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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Emirates Palace makes good headway into US travel and tourism market

Posted on 28/09/2008

General Manager of Emirates Palace Hans Olbertz has revealed the Abu Dhabi iconic property has succeeded in attracting celebrities and stars of the US in the arts, movies and music industry to stay in the hotel and enjoy its premier luxury hospitality. He announced that the hotel was virtually fully booked for the coming three months due to the busy calendar of a lineup of international film and musical festivals, art exhibitions, concerts and conferences. Olbertz said he had participated in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi becomes important tourist destination: Stamper

Posted on 22/09/2008

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is now one of the most important tourist destinations not only in the Gulf region but also around the world", Simon W. Stamper the Area General Manager for InterContinental Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, has said. He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an interview that the development in the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi is continuing due to the plans outlined by the Government of Abu Dhabi to develop more hotels, resorts, and luxurious cultural and entertainment cities. ...  >>MORE

ADTA launches visitor profiling campaign

Posted on 22/09/2008

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which manages the tourism industry within Abu Dhabi, has launched a year-long visitor profile campaign to gain crucial insights into a variety of inbound tourism drivers. In excess of 5,000 visitors to Abu Dhabi are to be interviewed by a professional research company commissioned to carry out the survey, which touches on a range of issues including spending patterns, length of stay, accommodation preferences and activities undertaken. The survey, which ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to be top Eid destination

Posted on 14/09/2008

Dubai is set to become the region's premier destination for Eid celebrations, announced Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group and Chairman of the Dubai Shopping Festival Office (DSFO) Supreme Committee at the launch of a new initiative that will further strengthen the city's position as the leisure, tourism and cultural hub of the region. "Eid in Dubai is another pillar initiative that will further support our ...  >>MORE

UAE to attract 11.2 million tourists by 2010

Posted on 01/09/2008

The UAE is expecting to attract 11.2 million tourists by 2010, signifying the success of considerable efforts by various governments - including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah - to invest into the growth and development of the hotel and hospitality industry in the country. With aims to leverage the booming tourism sector, AAKAR Marjan Island LLC, an emerging leader in luxury community developments in the Middle East, has announced that its Dhs600m luxury hotel and residential apartment ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi and golf firm team up to boost tourism

Posted on 27/08/2008

World-class golf courses could be developed in some of the most remote parts of the emirate to help boost tourism, it was revealed yesterday. A new alliance between the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Troon Golf, the world's largest golf course management company, will promote the emirate as a future top golfing destination. Improving the standard of golfing facilities across the emirate is a priority, with new golf developments likely to be built in Al Gharbia and near Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi tourism body opens offices in China

Posted on 26/08/2008

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the emirate's apex travel and leisure organisation, yesterday said it has opened offices in three key cities in China looking to capitalise on the growing outbound market which, according to the UN World Travel Organisation, will be the world's biggest by 2020. "The ADTA's new offices are in the Chinese capital Beijing and the country's largest and third largest most populous cities Shanghai and Guangzhou," ADTA said in a statement. Peter Phang, one of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Embraces the Emirate's Brand Identity

Posted on 12/08/2008

Residents of Abu Dhabi and visiting tourists have both embraced the Emirate's new brand identity, as they believe it captures the spirit and essence of the destination, according to the results of a recent survey carried out by The Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi (OBAD). The survey covered more than 2,700 respondents who visited The Essence Collection Exhibition, which travelled to prominent locations around the Emirate of Abu Dhabi throughout May and June 2008. "OBAD undertook the survey ...  >>MORE

Over 170,000 GCC tourists visited Sharjah in H1 2008

Posted on 12/08/2008

GCC tourist influx into Sharjah has substantially grown in summer 2008, registering over 170, 000 tourists in the first half of 2008. The tourist influx is expected to see further increase up to the end of summer season. The current rise can be largely attributed to the visionary promotional policies adopted by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), aimed at attracting more GCC tourists into the emirate during summer. The promotional campaign was culminated with a road ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi participates at the Academy for Young Leaders in New York

