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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

DTCM launch interactive electronic map of Dubai

Posted on 14/09/2006

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a new interactive Electronic Map of Dubai on its hugely-popular website. The comprehensive website is presently available in English, Arabic, German, French, Spanish and Japanese languages. The website receives an average of 1.5 million hits a day, making it the most-popular web address for anything about the booming year-round business and leisure destination. Dubai's impressive portfolio of 409 hotels and hotel ...  >>MORE

UK's leading travel magazine experiences the magic of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/08/2006

Nick Redman, deputy editor of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, one of the UK's leading travel and lifestyle publications, has recently experienced first hand the authentic culture and Arabian hospitality of Abu Dhabi. After attending one of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority's (ADTA) newly instated open-house functions at No 1 Knightsbridge in Central London, Redman was inspired to witness first hand, the exciting developments contributing to secure Abu Dhabi's image as one of the worlds' most ...  >>MORE

1st edition of Abu Dhabi English tourist guide released

Posted on 28/08/2006

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has published the first English edition of the minimized tourist guide of Abu Dhabi The 230-page guide offers basic information on Abu Dhabi city, its history since the year 1760, geographical location, distances to other emirates, a map of the UAE showing locations of the seven emirates, in addition to the most important tourist destinations and activities and hotels and resorts. The guide also gives information on the biggest shopping spots in the emirate, its ...  >>MORE

Tourism panel maps out desert safari sites

Posted on 13/08/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) presided over the sixth meeting of the Tour Operators Committee held Friday at its premises. The meeting discussed the means of improving the quality of services offered by tour operators, including desert safari and other associated desert activities. It further identified geographical sites which were considered ideal for desert safaris and accompanied activities. In remarks during the meeting ADTA Director General and Chairman of the Committee ...  >>MORE

Significant growth ahead for Abu Dhabi tourism

Posted on 22/07/2006

The tourism sector in Abu Dhabi has achieved a tremendous growth during the first half of 2006, according to a study by one of the leading consultancy houses. The analytical study said that tourism in the emirate has witnessed a growth rate of 17% during the first half of 2006, compared with the similar period in 2005. The sector provides around 32,000 employment opportunities every year. Its annual revenues are estimated at Dh8.7 billion, contributing 7.1% of the emirate's Gross Domestic ...  >>MORE

Tourism sector to step up Emiratisation

Posted on 14/07/2006

Dubai's tourism industry, which has recorded double-digit growth, will absorb 600 UAE nationals every year, as part of the Emiratisation drive, government officials said on Wednesday. The sector has one of the poorest records in Emiratisation. Ebrahim Yaqoot, Manager of Human Resources at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai (DTCM), said the Maharat programme for the nationalisation of the hospitality sector does not currently focus on a certain nationalisation rate. ...  >>MORE

Tourism sector contributes 1.2% to Abu Dhabi economy

Posted on 10/07/2006

With its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) having swollen to a staggering 62 per cent in five years, the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi has recorded an annual growth of 17 per cent during the last couple of years. According to a study by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), tourism has carved a niche as a significant driving force in the emirate's economy. "The tourism industry, including those sectors directly in contact with visitors, generated AED 3.7 billion of GDP in 2005, or 1.2% of the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's new 'around town' guide

Posted on 02/07/2006

As part of it's on going goal to encourage tourism and the quality of living in the emirate, the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority has published a new guide for residents, visitors and potential visitors to the area. The handy sized book, 'Sharjah the Guide' newly released in its 4th edition is produced and compiled by long-term residents of the emirate. Designed to inform existing residents, newcomers, tourists and business travellers about the sights and attractions ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for greater inter-Arab tourism exchange

Posted on 27/06/2006

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has put up a strong case for the intra-Arab tourism promotion and greater cooperation between the Arab countries at two crucial meetings held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo recently. The UAE underscored the imperative need for further energizing the efforts to consolidate tourism in the Arab world and strategies to promote the Arab world's tourism attractions to the outside world as well. The UAE delegation was headed by Mr. Mohammed Khamis bin ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi basks in the limelight of tourism media in the UK

