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The UAE’s tourism sector has performed incredibly, according to international reports that highlighted a rise in the number of tourists arriving through the country’s airports, signalling a promising tourism season for the sector, as the launch of the “World’s Coolest Winter” campaign approaches.
The UAE was ranked 11th globally on the list of the highest-performing tourism sector worldwide, which is issued by ForwardKeys, a Spanish company that specialises in analysing travel and aviation databases in cooperation with the World Travel Market.
The report showed that the UAE’s tourism figures are close to pre-pandemic and noted that the country would benefit from the momentum seen across the Gulf region as the 2022 World Cup approaches.
A report by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) expects Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to welcome a huge number of visitors during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the UAE expected to stand to gain the most, due to its geographical location and distinctive tourism allure.
The report also highlighted the significant capacity of Dubai’s hotel establishments to attract tourists attending the World Cup, supported by daily flights between Dubai and Doha.
With regard to the positive results seen in the Emirati tourism sector, Emirates airline yesterday announced record net earnings of Dhs4.2 billion ($1.2 billion) in the first half of 2022. It also increased the number of its employees by 10 percent.
Projections from Abu Dhabi’s five airports revealed that they are expected to welcome over 15 million passengers by the end of 2022, amidst the ongoing recovery of the travel sector, with the sector recording the arrival of 11 million passengers since the start of the year.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with WebBeds, one of the world’s leading providers of accommodation and ground product distribution services to the travel industry.
The agreement aims to strengthen the cooperation between the two sides in various areas, including driving awareness of Abu Dhabi and its tourist attractions among WebBeds’ network of travel agents and partner.
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority participated in the World Travel Market 2022 held recently in London, and held a series of meetings and events with 18 authorities from the public and private sectors, as well as a press conference, to promote Sharjah's tourist attractions.
With 156 rooms and suites, as well as the floating Neptune villas, guests checking in at the resort will arrive by speedboat from the popular beaches on Jumeirah Beach Road. A connected floating helipad and a marina will accommodate up to 16 private yachts allowing billionaires to arrive in style.
Danielle Curtis said, "The latest figures from Colliers demonstrate that visitors from Russia are playing — and will continue to play — an important role for our region’s travel sector, especially when it comes to the UAE."
The European Commission is working on a "Digital Green Pass" that would provide proof of vaccination and COVID-19 test results, with the aim of making travel easier for people in the European Union and abroad. The pass may be available from June, but countries are already getting ready for tourists.
The two installations are part of the latest exhibition by 72-year-old American photographic artist Roger Ballen, which opens in Johannesburg, South Africa, next Tuesday.
A tweet from a US server went viral this week after she criticised a group of European tourists for not leaving an adequate tip after spending US$700 (£570.25) on food.
According to the agency, before the floods struck last June, water from only 36% of Pakistan's water system was considered safe for human consumption.