The United Arab Emirates’ spa industry is forecast to see revenues of AED5.5 billion in 2015, according to research from the Global Wellness Institute.
This figure is expected to increase to AED8.3 billion by 2017, making it one of the most valuable tourism-related industries in the Middle East.
It also makes the MENA region the second fastest-growing market in the world for spas after Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Global Wellness Institute.
According to GWI 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor report, the UAE will top spa growth in the region by 2017, more than doubling current business volume with 17.9 per cent annual growth since 2012.
“Destinations that offer truly innovative wellbeing experiences will be the success stories of tomorrow, and are best positioned to be a more competitive and profitable future product,” said John Bevan, chief operating officer, Spafinder Wellness.
“According to our 2015 State of Wellness Travel Report, almost nine in ten travel agents said they expect to see growth in the wellness travel for 2015,” he added.
GWI statistics show that wellness tourism represents six per cent of all domestic and international trips, and 14 per cent of total domestic and international tourism expenditure.