Posted on 21/06/2006

Abu Dhabi emirate is carving a niche as a top tourist destination, according to a survey by a leading British travel agent. The emirate is gaining immense popularity as more and more tourists tend to look for new and exotic destinations, further a field from the traditional destinations of Paris and New York, said Expedia, the biggest online travel agent in the UK serving millions of travellers every year. According to an on-line analysis of the survey conducted by the agency, Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to see rise in inflow of tourists

Posted on 14/06/2006

Sharjah expects to witness a substantial increase in the number of tourists from the Gulf countries during this summer, a senior official of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said. The SCTDA recently completed a series of successful road shows in the GCC countries to promote Sharjah tourism industry where it attracted hundreds of travel and tourism companies through various workshops. Tourists from the Gulf countries accounted for 30 per cent of tourism to the ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues law on regulation of tourism industry

Posted on 04/06/2006

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued Law No 13 for 2006 regarding supervising and monitoring tourism facilities in the emirate. The law stipulates that no one is allowed to practice any tourism activities before obtaining a licence from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), and they must abide by regulations followed in the emirate. The authority is the regulatory body of all tourism facilities and activities in ...  >>MORE

Khalifa reviews models of vital projects in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/05/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reviewed yesterday models and designs of Sir Bani Yas Island Project which is aimed at making the island an environmental and touristic destination. Sheikh Khalifa also reviewed a model for the International Exhibitions Complex project, recently announced by ADNEC with a cost up to Dh8 billion. Present were General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Tahnoon ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed visits Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Posted on 28/05/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited yesterday the premises of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Sheikh Mohammed's visit was within the context of his keenest to gain a first-hand view on the performance of various government institutions in Abu Dhabi emirate. Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, was briefed on the activities and plans of ADTA by Sheikh Sultan bin ...  >>MORE

Sharjah sees Dh2 billion in tourism sector investments

Posted on 17/05/2006

The Sharjah tourism sector expects investments in the range of Dh1.5 billion to Dh2 billion this year, Sharjah tourism authority has said. The emirate, which is known as the cultural capita of the UAE, would see three to four new hotels built in the current year, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, SCTDA, Director Mohammed A. Ali Noman, told ‘The Gulf Today.' SCTDA is organising road shows in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in cooperation with their representatives ...  >>MORE

DTCM launches an extensive media and advertising campaign to promote Dubai

Posted on 06/05/2006

The Government of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), in its continued endeavour to enrich visitors' experience and make the Dubai tour memorable, has launched a comprehensive media and advertising campaign which includes outdoor, print, Radio commercials and a new set of informative brochures in an innovative size, style and an array of lively colours during the ongoing Arabian Travel Market (ATM-2006). The campaign by the Media and Advertising section of the DTCM ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority pavilion to feature future tourism projects in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 01/05/2006

Abu Dhabi Emirate is set to stage a strong performance during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Exhibition which will kick off on Tuesday, a top official of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has said. "The participation of Abu Dhabi at the ATM show will be a resounding success. We are confident of staging a strong performance that will reinforce and promote Abu Dhabi's standing in the global tourism map", said Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi sees 50% leisure visitors by 2015

Posted on 01/05/2006

Abu Dhabi expects leisure travellers to form 50 per cent of all visitors arriving in the emirate by 2015. At present only 25 per cent of hotel guests in Abu Dhabi are leisure travellers. Though the business travel segment continues to see growth, the government is undertaking a number of projects to boost the share of the leisure sector in tourism. "We are targeting three million hotel guests (per year) by 2015. At present business travellers represent about 75 per cent of hotels guests in ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays staging 'A World of Choice' brochure launch extravaganza

