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Dubai: An impressive 23.7 million passengers were welcomed into Dubai from its various borders last year, according to the latest figures from the Dubai Media Office.

The Emirate welcomed over 107,082 passengers on New Year’s Eve alone, with 95,445 travellers arriving through Dubai Airports, 6,527 arriving via Hatta Border Crossing, and 5,010 coming via marine ports, the Media Office said.

This marks an 89 per cent increase in passenger traffic in 2022 compared to the previous year, with 23,672,468 incoming passengers arriving through all ports. In 2021, the Emirate received 12,025,468 passengers through airports, 399,083 through Hatta Border Crossing, and 83,700 through marine ports.

Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA Dubai, stated that the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things has allowed Dubai Airports to deliver digital services and a superior travel experience to all visitors, solidifying Dubai’s reputation as a top destination for tourism, business, and lifestyle.

According to a new report by the UK-based market research firm Euromonitor, Dubai Airports have established itself as one of the busiest airports in the world, ranking second globally in the Top 100 City Destinations Index 2022 for speed of service and procedure completion for passengers.

Dubai Airports were also ranked first regionally and internationally in the Airports Council International (ACI) report 2022 and maintained their leading position in the global competition indices, ranking first by the Legatum Prosperity Index in Tolerance towards foreigners. The UAE passport was ranked the strongest in the world according to the Global Passport Power Rank.

The 2022 breakdown of passengers
Dubai Airports - 21,817,022

Hatta Border Crossing - 1,612,746

Sea Ports - 242,700

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