UAE revises GDP forecast higher on tourism revival

The Central Bank from United Arab Emirates this week reviewed the nation Gross domestic Product growth (GDP) for 2022 from 6.5 percent to 7.6 percent. Explaining the reason for the revised forecast, the bank cited stronger-than-expected performance of non-oil sectors, including tourism, hospitality, real estate, transport and manufacturing. In its third quarter review report, the Central Bank noted that it expects non-oil gross domestic product to grow up 6.1 percent in 2022, compared to its previous estimate 4.3 percentwhile an increase in the gross domestic product of oil was expected 11 percent in 2022. Explaining the reasons for the steady increase in gross domestic product, the report cited the lifting of most Covid-related restrictions, in addition to recovery of the tourism sectorreal estate and construction boom, expansion of manufacturing activities, as well as hosting global events.

Saudi Arabia most welcome 3.6 million inbound arrivals in the kingdom in the second quarter of 2022, recording a An increase of 575.4%. in visitor arrivals compared to the same period in 2021. H domestic tourist numbers also soared 21.4 million, marking a 42.3% increase compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the Ministry of Investments. The inbound tourism spending in the second quarter it rose to $4.18 billionincreasing by 570 percent while domestic tourism expenditure increased by 31.5 percent to 6 billion dollars during the same period. In the first six months of the year, 46 million international tourists visited the kingdom and passed 7 billion dollars during.

In the first 10 months of the year, Dubai most welcome 11.4 million international overnight visitorsregistration a Up 134 percent year-over-year up from 4.88 million visitors for the same period last year. In the first ten months of 2019, the city had welcomed 13.5 million international visitors. Performance for the period between January and October indicates that the city is on target to meet its targets, Helal Saeed Al Marriits general manager Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism she said during her city briefing on the sidelines Skift Global Forum East. Announcing her UAE Tourism Strategy 2031, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumvice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, had said the country aims to attract $27.2 billion as additional tourism investments and 40 million hotel guests with 2031.

Aiming to provide a seamless and hygienic curb-to-gate experience, biometric solutions will soon be implemented at all customer touch points in Abu Dhabi International Airport. The project will initially see its development next generation biometric solutions at selected self-service baggage touch points, electronic immigration gates and boarding gates before implementing the technology at all passenger touch points at the airport. NEXT 50a technology company based in Abu Dhabi, along with the French headquarters IDEMIA which offers identity-related security services, and SITA, the information technology provider for the airline industry, are working on the project. Upon final completion of the project, Abu Dhabi will host the world’s first airport to include every biometric travel touchpoint, providing travelers with a seamless, safe and secure passenger experience, he said. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, managing director and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports. “This will also lead to reduced waiting times and less queuing time for passengers,” Al Dhaheri said. The systems will use high-tech biometric cameras to verify passenger details across multiple touchpoints at the airport, including self-service baggage drop, passport control, the business class lounge and boarding gates.

Travelers to United Arab Emirates he could no longer to renew their visitor visas remaining in the country, according to local media reports. Visitors should leaving the country before he can to apply for a visit visa extension. The country had relaxed its visa extension policy during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing visitors to extend their visas twice without leaving the country. Although there has been no official confirmation regarding the new visa extension rule, but reports suggest that the applications of those applying for visa extension while in the country are being rejected. Special packages for visa extension have also been introduced by the country’s travel companies.

Dubai will host a the first travel forum of its kind in the area. The forum is expected to lay the foundations for a domestic world-class thought leadership program to boost the city’s resurgent tourism industry and support regional and global tourism. Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism announced the start of the summit at the biannual city briefing held during Skift Global Forum East. The Dubai Tourism Summit will provide a networking platform for industry stakeholders to share their vision, ideas, strategies and best practices, as well as insights to leverage the latest innovations and trends to create a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future for global tourism, the department said in a release. “The Dubai Tourism Summit will help us work even more closely with our domestic and global stakeholders and partners as we focus on pushing boundaries to showcase Dubai’s position as the leading international destination and the best city in people to live, work and invest,” he said Helal Saeed Al Marridirector general of the Dubai Economy and Tourism Department.

