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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

DTCM unveils mega marketing campaign 'Dubai Heart'

Posted on 01/05/2005

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a mega marketing campaign titled "Dubai Heart.” The campaign, targeting international tourists and residents of Dubai, was unveiled at a press conference held yesterday. The campaign will run through the upcoming Arabian Travel Market 2005 (ATM) where DTCM will participate with a 623 square metre stand. ATM, being held from May 3 to 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is the leading travel industry event for the Middle ...  >>MORE

Visit the world with Emirates Holidays

Posted on 01/05/2005

From the natural wonders of Australia's Great Barrier reef to the historic cities of Europe; from the majestic castles of Scotland to the exciting African Safaris, from the sun, sand and sea of the Indian ocean islands to America's Grand Canyon: its that time of the year again when Emirates Holidays 2005 showcases some of the world's most stunning holiday hot spots. Starting 29th April, Emirates Holidays will unveil its 2005 programme at a two-day exhibition for the general public and travel ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to invest Dh 40 billion in ten years

Posted on 30/04/2005

A senior tourism official has anticipated that investments in the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi will exceed Dh 40 billion in the next decade. in a statement to WAM, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said tourism would grow significantly in the next few years. "ADTA is mulling launching a comprehensive development strategy for the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi that will focus on projects suitable to the emirate's nature and resources," noted ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to conduct field survey of Abu Dhabi beaches

Posted on 30/04/2005

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA, has started in collaboration with the Municipality of the Australian Gold Coast City to map out a plan for executing a field survey of Abu Dhabi's beaches. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, ADTA Director General said that the study aims at devising a clear assessment of the present situation of the coastal area in order to develop the beaches according to international standards. 'The study will be based on the Australian experience in this field and it will make ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi eyes six-fold rise in business tourists

Posted on 25/04/2005

Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, yesterday said that the emirate is eying for 240,000 business tourists by year 2015, against current arrivals of 40,000. "The target for leisure tourists has been fixed at three million against current arrivals of 835,000," he said while inaugurating a three-day meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) Middle East, which will discuss issues relating to the industry. The emirate, which has ...  >>MORE

Tourism infrastructure for handicapped travellers soon

Posted on 25/04/2005

Dubai is undertaking a major initiative to create a tourism infrastructure for the physically and mentally challenged travellers. This is going to be unveiled at the 1st International Tourism Development Forum for People with Special Needs in the Middle East, to be held on May 4, alongside the Arabian Travel Market. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, this is the first of its kind ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi expects Dh40 billion to be invested in tourism

Posted on 19/04/2005

An ambitious tourism development plan will attract about Dh40 billion worth of investments to Abu Dhabi over the next ten years, an official said yesterday. "We expect investments of at least Dh40 billion from now until 2015 to flow into tourism-related projects in and around Abu Dhabi. This includes public and private sector investment," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. "The authority will launch many projects in the coming months. ...  >>MORE

Dubai play host to 5 million guests in 2004

Posted on 18/04/2005

Dubai, which played host to a total of 5.42 million guests in 2004, has witnessed an increasing number of visitors from Switzerland, according to the Dubai hotel establishment statistics prepared by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The emirate welcomed a total of 39,322 guests from Switzerland in 2004, a 50.4 increase as compared to the 26,152 guests who checked in Dubai's hotel and hotel apartments in 2003. The destination's appeal among Swiss nationals lies on ...  >>MORE

New Sharjah tourist map to be published

Posted on 18/04/2005

The Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Directorate (STPSD) will publish a new tourist map of Sharjah. "The map project is considered a dynamic one featuring various crucial information regarding the emirate of Sharjah such as its location and the routes to reach the tourist destinations. The guidance map will also contain the emirate's history, information on its location, weather and pictures of the tourist destinations in the emirate. Engineer Butti said the map will be available on a CD ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Tourism to participate in China’s BITTM 2005

