The United Arab Emirates’ tourism revenues surpassed $5 billion within the first half of this 12 months, officers mentioned Sunday, with a robust efficiency anticipated this winter when neighbouring Qatar hosts soccer’s World Cup.
Hotel occupancy was up greater than 40 p.c on Covid-hit 2021, UAE prime minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum mentioned after a cupboard assembly within the capital Abu Dhabi.
“Our tourism sector’s revenues surpassed 19 billion dirhams ($5.2 billion) in the first half of 2022,” Sheikh Mohammed mentioned, in response to the official WAM information company.
“The total number of hotel guests reached 12 million, achieving 42 percent growth, and we expect a strong tourism performance in this winter season.”
Dubai, a longtime vacation vacation spot, is anticipating to host giant numbers of soccer followers throughout the World Cup in November and December as a result of a shortage of lodging in tiny Qatar.
Dubai is likely one of the Gulf cities working every day shuttle flights to and from Qatar throughout the World Cup, permitting followers to remain outdoors the rich state and nonetheless attend video games.
Dubai airport, the world’s busiest for worldwide journey pre-pandemic, dealt with 27.8 million passengers within the first half of this 12 months, up greater than 160 p.c on the identical interval of 2021, it mentioned final month.
A fast vaccination roll-out allowed the UAE to bounce again rapidly from the pandemic, having fun with a pointy uptick in guests as Dubai hosted the Expo world truthful from final October to March.
Sheikh Mohammed mentioned this 12 months’s financial progress has exceeded 22 p.c and overseas commerce is multiple trillion dirhams ($272 billion), in comparison with 840 billion dirhams pre-pandemic.
The cupboard additionally authorized electrical cargo plane “fully powered with clean energy”, and a brand new regulation aimed toward rising private-sector involvement in authorities tasks.
The regulation will encourage “the private sector to participate in development and strategic projects, increasing investment in projects of economic and social values”, WAM mentioned.
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