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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

Five million tourists in Dubai during first half

Posted on 28/10/2013

The Dubai Economic Outlook, Quarter 2 report for 2013, issued by the Secretariat General of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC), confirms the momentum gained by Dubai's economy during Q1 of 2013. The report estimated the growth rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) to Dubai in the Q2 of 2013 by 4.7 per cent compared to the corresponding 2012 quarter. The report attributed this growth to the growth of the four sectors, namely: real estate, wholesale and retail, transportation and ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens first-of-its-kind Arabian Nights Village in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/10/2013

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has officially opened the emirate's first-of-its-kind Arabian Nights Village desert retreat, delivering a new dimension to the destination's overall culture-tourism proposition. Set on a dedicated 85,000m Al Khatem plot, the size of 12 professional football pitches, deep in Abu Dhabi's heritage heartland, Arabian Nights Village is expected to be a leading international draw for visitors ...  >>MORE

UAE’s folk art associations to share stage at hospitality championship

Posted on 19/10/2013

For the first time in the history of the UAE, folk art associations across the nation will unite at the same forum to present vignettes of Emirati culture and tradition to the world. The Heritage and Hospitality Exhibition, a key element of the Dubai World Hospitality Championship (DWHC), will feature a variety of cultural performances by members of folk art associations from different emirates. Dubai Folk Arts Society, Al Shohouh National Heritage Association in Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Qaiwain ...  >>MORE

Multinational research team wins grant to develop 'Brand UAE'

Posted on 14/10/2013

A team of researchers from the UAE, Hong Kong and the USA has been awarded a two-year research grant to create and launch a national brand for the UAE. The multinational team, reflecting international and inter-university collaboration, includes marketing experts from Zayed University, University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), George Washington University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Academy of Arts University, San Francisco. The researchers bring a multidisciplinary skillset ...  >>MORE

Sharjah registers 11% rise in arrival of tourists

Posted on 10/10/2013

Sharjah received more than 1.7 million international tourists during 2012, registering a heartening 11 per cent growth over the previous year (2011). During the first half of year 2013, the emirate has received more than 951,000 tourists, which suggests a significant overall expected increase in tourist numbers in 2013. The figures were revealed by Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Director General of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), at a special presentation held in Sharjah ...  >>MORE

Sharjah delegation meets Ban Ki moon

Posted on 07/10/2013

New York: A delegation from Sharjah, headed by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre and Sharjah Media Corporation, was welcomed at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York yesterday. During the meeting, Sheikh Sultan addressed with Ban Ki moon, UN Secretary General, issues related to the Middle East and elaborated on regional support. As part of the visit, a number of authorities from Sharjah's public and private sectors conducted meetings with UN ...  >>MORE

Sharjah roadshow to USA concludes

Posted on 07/10/2013

Sharjah's delegation to the USA concluded their roadshow in New York with a series of meetings that saw large-scale participation from representatives of the US business, culture and tourism communities. The delegation held a number of meetings throughout the two-day roadshow in New York, where they highlighted the highly Emirate's competitive industrial, business and service offerings as well as the many facilities and incentives offered to investors. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, ...  >>MORE

Yas ties up with Expedia.com to target Arabian Gulf, US and UK travellers

Posted on 07/10/2013

Yas Island has tied up with the online travel booking company Expedia.com to market the Abu Dhabi tourist destination to a wider audience. The tie-up will continue through March and targets the Arabian Gulf, the United States and the United Kingdom through Expedia.co.uk. "We launched it to reach out to prospective travellers around the world who are planning to visit or showing interest in visiting the UAE,” said Karim El Guanaini, the vice president of Yas Island Destination Management. His ...  >>MORE

Sharjah invites US companies, businessmen to expand their business in Sharjah

Posted on 05/10/2013

New York: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre, has stressed Sharjah's endeavor to offer an investor friendly and attractive environment foreign investments in the Gulf region and the Middle East. The head of the Sharjah delegation, currently on the visit to the USA as part of its first and largest Roadshow, called on US firms and investors to expand their businesses in Sharjah and benefit from investment opportunities and the emirate's unique geographical ...  >>MORE

