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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Hospitality training centre planned in UAE

Posted on 28/12/2005

The UAE will soon have a hospitality training centre that will focus on management, travel and tourism. The new facility will be opened by Bahrain-based Baisan Institute of Hospitality Management (BIHM) to meet the growing demand for trained staff. Tourism industry experts expect the hospitality industry to triple in size by 2020, making it the world's largest specialised sector. The institute has opened similar centres in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Libya and Egypt where it partnered with ...  >>MORE

UK travellers are biggest spenders in UAE

Posted on 27/12/2005

UK tourists and business travellers spent US$74 million in the UAE in June, July and August this year the largest amount spent by any group. According to statistics released by Visa International, spending during the summer increased by around 30 per cent compared to 2004. The figure is up to around US$342 million. UK visitors out-spent travellers from Saudi Arabia, normally the biggest spenders among travellers in the Middle East, by nearly 45 per cent. Saudis spent US$41 million, according ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Al Fahim group ink landmark partnership

Posted on 26/12/2005

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Al Fahim Group have signed a partnership agreement to build a magnificent tourist complex in one of Abu Dhabi's most booming areas. The agreement involves an investment in developing a tourist complex, which includes a 350-room five-star hotel in the Mabain Al Jirsein area. The partnership agreements involving several new projects and hotel complexes, signed by ADTA and a number of investors and national companies, come in the context of the ...  >>MORE

London taxis advertise Dubai

Posted on 20/12/2005

In a bid to entice tourists from the United Kingdom, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a taxi advertising campaign in London. "This is the first time that the DTCM is experimenting with this mode of advertising and whether the campaign is extended to other countries will all depend on its success in the United Kingdom,” officials at the department said. Dubai is already a desirable destination for travellers from the United Kingdom. Around 600,000 ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourist arrivals cross 5million

Posted on 20/12/2005

The historical growth in visitor arrivals to Dubai rose from 3.6 million in 2001 to 4.7 million in 2002, and exceeded five million in 2004. Historically, demand for hotels has outpaced supply (especially since 2002) achieving a compound annual growth rate of 11.5 per cent from 1996 to year end 2004, according to a recent report issued by TRI Hospitality Consulting. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi tourism draws extensive media coverage

Posted on 17/12/2005

Abu Dhabi has secured the most extensive media coverage of any Arab destination during the travel exhibitions held in London and Barcelona recently, a media analysis has found. Media Watch Middle East, a specialized media monitoring organization, said the coverage of Abu Dhabi's participation at the World Travel Market in London and EIBTM in Barcelona during the period from November 12 to December 5, 2005 included 581 articles in 800 pages in the UAE and Britain as well as international ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority expects resounding success in Barcelona travel market

Posted on 30/11/2005

Building on its resounding success at the recently concluded the London World Travel Market, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is taking the opportunity of a similar international gathering of travel and tourism operators in Barcelona to further promote itself as a major leisure and tourism hub. The ADTA has set up an Abu Dhabi-island shaped a pavilion of 343 metres to allow key tourism and travel agencies and companies to showcase the best of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to the world. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority wins best pavilion award at WTM

Posted on 19/11/2005

London - The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has emerged as winner from the World Travel Market (WTM), which wound up its 26th edition here on Thursday. The ADTA was voted as the best pavilion among over 5500 participants from 193 countries. Throughout the four-day international event, 57 tourism and travel agencies showcased their services under the umbrella of the ADTA's pavilion, which proved to be a crowd puller. The Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, UAE's national carrier, was also ...  >>MORE

Tourism key to economic diversification: Sultan bin Tahnoun

Posted on 16/11/2005

Tourism will continue to be the key driver of Abu Dhabi's economic diversification, according to Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Sheikh Sultan, who is one of the speakers at MEED's Major New Project Opportunities conference, to be held in Abu Dhabi on November 20 - 21, pointed to new integrated developments such as at Al Raha Beach and Al Reem Island as driving new tiers of investment in the capital. The emirate is looking to increase tourism ...  >>MORE

DTCM launch Destination Dubai 2006 edition

Posted on 16/11/2005

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) launched the 2006 edition of its annual tourism manual Destination Dubai coinciding with the World Travel Market (WTM-2006) that opened in London on Monday November 14. The 120-page manual is a comprehensive information book for all potential visitors to Dubai and documents the emirate's progress in trade, travel and tourism and sports while offering a complete list of shopping and other leisure options. For the first time this ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi participates with a large delegation at WTM

Posted on 14/11/2005

The Abu Dhabi Emirate's participation with a king-size delegation under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA, in the World Travel Market, WTM, to be held in London from November 14 to 17, 2005 comes in line with the economic, commercial and investment policies being adopted by Abu Dhabi government under the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Abu Dhabi Tourism delegation to the WTM in London covers 57 exhibitors from local departments, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to promote Abu Dhabi's attractions at London

