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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

Rent-an-island in Dubai: Prices start @ Dh500 per head

Posted on 01/03/2012

Wakil Ahmed is on top of the world. With good reason. His dream project – the Royal Island Beach Club, The World, on Dubai's The World islands – finally opens to the pubic later this month. An Indian businessman, Ahmed has been in electronics trading business for the past 25 years. Although developing real estate was a far-fetched thought at one stage, he changed his mind when he got the opportunity to buy an island on Dubai's The World project in 2004. Having lived in Dubai for 35 years, ...  >>MORE

RAK aims to boost tourism sector

Posted on 29/02/2012

Ras Al Khaimah yesterday outlined a plan to increase the tourism sector's contribution to its economy from about 2 per cent to at least 15 per cent within the next 10 years. The emirate is also in talks to bring foreign investment into the hospitality sector to achieve this growth. "We are talking to a lot of investors, and in the coming five to six months you will get other announcements that will come out," said Victor Louis, the chief executive of RAK Hospitality Group, which was ...  >>MORE

Swiss official lauds Abu Dhabi as leading tourism destinations in Middle East

Posted on 21/02/2012

Walter Loser, Adviser at Lausanne Tourism Authority says that Abu Dhabi is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Gulf and the Middle East and will continue to attract more Swiss and European visitors. In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), he highlighted the growth and development of tourism cooperation ties between the UAE and Switzerland thanks to the regular flights and high-level of services available in both countries. The Swiss official said that he is ...  >>MORE

Al Qasba received over 1.8 million visitors in 2011

Posted on 21/02/2012

Al Qasba has achieved a 14 percent increase in the number of visitors which totalled 1,881,670 in 2011, compared to 1,650,110 in 2010, and also registered a 12.6 percent rise in its total income. Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operations Officer, at Al Qasba Development Authority, said Al Qasba is considered one of the most important tourist and entertainment landmarks in the UAE and Sharjah after it strongly became a point of attraction due to the growing number of activities and events it ...  >>MORE

Mubarak Al Muhairi named as Director General of ADTCA

Posted on 19/02/2012

The Board of Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority held its inaugural meeting yesterday under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan. The Board named Mubarak Al Muhairi as Director General of the new authority. He comes to the post after seven years at Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority was established recently under a law issued by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The ...  >>MORE

President issues law setting up the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture

Posted on 12/02/2012

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a law establishing the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture. The Authority's objective is to preserve, protect and manage the cultural heritage of the Emirate, and promote tourism development in the emirate. The establishment of the Authority is part of the plan for tourism development in Abu Dhabi, where the local heritage is considered to be the pivot of tourism ...  >>MORE

Largest Abu Dhabi Ambassador Programme gets underway

Posted on 09/02/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) yesterday kicked off its largest edition yet in its annual Abu Dhabi Ambassador Programme - which has now entered its fifth year. Some 600 representatives of the public and private sectors applied for places on the programme, which is a key part of Abu Dhabi tourism industry's Emiratisation drive and its desire to improve the visitor experience through interaction with locals, will run for 12 weeks and culminate in a gala graduation ceremony this summer. ...  >>MORE

Wetlands Tourism A Great Experience

Posted on 08/02/2012

Within the activities of World Wetlands Day observed under the title "Wetlands Tourism A Great Experience", the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality has recently organised a field trip for the employees to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. The visit aims to raise environmental awareness within the staff, introduce them about related occasions, encourage to participate and educate the importance of sanctuaries. It also aimed to introduce the environmental specifications and biological ...  >>MORE

Sharjah impresses at Madrid show

Posted on 24/01/2012

Sharjah wrapped up its first participation in Fitur Madrid, one of the most celebrated events of the international tourism industry, on a high note. The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority had set up its stand celebrating the emirate's unique identity and heritage at the exhibition. Sharjah's stand attracted interest from thousands of visitors that included top dignitaries of the UAE and Spain. UAE Ambassador to Spain Dr Hessa Abdulla Al Otaiba graced the emirate's stand. – ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cruise Terminal wins World's Leading Cruise Port Award for 4th year in a row

