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International Dubai Airport

September 30, 2021 | Society

In recent years, Dubai has become one of the main locations for tourists to flock to, especially during the colder Winter months in Europe. The climate and entertainment of the city make it an attractive destination for many. As a result, the Dubai International Airport (a.k.a DXB) is one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world. The performance of the DXB airport is also a key economic indicator for the local economy, with the number of tourists indicating the spending flow through the city, across a multitude of sectors. A direct link can be established between Dubai's economy and DXB’s traffic growth, which has steadily increased over the years to hit an almost 12% GDP contribution in 2019.Of course, 2020 was a year like no other. With Covid, our everyday lifestyle and routine changed - almost overnight - establishing a new normality for the entire global population to adapt to. To understand the impact of 2020 as a year on Dubai tourism, by using DXB and the smaller Dubai World Central airport (DWC) as a proxy, The Visual Agency developed a mobile app that visually illustrates the changes occurring in the city's air transport system. This solution was realized during the pandemic as a collaboration between the Milan and Dubai TVA offices. It serves as TVA International's inaugural project and is aimed at its home market, the UAE.The app leverages real-time data provided directly by dubaipulse starting from March 5th 2020, and historical data by Flightradar24 for the January 1st-March 4th timespan.You can read the full methodology here.

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