Capital’s inbound tourism gets boost

Posted on 04/10/2013

Abu Dhabi is on a major drive to boost inbound intra-regional tourism with the hosting of its biggest GCC destination familiarisation trip to date. Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) partnered various stakeholders to host more than 50 leading GCC tour operators, DMCs and travel professionals to show them how much more there is to see and do in the emirate. All the hosted guests were first-time visitors to the UAE capital. "We have seen some good hotel guest numbers from the ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah visitors 
increase 28% in August

Posted on 04/10/2013

Ras Al Khaimah is set to celebrate Eid-Al-Adha with an array of special offers as the emirate announces a record number of visitors during August, spurred on by the GCC's ‘weekend get-away' market. During August 2013, Ras Al Khaimah attracted over 95,000 visitors, which represents a 28 per cent increase in visitor numbers compared to August 2012. Whilst domestic UAE tourism accounted for almost 52 per cent of visitors during this time, the emirate also saw a marked increase in intra-regional ...  >>MORE

Sharjah signs four MoU's during USA Roadshow

Posted on 03/10/2013

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) have signed four separate Memorandums of Understanding with US based authorities with the aim of strengthening commercial ties, developing reciprocal cooperation and expanding strategic partnerships in terms of trade exchange between Sharjah and the USA. The MoU's were signed during the Sharjah Roadshow in the USA which is on a five-day tour of Washington D.C. and New York City, between ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Roadshow in USA starts with large-scale participation from US representatives

Posted on 02/10/2013

Washington, D.C. : The Sharjah Roadshow in the USA commenced its busy Washington D.C. meeting schedule on Monday, successfully kicking off the biggest foray of the emirate of Sharjah into the US to date. Organised by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) under the slogan "Sharjah - Promising Opportunities, Global Horizons", the Roadshow delegation is comprised of more than twenty Sharjah based corporations, entities, organisations, and government departments taking part in ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism industry grows 8% in the past three years, says National Bureau of Statistics

Posted on 01/10/2013

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said the UAE tourism sector grew by 8% in the last three years following the global financial crisis. NBS, in a statement on the occasion of the World Tourism Day which was marked on 27 September, said that the growth of the UAE tourism industry continued at a rate of 2.9%, and the number of hotels to increase to 575, with Dubai accounting for 69%, or 399 hotels, of this total number. Abu Dhabi comes second with 14%, or 81 hotels, of the total ...  >>MORE

Now, seaplane for Sharjah

Posted on 30/09/2013

A new seaplane service in Sharjah has been launched by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in association with Seawings, the UAE's luxury seaplane operator. Dr Nigel Rea, Chief Operating Officer of Seawings said: "We are proud to join hands with the Sharjah Investment & Development Authority to launch our seaplane service in Sharjah. Our seaplane tours give our passengers a unique perspective on the Arab culture and heritage displayed by the cities of the UAE so we are ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s cruise attractions showcased at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg

Posted on 29/09/2013

Dubai Cruise Tourism participated in the global industry conference Seatrade Europe in Hamburg from September 24-26 as part of on-going efforts to promote Dubai's cruise offering around the world. DTCM Director of Cruise Tourism Jamal Al Falasi represented Dubai Cruise Tourism and participated along with delegations from more than 40 countries across the globe. The Dubai Cruise stand showcased the world-class facilities Dubai offers passengers and cruise operators alike with the aim of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah delegation reaches US, to hold series of meetings with leading firms

Posted on 29/09/2013

Sharjah's largest ever delegation, comprising more than 20 government and private organisations reached Washington DC on Saturday, in the first roadshow in the USA, organised by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) under the slogan: "Sharjah - Promising Opportunities, Global Horizons”. Taking place from September 30, to 4 October, the roadshow aims at promoting Sharjah's investment, business, and cultural offerings - as well as to explore avenues of cooperation with US ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to build on increase in Italian visitors

Posted on 25/09/2013

Abu Dhabi's tourism stakeholders are heading to Rimini in Italy next month for a major push at the 50th edition of TTG Incontri - the country's largest B2B tourism show, running from October 17th to 19th. An eight member Abu Dhabi delegation, led by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), will be at the show looking to build both inbound visitor numbers to the emirate and the average-length-of-stay of Italian hotel guests. "This push comes as we are reaping the rewards of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah tourism on show at Leisure Moscow recreational fair