Etihad Airways will resume its flight to Calcutta in its eastern part India, from March 26. The airline will fly daily in the Abu Dhabi – Kolkata route, providing overall seven weekly direct services between the two cities. The airline will operate Airbus A320 aircraft on this route. The resumption of flights to Kolkata means that Etihad now flies 14 destinations throughout Indian subcontinent in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The airline also announced her appointment Rafael Quintas as financial manager. Quintas previously served as CFO at Infracommerce, the largest e-commerce solutions and facilitation company in Latin America and was also the CFO at the Portuguese flagship TAP Air Portugal. Quintas will make it Adam Boukadidaswho had been with the airline for nine years.

Accor will start SO/ Uptown Dubai next year. A first of its kind in Middle East, SO/ Uptown will house restaurants, bars, a spa, swimming pool and a separate ballroom, along with 188 elegant guest rooms. Located in the Uptown Tower, the luxury property will also feature a collection of 229 private residences, including one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as four-bedroom duplexes. Among some other openings in the Middle East, Accor also announced its opening Rixos Qetaifan Island Resort in Doha by mid-2023. The hospitality group had earlier planned to launch the hotel this year in time for the World Cup. In 2020, while announcing the signing of the deal for Rixos Qetaifan, Accor had stated that the resort will feature a 345-key hotel that will include a souk of 11,000 square meters of leasable space, a beach club, a theme park and a water park.

Ministry of Tourism of Egypt spent about $67 million regarding tourism promotion and aviation stimulation programs during 2022 financial year, Minister of Tourism Ahmed Isa he said. He added that spending on aviation incentives amounted to 34.5 million dollars during the financial year, and 32.5 million dollars spent on promoting Egyptian tourist destinations. The minister also noted that the number of external offices from Egyptian Tourism Promotion Council have decreased from 17 to 6as a result of which costs will be reduced from $25 millionbillion to $5 million. In order to achieve Egypt’s goal of hosting 30 million tourists annually, Issa said it is imperative that it be increased the capacity of the hotel from 211,000 rooms to 500,000 rooms.

Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia it has started Nusukthe kingdom’s comprehensive digital government platform for those visiting Makkah and Madinah Umrahin Turkish language. Announcing the launch of the platform in Turkish at a trade road show hosted at Constantinople last week, the Saudi Tourism Authority said the platform will enable simpler arrival procedures for visitors to perform Umrah, in addition to a range of services that will include facilitating visas, permits, booking procedures and procedures along with special packages for a series of historical and religious sites in Saudi Arabia.

Tourist arrivals in Jordan reached a total of 4.6 million tourists in the first 11 months of this year, marking an increase of approximately 2.4 million from the corresponding period last year. The country’s $5.3 billion in tourism receipts also recorded a growth of 115 percent from the first 11 months of 2021, according to data collected by Central Bank of Jordan. The volume of tourism spending outside the kingdom has reached $1.35 billion in the first 11 months of 2022, increasing by 60.8 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2021. On a monthly basis, tourism receipts increased by 50.3 percent in November 2022 compared to the corresponding month of 2021, reaching 514 million dollars. Jordan also proposed building one $300 million “tourist city.” next to UNESCO World Heritage Site where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabithe national ultra-low-cost airline of the United Arab Emirates has launched flights from the UAE capital to Samarkand, the second largest city in Uzbekistan. With fares starting as low as $50, The flight connecting Abu Dhabi to Samarkand will operate every Tuesday and Saturday, with the frequency increasing to three times a week from January. Launched in January 2021, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi now flies to more than 36 destinations within a five-hour flight radius from Abu Dhabi. Welcoming the airline’s seventh and eighth aircraft Michael Berluisthe chief executive of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi said, “The new route will be operated by two new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft that have recently been added to our fleet.”

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