9. Burj Al Arab

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The Burj Al Arab is located on its own island near Jumeirah Beach. This ultra-luxury hotel offers premium suites overlooking the sea besides fine dining restaurants. The magnificent hotel has a guest list of VIPs and celebrities from across the world.

10. Ski Dubai

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This is an indoor ski resort spread across a large area of 22,500 sq km. Professional instruction is available for beginners, while all equipment and clothing are included in the entry fee. For non-skiers, there is a large snow park offering wide-ranging activities for families and children

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Dubai Tourism – Some Interesting Facts

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai, is the world’s largest indoor-themed entertainment center.
  • The Dubai Aquarium Tank, with a 10 million liters capacity is the largest suspended aquarium in the world.
  • Around 85% of Dubai’s Population Is Foreign
  • The Emirates Mall in Dubai allows you to ski indoors!
  • Almost all popular food chains in the world have abranchin Dubai
  • Dubai has air-conditioned shelters forthosewaiting for public transport
  • Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport, is the world’s largest airport terminal
  • The world’s longest automated metro (75 km) is in Dubai
  • Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest flower garden.

World’s Busiest Airports

The Hub of Global Air Travel

Dubai’s global popularity could be attributed to its geographical location. The city is located in a conveniently central location that is equidistant from both the east and the west. This makes it an important hub for travellers from Asia travelling to Europe and North America.

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In 2018, Dubai International Airport welcomed89.1 milliontravellers, making it the3rd most popular airport in the worldbehind Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and the Capital International Airport in Beijing. During thefirst half of 2019, Dubai International Airport has already seen41.28 million visitors. Last year, in spite of the travel restrictions, the DXB had 25.9 million visitors.

Top 10 Sources of Visitors for Dubai

Visitor Nationality

The UAE government’s new policies to boost tourism have worked like a charm, and the city has played host to tourists from all over the globe. Unsurprisingly, Indians were atop the list of nationalities visiting the city.

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The most number of visitors to Dubai in the last year came from India. A total of 865,000 Indians visited the city between January to December. Saudi Arabia was second behind India with 400,000 visitors and the UK was in the third position just ahead of Russia, followed by Oman, Pakistan, the USA, and China.

International Tourist in Dubai

Urban Paradise

‘The City of Gold’ has been quickly climbing the list of the most explored tourist destinations in the world. While London and Bangkok have been shuttling in the number one position, Dubai is likely to take over the spot in the coming year according to a recent article in the Telegraph.

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It is the only city from the MENA region in the top 10 of this list. Bangkok, with 21.9 million visitors, is at the top of this list; followed by London and Paris with 20.42 and 17.95 million visitors respectively.

Most Searched ‘Dubai’ Places On Google Search

What’s Popular On The Web

Besides being on top of the list of most popular tourist sites in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa also dominates the internet. The famous tower accounts for nearly 1 million Google searches every month, nearly 4 times higher than Burj Al Arab at 2nd spot with 246,000 searches. The Dubai Mall is the 3rd most Googled destination in Dubai, while Global Village is at the fourth spot with 135,000 monthly searches. The newly opened Dubai Frame has been extremely popular on the internet with 74,000 searches every month.

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Almost all the prominent hotels and resorts from the world over have opened up a branch in the city in recent years. The UAE government is offering visa-on-arrival for tourists from more and more countries as they expand capacity for tourism in the city.

The Expo 2020 coming up in October and running till March 2022, would be a catalyst for tourism growth. The Expo will furtherenhancethe national economy besides boosting retail and real estate activity as the Covid-19 immunization program progresses.

2020 will be a crucial year for the tourism sector in Dubai. Several huge projects started during this administration are expected to be completed including the Museum of the Future, Jewel of the Creek, Dubai Water Canal Project and several more. The city will also host its first World Expo in 2020. It is definitely exciting times ahead for the Dubai Tourism Sector.

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Disclaimer:GMI acknowledges that though we try to report accurately, we cannot verify the absolute facts of everything that has been represented on this infographic. The information represented is based on information researched from various sources on the internet. We are not liable for any errors, financial loss, or damages of any kind that may result from the use of, or reliance on, the information herein.

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How many tourist visit Dubai 2022? ›

Dubai welcomed about 8.1 million international visitors in the first seven months of 2022, an almost threefold increase compared to a year ago and surpassing the total for all of 2021. The emirate, whose tourism sector has recovered significantly in the post-Covid era, hosted 7.28 million visitors in 2021.

How many tourists visit Dubai annually? ›

In 2019, Dubai attracted a total of 16.73 million tourists, which was an increase of 5.09% on the previous year. However, in 2020, the number of visitors dropped to 5.51 million due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the rank of Dubai in tourism? ›

Dubai has been ranked the fourth most popular destination globally, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index.

What is the population of Dubai in 2022? ›

Dubai Population in 2022 is 3.49 Million according to official Dubai Government website.

Which country visit Dubai the most? ›

According to the statistics for the first half of 2022, the top five countries of origin for visitors are India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Russia. These five countries account for over 40 per cent of all visitors to Dubai.

