Dubai marks a year since reopening its borders to international tourists, the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism shows that the city is playing a leading role in global tourism recovery. It welcomed 3.7 million overnight visitors during the period July 2020 to May 2021.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai said, “We have seen inspiring commitment and proactivity from all stakeholders in the public and private sector to work together to adopt innovative approaches that can consolidate the sustainable recovery of the sector.”
“Furthermore, Dubai’s ability to implement a rigorous precautionary protocol regime has made the city one of the world’s safest destinations for travelers. As we gear up to host Expo 2020, these exceptional standards will enable us ensure the event provides the highest global benchmarks of safety and security for all visitors.”
According to Dubai Tourism, the emirate received more than 1.7 million visitors between July and December 2020, and an additional two million visitors in the first five months of 2021.
Hospitality sector rebounds as tourism market recovers
Increased demand for “staycations” among UAE residents, Emiratis and expatriates from over 200 nationalities, drove tourism growth with hotel occupancy rising significantly from 35% in July 2020 to 58% in May 2021. Hotel occupancy in Dubai reached its high in December 2020 and in January 2021.
Although COVID-19 caused disruptions among most sectors, Dubai continues to represent a major opportunity for hotel developers. A total of 591 hotel establishments with 100,000 rooms operated in July 2020 and has now increased to 715 hotel establishments offering 128,000 rooms in May 2021.
A variety of safety measures were launched, based on the guidelines of Dubai’s Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, including precautionary measures, effective testing and vaccination programmes. The vaccination campaign also covered employees across hotels, who are considered the frontline of the tourism industry, starting with a pilot programme that saw more than 10,000 employees of leading hotels on The Palm Jumeirah receiving the vaccines.
The UAE is currently ranked among the top five nations globally in terms of vaccine rollout.
Source: Gulf News
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