Posted on 18/04/2005

Beijing - China will be the next destination on the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority's (SCTDA) agenda. Targeting the international tourism sector, SCTDA is organizing the emirate of Sharjah first time participation at the Beijing International Travel and Tourism Market, to be held on April 20 - 23, 2005 Headed by Mr. Mohamed A. Al Noman, director of SCTDA, the Emirate of Sharjah delegation to the exhibition included senior representatives from SCTDA, Sharjah Airport Travel ...  >>MORE

Indian President praises Dubai tourism

Posted on 12/04/2005

Indian President Dr. A. Abdul Kalam, yesterday praised Dubai government's wise approach for developing its tourism sector to become one of the world's best. In his keynote speech at the 5th Global Travel and Tourism Summit, Dr. Kalam hailed Dubai's successful tourism efforts as a learning experience for India. The summit, organized by the World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC), was held in New Delhi from April 8-10, 2005. It brings business leaders and policy makers together on a common ...  >>MORE

Al Futaisi Islands resort boosts tourism

Posted on 08/04/2005

The much awaited Al Futaisi Islands Resort is all set to serve the eco-tourism needs of both domestic and international tourists with its repertoire of natural and man-made facilities. While opening the resort on Monday, Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan described the venture as a meaningful stride in Abu Dhabi's tourism development activities and expressed hope that the government and the authorities will extend all possible support to the project. Subsequently George Itty briefed the media ...  >>MORE

Tourism and leisure industry to contribute even more to UAE's growth

Posted on 02/04/2005

Increasing inbound business and leisure tourism to Dubai means the sector will eventually contribute even more to the UAE's economic growth, analysts said. "The rationale for the wealth of hotel-related projects in Dubai [is not hard to discover]," said Rudi Jagersbacher, Hilton International's vice-president for the Arabian Peninsula. Jagersbacher spoke before industry leaders at a MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) conference entitled "Major Project Development in Dubai". "With ...  >>MORE

DTCM bags award at Miami show

Posted on 28/03/2005

Dubai received top honours from the global cruise industry as its passenger cruise terminal, operated by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM bagged a coveted award at the Seastrade Cruise Shipping Convention in the US city of Miami. Dubai won the ‘Dream World Cruise Destinations award in the "Most Efficient Port Services” category and was commended for the "most efficient combination of pilotage, port agency services, customs clearance and good working relations with ...  >>MORE

Switzerland in bid to attract UAE tourists

Posted on 20/03/2005

While nearly 70,000 residents from the GCC countries visited Switzerland, recording 250,000 overnights, the Switzerland Tourism expects this trend to continue in 2005. At a Press conference, Federico Sommaruga, director of Switzerland Tourism for the GCC, India, and Russia, said that daily expenditure of CHF450 per person is the highest for any market, and the GCC accounts for 1.4 per cent of the total of foreign visitors to Switzerland. It is the 10th best source market after Europe, the US ...  >>MORE

Fujairah tourism needs Dh3b boost

Posted on 20/03/2005

Investments of Dh3 billion are needed to develop Fujairah's tourism industry, an official said. The emirate is expected to have 3,000 hotel rooms by 2010, a 300 per cent increase in available accommodation, said Sheikh Saeed Bin Saeed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Tourism Bureau. "Another Dh1 billion is needed to develop the emirate's infrastructure. We need this new infrastructure to ensure we can offer proper facilities to tourists staying at the new hotels slated to be built. We ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation feted

Posted on 19/03/2005

The UAE Ambassador to Germany Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud hosted on Thursday night a dinner banquet in honour of the UAE delegation taking part in the ongoing Berlin International Tourism Exhibition. The banquet was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Department and president of the Emirates Airlines, Sheikh Tariq Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Sheikh Saeed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah ...  >>MORE

Over 3,000 German tourists visited UAE in 2004

Posted on 15/03/2005

Berlin - The tourism sector in the UAE is undergoing huge development, said Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud, UAE Ambassador to Germany. In a speech he delivered in Berlin before a forum on tourism between the Arab world and Germany, Al Mahmoud said that tourism was the best way for a country to showcase its culture and heritage to the others. He praised the strategic partnership between the UAE and Germany in the different fields. Al Mahmoud also said that about 310,000 German tourists visited the ...  >>MORE

