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DCT Abu Dhabi signs MoU with fintech platform PayBy

The secure platform will be used across hospitality and tourism establishments

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Arabian Travel Market announces new dates for 2022 edition in Dubai

It will now be held from May 9-12, 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Centre

Abu Dhabi updates travel green list, number of destinations cut from 95 to 73

Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand and Seychelles are among those excluded on the list

AD Ports Group signs multiple agreements for tourism and maritime enhancement projects in Jordan

It will be the first facility to be developed by AD Ports Group in the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan and its first cruise facility outside of the UAE

Video: Sheikh Mohammed launches UAE’s winter tourism campaign

Running from December 15 until the end of January 2022, the campaign will highlight the diversity of the UAE’s touristic and recreational attractions

Dubai welcomes 4.88 million tourists between Jan-Oct 2021

A total of 9.4 million room nights were booked during the first 10 months of the year

UAE’s 50th: Mapping the nation’s journey and the path forward

For a country rich in tradition and driven by ambition, the UAE’s journey in the past 50 years has been unprecedented. What’s in store for the next 50?

Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC acquires Etihad Holidays

ADNEC’s tourism promotion business – Tourism 365 – will operate Etihad Holidays

Lucerne Switzerland

Inside Lucerne’s thriving tourism industry

Switzerland’s regional tourism sector made a strong comeback this year, with the appeal of places such as Lucerne – specifically among UAE visitors – firmly on the rise. Here’s how its local tourism board is responding

Bahrain aims to attract 14.1 million tourists by 2026 as part of new strategy

The strategy seeks to increase the contribution of tourism to Bahrain’s GDP to reach 11.4 per cent in 2026

Geneva aerial view Switzerland

Exploring Switzerland: Lucerne, Interlaken and Geneva

As Switzerland opens to quarantine-free travel for residents of the GCC, here are some of the most popular sights to take in and things to do in Interlaken, Lucerne and Geneva

Saudi’s Red Sea project signs agreements for nine hotels with 1,700 keys

The nine hotels are part of the 16 properties currently under development in the first phase of the project

MICE industry’s future growth in the spotlight at Abu Dhabi Business Events Week

The inaugural trade event will provide a platform for industry leaders, companies and professionals in the MICE sector to exchange knowledge, discuss innovations and further collaboration to bolster the future of MICE travel in the region

Sheikh Mohammed approves beach project as part of new Hatta Master Development Plan

The Hatta Master Development Plan covers four key strategic pillars: wellbeing, tourism, sports and activities, and sustainability

Dubai tourism

Dubai’s tourism sector won’t rebound until late 2022, S&P says

The city is hosting the World Expo 2020 this year, and it hopes to attract millions of tourists

Saudi wealth fund PIF announces oil platform themed tourism project, ‘The Rig’

According to PIF, it is the world’s ‘first tourism destination on offshore platforms’ 

Israel plans to reopen to vaccinated tourists in Nov, hopes to attract many from the UAE

Israel is hoping that its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a platform to attract visitors

Formula 1 heads to Qatar in latest win for 2022 World Cup host

The tournament will help boost the tourism sector

In pics: Saudi reveals new luxury mountain resort as part of the Red Sea project

Work on the 60-key property began in July 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways adds more flights to Seychelles

The airline will offer five weekly flights on the route from October 7

Dubai companies including Emaar, Emirates hiring again as Covid crisis eases

Businesses in Dubai’s travel and tourism industry in August saw the sharpest increases in activity and new work in over two years

Hotels

UAE records 62% hotel occupancy rate in H1 2021

The country’s hotel and tourism establishments attracted nearly 8.3 million guests during this period

Dubai tourism

Dubai received 2.85m international overnight visitors from Jan-July 2021

Hotels in Dubai recorded overall occupancy levels of 61 per cent in the first seven months of the year

UAE’s Air Arabia, Lakson Group partner to launch Pakistan’s new low-cost airline

Details about the launch date, fleet, and destination network will be announced in due course

Abu Dhabi airport

Abu Dhabi revises green list, adds 23 destinations including Qatar and Oman

The updated green list, effective September 1, will include a total of 55 destinations

Hatta Dubai Tourism

Sheikh Mohammed approves six new development projects for Hatta

Tourists in Hatta have increased from around 60,000 in 2016 to a million in 2020

Pics: Work continues on SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, marine park on track for completion in 2022

Once complete, the park is set to be home to the world’s largest marine-life aquarium

How user experience is instrumental to developing sustainable smart cities

Cities are complex, networked, and continuously changing social ecosystems, shaped and transformed through different technologies and human interests

Saudi Arabia airport

Saudi Arabia: Vaccinated tourists can now enter without having to quarantine

Saudi recognises the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Covid-19: Saudi citizens will need to be fully vaccinated to travel outside the country from Aug 9

The only exemptions include children aged under 12 and those who have recovered from Covid-19 less than six months prior to the date of travel