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Dubai Reaches a 1 Year Milestone Since It Has Reopened to Foreign Guests

News This month, Dubai marks an important date – it has been one year since the emirate reopened its borders for international travelers on July 7, 2020. The pandemic messed the plans of many countries around the world. What year was it for the emirate’s hospitality industry? Did hotels in Dubai get any guests or manage to become profitable? The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (or simply Dubai Tourism) published a report that casts some light upon the visitor statistics.

According to the report, more than 3.7 million overnight travelers arrived in Dubai during the period from July 2020 to May 2021. This once again proves an important role of Dubai in global tourism. More than 1.7 million visitors out of 3.7 million arrived between July and December 2020, and the remaining 2 million guests visited the city during the first five months of 2021. This proves that tourism rebounds despite the troubles caused by the pandemic. The diversity of source markets is another reason for such a high number of guests during the COVID-19 era. This is a fundamental strength of Dubai. Many destinations that rely primarily on visitors from certain countries faced a drastic decline in the number of tourists.

Despite a decent number of guests, Dubai has remained one of the safest destinations in the world because of its precautionary regime. The city hasn’t dropped its plans to host Expo 2020 and expects to use its high safety standards to ensure security and an enjoyable experience for all guests.

Of course, travel restrictions made it much harder for Dubai hotels to maintain their occupancy levels. India and the UK remained the top source markets for Dubai, followed by Russia, Pakistan, and Egypt. The city also recorded a growing number of guests from certain CIS countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan, as well as from some East African countries like Sudan and Ethiopia. All these countries have been in the top 15 source markets for the emirate since its reopening in July 2020.

With added domestic demand from Emiratis and expatriates, the occupancy of hotels in Dubai grew from 35% in July 2020 to 58% in May 2021. The occupancy was the highest in December 2020 (69%), followed by strong January 2021 with hotel occupancy of 66%. This made Dubai hotels the second most occupied globally after Singapore and ahead of such prominent tourist destinations as Paris and London.

16.07.2021

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Apulia
Apulia travel guide
The region of Puglia is situated in the south-eastern part of Italy; almost the entire territory of the province is occupied by rich forests, olive groves and vineyards. Nature is truly impressive there. Tourists are attracted to these places with an abundance of natural attractions, extraordinary cuisine, numerous tour facilities and hospitality of the locals, who have kept good traditions and customs for centuries. Local customs were mentioned not by chance, as there are often folk festivals, … Read further
Escaldes-Engordany
Cuisine of Escaldes-Engordany
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Almaty
Traditions and festivals in Almaty
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Strasbourg
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For many years the Astronomical clock has been the symbol of Strasbourg; it is the unique landmark of the Renaissance. It was created in 1842 by the best Swiss craftsmen. The clock is located at the Strasbourg Cathedral. Movie about clock creation history is shown at the Cathedral every noon; lots of interesting stories are associated with this artifact. Built on top of ancient Roman temple, Cathedral is also one of the most important places to visit. The very first church in its place dated … Read further
Essen
Essen attractions and entertainment
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Brasilia
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