Posted on 12/11/2005

Around 57 exhibitors will represent the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the World Travel Market to be held in London from November 14 to 17. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said the London event represents an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with key global tourism and travel players. 'The significance of this high profile forum to the UAE stems out of the UAE-British strategic partnership and the importance of the British travel ...  >>MORE

New guidebook for UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce

Posted on 31/10/2005

The UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry has issued a new guidebook on Tourism in UAE. The 2005/2006 guidebook, which is the first of its kind in the whole Arab world, includes a list of names of tourism companies and institutions operating in the country. In the preface Minister of Economy and Planning, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, wrote that the year 2004 had been "Golden Year" for the tourism industry of all the UAE's seven emirates, with hotels recording unprecedented ...  >>MORE

DTCM to launch first-ever cruise service from city

Posted on 26/10/2005

The first-ever luxury cruise line service between Dubai and GCC countries will be launched from October 29. This was announced by Dubai Department of Tourism Commerce and Marketing (DTCM) yesterday. Operated by the Lebanon-based Abou Merhi Cruises, the cruise ship, MV Orient Queen, will operate the service until May 2006 with two weekly trips on Thursdays and Fridays. The vessel will be hubbing at the Dubai Cruise Terminal throughout the operation. The official launch party of the service will ...  >>MORE

Gulf Arab tourists spend US$12b on annual overseas vacations

Posted on 09/10/2005

The lure of high-spending Arab travellers is prompting an influx of national tourism organisations into the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which contributes more than US$12 billion (Dh44 billion) to annual international vacation spending. No less than six new national tourism boards from Europe, Asia and Africa have launched direct Middle East operations in Dubai this year, following the footsteps of the long-established VisitBritain, the national tourism board of Britain, and India ...  >>MORE

A traditional treat for tourists

Posted on 01/10/2005

Hassan Mohammad explains the benefits of olive oil from Palestine to a tourist from England and her children, at the UAE Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi. Hassan says about 40 tourists visit the village daily during summer. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Ras al-Khaimah’s bid to woo visitors

Posted on 01/10/2005

Ras al-Khaimah, a scenically endowed emirate just 45 minutes away from Dubai by road, with a 64-km stretch of pristine coastline, is preparing to provide visitors with an experience that goes beyond the sun 'n sea routine. Tourism authorities of RAK have rolled out a series of events to showcase the culture, history and the natural beauty of the emirate to up-market tourists from Europe, GCC and the rest of the world, beginning with the RAK Marathon 2006. The marathon will be run along a ...  >>MORE

Al Maha is a hot favourite with Japanese tourists

Posted on 24/09/2005

The only conservation-based resort in the region - Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa - has proved immensely popular with the discerning Japanese traveller. Japan emerged as the fastest-growing market for the ultra-luxurious, cameo resort, which has seen its Japanese arrivals increase annually by almost 30 per cent on average since 2001. The year-on-year growth rate for 2005 is forecasted to touch an approximate 40 per cent. Al Maha, which is tucked away within the vast sand dunes of the 225 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority plans major push in Europe

Posted on 19/09/2005

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has announced plans to participate in a number of major international tourism exhibitions in the coming months as part of its far-reaching campaign to promote the emirate in the important European market. ADTA Chairman HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said the exhibitions would play a major role in showcasing Abu Dhabi's tourism potential and attractions to tour operators, travel agents and the media in key source markets. "Taking part in these events ...  >>MORE

Dubai City Map 3-D edition launched

Posted on 19/09/2005

The Dubai Municipality launched a new edition of the 3-D Dubai City Map showing the huge changes that have taken place in the city during the past five years. The illustrated map has been updated for the first time since 2000. It shows an aerial view of the city from the Dubai-Sharjah border in the east to Jebel Ali in the west, and from Jumeirah Beach in the South to Emirates Road and Dubai Land in the North. It shows almost all important landmarks in the city, including the old and newly ...  >>MORE

120,000 Gulf tourists visit Sharjah in 3 months

Posted on 19/09/2005

Sharjah hotels have received as many as 120,000 tourists from the Gulf countries during the past three months. Mohammed Al Nouman, director, Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority, attributed the good turnout to the promotional campaign his agency had launched in GCC states in association with the Sharjah government- owned Air Arabia and tourism companies. He said the Authority was on the verge of finalizing the reclassification of the Sharjah hotels in a move designed to evoke a ...  >>MORE

Dubai Tourism and New Delhi sign MoU

Posted on 14/09/2005

New Delhi - The Tourism and Commercial Marketing Department in Dubai has signed yesterday in New Delhi a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union of Indian Industries, to strengthen commercial ties between Dubai and India. An official source speaking for the Department stated that both parties shall in the light of the MoU concentrate on investment in significant industries like Information Technology, precious metals, aviation, food industries and others. The MoU stated that information ...  >>MORE

