Dubai Airport, December 2021 – Ranked first in international flights

Six of the ten busiest international lines in December 2021 operated from or to Dubai and how many tourists did the city host from January to October 2021?

Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport. Photo by Emirates

Data released by the airline research company OAG shows that Dubai International Airport was the busiest in the world in December 2021 and six of the ten busiest international routes operated from or to Dubai, including the Dubai-Riyadh line which recorded a record 284,552 seats. Dubai Airport is ahead of London Heathrow by more than a million seats. Schiphol Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Istanbul are ranked in the top five.

In addition, Dubai – the UAE coordinator is ranked third on flights to London Heathrow (253,567 seats), as well as on routes from / to Jeddah, Bahrain, Kuwait and Karachi that entered the top ten. London Heathrow is ranked fourth on the line for New York Kennedy (222,890 seats). The only U.S. destination ranked in the top ten was the flight line from Orlando to Puerto Rico (177,962 seats).

On domestic flights, the Jeju International-Seoul Gimpo recorded 1,426,946 seats, followed by Sapporo New Chitose-Tokyo Haneda (903,025 seats), Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (851,478 seats) and Beijing-Shanghai Hongqiao (731,659 seats).

Melbourne-Sydney also returned to the top ten when travel restrictions were reduced in Australia, with 639,152 seats. Eight of the ten busiest local airlines in December operated within Asia.

Dubai, one of the most popular destinations for Israeli travelers. Photo Depositphotos

Dubai hosted 4.88 million tourists between January-October 2021

The Ministry of Economy and Tourism of the Emirates (DET) announced that Dubai hosted about 4.88 million tourists in January-October 2021, when in October alone more than a million tourists visited the city. About 9.4 million tourist overnight stays were recorded during the first 10 months of the year, compared to 7 million in the corresponding period of 2019.

It further shows that in October 2021, hotel occupancy stood at almost 64%, while the length of stay showed a 12% increase from 4.1 nights to 4.6 nights. During this period, there were 24.74 million rooms occupied throughout the Emirates at an average daily rate of NIS 325, compared to 15.66 million rooms occupied at an average daily rate of NIS 283. The recorded inventory of rooms was 6% higher compared to 2019.

In terms of international visitors, men made up 52% ​​of all visitors, while women made up 48%. During the period, the number of visitors was higher compared to the first half of the previous year.

Hillel Said Almari, DET CEO, said: “Dubai has been at the forefront of the tourism and economic recovery in the world, setting the tone for recovery and continued growth. Our strategy to combat the epidemic and deployment of wide-ranging initiatives to increase our global competitiveness and attractiveness is the hallmark of Dubai’s most advanced public-private partnership model, which was a cornerstone not only of what was achieved in 2021 but what will be achieved in the next critical period of 12-24. Months. ”

Dubai Expo Exhibition. Photo Depositphotos

Hillel Said Al-Mari added: “Expo 2020 also provides us with a unique platform for connecting with the global community as all hotels and tourism partners work closely together to facilitate guest visits and maximize this opportunity.”

More than 5.66 million have visited Expo 2020, by December 5, since it first opened on October 1st. More than a quarter (28%) of visitors in November came from outside the UAE, with the leading international visitor countries including India, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

“Through effective management of the epidemic across the city, Dubai has strengthened its position as one of the safest destinations in the world,” said Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Tourism and Trade Marketing Corporation. “With the infrastructure, the highest vaccination rates in the world and flexible work visas, Dubai is becoming the preferred business center for both corporations and start-ups. As part of our strategy, we have consistently used innovative global campaigns to further emphasize the city’s multifaceted tourist attraction and reach overseas markets.

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