Tourism industry UAE - Statistics & Facts

Though the United Arab Emirates are a major oil producing country, the Emirati government has a clear vision to diversify its economy and balance its dependency on different sectors. The tourism industry has established itself as a major amplifier of economic divergence. It has been projected that the travel and tourism industry will contribute about 312.4 billion United Arab Emirati dirham to the UAE’s GDP by 2027.
Besides the direct tourism contribution, the domestic supply chain is one of the main generators of the tourism industry’s income. The collective spending of the United Arab Emirates government on the tourism industry of its country was about 6.5 billion United Arab Emirates dirham in 2016. Overall 26.2 billion United Arab Emirates dirham have been invested in the tourism sector during that year.

The United Arab Emirates has already established itself as the main tourist destination in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
The Tourism industry of Dubai has the highest share as GDP contribution to the economy of its country amongst all Gulf Cooperation Council states. In the broader context of tourism GDP contribution for the entire Middle East and African continent, Dubai is second only to Marrakesh.

The tourism and hospitality industry has established itself as a major employment sector in the United Arab Emirates. By 2027, the travel and tourism sector will account for almost 770 billion United Arab Emirates Dirham in employment.

One of the main development focus areas for the travel and tourism industry in the United Arab Emirates is the hotel sector. Specifically, the emirate of Dubai is known for its luxury hotels and innovative buildings and resorts.
The revenue per available room of branded hotels in the United Arab Emirates is about 146 U.S. dollars, compared to 122 U.S. dollars in Bahrain.

The emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have further extended their spa hotel facilities to diversify their tourist attractiveness. Detailed information on the spa hotel industry and a general overview on the tourism industry of the UAE can be found below in our designated dossier.

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