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Middle East Travel Roundup

Get the latest news from the Middle East in one easy-to-digest newsletter.

Tourism

Dubai Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Tourism Numbers in First Half of 2023

Looks like we will no longer be comparing Dubai's tourism to 2019. Time to update those comparison charts!

Dubai Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Tourism Numbers in First Half of 2023

Tourism

Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Sets up Tourism Investment Company

Asfar's launch aligns with the Saudi sovereign fund’s broad strategy, which is centered around tapping opportunities within the tourism sector and building strategic partnerships with private companies.

Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Sets up Tourism Investment Company

Tourism

UAE Is Second Fastest-Growing International Arrival Destination

Amidst spearheading global travel recovery, the Middle East's ambitious tourism goals come across as pragmatic rather than overly ambitious, backed by strategic capacity building efforts

UAE Is Second Fastest-Growing International Arrival Destination

Tourism

Thailand Targets Record 400,000 Visitors From Middle East

Thailand is experiencing a shortfall in its anticipated number of Chinese tourists, potentially impacting its tourism target for 2023. The country is now exploring alternative markets like Middle Eastern tourists, who can significantly contribute to its tourism revenue despite not matching the Chinese numbers.

Thailand Targets Record 400,000 Visitors From Middle East

Airlines

Middle Eastern Airlines Spearhead Aviation Recovery with Traffic Surge

The Middle East's aviation sector is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the region's tourism narrative.

Middle Eastern Airlines Spearhead Aviation Recovery with Traffic Surge

Tourism

Oman Sets Sights on Chinese Visitors with New Tourism Office

With its sights set on transforming the tourism sector into an economic powerhouse, Oman is placing a strategic focus on Chinese tourists.

Oman Sets Sights on Chinese Visitors with New Tourism Office

Tourism

Abu Dhabi’s Ambitious 2023 Roadmap Focuses on Culture to Boost Tourism

Abu Dhabi acknowledges that culture serves as a unique and compelling attraction that sets it apart from other destinations, helping the emirate to attract tourists seeking authentic cultural experiences.

Abu Dhabi’s Ambitious 2023 Roadmap Focuses on Culture to Boost Tourism

Tourism

Middle East Small Businesses Amp up Travel and Entertainment Spending

Mastercard's Travel Industry Trends 2023 report highlights the significance of personalized experiences and flexible payment options in meeting evolving consumer expectations. By prioritizing these factors, travel businesses can cultivate stronger customer relationships, boost loyalty, and thrive in a highly competitive market.

Middle East Small Businesses Amp up Travel and Entertainment Spending

Hotels

Saudi Arabia’s Hotel Construction Surge Triggers Supply Chain Concerns

While the booming hotel development pipeline in Saudi Arabia is expected to cause disruptions, the hotel industry sees an opportunity to prioritize ESG goals. Will this construction frenzy lead to a green revolution?

Saudi Arabia’s Hotel Construction Surge Triggers Supply Chain Concerns

Tourism

Ajman Becomes Latest Emirate to Permit Short-Term Rentals

Given that hotels and short-term rentals are competing for the same target audience, one cannot ignore the competitive dynamics between these two industries.

Ajman Becomes Latest Emirate to Permit Short-Term Rentals