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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Cruise liner docks in Dubai

Posted on 01/11/2004

Dubai's cruise tourism got a major boost with the docking of one of the largest cruise ships, AIDAblu, at its cruise terminal with a full capacity of 1,660 passengers for a three-day stay in the emirate as part of its itinerary. Guests were accorded a traditional Arabian-style welcome in the presence of senior government officials after they disembarked from the 14-deck, 246-metre cruise ship. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Study by UAE National calls for sustainable Tourism Planning

Posted on 24/10/2004

Very little prior research appears to have been carried out regarding the advent of tourism in the Emirates and its effects, positive or negative. There also appears to have been very little prior research on the link between tourism and sustainability in the Gulf region as a whole, although there is a great need to tackle this issue. UAE national Laila Yousef Al-Hassan found this as a great incentive to pursue her research. She has submitted a dissertation to King's College London, UK during ...  >>MORE

Lebanese tourism ministry honours Sheikh Tariq

Posted on 10/10/2004

Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Authority for Commerce and Tourism Development, has been awarded the achievement prize by Lebanese tourism ministry and Business Group in recognition of his distinguished services in the development of the commercial and tourist sector in Sharjah. Lebanese Tourism Minister Dr. Ali Hussein Abdullah handed the award to Sheikh Tariq on the sidelines of the Arab international conference for travel and tourism. Abdullah hailed Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to participate in ATM 2004

Posted on 06/10/2004

The Sharjah Business and Tourism Development Authority, SBTDA, will participate in the Arabian Travel and Tourism Market, ATM 2004, scheduled to be held in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, from October 7to 10. SBTDA participation comes following the great success achieved by it in Moscow International Exhibition for Entertaining Tourism, during which it has been awarded the award of best tourism promotional authority in the exhibition. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed calls for concerted efforts to bolster tourism in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/10/2004

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chief of Staff of the UAE yesterday urged various government departments in Abu Dhabi emirate to cooperate with the aim of boosting the tourism sector in the emirate. In remarks shortly after a presentation on tourism promotion plans in Abu Dhabi emirate, Sheikh Mohammed also called for a greater role for the private sector, saying that a strong partnership between the public and private sectors will serve the ...  >>MORE

DTCM bags 'Best Stand' award at Leisure - 2004

Posted on 29/09/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) participation in Leisure 2004 has helped it bag the 'Best Stand' award during one of the main international autumn trade fair for tourism in Russia and CIS. DTCM's participation in the 10th edition of Leisure 2004 for the seventh consecutive year saw 70 co-participants from Dubai, more than 100 per cent increase over the previous year which saw 34 co-participants. Leisure 2004 saw participation from 880 exhibitors representing ...  >>MORE

Sharjah tourism agency wins international prize

Posted on 27/09/2004

The Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority, STTDA, has bagged an award for the best tourism promotion organisation offered by the Russian Federal Agency for Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. The award was in appreciation of STTDA's efforts to promote and sell the tourism and trade sector in the emirate. STTDA director general Mohammed Ali Al Noman received the prize from Mr. Vladimir, head of the Russian Federal Agency, in a special ceremony held by the organizers of the Moscow ...  >>MORE

Japanese yen for Dubai unfaltering

Posted on 26/09/2004

Dubai's popularity as an ideal year-round business and leisure destination has remained unfaltering among the Japanese with the emirate recording significant year-on-year growth in their numbers. The emirate's all-appealing, fast-expanding tourist attractions, pristine beaches and undefiled environment, unlimited shopping options and the amazing existence of modernity and traditions side by side have remained a big draw with the Japanese, one of the established source markets for Dubai's ...  >>MORE

ADTA Board holds its first meeting

Posted on 22/09/2004

The Board members of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA, held their first meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday, during which they expressed their appreciation and thanks to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces on the occasion of setting up the ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority law

