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Dubai tourist arrivals jump 203% in four months to cross 5 million mark – News

The increase in the flow of tourists has helped to improve the occupancy rate of hotels in the emirate

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Published: Thu 9 Jun 2022, 00:10

Last update: Thu 9 Jun 2022, 00:11

Dubai’s tourism sector continues to recover rapidly from the Covid-19 pandemic, with the emirate seeing a massive increase in tourist arrivals in the first four months of this year.

According to the Dubai Media Office, the number of visitors to the city reached 5.1 million from January to April 2022, registering a significant increase of 203%.

The increase in the flow of tourists helped improve the occupancy rate of hotels in the emirate, which reached 76% during the period.

Dubai welcomed nearly four million international overnight visitors between January and March 2022, a whopping 214% year-on-year growth. The city also ranked first in the world for hotel occupancy rate in the first quarter of 2022, with 82%.

Foreign tourists’ confidence in the UAE and Dubai has further improved after successful handling of the pandemic and also due to its status as one of the safest cities in the world. Recently, Dubai was ranked as the third safest city for women traveling alone, thanks to a very low crime rate, according to a study by InsureMyTrip, a UK-based travel insurance company.

Preliminary data from STR Global revealed that hotels in Dubai recorded higher occupancy and average daily rates (ADR) than comparable Eid Al Fitr 2019, according to preliminary data. Similarly, Dubai’s occupancy rate stood at 75.4% during Eid, 19.7% higher than the comparable pre-pandemic rate.

Philip Wooller, STR’s senior director for the Middle East and Africa, said Dubai recorded rates above Dh700, up from Dh400 in 2019.