A total of 23,672,468 arrivals were recorded in Dubai in 2022 through all of its ports.

The numbers shared by the Dubai Media Office confirmed that there was an 89 per cent increase in incoming passenger traffic traffic last year, compared to 2021.

Of the nearly 23.7 million arrivals, 21,817,022 arrived through airports, 1,612,746 crossed the Hatta Border Crossing with Oman, and 242,700 passengers used sea ports.

In comparison, in 2021, the emirate received 12,025,468 passengers through its airports, 399,083 through the Hatta Border, and 83,700 through its marine ports.

The media office cited a report by the UK-based market research firm Euromonitor which stated that Dubai Airports are one of the busiest airports in the world, ranking second globally in the Top 100 City Destinations Index 2022 for speed of service and procedure completion for passengers.

Dubai Airports forecasted that the annual passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) would be 64.3 million passengers in 2022. DXB started the second half of this year with average monthly traffic exceeding the 6 million mark throughout the third quarter.

On New year’s eve this year, Dubai received over 107,082 passengers, with 95,445 travelers arriving through Dubai Airports, 6,527 arriving via Hatta Border Crossing, and 5,010 passengers via its marine ports.

According to a new UAE Tourism Strategy 2031 launched by the government last year, the country aims to raise the contribution of the tourism sector to the national GDP to Dhs450 billion, with an annual increase of Dhs27 billion, attract new investments of Dhs100 billion to the tourism sector in the country, and also attract 40 million hotel guests.