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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

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

Dubai voted safest in the world

Posted on 15/10/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) sustained efforts towards promoting the emirate as a perfect round-the-year destination for business and leisure got a shot in the arm with Dubai being voted as the safest in the world by the readers of an influential consumer travel magazine. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, DTCM Manager, Media Relations, said: "The choice of readers reflects, once again, our successful efforts towards promoting Dubai in different parts of the world." He ...  >>MORE

Dubai in cruise control

Posted on 04/10/2003

"The Dubai cruise industry has a bright and vibrant future. In 1993, just one cruise ship had called at its port. But that number jumped to 13 in 1997, and then swelled further to 26, with a passenger inflow of 9,300 in 1999. "This year, we expect a significant increase in the number of cruise line passengers as compared to last year's 10,000 passengers," Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM Acting Manager, Cruise Terminal, told Khaleej Times. Dubai, which currently operates the only dedicated cruise ...  >>MORE

Dubai on a roll

Posted on 02/10/2003

The timing could not have been better. Just as news that the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was revving up its roadshows in the UK and Ireland was revealed last week, comes another revelation: This city that never ceases to amaze has, in the London Sunday Times analysis of the world's 15 hottest spots for tourists wanting to escape the bone-chilling winter cold and head for the sun, been ranked as the third best spot. Fifteen hotspots around the globe were ...  >>MORE

Dubai revs up roadshows in United Kingdom, Ireland

Posted on 29/09/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM is organising a series of roadshows in London, Dublin, and Manchester from October 2 to 7 as part of its incoming efforts to further promote the emirate in two of its key markets – the UK and Ireland. Being organised for the third year, the roadshows have been designed for travel agents, tour operators and conference and incentive markers. Up to 500 travel industry decision makers are expected to attend the seminars and workshops, tow ...  >>MORE

Al Ain draws up plans to promote tourism

Posted on 14/09/2003

The Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority, AAEDTPA, hasembarked on a plan to hard sell the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi emirate as the top tourist destination, a top official told Khaleej Times. The AAEDTPA has drawn up programmes to promote tourism in the region like organising seminars, workshops for secondary schools and university students and the annual extravaganza Al Ain Festival. The authority is also planning to organise promotion campaigns through a number of ...  >>MORE

Over 100 UAE nationals to join Dubai tourism

Posted on 09/09/2003

Over 100 new young UAE nationals have groomed themselves to enter one of the largest hospitality industries in the Gulf, as part of the Emiratisation drive launched by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM. Khaled bin Sulayem, DTCM Director General yesterday awarded them certificates at a ceremony attended by top officials of the emirate's tourism, travel and hospitality industry. Dubai's tourism and hospitality industry which contributes close to 18 per cent in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi in mega tourism venture

Posted on 02/09/2003

Abu Dhabi has finally endorsed a mega venture to transform a coastal man-made island into a major tourism centre involving a Disneyland-style fun city, hotels and restaurants, a wildlife reserve and other facilities. A decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, gave birth to the company which will oversee the development of the palm-dotted island. The General Corporation for Development and ...  >>MORE

Jebel Hafit set to turn national park

Posted on 01/09/2003

Plans are under way to establish Jebel Hafit in Al Ain as a national park. The proposed project will turn the spectacular mountainside into a promising eco-tourism destination. According to the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), the national park project is aimed at conserving Jebel Hafit, besides conserving the biodiversity on the mountain. The plan is targeted at promoting sustainable eco-tourism and to integrate human needs as part of the sustainable use of the ...  >>MORE

Tour Dubai in a unique bus-cum boat

Posted on 01/09/2003

Two years ago Khalid Al Shahin, 36, general manager, Wonder Bus Tours, had been on board an "aquabus” in Australia. "I was on a holiday in the Gold Coast and they said I must try this bus that goes on land and sea. At first I didn't believe them. But then I tried it. It was very exciting,” he remembered. He came back to Dubai carrying the joy of the ride with him. An idea began to grow in his mind. Why not bring an amphibious bus to Dubai? He took his proposal to Ali Al Salman and his brother ...  >>MORE

