Following the relaxation of Covid-19 regulations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has seen a tremendous increase in job growth in the travel and tourist sector in 2022. The nation was among the first to reopen its borders to foreign travellers, and as a result, the industry has experienced rapid growth, assisting in the revival of the country’s economy.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that by 2022, the tourism sector will have added 32,000 new employment in Dubai and Abu Dhabi alone, bringing the total to 305,000. The statistics demonstrate the sector’s importance as a significant contributor to the economy and the significant part it plays in generating employment opportunities in the nation.
In 2022 and 2023, the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards declared Dubai the greatest holiday destination in the globe, making it one of the most alluring travel destinations in the world. Additionally, it was named the second-most alluring city for travellers in 2022 by Euromonitor.
According to Dubai Economy and Tourism (DET), there would be 14.36 million more foreign visitors worldwide in 2022, a 97% increase. Although it is still less than the pre-pandemic levels of 2019, which saw 16.73 million tourists, the number is still lower.
Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, emphasised the economic significance of the tourism sector for businesses and employment by saying that despite being affected by the epidemic, the UAE’s tourist destinations have continued to grow.
AED 108 billion ($29.4 billion) in 2022 is scheduled to be replaced this year by AED 158 billion ($43 billion), a 46% rise. Due to global travel limitations, Dubai’s and Abu Dhabi’s tourism sectors have declined to only AED 19.5 billion ($5.265 billion) and AED 6 billion ($1.62 billion), respectively, in 2020.
The UAE’s success in welcoming international tourists once again, which made a substantial contribution to the country’s economic recovery, is reflected in the growth of the travel and tourism industry there. It is clear that the industry is a crucial part of the nation’s economy given the rise in visitor expenditure and the development of jobs.