In Q1 2022, the UAE tourism sector outperforms pre-pandemic growth rates

Hazel Clayton
2 min readMay 19, 2022

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Chairman of the UAE Tourist Council, announced that the UAE’s tourism sector hit a new growth milestone in Q1 2022, demonstrating the country’s regional and worldwide competitiveness. He credited the sector’s recent success to the UAE’s wise leadership’s unwavering support and directions, as well as its interest in this critical sector, which he described as “one of the future sectors and a significant focal area in the UAE’s growth blueprint for the next 50 years.”

The Minister noted that the national tourist sector outperformed growth rates not just in 2020 and 2021, but also in the first quarter of this year, which serves as a standard for gauging recovery and growth rates in most countries today. “It has been one of the best years in terms of economic growth in general and tourism in particular, and this underlines the sector’s robust comeback owing to the UAE’s smart leadership’s forward-looking strategy,” he added.

Equally important was the concerted national efforts to develop national tourism, provide a supportive environment and integrated incentives for the development of tourism products, offer adequate tourism infrastructure in the country, and focus on the delivery of high value-added services.