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In The First Quarter Of 2023, Dubai Welcomed 4.67 Million International Tourists



In The First Quarter Of 2023, Dubai Welcomed 4.67 Million International Tourists

The Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) of Dubai revealed that the city was visited by over 4.67 million international sightseers within the first quarter of 2023, marking a 17 percent year-on-year spike. This is a major milestone for achieving the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai, revealed on Twitter that Dubai consolidated the city’s status as the leading destination in global tourism by welcoming over 4.67 million international guests within the first quarter of 2023 itself.

The number of visitors reaches 98 percent of the pre-pandemic situation

There was just a minor difference of 2 percent points from the pre-pandemic levels of 4.75 million visitors that reached Dubai in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the total of visitors in Q1 2023.

This feat triumphed due to the innovative and efficient strategies adopted by visionary government instructing authorities, resulting in the accelerated growth of the city’s tourism sector and raising the city’s status into an eminent destination for travel, work, high-quality life, business hub, and investment center.

The number of visitors reaches 98 percent of the pre-pandemic situation

The hotel sector surpassed the performance recorded in the pre-pandemic situation across every other hospitality metric.

There recorded an 83 percent average occupancy rate, marking itself in the leading position globally which is not all bad compared to the Q1 levels in 2019 which were recorded at 84 percent.  Q1 2023 saw a 6 percent increase in the total number of hotels and rooms compared to Q1 2022.

D33 or Dubai Economic Agenda was implemented quite recently by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum which sets its vision on doubling the existing size of the economy of the emirate within the next decade and fixing its position as one of the top 3 global cities.

The field of tourism is among the major sources of the economy in Dubai and it also aids with connecting factors and promoting the city’s rich culture, heritage, religion, and immense market and investment opportunities.

The authorities promise on this occasion that Dubai will develop and implement innovative initiatives to provide travelers with a world-class experience and ensure that the city attains the title of being the best destination in the world to visit, work, live, and invest in.

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It was announced at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market that Dubai is the fastest-recovering destination globally from the pandemic setback and is achieving 98 percent of the tourists before the pandemic by the first quarter itself surpassing the prediction made by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

UNWTO predicted that the arrival of international sight seekers would raise to 80-95 percent of the pre-pandemic situation. These predictions were targeted at the Middle Eastern regions and European countries.

There are some notable initiatives in the tourism sector like The Dubai Sustainable Tourism targets improving the sustainability factor of the tourism sector, which also will be underlined during the events like COP28.

Dubai Can Campaign promotes the usage of reusable bottles, which was observed to be highly successful considering the record of decreasing the usage of single-use plastic bottles by 7 million since its launch in February 2022. 

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