Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), saw more than 23.7 million tourists in 2022 as the industry continued to improve.
21.8 million of them arrived at Dubai’s airports, Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport (DXB) (DWC).
This indicates an increase in overall visitors of 89% over the previous year, with the airports receiving 81.3% more passengers. 12.05 million tourists made their way to Dubai in 2021 via airports.
“The use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things has allowed Dubai Airports to deliver exceptional digital services and a superior travel experience to all visitors, solidifying Dubai’s reputation as a top destination for tourism, business, and lifestyle,” said Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, the Director General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai.
Football lovers flocked to the Gulf states for the World Cup that was held in Qatar; however, due to a shortage of accommodations, many of the supporters had to stay in neighboring countries. As a result, the region was at the forefront of the World Cup-related tourism boom.
The operator of DXB and DWC, Dubai Airports, had previously stated at the end of November 2022 that the company’s projected year-end passenger totals had to be revised upward to 64.3 million due to the robust tourism flows in Q3 2022.
However, not all of the flyers who landed at either DXB or DWC would exit the airports, with over 63% of their total passengers during 2018 being transiting travelers.