Posted on 15/09/2004

H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces issued in Abu Dhabi in his capacity as Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, a law on the formation of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. The law No. 7 for 2004 stipulates that there shall be formed a general authority named as "The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority” and shall have an autonomous legal entity. To be headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the authority shall enjoy an autonomous financial ...  >>MORE

Khalifa names Chief, Board of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Posted on 15/09/2004

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has issued a decree on the formation of the board of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. In his decree No 16, Sheikh Khalifa named, in his capacity as Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan as Chairman of the Board of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Salim Mohammed Al Dhahiri, as Deputy Chairman. According to the decree the members include Chairman of Abu ...  >>MORE

Dubai's multi-million dirham projects to attract more visitors

Posted on 14/09/2004

The Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Khalid bin Sulayem, underscored the need for a further push to Dubai's marketing and promotional efforts in both established and emerging markets to achieve the ambitious growth levels set for the emirate's booming tourism industry. Addressing senior staff of the DTCM Overseas Representation (OR) offices at the currently being held 10-day annual meeting, he highlighted the inspiring performance of Dubai on ...  >>MORE

Dubai marks three-fold rise in German firms

Posted on 22/08/2004

Dubai has emerged as a popular business and tourist destination for Germans with the number of companies run by them in the emirate increasing almost three-fold over the past 10 years even as the trade and tourist traffic with the European country showing a remarkable surge. While the two-way trade between the UAE and Germany rose to a record high to Dh13.5 billion in 2003, the number of German companies in Dubai has increased to 241 this year from 77 in 1993. The number of German ...  >>MORE

Tourism to contribute US$63.2b to UAE GDP

Posted on 21/08/2004

The travel and tourism industry in the UAE is expected to generate economic activities worth Dh63.2 billion in 2004. Growing at nominal rate it would add Dh107.6 billion to the economy during the next decade clearing the way for the industry to take a centre stage in the oil-dominated economy, according to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Quoting a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the Chamber said the industry is expected to grow 2.5 per cent per annum in ...  >>MORE

DTCM plans to launch aggressive campaign

Posted on 09/08/2004

Dubai's aggressive promotional and marketing campaign is set to pick up momentum with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) participating in nine major overseas exhibitions in addition to organising exclusive road shows in 13 countries from September to December, according to a press release. Dubai will continue to be in the global spotlight as more than 500,000 tourism and travel trade decision-makers and general public are expected to attend these specialised shows across ...  >>MORE

DTCM taps nationals for booming tourism sector

Posted on 02/08/2004

Following the successful conclusion of the Career Development Summer Programme (CDSP) for the young UAE female nationals seeking to enter emirate's booming tourism sector, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) launched a similar programme for the young UAE male job-seekers. Being held for the third year running, the programme got underway on yesterday in line with the Emiratisation Task Force for Tourism's agenda to attract more qualified and skilled nationals into ...  >>MORE

Strategy to promote Dubai being drawn up

Posted on 02/08/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is in the process of preparing its Strategic Plan for 2005-2010 as it moves ahead aggressively promoting Dubai and to achieve ambitious growth targets. As part of this extensive process, the department is benchmarking with other successful destinations to establish the best practice. The DTCM Director Operations and Marketing (DTCM), Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, recently visited the UK for extensive meetings with the senior ...  >>MORE

Dubai Information Bureau guide 330,000 visitors

Posted on 12/07/2004

The seven Visitors Information Bureaux (VIB) spread across Dubai handled more than 330,000 visitors during the last seven years. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which manages these bureau, added an eighth at the Mercato mall to offer tourists better information on the emirate. The first was set up in 1993 at Dubai International Airport. In 2002, four more were opened at shopping malls - Deira City Centre, Hamarain, Wafi City and BurJuman. In addition to that at the ...  >>MORE