Dubai wins tourism award at Berlin

Posted on 15/03/2005

Berlin - Dubai has won the prestigious Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) award for being a "Destination for Romance, Adventure and Shopping" at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB-2005) in Berlin. This is the first award in this category. Mohammed Khamis Bin Hareb, Director Operations and Marketing, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), received the award at a ceremony held on the sidelines of ITB. Backed by 74 co-participants sharing a ...  >>MORE

SCTDA to highlight Sharjah's tourism potential in Berlin

Posted on 13/03/2005

Berlin — Chairman of Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qasimi is leading Emirate of Sharjah delegation to the International Tourism Exchange ITB being held in Berlin. The 178 square meters stand space, is focusing on a different aspect of Sharjah heritage and culture. Mixture of the most distinguished landmarks of Sharjah, this year's stand is a representative of the emirate's culture and heritage. "Participating for the eighth time, ...  >>MORE

German tourism to UAE increases

Posted on 12/03/2005

Berlin- The Chairman of the German Tourism Sector has stated last Thursday that the percentage of German tourism to the UAE has increased by 12 percent during 2004.The statement was made on the margins of the Berlin International Tourism Exhibition due to take off Friday. The UAE is participating in the BITE along Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, GCC countries and about 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi authority plans to create tourism zones

Posted on 12/03/2005

Berlin: The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority plans to create tourism zones in the capital to develop hotels, real estate and leisure facilities. The authority will involve the private sector to invest in tourism related projects, the authority's top official said. "Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) will act as the catalyst in driving and coordinating the growth and development of the emirate's tourism infrastructure, facilities and services," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, ADTA ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to take part in Berlin Tourism Show

Posted on 09/03/2005

The emirate of Abu Dhabi will take part in the International Tourism Exchange to be held in Berlin during 11-15 March. A high level delegation, led by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), will represent the emirate at the exhibition, which will convene at Messe Berlin, the city's main trade show venue. The fair features an extensive gathering of exhibitors from the travel and tourism industry and attracts nearly 125,000 visitors every year. ...  >>MORE

Major hotel projects on cards to boost tourism

Posted on 08/03/2005

With the initiatives of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), some major hotel projects will be announced officially in the emirate within couple of months time giving a new look to the tourism sector. ADTA was set up in September last year and since then it is actively engaged in organising the tourism industry by marketing its potentials. This week, it is participating in the international tourism show, ITB-2005, taking place in Berlin by leading a delegation of 26 companies providing ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority signs agreement

Posted on 06/03/2005

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, yesterday signed an agreement on studying the economic impact of tourism in Abu Dhabi. The agreement was also signed by Mark Nickles, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Global Insight, the international consultancy firm which will conduct the study. The agreement provides for field surveys on tourism expenditure in the emirate and its distributions and assessment of the environment of investing in tourism. The ...  >>MORE

SCTDA awarded "The Best in Promoting its Destination'' prize at EMITT

Posted on 06/03/2005

In a new addition to its achievements in promoting the emirate of Sharjah as a well established international tourism destination, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has been awarded with "The Best in Promoting its Destination" award. The award, given by the organizing committee of The East Mediterranean International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (EMITT 2004), was received by Mohammed Al Nouman, SCTDA's Director and Head of Sharjah Delegation to the exhibition. . ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi nominated as new holiday 'hot spot'

Posted on 02/03/2005

Reflecting the trend towards the new in holiday experiences, European travellers seeking something different are increasingly looking at destination Abu Dhabi. Nominated in its 'Hot Stuff 2005' listings by the UK's authoritative Sunday Times newspaper, the UAE capital is set for a boom in 2005, according to the general manager of its newest five-star hotel, the Al Raha Beach Hotel. According to Claude Kaiser, Abu Dhabi is hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. He said: 'We have ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s huge success echoes in Bundestag

