Tourist Spot

The United Arab Emirates among the top 20 tourist destinations in the world according to the findings of ForwardKeys


The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are the only countries in the Middle East to feature in the top 20, with the United Arab Emirates 17% behind 2019 levels and Qatar 25% behind.

The United Arab Emirates has been ranked among the top 20 tourist destinations this year according to data from flight and travel intelligence firm ForwardKeys.

The nation landed the 11th position in the latest ranking published by the company, which looked at international tourist arrivals in various markets around the world. However, the number of tourist arrivals in the country is still 17% below 2019 levels.

In its “Most Visited Destinations” report for 2022, ForwardKeys said the Middle East stood out for helping accelerate the recovery by hosting major global events, such as EXPO 2020 Dubai, the FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, as well as the Formula 1. Grand Prix.

In September 2022, Knight Frank said the UAE hotel development pipeline would grow to 48,000 keys by 2030 and in October 2022, Knight Frank predicted that Qatar’s hotel sector would grow 89% by 2030. 2025.

The report, which is based on arrivals so far for the year, as well as bookings for the rest of 2022, showed countries were closest to pre-pandemic levels.

The top spot was taken by the Dominican Republic, which is the only country in the global top 20 to exceed pre-COVID-19 levels, with arrivals 5% higher than 2019.

Turkey’s arrivals in 2022 will equal 2019, the company said, as will Costa Rica and Mexico, while Jamaica and Pakistan will both see arrivals 5% below pre-pandemic levels, according to the data, which was published in partnership with the World Travel Market. (WTM).

At the end of October 2022, Qatar Tourism announced more than two dozen new tourist facilities ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are the only countries in the Middle East to feature in the top 20, with the United Arab Emirates 17% behind 2019 levels and Qatar 25% behind.

ForwardKeys also found that, considered as a separate entity, Dubai was one of three Middle Eastern cities to feature in the top 25, with arrivals 15% behind pre-pandemic levels, and Cairo and Riyadh, which were both 18% behind.