Posted on 26/04/2006

The Gulf's biggest and brightest showcase of global holiday offerings takes place in Dubai later this week when Emirates Holidays, the tour operating arm of Emirates Airline, unveils its 'A World of Choice' 2006-7 brochures with Emirates Holidays World 2006 - a three-day exhibition extravaganza for the travel trade which includes two days for the general public. The annual Emirates Holidays World brochure launch - by the largest wholesale tour operator in the Gulf and Middle East - is an ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi tipped as new holiday hotspot

Posted on 25/04/2006

Abu Dhabi is being earmarked to take off as a new hotspot holiday destination this year, according to a leading UK travel agent. Online travel agent Expedia.co.uk has unveiled its new 'Hottest Destinations' for 2006 based on a customer poll and bookings. laces such as the UAE capital and Montreal in Canada are being tipped as popular new holiday locations in the coming months, as tourists seek new places to experience. Estonia is likely to be replaced by Abu Dhabi as a hotspot, the survey ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi nets Dh3 billion from tourism

Posted on 24/04/2006

The volume of ticket sales and the income of Abu Dhabi's tourism sector has touched US$800 million (Dh3 billion) in 2005. This reflects the impact of tourism sector on Abu Dhabi's economy and enhances the efforts and plans made by the government through the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to increase the contribution of this vital sector to the gross domestic product, Chairman of the Travel and Tourism Committee at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nasser Butti Omair bin Yousuf said. ...  >>MORE

DTCM launches Arabic & German versions of Dubai Official Pocket Guide

Posted on 22/04/2006

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has released the second edition of the Arabic and German versions of Dubai Official Pocket Guide recently. The third edition of the English version of the Dubai Official Pocket Guide was released earlier. The convenient pocket-sized official guide acts as a quick reference guide for tourists including important information on the local culture, business and different activities within Dubai. The pocket guide also contains ...  >>MORE

DTCM ties up sponsorship with Virgin Atlantic Airways

Posted on 01/04/2006

The Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, held talks with Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group and one of Britain's most famous entrepreneurs, who is Dubai in connection with the commencement of Virgin Atlantic's first-ever Middle East operations with London-Dubai flight. Britain's second biggest carrier will initially operate four flights a week but will increase to five from May 1 with daily ...  >>MORE

UAE poised to become ecotourist destination

Posted on 28/03/2006

A plan is being devised to develop ecotourism in the UAE, environmental officials announced yesterday. The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, currently one of two protected areas in Abu Dhabi, will become an ecotourist destination in 2007. The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) manages the Al Wathba reserve and is in the process of finalising a master plan to construct a fully equipped visitor's centre, a museum and an educational centre. The final proposal will be submitted later this year in ...  >>MORE

DTCM launch 2006 edition of Dubai Business Handbook

Posted on 28/03/2006

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has released the new edition of the Dubai Business Handbook 2006, a comprehensive update of all new business and investment opportunities in Dubai. A total of 20,000 copies have been printed and will be available to industry stakeholders, businessmen and potential investors in the emirate. Copies of the new edition will also be distributed to all the DTCM Overseas Representative offices in a bid to attract greater business ...  >>MORE

DTCM accords priority to special needs tourism

Posted on 28/03/2006

In its continued bid to accord priority to tourists with special needs and offer them the best of services available anywhere in the world, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) held the first meeting of the 2006 Task Force for special needs recently. The task force was formed by the DTCM with panel members drawn from representatives of the Department of Civil Aviation, DNATA, Dubai International Financial Centre, Jumeirah International, Dubai Municipality and Dubai ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority opens Frankfurt Office

Posted on 25/03/2006

Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan inaugurated on Thursday the Frankfurt ADTA's Representative Office. The ceremony was attended by UAE Ambassador to Germany Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud and a host of officials, economists and representatives of tourism companies. The second ADTA office in Europe will contribute to promoting Abu Dhabi's touristic potentials and to turning it into an investment and touristic destination, Sheikh Sultan stated. ADTA ...  >>MORE

