Dubai Welcomes Unprecedented 17 Million International Visitors in 2023, Announces Sheikh Hamdan

Dubai experienced an exceptional year in tourism in 2023, with a remarkable influx of 17.15 million foreign visitors, as revealed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. This surge aligns with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33, aiming to elevate Dubai among the top three global cities for both business and tourism.

The city witnessed a significant growth rate of 19.4%, reinforcing its status as a premier international travel destination. Notably, Dubai boasted one of the world’s highest hotel occupancy rates at 77.4%, with Sheikh Hamdan noting an expansion in hotel capacity to over 150,000 rooms to meet escalating demand. Occupied hotel room nights reached a new peak at 41.7 million, marking an 11% increase from the previous year and a substantial 30% surge from 2019 figures.

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DET, credited Dubai’s tourism sector rebound to the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the decade-long strategy, emphasizing resilience and adaptability as vital to economic growth. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce, echoed these sentiments, affirming Dubai’s commitment to enhancing standards and advancing with innovative infrastructure and attractions.

The tourism boom also catalyzed wider economic growth, with lodging and food services experiencing an impressive 11.1% expansion, in line with Dubai’s overall GDP growth of 3.3% in the first nine months of 2023. Major events like Gitex and Gulfood, alongside the Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment’s calendar, contributed to sustaining the flourishing scene, attracting over 200,000 visitors.

Dubai’s appeal as a travel destination was further enhanced by its expanding range of cruise and yacht tourism offerings, with 15 marinas and 3,600 berths collectively enticing superyachts and vessels worldwide. The city’s performance outstripped global recovery trends according to the UNWTO, with Europe, South Asia, GCC, and MENA regions being significant contributors, alongside emerging feeder nations in Africa and Asia Pacific.

Initiatives such as the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp and projects like the Dubai Reef underscore Dubai’s commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Looking ahead, the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan aims to double entertainment and accommodation space over the next two decades, supported by initiatives under the Economic Agenda and an expanded cruise schedule.

The record-breaking tourism performance in 2023 reflects Dubai’s enduring appeal and Sheikh Mohammed’s visionary leadership, setting the stage for continued success in the future.

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