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Dubai receives 3.67 million overnight visitors in Jan-Feb

Dubai recorded 1.77 million international visitors in January, and 1.9 million in February, according to DET figures

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Eid al Fitr 2024 fireworks across UAE: Where to watch it in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

From Dubai’s Global Village to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, fireworks will light up the night sky to mark Eid al Fitr 2024

Travel, tourism global contribution to hit record $11.1tn in 2024: WTTC

Travel, tourism global contribution to hit record $11.1tn in 2024: WTTC

In 2023, the travel and tourism sector accounted for 9.1 per cent share of the global GDP with a workforce of nearly 330 million

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Eid al Fitr holiday travel: Visa-free destinations for UAE residents

At the onset of 2024, Skyscanner witnessed record travel demand, outperforming the global flights market and emerging as the fastest-growing metasearch platform in 2023

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Abu Dhabi’s ambitious 2030 tourism strategy: GDP contribution at $90bn, over 178,000 jobs

The Tourism Strategy 2030 reflects Abu Dhabi’s vision to transform its social and economic landscape

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Red Sea International Airport to receive its first flight from Dubai

The Red Sea, envisioned to comprise 50 resorts upon full completion in 2030, represents a significant step towards realising Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative

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Louvre Abu Dhabi draws over 1.2million visitors in 2023

Since its opening in 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has not only attracted art enthusiasts and collectors but also positioned the emirate as a global cultural hub

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Abu Dhabi extends 10% tax waiver to boost events tourism

While enjoying the fee waiver, event organisers are mandated to secure event licenses through the Abu Dhabi Events Licensing System

UAE residents now eligible for Morocco eVisa: How to apply

The change in application channels comes with reduced processing times as well

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Eid al Fitr holiday: International travel destinations grow in popularity

Outbound travel numbers had gone up substantially this year with international travel packages making up 60 per cent of all bookings

Oman to invest $31bn in tourism sector by 2040. Getty Images by Emran Omar

Oman to invest $31bn in tourism sector by 2040

In 2023, Oman received four million visitors, up from 2.9 million in 2022, a year-on-year rise of almost 38 per cent

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Italian Trade Commissioner on why the UAE loves ‘Made in Italy’

Highlighting the positive trends in the market, Soldani underscores the opportunities for trade and cooperation between the two countries

Sochi added to flydubvai summer network

flydubai to take travellers to Sochi this summer

The three-times-a-week service will depart from Terminal 2 at Dubai International (DXB), on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Top travel trends for 2024: Study unpacks UAE traveller habits

From choosing sustainable travel options to making up to two outbound trips in 2024 are some of the trends being followed by UAE travelers

Dubai hosted 17 million international visitors in 2023

Dubai welcomed 17 million international visitors in 2023

The tourism sector’s performance closely parallels Dubai’s 3.3 per cent GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023

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Solo travel to London anyone? UAE nationals no longer need a pre-entry visa to UK

The visa waiver programme kicks in from February and travellers can apply for it at the start of the month

WATCH: Messi shatters stereotypes in Saudi Tourism’s newest campaign

The campaign shines the spotlight on Saudi’s open and welcoming culture and the importance of inspiring young Saudi women to reach their full potential

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Saudi oil rig ‘adventure park’ gets a masterplan

The project includes three hotels with a total of 800 rooms, 11 restaurants, an extreme sports and adventure park, a marina and helipads

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Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp: DET awards 70 hotels; see list

Dubai is the first city in the region to mandate sustainability criteria for its hotel classification system, with the DST initiative further reinforces its drive to become a leading sustainable destination

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UAE’s AD Ports Group to support cruise tourism in Egypt  

The collaboration will see AD Ports Group investing $3m over 15 years in the management and operation of the three cruise terminals to provide new services, improve access for cruise operators and add new itineraries

UAE: Fourth edition of 'World's Coolest Winter Campaign' kicks off image DUbai Media Office

UAE: Fourth season of ‘World’s Coolest Winter Campaign’ kicks off

In its third season, the campaign saw tourists numbers reach 1.4 million, an increase of 8 per cent compared to the second edition

Football fever: Qatar gears up for AFC Asian Cup, other key events in Q1 2024 image Getty Imges

Football fever: Qatar gears up for AFC Asian Cup, other key events in Q1 2024

Qatar will welcome football fans from around the region for the AFC Asian Cup being held from January 12 – February 10 this year

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Dubai named world’s best destination by Tripadvisor, yet again

Dubai, for a third year in a row, has been voted the world’s best travel destination by users of the travel app

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Here are top 5 travel trends in the Middle East for 2024

Priority Pass operator Collinson shares that from backpacking to wellness retreats, the rise in holidays that enable travellers to get back to basics is undeniable

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Saudi Arabia: What NEOM’s new destination, Siranna, has to offer

Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, this ultra-luxurious destination will be home to a 65-key hotel, as well as 35 exclusive residences

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Abu Dhabi: Yas Waterworld expansion to add thrilling new experiences

Yas Waterworld is a part of Yas Island that includes attractions such as Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World, CLYMB Abu Dhabi and Yas Bay Waterfront

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs, says UNWTO

A digital nomad visa allows individuals to live and work overseas while maintaining employment or conducting freelance work in their home or another country

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UAE, Bosnia and Herzegovina announce visa-free travel for multiple categories

Citizens from both countries possessing valid passports will now have the privilege of visa-free travel for tourism, business, and short-term visits

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Dubai 2023-24 cruise season: Emirate welcomes Resilient Lady from Virgin Voyages

The call is one of a number of international cruise liners set to arrive at Dubai Harbour during this year’s cruise season, with 300,000 passengers and 49 ship calls

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Abu Dhabi welcomes first cruise liner, as 2023-24 cruise season begins

The upcoming cruise season promises significant growth with Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal slated for 126 calls, starting from November 1.