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Emirates Group’s Yalago records 92% rise in hotel bookings in 2022

According to the wholesale specialist, travellers are spending 30 per cent more per booking, taking on more extensive meal plans such as all-inclusive, and booking five-star hotels as a majority

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Events Investment Fund

Saudi Crown Prince launches Events Investment Fund, aims to boost culture, tourism, sports sectors

The fund will conceptualise, finance and oversee development of more than 35 venues by 2030, with the aim of delivering its first asset by 2023

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Ras Al Khaimah records highest visitor numbers in 2022

The full-year figures follow a strong December performance in which the emirate welcomed its highest ever footfall in one month, with over 128,000 visitors

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Saudi Arabia: The Red Sea to join exclusive Serandipians’ luxury network

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and over 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites

Qatar

Qatar launches first commercial charter flight to and from Kazakhstan

The nation has identified Kazakhstan as one of 15 target markets where tourists can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy Qatar’s vibrant culture

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Dubai’s Sunset Hospitality Group launches Azure Beach and Attiko in Vietnam

The group sets sights on opening a further 20 venues in 2023, 15 of those internationally, as its expansion plan gathers pace

PIF adds Diriyah project to its portfolio

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces Diriyah as its fifth giga project

The sovereign wealth fund’s other giga projects include NEOM, Red Sea, Qiddiya and Roshn 

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Dubai welcomes over 23.7 million passengers in 2022

This marks an 89 per cent increase in passenger traffic compared to the previous year

Emirates signs pact to support visitor arrivals to The Bahamas

UAE’s Emirates Airline, Bahamas partner to promote tourism

The airline and the country’s Ministry of Tourism will participate in joint initiatives to boost visitor traffic into the islands from across the airline’s network

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International travel to see steeper growth in 2023, predicts Musafir.com

The average annual business travel spend of SMEs in the UAE is expected to grow by 15-20 per cent in 2023

Dubai welcomes 11.4 million international overnight visitors between Jan-Oct

Dubai welcomes 11.4 million international overnight visitors between Jan-Oct 2022

The emirate’s average hotel occupancy in the first 10 months of the year stood at 71 per cent

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Dubai’s GDP grows 4.6% during first nine months of 2022

The emirate hosted 10.12 million international visitors from January through September 2022, compared to 3.85 million welcomed during the same period last year

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This is how tourism must shift to actually address climate change

An estimated 11 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are due to tourism, and that’s predicted to double by 2050

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Sheikh Mohammed launches third ‘World’s Coolest Winter’ campaign

In its second edition last year, the campaign generated Dhs1.5bn in revenue, with the number of local tourists increasing to more than 1.3 million

Saudi’s Public Investment Fund launches Aseer Investment Company

The new investment arm will attract local and foreign direct investment to develop the Aseer region

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Cover feature: How Miral is transforming Abu Dhabi with its grand vision

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, group CEO of Miral, the leisure, tourism and lifestyle brand, tells us how the company is realising Abu Dhabi’s ambitious economic, leisure and tourism strategy, one mega project at a time

Saadiyat

Saadiyat: One island, many journeys

Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island features an exclusive beach lifestyle, world-class hospitality, unique cultural attractions and a spectacular natural ecosystem that will keep you coming back for more

Saudi Arabia elected chair of UNWTO

UNWTO elects Saudi Arabia as chair of Executive Council

The Saudi Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Khateeb, will represent the kingdom as chair of the UNWTO Executive Council

Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways to launch new route to Turkistan

The new service will commence on December 3, and service demand for religious and cultural tourism

UAE’s GDP to grow more than 6% in 2022, says IMF

The fund expects the country’s non-hydrocarbon growth to be around 4 per cent in 2023

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Saudi’s Almosafer partners with Visit Oman to boost sultanate’s inbound tourism

Almosafer’s consumer business will run a 360 marketing campaign throughout 2023 to promote Oman to its customer base in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE

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DCT Abu Dhabi, Hotelbeds partner to promote Abu Dhabi in key markets

The strategic partnership will increase awareness of the emirate among Hotelbeds’ network of travel agents and partners

Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports unveils new brand identity

The new corporate identity underpins future growth plans for the airports operator

The best sites to see on a helicopter tour in Dubai

From the towering skyscrapers to pristine beaches and lush desert landscapes, there’s no better way to take in all Dubai has to offer than on a helicopter tour

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Dubai Safari Park opens for 2022-2023 season on Sept 27

The park will be open every day, from 9am to 5pm, during the new season

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Miral announces the opening of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi in 2023

According to Miral, construction of the marine theme park is 90 per cent complete

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The NBA Abu Dhabi Games are set to dazzle UAE’s basketball fans on Oct 6 and 8

Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, DG for Tourism, DCT – Abu Dhabi, tells Gulf Business about the upcoming NBA matches in the emirate, the tourism authority’s partnership with NBA and Abu Dhabi’s role as a global sporting hub

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Inaugural match at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium draws thousands of fans, venue to host World Cup Final

The stadium is set in the smart city of Lusail, which is considered Qatar’s largest sustainable real estate development

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Amaala project pushes forward, over 300 contracts signed worth more than $1.7bn: Red Sea Development Company

Work is underway on-site to develop the destination, with more than 2,400 staff already on site and 9.9 million manhours logged to date

ADNEC rebrands and unveils new coporate identity

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company unveils new corporate identity

The new corporate identity reflects ADNEC Group’s refreshed vision and mission, as it seeks to expand both in business terms and geographically