Posted on 15/01/2012

Dubai Cruise Terminal, operated by global marine terminal operator DP World and managed by Department of Tourism '&' Commerce (DTCM), has won the World's Leading Cruise Port award at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2011 for the fourth consecutive time. Tariq Bin Khalifa, Director, Account Management, DP World, UAE Region, and Mohammed Al Mannaei, Director - Port Rashid, DP World UAE Region, received the award on behalf of the company at WTA's Grand Final Gala ceremony in Doha on Wednesday ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism sector jumps 10 times in 40 years

Posted on 11/01/2012

The UAE's tourism sector has leaped by nearly 10 times over the past four decades as a result of massive investments within an extensive drive to diversify the country's oil-reliant economy, a well-known expert has said. Mohammed Al Asumi, a former economic adviser at Dubai Executive Office, said diversification of the sources of income is a strategic issue for the UAE, the largest Arab economy after Saudi Arabia. In an article published by the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Centre for Strategic ...  >>MORE

Sport spectaculars help to raise profile of Emirates

Posted on 08/01/2012

The UAE is poised to enjoy a major economic boost from the legion of international sporting events taking place in the country this year. Experts say the Volvo Ocean Race is just the beginning of a big year for sport in the UAE, as more than 12,000 hotel nights in the capital have been booked by race teams, organisers and guests - and the same number of reservations are expected from fans, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) . Within the next few months, the UAE will host two ...  >>MORE

ADTA plans warm welcome for Volvo Ocean Race Fleet

Posted on 03/01/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's (ADTA) dynamic Destination Village on the UAE Capital's Corniche Breakwater next Wednesday will host a warm Arabian welcome ceremony to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. The first yacht to make it to the UAE capital after the second leg from Cape Town, South Africa, is expected to sail into the village pontoons at around 3.30pm - and the crew are in for a real ‘Emirati' welcome, ADTA said in an emailed statement. Traditional dhows, manned by Emirati crew chanting ...  >>MORE

TDIC showcases its projects at 2012 Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 03/01/2012

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) is participating in this year's Volvo Ocean Race; this is the first time that the Middle East has formed part of the race route in the event's 37-year history and the Abu Dhabi leg is organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). TDIC's marquee, which showcases the variety of the company's operational properties and residential offerings, is located within the Destination Village - a 55,000 square metre purpose-built space that features ...  >>MORE

Sun and sport luring tourists to UAE

Posted on 27/12/2011

Dubai and Abu Dhabi's tourist boards expect record numbers of visitors this month as a projected increase in holiday travel to the UAE from Germany and emerging markets in eastern Europe swells hotel bookings. The increased demand will help compensate for reduced tourist spending from elsewhere in Europe. Early indicators of tourist numbers for this month were strong, said Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, the executive director for business development and media relations at the Dubai Department of ...  >>MORE

Dubai to receive largest cruise ships in the world

Posted on 18/12/2011

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) organised a grand welcome ceremony at the Dubai Cruise Terminal to mark the maiden calls of Costa Favalosa and Aida Blu cruise ships to Dubai. The newly-inducted cruise ships will offer weekly regional itinerary with Dubai as the home port, it was announced at a ceremony attended by senior officials of Dubai Customs, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), DP World and World Security at the terminal and DTCM ...  >>MORE

UAE set to grab region’s growing cruise tourism

Posted on 11/12/2011

Cruise tourism is gaining momentum in the UAE as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah have been adopting drastic steps to attract big players of the industry, experts say. All three emirates have been making significant investments in infrastructure to support cruise tourism facilities and services in the country. Abu Dhabi has erected a new tented cruise terminal at Mina Zayed, Dubai is reshaping Port Rashid and Sharjah is focusing on Khorfakkan to attract around 700,000 cruise visitors during this ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi diversification to target MICE tourism

Posted on 05/12/2011

Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism is becoming an increasingly important and significant sector as Abu Dhabi strives to diversify its economy. Abu Dhabi has lined up a large number of exhibitions and conferences this month that will boost hotel occupancy. The three-day World Green Tourism 2011 the only event in the region dedicated to the promotion of sustainable tourism, will be held from until December 7. The summit aims to address the significance of better ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi hopes to attract 2.3m visitors next year

