The Emirates’ pre-pandemic tourism levels have been surpassed by 2023
In 2023, the UAE was named the most recuperated country in the travel industry.
Travelport released a global report that found the Emirates had surpassed pre-pandemic numbers and is now at 110 percent of its 2019 levels.
The country’s rapid recovery was helped by a successful Covid-19 vaccination campaign and a full calendar of events.
The UAE hosted Expo 2020 Dubai recently, attracting many tourists from other countries. Tourists flock to the UAE for sun, beaches, and luxury hotels.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the country’s response is also encouraging for travelers, with over 98.49% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Dubai is the most popular destination for UAE residents when it comes to travel. According to Travelport, Dubai is home to the tallest building globally, the Museum of the Future, and the only seven-star hotel. It’s also the most-recovered spot in the Middle East.
It is just behind Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica, long-standing tourist hot spots.
The Kingdom’s capital has seen an even more remarkable recovery, with tourism levels returning to 115% of pre-pandemic levels.
Travelport also found that Abu Dhabi’s capital is showing a strong recovery.
What cities have seen the most significant tourism recovery?
- Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) (13.6%)
- Montego Bay, Jamaica (132 percent)
- Cancun, Mexico (124 percent)
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (115 percent)
- Dubai, UAE (114 percent)
Dubai ranks first for business travel in the world, surpassing London
The UAE is a top destination for inbound travel from the UK, India, and Bangladesh. However, travelers regularly fly from Pakistan and Germany to visit the UAE.
Globally, the travel sector has recovered more than 67% of its gross activity. Moreover, the industry saw a 14% growth rate in the first three months of 2023 as Covid-19 cases declined in many countries, and governments relaxed travel restrictions and reopened borders.
Travel volume is a part of the recovery index. Travelport ranks in the top 15 countries rehabilitated based on bookings up to March 2023. These destinations include places where people return to their homelands or travel for work.
The Dominican Republic is behind the UAE, with Mexico coming in third.
Dubai’s business travel sector is also showing impressive growth. As a result, the initial concerns about global corporate travel not recovering because companies have adaptable to digital and virtual ways of working during the pandemic seem less severe now.
Dubai is now outpacing many international destinations. Nearly one-third (2023) of all bookings were for business travel. The emirate is now ahead of London in corporate travel. London was the first to do this in 2019.
Dubai is a popular destination for business travelers. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia are the most popular destinations. Closely followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia, Dubai has nine other goals.