Tourist programmes for media delegations

Posted on 22/03/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has recently organized tourist programmes for several media delegations which visited Abu Dhabi with the aim to prepare documentaries and reports about the emirate. The delegations represent prestigious media organizations in several countries, and they include Sony Conference, Italy's TW TV channel, Foxtours, Britain's MorningTV in addition to elite journalists from Canada. The delegations' visits are part of a promotional campaign launched by Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans road shows in Britain, Germany

Posted on 12/03/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) will organize road shows in Britain and Germany this year to boost efforts aimed at promoting tourism to the emirate, a top official said in Berlin yesterday.. ADTA will organize two road shows in Britain and two in Germany, but dates to start the campaign are yet to be decided, Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director-General of ADTA. He was speaking in Berlin where Abu Dhabi, along with other tourism department and tourism industry leaders from the UAE, are ...  >>MORE

Hamburg expects 25 per cent growth in tourism from UAE

Posted on 11/03/2006

With Emirates launching services to Hamburg, Germany, the Hamburg Tourist Board expects revenues from the UAE to go up by 25 per cent at least, by the end of 2006, a board official said. "The revenues from the UAE are minuscule now – just about 0.1 per cent. But we expect a 20 per cent increase in overnight stays from the UAE this year and so, our revenues should go up as well,” said Dr Bettina Bunge, marketing director at the Hamburg Tourist Board. The total revenue generated by the ...  >>MORE

ADNH attends ITB 2006

Posted on 11/03/2006

Strengthening ties between the UAE's capital and the German and international tourism markets, Abu Dhabi's leading hospitality group, Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH), is attending this year's International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin March 8-12. This year, Abu Dhabi will be showcased in a 306 square meter pavilion. ADNH will participate alongside Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority as well as 64 other exhibitors representing hotel and tour operators in Abu Dhabi. ITB is welcoming 10,856 ...  >>MORE

UAE to tap space tourism

Posted on 18/02/2006

The only company to have sent tourists into space has announced plans to develop a commercial spaceport in Ras Al Khaimah, from where it will operate suborbital flights. His Highness Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and the emirate's Department of Civil Aviation has granted clearance to Space Adventures Ltd to operate suborbital flights from the emirate. The project will cost US$265 million (Dh975 million), officials said. The ...  >>MORE

Plan to privatise Al Ain tourist resort

Posted on 18/02/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has been considering privatising Mubazzara, a popular tourist resort in Al Ain, a senior government official said. The move has been initiated under the newly adopted policy of private and public partnership in Abu Dhabi. Mubarak Saif Al Shamsi, deputy manager of privatisation, said the search for an appropriate company with sufficient experience in tourism would be selected for the management and operations of the resort. Green Mubazzara, a popular tourist ...  >>MORE

Dh2b tourism project in Fujairah

Posted on 18/02/2006

Paradise International UAE will launch one of the biggest tourism investment properties in Fujairah next March. The project, Fujairah Paradise, will cost about Dh2 billion, and includes building 1,000 luxury villas, a five-star hotel, and a shopping mall by the coast of the Arabian Sea. A statement issued by the company yesterday said it started receiving ownership and investment requests for this project. Khuloud Al Nuaimi, a UAE national, has been appointed by Paradise as sales manager, ...  >>MORE

Increase in tourists to Sharjah

Posted on 09/02/2006

Close to 700,000 tourists flocked to Sharjah as the emirate benefited from a mix of an aggressive marketing campaign abroad and higher hotel rates in other emirates. The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said the number of hotel occupants rose by 10 per cent to reach 688,299 guests during 2005, compared to 622,133 occupants in the year 2004. Hotel nights saw an increment of five per cent in occupancy, with 822,004 nights registered till the end of 2005, compared to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority regional office set to sharpen Abu Dhabi competitive edge

Posted on 06/02/2006

The inauguration of the first international tourism marketing office of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in London was hailed here today as a significant step towards strengthening and sharpening the competitive edge of Abu Dhabi in the European travel and tourism market. Located at the prestigious No. 1 Knightsbridge, London, the office was officially inaugurated on Thursday by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADTA Chairman in the presence of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister ...  >>MORE

