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Abu Dhabi to spread its wings at ATM 2009

Posted on 17/04/2009

Visitors to the Abu Dhabi pavilion at next month's Arabian Travel Market 2009 - the Middle East's premier travel and tourism event which takes place in Dubai - will be able to come face-to-face with the emirate's heritage in the shape of two star performers - Jeer Shaheen and Jeer Hurr. The two champion falcons - Shaheen a smaller, extremely swift bird and Hurr a long-distance performer - will make guests appearances on the Abu Dhabi pavilion in the capable charge of their trainer ...  >>MORE

Heritage tourism gets boost in Dubai

Posted on 14/04/2009

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced 16 per cent increase in the number of visitors to heritage sites in the emirate in 2008 compared with the previous year. Abdullah Al Mutairi, DTCM consultant and director of Heritage Sites, said the heritage sites operated by the DTCM received 1,009,848 visitors last year, up from 873,831 recorded in the year 2007. The heritage sites under DTCM's supervision are Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Dubai Museum, Al ...  >>MORE

Sharjah attracts over 35,000 Kuwaiti tourists in 2008

Posted on 10/04/2009

Kuwait - Sharjah has become a favoured tourist destination for Kuwaiti families, attracting 35,609 Kuwaiti tourists in 2008. The figures were released on the occasion of the visit to Kuwait by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) as part of Sharjah's 8th promotional Road Show in the GCC. The drive is part of SCTDA's efforts to encourage regional tourist activities and strengthen tourist ties among GCC countries, The road show - which is intended to promote Sharjah's ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s cruise industry picks up

Posted on 09/04/2009

The fledgling cruise industry in Dubai is fast picking up this year with 117,227 tourists in the emirate booked to go on world cruise aboard 99 cruise liners set to drop anchor at the Port Rashid Cruise Terminal all the year round. Records at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) show a total of only 68,031 tourists from Dubai choosing to go for cruise travel in 2008. For this year, visitors booked for the last quarter alone total 26,790, a slight increase of 6,360 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah attracts 398,000 GCC tourists in 2008, starts new GCC road show

Posted on 08/04/2009

As part of its efforts to encourage regional tourist activities and strengthen tourist ties among GCC countries, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), in association with representatives of the emirate's tourism sector, will soon embark on Sharjah's 8th promotional Road Show in the GCC. The Road Show - which is intended to promote Sharjah's unique tourist attractions and attract more GCC tourists to the emirate - will take place from 7 to 17 April 2009, and will ...  >>MORE

Etihad to launch destination management company

Posted on 07/04/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is to launch its own destination management company (DMC). The new DMC aims to provide a diverse range of leisure and business activities for visitors to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Etihad is currently in discussion with local tourism partners, with the new DMC set to support the development and enhancement of the capital's tourism infrastructure. Although the final specifications of the DMC are yet to be finalised, many goals ...  >>MORE

Advantage Abu Dhabi to help boost Mice segment

Posted on 01/04/2009

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (Adta) has announced a new initiative called Advantage Abu Dhabi (AAD) to help support the emirate's Mice (meetings, incentives, conference and events) segment and help sustain the destination's expanding business tourism. The initiative was launched at the third Gulf Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM), which was opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre yesterday. According to Adta, Advantage Abu Dhabi (AAD) will catalyse and seed ...  >>MORE

Capital to invest US$230bn in tourism in next five years

Posted on 23/03/2009

Abu Dhabi is expected to pump nearly US$230 billion (Dh844bn) into tourism projects in the next five years within an ongoing drive to diversify its oil-reliant economy, a government official said yesterday. The investments are in line with the emirate's ambitious long-term development plan, Vision 2030, which focuses on expansion of non-oil sectors and attraction of capital, said Azhari Issa, an economic researcher at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economy and Planning (DPE). "Over the next five ...  >>MORE

NCT'&'H: Abu Dhabi's tourism sector sets to see steady growth

Posted on 23/03/2009

The National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels (NCT'&'H), a key provider of hotel, catering and transportation services, is expecting a vibrant business during the spring and summer thanks to the early online reservations and contracts it recently signed with a number of local, Gulf and European tour operators. The NCT'&'H said in a press release yesterday that the inflow of European tourists, especially from Germany, to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi rose by 7% in the past three months compared ...  >>MORE