Posted on 04/12/2011

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (Adta) hopes to attract 2.3 million hotel guests in 2012, Lawrence Franklin, Adta's strategy and policy director, told Gulf News yesterday on the sidelines of an industry event in the capital. "We have set this target and will work towards achieving it. We are quite optimistic about reaching our 2011 target of two million hotel guests," said Franklin. "We are within striking distance… we saw a strong growth in hotel guest numbers in October and are expecting ...  >>MORE

Emirati students promote Abu Dhabi at leading global event in London

Posted on 13/11/2011

London - The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)'s stand at World Travel Market (WTM) in London draw many visitors who learned about emirate's culture and hospitality directly from Emirati students volunteered to work at the authority's vibrant pavilion. The students, all currently studying in the UK, were invited to join this year's Abu Dhabi promotion at WTM - the leading global travel industry event - by Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, UAE Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London. ...  >>MORE

UAE basks in success of tourism

Posted on 13/11/2011

Strategic planning and cooperation between government and private sector is the key to UAE's success in the tourism industry, opined a local newspaper yesterday. The hotels and tourism industry is a good indicator of the health of several other economic sectors in the UAE, including retail and transport, among others. This is the importance of the high average occupancy rate being reported by hotels in the UAE, noted Gulf News in its editorial. In Dubai, for example, hotels reported a 79 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi luxury hotel openings spark World Travel Market Interest

Posted on 10/11/2011

The entry of deluxe hotel international brands into the Abu Dhabi market is generating a wave of interest at one of the world's pre-eminent travel events. Talk at Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's (ADTA) stand at World Travel Market (WTM) in London is focusing on the unveiling of a plethora of deluxe properties in the emirate by the world's top hospitality brands, including Westin, Rocco Forte, Park Hyatt, St. Regis and Jumeirah. A 23-strong Abu Dhabi delegation, led by ADTA, is at WTM holding ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism benefits from Arab Spring

Posted on 10/11/2011

Hotels continued to enjoy high average occupancy rates of 79 per cent in the first three quarters of this year despite new supply coming onto the market, according to figures released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The total number of rooms in Dubai rose by nine per cent during the first nine months of 2011. During the same period, hotel apartment occupancy rose by six percentage points from 73 per cent to 79 per cent while hotel occupancy rates rose by four ...  >>MORE

Aldar showcases Yas Island business and leisure travel attractions at 2011 World Travel Market

Posted on 09/11/2011

London - To celebrate this, Aldar's fifth year of participation at the World Travel Market, Abu Dhabi's leading real estate development and management company is showcasing the unique developments and attractions of Yas Island, the ideal home for both business and leisure travellers. The 2011 World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry, which will be held in London from 7-12 November. Four lucky raffle winners at the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's stand will be ...  >>MORE

Dubai in marketing drive to boost tourist arrivals

Posted on 09/11/2011

Dubai is bolstering efforts to attract foreign visitors amid competition from countries affected by the Arab Spring. Senior officials from the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (Depe), an agency of the Department of Economic Development, are in London for the World Travel Market to promote the emirate as a tourist destination as other Arab nations also strive to boost visitor numbers. Egypt and Tunisia have launched tourist drives at this year's travel trade exhibition, according to ...  >>MORE

MSC Lirica arrives home to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/10/2011

Abu Dhabi has reached a new milestone in its cruise tourism development with the arrival at Mina Zayed's new temporary cruise terminal of the luxury MSC Lirica cruise ship - the first to home port in the UAE capital. The 59,000 ton MSC Lirica arrived last night from Genoa, Italy. The liner, her passengers and crew, were given a warm Abu Dhabi welcome with a spectacular fireworks display before disembarking to the cruise terminal where displays of henna design, falconry and calligraphy as well ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's cruise tourism credentials set for major boost with arrival of MSC LIRICA

Posted on 30/10/2011

The 59,000 ton luxury cruise liner MSC Lirica arrived in Abu Dhabi's Mina Zayed on 29th October to home port for 19, eight day/seven night cruises around the Arabian Gulf in the 2011/2012 cruise season. The liner - the first to home port in the UAE capital - arrives on her maiden journey to Abu Dhabi from Genoa, Italy with a complement of 2,400 passengers and crew on board. The liner's passengers hail from Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, South America and the USA. The liner will arrived to ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal receives LEED Silver certification