Posted on 07/08/2008

The UAE capital's name was in the spotlight in the unusual venue of New York's Central Park when Abu Dhabi sponsored a breakfast and fun run of over 60 Incentive Tourism 'Young Leaders' from over 20 countries. Abu Dhabi backed the run - part of the annual Academy For Young Leaders event held by the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) - to encourage best practice in incentive tourism planning. SITE, which has over 2,000 members in 82 countries, is the only international, ...  >>MORE

AskDubai service for tourists and residents

Posted on 10/07/2008

Tourists and residents can find information about hotels, shopping centres and a year-round events calendar through the government's new AskDubai service 70004000. Dubai eGovernment announced yesterday that the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) had become the 16th government department to join the AskDubai service, an initiative that facilitates interaction between Dubai government and the public through a single point of contact. Sumaya Karam, Director, One-Stop Information ...  >>MORE

Number of South Korean visitors to Dubai increase 50%

Posted on 09/07/2008

The number of South Korean visitors arriving at Dubai International Airport (DIA) has increased by 50 per cent at the end of the first half of 2008, in comparison with the numbers by end of 2007, according to figures by Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). DIA registered the arrival of 32,370 South Korean visitors during the first half of 2008 alone, whereas only 42,000 South Korean visitors passed through the airport in the whole year of 2007. The figures were released ...  >>MORE

ADTA seals Australia representation accord

Posted on 08/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has opened a representation office in Sydney, Australia to build destination awareness among the country's increasing number of overseas travellers. Australia joins an ADTA representative office network which already includes the UK, Germany and France and which the authority hopes to expand to China and Italy by the end of this year as it looks to build international awareness of its standing as a world-class tourism destination. Award-winning Hill '&' ...  >>MORE

Tourism contributed to UAE's economic growth: Economy Minister

Posted on 17/06/2008

UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed al-Mansouri said the economic openness of the UAE economy has boosted the role tourism plays in the economic boom of the country thanks to the policies adopted by the government. In his forward for the 5th edition of the UAE Tourist Guide 2007-2008, released by the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCU), al-Mansouri said the UAE government is seen as prioritizing the sector strongly (ranked 4th), and carrying out very effective ...  >>MORE

Road shows in Brazil raise general awareness about Dubai attractions

Posted on 15/06/2008

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) recently hosted the inaugural Dubai Road Shows in Brazil with the aim of increasing the general awareness about the attractions in Dubai and the facilities for the tourists from the region. Each of the two shows in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo were attended by around 150 participants, mainly tour operators, hotel and allied industry representatives. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, Executive Director of the Media Relations Division at DTCM, who ...  >>MORE

ADTA delegation plans road show in China

Posted on 09/06/2008

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is packing all travel brochures, goody bags and souvenirs from the UAE capital for its delegation's trip to China later this month. The delegation, which also includes representatives of real estate, and travel and tourism sectors, charter airlines and exhibition centres, is planning a road show through the Southeast Asia prior to the opening of an ADTA office in China. During the road show, the team will participate in two major exhibitions — the ...  >>MORE

ADTC receives tourist ship 'Crystal Symphony'

Posted on 11/05/2008

Zayed Port, which is run by the Abu Dhabi Terminals Company (ADTC), received Friday huge cruise ship 'Crystal Symphony', carrying 800 tourists of 25 different nationalities. Salemeen bin Obaid Al A'meri, director of commercial department, ADTC, said "this is the first time Cristal Symphony visits the UAE. It will head to Dubai then to the Red Sea, where it will stop for some days in Egypt then continue trip to a number of Mediterranean ports". He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in exclusive ...  >>MORE

‘Tourism is booming’ across Middle East

Posted on 07/05/2008

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Emirates Airline Group, has said if the Middle East is to continue achieving unprecedented inbound tourism growth, regional countries need to ensure their product offerings complement one another. Inaugurating the 15th Arabian Travel Market yesterday he said: "Tourism is booming across the Middle East, not only here in the UAE. However, this growth can only continue if we take a consolidated ...  >>MORE

