In the first half of this year, the UAE’s tourism income exceeded $5 billion, according to officials. This winter, when neighboring Qatar will host the World Cup of football, a great performance is anticipated.
The UAE’s prime minister and the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced this following a cabinet meeting in the capital Abu Dhabi that hotel occupancy was up more than 40% from the COVID-19-affected 2021.
“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.”
During the World Cup in November and December, Dubai, a well-known vacation spot, anticipates hosting a sizable number of football enthusiasts.
During the World Cup, Dubai is one of the Gulf cities that offers daily shuttle flights to and from Qatar, enabling fans to reside outside of the affluent country while still attending matches.
The first half of this year saw 27.8 million people pass through Dubai Airport, which was the busiest airport in the world for international travel before the pandemic. This is an increase of more than 160 percent over the same period in 2021.
The UAE was able to recover from the pandemic rapidly because to a rapid vaccination roll-out and a strong increase in tourism when Dubai held the Expo global exposition from October to March of last year.
According to Sheikh Mohammed, overseas commerce has increased to more than one trillion dirhams from 840 billion dirhams before to the pandemic, and this year’s economic growth has exceeded 22%.
A new law intended to increase private sector participation in public projects was also authorized by the cabinet, along with electric freight aircraft that are “fully powered with clean energy.”
The law will encourage “the private sector to participate in development and strategic projects, increasing investment in projects of economic and social values,” WAM said.