Destination desert

Posted on 17/08/2003

The safari, a foray into the desert to experience the "real" life of the UAE, is a highlight of a weekend getaway organised by the National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels-managed Liwa Hotel and OffRoad Emirates. Travelling into the Liwa sand dunes, which borders the Empty Quarter or the Rub Al Khali, is a calming experience by itself. It's a great feeling to be away from the sounds of the city, traffic lights and other modern stressors, and chill in the shadow of the colossal dunes. ...  >>MORE

Al Ain: On the threshold of 'must-see' status

Posted on 16/08/2003

Al Ain with its natural diversity and serene landscape is a tourist's delight. People from all over the UAE and neighbouring GCC countries flock there to recharge their batteries. Yet the international visitor's interest in this tranquil haunt has not peaked because certain amenities remain undeveloped. But the authorities have a grand design that will put the Garden City on the international tourism map. Picture Al Ain and a sea of bright flowers of various hues flash past the mind's eye; ...  >>MORE

Al Ain: The ideal family getaway

Posted on 16/08/2003

Tourism has been emerging as a major area of focus in the UAE. The main thrust of promotions is on Dubai and Abu Dhabi that have modern infrastructure suitable for international tourists. Al Ain has lately been emerging as a potential destination for families and those interested in culture. The oasis city has the basic tourist infrastructure, such as amusement and recreational parks, world-class hotels, attractive natural landscape, greenery, Arabian culture and traditions, history, ...  >>MORE

Tourism to outshine oil in Dubai's GDP

Posted on 12/08/2003

The tourism sector's contribution to Dubai's GDP is reaching 18 per cent, higher than that of the oil sector which contributes about 17 per cent, according to Ahmed Al Banna, assistant general coordinator of Dubai 2003 - the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Annual Meetings will help Dubai draw the attention of global leaders to redirect financial policies that will help the Arab World attract foreign investment, he ...  >>MORE

Taking UAE to the world

Posted on 05/08/2003

Each member of the Dubai Airport Heritage Team is from various divisions including police, immigration, customs, duty free and civil aviation. ©Gulf News Dubai Airport Heritage Team introduces the country's rich past to the millions of people who use the facility annually Dubai 2003 is a modern city - vibrant, pulsating with new energy powered by technological progress. The lights dazzle, the population is buzzing with the strength of being at the threshold of a new era involving a booming ...  >>MORE

DTCM office in UK gets award

Posted on 03/08/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) representative office in the UK has been adjudged Best UK-based Middle East Tourist Office. The award was conferred by a premium British travel trade publication Selling Long Haul which has a circulation of 16,000 travel trade contacts. Calling it another feather in the department's cap of success, Mohammed Khamis Bin Hareb commended the efforts of all those involved in the achievement. "Their efforts and planning have made us ...  >>MORE

Tourism key driver of Dubai economic growth

Posted on 29/07/2003

With oil contributing to only seven per cent of Dubai's GDP in 2002, economic sectors that drove its growth by 7.5 per cent to Dh63.5 billion have been trade, industry, banking, real estate and tourism, the last being the single fastest growing sector of the economy. According to 'Dubai Economic Report' published by the National Bank of Dubai, tourism is more important than oil as a generator of GDP. 'In 2002, GDP from tourism was double that from oil. In 2000, the last year for which the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi travel body unveils new website features

Posted on 20/07/2003

The Abu Dhabi Travel and Tourism Agencies Committee (ATTAC) has embarked on some novel plans through its web site, thus ensuring closer interaction among members of this apex body. Internet advertising, personnel recruitment for travel agencies, news and updates relating to the industry are some of the initiatives launched by ATTAC for its over 200 members in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. ATTAC is also holding an online quiz of sorts for members with prizes such as free airline tickets or hotel ...  >>MORE

What Dubai has in store for the tourist

Posted on 15/07/2003

Dubai today takes the holidaymaker down a journey to the past and can then turn a vacation into a modern wonder. Says Awadh Al Seghayer, Acting Manager of DTCM: "Dubai provides an excellent package of tailor-made tours lasting from a few hours to several days. The emirate has a perfect winter climate, top quality hotels and excellent facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities. It combines all these with superb shopping opportunities. "Cruise travellers are taken to all ...  >>MORE

