UAE and Saudi Arabian travel will further develop GCC tourism

UAE and Saudi Arabian travel will further develop GCC tourism

Al Rais Travel has highlighted the latest trends supporting the growth of the tourism industry in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC, as visitors from key source markets — including the UK and China — continue to rise.

Dubai’s reputation as a safe and secure destination and trusted brand has resulted in an uptick from key source markets.

Mohamed Al Rais, deputy managing director of Al Rais Travel, stated: “Brand Dubai is trusted by people around the world. The country has rebounded incredibly well since Covid-19. The latest figures for the first half of 2023 are the best on record. Furthermore, the return of the Chinese market has already moved into a top five position.”

According to the latest statistics from DET, Dubai’s top source markets include India. It has seen a 44 percent increase between January and August 2023 compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, Saudia Arabia, has seen a nominal 5 percent decrease during the same period. On the other hand, the UK is up 14 percent. The Chinese market experienced a remarkable 309 percent surge in the initial eight months of 2023.

The tourism expert also believes that rather than competing, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are complementing one another’s tourism offerings. Similarly, in central Europe, visitors tour several countries during one trip, benefiting the tourism industry across several borders.

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, announced a GCC tourist visa by 2025, simplifying travel and boosting tourism across Gulf states.

This opportunity benefits the entire GCC, as qualified visitors can travel seamlessly across member countries, enhancing tourism throughout the region.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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