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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Dubai looking beyond 2010-tourism target: bin Dasmal

Posted on 04/05/2004

Keeping in line with its objective to position Dubai as the top tourism destination in not only the region but also the world, Dubailand has announced that it will actively participate in the upcoming Arabian Travel Market. The Arabian Travel Market runs from May 4-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre complex. 'The US US$5.7 billion Dubailand project is the region's – if not the world's – biggest tourism, entertainment and leisure development and it is only right that it participates in the ...  >>MORE

Tourism sector in Abu Dhabi set for growth

Posted on 04/05/2004

Abu Dhabi is poised for growth in its tourism sector according to heads of emirates key tourism organisation who have highlighted new developments to the capital and Al Ain as key to the destination's future success. Chairman of the Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan said: "The emirates of Abu Dhabi needs to be promoted as a whole, with fully fledged tourism drive. This year we have the largest stand at the ATM measuring 500 square ...  >>MORE

Arab tourism meeting starts in Dubai

Posted on 03/05/2004

Senior government officials in charge of tourism in Arab countries started their 7th round of talks in Dubai yesterday. In an opening address to the two-day meetings, Saqr Ghobash, Under Secretary of Information and Culture, said the Dubai round would primarily focus on the status of Arab tourism, liberalisation of tourism services, activation of Arab tourism institutions particularly in air and land transportation sector, means of attracting Arab investments in tourism as well as on exchange ...  >>MORE

Using the old to promote the brand new

Posted on 02/05/2004

The city of Al Ain has unveiled a new icon: its own brand identity, created to mark a new wave of tourism growth in Abu Dhabi's oasis city. The image is taken from an ancient building, dated around 3,000 BC, located in the Hili archaeological park in Al Ain. A senior government official said the new icon reinforces Al Ain's drive to position itself as an emerging tourist destination in the Arabian Gulf. The new icon-led identity is believed to be the first for any Arabian leisure destination, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to debut at ATM with largest stand

Posted on 02/05/2004

Abu Dhabi has taken a 500 square metre pavilion at the Arabian Travel Market 2004 (ATM), the largest stand size available, and the first official representation of the emirate at the show. The pavilion will house some 56 companies, including Abu Dhabi National Hotels, National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels, The Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Jet and Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority. Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general of Al Ain Economic ...  >>MORE

EMAAR to showcase Burj Dubai at ATM

Posted on 02/05/2004

EMAAR Properties will feature the Burj Dubai Development, which comprises the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower and The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment mall, during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the leading travel and tourism show in the Middle East, which runs from May 4 - 7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Among the featured developments at the ATM will be Arabian Ranches and Emirates Hills, all exclusive lifestyle developments. Visitors will be treated to ...  >>MORE

Dubai 'holds special place in world travel'

Posted on 27/04/2004

Dubai has managed to carve out a special place in the world of travel, tourism and business amid the challenges of globalisation, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) and Chairman of Emirates Group, while inaugurating the sixth DCA Suppliers Forum. Sheikh Ahmed said: "In this age of globalisation, Dubai is facing numerous challenges. While we have managed to carve out a special place in the world of travel, tourism and business, we now need to ensure ...  >>MORE

DTCM-Moscow office voted best tourist office in Russia

Posted on 25/04/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Representative Office in Moscow has been adjudged as the 'Best Tourist Office in Russia' by the readers of an influential magazine which published the results of the poll on the sidelines of the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT-2004 which concluded recently. The department's latest accolade for Dubai is the result of an exclusive poll, which attracted voting by over 12,000 tourism and travel professional ...  >>MORE

Emirates group plans resorts in Australia under Al Maha brand

Posted on 17/04/2004

Emirates group has ambitious plans to build a number of resorts in Australia under its flagship Al Maha brand. The roll-out of the luxury resort brand is a huge step by the group, which is looking to capitalise on its increasingly influential presence in the marketplace to develop into a global player. The Al Maha Desert Resort is an exclusive oasis, in a 25 square kilometre desert conservation reserve. It is one of the most exclusive tourist resorts in the world, along with the Amans, Neckar ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism industry set for robust growth

