The number of tourists visiting Dubai went beyond its level before the pandemic. It increased by 20%, reaching a new high of 8.55 million in the first half of 2023, compared to 8.36 million in the same period of 2019.
Dubai was among the initial cities globally to reopen after Covid-19, thanks to the government's effective management of the pandemic. This led to a quicker recovery than other similar places. The tourism sector was among the first to gain from the reopening of borders, attracting a large influx of foreign visitors to the emirate.
Dubai managed to accomplish this faster than many other cities around the world for several reasons. Along the way, it received praise that solidified its position as the leading global destination in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Here are a few of those accolades:
Dubai and its tourism experiences were ranked as the best in the world by Tripadvisor. This remarkable achievement marked the second instance in history where a city received this prestigious award for two consecutive years.
In January, Dubai was named the top destination for travelers in 2023 according to the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. In June, the dune-bashing safari experience in Dubai's Lahab was ranked as the top travel activity on the platform. Additionally, Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice 2023 recognized Dubai's JW Marriott Marquis Hotel as the best hotel in the Middle East.
Dubai was declared by Travelbag as the most stunning and charming city when the sun goes down. According to Travelbag,
"Dubai at night showcases an extraordinary cityscape, making it the most beautiful city to explore after dark. With a remarkable number of 25,905 Instagram posts labeled 'dubaiatnight', it's evident that the city has an enchanting appeal for those who love exploring during the night."
Furthermore, Dubai was recognized as one of the safest places to stroll around at night. This means even travelers who are exploring on their own can enjoy the sights without any concerns.
Resonance Consultancy placed Dubai at the top spot as the finest location globally for living, working, investing, and traveling in 2023. According to the consultancy, significant landmarks and attractions in Dubai such as the world's deepest pool Deep Dive Dubai, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Museum of the Future, Mohammed bin Rashid Library, Dubai Creek, The Palm, and the world's first and tallest 360-degree Infinity pool, Aura Skypool, are among the top-rated destinations and attractions worldwide.
Bounce conducted a study that revealed Dubai as the most popular destination on the TikTok social media platform for 2023. This marks the second year in a row that Dubai has achieved this distinction, garnering a total of 140.4 billion views. Following Dubai were New York with 101.8 billion views and London.
Dubai was named the most beautiful summer destination in the region and ranked 6th globally by Condé Nast Traveller magazine. This evaluation was carried out by analyzing Instagram and TikTok hashtags for more than 100 cities, determining which places provided the most stunning visuals for summer-related social media posts. Dubai boasted nearly 51,000 hashtags on Instagram and a remarkable 12.2 million on TikTok.
News Source: Khaleej Times