UAE sets the pace in tourism development

Posted on 04/07/2004

The unprecedented boom in the UAE's tourism sector has seen it become the second biggest tourist destination in the Arab world, after Saudi Arabia, according to a recently published report by Al Qabas International Economic Consultant. According to the report entitled Tourism in the UAE – Present Potential and Future Challenges, a staggering five million visitors visited Dubai alone in 2002, almost 15 per cent of the 37.4 million tourists who visited the Middle East and North Africa region ...  >>MORE

ADDE issues two directories for industry and tourism

Posted on 30/06/2004

Abu Dhabi Department of Economy (ADDE) has declared that it had already started preparing two official directories for industry and Tourism Sectors in the emirate. The new directories aim to promoting investment and tourism opportunities, and preparing a complete database for these two promising sectors, as well as for the investors, industrial sectors (Local and International), tourists, locals and expatriate citizens for enhancing the development of the industrial and tourist movement in Abu ...  >>MORE

Dubai clearing the decks to attract eco-tourists

Posted on 16/06/2004

Known to tourists as a shopping paradise and a leading business hub, Dubai is unveiling its eco-tourism face. "Eco-tourism, another main attraction in Dubai's tourism industry, aims to attract tourists, such as bird watchers, scientists, researchers and students from within the country and abroad," said Hamdan Al Shaer, director of the environment department at the municipality. Unveiling the project yesterday, Al Shaer said the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuaries located at the head of Dubai ...  >>MORE

City tour service for transit visitors may be re-launched

Posted on 16/06/2004

The re-launching of the highly popular city tours for passengers transiting Dubai International Airport is currently being reviewed by the higher authorities, revealed Salah Al Ansari, DTCM Manager, Visitor Information Bureau. "The city tours for Dubai transit passengers was a joint initiative by Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), DNATA and Net Tours. It started on March 2002, but unfortunately, it was discontinued in March 2003," he explained. A total 1,074,143 ...  >>MORE

China may grant AD status to UAE

Posted on 14/06/2004

China, which overtook Japan as the dominant supplier of goods to the UAE, is actively considering a proposal to grant Approved Destination Status (ADS) to the UAE. Only two Middle Eastern countries - Egypt and Jordan - presently enjoy ADS. Officials and tourism industry experts said the UAE's inclusion on the list will be a virtual guarantee of massive tourism revenues as an increasing number of middle-class population in the world's most populous country look to more exotic destinations. ...  >>MORE

Roadshows in Switzerland and Austria conclude successfully

Posted on 06/06/2004

The last of the three roadshows organized by The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Switzerland and Austria concluded on Thursday. Held in souq style with a relaxing oriental atmosphere, it was held at "Aux Gazelles", an oriental styled location in the heart of Vienna. The road show was part of an aggressive agenda the department has set for itself to further promote Dubai in overseas markets as an ideal year-round business and leisure destination. The final ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to lure over 7 million by 2008

Posted on 03/06/2004

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to lure more than seven million tourists from Europe, Asia and America in 2008, according to experts.. The UAE, with its 700 km-long sandy beaches and around 375 hotels by the first quarter of 2004 as well as a host of sport and leisure facilities, has become a top-class destination for tourists from around the world. Final touches are now being applied in Abu Dhabi to the Emirates Hotel, a picturesque tourist resort on the Abu Dhabi beach, which is ...  >>MORE

Al Ain going places with 'new branding'

Posted on 31/05/2004

The branding of Al Ain, the Garden City, has fired the imagination of residents and tourists alike. The branding was a much needed one that was aimed at promoting the city as a unique and booming tourism hub all over the world. The distinctive branding that has caught everybody's eye - and is the talk of the town - was produced by the Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority (AAEDTPA). The two people, two Oryx, the archaeological drawings and symbols, and the word Al Ain ...  >>MORE

DTCM conducts ad campaign on BBC World TV

Posted on 30/05/2004

The Department of tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM recently conducted a three-week long advertising campaign on BBC World TV that put Dubai under extra limelight with millions of viewers across the world getting a visual feel of the fastest-growing destination during the peak time programmes. The 24-hour news channel reaches over 200 million households in over 200 countries and territories worldwide, including 945,000 hotel rooms, 18 airlines and 14 cruise ships. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Dubai mounts major roadshows in Switzerland and Austria