Posted on 17/09/2013

Sharjah's leisure and tourist attractions are to be showcased at the Leisure Moscow 2013 Fair, which starts tomorrow in the Russian capital. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, is heading the emirate's delegation to the International Leisure Tourism Exhibition. The delegation includes senior representatives of the emirate's tourism and hospitality sectors. Speaking on the occasion, Al Noman highlighted the significance of the emirate's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police handled 7,836 tourist incidents in 3 years

Posted on 16/09/2013

A total number of 7,836 tourist incidents and notifications were recorded and handled by the Tourism Police Department at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ in the past three years. Official figures showed that the Police dealt with 2,621 incidents and notifications in 2012, 2,596 in 2011, and 2,619 in 2010. Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Director General of Police Operations, said that Abu Dhabi Police is undertaking significant strategic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi business events to boost economic growth

Posted on 15/09/2013

Studies commissioned by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre suggest the economic impact from business events in Abu Dhabi will increase by approximately seven per cent per year on average up until 2020. The emirate's tourism industry has made no secret its ambitious plans to keep developing its business events here. Already ranking among the top 100 busiest global meetings destinations in the International Congress and Convention ...  >>MORE

DTCM opens fourth office in China

Posted on 11/09/2013

In a move to further strengthen ties with China, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) recently announced the opening of a fourth office in the country, as the Emirate seeks to stimulate further increases in the number of visitors travelling to Dubai. The announcement came on the first day of a four day visit by a delegation of important buyers from the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (Mice) sector. DTCM – whose ultimate vision is to position Dubai ...  >>MORE

Visit Abu Dhabi now in Brazilian Portuguese

Posted on 09/09/2013

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has launched a Brazilian Portuguese version of its award-winning destination website – http://www.visitabudhabi.ae. The comprehensive online resource is now available in nine languages. The introduction of the Brazilian/ Portuguese version follows Etihad Airways' launch, last June, of daily non-stop services from Sao Paolo to Abu Dhabi International Airport and ...  >>MORE

Leaning towers, solar cities and giant slides: Six things you must do in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/09/2013

1. Stroll the prom The Corniche is an epic four-mile promenade with many places to stop off and enjoy a picnic. You can stroll the entire length in an afternoon, or to speed things up, why not hire a bike instead? Two things catch the eye. The emirate's flag, as big as a bus, atop a 360ft pole, and the remarkable Capital Gate building, with a built-in lean of 18 degrees (the slant on Pisa's tower is four degrees). The Avenue at Etihad Towers is a new mall dedicated to high-end fashion. Then ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police releases a 15-language tourist guidance leaflet

Posted on 08/09/2013

The Abu Dhabi Police released a guidance leaflet for tourists featuring 15 different languages. It includes guidelines on morals and ethics that should be followed by tourists visiting the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The leaflet helps increase awareness on the UAE's traditions and customs, and enhances tourist concepts and spreads awareness among them. The leaflet includes advice on protection against illegal car lifts as well as instructions on what to do in case you lose your luggage or personal ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi pushes for more Chinese tourists

Posted on 03/09/2013

Abu Dhabi welcomed 23,618 Chinese hotel guests in the first seven months of 2013, up 36 per cent over the same period last year, with the emirate expecting further increases as the local industry develops tailored products and attractions to cater for the lucrative Chinese market. According to Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, Chinese visitors accounted for 44,094 room nights in the emirate's 146 hotels and hotel apartments from January to July this year, up 38 per cent ...  >>MORE

Saudi Arabian tourists drive UAE economy

Posted on 01/09/2013

Saudi Arabian tourists have played a role in boosting the UAE economy, which is led by trade and tourism. While the majority of visitors from the kingdom come to Dubai, they also visit other emirates, such as Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. "Saudi Arabia is the biggest market for Dubai in terms of room occupancy,” said Philip Wooller, area director of STR Global for the Middle East and Africa. Last year, Saudi Arabia topped the source markets with 1,128,757 visitors to Dubai. The number was ...  >>MORE

Anantara Desert Resort proves green credentials

Posted on 29/08/2013

The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, which is located in the Liwa desert, in Abu Dhabi, has been awarded international Green Globe Certification (GGC), following a comprehensive sustainability audit conducted by Farnek Consulting, GGC's preferred partner in the Middle East. The 206-room hotel scored highly in all areas. The room management system which controls air conditioning and lighting has so far this year delivered a 22% reduction in electricity costs and there has been a 37% ...  >>MORE