DTCM takes part in Moscow Travel Exhibition

Posted on 21/03/2009

The 16th edition of the Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition opened recently at the Expocentre — one of the largest exhibition complexes in Russia with Dubai as the Partner Destination for the four-day show. Dubai, an established business and leisure destination for Russians over the past decade, is set to be under the spotlight with an estimated 100,000 buyers from across Russia expected to visit the trade fair. The MITT-2009 is being attended by over 3,000 exhibitors ...  >>MORE

Sharjah targets 10pc surge in tourist flow from Scandinavia

Posted on 21/03/2009

The emirate of Sharjah is participating at the Swedish International Travel and Tourism Fair (TUR 09), currently being held at the Swedish Exhibition Centre, Gothenburg. Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) is leading the Sharjah delegation to the 26th fair, as part of the authority's continuous efforts to strengthen the emirate's presence in the Scandinavian market. The authority aims to achieve a 5-10 per cent annual increase in the average number of tourists ...  >>MORE

Flight service to Sir Bani Yas Island starts

Posted on 21/03/2009

The Tourism Development and Investment Corporation has started a new weekend flight service with a 50-seat Bombardier Dash-8 from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas Island. The 25-minute flight on Thursdays and Saturdays will be operated by Abu Dhabi Aviation. "This service substantially increases the weekend break proposition of Sir Bani Yas Island, which now become closer than ever to the Abu Dhabi and Dubai markets,” said Lee Tabler, CEO, Tourism Development and Investment Corporation. The Dash-8 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah wins best MEE award at ITB

Posted on 16/03/2009

The Emirate of Sharjah has secured the award for Best Middle Eastern Exhibitor at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB 2009). The Cologne Business School selected Sharjah for the prestigious award from among 11,000 stands representing a multitude of participants from around the globe, including Arab and GCC countries. ITB Berlin attracts a large gathering of international media each year, and serves as one of the focal points for the world's tourism and business sectors. Sharjah's ...  >>MORE

UAE Travel & Tourism Sector Ranks First in MENA Region

Posted on 15/03/2009

The UAE has bested 39 of all its regional peers and grabbed top honours in the new Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index for countries in the Middle East and Africa. Worldwide, the UAE has moved up seven places in terms of its competitiveness in international tourism and now ranks 33rd among 133 countries surveyed, up from 40th last year, according to the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2009. The UAE rose one place from 2008 to take the lead in the ...  >>MORE

ITB demonstrates strong, steady interest in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/03/2009

Abu Dhabi pavilion exhibitors at ITB Berlin - one of the world's largest travel shows, have reported strong interest in the emirate, its expansion plans and new product offering. Interest was spurred by a number of major announcements from members of the Abu Dhabi pavilion, which was organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Shangri-La Asia Limited revealed it has signed an agreement with the UAE capital's Al Jaber Group to manage the 300-roomTraders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to have 3000 hotel rooms by November

Posted on 14/03/2009

Berlin - Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the tourism body with wide ranging responsibilities for building, developing and managing the tourism industry in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, has reported at ITB Berlin, one of the world's major travel shows, that the destination's accommodation stock will increase by more than 3,000 rooms this year in time for November's Etihad 2009 Formula 1 Grand Prix. Despite the global economic uncertainty, the authority confirmed that all previously announced ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Museums Department participates in ITB Berlin 2009

Posted on 14/03/2009

Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is showcasing the rich museum culture of the Emirate at ITB Berlin 2009, the premier tourist exhibition being held on the Messe Berlin fairgrounds from March 11 to 15. Sharjah's family of museums include art, archaeology, maritime, calligraphy, Islamic civilization, natural history, science and heritage among others. Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department, said: "Following our successful participation at ITB Berlin last year, SMD is taking ...  >>MORE

Dubai's DTCM promotes emirate at ITB

Posted on 14/03/2009

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is conducting a number of raffle draws for the trade visitors at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB-2009) in Berlin. The raffle draws are undertaken as part of the 'Keep discovering Dubai' campaign, launched in cooperation with Emirates, Dubai hoteliers and Destination Management Companies (DMCs). A total of 24 winners are being selected, with a draw taking place once every two hours over three days. Each of the 24 winners will be ...  >>MORE

