Emirates News Agency – Dubai bolsters status among world’s most open cities in post-pandemic world

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DUBAI, 18th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022 came to a close last week after attracting over 23,000 visitors from around the world in its first event at full capacity since the pandemic.

The four-day event, which doubled its number of visitors compared to last year, brought together 1,500 exhibitors and participants from 150 countries, demonstrating Dubai’s growing reputation as the world’s most open city in the post-pandemic world.

The city’s exceptional handling of the pandemic, its ability to provide one of the safest environments in the world, and the accelerated pace of its economic growth have made it a preferred international destination for business, tourism and events. The growing confidence of global travelers in Dubai is confirmed by the fact that key indicators for its tourism, hospitality and MICE sectors are now reaching and surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

According to a report, Dubai welcomed nearly four million international overnight visitors between January and March 2022, a massive 214% growth over last year, reaffirming its position as a top destination for travelers from around the world. whole world. The city also ranked first in the world for hotel occupancy rate in the first quarter of 2022, with 82%.

Dubai International (DXB) continued to be the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers for the eighth consecutive year, recording 29.1 million annual traffic in 2021. Dubai International also recorded its busiest quarter since 2020, with 13.6 million passengers commuting through its gateway in the first quarter of 2022. Passenger traffic at the emirate’s airports topped the 10 million mark for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2022 In March this year alone, Dubai International Airport welcomed 5.5 million visitors.

Popular family events over the past six months have continued to raise Dubai’s profile as a major destination for culture, shopping and entertainment. The 26th season of Global Village recently ended with a record 7.8 million visitors. Its longest season to date, Global Village was open for 194 days, four more than its previous record. Additionally, the ongoing Dubai Food Festival and the 25th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises, the largest such festival in the region, are expected to significantly increase tourist arrivals and enhance Dubai’s appeal as a tourism hotspot. summery.

With 12,000 restaurants and cafes, Dubai has also seen steady growth as a foodie hotspot. The city attracts foodies with its world-class chefs, global restaurant brands, street food and local eateries inspired by the more than 200 nationalities living in the emirate.

Earlier this year, Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2022 report named Dubai the world’s most popular travel destination. Additionally, Dubai’s recent selection as the #1 destination for City Lovers and #4 destination for Food Lovers in the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards validates the city’s enduring appeal to travelers across the world. whole world.

In 2021, Dubai has established itself as the world’s leading meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination, hosting a number of events that put it at the heart of global conversations on the recovery of key sectors. According to Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, the city has captured a total of 120 events for the year 2021 and beyond which are expected to bring together a total of 70,000 thought leaders, government officials and industry professionals. ‘industry.

Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event in the history of World Expos, saw 192 participating countries come together to ‘Connect Minds, Create the Future’ in a celebration of culture, innovation and science. The six-month global mega extravaganza drew more than 24 million visits from residents and travelers around the world. Other global events that have helped drive international visits include the Dubai World Cup, Binance Blockchain Week, Gulfood, Dubai International Boat Show, and the iconic Dubai Shopping Festival. This year’s World Government Summit in Dubai brought together more than 4,000 international participants, including senior government officials, to share ideas for building responsive governments that can meet the challenges of the future.

Over the past six months, Dubai has also hosted major industry conventions and conferences, including the International Society of Urology Congress, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, the Astronautics International, the World Chambers Congress and Gastech, bringing together industry leaders from around the world.

Over the past year, Dubai’s sports sector has become a key driver of the city’s tourism recovery, attracting both players and fans from around the world and further strengthening Dubai’s position as a destination. multi-faceted. Big winners and former champions headlined a star-studded field at the Dubai Desert Classic held at the Emirates Golf Club in January this year. The world’s biggest tennis stars have competed in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (DDFTC) men’s tournament, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in February this year. In November last year, Dubai also hosted the majority of matches and the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final which was passionately watched by billions of cricket fans.

Last year, Dubai also cemented its status as one of the world’s top-ranked health tourism destinations with 630,000 international health tourists, according to a report by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Spending by international patients has reached almost AED 730 million in the past year despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubai’s emergence as one of the most open destinations in the post-pandemic world reflects its ability to reinvent itself in a changing global environment. The great international diversity of its visitors also demonstrates Dubai’s growing status as a city that connects global markets and cultures.

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