Posted on 29/05/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is organizing a series of three road shows in Switzerland and Austria from June 1 as part of the aggressive agenda it has set for itself to further promote Dubai in overseas markets as an ideal year-round business and leisure destination. The road shows in Bern, Zurich and Vienna have attracted 17 co-participants from public and private sectors, including Emirates Airlines and Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The attendees ...  >>MORE

Dubai picked as most popular destination in GCC

Posted on 26/05/2004

The immense popularity that Dubai enjoys among the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) business and leisure travellers got a big boost with the readers of two influential magazines choosing the emirate as the 'most popular destination in AGCC'. The DTCM Overseas Promotions Manager, Khalifa Buamaim, received the award from the Lebanese Ministers of Tourism and Information, Ali Abdullah, and Michael Samaha, at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Phoenicia in Beirut recently. The survey ...  >>MORE

Al Ain boost for UAE tourism

Posted on 23/05/2004

New tourism opportunities in the garden city of Al Ain will complement the UAE's coastal destinations, according to the chairman of Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority (AEDTPA). His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said that Al Ain's offering was set to grow over the next few years, as the city builds up its tourism and hospitality infrastructure. He said: 'Al Ain's product can complement the emirates and the region: we have strength in areas such as ...  >>MORE

Share of tourism sector in national economy rose to Dh3.5b last year

Posted on 11/05/2004

Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Minister of Planning said that contribution of the hotel, restaurant and cafeteria sectors increased to Dh3.5 billion in the total domestic product in 2003. He said that the total fixed capital is at Dh1.8 billion where UAE and AGCC countries businessmen have a 33.2 and 26.5 per cent contribution respectively. Non-Arab investors contribution was at 18.9 per cent, while foreign investors shares was put at 21.5 per cent. The sector has 5966 structures where Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

DTCM optimistic on future of cruise industry

Posted on 10/05/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is optimistic that the Dubai Cruise Terminal, which played host to 12,771 cruise tourists between 2001 and 2003, will have a total of 8,000 passenger arrivals this year. Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM Cruise Terminal Acting Manager, said Dubai would benefit immensely from the cruise industry in the coming years. The projected arrivals for 2004, he explained, is based on the improving economic situation of different countries such as Japan, ...  >>MORE

Record rise in tourist traffic to Fujairah

Posted on 08/05/2004

The Fujairah Tourism Board (FTB) announced on Thursday that tourist traffic to the East Coast emirate had risen by a record 48 per cent during 2003 - a direct result of the unique partnership between the government and private sector in promoting Fujairah as a dynamic and attractive tourist destination. Announcing the tourism growth figures, senior officials of the FTB singled out the first international hotel to open on the East Coast in over two decades, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, as a ...  >>MORE

Abdullah opens ATM

Posted on 05/05/2004

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture opened in Dubai yesterday the Arab Travel Market 2004. This year's ATM edition has registered an unprecedented 30 per cent increase in terms of floor space compared to last year, the organisers said. The show, 11th in the annual series, is held under the patronage of Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and under the auspices of the Department of Tourism and Commerce ...  >>MORE

UAE urges Arab tourism drive

Posted on 05/05/2004

More than 38 new hotels and resorts in the region were announced at the Middle East's premier travel show when it opened in Dubai yesterday. While showcasing new developments, the 11th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2004 also pointed to the robust health of the sector in the region. This was welcomed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, who inaugurated the show at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday. He said the Arab world needs a strong pan-Arab drive ...  >>MORE

