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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Dubai a popular global destination

Posted on 21/07/2011

Dubai is one of the most popular business destinations in the world, a new report by real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis said yesterday. The report, which focused primarily on population, gross domestic product, market transparency and the ease of doing business, said Dubai was the ninth most popular location in the world for businesses to have a presence. Entitled "Business Footprints — Global Office Locations", the report profiled 280 major international companies across 101 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority begins roadshow to woo European tourists

Posted on 13/07/2011

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is promoting Abu Dhabi in the European market to help boost tourism during the second half of this year. Representatives from the ADTA, along with representatives from Etihad, set out on their second European roadshow yesterday with their first stop in Moscow. The trip, which includes seven cities in six countries, has been planned to raise awareness of the emirate's upcoming activities and alert the European Travel Trade of their planned ...  >>MORE

Dubai sees surge in Gulf visitors

Posted on 13/07/2011

The number of GCC visitors to Dubai rose by 79 per cent between June 15 and July 2 compared to the same period last year, according to Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). The GDRFA attributes the rise to the Dubai Summer Surprises festival, which is underway at malls and shopping centres in the emirate. It also points to the emirate's benefits regarding visa regulations, transport infrastructure and hotel options, as well as a special team called ...  >>MORE

It’s ‘Definitely Dubai’ in America

Posted on 28/06/2011

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), along with 10 co-participants, promoted Dubai's convention and business tourism facilities in the US market at the recently concluded Americas Meetings and Events Exhibitions (AIBTM) 2011. The number of American visitors to Dubai grew 11 per cent last year to 437,735, DTCM said in a statement yesterday, adding that the AIBTM, which ran from June 21 to 23, worked as the perfect showcase for Dubai's convention operators, exhibition ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi pulls in big names at US Mice Show Debut New York office

Posted on 27/06/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and a delegation of its stakeholders have been winning attention States-side as they made their debut at the first American Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition in Baltimore last week. The delegation conducted over 200 presentations to US buyers - many who were getting their first briefing on the emirate and its meetings industry facilities. ADTA and Etihad, have received enquiries from one US organiser looking to bring charity and celebrity ...  >>MORE

Al Qasba among top 10 most authentic Arab brands

Posted on 27/06/2011

Al Qasba is among the top 10 most authentic Arab brands according to consumers who took part in Zaman's 100 Most Authentic Arab Brands campaign, which aimed to put the spotlight on Arab brands that have transitioned from ideas to success stories across the global platform. After more than 8000 votes were cast in over 100 countries, Al Qasba was proudly unveiled in the number eight spot. According to Zaman, a Dubai-based branding consultancy, consumers are drawn to brands that have an engaging ...  >>MORE

TDIC hosts HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for tour of Saadiyat

Posted on 16/06/2011

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, yesterday hosted His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, President and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism '&' Antiquities (SCTA), KSA, for a special visit to Saadiyat. HRH Prince Sultan was greeted by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, alongside TDIC's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority heads states-side at AIBTM

Posted on 13/06/2011

A seven-strong meetings industry delegation from Abu Dhabi - led by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) - is heading to Baltimore in the USA next week for the destination's debut showing at the Americas Meetings '&' Events Exhibition which runs from June 21-23 in Baltimore. The delegation includes tour and travel operators, the soon-to-open The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, which opens later this year just 15 minutes for fellow delegation member Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Emirates ...  >>MORE

Dubai leads in tourist traffic and spending

Posted on 07/06/2011

Dubai tops the Middle East and Africa's destination cities by international tourist arrivals, according to new research released by MasterCard yesterday. The latest index of Global Destination Cities shows that Dubai is leading the charge in the region in terms of tourist traffic and visitor spending. Dubai is beating other popular tourist hubs such as New York, Rome, Seoul and Amsterdam in terms of international visitor arrivals. It is the ninth most highly ranked destination city in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport promotes Emirati merchandise to UAE visitors

