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Year in Review — 2022 Dubai Lookback

In many ways, 2022 has been a truly remarkable year.


Between the easing of Covid concerns and restrictions worldwide to the Middle East’s first ever World Cup, people (almost) all over the world had reason to find enjoyment.


While we always try to look forward and anticipate things to come, sometimes it’s good to look back, reflect, and process where you came from to ground yourself going forward.


That’s why, today, we’re going to take a look back at 2022 and note a few of the biggest, most influential events for Dubai—and indeed the region as a whole.

The End of the Covid Era

After what felt like an eternity of Covid restrictions, 2022 was the first step back towards normalcy for countries all across the globe. With travel resuming for both leisure and corporate purposes, industries the world over were able to breathe a sigh of relief.


While we’re going to be stuck with the Covid consequences for many years (and the disease is by no means gone), it’s safe to say that the worst is behind us.

Expo 2020

Of course, we can’t have an article like this without looking back at Expo 2020. Originally rescheduled to 2021-2022 due to the Covid pandemic, Expo 2020 turned out to be the event that everyone hoped for, cementing Dubai’s presence as a global pioneer for innovation, sustainability, economic growth, and so much more.


The legacy of Expo 2020 will live long for the region, and is sure to bring a greater focus to the capabilities of the region in the years to come.


Legislation Changes


In 2022, many changes to the way that Dubai and the UAE handle their affairs have been made. First, immigration policies have been overhauled, including the introduction of new visas. Moreover, it has been announced that the introduction of a corporate income tax is well under way, giving businesses something to plan for in the not-too-distant future.

The World Cup

In one of the most stunning sporting events ever held in the Middle East, Qatar’s World Cup surpassed expectations and gave fans of the beautiful game around the world a landmark event worth tuning into.


Drawing more eyes and attention to the region as a whole, the World Cup should result in travel booms to all of the region’s most prominent cities—Dubai included—in the years to come.

Wrap Up

It’s evident when looking back that 2022 was a truly landmark year for Dubai, and indeed the Middle East as a whole. With all of this momentum behind us, 2023 can be a year of dynamic, explosive growth for businesses across sectors.


While it will be hard to top what 2022 did for Dubai, UAE, and the Middle East as a whole, together, we can do our best to try and make 2023 as good as it can be! We can’t wait to see what the new year brings. We’ll see you then!

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