QE2 may open to public early

Posted on 09/03/2009

Nakheel, the new owner of the QE2, may open the ship to visitors later this year before work starts on transforming the 40-year-old vessel into a 200-room luxury floating hotel. The cruise liner, named after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, arrived in Dubai in November and has since been docked at Port Rashid while Nakheel performs a detailed survey. "In the light of huge popular interest and in response to a number of requests, Nakheel is also investigating the possibility of opening QE2 to ...  >>MORE

ADNH, SCTDA to participate in ITB-Berlin

Posted on 09/03/2009

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) and the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will take part in this year's ITB-Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show to be held from March 11 - 15. ADNH's participation at the key travel industry fair is part of the company's commitment to help boost tourism in Abu Dhabi particularly during the current economic climate, said HE Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri, Chairman of ADNH. "Abu Dhabi still remains the favoured destination in the ...  >>MORE

Dh50m tourism push for Dubai

Posted on 05/03/2009

Dubai has launched a Dh50 million campaign to promote its tourism facilities internationally. In an effort to boost touristic appeal of the emirate this international campaign has various segments with layered action plan, explained officials behind this unique campaign. The three-month long campaign will invite and educate more than 2,000 industry professionals to Dubai and introduce to them the touristic appeal of the emirate. Taking the lead to promote Dubai as a destination, Emirates ...  >>MORE

Capital expects to receive 1.5 million tourists this year

Posted on 03/03/2009

Tourism in Abu Dhabi has not been impacted by the global crisis, a senior official in Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) said. "ADTA expects that Abu Dhabi will receive in 2009 a total of 1.5 million tourists. This figure is close to last year's figure," Mubarak Al Muhairi, ADTA's Director General, told Emirates Business on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Economic Forum. "We in Abu Dhabi were not affected by the international financial crisis. Any of our giant tourism projects did not stop. In ...  >>MORE

ADFH won 34th Int. Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry

Posted on 01/03/2009

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has won the 34th International Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry (New Millennium Award) for its excellent tourism program. Established in 1999, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first public institution in the world providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons. In the first nine years of its existence, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has emerged as one of the most reputed falcon hospitals in the Gulf region. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to send delegation to Global Travel and Tourism Summit

Posted on 17/02/2009

Abu Dhabi is to send a senior delegation to the 9th Global Travel and Tourism Summit to be held in May this year in Florianopolis, the capital of Southern Brazil's Santa Catarina State. The news came from HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) as he welcomed a 20-strong Santa Catarina State delegation to the UAE capital city, Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Sultan said the summit - themed 'Real Partnerships Emerging Economies: Sign of Change', epitomised ...  >>MORE

ADTA sees more flow of Italian tourists

Posted on 05/02/2009

The opening of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's (ADTA) offices in Rome and Milan is expected to boost the number of tourist arrivals from Italy, said a top tourism official. "The opening of these offices sends a clear signal to the international tourism industry that Abu Dhabi is maintaining its long-term vision of attracting 2.7 million hotel guests to the emirate by 2012,” said ADTA Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan. "Through our new offices in Italy, we hope to build greater ...  >>MORE

Over 1.5 million tourists visited Sharjah in 2008

Posted on 18/01/2009

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), said the tourism sector scored growth in 2008, according to detailed statistics for the performance of Sharjah's tourism sector for the year ending December 31, 2008. During this period, the tourism sector continued the substantial growth that it saw in 2007, with the overall number of guests climbing from the 1.45 million seen in 2007, to 1.53 million in 2008, achieving growth of over five percent. This increase in tourism ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourist traffic rises

Posted on 14/01/2009

The number of visitors to Dubai increased by three per cent during the third quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2007, according to data released from Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) yesterday. The emirate received 1.79 million visitors between July and September last year, compared to 1.74 million to the same period a year earlier. Yet despite the increase seen in the number of visitors, occupancy levels at hotels dropped to 73 per cent from 85 per ...  >>MORE