Posted on 14/04/2004

The travel and tourism industry in the UAE is expected to generate economic activity amounting to Dh63.2 billion during the year 2004 and 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. The industry is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent per annum in real terms during next 10-year period. The country which has rich a cultural heritage, history, and glorious past is ...  >>MORE

Dubai Festival City to take part in tourism expo

Posted on 13/04/2004

Dubai Festival City, the waterfront 'city-within-a-city' being built on the banks of Dubai Creek, is to take part in Arabian Travel Market 2004 the region's premier travel and tourism exhibition, to be held in the emirate this May. Phil McArthur, Director of Leasing and Marketing, Dubai Festival City, said: "The [Festival City] stand will have a twin focus and it will promote new hospitality projects planned for Dubai Festival City including the recently announced Hotel intercontinental Dubai ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays posts strong growth boosting UAE tourism

Posted on 12/04/2004

Emirates Holidays, the destination and holiday management arm of the Emirates Group, recorded a 22 per cent growth in revenue and 24.5 per cent in passengers during its financial year ending March 31, said senior officials. The UAE, as a destination, represents about 40 per cent of its business - a testimony to the carrier's contribution in promoting its hub as a preferred tourism destination, according to Hans Haensel, Emirates' senior vice-president, destination and leisure management. ...  >>MORE

Fame of Green Mubazzarah tents spreads beyond Al Ain

Posted on 11/04/2004

A cluster of tents in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet has been a magnet for weekend visitors. The popularity of the area has become so great that calls have been made to add more tents to the collection. The fame of the tents of Green Mubazzarah has now spread beyond Al Ain, making it a prime picnic spot for people living in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and from as far as Fujairah. It amazing to have tents right here," said Walid Abu Fateh, a Jordanian, who arrived yesterday to spend a weekend ...  >>MORE

DTCM releases Dubai Pocket Guide

Posted on 05/04/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) recently released the all-new second addition of Dubai Pocket Book. This year's bi-lingual handbook in English and Arabic offers more comprehensive and informative knowledge than its previous edition. The DTCM Director Operations and Marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, said in a press release that the sole idea behind this guide is to help visitors as well as residents of the emirate to get complete information about the ...  >>MORE

Tourism to generate Dh63b economic activity in UAE

Posted on 03/04/2004

Total demand in the UAE's travel and tourism sector is expected to generate economic activity worth Dh63.2 billion (US$17.20 billion) this year, growing (in nominal terms) to Dh107.6 billion (US$29.30 billion) by 2014, according to a report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). In its latest report on the UAE, WTTC has said travel and tourism demand is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent per annum, in real terms, between 2004 and 2014. Earlier, the Dubai Government's tourism ...  >>MORE

Danat Dubai cruises along to steady growth

Posted on 03/04/2004

Danat Dubai Cruises, considered the premier marine operator in the Gulf, has recorded a steady increase in passenger numbers over the last 12 months. It has recorded a 45 per cent growth in tourists in January and February compared with the same period last year. Danat has catered to over 20,000 passengers from March last year to date. Danat Dubai Cruises have been providing cruises in the Dubai Creek and along the UAE's coastline since 1999 and strictly adhere to international safety ...  >>MORE

Pool and spa facilities at Green Mubazzarah getting ready

Posted on 19/03/2004

Finishing touches are being given to several pool and spa facilities at Green Mubazzarah tourist resort at the foothills of the UAE's highest mountain, Jebel Hafeet. Greening and landscaping projects are also under way. The area is being developed by the Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority and the Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department. The authorities want to develop the area into a complete tourist resort, equipped with modern facilities such as golf club, safari ...  >>MORE