Desert Islands to spearhead Western region's tourism development

Posted on 05/05/2008

The first phase of Abu Dhabi's unique Desert Islands destination, which is set to be a regional showpiece of sustainability, is to open to tourists this winter heralding the entry of the emirate's largely untapped western region on the international tourism and development landscapes. From October, tourists will be able to stay on Sir Bani Yas Island - the former private eco-retreat of the UAE's late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The opening of Sir Bani Yas ...  >>MORE

Al Qasba set to take part in Arabian Travel Market 2008

Posted on 05/05/2008

Al Qasba, Sharjah's prestigious, cultural, leisure and entertainment destination, will participate once more at this year's edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) — the region's leading travel and tourism trade exhibition being held from May 6-9 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Having evolved into a fantastic family destination replete with year round events to suit all nationalities and age groups, Al Qasba maintains a wide portfolio of cultural, tourism and entertainment events lined up with ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Chairman tours QE2, discusses refurbishment plans

Posted on 04/05/2008

Southampton - Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman Dubai World has recently visited Southampton, and toured the world-famous QE2 in between voyages. Bin Sulayem also met the captain, staff and management of the ocean liner, who are busy preparing for her final voyage to Dubai in November, where she will be transformed into a permanent attraction as a floating hotel, retail and leisure destination at Palm Jumeriah. The Dubai World chairman also met. Manfred Ursprunger, CEO of QE2 Enterprises, the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Crown Prince launches the emirate's new identity

Posted on 29/04/2008

HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah launched on Sunday 'Brand Sharjah', the new identity for the emirate which has a history dating back to 6000 years. At a magnificent ceremony held at the Sharjah Expo Centre, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) unveiled Brand Sharjah in front of Sheikhs, senior officials, citizens and a large group of media representatives. The new identity presents visual elements that ...  >>MORE

Khalifa reviews progress on tourism projects

Posted on 28/04/2008

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has reviewed progress on two of the emirate's key tourism projects and concepts for tourism asset expansion within Abu Dhabi's Western Region. The updates and concepts were presented by a senior executive management team from Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) - Abu Dhabi's leading tourism asset developer. The team was led by its Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. HH Sheikh Khalifa reviewed development ...  >>MORE

VP opens WTTC in Dubai

Posted on 22/04/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened at Jumeirah in Dubai the World Travel and Tourism Council's (WTTC) two-day conference. The WTTC is attended by over 1100 Arab and foreign personalities from worldwide as decision makers and tourist-travel experts in this vital sector. Sheikh Mohammed, who is also sponsoring the event, was warmly welcomed at the opening ceremony, where he listened to the keynote speakers. They described ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Tahnoun calls for closer public-private sector collaboration

Posted on 22/04/2008

HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), has called for close public-private sectors collaboration to sustain global growth of travel and tourism industry, a key factor behind Abu Dhabi's awe-inspiring tourism development drive. In his widely-appreciated keynote address to the global travel and tourism industry decision-makers at the 8th Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Dubai today, he said the collaborative approach is a key facet of Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

ADTA unveils details of its tourism strategy

Posted on 21/04/2008

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the apex body that manages the tourism industry in Abu Dhabi, has raised its hotel guest projections to 2.7 million for the coming five years from the original targets set in 2004. The upgrade, revealed in the authority's five-year plan 2008-2012 unveiled today, puts projected annual hotel occupants at 2.7 million by the end of 2012 - 12.5% more than initially envisaged. The new target also calls for the emirate to have 25,000 hotel rooms by 2012 end - ...  >>MORE

Khor Fakkan port receives Christopher Columbus tourist ship

Posted on 13/04/2008

Khor Fakkan port has received five-star Christopher Columbus tourist ship, carrying aboard 334 European passengers. When they lighted from the ship, the passengers toured the heritage and tourist landmarks in Khor Fakkan city. They expressed their admiration of the Corniche district, which is a resort for European tourists due to its natural beauty. Tariq Abdul Rahman Al Hamadi, acting managing director of the Port Said that the marine and security staff at the Khor Fakkan had prepared to ...  >>MORE

Luxury floating resort visits Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/04/2008

The World, the first and only private residential community at sea, visited Abu Dhabi recently on its maiden call with its multi-millionaire occupants taking a two-day sojourn to explore the fast-developing destination and experience its unique culture and traditions. After it sailed into 186-metre-wide Berth 14 of the multi-purpose Port Zayed, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Abu Dhabi Terminals, Immigration and Customs welcomed the VIP tourists. The officials led by ...  >>MORE

