UAE earns over $5 billion in 6 months from tourism

Tourism revenue in the UAE recorded over $5 billion in the first half of this year, with the expectation of a “rebound” in the winter season and in neighboring Qatar, host of the World Cup.

In a statement on Sunday by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the conclusion of a cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi, he confirmed that hotel occupancy had increased by 42 percent compared to 2021.

Emirates News Agency (WAM) quotes Sheikh Mohammed as saying that “Our tourism sector revenues exceeded AED19 billion ($5.2 billion) in the first half of this year.” “The total number of hotel guests has reached 12 million, up 42 percent, and a strong recovery in tourism is expected in the upcoming winter season,” he added.

Sheikh Mohammed explained that “economic growth has exceeded 22% during 2022”, noting that “foreign trade in the first six months of this year has exceeded one trillion dirhams ($272 billion) compared to 840 billion dirhams before the pandemic ($228 billion). ). dollars)”.

Dubai is expected to host a large number of football fans during the World Cup scheduled for November and December.

Dubai has decided to operate daily shuttle flights to and from Qatar during the World Cup, as have many Gulf cities that have chosen to operate flights so that fans can stay outside Qatar and attend matches at the same time.

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