TCA lauches Al Gharbia Visitor Map

Posted on 29/08/2013

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), in consultation with its stakeholders and the Western Region Development Council, has produced a map of Al Gharbia (Western Region), which enables visitors to Abu Dhabi Emirate to easily explore some of the UAE's most dramatic desert and coastal scenery. Spanning an incredible two-thirds of the emirate, Al Gharbia's expansive desert, oasis towns, secluded beaches, island experiences, impressive coastline and plethora of diverse ...  >>MORE

Dubai validates position as favourite Middle East tourist destination

Posted on 28/08/2013

Dubai may have accounted for the lion's share of tourists flowing to various Arabic destinations during the recent Eid Al Fitr holiday. Family tourism has witnessed considerable growth, supported by wide range of tourist attractions in Dubai, including leisure and top of the line services, high-quality and a wide diversity of tourist facilities that suit different segments of visitors and meet the requirements of all age groups. The bulk of foreign tourists descending on Dubai during Eid were ...  >>MORE

Etihad holidays set to bring greater numbers of visitors to UAE with Launch of UK operation

Posted on 25/08/2013

Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways, is launching services in the United Kingdom (UK), designed to cater for growing demand from one of the airline's key global markets. An extensive range of Etihad Holidays packages in the UAE are now available, supporting the airline's aim to bring greater business and leisure travellers to Abu Dhabi and the other emirates. UK travellers can now purchase packages at a full range of hotels in Abu Dhabi city, Saadiyat Island, and Yas Island, with a ...  >>MORE

UK Travel Trade tips Abu Dhabi as upcoming watersports destination

Posted on 25/08/2013

Leading members of the UK travel trade are tipping Abu Dhabi as an upcoming international watersports destination with the emirate's Volvo Ocean Race campaign bringing the emirate's offering into the global sector spotlight. Travel trade decision-makers have been given a brief on Abu Dhabi's expanding watersports offering and its 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race campaign during a gathering when they sailed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam yacht in the Solent Channel near Cowes on the Isle of Wight and ...  >>MORE

Dubai builds, tourists come

Posted on 22/08/2013

Saudi Arabia and India topped the charts for sending the most tourists to Dubai in the first half of this year as a new report by Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) revealed record-breaking figures. More than 5.5 million tourists visited Dubai from January to June this year, representing an increase of 11.1 per cent over the previous year. Director-General of DTCM Helal Saeed Almarri said: "The figures for the first half of 2013 are extremely encouraging and indicate that we ...  >>MORE

TCA Abu Dhabi and TUI join forces

Posted on 18/08/2013

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and TUI, have teamed up to stage a month long destination campaign in New Delhi to further bolster Indian visitor numbers to the emirate. Abu Dhabi Month', the campaign, which runs throughout August in the dedicated TUI flagship store at the Indian capital's hugely popular Select Citywalk Mall, will see a number of marketing and online activations staged, including in-store branding and collateral as well as Abu Dhabi banners on the TUI ...  >>MORE

New centre to boost wellness tourism

Posted on 15/08/2013

The DNA Centre for Integrative Medicine and Wellness combines cutting-edge, scientific-based Western medicine with Eastern alternative modalities and has the potential to turn the emirate into a health and wellness destination. The Centre, which is located on The Collection retail complex of the five-star St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi, was officially opened in May by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development. The flagship centre of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah unveils 2013 first half tourism statistics

Posted on 15/08/2013

Sharjah continued to attract visitors from around the world in growing numbers, recording a surge in tourist numbers in the first half of Year 2013. The statistics released by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority put the hotel occupancy in the emirate at more than 71%, compared to 66% last year, in an overall increase of 3%. With a total number of 951,592 guests staying in the emirate's 103 hotel establishments (48 hotels and 55 hotel apartments), an overall increase of 9% ...  >>MORE

5.5m visit Dubai in busy H1

Posted on 01/08/2013

More than 5.5 million tourists visited Dubai in the first half of 2013, representing an 11.1 per cent year-on-year increase, indicating that Dubai is on the way to achieving its Tourism Vision for 2020. The first half visitor number results, released by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on Wednesday, show increases across all key indicators, including hotel guests, hotel and hotel apartment revenues, room occupancy and average length of stay. Announced earlier this ...  >>MORE