Experts-Abu Dhabi enjoys excellent potential to establish int'l partnerships, attract key industries and corps

Posted on 30/03/2008

Leading international and regional experts appraised the role of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and key stakeholders on the developing present and future of Abu Dhabi with regard to the meetings and incentive industry. Speaking on the occasion of GIBTM (Gulf Business, Incentive, Travel and Meetings Exhibition to be organized on 8-10 April, 2008, organized by Reed Travel Exhibitions and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the experts highlighted Abu Dhabi's efforts to target high-end leisure ...  >>MORE

DTCM to open two offices to tap into Chinese market

Posted on 30/03/2008

Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will open two offices in China later this year after the visit of a DTCM delegation next month. One of the offices will be in Shanghai China's business and commercial capital, while the location of the other is yet to be decided. DTCM already has an office in Hong Kong and believes that China, which accounts for US$11.5 billion (Dh42.2bn) in trade with Dubai, is a market worthy of attention. Last month, the Consul-General of China in Dubai, Gao ...  >>MORE

Scandinavian visitors to Sharjah set to increase by 10%

Posted on 19/03/2008

Stockholm - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) expects a 10 percent increase in the number of Scandinavian tourists in Sharjah this year, following a noticeable increased number of tourists from this region over the past few years, due to the emirate's unique cultural character and attractions, according to Mohammed A. Al Noman, Director General of SCTDA. Al Noman made the statement following a meeting with H.E Patania Cashfey, Secretary of State at the Swedish Ministry ...  >>MORE

Tourism adds 22.6% to UAE economy

Posted on 09/03/2008

The UAE topped the list of 11 countries in the Middle East in terms of the travel and tourism sector's contribution to the gross domestic product, followed by Jordan and Lebanon, according to a latest World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) report based on Tourism Satellite Accounting (TSA). "Among the 11 countries the UAE remains in pole position with a GDP contribution of 22.6 per cent and growth rate of 13.5 per cent in 2008, followed by Jordan at 19.2 per cent and Lebanon at 18.7 per ...  >>MORE

Sa'adiyat island's cultural projects sparks German interest

Posted on 06/03/2008

A large gathering consisting of cultural personalities, state officials and media persons in the German Capital, Berlin were impressed by a preview of the forthcoming cultural projects in Abu Dhabi's Sa'adiyat Island. The preview was organised by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the development of real estate assets held by the Abu Dhabi Government. Four museums are proposed on the cultural district on the island, the first of which is expected to be ready by ...  >>MORE

ADTA showcases Abu Dhabi's tourism offering at ITB Berlin

Posted on 06/03/2008

Berlin - The diverse tourism offering of the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi are being showcased by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB2008) to be held from March 5 to 9, 2008. The apex body that manages the tourism sector of Abu Dhabi leads a contingent of 30 corporates in tourism- and investment-related businesses at the 325 sq m pavilion. ADTA's participation in ITB follows the Authority winning the award for Best Innovative Pavilion Design at AIME in ...  >>MORE

Dubai receives 120,205 cruise tourists in 2007

Posted on 06/03/2008

Dubai's cruise terminal received 120,205 tourists in 2007, far more than the projected 105,000, according to a statement from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). During this winter season, Dubai expects more than 200,000 cruise passengers to visit the emirate, giving a boost to the booming tourism industry. Dubai handled 32,000 cruise passenger movements in 2006, up from 23,000 cruise passengers in the previous year. Awad Seghayer Al Ketbi, DTCM executive director of ...  >>MORE

Aldar to touch down in Berlin

Posted on 05/03/2008

Aldar, the renowned Abu Dhabi-based international property developer, will showcase YAS Island, its mega tourism destination development at the forthcoming International Tourism Exchange Berlin (ITB) in Berlin, Germany. ITB Berlin is the premier business-to-business platform for the travel industry. Almost 10,923 companies exhibited at ITB 2007 spanning over 184 countries and representing every sector of the tourism industry. The total number of visitors exceeded 175,000 in a huge exhibition ...  >>MORE