A port of call for the world; Dubai is on the threshold of becoming a cruise hub

Posted on 15/07/2003

The Tigris and the Euphrates cradled one of the earliest civilisations - the land of Sumer. And across the Gulf, there was the Arabian Peninsula, the cradle of pearls, enveloped by the rich aroma of bukhoor or incense, a land that mystified the West and still does. The Gulf was the highway as trade links were established between Sumer and the Arabian Peninsula. Caliph Omar bin Al Khattab once wrote to his general Amr Ibn Al Aas in reply to a request from Mo'awia, the founder of the Umayyad ...  >>MORE

Sharjah targets Arab tourists during summer

Posted on 13/07/2003

The government of Sharjah is looking to the Arab world for increased summer business this year, with tourism leaders confident that the family appeal of the emirate prove a hit. The emirate, the only one in the UAE to have land on both the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean coastlines, has always positioned itself as a safe, clean destination, with a portfolio of leisure pursuits designed for the whole family. Mohammed A. Al Noman, Director of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, ...  >>MORE

Al Ain is set to provide major fillip to tourism

Posted on 07/07/2003

The archaeological excavations, which have been conducted at Hili Archaeological Park, Jebel Hafeet and Qatara Area, have proved that the eastern region of Abu Dhabi emirate has a very rich history and played host to many civilisations dating back to more than 4000 BC. The Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority (AAEDTP), in collaboration with Al Ain Department of Antiquities and Tourism (AADAT), is organising a summer training programme with the aim to educate the UAE ...  >>MORE

Dubai business handbook 2003/4 launched

Posted on 17/06/2003

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) launched today the 2003/4 edition of Dubai Business Handbook- an exhaustive trade manual for the trade and business professionals DTCM Director Operations and Marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb said that the Dubai Business Handbook is the DTCM's premium publication for the international trade. " It provides extensive information about the emirate's business facilities and services and offers all the information an international ...  >>MORE

DTCM briefs media on its sites and offices

Posted on 16/06/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) yesterday briefed the local media on all its sites and Welcome Bureau Offices during a tour which showed the department's commitment in creating a positive image of Dubai among tourists visiting the emirate. DTCM Deputy Manager, Visitors' Information Bureaus and Media Relation Incharge, Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, said that the department has organised this tour to increase awareness in the local media about the various sites under the ...  >>MORE

DTCM's launches French edition of trade manual

Posted on 05/06/2003

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), launched the 2003 edition of French language version of Destination Dubai, an exhaustive trade manual for the travel professional at the department's Head Office yesterday . The department has printed 10,000 copies, which are available at the Head Office. "Destination Dubai is the DTCM's premium publication for the international travel trade," said DTCM Director Operations and Marketing, Mohamed Khamis bin Hareb. "It provides ...  >>MORE

Jebel Hafeet foothills to be tourist resort

Posted on 14/05/2003

The foothills of the Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain in the UAE, will be developed into an attractive tourist resort, with a beautiful golf course and clubhouse. The hot springs in the area will also be transformed into a superb spa, surrounded by the natural beauty, announced the Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority. The authority yesterday signed an agreement with the International Management Group for the study, planning, and concept design of Jebel Hafeet Golf ...  >>MORE

Dubai to get US$500m resort, retail facility

Posted on 06/05/2003

Madinat Jumeirah - a name which conjures up images from Arabian Nights. A touch of the old - mixed with elements of the new - is the foundation for Dubai's latest resort and retail project, coming up on a stretch of land adjoining the Burj Al Arab. Operated by Jumeirah International, the US$500 million upscale development is due for completion in the third quarter of next year. There will be two hotels and 31 villas, each featuring between 9 and 10 bedrooms. In all, there will be ...  >>MORE