Posted on 25/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Abu Dhabi Women Association have launched UAE Hands, a boutique to promote local merchandise that introduces the UAE heritage and culture to international visitors arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The boutique, located at the arrivals section of Terminal 1, will exclusively sell Emirati homemade merchandises, and will be managed and staffed by Abu Dhabi Women Association. The UAE Hands boutique will feature traditional perfumery, scented oils ...  >>MORE

Maiden arrivals see Abu Dhabi Cruise through summer

Posted on 15/05/2011

Abu Dhabi's expanding cruise industry credentials have received an out-of-season boost with today's maiden arrival of the 755 passenger capacity Ocean Princess at Mina Zayed Port - the first time a vessel registered to the Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises fleet has docked in the emirate, according to Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) in a press release. The latest indicator of the steady upturn in Abu Dhabi's cruise industry potential, the upmarket Ocean Princess, which is currently on a ...  >>MORE

Shurooq has 3 ecotourism projects

Posted on 08/05/2011

Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has announced that the authority is intending to launch three ecotourism projects in Sharjah that will be the first of their kind in the emirate. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the 18th annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which concluded on Thursday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The facility is part of a series of projects Shurooq announced during its ...  >>MORE

Tourism industry growing steadily in the UAE

Posted on 08/05/2011

The Director General of National Council for Tourism and Antiquities, Mohammed Khamis Al Mohairi, said the UAE has scored huge progress in the area of tourism, commending the support of the leadership to the tourism industry in the State. He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an interview that the UAE has become an important tourism hub at the regional and international levels because of security, social, economic and political stability, besides possessing an unparalleled advanced ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority scoops world travel awards quartet

Posted on 04/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has scooped four major awards in the Middle East round of the World Travel Awards 2011. Presented at a gala dinner in Dubai, the awards saw ADTA receive honours for: ‘The Middle East's Leading Destination Marketing Campaign; ‘The Middle East's Leading International Marketing Campaign;' ‘The Middle East's Leading Tourist Board' and ‘The Middle East's Responsible Tourism Award.' Announcing the awards, Manon Han, Executive Vice President, World Travel Awards ...  >>MORE

Dubai cruise terminal voted Mideast's leading cruise port

Posted on 04/05/2011

Dubai Cruise Terminal, operated by global marine terminal operator DP World, and managed by Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has been voted the Middle East's Leading Cruise Port for a fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards 2011. The prestigious award was received on behalf of DP World by Tariq Bin Khalifa, Director, Account Management, DP World, UAE Region, at a red-carpet ceremony held at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa on Monday. The event was attended by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi promoting Al Ain as new events destination

Posted on 03/05/2011

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, or ADNEC, has opened new facilities to hold exhibitions and conferences at the Al Ain Convention Centre, as the emirate promotes the garden city as a new business events' destination. Abu Dhabi intends to develop the centre into a landmark project that would draw an expanded range of events to the garden city including corporate events and concerts, besides the current portfolio of exhibitions and conferences. According to officials the new ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism up 168% last decade

Posted on 03/05/2011

Tourism sector in the UAE got a 168-per cent boost between 2001 and 2009 with the returns of Dh36 billion, a recent study has revealed. The study, conducted by the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA), revealed the economic importance of tourism sector, which had a total economic impact of Dhs69 billion in the period. The figure includes capital investment as well as direct and indirect income. According to the findings of the study, tourism contributed up to 7.4 per cent ...  >>MORE

Sharjah sees significant surge in tourism sector

Posted on 01/05/2011

With over 1.5 million tourists last year, mainly from Europe and the Gulf countries, Sharjah is seeing a significant boom in the tourist sector. According to a top official, the number of tourists flocking to the emirate has grown from 600,000 in 2001 to more than 1.5 million in 2010, and more development is expected this year.  “While the number of hotels and hotel apartments has grown from only 40 in 2001 to 107 in 2010 — 45 hotels and 62 hotel apartments — hotel occupancy has ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays to launch a cruise unit