Who is the father of tourism? ›

Thomas Cook, (born November 22, 1808, Melbourne, Derbyshire, England—died July 18, 1892, Leicester, Leicestershire), English innovator of the conducted tour and founder of Thomas Cook and Son, a worldwide travel agency. Cook can be said to have invented modern tourism.

What percent of Dubai economy is tourism? ›

Tourism and economy

The total contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the UAE's GDP was AED 159.1 billion (USD 43.3 billion) which is 12.1 per cent of GDP. It is forecast to rise by 4.9 per cent per annum to AED 264.5 billion (USD 72 billion) which would be 12.4 per cent of GDP in 2027.

Is Dubai the most visited city? ›

The city of Dubai is breaking world records in terms of tourism. The city has become the main choice for travellers and in the first quarter of this year it has become the most visited city in the world.

Why is Dubai so popular with tourists? ›

Tourism in Dubai is so much better because it has the most luxurious hotels, large shopping malls, a variety of activities and experiences like indoor theme parks, and an underwater zoo. It has the best nightlife and an amazing culture.

Why does Dubai attract so many tourists? ›

This city is offering visitors a unique experience. Travelers can see and visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa —which has 160 stories—, amazing shopping malls with aquariums and light shows, the Dubai Fountain, the Miracle Garden, the Global Village and so much more!

What city has the most tourism? ›

This famous capital city in Thailand ranks as the top-visited city in the world. Bangkok welcomed 22 million visitors in 2021!

Is Dubai a successful country? ›

Dubai has a combined wealth of $312bn and is the top city in Africa and the Middle East and the fourth largest wealth center worldwide. The city lives up to its prosperous reputation and provides everything you need to succeed, including the capital, market, world-class infrastructure, and a secure environment.

What is the economy of Dubai 2022? ›

Despite the waning global economic growth data, Dubai continues to attract worldwide investors with an annual growth rate of 6.2% in 2021. The UAE's GDP also boost to 5.9% hitting ($27.8 billion) in 2022.

How many foreigners live in Dubai? ›

According to sources, the 2021 UAE population including expats is 9.99 million. The total expat population in UAE has now come to 8.84 million, which constitutes approximately 89% of the population. Emiratis or the UAE nationals are only 11% or 1.15 million today.

Can you drink in Dubai? ›

Alcohol. UAE Residents can drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues. Liquor licences are still required for Residents in Dubai but are no longer required for Residents in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates (save for Emirate of Sharjah) to purchase alcohol for personal consumption.

When did Dubai become popular? ›

In 1902, Dubai saw a massive influx of Arab settlers and Iranian traders. This was followed by the introduction of tariffs on Iran's port, also known as Lingeh port. Dubai's trade boomed and has been flourishing since. Around the 1950s, oil was discovered near the Trucial States.

What is Dubai known for? ›

Dubai is famous for the record-breaking Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and the Palm, its vibrant culture, turbulent history, modern infrastructure, huge aquariums, and indoor ski slopes. Dubai is also known for its ultra-fast cars, driverless subway, scorching summer heat, and fantastic beaches.

What are four most popular tourist location in Dubai? ›

Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Global Village, Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai, Desert Safari, Dubai Garden Glow, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Frame.

Who is the mother of tourism? ›

Evening shot of Nainital Lake with mountains on both sides.

Who is called tourist? ›

Tourist (or overnight visitor): A visitor (domestic, inbound or outbound) is classified as a tourist (or overnight visitor), if his/her trip includes an overnight stay, or as a same-day visitor (or excursionist) otherwise (IRTS 2008, 2.13). Travel / traveller: Travel refers to the activity of travellers.

Who is the first tourist? ›

Cyriacus of Ancona (1391-1452), the first cultural tourist since antiquity, lacked these advantages when, in the first half of the 15th century, he sailed around the Mediterranean in search of the remains of Greek and Roman civilisations.

What is Dubai's main source of income? ›

Travel and tourism

Tourism is a major economic source of income in Dubai and part of the Dubai government's strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirates.

How big is the Dubai economy? ›

15.79 billion

Is Dubai known for tourism? ›

Dubai has been declared as the world's most popular destination for 2022. This came as Tripadvisor released its Travellers' Choice Awards for 2022: The Best of the Best Destinations.

Why is Dubai the best city in the world? ›

Dubai is regarded as one of the best cities in the United Arab Emirates. It is renowned for many different reasons, mainly for being one of the most luxurious cities, with ultra-modern buildings and architecture and, of course, the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (828m!).

Which season is best in Dubai? ›

November to February is considered to be the best time to visit this emirate, as temperatures are pleasant and there's a buzz in the air with a range of events and activities from the Dubai Shopping and Food Festivals to the Dubai World Cup.

What is the #1 city in the world? ›

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9 Nov 2022

Where is tourism growing the fastest? ›

28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Saudi is the fastest growing tourism destination in the G20. Saudi Arabia's exponential sector growth has seen an extraordinary +121% increase from pre-pandemic international tourism levels as recognized by the newly published UNWTO Tourism Barometer.

