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The UAE is an ideal tourist destination in many respects:

  • Economic and political stability

  • A strategic location linking East and West

  • Excellent connectivity to major international airlines

  • Strong and tourism-supporting infrastructure

  • Wide range of accommodation options suitable for various demands and budgets

  • A variety of events and activities that cater to all age groups

  • Unique biodiversity whereas the UAE is characterized by the beauty of deserts, oases, mountains, valleys and plains, mangroves, beaches, and diversity of flora, wildlife and marine life.

  • Religious and cultural tolerance, where the UAE embraces 200 nationalities from different religious and cultural backgrounds, and lives on its territory in harmony and peace

The UAE also has become a world-class venue for conferences, regional and international exhibitions and major global sports events such as the Dubai World Cup for horse-racing, the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament, the FIFA Club World Cup, world class film festivals in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

In 2016, the direct contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the UAE’s GDP was AED 68.5 billion (USD 18.7 billion) which is equivalent to 5.2 per cent of the total GDP. It is forecast to rise by 5.1 per cent per annum from 2017 to 2027 to AED 116.1 billion (USD 31.6 billion) which would be equivalent to 5.4 per cent of the total GDP in 2027.

The total contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the UAE’s GDP was AED 159.1 billion (USD 43.3 billion) which is 12.1 per cent of GDP. It is forecast to rise by 4.9 per cent per annum to AED 264.5 billion (USD 72 billion) which would be 12.4 per cent of GDP in 2027.

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