Tourism body okays 2,261 hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/09/2005

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has nodded approval in principle for the construction of 2,261 new hotel rooms in the emirate. "Out of that total, approvals given to applications submitted during the last three months also included the construction of 763 hotel apartment rooms," said Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, ADTA director general. He added that the Authority had received more than 115 queries from new investors or existing firms for additions or extensions. (The Emirates News Agency, ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to spend Dh3b on tourism development

Posted on 04/09/2005

Fujairah tourism industry will spend around Dh3 billion for the next five years to boost its economy and this will offer new opportunities for private investors, as it will be split between private investors (60 per cent) and 40 per cent from the government revenue, according to sources. The emirate will built the Al Dana project worth Dh 1 billion with 350 villas and other 11 hotels will be built on reclaimed land in the next five years will boost the tourism and hospitality industry in ...  >>MORE

DTCM releases 'Dubai at a glance' to boost domestic tourism

Posted on 24/08/2005

As part of its endeavours to boost domestic tourism and offer tourists opportunities to explore the emirate in a more better way, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has released the first local version of its foldable pocket guide - Dubai At A Glance - in both Arabic and English languages. The popular publication will serve as a perfect tour guide to the tourists with a Dubai Map making the tour of the fastest growing destination easy and memorable. A total of ...  >>MORE

UAE is top regional destination

Posted on 13/08/2005

Where in the Middle East do the inhabitants of the South Asian, Middle East and African region like to go? Answer: the UAE. That's according to the Consumer Lifestyle Survey commissioned by MasterCard International that surveys seven markets: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa and the UAE. When it comes to personal air travel, 26 per cent of travellers from Kuwait, 18 per cent from Saudi Arabia, 14 per cent from India, 9 per cent from Egypt and 7 per cent from Lebanon ...  >>MORE

Dubai emerges as the 'big star' in UK

Posted on 08/08/2005

Dubai has retained its strong position as a sought-after leisure destination in the European market with the UK's largest long-haul tour operator showering praise on Dubai for being the "Big Star" in 2005. In its latest report on luxury long-haul travel market, Kuoni revealed that in the 12 months to the end of June 2005, Dubai remained the most-opted destination for the British, maintaining the position it held last year. The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) ...  >>MORE

New Destination Dubai released

Posted on 01/08/2005

In line with its aggressive promotion and marketing of Dubai globally and to create better awareness about the fastest growing destination in key source markets, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM has released the 2005-2006 edition of its flagship tourism manual, Destination Dubai in French, German, Italian and Chinese. Dubai's fast-expanding portfolio of 372 hotels and hotel apartments posted 37 per cent revenue growth in 2004 after these properties hosted an all ...  >>MORE

DTCM launches media campaign to promote domestic tourism

Posted on 21/07/2005

In line with its highly-effective promotion policy and marketing drive to tap all the potential growth opportunities, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a mega local media campaign as part of its efforts to promote domestic tourism The campaign will run until mid-August and has already made a good impact in the local newspapers. Three different approaches have been utilized to encourage the UAE residents, especially families and children, to spend ...  >>MORE

UK visitors to Dubai to multiply

Posted on 08/07/2005

Interest in Dubai is set to get yet another boost from the UK market with the successful conclusion of the road shows conducted by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in the UK. A series of road shows in three cities of the UK were held from June 28 to July 1 in line with the department's aggressive marketing and promotional agenda to tap growth opportunities in this important market which resulted in effectively raising awareness of the emirate and the DTCM's role ...  >>MORE

Number of Dubai tourists seen surging to 15m by 2010

Posted on 06/07/2005

Tourism is an important component of Dubai economic diversification drive towards non-oil economic growth. The number of tourists visiting Dubai is projected to reach15 million by the year 2010, according to a report by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). In 2003, the hotels and restaurants sector contributed about 5 per cent of Dubai non-oil gross domestic product (GDP). Partly, tourism is driving the growth of Dubai construction sector. Dubai standard classification of economic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi on threshold of tourism boom

Posted on 10/06/2005

The stage is all set for an unprecedented boom in tourism in the emirate of Abu Dhabi with the Dh 21-billion new airport that is on the verge of completion, according to a tourism publication. "The ambitious international airport development project will put Abu Dhabi on world tourism and travel map," said the Abu Dhabi-based Asfaar magazine in its recent issue. The monthly publication said Abu Dhabi had unveiled, during the Arab Travel Market held recently in Dubai, a master plan for the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa issues law converting ownership of Sa’adiyat Island

Posted on 07/06/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Monday issued the law No 9 for the year 2005 converting ownership of Sa'adiyat Island to Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA. The law is to be published in the official gazette and will come into effect from the date of its issuance. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Development and tourism investment company is created