Posted on 26/04/2011

Emirates Holidays plans to launch a cruise unit in a year, according to a senior executive. "We will eventually create a cruise unit maybe towards the end of the current financial year or early next financial year. While eventually we will launch the cruise unit, we are not in a hurry," Frederic M. Bardin, senior vice-president of Emirates Holidays, told Gulf News in an exclusive interview. He added that the cruise market globally is estimated to be growing at "about 20 per cent" at present ...  >>MORE

Saud establishes RAK tourism authority

Posted on 18/04/2011

His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, yesterday issued an Emiri decree setting up the RAK Tourism Development Authority. The authority will be responsible for the planning, regulation and development of tourism and tourist destinations in Ras Al Khaimah. The decree stipulates that the chairman of the authority's board of directors will have a three year tenure that is eligible for renewal. The other board members will be ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's biggest-ever destination offering in Arabian Travel Market spotlight

Posted on 14/04/2011

Abu Dhabi's biggest-ever tourism offering will be in the spotlight at this year's Arabian Travel Market, running in Dubai early May. Over 45 Abu Dhabi tourism stakeholders will fill a pavilion organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) with more than 80 products - some being rolled out for the first time. "The product line-up reflects the destination's expanded offering and includes transports suppliers, hotel operators, major attractions, hospitality management companies, travel agents, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Ambassador class of 2011 inaugurated

Posted on 07/04/2011

The fifth and most expansive Abu Dhabi Ambassador programme - an Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) initiative launched to hone the hosting skills of the emirate's customer-facing UAE nationals - has been inaugurated with an intake of 58 participants from 22 organisations, 11 of which are represented in the programme for the first time. "In terms of outreach, this is the widest programme to date with an increasing number of public sector organisations joining the initiative since it received ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi takes centre stage at opening ceremony of Hannover Messe 2011

Posted on 06/04/2011

The Emirate also drew attention to its cultural heritage at the exclusive Abu Dhabi Lounge, which proved highly popular among VIPs, exhibitors and delegates alike. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel officially opened the exhibition, which will run from 4-8 April. The UAE being Germany's most important trade partner in the Arab world, Abu Dhabi has brought its largest delegation to date, having participated at the event for four consecutive years. The delegation, organised by Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi rolls out global AD campaign's second phase

Posted on 31/03/2011

Over 1.8 billion regional and international consumers will be targeted when Phase 2 of Abu Dhabi's global advertising campaign rolls out across key established and emerging source markets this month. With Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the campaign driver, aiming to attract two million hotel guests to the emirate in 2011, rising to 2.3million in 2012, the 10-month campaign - a follow-up to the original push in selected, core demographic media last year - will demonstrate Abu Dhabi's rich ...  >>MORE

Sharjah aims to be a major player in business tourism

Posted on 31/03/2011

Eyeing the massive and fast expanding business tourism market in the Middle East, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, or SCTDA, has unveiled its latest tourism initiatives at the Gulf Incentives, Business, Travel and Meetings (GIBTM 2011) in Abu Dhabi. Participating in the fifth edition of the five-star event in the capital that wrapped up yesterday, Sharjah targeted the rapidly developing meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, or MICE, market in the region. ...  >>MORE

Largest ever Abu Dhabi delegation to take part in Hannover Messe 2011

Posted on 30/03/2011

With foreign trade figures from the UAE's capital hitting AED 109.18bn in 2010, Abu Dhabi is firmly positioning itself as a key player in the international business world. Non-oil exports climbed 22.2 percent on year and re-export rose 26.4 percent, highlighting the competitiveness of UAE products across the world, says Department of Economic Development ( DED) in a statement issued yesterday. And as the emirate drives forward its Economic Vision 2030 and the move to a sustainable, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi notches up across-the-board double digit growth in February

Posted on 27/03/2011

Abu Dhabi achieved double-digit growth across its key tourism performance indicators during February, compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). During February the number of guests staying in the emirate's hotel and hotel apartments rose 17 per cent to 175,309; guest nights increased 29 per cent to 524,594; occupancy levels lifted 16 per cent to 77 per cent ; revenue climbed 24 per cent to Dh440 million (US$120.5 million) and ...  >>MORE