Posted on 28/02/2005

The German national parliament, Bundestag, has praised the vision and hard work that resulted in the emergence of Dubai as an ideal year-round business and leisure destination and its determination to pursue multi-million dollar futuristic projects. The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) gave a presentation on Dubai to the committee on tourism on February 16 at the German House of Parliament. Ernst Hinsken, Chairman of the Bundestag, and all the 15 members of the ...  >>MORE

DTCM launches new Dubai map in 12 languages

Posted on 19/02/2005

As part of its endeavour to promote tourist facilities in Dubai, The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is issuing a new Dubai map to help tourists easily locate restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, souqs, public beaches and parks and other popular tourist spots. The map has been developed by DTCM in co-operation with the private sector. The second edition is similar to the first version but with different advertisements. It will be distributed globally at DTCM ...  >>MORE

Cruise tourism sector predicts 33% rise in passengers

Posted on 15/01/2005

Dubai's cruise tour-ism could experience a 33 per cent increase in passenger traffic this year. Cruise tourism is important to the overall growth and development of the tourism industry in Dubai," said Awad Al Seghayer, acting manager of the Dubai Cruise Terminal. The terminal is operated by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The number of cruise tourists expected this year is about 12,000, up from about 8,000 last year. About 15 cruise ships are scheduled to ...  >>MORE

DTCM Director General calls on Bayern Munich

Posted on 09/01/2005

The Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Khalid bin Sulayem called on officials of the Bayern Munich team at the Emirates Towers Hotel yesterday. Bayern Munich, the leading German football club, is being hosted by DTCM for its winter training camp at the Dubai Police Officers Club till January 13, 2004. Khalid bin Sulayem was received by Bayern Munich's Deputy Chairman, Uli Hoeness, Head Coach, Felix Magath, striker Roy Makaay and Andreas Jung, ...  >>MORE

Sunshine Tours season back in full swing

Posted on 08/01/2005

"With the passing of the summer heat, this year's tour season has begun. Sunshine Tours has once again responded to customer feedback by including a range of new tours," said Ali Al Hosani, tourism division manager. Sunshine Tours has expanded its portfolio of UAE tours and expeditions to include fishing trips, a sunset dhow cruise along the Corniche, island dhow trips and a 4x4 wadi safari. "We have renovated our existing desert site facilities and traditional houses. We have added 3 more ...  >>MORE

RAK looks beyond tourism to drive growth

Posted on 11/12/2004

The northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has been making waves through its ambitious development plan which has been primarily driven by its innovative tourism projects. However, it does not plan to rely solely on tourism for its future growth. While about 25 hotel projects are said to be in the pipeline, an overall infrastructure plan is also being finalised for the emirate. Its completion will see the capacity of industries, seaports, airport, exports and imports, and the property market grow ...  >>MORE

Mubazzarah turns over a ‘green’ leaf

Posted on 29/11/2004

A string of new facilities has made Mubazzarah a prime recreation centre, enabling tourists to spend an enjoyable time in the lush green environment. New lodgings, shops and restaurants have been set up at the park, which attracts visitors from all over the UAE on weekends and holidays. Many visitors also come from the neighbouring Gulf countries. Located in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain in the country, Green Mubazzarah was one of the last projects monitored personally by ...  >>MORE

RAK witnesses’ tourism boom

Posted on 23/11/2004

Due to its unique location, natural beauty and picturesque scenes, besides the great efforts of its government, the RAK tourism sector has witnessed a great leap. RAK is the only one of the seven emirates that combines three different geographical features — the sea, mountains and the desert. The contribution of the tourism sector to the RAK Gross National Product (GNP) has registered 1.9 per cent in 2003, said a report issued recently by the RAK Economic Department (RED). According to ...  >>MORE

DTCM film on Dubai bag best award in Vienna

Posted on 22/11/2004

A 12-minute promotional film on Dubai that took the global tourism industry by storm and continues to be a major draw at trade exhibitions and roadshows has bagged an award in an international tourism film festival in Austria recently. ‘Dubai Welcome to 21st Century Arabia' was adjudged the best tourism promotion film at the annual Comité International des Festivals du Film Touristique (CIFFT). Produced for the DTCM and watched by millions of people since its launch, the film depicts Dubai ...  >>MORE