Bridge at sunset image wins photo competition

Posted on 13/01/2009

The sun sets behind Al Maqta Bridge bathing it in a golden glow as its street lights flicker into life. This image has been chosen from thousands of entries as winner of the Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes photographic competition and will be used to promote the emirate throughout the coming year. It was taken by Omar Abdelrahman al Zaabi, an Emirati computer engineer at the Department of Civil Services and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Entitled Abu Dhabi Gateway, it won him a Dh30,000 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to woo tourists as a family destination

Posted on 10/01/2009

Sharjah has chalked out its own agenda to woo tourists, with attractive packages to promote the emirate as a destination for families, during the Sharjah Spring Promotion starting January 15. With concerns of a decline in tourism and the DSF expected to attract a major share of tourists to Dubai, hotels in Sharjah are feeling the pinch of the financial downturn. The hotels now are working with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to provide fresh incentives to tourists. Many ...  >>MORE

ADTA to increase overseas promotions in 2009

Posted on 30/12/2008

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the apex body which manages the tourism industry in Abu Dhabi emirate, is to mount pavilions at 17 overseas exhibitions across 11 countries in 2009 - three more than in 2008. Joining the authority's overseas promotions itinerary are planned promotions at the China Incentive Business Travel '&' Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) in Shanghai next September, the TTG Incontri leisure show in Rimini, Italy during October and the China Internal Travel Marketing in ...  >>MORE

UAE named as one of the world's top tourist destinations in global study

Posted on 18/12/2008

The UAE has remained as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world according to an independent global study, gaining solid ground on the strength of its superior variety of accommodation options. FutureBrand's Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 study ranks the UAE as one of the 'rising stars' among the world's top tourist destinations, while putting the country once again on top in the "Resort and Lodging Options" category in which the UAE placed well ahead of countries such as the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to have 23,000 hotel rooms by 2012: ADTA

Posted on 16/12/2008

By 2012, the numbers of hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi are expected to rise to 23,000 with the demand and supply stabilizing between 2012 and 2015, HE Mubarak Hamad Al Muheiri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said on Sunday after opening the first edition of the Equip'Hotel Middle East Exhibition and Conference (EHME), a major trade show focused on the region's hospitality industry. EHME is a three-day event that is currently taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition ...  >>MORE

Flights planned to Sir Bani Yas

Posted on 16/12/2008

Soon visitors can take commercial flights from the UAE capital to the country's largest wildlife reserve island of Sir Bani Yas in Al Gharbia with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company commencing its management and operation of a new dedicated air terminal on the island. The island, which was the private natural reserve of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has been developed as a tourism destination with luxury resorts, wildlife sanctuaries and lagoons and lakes by Tourism Development and ...  >>MORE

Dubai sees rise of 75% in cruise tourist arrivals

Posted on 12/12/2008

Cruise tourist arrivals in Dubai will grow more than 75 per cent to 200,000 this year in a boost to the city's ambition of becoming a maritime business hub. Official figures show the city has come a long way as a cruise destination in five years. Dubai received just 2,700 cruise passengers from five ship calls in 2003, but last year 113,000 cruise passengers visited the city. Cruise tourists have grown dramatically since European operator Costa Crociere began using Dubai as hub for cruises, ...  >>MORE

Nakheel takes over ownership of QE2

Posted on 29/11/2008

The exchange of flags aboard the QE2 on Thursday sealed the vessel's new ownership under master-developer Nakheel. Following 39 years of service, the QE2 will start a new chapter as an ultra-luxury hotel in Dubai, on the Palm Jumeirah. The Cunard flags were lowered and Nakheel's raised. The Captain then sounded the whistle for 39 seconds, "one second for every year of her service", Captain Ian McNaught said. Against a grey sky and thunder, the ownership was transferred to Nakheel. At an ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s hotel occupancy rates rise 75 per cent

Posted on 13/11/2008

Sharjah has registered 75 per cent growth in its hotel occupancy for the third quarter of 2008, with an increase of 13 per cent in the number of tourist visiting the emirate, according to statistic reports issued by the Sharjah Commercial and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). The increase in Sharjah's hotel occupation rates and the number of hotel institutions forecasts impressive tourism performance for the year, as can be seen from what had been achieved by the end of September, said ...  >>MORE