Al Majaz Waterfront welcomed 1.2 million visitors during H1 2013

Posted on 30/07/2013

Al Majaz Waterfront has announced a record-breaking 1.2 million visitors during the first half of this year, a marked increase compared to visitor numbers between January and June last year. According to Al Majaz Waterfront management, visitors of various nationalities and ages from both within the emirates and abroad visited the state-of-the-art complex to enjoy world-class leisure, entertainment and culinary experiences and attractions, including the Sharjah Fountain, Mini Golf, Play Area, ...  >>MORE

All eyes on Sharjah

Posted on 29/07/2013

Ramadan nights in Sharjah beckon tourists and residents after Iftar with a city tour on-board the Sharjah city sightseeing buses — and passengers can't get enough. The daily city night tour showcases, in 45 minutes, some of the city's most prominent sights, including Buhaira Corniche, Al Qasba, Expo Centre Sharjah, Mega Mall, the Central Souk, Cultural Square and Al Noor Mosque. The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has expanded its City Sightseeing Sharjah ‘hop on, hop ...  >>MORE

ADPC plans cruise business at Zayed Port

Posted on 29/07/2013

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the master developer and manager of both commercial and community ports, and the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), announced on Sunday plans to support the growing cruise business at Zayed Port (Mina Zayed) in Abu Dhabi, ADPC said in a statement. ADPC said that it has allocated the south-eastern end of the port berth, the end closest to Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, as an area to be developed specifically for cruise liners and passengers, noting that the new ...  >>MORE

Sharjah shown in a whole new light

Posted on 23/07/2013

The Sharjah city tour buses are in demand during Ramadan nights as City Sightseeing Sharjah, the company responsible for popular ‘hop on hop off' bus tours across the emirate, has expanded its service to include a scenic city night tour. Departing daily at 8pm from Sharjah's popular Al Majaz Waterfront, the night tour will run daily from 8pm-11pm (last departure), and will treat passengers to a trip that showcases some of the city's most breath-taking sights, including Buhaira Corniche, Al ...  >>MORE

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Five million tourists in Dubai during first half


Sultan opens first-of-its-kind Arabian Nights Village in Abu Dhabi


UAE’s folk art associations to share stage at hospitality championship


Multinational research team wins grant to develop 'Brand UAE'


Sharjah registers 11% rise in arrival of tourists


Sharjah delegation meets Ban Ki moon


Sharjah roadshow to USA concludes


Yas ties up with Expedia.com to target Arabian Gulf, US and UK travellers


Sharjah invites US companies, businessmen to expand their business in Sharjah


Capital’s inbound tourism gets boost


Ras Al Khaimah visitors 
increase 28% in August


Sharjah signs four MoU's during USA Roadshow


Sharjah Roadshow in USA starts with large-scale participation from US representatives


UAE tourism industry grows 8% in the past three years, says National Bureau of Statistics


Now, seaplane for Sharjah


Dubai’s cruise attractions showcased at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg


Sharjah delegation reaches US, to hold series of meetings with leading firms


Abu Dhabi to build on increase in Italian visitors


Sharjah tourism on show at Leisure Moscow recreational fair


Abu Dhabi Police handled 7,836 tourist incidents in 3 years


Abu Dhabi business events to boost economic growth


DTCM opens fourth office in China


Visit Abu Dhabi now in Brazilian Portuguese


Leaning towers, solar cities and giant slides: Six things you must do in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Police releases a 15-language tourist guidance leaflet


Abu Dhabi pushes for more Chinese tourists


Saudi Arabian tourists drive UAE economy


Anantara Desert Resort proves green credentials


TCA lauches Al Gharbia Visitor Map


Dubai validates position as favourite Middle East tourist destination


Etihad holidays set to bring greater numbers of visitors to UAE with Launch of UK operation


UK Travel Trade tips Abu Dhabi as upcoming watersports destination


Dubai builds, tourists come


TCA Abu Dhabi and TUI join forces


New centre to boost wellness tourism


Sharjah unveils 2013 first half tourism statistics


5.5m visit Dubai in busy H1


Al Majaz Waterfront welcomed 1.2 million visitors during H1 2013


All eyes on Sharjah


ADPC plans cruise business at Zayed Port


Sharjah shown in a whole new light