DTCM launch German edition of 'Destination Dubai' at the ITB-2004

Posted on 17/03/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has released the German version of the 2004 edition of its flagship travel manual, Destination Dubai, as part of its aggressive campaign to promote the emirate as a perfect and safest round-the-year destination for business and leisure among the German travellers. The annual publication has become an instant hit, once again, after its formal launch at the Dubai stand in the world's top tourism fair, ITB-2004, in Berlin. Dubai ...  >>MORE

Dubai aims to expand tourism from Germany

Posted on 15/03/2004

Dubai has defied the gloomy global economic situation by maintaining year-on-year growth and reaping the benefits of an aggressive marketing programme that has resulted in an impressive increase in the number of visitors from its long-established and rapidly expanding source markets, including Germany. German traffic, which posted steady double-digit growth for the past six years, sent 156,682 guests to Dubai hotel establishments last year. Significant growth was recorded in the number of ...  >>MORE

Dubai to be in the limelight at Berlin travel meet

Posted on 10/03/2004

Dubai's new tourism developments - the grandiose Palm resort, the world's first undersea hotel Hydropolis, luxury offshore project `The World', world's tallest building Burj Dubai, entertainment complex Dubai Land, and Jumeirah Residence - along with the Dubai International Airport expansion project will be the major attractions in ITB (International Tourism Exchange) 2004 which is set to take place in Berlin from March 12 to 16. DTCM will likewise launch its travel manual Destination ...  >>MORE

Dubai and Malta discuss ways to boost tourism

Posted on 28/02/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Director General, Khalid A bin Sulayem and the chairman of Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), Dr John C. Grech, discussed bilateral issues and ways and means to strengthen cooperation between the UAE and Malta in general and Dubai in particular. During the meeting held at the DTCM Head Office, they exchanged views about cooperation between the two countries in different fields, especially tourism. Bin Sulayem briefed the Maltese ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Abdullah sets up tourism coordination panel

Posted on 18/02/2004

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Information, has issued a ministerial decree establishing the "Tourism Coordination Committee (TCC)." The Committee is to render advice on tourism-related matters submitted to it and coordinate them with concerned tourism authorities in the country. Instances of these matters are participation in exhibitions, festivals, etc held abroad. The TCC is chaired by the Under Secretary of Information and Culture and comprises a ...  >>MORE

DTCM participates in the Holiday World 2004

Posted on 13/02/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in its efforts to explore and harness new and upcoming markets for the emirate, is participating in 13th Central European Tourist Fair Holiday World (12 February -15th February), Prague, Czech Republic. The department is participating with 11 co-participants for the sixth consecutive year. DTCM Manager Overseas Promotions, Khalifa Buamaim said that the event give us an opportunity mingle with the czars of tourism industry from ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism is one of world's fastest growing

Posted on 10/02/2004

The number of guests staying in Dubai's hotels and hotel apartments is believed to have crossed six million last year up from 4.75 million the previous year - a growth of 26.31 per cent - according to Salem bin Dasmal, chief executive of the Dubai Tourism Development Company. The sector registered 31.15 per cent growth last year over the previous year's 3.62 million, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The growth was one of the highest in the industry, according ...  >>MORE

DTCM shows to promote Dubai

Posted on 09/02/2004

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, has arranged exhibition of Dubai amenities and facilities in various cities across the world during this month as part of its initiative to promote the emirate internationally to attract tourists and investments. During February, Dubai is participating in the World Travel India. Holiday World 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic, Italian International Tourism Exchange in Milan, Italy. Asia-Pacific Incentive and Meeting Expo in Melbourne, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's key to success lies with GCC families

Posted on 31/01/2004

Sharjah's tourism leaders are confident the family appeal of the emirate will continue to prove a hit for GCC travellers, with more visitors attracted by Sharjah's extensive calendar of events, thereby proving that the region remains a rich source of business for the emirate. After experiencing an average 15 per cent growth in in-bound business from the GCC last year, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) is confident Arabia is the key to further business growth for ...  >>MORE

