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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

ADTA/TDIC break ground on new 'green building' headquarters

Posted on 19/02/2008

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the emirate's leading tourism asset developer, have broken ground on their new waterfront joint headquarters conceptualised to be at the forefront of intuitive sustainable design. Being built adjacent to Maqta Bridge, the main gateway to Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the new headquarters has been designed by Singapore's Surbana Consultants. The headquarters is being positioned ...  >>MORE

UAE is an important tourist hub for Britain

Posted on 16/02/2008

With just two months to go before the groundbreaking Terminal 5 opens at London's Heathrow Airport, British Airway's Middle East chief, Robbie Baird yesterday emphasised the importance of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi routes to the airline. He told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement that "the UAE enjoys unique tourist merits, making it a tourist hub for British and European tourists. Hence, the BA increased its trips to the country to match huge tourist growth, particularly in Abu Dhabi and ...  >>MORE

Tourist arrivals on the rise in Dubai

Posted on 16/02/2008

The total number of tourists booking into hotels in Dubai grew by nine per cent from 1999 to 2004, from 3.02 million to 5.42 million, according to Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Though the figures increased in 2007 to 6.44m, they were still below the industry expectations due to a fall in tourist traffic from Europe. A spokesman for DTCM said the number of tourists from Europe went up by 32 per cent between 1999 and 2004, from 860,341 to 1,713,802. In 2006, more ...  >>MORE

Boon of security is the chief factor that attracts tourism investment: Sheikh Saif

Posted on 14/02/2008

The achievements of the country supported by its prudent leadership and the guaranteeing of safety and security for all, have enormously contributed to the substantial increase in investments in tourism sector, said Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He added that the environment of peace and security UAE is blessed with continues to encourage investors contributing to the growth of economic activity and tourism in the country. Sheikh Saif made these remarks during ...  >>MORE

Over 1.4 million tourists visited Sharjah during 2007

Posted on 05/02/2008

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has recently issued detailed statistics of the emirate's tourism sector performance for the year ended 31 December 2007. According to the report, the tourism sector continued its substantial growth in 2007. The number of guests staying in Sharjah's hotels and hotel apartments surged by 11 percent in 2007, to 1,456,058 guests, as compared to the figure of 1,315,745 guests recorded in 2006. Sharjah's hotels accommodated 722,948 ...  >>MORE

Building tourism in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/01/2008

Abu Dhabi tourism is on an upswing, with the number of tourists increasing every year. With a target close to three million tourists by 2015, challenges remain - especially in ensuring adequate room capacity. Gulf News spoke to Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, on various issues including regulations governing hotels and the kind of tourists being targeted. Gulf News: There's talk that Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's target of three million tourist ...  >>MORE

British website selects Abu Dhabi as one of top 10 tourist destinations

Posted on 14/01/2008

UK's largest online travel agent, expedia.co.uk, has selected Abu Dhabi as one of the world's top 10 destinations to visit in 2008, a development which is likely to further boost the popularity the emirate enjoys among global tourists, among whom are high net worth individuals. "This is a fantastic development as there's a lot of competition among global cities to be on that list," said an Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. ADTA is the apex ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi sees 16% tourism boost

Posted on 02/01/2008

The number of visitors to Abu Dhabi grew by 16 per cent in 2007 – one of the highest growth rates for the sector in the world. However, the head of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) said the emirate does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the increase. A strategic study on Abu Dhabi's tourism sector conducted by ADTA for 2015 said about 1.37 million tourists visited the capital in 2007, compared to 1.18m in 2006. And the study predicted the sector will host 1.58 million visitors in ...  >>MORE

Investment boost for UAE tourism industry

Posted on 02/01/2008

ABU DHABI Investments of US$136 billion (Dh499bn) will be made to develop business and tourism assets to increase visitor numbers from 1.35 million in 2006 to 3 million by 2015. The total value of announced and ongoing projects in Abu Dhabi is close to Dh1 trillion. Around 40 private sector hotels and resorts will be built by 2010. DUBAI The emirate aims to woo 15 million business and leisure visitors to contribute 20 per cent of GDP. One of the major upcoming projects is the US$1.8bn ...  >>MORE

