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AMIDST A NATIONAL TOURISM STRATEGY (NTS) AIMING TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS BY 2020, OMAN CONTINUES TO DIVERSIFY ITS OFFERING SHOWCASING ITS UNIQUE CULTURAL HERITAGE AND DIVERSE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES.

DUBAI'S TOURISM VISION FOR 2020 AIMS TO FURTHER LEVERAGE THE SECTOR BY BROADENING THE EMIRATE'S OFFERING ACROSS EVENTS, ATTRACTIONS, INFASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES WHILE ALSO INCREASING THE NUMBER OF REPEAT VISITS.

WITH ITS CRUISE SECTOR HAVING BEEN IDENTIFIED AS AN EMERGING NICHE, ABU DHABI IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE ARABIAN GULF’S AMBITIONS TO BECOME A LEADING WINTER SUN CRUISE HUB.

In line with the global trend of a shift towards unique, genuine experiences, Schuler highlighted that tourists are increasingly seeking experiential travel.

WITH MORE THAN A FIFTH OF ALL GLOBAL CITIZENS FOLLOWING ISLAM, THE HALAL TRAVEL MARKET IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND MOST LUCRATIVE SEGMENTS IN THE GLOBAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY, OFFERING ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES AS THE NUMBER OF MUSLIM TOURISTS AND THEIR EXPENDITURE IS FORECAST TO SOAR.

NESTLED ON THE COAST OF THE RED SEA, JEDDAH IS A MAJOR COMMERCIAL HUB AND THE GATEWAY TO SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS SITES IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD.

UNDER SAUDI VISION 2030, SAUDI ARABIA IS CURRENTLY IN THE MIDST OF A TRANSFORMATION, NOT ONLY THROUGHOUT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY, BUT ITS OVERALL ECONOMY AS THE KINGDOM INVESTS IN NON-OIL REVENUE STREAMS.

WITH SHOPPING BEING A KEY DRIVER IN ATTRACTING TOURISTS, MOHAMAD AWADALLA, CEO, TIME HOTELS, DESCRIBES WHAT MAKES DUBAI STAND OUT IN THIS REGARD.

Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors, reflected by growing figures in 2016.

IN DECEMBER 2016, THE RITZ-CARLTON BEGAN TO OPERATE IN RAS AL KHAIMAH, AMIT ARORA, GENERAL MANAGER, AL WADI DESERT RESORT RAS AL KHAIMAH, A RITZCARLTON PARTNER HOTEL, DESCRIBES WHAT MAKES THE EMIRATE ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR.