The United Arab Emirates.


UAE tourism increases visitors, higher hotel revenues

UAE tourism has an increase in visitors and a surge in hotel revenues, which upholds the domestic tourism campaign on the “rich culture of the Emirates.”

The latest campaign brought in total earnings of Dh1.8 billion for UAE hotels, up from Dh1.5 billion during the same period last year, according to the UAE Government Media Office on Sunday (February 26). There were 1.4 million domestic visitors, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.

Abdulla bin Touq, Minister of Economy, claimed that the program was essential to the UAE’s aims to increase the contribution of the tourist industry to GDP to Dh450 billion by 2031. This year’s campaign aimed to honor the UAE’s heritage, national identity, and authentic Emirati values.

There is a 30 percent price increase and a reduction in hotel rooms available across Dubai for a busy tourist season. The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) in Abu Dhabi is also causing a spillover into Dubai.

Due to conferences and the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, several hotels have been nearly fully booked, forcing tourists without reservations to pay high rates.

The Gulfood Event at the Dubai World Trade Center brought in tens of thousands of visitors, while more came to the city to attend the Step Conference tech conference in Internet City.

A first for the mid-market chain, all nine facilities owned by the Rove Hotel Company in Dubai are fully booked. KD/Expat Media

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