Costa Europa docks at Port Zayed

Posted on 30/12/2007

In a move that will help boost Abu Dhabi's stature in world tourism, Costa Europa, a major European cruise liner, berthed at Port Zayed yesterday. On board the 642-cabin ship are more than 1,650 tourists in addition to some 700 crew members. Mohammed Abdul Aziz, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said the port authorities had made the necessary arrangements to enable the tourists take a city tour, including the Corniche and Heritage Village. More than 18,000 tourists visited Abu ...  >>MORE

Dubai to begin work on second cruise terminal within a year

Posted on 24/12/2007

Dubai will start work on a second cruise terminal within a year to handle the expected doubling of cruise tourists in 2010, a senior official said. Cruise operators take advantage of the Gulf's mild temperatures and sunshine from December to March to bring in passengers who want to escape the frigid winters in Europe and the US. Dubai is expecting 165,000 cruise tourists during the 2007-08 season. The number is expected to exceed 200,000 in the 2008-09 season and 350,000 in the next winter ...  >>MORE

Chinese visitor numbers to UAE likely to increase

Posted on 23/12/2007

The UAE's tourism industry is being urged to prepare for a large number of arrivals from China as the Chinese outbound market expands in tandem with rapid economic growth. Chinese tourists mostly travel to destinations within the region such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Japan but they are increasingly ready to explore places in other regions, Gulf News quoted industry experts as saying. "Travel is becoming a routine from once-in-a-lifetime experience, but ...  >>MORE

Emirates starts development of US$69m Wolgan Valley Resort

Posted on 22/11/2007

Emirates on Wednesday started the development of the US$69 million Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia's Blue Mountains, a project that will see the transformation of 4,000 acres of distressed farming land into a high-value conservation site. Yesterday's ceremony marked the beginning of Emirates' first resort project outside Dubai. The resort is the second conservation focused property in the expanding portfolio of Emirates Hotels & Resorts - the hospitality division of the airline. ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture launches tourism award

Posted on 19/11/2007

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development has launched a series of tourism awards to encourage four and five star hotels and shopping malls to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the UAE's National day by exploring and promoting the culture, heritage, history and hospitality through innovation. These hotels and shopping malls are invited to participate in the awards by displaying the best traditional decorations, presenting the UAE folkloric shows and other elements of tradition ...  >>MORE

DTCM bags two awards at WTM-2007 in London

Posted on 15/11/2007

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has bagged two awards at the World Travel Market (WTM-2007) in London, where it is having a big presence for the 18th successive year. Selling Long Haul magazine awards have been given after the travel agents voted the DTCM UK and Ireland representation office for offering the best overall service to the trade and also for providing the best all-round range of training initiatives to the travel agents. The DTCM's UK and Ireland ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi showcases mega tourism projects in WTM

Posted on 12/11/2007

Abu Dhabi will participate in this year's World Travel Market (WTM 2007), the world's premier travel and tourism show being held in London from November 12 to 15, 2007. Through the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and its key industry partners from government and private sectors, Abu Dhabi will be making its largest ever presence in the 28th edition of the annual event. This year's participation comes at a time when Abu Dhabi is witnessing an unprecedented boom in the tourism, real estate ...  >>MORE

UAE wins Best Country Brand for Resort/Lodgings Options in Index 2007

Posted on 12/11/2007

The UAE has been hailed as one of the ?rising stars? among the world's top tourist destinations by an independent global study, after winning the coveted Best Country Brand in the Resort/Lodging Options category for the first time. According to the 2007 Country Brand Index (CBI), which was released ahead of this week's World Travel Market in London, the UAE is one of the world's top two shopping havens, and is among the top three countries with the highest potential to become a major tourist ...  >>MORE

DTCM-UHK sign joint promotional deal

Posted on 09/11/2007

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Landkreis Unstrut-Hainich (UHK), a district in the north of Thuringia , Germany , have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support each other in marketing and promoting tourist attractions, products and services of both the destinations and stimulate tourism and business between both the regions. The MoU was signed by the DTCM Director General, Khalid A bin Sulayem, and Harald Zanker, UHK District Governor, at a ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi brand identity unveiled

