Dubai says Q1 international visitors up 214% this year

People swim at a swimming pool in the Atlantis The Palm hotel, as the Emirates reopen to tourism amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates July 7, 2020. REUTERS / Ahmed Jadallah

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May 10 (Reuters) – Dubai hosted 3.97 million overnight international visitors in the first quarter of 2022, up 214% from the same period last year, the emirate’s government said on Tuesday.

The Expo 2020 Dubai world fair, which ran from October to March and which Dubai looked to as a to boost its economy, saw 24 million visits by domestic and international tourists, a report by Dubai’s executive council said.

After travel curbs and curfews in the early days of the pandemic, Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates seven emirates and a regional trade and tourism hub, was one of the few international tourism hubs which stayed open to visitors through repeated global lockdowns.

Dubai’s Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed said the growth in visitors was evidence that Dubai was at the forefront of a global tourism recovery.

Dubai topped global hotel occupancy rates in the first quarter of 2022, at 82%, the report said.

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Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Writing by Nayera Abdallah and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Jan Harvey and Leslie Adler

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