Posted on 01/06/2005

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Abu Dhabi Ruler, has created a development and tourism investment company. The joint-stock company has a wholly paid up capital of Dh100 million, the sum has been paid by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The capital is divided into 10 million shares, the value of each is Dh10. The capital may be increased or reduced following a decision by the company's board. The company is an independent corporate body and ...  >>MORE

UAE tourist festival held in Beirut

Posted on 22/05/2005

Members of a United Arab Emirates folklore troupe perform the ‘Ayalah' traditional dance during a tourist festival held in downtown Beirut on Friday. The UAE tourist festival is held in Beirut to encourage tourists to travel between the two countries. – Reuters ...  >>MORE

DIP launches US$2b project in Morocco

Posted on 18/05/2005

Rabat — Dubai International Properties (DIP), the international property arm of Dubai Holding, yesterday announced the launch of 'Amwaj' a tourism linked real estate project in Rabat, Morocco at an estimated cost of US$2 billion (Dh7.35 billion). The new project, the largest of its kind in Africa will be implemented by Dubai International Properties in collaboration with Caisse de Depot et de Gestion and SABR Management. Located on 100 hectares of land Amwaj will include components that will ...  >>MORE

UAE may ease visa policy

Posted on 04/05/2005

The UAE Government is studying further liberalisation of its visa policy for visitors to boost growth in the tourism sector, a senior Dubai Government official said. "The government is looking into it and we expect some more relaxation," said Khalid Ahmad Bin Sulayem, director-general of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which regulates tourism in Dubai. "The UAE has already relaxed its visa policy for incoming foreign visitors. Nationals of many countries do not ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays reports strong revenue growth

Posted on 02/05/2005

Emirates Holidays, the leisure arm of Emirates, increased revenue by 23 per cent to Dh355 million in the financial year to March 31, company officials said here yesterday. Hans Haensel, Emirates senior vice-president of Destination and Leisure Management, said: "This has been yet another successful year for Emirates Holidays, which has been profitable ever since it was launched in 1993. The dynamic growth of Emirates Holidays is the result of the fast-expanding Emirates network and the ...  >>MORE

Tourist rush could overwhelm Dubai's hotels

Posted on 02/05/2005

Dubai will need 45,000 additional rooms in the next five years to cope with the expected tourism boom, and about 18,000 are in the pipeline up to 2008, according to sources. The scarcity of supply will drive room rates further up from their already high level, making Dubai an expensive destination, if new supplies are not ensured. Dubai's 371 hotels and serviced apartments, with a combined capacity of 33,431 rooms and apartments, last year received 5.42 million visitors, generating Dh6.2 ...  >>MORE

SCTDA to take part in ATM

Posted on 02/05/2005

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced the second phase of its hotel classification project and its eighth participation in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2005) to be held in Dubai from May 3 to 6. The one-year project is mainly focused on setting up new international Sharjah-friendly standers to ensure a high quality of services provided within the hotels sector of Sharjah. "Providing internationally certified quality services will play a major roll in giving ...  >>MORE

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Dubai promotes special needs tourism


Hospitality training centre planned in UAE


UK travellers are biggest spenders in UAE


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Al Fahim group ink landmark partnership


London taxis advertise Dubai


Dubai tourist arrivals cross 5million


Abu Dhabi tourism draws extensive media coverage


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority expects resounding success in Barcelona travel market


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority wins best pavilion award at WTM


Tourism key to economic diversification: Sultan bin Tahnoun


DTCM launch Destination Dubai 2006 edition


Abu Dhabi participates with a large delegation at WTM


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to promote Abu Dhabi's attractions at London


New guidebook for UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce


DTCM to launch first-ever cruise service from city


Gulf Arab tourists spend US$12b on annual overseas vacations


A traditional treat for tourists


Ras al-Khaimah’s bid to woo visitors


Al Maha is a hot favourite with Japanese tourists


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority plans major push in Europe


Dubai City Map 3-D edition launched


120,000 Gulf tourists visit Sharjah in 3 months


Dubai Tourism and New Delhi sign MoU


Tourism body okays 2,261 hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi


Fujairah to spend Dh3b on tourism development


DTCM releases 'Dubai at a glance' to boost domestic tourism


UAE is top regional destination


Dubai emerges as the 'big star' in UK


New Destination Dubai released


DTCM launches media campaign to promote domestic tourism


UK visitors to Dubai to multiply


Number of Dubai tourists seen surging to 15m by 2010


Abu Dhabi on threshold of tourism boom


Sheikh Khalifa issues law converting ownership of Sa’adiyat Island


Development and tourism investment company is created


UAE tourist festival held in Beirut


DIP launches US$2b project in Morocco


UAE may ease visa policy


Emirates Holidays reports strong revenue growth


Tourist rush could overwhelm Dubai's hotels


SCTDA to take part in ATM