Posted on 20/10/2011

Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal at Port Rashid received the prestigious LEED Silver certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognised green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is based on several criteria including sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and innovative design. Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal, which is run by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gets new cruise terminal

Posted on 13/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (Adta), working in collaboration with industry stakeholders Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), has erected a new tented cruise terminal at Mina Zayed which is capable of simultaneously accommodating 1,300 passengers. The facility, on the site of the former Adta visitor information centre, has been designed to cater for the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 cruise seasons. It spans some 2,000 square metres and comprises two dedicated halls – one a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority teams up with Disney for training programmes

Posted on 11/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has teamed up with Disney Institute - one of the world's most recognised leaders in professional development - for a series of seminars aimed at inspiring industry leadership, improving service quality and better management of the sector's human resources. The seminar programme, which runs at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi from October 31 to November 2, is being subsidised by ADTA to encourage strong partner take up. UAE national ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism lures big players

Posted on 25/09/2011

The rapid expansion of the tourism industry in the UAE will force companies to raise standards and keep prices in check as competition increases. The growth of the airline sector is a prime example of this, analysts say, as home-grown carriers expand services and compete among themselves and with major international carriers, which are also adding more capacity. "Those that have the better service, better connectivity, better timings and performance will gain that market share," said Sunil ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's exhibition and conference licensing goes on line

Posted on 15/09/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has put the licence procedure for all exhibitions and conferences held in the emirate online and will roll the system out at an industry stakeholder meeting next week. "This will make the process seamless, efficient and fast," said Nasser Al Reyami, ADTA's Director of Tourism Standards, the division responsible for implementing licensing, classifications, policies and procedures in line with international standards. Licences are required for all ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority visitor information kiosks get further upgrade

Posted on 12/09/2011

Visitor information kiosks operated by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) in 34 destinations across the emirate have been upgraded with enhanced location maps, more information on hotels, tours and attractions and with a special ‘Send A Postcard Home' facility. The new service - available in English, Arabic and German initially but with Italian and French to be added by the year end - will also be upgraded to allow users to have information sent to them by MMS. "We envisage the postcard ...  >>MORE

Emirati students boost their skills in Delma Island tourism

Posted on 04/09/2011

For Mariam Ahmad Mohammad, the chance to return to the island where her father tended to the animals loved by the UAE's late President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a dream come true. "My father was the caretaker of Sir Bani Yas… he would look after the island and the animals… he met with Sheikh Zayed whenever he visited to talk about any changes that took place. Growing up, I visited the island regularly with my father and I loved seeing all the animals, especially the giraffes," she ...  >>MORE

UAE travel and tourism sector emerges as one of key contributors to GDP

Posted on 30/08/2011

The UAE government under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his perceptive vision for building a sound and sustainable economic environment, attaches great importance to the travel and tourism sector as a tool for strengthening the country's position on the international tourism map. The UAE has been ranked 30th among 139 countries covered by the "Travel '&' Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011", issued by the World Economic Forum under the theme "Moving ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi among top capitals in tourism services, says tourism expert

Posted on 23/08/2011

A tourism expert said the UAE Capital, Abu Dhabi, is one of the top tourism destinations in the world due to its huge tourism infrastructure and services. Elias Sarkis, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Sands Hotel, said that the emirate of Abu Dhabi was currently witnessing boom in the tourism sector, indicating that efforts were underway to make Abu Dhabi the top tourism destination in the region, especially in the areas of international conferences, entertainment and shopping. Sarkis noted that ...  >>MORE

Sharjah sees 10% rise in GCC visitors this season

Posted on 22/08/2011

Ramadan is easily the best time of the year to be in Sharjah. The emirate is once again rolling out the red carpet for visitors with its numerous special programmes, events and promotions during this festive season of Ramadan and Eid. Sharjah is expecting a 10 per cent increase in the GCC visitor numbers this Ramadan and Eid, which coincides this year with the summer vacation. "GCC tourism always boosts the tourism movement during Ramadan. A huge number of GCC nationals prefer spending ...  >>MORE

