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Tourism industry in the 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 280.6 billion United Arab Emirati dirham to the UAE’s GDP by 2028.
The Inbound tourism expenditure in the UAE for 2019 accounted for 118.6 percent share of the outbound tourism expenditure.

The United Arab Emirates has already established itself as the leading tourist destination in the Middle Eastern region with over 20 million international tourist arrivals in 2017.
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 2028, the travel and tourism sector will account for almost 396.5 thousand jobs.

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 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.

The tourism industry of the United Arab Emirates experiences as well a strong impact through the global COVI-19 pandemic as the rest of the worldwide travel and hospitality sector. Further information of the effect from worldwide lockdown and travel restrictions on the global tourism industry can be found here.


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