UAE is the 'rising star' in the world of tourism, says survey

Posted on 10/11/2008

The UAE has emerged as one of the three emerging tourist destination brands in the world, besides China and Croatia, according to the 2008 Country Brand Index (CBI), conducted by FutureBrand, a global brand consultancy, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies. The country, described as the "rising star" in the world of tourism, is expected to become a major tourist destination over the next five years, according to the index. It was also voted as the best country brand for resort and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates Desert Islands project on Sir Bani Yas

Posted on 09/11/2008

Desert Islands - the new nature-based destination offshore Abu Dhabi's Al Gharbia (Western Region) - has arrived on the international tourism scene with the opening of Sir Bani Yas Island. H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, officially inaugurated the first phase of the comprehensive tourism edifice, regarded as a regional and international model of sustainable development. Sheikh Mohammed inspected ...  >>MORE

Ratings to prepare for medical tourism bid

Posted on 02/11/2008

Doctors and hospitals are to be given performance ratings as part of plans to make the UAE a destination for medical tourists. The Ministry of Health announced the ratings system will be based on stars similar to those awarded to hotels, enabling people to see which professionals or clinics rate highest or provide the best treatment for particular procedures or operations. The results will be displayed online. Private hospitals and clinics will be included along with government hospitals. The ...  >>MORE

Tourists pack ‘safari experience’ resort

Posted on 13/10/2008

Promoted by word of mouth and little local advertising, the first of Abu Dhabi's desert island hotels opened fully booked this month. The 64-room hotel is the centrepiece of Sir Bani Yas Island, a nature reserve and tourist destination that was the vision of Sheikh Zayed, the late founder of the nation. Significantly smaller than many projects under way in the country, the hotel's owners believe it has the potential to play a part in conservation tourism in the Middle East. "The impact that ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi holds out superyacht potential, says Monaco sovereign

Posted on 28/09/2008

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco says Abu Dhabi holds out enormous potential as a future superyacht hub and has spoken of his wish to visit the UAE capital during next year's inaugural Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS). Prince Albert, Sovereign of the Mediterranean Principality of Monaco, was speaking as he toured the Abu Dhabi stand at the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) at which the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was headline sponsor. "I admire the way Abu Dhabi is going about promoting ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi to spread its wings at ATM 2009


Heritage tourism gets boost in Dubai


Sharjah attracts over 35,000 Kuwaiti tourists in 2008


Dubai’s cruise industry picks up


Sharjah attracts 398,000 GCC tourists in 2008, starts new GCC road show


Etihad to launch destination management company


Advantage Abu Dhabi to help boost Mice segment


Capital to invest US$230bn in tourism in next five years


NCT'&'H: Abu Dhabi's tourism sector sets to see steady growth


DTCM takes part in Moscow Travel Exhibition


Sharjah targets 10pc surge in tourist flow from Scandinavia


Flight service to Sir Bani Yas Island starts


Sharjah wins best MEE award at ITB


UAE Travel & Tourism Sector Ranks First in MENA Region


ITB demonstrates strong, steady interest in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi to have 3000 hotel rooms by November


Sharjah Museums Department participates in ITB Berlin 2009


Dubai's DTCM promotes emirate at ITB


QE2 may open to public early


ADNH, SCTDA to participate in ITB-Berlin


Dh50m tourism push for Dubai


Capital expects to receive 1.5 million tourists this year


ADFH won 34th Int. Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry


Abu Dhabi to send delegation to Global Travel and Tourism Summit


ADTA sees more flow of Italian tourists


Over 1.5 million tourists visited Sharjah in 2008


Dubai tourist traffic rises


Bridge at sunset image wins photo competition


Sharjah to woo tourists as a family destination


ADTA to increase overseas promotions in 2009


UAE named as one of the world's top tourist destinations in global study


Abu Dhabi to have 23,000 hotel rooms by 2012: ADTA


Flights planned to Sir Bani Yas


Dubai sees rise of 75% in cruise tourist arrivals


Nakheel takes over ownership of QE2


Sharjah’s hotel occupancy rates rise 75 per cent


UAE is the 'rising star' in the world of tourism, says survey


Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates Desert Islands project on Sir Bani Yas


Ratings to prepare for medical tourism bid


Tourists pack ‘safari experience’ resort


Abu Dhabi holds out superyacht potential, says Monaco sovereign