Posted on 08/11/2007

The Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority yesterday unveiled the highly anticipated new brand identity for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The event was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Dhiab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi marks presence in three international tourism exhibitions in a fortnight

Posted on 27/09/2007

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the apex body that manages the tourism sector of the emirate, is highlighting the emirate's tourism potential in three international exhibitions within a span of two weeks. ADTA has taken part in the JATA World Tourism Congress and Travel Fair (JATAWTF2007) concluded in Tokyo last week, and in Leisure Moscow 2007, from September 25- 28 in the Russian capital, and Top Resa which initiates today till the 28th in Deauville, France. The strong promotional ...  >>MORE

DTCM office launches world's first Ramadan tourism campaign in Japan

Posted on 19/09/2007

As part of a unique marketing and promotional initiative to increase the number of overseas visitors to Dubai during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched its inaugural 'Dubai - Taste of Ramadan' travel campaign in the Japanese market. The DTCM initiative is a unique tourism campaign targeting Japanese leisure travellers to visit Dubai during the Holy Month and to experience first-hand the cultural attractions of Dubai during this ...  >>MORE

ADNEC expects more than 1.5 million visitors in 2008

Posted on 18/09/2007

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed that it expects 1.5 million visitors to attend events at the new Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during 2008, with the 50 per cent increase on initial predictions attributed to soaring attendance records. The revised figures also indicate that ADNEC will grow the exhibition industry in the UAE by around 33 per cent, rather than the 25 per cent previously predicted. International and national event organisers have been extremely ...  >>MORE

DTCM Bags Japan's top tourism award

Posted on 17/09/2007

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has bagged the prestigious "Best Tourism Office in Japan” award, presented by the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA).Glenn Johnston, Director of the DTCM Japan office received the award on behalf of the Department at a ceremony held recently as part of the JATA World Tourism Congress at the Tokyo Big Sight Conference Tower in Tokyo, Japan. JATA awarded DTCM with the accolade praising the Department's recent marketing and ...  >>MORE

Hot place to Chill Out as ice age dawns

Posted on 15/09/2007

A new meaning has been given to kicking back with a cold one. Forget putting ice cubes in your glass. The cooler place to visit in town is 6 degrees below zero, contains 40,000 tonnes of ice flown in from Canada and recommends its patrons to stay only about 40 minutes. Chill Out is the first ice bar in the Middle East and is located at the Times Square Centre on Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai. There are eight other ice bars in the world, all made of ice, as the name suggests, but the one in ...  >>MORE

Tourism in Dubai will scale record heights, say residents

Posted on 14/09/2007

Residents around the city expressed their delight with the news that the Burj Dubai is officially the world's tallest building, and regard themselves as fortunate to witness the construction of the soaring building. The Burj Dubai reached 150 storeys yesterday at a towering 550 metres and was officially declared the world's tallest building, The Burj Dubai surpassed the CN Tower in Toronto on September 12, and exceeded Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers in late July. "It is a great ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Island ranked a 'hit' destination of the future

Posted on 10/09/2007

Saadiyat Island, the natural island lying offshore Abu Dhabi city, has been rated among top 10 contenders to become one of the most trendy tourism destinations in the world. In a research carried out by The Wall Street Journal, one of the world's leading daily business publications, international travel scouts have ranked Saadiyat as a destination that will become a hit in the coming years. The travel scouts said Saadiyat Island's main attractions would be the luxury hotels planned for its ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority chairman discusses cooperation with Mexico

Posted on 15/08/2007

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the apex body managing the tourism sector of the emirate, received a high-level delegation from the National Trust Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR), Mexico, headed by Miguel Angel Gomez Mont, Director General, FONATUR. The meeting highlighted the potential areas of co-operation between Abu Dhabi and Mexico in tourism, and explored possibilities of having an integrated approach considering the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi targets 3m visitors a year by 2015