Two landmark Abu Dhabi resorts take Russian Travel Awards honours

Posted on 21/03/2011

Two of Abu Dhabi's landmark hotels - the opulent Emirates Palace and the unique Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara - have been voted among Russian travellers' most preferred luxury accommodation in the 2010 Russian Travel Awards just announced in Moscow. The stately Emirates Palace, which has a 1.3 kilometre private beach-front, ranked 6th in Russian travellers' top ten luxury venues, while Qasr Al Sarab - nestled among some of the world's tallest dunes in the breathtaking ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi heads for a Swiss roll

Posted on 21/03/2011

Leading tour operators in Switzerland are predicting an upturn in demand for Abu Dhabi from its country's travellers following an increase in the destination's leisure offering. The news came at The Arabian Souk in Zurich - Switzerland's leading B2B event for the Middle East attended by over 225 tour operators and hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). Delegates were briefed on the destination's latest developments by ADTA's Country Manager, Switzerland Detlef Haner and representatives ...  >>MORE

Sharjah receives Best Middle East Exhibitor Award

Posted on 14/03/2011

Sharjah has bagged the coveted Best Middle East Exhibitor Award 2011, beating heavy competition at the prestigious International Tourism Bourse on Saturday in Berlin, Germany. The ITB Award is granted on the basis of an evaluation by the Business School at the University of Cologne and has been organised for 11 consecutive years and economic and tourism sector exhibitors worldwide take part in the contest which is widely covered by the international media. The ITB Awards ceremony was ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi goes BIG in Berlin

Posted on 14/03/2011

Over 120 travel agents and media were out in force at Berlin's Grand Hyatt to hear an Abu Dhabi destination update by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and to dine with the emirate's tourism industry stakeholders exhibiting at Germany's major travel trade fair. The gathering heard from Dayne Lim, ADTA's Product Development Director of the growth in the emirate's attractions, events and resorts - another five of which are due on line by the end of the year. Lim also used the gathering to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in Major TUI marketing deal

Posted on 11/03/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has tied up with TUI AG - Europe's leading travel group - to stage a three month major B2C promotion throughout Germany which could result in as much as an additional 3,000 room nights for the destination in the final two quarters of this year and Q1 of next year. Under the campaign, unveiled at ITB Berlin, where ADTA has a major destination pavilion along with 26 of its stakeholders, the windows of 220 TUI travel agencies in Germany will, for a fortnight in ...  >>MORE

ADNH achieves significant presence in ITB Berlin

Posted on 11/03/2011

Richard W. Riley, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) said that the company has achieved significant growth in the tourism industry and the development of related services. In an interview with WAM he said that ADNH has significant presence in ITB Berlin to promote its luxury tourism projects to be opened in Abu Dhabi during the current year. ITB Berlin focuses on upcoming projects, outcomes, future plans and factors affecting tourism, and ADNH is building two huge landmark Hotels in Abu ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's business tourism expected to grow by 200,000 in 2011

Posted on 10/03/2011

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is projecting a 15 per cent growth in business related visitors to the emirate this year rising by 200,000 on last year to 1.5 million - some 225,000 of which are likely to be in the destination as part of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) segment. The forecast comes in the run up to Abu Dhabi's hosting of the fifth and largest Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition which runs at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre ...  >>MORE

Increasing German interest in Abu Dhabi tourism

Posted on 10/03/2011

German speaking markets are turning the corner in interest in Abu Dhabi's tourism product with the destination's pavilion at ITB receiving a steady stream of trade enquiries. The pavilion, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) with over 20 sharing partners, is showcasing a destination with a product range which has expanded exponentially in the last 12 months with more additions in the pipeline. "I have received two enquiries from major German corporates who are looking to stage ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Yas Island to showcase at ITB Berlin

Posted on 09/03/2011

Aldar, Abu Dhabi's leading real estate development and management company, in an emailed release Tuesday, said it is showcasing Yas Island at ITB Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show. Since it was first introduced to the world as the venue of the first Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island has evolved into a leading business and leisure hub. Located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport, Yas island has a large number of destinations ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Museums Department to make a strong presence at ITB