Which country is cheapest for tourism? ›

Here is the list of 24 Cheapest Countries to Visit From India For A Budget Dream Vacation!
  • Thailand. Thailand is the most travelled tourist destination for budget-friendly people and is the 20th most populous country in the world. ...
  • Sri Lanka. ...
  • Bhutan. ...
  • Nepal. ...
  • Vietnam. ...
  • Laos. ...
  • Philippines. ...
  • Malaysia.

Which is the most beautiful country in the world? ›

  • New Zealand. #1 in Scenic. #11 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Greece. #2 in Scenic. #25 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Italy. #3 in Scenic. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Scenic. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #5 in Scenic. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Norway. #6 in Scenic. ...
  • Australia. #7 in Scenic. ...
  • Ireland. #8 in Scenic.

Which is the most famous tourist in the world? ›

The 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world
  • 16: Disneyland Paris, France. ...
  • 14: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. ...
  • 13: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. ...
  • 11: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. ...
  • 6: Grand Central Terminal, New York City. ...
  • 5: Niagara Falls. ...
  • 3: Central Park, New York City. ...
  • 1: Las Vegas Strip.
19 Jan 2021

Why it is called Dubai? ›

According to Fedel Handhal, a scholar on the UAE's history and culture, the word Dubai may have come from the word daba (Arabic: دبا) (a past tense derivative of yadub (Arabic: يدب), which means "to creep"), referring to the slow flow of Dubai Creek inland.

Is Dubai World's richest city? ›

Abu Dhabi: Dubai ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and 23rd globally, in the list of world's wealthiest city for the third quarter of 2022.

How many Indians go to Dubai every year? ›

CHENNAI: India remained the biggest international travel source market for Dubai in calendar year 2021 with 9.1 lakh visitors from the country.

What is the budget of Expo 2022 Dubai UAE? ›

Visitors enter Terra - the Sustainability pavilion during the opening day of the Expo 2020 exhibition in Dubai.

What is the best time to visit Dubai in 2022? ›

The best time to visit Dubai is between November and March. During the so-called winter months, Dubai weather has clear blue skies, perfect for going to the beach, and exploring old Dubai, taking a walk in the lanes of Al Bastakiya, and generally roaming around.

How is the economy in Dubai now? ›

UAE economy grew 8.2% in Q1, central bank estimates

Real gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow 5.4% this year and 4.2% next year, the central bank said. There was a high probability...

How much does Dubai earn from tourism? ›

"Our tourism sector's revenues surpassed 19 billion dirhams ($5.2 billion) in the first half of 2022," Sheikh Mohammed said, according to the official WAM news agency. "The total number of hotel guests reached 12 million, achieving 42 percent growth, and we expect a strong tourism performance in this winter season."

How many Hindus live in Dubai? ›

Hindus are a significant minority in the United Arab Emirates and there are more than 1,239,600 Hindus living in the United Arab Emirates as of 2022, constituting around 30% of the Indian diaspora in the nation.

Where do Indians mostly live in Dubai? ›

If you are considering relocating to the nation, Al Furjan, Mina Rashid, and Palm Jumeriah are one of the top five areas to reside in Dubai for Indian families. With a large number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), these areas are family-friendly and well-connected. Al Furjan is a posh neighbourhood.

What percentage of Dubai is Indian? ›

Indian expatriate community is the largest ethnic community in UAE constituting roughly 30 per cent of the country's population. The number of resident Indian Nationals is estimated to be 3.5 million in 2021 as per UAE records. Approx.

Where is the next Expo 2030? ›

Saudi Arabia's candidature is for a World Expo in Riyadh between 1 October 2030 and 31 March 2031 under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”.

How much did it cost to build Dubai Expo? ›

Expo 2020 Dubai, the first world fair to be held in the Middle East, was built from scratch on 4.3 sq km (1.7 sq mile) of desert and cost around $6.8 billion.

How much has Dubai spent on? ›

Dubai's budget for the fiscal years of 2022-2024 was approved for a total expenditure of 181 billion Emirati dirhams ($49 billion), Dubai's deputy ruler said in a tweet on Sunday. The expected revenues this year are 57.5 billion dirhams, the tweeted added. .

What is the cheapest month to travel to Dubai? ›

September is the cheapest month to visit & explore Dubai. +1(802) 209 2600 Sometimes even the month of October costs less than the rest of the year. On the other hand, during the cooler months, that is, from November to April, most people prefer to visit this place due to favorable climatic conditions.

What is the busiest month in Dubai? ›

When is Dubai's peak tourist season? Dubai's high season is from November to April. This is when temperatures are at their most enjoyable but you can expect higher costs for accommodation and more people at the city's main attractions as a result.

What's the cheapest time to visit Dubai? ›

Prices for flights and hotels are low during April through October, i.e. the low season for tourism in Dubai. While, the best season to visit Dubai is during winter for a traveler to get the opportunity to explore the city and spend the vacation well.


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