UAE and Jordan sign tourism agreement

Posted on 05/05/2004

The UAE and Jordan yesterday signed a tourism agreement aimed at strengthening tourist ties between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Information and Culture on the UAE side, and Dr. Alya Boran, Jordanian Minister of Environment and Tourism, signed for the Jordanian side. The agreement stipulates that both countries should take necessary measures to encourage tourism exchange and to facilitate travel agencies of both countries to organise ...  >>MORE

Al Ain welcomed as new tourism option

Posted on 05/05/2004

Al Ain on Tuesday unveiled a new brand identity featuring images of an ancient building that dates back to 3,000 BC. The new image will reinforce Al Ain's drive to position itself as an emerging tourism destination in the Gulf, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority, told Khaleej Times. In an exclusive interview, Sheikh Sultan said that the private sector would have a major role in initiating the tourism sector in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai attains status of super city - study

Posted on 04/05/2004

Going by its social evolution and fast economic development during the last three decades, Dubai has achieved the status of a 'super city', according to a research paper. The three main characteristics of a 'super city' are: population (minimum one million people), meeting basic needs of residents, and sustainable economic development. Dubai meets each of these criteria, as per the independent study. The rapid development that laid the foundations of today's Dubai was initiated in the early ...  >>MORE

Dubai among most attractive destinations in the world

Posted on 04/05/2004

Travel and tourism worldwide is expected to grow by 5 to 5.5 per cent this year and will then level off to four per cent over the next five years, starting 2005, revealed Vincent Wolfington, Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Wolfington, who was previously WTTC's Vice Chairman for Membership and is on the Executive Committee of the Council, is Chairman & CEO of Carey International. He has been a Member of WTTC since 1994. The travelling public is concerned not that ...  >>MORE

Mega event puts Dubai spotlight on Dubai

Posted on 04/05/2004

The UAE is making its presence felt at the 11th Arabian Travel Market, ATM 2004, with Dubai putting up the largest pavilion when the show opens today at the World Trade Centre. The Middle East's largest travel and tourism industry exhibition will have more than 1,400 exhibitors from 55 countries ready to showcase new products, services and unveil new destinations. The exhibition is the largest ever, having registered unprecedented growth with 30 per cent more occupied floor space than last ...  >>MORE

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


Cruise liner docks in Dubai


Study by UAE National calls for sustainable Tourism Planning


Lebanese tourism ministry honours Sheikh Tariq


Sharjah to participate in ATM 2004


Mohammed bin Zayed calls for concerted efforts to bolster tourism in Abu Dhabi


DTCM bags 'Best Stand' award at Leisure - 2004


Sharjah tourism agency wins international prize


Japanese yen for Dubai unfaltering


ADTA Board holds its first meeting


Khalifa issues Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority law


Khalifa names Chief, Board of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority


Dubai's multi-million dirham projects to attract more visitors


Dubai marks three-fold rise in German firms


Tourism to contribute US$63.2b to UAE GDP


DTCM plans to launch aggressive campaign


DTCM taps nationals for booming tourism sector


Strategy to promote Dubai being drawn up


Dubai Information Bureau guide 330,000 visitors


UAE sets the pace in tourism development


ADDE issues two directories for industry and tourism


Dubai clearing the decks to attract eco-tourists


City tour service for transit visitors may be re-launched


China may grant AD status to UAE


Roadshows in Switzerland and Austria conclude successfully


UAE plans to lure over 7 million by 2008


Al Ain going places with 'new branding'


DTCM conducts ad campaign on BBC World TV


Dubai mounts major roadshows in Switzerland and Austria


Dubai picked as most popular destination in GCC


Al Ain boost for UAE tourism


Share of tourism sector in national economy rose to Dh3.5b last year


DTCM optimistic on future of cruise industry


Record rise in tourist traffic to Fujairah


Abdullah opens ATM


UAE urges Arab tourism drive


UAE and Jordan sign tourism agreement


Al Ain welcomed as new tourism option


Dubai attains status of super city - study


Dubai among most attractive destinations in the world


Mega event puts Dubai spotlight on Dubai