Chinese visitors to the United Arab Emirates will now be granted visas on arrival. A burgeoning and increasingly prosperous Chinese middle class has prompted the move, with more Chinese travelling abroad than ever before.
R Hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group have announced an agreement to open the first Wyndham Garden in United Arab Emirates. Wyndham Garden is a hotel brand designed to make stays more carefree by focusing on what matters most to deliver stress-free, easy travel.
The spa market in the Middle East and Africa is valued at AED 11 billion this year (US $3 billion), according to a new report. The leisure market report prepared by Euromonitor International ahead of The Leisure Show 2016 and Piscine Middle East 2016 reveals that the UAE shares over 14 per cent of this market with a value of AED 1.59 billion (US $435 million).
Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive, Ras al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2016.
A report published by Euromonitor International finds the UAE spa market is booming with revenues of US $411 million forecast for 2015. At the same time, the Global Wellness Institute reports the UAE is leading spa tourism in the Middle East and North Africa with visitor numbers set to double by 2017. Both reports have been published ahead of the Leisure Show Dubai 2015.
Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers the ideal city centre hotel to take in the offerings of the Dubai Summer Surprise 2015.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. Located in the land of perennial sunshine, this beachfront resort is located in the smallest of the seven Emirates, is flanked by a pristine beach and has unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf.
A high level delegation led by Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency board and the agency’s director general, Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, has visited key stakeholders within the space sector in several European countries. The meetings aimed to strengthen the framework of cooperation and partnership between the UAE Space Agency and important stakeholders across Europe. The chairman, director general and delegation discussed opportunities of cooperation with various institutions working in the sector, in order to exchange knowledge and experience in space technology and science.
World Travel Market has signed another emirate from the United Arab Emirates, meaning six out of the seven states will be represented at WTM 2014. Exhibiting at the event for the first time this year will be the Ajman Tourism Development Department.
UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, has announced the United Arab Emirates has rejoined the organisation 26 years after leaving. “The Middle East is one of the fastest growing tourism regions in the world in spite of facing countless challenges; much of this dynamism has been led by the strong political commitment awarded to tourism in the region and the vision that tourism is a key pillar of development in the Middle East of which the UAE is a perfect example,” said Rifai.
International arrivals to the UAE increased healthily in 2012, reaching an estimated 11 million tourists, delegates heard today at the latest WTM Vision Conference - Dubai held at Arabian Travel Market. Overall performance of inbound trips to the Middle East region were down five per cent last year mainly due to the decline of arrivals to those countries hit by the Arab Spring, which took place in 2011 effecting countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Syria.