Posted on 08/08/2007

Abu Dhabi is embarking on an ambitious strategy to attract three million visitors per year by 2015, the Executive Council said in its recently-issued Policy Agenda for 2007-08."Tourism is a critical element in the overall development of Abu Dhabi. It will stimulate and diversify the economy, generate new private sector opportunities and elevate the Emirate's international standing," said the Executive Council in its agenda. "Abu Dhabi is well placed to develop a profitable and successful ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority showcases Abu Dhabi's splendour on London

Posted on 05/08/2007

London - Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the apex body that regulates the tourism sector of the emirate, has embarked on an innovative promotion campaign to highlight the tourism potential of the UAE capital city in the UK.ADTA is showcasing eye-catching visuals of the emirate on 100 London conventional taxis. The innovative promotion has caught the fancy of not only the Britons but also visitors from other countries and UAE residents who are currently vacationing in London. London taxis ...  >>MORE

Cruise ship Queen Victoria to call at Dubai on maiden trip

Posted on 22/07/2007

The ship that will replace the legendary liner Queen Elizabeth 2 will call at Dubai during her first world cruise. The Queen Victoria is scheduled to arrive at the cruise terminal in Dubai on March 31 next year. The announcement from shipping operator Cunard Line that the Queen Victoria will call here comes just weeks after it was revealed that the QE2 would be moored permanently in Dubai as a floating hotel. The Queen Victoria, which will have a gross tonnage of 90,000, will be the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah tourism authority launches "Sharjah Call

Posted on 19/07/2007

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the launch of the Sharjah Call Centre (800SHARJAH), a unified call centre which operates using the latest and most advanced technologies through which it provides tourists, residents and investors with any information they may require about Sharjah. Following several months of preparation of the service by the SCTDA, Sharjah Call Centre will provide an integrated database of tourism and business information on the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah expects high turnout of tourists this summer

Posted on 16/07/2007

Following the launch of its various summer promotional activities, Sharjah has started receiving large numbers of tourists from all over the world. The most prominent of these activities is the Sharjah Summer Promotion, underway since 19 June and set to run until 29 August. The promotion includes special discounts, offers and activities aimed at encouraging shoppers during the summer season. Other entertainment and shopping activities include Qanat Al Qasba's awe-inspiring shows and shopping ...  >>MORE

Falcon Aviation and Alpha Tours launch helicopter operations

Posted on 10/07/2007

Fancy a helicopter ride over The World and Palm Jumeirah? Dream no more. For only Dh3,999, a group of six people can now enjoy an aerial view of the famous spots in Dubai or Abu Dhabi aboard a posh air-conditioned helicopter. Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), a UAE-based aviation service provider, and Alpha Tours, a destination management firm, yesterday launched their "first and biggest" helicopter operations in the UAE with an initial investment of Dh75 million. With only two or three firms ...  >>MORE

Emirates Tourism Services Centre opened in Queensland

Posted on 02/07/2007

Canberra - A centre for providing UAE holidaymakers vacationing in Australia with assistance, services and care has been opened at Australian State of Queensland by UAE Ambassador in Australia Dr. Saeed Mohammed Al Shamsi. In his inaugural address, Al Shamsi said the Emirates Centre was opened in response to directives given by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 'The Centre, which will be equipped with ...  >>MORE

UAE's tourism project investments exceed 85% of GCC total

Posted on 28/06/2007

The UAE enjoys a clear lead over other countries in the region in efforts to develop tourism-related projects, accounting for 85 percent of the total GCC investments committed to the sector, says a recent market survey conducted by Reed Exhibitions. Out of a total of Dh1 trillion committed to tourism-related projects in the GCC expected to be completed by 2018, the UAE accounts for investments of Dh858 billion that will go into developing tourism projects across the country. Oman, with Dh61 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah wins best stand design award in Beijing International Tourism Expo

Posted on 24/06/2007

Beijing - In a successful end to activities at the Beijing International Tourism Expo, the Emirate of Sharjah won the best stand design amongst more than 800 participating stands from different countries. The awards were handed at a large ceremony attended by the Director General of the Chinese Tourism Authority, the General Organizer of the Exhibition, top officials, other exhibitors and international media. Commenting on this award, Mohamed A. Al Noman, SCTDA Director General praised the ...  >>MORE

