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Dubai further strengthens its stature as global tourism hub 

 The recently concluded Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) Dubai witnessed great response from the global travel and tourism industry.  The Mart gave a new dimension to Dubai’s tourism industry under the changed scenario post pandemic. 

Touring the Mart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the UAE is committed to accelerating the development and expansion of the country’s vital sectors. As part of its ambitious development vision, the UAE has made remarkable leaps in the tourism and aviation sectors over the past 50 years, which have enabled the country to transform itself into one of the world’s leading nations in these major industries, the Vice President and Prime Minister said adding that we are constantly working with our partners to enhance the growth of the tourism and travel sectors at local, regional and international levels.

“The UAE plays a unique role on the global stage as a country that bridges the markets of the east and the west. Our unique strengths place us in a good position to play an influential role in in opening new horizons of growth for these sectors globally and create fresh opportunities for the worldwide economy. We are optimistic about the future and confident of our ability to navigate challenges and keep pace with global transformations.

“Our integrated efforts backed by comprehensive strategic plans have enabled us to tide over the impact of global challenges in the last two years. Hosting the six-month Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest World Expo in the history of the event, has further reinforced Dubai’s status as a hub for business, tourism and investment. By bringing together the global tourism and travel community in Dubai, we seek to contribute towards shaping a new future for these sectors. Dubai will continue to harness its capabilities and expertise to identify opportunities to add new value to the global economy.”

Sheikh Mohammed as accompanied by accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dubai welcomed 3.97 million international overnight visitors between January and March 2022, up from 1.27 million visitors for the corresponding period last year, reflecting a massive 214 per cent YoY growth.

“Dubai’s ability to surpass other major global cities in key tourism indicators demonstrates the success of the far-reaching vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create a hub for business, investment, entrepreneurship and tourism that rivals the world’s best. The strength of His Highness’s vision and his steadfast determination to make it a reality have enabled Dubai to overcome the most complex global challenges, including the repercussions of the recent worldwide health crisis, to create a destination that offers rich value for travellers whether they are visiting for leisure or business,” the Crown Prince said.

The show was officially inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and Founder of the Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World. Saeed was accompanied by Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and a host of other VIPs who embarked on a tour of the show floor.

Helal Almarri added: “Since leading global tourism recovery with the reopening of the city to international travellers in July 2020, Dubai has only gone from strength to strength, building on the momentum year on year by carefully calibrating a multi-pronged approach with the support of our valued ecosystem of stakeholders and partners to ensure the city remains open, safe and accessible.  With our result-oriented strategy becoming a role model for recovery, we are delighted to welcome the world as it yearns to be a part of Dubai’s successful tourism journey.”

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