The country's success has set an inspiring model for many countries 

The UAE is among the top 10 globally in competitiveness indicators for the tourism sector

  • The UAE has been able to enhance its position on the global travel and tourism map.

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The tourism sector, under the leadership of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, has made qualitative leaps, to make the UAE among the top 10 globally in the main global competitiveness indicators related to the tourism, travel and hotel sector during 2021.

The success of the tourism sector in the UAE constituted an inspiring model for many countries, especially that the UAE was able to strengthen its position on the global travel and tourism map, to become one of the most important and largest global tourist destinations, according to many specialized international reports and indicators.

The contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the GDP amounted to 11.6%, according to the data of the Ministry of Economy, while its revenues amounted to about 180.4 billion dirhams in 2019. Abroad in 2019 amounted to 143.1 billion dirhams.

The number of new hotels during the current decade has increased in the UAE, as the number of hotels in the UAE reached 1,089 in 2020, while the hotel capacity in the country reached 180,000 hotel rooms.

Arab and regional leadership

The UAE topped the Arab world and the region, and ranked among the top 10 globally in the main global competitiveness indicators related to the tourism, travel and hotel sector during 2021, which enhances the country's position as one of the most preferred tourist destinations globally, which attracts more than 27 million visitors annually.

The UAE ranked first in the Arab world, regionally and globally in the index of the presence of major car rental companies, according to the "Travel and Tourism Competitiveness" report issued by the World Economic Forum in 2021. It also ranked first in the Arab world, regionally, and sixth globally in "Sustainability and Development of the Travel and Tourism Sector". .

According to the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, hotel establishments and their distinguished services are a large part of the elements of tourism that help attract tourists from home and abroad. Therefore, the emirates of the country were keen to expand investment in this sector, to accommodate the large annual increase in tourism demand, according to the needs and components of each emirate. .

hotel establishments

The center revealed the continuous increase in the number of hotel establishments in the emirates of the country, from 64 hotel establishments, with a capacity of 5379 rooms in 1978, to 1,089 establishments with a capacity of 180,257 hotel rooms and apartments in 2020, with a growth of 1601.5% in the number of hotel establishments, and an increase in the number of hotel establishments. Its rate exceeds 3251% in the hotel establishments' capacity in the country.

The operational capacity of hotel facilities in the country, which includes the number of guests and the number of hotel nights, witnessed continuous increases during the period from 1979 to 2020, as the number of guests increased from 392,000 guests, who spent more than one million and 19 thousand hotel nights in 1979, to 14 One million 882 thousand and 258 hotel guests spent 54 million and 323 thousand and 945 hotel nights during 2020, despite the tourism sector being affected globally due to the Corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic.

continue recovery

In the post-pandemic period, the tourism sector continued its continuous recovery, reaching and topping global centers in many indicators.

The sector’s results for the year 2021 showed that hotel establishments in the country attracted 19 million hotel guests, with a growth of more than 29% compared to the number of guests for the year 2020, and domestic tourism accounted for 58% of the total number of guests, compared to 42% for guests from outside the country.

In 2021, hotel establishments achieved revenues of 28 billion dirhams, achieving a growth of up to 70% compared to 2020.

hotel occupancy

In addition, during the past year, more than 75 million hotel nights were booked, an increase of 42% compared to 2020, while the hotel occupancy rate reached 67%, knowing that this percentage represents one of the highest rates achieved in the leading tourist destinations in the world.

The number of hotel establishments in the country increased during 2021 by 5% compared to its counterpart in 2020, to reach 1144 establishments. During the same comparison period, an increase in the number of hotel rooms was achieved by 8%, to reach 194 thousand rooms in all emirates of the country.

The Center indicated that the UAE, through its unique tourist, heritage and urban attractions, has become the focus of attention for visitors from different countries of the world, who are keen on making the UAE a stop on their tourist tours, pointing at the same time to the pivotal role played by domestic tourism in The process of recovering the local tourism sector from the global repercussions of the “Covid-19” pandemic, which has affected global tourism significantly during the past two years, which enhances the strength of the tourism sector, and its role as a major contributor to supporting the national economy.

An integrated tourism system at the state level

The domestic tourism sector in the UAE has been witnessing remarkable activity for years, thanks to the vision of the UAE government, which launched the “Internal Tourism Strategy” in December 2020, with the aim of developing an integrated tourism system at the state level, and regulating local tourism among the seven emirates, in cooperation with various local and federal authorities and institutions. Concerned with the tourism, heritage, culture and community entertainment sector, and enhancing the role of the domestic tourism sector in supporting the national economy, as well as thanks to a package of promotional projects and initiatives that attracted a wide segment of Emirati society.

The UAE embraces many tourism options that combine modernity, history, natural and industrial landmarks, such as the Burj Khalifa, the Louvre Museum, the Dubai Frame, the Yas Island projects, Saadiyat, Al Qasba, Al-Zawra Nature Reserve, Jebel Jais, and other landmarks that have formed global tourist icons. , all contributed to the sustainability of tourism growth, and enhanced the sector's position on the regional and global map.

• 75 million hotel nights were booked during 2021, an increase of 42% over the previous year.


• State hotels recorded the highest rates of hotel occupancy globally, at 67%, during the past year.

• Hotel establishments in the country last year attracted 19 million hotel guests, with a growth of 29% compared to the number of guests for the year 2020.

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