Dubai Tourism Statistics

Dubai has an ambitious tourism strategy to attract 25 million visitors a year by 2025. If successful, this would make it the most visited city in the world and remove the crown from Bangkok.

Number of International Visitors to Dubai

Data from the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing shows that Dubai attracted 16.73 million tourists in 2019. This represented an increase of 5.09% on the previous year. In 2020, visitors dropped to 5.51 million due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dubai Tourism Statistics 2020
Dubai Tourism Statistics 2020
Dubai Tourism Statistics 2019
Dubai Tourism Statistics 2019

The number of visitors to Dubai in recent years is shown in the table and graph below.

YearVisitorsIncrease/decreaseIncrease/decrease (%)
201514,200,0001,000,0007.58
201614,900,000700,0004.93
201715,790,000890,0005.97
201815,920,000130,0000.82
201916,730,000810,0005.09
2020 5,510,000 -11,220,000-67.07

Visitors by country of origin are shown in the table and graph below.

CountryVisitors 2020
India865,000
Saudi Arabia400,000
UK392,000
Russia296,000
Oman240,000
Pakistan212,000
USA191,000
China182,000
Egypt170,000
France166,000
Germany165,000
Philippines104,000
Kuwait84,000
Nigeria81,000
Italy76,000
Kazakhstan74,000
Sudan62,000
Ukraine60,000
Canada59,000
Iran59,000
Other1,572,000

At the end of 2020, there were a total of 711 hotels and hotel apartments in Dubai. These provided a total room supply of 126,947.

Occupancy rates in 2020 dropped due to the pandemic.

Daily average rates dropped from 415 AED (£81.37, €95.57, $112.98) in 2019 to 343 AED (£67.26, €78.99, $93.38) in 2020.

Property TypeNumber of Establishments 2020Room Supply 2020Occupancy Rate (%) 2020Number of Establishments 2019Room Supply 2019Occupancy Rate (%) 2019Number of Establishments 2018Room Supply 2018Occupancy Rate (%) 2018Number of Establishments 2017Room Supply 2017Occupancy Rate (%) 2017
5 Star Hotels13444,0674512843,13374113 38,543 76103 35,853 7
4 Star Hotels16134,9055315833,12075146 29,908 75122 25,289 79
1 - 3 Star Hotels22521,7325925824,49175260 22,634 75260 21,591 79
Delux Hotel Apartments7411,845636810,5207768 10,522 7865 9,768 78
Standard Hotel Apartments11714,3986612914,85677129 14,360 78131 14,930 81

Top World Cities by Visitor Numbers

According the Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2018 (published September 2019), Dubai is the fourth most visited city in the world. Only Bangkok, Paris, and London attract more overnight visitors.

Dubai was the most visited city in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.

Dubai topped the list for both total and average daily visitor spending. The average visitor to Dubai spent $533 (£383.9, €450.84, 1957.82 AED) per day in 2018, much higher than in any of the other cities.

Total visitor spending in Dubai for the year was $30.82 billion.

Overnight visitors to Dubai spent an average of 3.5 nights in the city. The average tourist stayed longer in Dubai than Paris, but shorter than in any other of the top 10 cities.

City2018 International Overnight
Visitor Spending ($billion)
Dubai30.82
Mecca20.09
Bangkok20.03
Singapore16.56
London16.47
New York16.43
Paris14.06
Tokyo13.77
Palma de Mallorca12.69
Phuket12.01

Dubai International Airport Passenger Numbers

The World Aircraft Traffic Report 2018, published by Airports Council International in September 2019, reveals that Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger numbers.

In 2018 89.1 million passengers came through Dubai International Airport. Only Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in the US and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in China are busier.

Rank 2018AirportCountryIATA Airport CodePassengers
1Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportUnited StatesATL107,394,029
2Beijing Capital International AirportChinaPEK100,983,290
3Dubai International AirportUnited Arab EmiratesDXB89,149,387
4Los Angeles International AirportUnited StatesLAX87,534,384
5Tokyo International Airport JapanHND86,942,794
6O'Hare International Airport United StatesORD83,245,472
7Heathrow AirportUKLHR80,126,320
8Hong Kong International AirportHong KongHKG74,515,927
9Shanghai Pudong International AirportChinaPVG74,006,331
10Paris Charles de Gaulle AirportFranceCDG72,229,723
11Amsterdam Airport SchipholNetherlandsAMS71,053,147
12Indira Gandhi International AirportIndiaDEL69,900,938
13Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportChinaCAN69,743,211
14Frankfurt AirportGermanyFRA69,510,269
15Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportUnited StatesDFW69,112,607
16Istanbul Ataturk AirportTurkeyIST68,360,648
17Incheon International Airport South KoreaICN68,350,784
18Soekarno-Hatta International AirportIndonesiaCGK65,667,506
19Singapore Changi AirportSingaporeSIN65,628,000
20Denver International AirportUnited StatesDEN64,494,613

Top Tourist Attractions

According to Tripadvisor the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai (July 2020) are:

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