Dubai Airport: World’s Busiest Travel Hub Becomes Fully Operational For The First Time Since Pandemic

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Airport: World’s Busiest Travel Hub Becomes Fully Operational For The First Time Since Pandemic

Dubai Airport was a pioneer in operating and returning to the skies. DXB reopened to tourists on 7 July 2020 and ever since then, the city has  witnessed a dramatic rise in tourists. Dubai welcomed more than 20,000 travellers as of August 2020. And now, the city has hosted a whooping 12.5 million visitors over the last seven months in 2021. UAE has taken the lead in opening the airports by taking all precautionary measures to curb the pandemic and the country now proudly leads it way in the global tourism recovery. Part time!

And now, Dubai airport which is one of the world’s busiest travel hubs is fully operational for the first time since the pandemic. With the opening of the final phase, the airport is 100 percent operational with all terminals, lounges, restaurants, concourses, and retail outlets. With travellers from all around the world heading home for New Year, Dubai airport is heavily crowded.

On that note, UAE Airlines Will Now Accept PCR Test Reports From All Approved Labs In Countries Of Departure.

Dubai Received 12.5 Million Passengers During The First 7 Months In 2021

As Dubai marks a year since reopening its borders to international tourists on 7 July 2020, the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) shows the city welcomed 3.7 million overnight visitors during the 11-month period from July 2020 to May 2021. However, as per recent reports, Dubai welcomed 12.5 million passengers in the first seven months in 2021. This has also led the airport to maintain its position as the world’s busiest for international travel.

The positive performance reinforces the leading role Dubai is playing in global tourism recovery, underscoring the city’s enduring appeal as a must-visit destination and reaffirming its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all residents and visitors.

According to the data published by Dubai Tourism, the emirate received more than 1.7 million visitors between July and December 2020 from markets that were open, and an additional two million visitors in the first five months of 2021. The evolving travel landscape has brought forth some noteworthy performances from feeder and emerging markets, especially CIS countries like Kazakhstan and Ukraine, and East African markets Ethiopia and Sudan, that have all exhibited strong growth potential to be among the top 15 source markets for Dubai since it reopened its doors to global travellers.

Dubai’s robust tourism rebound is testament to the success of its multi-pronged strategy to combat COVID-19. The provision of a relief package worth over AED 7.1 billion combined with a phased reopening of key sectors and Dubai Tourism’s strong collaboration with local stakeholders and over 3,000 partners worldwide, helped the industry chart a steady course for recovery.

Dubai Assures Safety Of Tourists 

As tourists returned to Dubai to enjoy its iconic attractions, experiences and world class infrastructure including beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, theme parks and golf courses, Dubai Tourism remained firmly focused on delivering an exceptional tourism experience whilst prioritising the safety of tourists at every stage and touchpoint of their travel journey, from arrival to departure.

A variety of safety initiatives were launched, based on the guidelines of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, including a wide range of precautionary measures, in addition to effective testing and vaccination programmes. The vaccination campaign also covered employees across hotels, considered the frontline of the tourism industry, starting with a pilot programme that saw more than 10,000 employees of leading hotels on The Palm Jumeirah receiving the vaccines. The UAE is currently ranked among the top five nations globally in terms of vaccine rollout.

The stringent measures are underpinned by the DUBAI ASSURED stamp, a compliance protocol that certifies establishments within the tourism ecosystem that adhere to health and safety protocols. Inspectors of Dubai Tourism, Department of Economic Development and Dubai Municipality are also taking a zero-tolerance approach towards non-compliance. In 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak, the joint teams conducted more than 140,000 inspections on establishments across the tourism ecosystem. Dubai’s extensive and sustained efforts at containing the pandemic won international recognition with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) awarding the city a ‘Safe Travels’ stamp. The WTTC stamp is also an endorsement of Dubai’s strong global cooperation in combating the pandemic with comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.