Dubai Welcomed 7.28 Million International Overnight Visitors in 2021

Published: February 5, 2022
Updated: March 3, 2022
Dubai Welcomed 7.28 Million International
Dubai Welcomed 7.28 Million International Overnight Visitors in 2021

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) announced on Friday that the city welcomed 7.28 million international overnight guests in 2021, including 910,000 from India, signifying a 32 percent year-on-year increase.

Between January and December 2021, Dubai welcomed 7.28 million international overnight guests, a 32 percent increase year over year.

According to figures from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), international visitors to the city reached 3.4 million in the fourth quarter of last year, accounting for 74% of total pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in Q4 2019.

With 910,000 visitors, India was the largest source market, up 5.3 percent year over year, followed by 491,000 visitors from Saudi Arabia (up 22.8%), 444,000 visitors from Russia (up 50.3%) and 420,000 visitors from the United Kingdom (up 7.1%).

The markets of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) together accounted for 26% of overall visitor volume. In 2021, Western Europe accounted for 22% of total tourists, with the United Kingdom leading the way, followed by France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.


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South Asia accounted for 18% of international tourism, while Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Eastern Europe combined accounted for 15%, according to the state news agency WAM.

According to the media office, the UAE is the world’s second safest country, according to the Gallup Global Law and Order 2021 survey. This makes it a significant choice for people who wish to settle in the country. 

“We have leveraged and relied on a combination of factors in showcasing Dubai as a must-visit destination to an international audience and maintaining momentum, including our focus on a diversified multi-geographic approach to markets, strong public-private sector partnerships, and global campaigns designed to create awareness of Dubai,” said Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

A favorable trend is projected to continue in 2022 and beyond, as visit data for 2021 highlight the city’s travel and tourism sector’s comeback and reinforce tourism’s importance as a significant economic driver. Tourism has been an astounding enabler for the country to promote its rich culture. 

“The remarkable performance also promotes our road toward becoming the most visited destination and the world’s best city to live and work in,” the DET Director-General continued. “As we move forward throughout 2022, we are confident that the significant momentum now gathered will accelerate even further to continue to attract not just tourists but also investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to Dubai, enabling them to enjoy and avail themselves of all that our multifaceted city has to offer.”

Dubai continues to take significant legislative steps to boost the tourism industry’s rapid expansion, such as easing entrance to the emirate by implementing hassle-free entry processes and promoting good initiatives for the public.

Expo 2020 Dubai is now taking place throughout the Emirates, with around 11 million visitors so far. The Expo has been one of the most eye-catching events so far, and it will be exciting to discover it unfolds in the coming days!

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