Marketing Abu Dhabi as a brand to the world

Posted on 02/03/2008

The Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi (Obad) is an initiative involving the emirate's executive affairs and tourism authorities. It was given the task of creating a brand identity that captured the essence of Abu Dhabi, and also acts as the brand's guardian and patron. The design it came up with features the name ‘Abu Dhabi' in English and Arabic and a distinctive dark red logo that can be set against a variety of background colours. Branding is not something people usually associate with ...  >>MORE

TDIC's investment at Sa'adiyat Island stands at Dh10b

Posted on 29/02/2008

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the development of real estate assets held by the Abu Dhabi Government, has so far invested about Dh10 billion in the development of infrastructure at Sa'adiyat Island, chief executive officer Lee L Tabler said on Thursday. "It's a combination of government and private financing," Tabler said on the sidelines of an aviation conference. The total estimated cost of developing Sa'adiyat Island is Dh100 billion. TDIC previously said ...  >>MORE

UAE ranked 'best Arab country' in World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Index

Posted on 26/02/2008

Eye of Dubai, the premier tourism and investment guidebook and online portal for Dubai residents and visitors, has announced that it will intensify its strategy to boost travel and tourism in the UAE to leverage the favourable results of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) first annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), which ranked the UAE as one of the top 20 performers among a pool of 124 countries. With an overall score of 5.09 out of 7, the UAE outranked its counterparts in the ...  >>MORE

ADTA will issue 100 licences to tourist guides

Posted on 23/02/2008

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) will shortly issue licences to about 100 tourist guides for the first time, the head of the ADTA's tour-ism training said yesterday. Abu Dhabi last year embarked on a strategy to attract three million visitors per year by 2015. "Those undergoing training with us are employed with the government and private sectors, there's a balance between the two," Michelle Sabti told Gulf News. Sabti said the candidates will undergo more than 100 hours of training ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi holds out superyacht potential, says Monaco sovereign


Emirates Palace makes good headway into US travel and tourism market


Abu Dhabi becomes important tourist destination: Stamper


ADTA launches visitor profiling campaign


Dubai set to be top Eid destination


UAE to attract 11.2 million tourists by 2010


Abu Dhabi and golf firm team up to boost tourism


Abu Dhabi tourism body opens offices in China


Abu Dhabi Embraces the Emirate's Brand Identity


Over 170,000 GCC tourists visited Sharjah in H1 2008


Abu Dhabi participates at the Academy for Young Leaders in New York


AskDubai service for tourists and residents


Number of South Korean visitors to Dubai increase 50%


ADTA seals Australia representation accord


Tourism contributed to UAE's economic growth: Economy Minister


Road shows in Brazil raise general awareness about Dubai attractions


ADTA delegation plans road show in China


ADTC receives tourist ship 'Crystal Symphony'


‘Tourism is booming’ across Middle East


Desert Islands to spearhead Western region's tourism development


Al Qasba set to take part in Arabian Travel Market 2008


Dubai World Chairman tours QE2, discusses refurbishment plans


Sharjah Crown Prince launches the emirate's new identity


Khalifa reviews progress on tourism projects


VP opens WTTC in Dubai


Sultan bin Tahnoun calls for closer public-private sector collaboration


ADTA unveils details of its tourism strategy


Khor Fakkan port receives Christopher Columbus tourist ship


Luxury floating resort visits Abu Dhabi


Experts-Abu Dhabi enjoys excellent potential to establish int'l partnerships, attract key industries and corps


DTCM to open two offices to tap into Chinese market


Scandinavian visitors to Sharjah set to increase by 10%


Tourism adds 22.6% to UAE economy


Sa'adiyat island's cultural projects sparks German interest


ADTA showcases Abu Dhabi's tourism offering at ITB Berlin


Dubai receives 120,205 cruise tourists in 2007


Aldar to touch down in Berlin


Marketing Abu Dhabi as a brand to the world


TDIC's investment at Sa'adiyat Island stands at Dh10b


UAE ranked 'best Arab country' in World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Index


ADTA will issue 100 licences to tourist guides