Capital to be major tourist hub in region

Posted on 20/11/2004

The generous spending of Abu Dhabi government in development projects has started to bear fruits, with an encouraging feedback from industry sources that this trend will help translate city planners' vision of transforming the capital city into a major tourist hub in the region into reality. According to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Planning Department, the total estimated cost of development budget of the emirate has reached Dh55.86 billion at the end of 2003, whereas the value of ...  >>MORE

Emirates brings Europe’s biggest breakfast show to film in Dubai

Posted on 20/11/2004

A film crew from Britain's GMTV, Europe's most popular breakfast show with a regular audience of six million to seven million viewers, was recently in Dubai. They were guests of Emirates airline and were making a series of short television films on Dubai for the award-winning programme. The programmes, which will form part of GMTV's annual travel series, will run between January and the middle of February and will showcase Dubai along with other destinations. "The programmes will focus on ...  >>MORE

Dubai's tourism industry experiences huge growth

Posted on 15/11/2004

The UAE's tourism industry, is experiencing massive growth and Dubai is clearly at the forefront of the UAE's tourism expansion. Dubai with its US$1.9 billion tourism industry is seen as an important future contributor to GDP. Meanwhile, the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) commended Dubai for posting the world's highest growth of more than 31 per cent in international arrivals in 2003, according to a report in "Khaleej Times." A plan for Dubai's tourism expansion, entitled Dubai Vision ...  >>MORE

15 cruise ships to call on Dubai with 13,000 tourists

Posted on 11/11/2004

Cruise tourists from different parts of the world have started flocking to Dubai to enjoy its world-class attractions, with the emirate expecting to get a big boost from the projected arrival of over 13,000 visitors through 15 cruise calls in the year 2005. Two cruise ships 'AI Dablu and Silver Shadow ' recently anchored Dubai with over 3,700 passengers from 21 nationalities on board. Cruise tourism has witnessed a phenomenal growth in Dubai over the recent years with emirate's ...  >>MORE

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SCTDA to take part in ATM


DTCM unveils mega marketing campaign 'Dubai Heart'


Visit the world with Emirates Holidays


Abu Dhabi to invest Dh 40 billion in ten years


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to conduct field survey of Abu Dhabi beaches


Abu Dhabi eyes six-fold rise in business tourists


Tourism infrastructure for handicapped travellers soon


Abu Dhabi expects Dh40 billion to be invested in tourism


Dubai play host to 5 million guests in 2004


New Sharjah tourist map to be published


Sharjah Tourism to participate in China’s BITTM 2005


Indian President praises Dubai tourism


Al Futaisi Islands resort boosts tourism


Tourism and leisure industry to contribute even more to UAE's growth


DTCM bags award at Miami show


Switzerland in bid to attract UAE tourists


Fujairah tourism needs Dh3b boost


UAE delegation feted


Over 3,000 German tourists visited UAE in 2004


Dubai wins tourism award at Berlin


SCTDA to highlight Sharjah's tourism potential in Berlin


German tourism to UAE increases


Abu Dhabi authority plans to create tourism zones


Abu Dhabi to take part in Berlin Tourism Show


Major hotel projects on cards to boost tourism


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority signs agreement


SCTDA awarded "The Best in Promoting its Destination'' prize at EMITT


Abu Dhabi nominated as new holiday 'hot spot'


Dubai’s huge success echoes in Bundestag


DTCM launches new Dubai map in 12 languages


Cruise tourism sector predicts 33% rise in passengers


DTCM Director General calls on Bayern Munich


Sunshine Tours season back in full swing


RAK looks beyond tourism to drive growth


Mubazzarah turns over a ‘green’ leaf


RAK witnesses’ tourism boom


DTCM film on Dubai bag best award in Vienna


Capital to be major tourist hub in region


Emirates brings Europe’s biggest breakfast show to film in Dubai


Dubai's tourism industry experiences huge growth


15 cruise ships to call on Dubai with 13,000 tourists