Sri Lanka calls on Emirati businesspersons to invest in its tourism sector

Posted on 18/08/2011

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has called on the UAE public and private sectors to invest in joint tourism ventures with Sri Lanka. He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an interview that his countries is open for Emirati investors who seek to invest in the areas of hotels, resorts and other entertainment facilities in the best of interest of the two friendly peoples. The Sri Lankan minister stressed keenness of his country to bolster the bilateral ...  >>MORE

New faces of Delma Island tourism

Posted on 15/08/2011

Just a few months ago, Yasmeen Al Hammadi had never sat on a bicycle or paddled a kayak. Now she is leading tourists on winding bike tours, mountain hikes and wildlife safari excursions, pointing out little-known facts about the giraffes and cheetahs living on the small islands off the country's south-west coast. She tells curious visitors stories about the days of pearl diving and describes local traditions. She is among the first group to graduate from a diploma course on Delma Island ...  >>MORE

Sharjah tourism continues to thrive in first half

Posted on 03/08/2011

The tourism sector in Sharjah continues to thrive in first half as its hotel occupancy level stood firm at 75 per cent due to influx of visitors from Europe and GCC states in the wake of unrest in the region. The emirate attracted 768,061 tourists from around the world in first half as it launched various initiatives to promote its tourist attractions, heritage, cultural activities, fun and games events in addition to numerous special offerings and promotions by hotel establishments. ...  >>MORE

Dubai and Abu Dhabi on global travel radar

Posted on 01/08/2011

For those with the wanderlust for travel, a recent survey shows that the UAE is pretty much a topper as choice of destination for the discerning globetrotter. In the 132 cities ranked in the connected cities' index by the Master card initiative, Dubai comes in ninth position, ahead of New York, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. At the same time, Abu Dhabi shows a tangible up of 15.5 per cent in its visitor growth with a potential spend capability of $2 billion annually. The Capital is ...  >>MORE

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Rent-an-island in Dubai: Prices start @ Dh500 per head


RAK aims to boost tourism sector


Swiss official lauds Abu Dhabi as leading tourism destinations in Middle East


Al Qasba received over 1.8 million visitors in 2011


Mubarak Al Muhairi named as Director General of ADTCA


President issues law setting up the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture


Largest Abu Dhabi Ambassador Programme gets underway


Wetlands Tourism A Great Experience


Sharjah impresses at Madrid show


Dubai Cruise Terminal wins World's Leading Cruise Port Award for 4th year in a row


UAE tourism sector jumps 10 times in 40 years


Sport spectaculars help to raise profile of Emirates


ADTA plans warm welcome for Volvo Ocean Race Fleet


TDIC showcases its projects at 2012 Volvo Ocean Race


Sun and sport luring tourists to UAE


Dubai to receive largest cruise ships in the world


UAE set to grab region’s growing cruise tourism


Abu Dhabi diversification to target MICE tourism


Abu Dhabi hopes to attract 2.3m visitors next year


Emirati students promote Abu Dhabi at leading global event in London


UAE basks in success of tourism


Abu Dhabi luxury hotel openings spark World Travel Market Interest


Dubai tourism benefits from Arab Spring


Aldar showcases Yas Island business and leisure travel attractions at 2011 World Travel Market


Dubai in marketing drive to boost tourist arrivals


MSC Lirica arrives home to Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi's cruise tourism credentials set for major boost with arrival of MSC LIRICA


Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal receives LEED Silver certification


Abu Dhabi gets new cruise terminal


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority teams up with Disney for training programmes


UAE tourism lures big players


Abu Dhabi's exhibition and conference licensing goes on line


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority visitor information kiosks get further upgrade


Emirati students boost their skills in Delma Island tourism


UAE travel and tourism sector emerges as one of key contributors to GDP


Abu Dhabi among top capitals in tourism services, says tourism expert


Sharjah sees 10% rise in GCC visitors this season


Sri Lanka calls on Emirati businesspersons to invest in its tourism sector


New faces of Delma Island tourism


Sharjah tourism continues to thrive in first half


Dubai and Abu Dhabi on global travel radar