QE2 adds to Dubai's iconic attractions

Posted on 23/06/2007

An estimated one million spectators greeted the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship on its maiden arrival in the northwest English port of Liverpool in July 1990. One will have to wait and see how many people turn up to admire the ship when it docks in Dubai in 2008, but its new owner hopes it will become a big tourist attraction in its new role as a floating luxury hotel at the Palm Jumeirah. Dubai World investment firm Istithmar will become the legendary 40-year-old ship's new owner in November ...  >>MORE

Promising growth for Abu Dhabi tourism forecast

Posted on 19/06/2007

An international authority on tourism has forecast that Abu Dhabi is all set to emerge as a pioneer in tourism, providing the global community a unique destination. Professor at the Calgary University in Canada Dr. Donald Gates said that the strategy adopted by the emirate to develop landmarks and innovative projects targets a large splint of the world tourists. Dr. Gates was addressing a workshop organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority with the participation of regional and global ...  >>MORE

Dubai studies plans for new cruise terminal

Posted on 18/06/2007

Dubai is studying construction of a new cruise terminal to handle an expected surge in the number of tourists coming by ship, a senior tourism official said. The emirate beat its target for cruise tourists during the last season, running from October to May, when it received about 85,000 passengers, 20,000 more than it was expecting. The present five-year-old cruise terminal at Port Rashid is big enough to accommodate the cruise passenger numbers projected in the immediate future but a new ...  >>MORE

American tourist traffic set to grow

Posted on 04/06/2007

American tourist traffic is likely to grow with the increase in the number of flights by various airlines between the US and the UAE, according to an official from the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Speaking to Khaleej Times recently during the Press briefing on Delta Air Lines' inaugural Dubai-Atlanta service, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairy, Director-Operations and Marketing Division of DTCM, said although it may take a while to clear the American ...  >>MORE

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ADTA will issue 100 licences to tourist guides


ADTA/TDIC break ground on new 'green building' headquarters


UAE is an important tourist hub for Britain


Tourist arrivals on the rise in Dubai


Boon of security is the chief factor that attracts tourism investment: Sheikh Saif


Over 1.4 million tourists visited Sharjah during 2007


Building tourism in Abu Dhabi


British website selects Abu Dhabi as one of top 10 tourist destinations


Abu Dhabi sees 16% tourism boost


Investment boost for UAE tourism industry


Costa Europa docks at Port Zayed


Dubai to begin work on second cruise terminal within a year


Chinese visitor numbers to UAE likely to increase


Emirates starts development of US$69m Wolgan Valley Resort


Ministry of Culture launches tourism award


DTCM bags two awards at WTM-2007 in London


Abu Dhabi showcases mega tourism projects in WTM


UAE wins Best Country Brand for Resort/Lodgings Options in Index 2007


DTCM-UHK sign joint promotional deal


New Abu Dhabi brand identity unveiled


Abu Dhabi marks presence in three international tourism exhibitions in a fortnight


DTCM office launches world's first Ramadan tourism campaign in Japan


ADNEC expects more than 1.5 million visitors in 2008


DTCM Bags Japan's top tourism award


Hot place to Chill Out as ice age dawns


Tourism in Dubai will scale record heights, say residents


Saadiyat Island ranked a 'hit' destination of the future


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority chairman discusses cooperation with Mexico


Abu Dhabi targets 3m visitors a year by 2015


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority showcases Abu Dhabi's splendour on London


Cruise ship Queen Victoria to call at Dubai on maiden trip


Sharjah tourism authority launches "Sharjah Call


Sharjah expects high turnout of tourists this summer


Falcon Aviation and Alpha Tours launch helicopter operations


Emirates Tourism Services Centre opened in Queensland


UAE's tourism project investments exceed 85% of GCC total


Sharjah wins best stand design award in Beijing International Tourism Expo


QE2 adds to Dubai's iconic attractions


Promising growth for Abu Dhabi tourism forecast


Dubai studies plans for new cruise terminal


American tourist traffic set to grow