Posted on 09/03/2011

Sharjah Museums Department participates in The World's Leading Travel Trade Show 2011 (ITB)which will be held in Berlin, Germany during the period from March 9th- 13th 2011. Director General of the Department Manal Ataya said that the participate this year as a result of the success achieved in the past years. "This year, we aim through our participation under the umbrella of Sharjah Commerce '&'Tourism Development Authority at embodying the cooperation between both bodies, and raise the ...  >>MORE

UAE's destination marketing most effective in the world: Report

Posted on 08/03/2011

The UAE leads the world in carrying out effective destination marketing campaigns, according to a latest report on global travel and tourism industry. According to The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011 launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the country is ranked #1 in the world on the parameter assessing effectiveness of marketing and branding to attract tourists, while performing remarkably well on a number of other parameters such as air transport infrastructure, where it ...  >>MORE

Sharjah records 8% growth in tourist inflow last year

Posted on 08/03/2011

Sharjah registered a remarkable eight per cent growth in international tourist flow into the emirate last year, according to a report on Monday. According to statistics released by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) occupancy rate of the emirate's hotels and hotel apartments rose in 2010. "Hotels in the emirate registered an eight per cent rise in the occupancy rate attracting 1,556,885 guests in Year 2010 as compared to 1,447,934 guests in 2009,” the SCTDA ...  >>MORE

ADNH to participate in ITB Berlin show

Posted on 08/03/2011

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) is participating in ITB Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show which will commence on Wednesday in Germany. Richard W. Riley, CEO of ADNH assured the importance of participating in ITB Berlin for it is the world's leading travel trade show, pointing out that it is a good opportunity for ADNH to promote its services, tourism products offered by hotels and different tourism organisations. He explained that the purpose of participation is to support the ...  >>MORE

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi on global travel radar


Dubai a popular global destination


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority begins roadshow to woo European tourists


Dubai sees surge in Gulf visitors


It’s ‘Definitely Dubai’ in America


Abu Dhabi pulls in big names at US Mice Show Debut New York office


Al Qasba among top 10 most authentic Arab brands


TDIC hosts HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for tour of Saadiyat


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority heads states-side at AIBTM


Dubai leads in tourist traffic and spending


Abu Dhabi International Airport promotes Emirati merchandise to UAE visitors


Maiden arrivals see Abu Dhabi Cruise through summer


Shurooq has 3 ecotourism projects


Tourism industry growing steadily in the UAE


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority scoops world travel awards quartet


Dubai cruise terminal voted Mideast's leading cruise port


Abu Dhabi promoting Al Ain as new events destination


UAE tourism up 168% last decade


Sharjah sees significant surge in tourism sector


Emirates Holidays to launch a cruise unit


Saud establishes RAK tourism authority


Abu Dhabi's biggest-ever destination offering in Arabian Travel Market spotlight


Abu Dhabi Ambassador class of 2011 inaugurated


Abu Dhabi takes centre stage at opening ceremony of Hannover Messe 2011


Abu Dhabi rolls out global AD campaign's second phase


Sharjah aims to be a major player in business tourism


Largest ever Abu Dhabi delegation to take part in Hannover Messe 2011


Abu Dhabi notches up across-the-board double digit growth in February


Two landmark Abu Dhabi resorts take Russian Travel Awards honours


Abu Dhabi heads for a Swiss roll


Sharjah receives Best Middle East Exhibitor Award


Abu Dhabi goes BIG in Berlin


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in Major TUI marketing deal


ADNH achieves significant presence in ITB Berlin


Abu Dhabi's business tourism expected to grow by 200,000 in 2011


Increasing German interest in Abu Dhabi tourism


Abu Dhabi's Yas Island to showcase at ITB Berlin


Sharjah Museums Department to make a strong presence at ITB


UAE's destination marketing most effective in the world: Report


Sharjah records 8% growth in tourist inflow last year


ADNH to participate in ITB Berlin show