DNATA’s eye-catching stand at ATM 2003

Posted on 05/05/2003

Dubai visitors to DNATA Agencies at the Arabian Travel Market, ATM 2003, opening tomorrow, will enjoy the extra space and amenities provided by DNATA's first ever two-tier exhibition stand. Made of glass, aluminium and laminates, the eye-catching design is based on DNATA Agencies theme: New World, New Ideas and captures the shapes and colours of its logo. At ground level, the stand provides a reception area, meeting rooms, computer stations, storeroom and kitchen/service area. On the upper ...  >>MORE

Gulf tourism prospects bright despite war

Posted on 04/05/2003

Inter-Arab tourism is expected to influence the growth of the Gulf's tourism, which registered a 10.6 per cent growth last year, industry officials here said. This includes 31 per cent growth in visitor arrival to Dubai. According to World Tourism Organisation (WTO), the final tally was 24 million visitors, which works out to 3.4 per cent of the overall traveller numbers for last year. Of the 24 million, Dubai accounted for a robust 4.7 million through a 30 per cent gain. Despite being ...  >>MORE

Al Ain moves to develop city brand to promote tourism

Posted on 29/04/2003

The Al Ain economic and tourism authority is striving to get the public to help select a distinguishing symbol, colour and catchword for the city. The authority has invited more than 150 people to take part in seminars and presentations during which the city's popular characteristics will be discussed. These discussions are expected to lead to the selection of an appropriate symbol, colour and catchword that will help promote Al Ain. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of Al Ain ...  >>MORE

South Africa, UAE’s biggest sub-Saharan tourism partner

Posted on 20/04/2003

South Africa has firmly established itself as the UAE's biggest sub-Saharan tourism partner by contributing 35 per cent of African visitors to this country according to latest figures. Last year alone, approximately 68,000 South Africans visited the UAE – a 29 per cent increase on the previous year – followed by 25 per cent from Kenya in the sub-Saharan sector. Outside the Arab countries, including Maghreb and Iran, South African now ranks eight in the number of tourists visiting the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Luxury cruise ship nears completion

Posted on 08/04/2003

A new 55-metre luxury cruise vessel is being launched by Bateaux Dubai which, from September, will serve a growing number of residents and visitors. Bateaux Dubai, which is partly owned by Dutco Group, has invested Dh15 million in building Al Minsaf, the new luxury vessel which will offer lunch, sunset and dinner cruises on the Dubai Creek to Dubai-bound tourists and executives, its officials said. Khalid bin Sulayem, director general of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: ...  >>MORE

Deal to make documentary film on Dubai signed

Posted on 08/04/2003

Alarabiya Productions yesterday announced a joint venture with Dubai 2003 to collaborate in the production of a special television documentary and related materials that will capture the vignette of a day's life in Dubai. The film is to be called Dubai 24 Hours. The television project, which is being undertaken under the directive of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the UAE Minister of Defence, will celebrate Dubai's heart and soul by using the finest ...  >>MORE

Mina Seyahi resort to expand

Posted on 08/04/2003

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is expanding its predominant resort on Jumeirah Beach. The extension is set to include lavish landscaping of garden areas, additional shaded children's pool, 25m-lap pool, another large infinity pool bringing the total to four pools and two children's pools and facilities to house a new restaurant. Work has already commenced on this project and is estimated for completion in August. Mina Seyahi is already the first choice for International ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays profit rises 33pc

Posted on 07/04/2003

Emirates Holidays, the leisure travel wing of the Emirates Group, has registered a 15 per cent growth in passengers and 33 per cent growth in profit during the last financial year (April 2002 to March, 2003), officials said while launching the new holiday brochure for 2002-2003. They said the current situation in the Gulf will not have a major impact on the company's operations as the booking outlook for the coming holiday season looks positive. Emirates Holidays' contribution to the Emirates ...  >>MORE

DTCM sets up convention bureau

Posted on 01/04/2003

To facilitate Dubai's drive to improve its status as a preferred business destination, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) announced yesterday the setting up of the Dubai Convention Bureau (DCB) within its organisational framework to coordinate the marketing and bidding process to host major international meetings, conferences and events. Annually, 2,800 'rotating' events are held across the major cities in the world and Dubai is gearing up its efforts to bring some of them ...  >>MORE

