UAE hotel occupancy outperforms major tourist destinations

The country recorded a 62% hotel occupancy rate in the first six months of 2021

The UAE outperformed 10 major global tourism destinations including China (54%), the US (45%), Mexico (38%), the UK (37%), and Turkey (36%) by recording a 62% occupancy rate in H1 2021.

During this period, the country’s hotels and tourist establishments attracted nearly 8.3 million guests, recording 15% growth compared to H1-2020. In addition, guests spent nearly 35 million nights in UAE hotels, reflecting a growth of 30%, while the average length of their stay increased to 4.1 nights resulting in a growth in hotel revenues of 31% to reach AED11.3 billion. Domestic tourism accounted for 30% of the total number of guests at these hotel establishments.


Emirates Tourism Council chairman Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi said that the results highlight the strength and flexibility of the national tourism sector, the development of the UAE’s tourism market and the efficiency of national campaigns in highlighting the tourism components that characterise the country. 

Al Falasi also pointed out that the figures are of great relevance in light of the tightening of travel restrictions in some major tourism markets around the world due to the impact of Covid-19. He noted that the growth of tourism in the country confirms the growing global confidence in the preventive measures taken to ensure the health and safety of hotel guests and visitors.

The UAE’s vaccination rate, now over 80%, is one of the highest in the world, contributing to rising levels of confidence in the UAE’s tourism sector.

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