Fujairah in talks to finalise plans for beach resort

Posted on 31/01/2004

The Fujairah Government is negotiating with a foreign investor to build a four-star, 60-room hotel and another 30 chalets on the Fujairah Corniche in cooperation with the Fujairah International Marine Club. One out of three major international investment companies, who were invited to submit their tenders for the hotel and chalets project, was chosen to carry out the project within the next three months. Ahmed Ibrahim Mohammed, director of the Fujairah International Marine Club, told Gulf ...  >>MORE

DTCM web site gets all-time record hits

Posted on 28/01/2004

The hugely popular web site of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has seen phenomenal growth since its launch and had generated an all-time record 586,761 hits on a single day in January. The spectacular surge in the number of hits reflects the global community's unfaltering interest in Dubai as a year-round business and leisure destination, the ever-expanding portfolio of facilities and developments, and the aggressive marketing and promotional agenda being ...  >>MORE

EarthTV beams Dubai to the world

Posted on 24/01/2004

The aggressive marketing and promotional agenda being pursued by the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM to broaden awareness about Dubai has been given a major push with Dubai getting on the Earth Television's worldwide network of cameras for daily live broadcasts to millions of people across the world. The networking got off to a colourful start and captured the spectacular shots of Dubai's New Year Eve fireworks for the network's TimeLapse special programme broadcast in Belgium, ...  >>MORE

Designer hot springs in making

Posted on 24/01/2004

Visitors and health buffs will soon be able to wash away their aches in specially designed hot springs of Al Ain. Separate health bath facilities for males and females are under construction at Mubazzarah, an emerging picnic spot in the city undergoing a swift development. The project is part of a master plan designed to make Al Ain an international tourist centre. The project includes, apart from beautification project, a spring resort, mineral spring pools, a big lake, clubhouse and golf ...  >>MORE

Austrian TV channel projects Dubai among ten most popular destinations

Posted on 19/01/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) participation in the on-going FEREIN 2004, an international tourism exhibition has received popular recognition by an Austrian Television channel, TW1. The channel has categorised the emirate among the 10 best destinations out of the 42 countries participating in the event. The channel is covering daily the exhibition focusing on Dubai and its attractions, and is taking place in Vienna, Austria, according to a press release ...  >>MORE

DNRD records 50 per cent jump in visitors from visa-on-arrival category

Posted on 18/01/2004

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has recorded a 50 per cent increase in the number of visitors from the 33 countries that enjoy visa-on-arrival status. More than 1 million visas were issued for nationals of these countries by DNRD at the Dubai International Airport during 2003. The 33 countries that enjoy visa-on-arrival status in the UAE include the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Italy, among others, according ...  >>MORE

Dubai wows Oslo

Posted on 11/01/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced during the Reiseliv-2004 exhibition in Oslo that http://www.dubainordic.nu received more than 200,000 direct hits last year, reflecting the immense popularity of Dubai in the key source markets of the Nordic region. DTCM Executive, Overseas Promotions, Saleh Al Geziry, who is attending the four-day event, said that the web site also carries a ...  >>MORE

Tourism emerges as major contributor to GDP: UAE official

Posted on 04/01/2004

Tourism is emerging as one of the most important contributors to growth of GCC economies given the huge tourist potential and attractions, according to a senior UAE official. "The tourism sector is gaining increasing momentum and attention as one of the highest earner of hard currency and contributor to the GDP. Tourism share in the GCC's GDPs is put at 3 per cent and this figure can go up if due investments were pumped into its development,' said Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al ...  >>MORE

DTCM wins first Galileo award for travel and tourism

Posted on 27/12/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has walked away with the first Galileo Express Travel and Tourism Award in the Best International Tourism Board category. It beat eight other nominees including Australia, Austria, Britain, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Switzerland and Malaysia. The DTCM Director-General Khalid bin Sulayem, said: "Dubai's growing stature as the perfect and safest year-round destination for business and leisure has been receiving the global travel industry's ...  >>MORE

