Qatar’s festivities in May proved a big boon to the country’s visitor arrival figures as the unique events and offerings under Eid in Qatar drove a significant influx of visitors to the country. May international arrivals exceeded 166,000, marking it as the month with the highest number of visitors in 2022 so far.

The figures represent over a quarter of all visitors welcomed in the first five months of this year.

The latest data on visitor arrivals point to a steady recovery of Qatar’s tourism sector, with the year-to-date total (580,000) fast approaching the overall arrivals figure of 2021 (611,000). Arrivals in May this year are 25% higher than that of May 2019, demonstrating a return to pre-pandemic levels of tourism as public health measures for travel ease.

In keeping with the strategic focus of festivities held in May as part of Eid in Qatar, more than half (54%) of all arrivals in May originated from the GCC, with visitors from Saudi Arabia leading international arrivals during the month. Capitalising on Qatar’s close proximity and ease of access, the proportion of total arrivals by land exceeded that of air for the very first time, with visitors opting to drive through the open and operative Abu Samra border.

Commenting on the latest tourism figures, Qatar Tourism Chief Operating Officer Berthold Trenkel said that the data demonstrates that the country’s recovery strategy is working.

While air travel remains a strong pillar of our tourism strategy attracting visitors from all corners of the globe, we are pleased to see an influx of visitors leveraging Qatar’s multiple points of access and visiting Qatar via its land and sea borders.

He added that 2022 has been a pivotal year for the tourism sector and they are excited to build on this growth as the summer season begins.

Looking ahead, we are confident that the tourism sector will perform well during this time, as visitors enjoy the range of activities that can be found around the country, from musical performances to retail offers and one-of-a-kind museum exhibitions, and which are in keeping with the country’s values and traditions.

Seasonal and monthly events and activities

Qatar Tourism recently launched the release of its monthly events and activities on their website, qatarcalendar.com, with its June calendar now live. The calendar is set to be an easily accessible tool that can help visitors –  and residents – make the most of their stay in Qatar. With the summer season in full swing and the Eid holidays soon upon us, visitors can expect the next issues of the calendar to highlight special seasonal activities, as well as new and returning events and attractions.

Regional visitors have multiple access points to Qatar – by land, air and sea – and the option to drive into Qatar, which makes the destination particularly appealing. With a driving distance of only 584 km from Riyadh (equivalent to around six hours of driving) and 554 km from Abu Dhabi (equivalent to around five hours and 25 minutes of driving), Qatar is an ideal destination for an exciting holiday within close proximity.


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