On July 7, 2021, Dubai marked the year since its borders opened to foreign tourists, according to a statement from the Dubai Tourism Department.
According to him, over the 11-month period from July 2020 to May 2021, the city received 3.7 million guests who spent at least one night in the emirate.
Dubai received over 1.7 million tourists from countries with open borders between July and December 2020, and another two million in the first five months of 2021.
“The published data clearly shows that despite the difficulties faced by international markets, the recovery of tourism in Dubai is gaining momentum. This growing dynamic demonstrates not only the greatest strengths of the Dubai tourism sector and the diversity of its key markets, but also its economic resilience and ability to respond quickly to changes in the world. In addition, Dubai’s commitment to taking precautions has helped the city become one of the safest tourist destinations in the world and prepare for the World Expo 2020, ”he commented on the findings. Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum…
Hotel occupancy peaks in Dubai in December 2020 and January 2021, 69% and 66%, respectively. At the same time, according to the analytical company STR, Dubai ranks second in the world in terms of hotel occupancy after Singapore, ahead of cities such as Paris and London.
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, Dubai continues to offer ample opportunity for the hospitality industry. In July 2020, 591 hotels with 100,000 rooms operated in the emirate, and in May of this year, already 715 hotels opened 128,000 rooms for visitors from all over the world.
The Russian travel industry agrees that consistency and thoughtful conditions for opening the country were the key reasons for such successful indicators. The UAE’s diplomatic work also played an important role.
“The recovery of demand in Dubai, first of all, was facilitated by the consistency of both the Emirati and the Russian authorities,” believes General Director of the tour operator Space Travel Artur Muradyan… – Despite the closure of Abu Dhabi, the rest of the emirates showed no deviations from the originally announced plans to restore tourist flow. The contribution of the Russian market is one of the most significant, and in terms of the aggregate tourist flows, the macro-region of the CIS is undoubtedly in first place. “
For its part, the Russian headquarters also acted most loyally towards the UAE, another source of Profi.Travel believes. In particular, when there was an overweight in transportation between Russian and Emirati carriers, the authorities were able to quickly agree and balance the transportation, as well as agree on direct regular flights of flydubai to the regions of Russia.
In addition, the UAE is one of the directions where it is much easier for carriers to obtain permission to operate cargo-passenger flights, which ensured a stable flow of tourists to Dubai from Russian regions during the winter period, notes another Profi.Travel interlocutor.
Another factor that played in favor of the UAE and Dubai as the main tourist destination in the country is the suspension of flights by Russia with Turkey in April 2021.
“After the closure of Turkey, the UAE received, perhaps, the most massive influx of Russian tourists due to the practically absence of an alternative at the end of the winter season,” Arthur Muradyan agrees.
As for the prospects for the high season in the fall of 2021, here the Emirates in general and Dubai in particular will no longer have to rely on an equally active growth in tourist traffic. Not only Turkey, which is already open, will make its contribution, which is ready to extend the season until the end of November, but also Egypt, the resumption of charter flights with which is expected in July, and the high season is expected there from September.
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