Dubai sets sail to maritime glory

Posted on 16/12/2003

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is negotiating with investors and ship owners to build and position cruise vessels in the region, a government official said yesterday. The move could see the first dedicated cruise ship in the Gulf within a very short time, said Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM's acting manager for cruise terminal. "Many investors and shipowners have shown interest in building and positioning their vessels here," he said. "We are offering a full range of ...  >>MORE

Dubai's stand generates record visitor turnout at WTM

Posted on 16/11/2003

Representatives of the private and public sector organisations which participated in the World Travel Market (WTM-2003) under the umbrella of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) have expressed their strong confidence about the opening of new growth avenues for the emirate's tourism industry. The four-day fair ended in London on Thursday after witnessing the participation of over 5,000 companies and organisations and close to 50,000 visitors from 190 countries. Dubai's 425 ...  >>MORE

DTCM receives award from Business Travel

Posted on 02/11/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has been presented with the Business Travel Readers Award in Dublin, Ireland. Barbel Kirchner, director of the UK and Ireland Office of the DTCM, received the award on behalf of the DTCM from Noel Ahern, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, in the presence of Clive Brownlee, president of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. She said the UK and Ireland have been major markets for Dubai tourism and have been posting year-on-year growth ...  >>MORE

UAE is most safest tourism destination: Australian chamber chief

Posted on 29/10/2003

Allegations by Australian government that the UAE is not a safe destination for Australian tourists are baseless, Chief of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said. 'The UAE is one of the most safest destinations in the Middle East region,' Dr. Peter Solomon affirmed during a meeting here with Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, Director General of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Khalid bin Sulayem, Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. ...  >>MORE

DDIA launches tourism development company

Posted on 28/10/2003

The Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) has announced the launch of "Dubai Tourism Development Company" to manage the various projects of Dubailand - the first and biggest project for family tourism in the Middle East. Mohammed Al Gergawi, DDIA Chairman said: "The new company, as part of DDIA, will provide "single-window" services for investors and project executers. It will ensure a developed infrastructure that is supported with quality services. This will highlight the ...  >>MORE

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Mega event puts Dubai spotlight on Dubai


Dubai looking beyond 2010-tourism target: bin Dasmal


Tourism sector in Abu Dhabi set for growth


Arab tourism meeting starts in Dubai


Using the old to promote the brand new


Abu Dhabi to debut at ATM with largest stand


EMAAR to showcase Burj Dubai at ATM


Dubai 'holds special place in world travel'


DTCM-Moscow office voted best tourist office in Russia


Emirates group plans resorts in Australia under Al Maha brand


UAE tourism industry set for robust growth


Dubai Festival City to take part in tourism expo


Emirates Holidays posts strong growth boosting UAE tourism


Fame of Green Mubazzarah tents spreads beyond Al Ain


DTCM releases Dubai Pocket Guide


Tourism to generate Dh63b economic activity in UAE


Danat Dubai cruises along to steady growth


Pool and spa facilities at Green Mubazzarah getting ready


DTCM launch German edition of 'Destination Dubai' at the ITB-2004


Dubai aims to expand tourism from Germany


Dubai to be in the limelight at Berlin travel meet


Dubai and Malta discuss ways to boost tourism


Sheikh Abdullah sets up tourism coordination panel


DTCM participates in the Holiday World 2004


Dubai tourism is one of world's fastest growing


DTCM shows to promote Dubai


Sharjah's key to success lies with GCC families


Fujairah in talks to finalise plans for beach resort


DTCM web site gets all-time record hits


EarthTV beams Dubai to the world


Designer hot springs in making


Austrian TV channel projects Dubai among ten most popular destinations


DNRD records 50 per cent jump in visitors from visa-on-arrival category


Dubai wows Oslo


Tourism emerges as major contributor to GDP: UAE official


DTCM wins first Galileo award for travel and tourism


Dubai sets sail to maritime glory


Dubai's stand generates record visitor turnout at WTM


DTCM receives award from Business Travel


UAE is most safest tourism destination: Australian chamber chief


DDIA launches tourism development company