British experts praise tourism standards in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/02/2006

London - British experts have praised Abu Dhabi's efforts to improve its tourism sector to match with the giant development stride the emirate has so far made in all areas. This came during the opening ceremony of the London office of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADTA Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun, British and European businessmen, tourism ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority opens office in London

Posted on 04/02/2006

London - The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) last night inaugurated its first regional office in London in a colourful ceremony attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture. Speaking on the occasion, which was attended by a number of British officials, representatives of global tourism operators in London, Arab and foreign diplomats and businessmen, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADTA Chairman, said the move is part of the ADTA's strategy to ...  >>MORE

ADTA to open office in London

Posted on 03/02/2006

London - The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority will opened first international tourism marketing office on Thursday at the prestigious No. 1 Knightsbridge, London in a move aimed at promoting the emirate in Europe and the rest of the world. The office will be officially inaugurated by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADTA Chairman. "The office will strengthen marketing and promotional efforts and help get a larger share of European travel and tourism market to Abu Dhabi by promoting the ...  >>MORE

Tourist chiefs to put Ras al-Khaimah on world

Posted on 31/01/2006

The world's magazines and travel programmes may be full of the wonders of Dubai, but they may have to make room for another emirate – as Ras al-Khaimah launches itself into the international tourism game. While Dubai has been busy transforming its desert into a world-class tourism and business hub over the past 30 years, Ras al-Khaimah seemed content with more traditional methods of income, such as farming and fishing, as well as enjoying a thriving industrial sector. But with the ...  >>MORE

Dubai promotes special needs tourism

Posted on 28/12/2005

Although special needs tourism is grossly under-developed in many leading destinations, Dubai is set to become a market leader through a series of initiatives made possible by a heightened awareness and effective partnership between the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and the public and private sector organizations. Dubai is fast developing itself as a destination and is accessible to Special Needs visitors with its eyes set on an estimated market of 600 million ...  >>MORE

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DTCM launch interactive electronic map of Dubai


UK's leading travel magazine experiences the magic of Abu Dhabi


1st edition of Abu Dhabi English tourist guide released


Tourism panel maps out desert safari sites


Significant growth ahead for Abu Dhabi tourism


Tourism sector to step up Emiratisation


Tourism sector contributes 1.2% to Abu Dhabi economy


Sharjah's new 'around town' guide


UAE calls for greater inter-Arab tourism exchange


Abu Dhabi basks in the limelight of tourism media in the UK


Sharjah to see rise in inflow of tourists


Khalifa issues law on regulation of tourism industry


Khalifa reviews models of vital projects in Abu Dhabi


Mohammed bin Zayed visits Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority


Sharjah sees Dh2 billion in tourism sector investments


DTCM launches an extensive media and advertising campaign to promote Dubai


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority pavilion to feature future tourism projects in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi sees 50% leisure visitors by 2015


Emirates Holidays staging 'A World of Choice' brochure launch extravaganza


Abu Dhabi tipped as new holiday hotspot


Abu Dhabi nets Dh3 billion from tourism


DTCM launches Arabic & German versions of Dubai Official Pocket Guide


DTCM ties up sponsorship with Virgin Atlantic Airways


UAE poised to become ecotourist destination


DTCM launch 2006 edition of Dubai Business Handbook


DTCM accords priority to special needs tourism


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority opens Frankfurt Office


Tourist programmes for media delegations


Abu Dhabi plans road shows in Britain, Germany


Hamburg expects 25 per cent growth in tourism from UAE


ADNH attends ITB 2006


UAE to tap space tourism


Plan to privatise Al Ain tourist resort


Dh2b tourism project in Fujairah


Increase in tourists to Sharjah


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority regional office set to sharpen Abu Dhabi competitive edge


British experts praise tourism standards in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority opens office in London


ADTA to open office in London


Tourist chiefs to put Ras al-Khaimah on world


Dubai promotes special needs tourism