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Tourism volumes surge over 12 mn

In recent reports India, KSA and the UK maintain their status as Dubai’s dominant traffic generators with Oman and China continuing their impressive double-digit trajectory, propelling GCC and Asian region visitation. Dubai welcomed 12.08 million international overnight visitors in the first nine months of 2019. The latest visitation figures released …

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Outlook for the year of Expo 2020

UAE will be focusing on new markets in 2020, starting off with the Nordic travel fair—MATKA—to be held from January 17-20 in Helsinki, Finland. The two other important exhibitions to kick off in the upcoming year are Vakantiebeurs in Netherlands and FESPO in Switzerland. HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, …

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Dubai sets stage for medical tourists

Linda Abdullah Ali Ruhi, Consultant, Health Tourism Department, Dubai Health Authority, highlights the progress in the medical tourism sector. Shehara Rizly What was the value of medical expenditures in 2018? Medical expenditures from visiting international health tourists surpassed AED 1.163 billion in 2018 due to visiting numbers exceeding 337,011. From …

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Witness the archaeological collection in Fujairah

Fujairah is the fifth largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates with the highest annual rainfall and the only mountainous emirate with one of the oldest mosques. The destination is popular for coral reefs, adventure sports and diving. Popular cities and villages in Fujairah are Dibba, Murbeh, Qidfa, Al Bidyah, …

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Priorities for future mobility

Roads and transport services in Dubai is slowly paving the way for key government roles in the future by leveraging relationships with the private sector. Take a sneak peek into the latest findings of studies, innovations and technology in the field of transport and communications. TT Bureau The Future of …

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Sharjah beckons German travellers through unique products

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), during its participation at ITB Berlin 2019, reviewed the emirate’s chief plans, strategies and tourism programmes whilst showcasing ecotourism and sustainable hospitality. TT Bureau Sharjah strongly emphasised on promoting local culture and distinct leisure activities that it has to offer at ITB …

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Proud passport holders of the UAE

The UAE has overtaken previous contenders Singapore and Germany as the country with the most powerful passport in the world. Shehara Rizly In a landmark achievement, the United Arab Emirates celebrated a significant milestone as its passport took the lead with a record-breaking score in the Global Passport Power Ranking. …

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Curbing overtourism with WTACH

While tourism contributes immensely to a country’s GDP, it is important that regulations be put in place to curb overtourism, failing which the ethos and sanctity of heritage and culture of a place may be damaged. TT Bureau The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has been launched …

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It’s business before leisure for Dubai

According to Dubai Business Events (DBE), Dubai secured a total of 261 successful bids for meetings, conferences and incentives in 2018. This is set to attract an additional 153,640 delegates to the city over the coming years and further cements the emirate as an attractive global business destination. TT Bureau …

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Dubai propels tourism growth

Dubai Tourism exempts 2,000+ travel agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into its economy. TT Bureau Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED 250 million in bank guarantees that have been furnished by tourism-related service providers, …

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