Emirates showcases Dubai-Moscow link at tourism fair

Posted on 31/03/2003

The Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) fair has given Emirates airline a perfect platform to spread the word about its new thrice-a-week link between Dubai and Moscow starting from July 1. The 80,000 visitors to MITT have learnt a lot more about Emirates and Dubai, thanks to new stand of Emirates which highlighted its products and services, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. The fair is the region's largest travel show and the Emirates team at the stand received scores of ...  >>MORE

Dubai unaffected by war in Iraq, says DTCM official

Posted on 31/03/2003

The war in Iraq might have adversely affected the region but Dubai, which remains a major international centre for tourism and business, is the least affected with hotels reporting 50-60 per cent occupancy, said Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Manager (Missions), Hamad Mohammed bin Mejren, in an interview with Khaleej Times. The Missions section, which is part of DTCM's Operations and Marketing Division, is involved in organising a number of inward visits from key ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed named top tourism personality

Posted on 13/03/2003

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates, has been named one of the year's top tourism personalities by a major German business magazine. Sheikh Ahmed was the only Middle Eastern representative named in the top 20 tourism innovators by Focus, Germany's weekly million-circulation news magazine. It gave him a green "upward trend" indicator for 2003 and called his plans to expand Emirates' fleet from 44 to 100 aircraft as a "visionary ...  >>MORE

Amphibious bus for Dubai tours

Posted on 09/03/2003

Dubai Police yesterday registered the Middle East's first amphibious bus that will be used by a UAE national tourism company for tours on Dubai streets and creek. After receiving approval from the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Wonder Bus Tours will today go to the Coast Guard for their approval of the use of the bus in the creek, Khalid Al Shahin, company general manager, told Gulf News. The Dh1 million bus is powered by a 210 HP diesel engine and can take 49 passengers ...  >>MORE

Tourism next only to oil in Arab world

Posted on 03/03/2003

The travel and tourism industry in the Arab region represents an annual economy valued at more than US$60 billion which makes it the largest sector after oil, according to a report by the Travel Wire News. The World Tourism Organisation estimates that the region will generate more than 60 million travellers by the year 2020, a significant increase from 2002 level of 20 million travellers who spent over US$29 billion, according to a report in "Gulf News." The impact of the September 11 attacks ...  >>MORE

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DDIA launches tourism development company


Dubai voted safest in the world


Dubai in cruise control


Dubai on a roll


Dubai revs up roadshows in United Kingdom, Ireland


Al Ain draws up plans to promote tourism


Over 100 UAE nationals to join Dubai tourism


Abu Dhabi in mega tourism venture


Jebel Hafit set to turn national park


Tour Dubai in a unique bus-cum boat


Destination desert


Al Ain: On the threshold of 'must-see' status


Al Ain: The ideal family getaway


Tourism to outshine oil in Dubai's GDP


Taking UAE to the world


DTCM office in UK gets award


Tourism key driver of Dubai economic growth


Abu Dhabi travel body unveils new website features


What Dubai has in store for the tourist


A port of call for the world; Dubai is on the threshold of becoming a cruise hub


Sharjah targets Arab tourists during summer


Al Ain is set to provide major fillip to tourism


Dubai business handbook 2003/4 launched


DTCM briefs media on its sites and offices


DTCM's launches French edition of trade manual


Jebel Hafeet foothills to be tourist resort


Dubai to get US$500m resort, retail facility


DNATA’s eye-catching stand at ATM 2003


Gulf tourism prospects bright despite war


Al Ain moves to develop city brand to promote tourism


South Africa, UAE’s biggest sub-Saharan tourism partner


Luxury cruise ship nears completion


Deal to make documentary film on Dubai signed


Mina Seyahi resort to expand


Emirates Holidays profit rises 33pc


DTCM sets up convention bureau


Emirates showcases Dubai-Moscow link at tourism fair


Dubai unaffected by war in Iraq, says DTCM official


Sheikh Ahmed named top tourism personality


Amphibious bus for Dubai tours


Tourism next only to oil in Arab world