Tourism in the Middle East to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023

Having witnessed a stronger than expected recovery in 2022, the middle East I could see International tourist arrivals return to pre-pandemic levels this year, according to United Nations World Tourism Organization (OMT). Data from the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicated that while all regions experienced a significant increase in international arrivals in 2022 Compared to the previous year, the Middle East registered the strongest relative increase, as the number of international tourists amounted to 83 percent of pre-pandemic numbers last year. “The region hosted major events such as Expo 2020 in Dubai and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as well as a well-attended Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia,” UNWTO said in its report. “UNWTO anticipates a strong year for the sector, even in the face of various challenges, including the economic situation and continued geopolitical uncertainty,” said Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. The UNWTO noted that more than 900 million tourists traveled internationally in 2022, which was double the number that traveled in 2021, although still 37 percent below 2019.

Passengers traveling on the national airline of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabiacould soon take advantage a free four-day tourist visa, according to local media reports. Saudia is set to announce the “Your ticket is a visa” program, which allows tourists aboard its flights to enter Saudi Arabia for a period of 96 hours, the airline spokesman said. Abdullah Al Shahrani he told local media. While no date for the launch has been announced, Al Shahrani said that those arriving in Saudi Arabia, through Saudia, will be able to travel throughout the kingdom and also perform umrah. The airline has allocated more 25.3 million seats for international flights in 2023 through almost 90,000 flights40 percent more than in 2022. Seating capacity in domestic flights by 2023 it has also been increased by around half a million seats to reach more 17.8 millionwith the total number of domestic flights excessive 102,100.

The Saudi Arabian megaproject red sea destination would not impose any restrictions on tourists visiting the destination and would be is governed by international standardsaccording to Loredana Pettinati, Senior Director of Travel Commerce at Red Sea Global. Pettinati made the remarks at a briefing on the project in the United Arab Emirates, where he answered questions from the audience, according to a report by Hotelier Middle East. She said that hotels would not ask for marital status of men and women who wanted to book a room at Red Sea and that women could wear bikinis. Since women in Saudi Arabia are required to cover their bodies in public, bikinis are not acceptable on public beaches. Touted as a luxury tourist destination, the Red Sea destination is developing on the western coast of the country. Managed by Red Sea Global, the project is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 Program. This year, the project will see the opening of an international airport, as well as the first three hotels: St Regis Red Sea Resort, Nujuma Ritz Carlton Reserve Y South dunes of the six senses.

dubai tops the list for Medical tourism in it Middle East and North Africa region and ranges sixth in the worldwith the city ranking fifth worldwide in the quality of facilities and services sub-index, according to the latest Medical Tourism Index. emirate private health institutions beat a record 4,482 in 2022, a growth of 45 percent in five years, according to official statistics released by the Dubai Health Authority for 2022. Along with the growth in the number of healthcare facilities, Dubai has also witnessed an impressive increase from 61 percent in licensed medical professionals to reach 55,208 by 2022.

Egypt hopes to double his tourism figures reach 25-30 million by 2028. ahmed issa, the tourism minister, made the comment during a debate in the Senate. However, he stressed that to accommodate an increasing number of tourists, the country would also need double his hotel room capacityoffer low cost air travel options Y to diversify his tourist products. Issa said that the government is currently giving many incentives to the private sector to double the incoming traffic from Egypt. “Egypt has 1,200 tourist hotels, 1,300 tourist restaurants, 12,000 tourist guides, 2,200 tourist companies, 130 archaeological sites Y 31 museums currently,” he said. The minister went on to say that Egypt is currently concentrating on attracting more Chinese tourists to the destination. “I can tell that there are around 30 million Chinese who are interested in visiting Egypt in the coming years,” he said.

United Arab Emirates’ Al Habtoor Group Looking For to spend until $3 billion this year a expand your real estate and hotel business. The group that owns residential properties and hotels studies markets in europeincluded Budapest and Slovakia, for expansion. “We are investing around $2.8 billion to $3 billion this year for expansion,” UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor he said speaking to Bloomberg TV. Al Habtoor Group has at least 14 hotels in its portfolio, including Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah, Metropolitan Hotel and Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City in the United Arab Emirates. The group also has hotels in the UK, Lebanon and Hungary. In its earnings report for the first half of 2022, the group had noted a 82 percent increase in revenue for his arm of hospitality Hospitality Roomduring the same period in 2021. The company attributed this to a general increase in bookings in the city and a policy focused on average daily rate.

Jumeirah Hotels and Resortswhich operates 26 properties in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, has become the latest hotel company in join the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. With this, “Jumeirah has become part of the responsible hospitality network, with a reach of more than 7 million rooms, together with strategic and supply chain partners to create shared solutions for environmental and social challenges”, said a company statement. The alliance’s work includes climate action, water stewardship and responsible sourcing, along with human rights, employability and equity, diversity and inclusion. Highlighting Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to embed sustainable and inclusive practices throughout the business ecosystem, Thomas MeierThe hotel group’s chief operating officer, said: “We believe we have an opportunity with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to bring about transformational change, working together with our industry peers and finding practical solutions that will ultimately lay the foundation for value creation at long term. and sustainable growth”.

He big reveal ultra luxury resort Atlantis La RoyaI took place over the weekend. The event was marked by a 60-minute performance by the American singer Beyonce, its first live show since 2018. “Eight years in the making, Atlantis The Royal has been specifically designed to push the limits of imagination and reshape what ultra-luxury travel means,” a company statement said. Reservations for stays from February 10 are now open. “We are excited to begin welcoming guests back in February and providing them with an experience that will completely redefine their perspective on luxury,” he said. Tim Kelly, Managing Director of Atlantis Dubai. He 43 stories high and encompassing 406,000 square metersAtlantis The Royal, is shaped like Tetris blocks and is located on the outer crescent of Palm Jumeirah.

He Middle East and Africa was the only region that showed a increase in total hotel channeling activity at the end of fourth trimesteraccording to December 2022 data from the hotel data giant FORCE. A total of 238,635 hotel rooms were According to the deal in the region in December 2022, an increase of just over 1 percent compared to the same period in 2021. Saudi Arabia with 40,742 rooms Y United Arab Emirates with 27,456 rooms They have the largest number of rooms under construction in the region. Around 41,086 rooms they were in the last stage of planning in December, 6 percent more than in December 2021, while another 74,863 rooms they were in the planning phase.

Around 20 percent of infrastructure works in Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic $500 Billion City Neom has been completed, according to Nadhmi Al Nasr, CEO of Neom. Work progress has been on schedule to deliver the infrastructure, Al-Nasr told Al-Arabiya TV from Davos. Sindalahthe first luxury island destination in Neom and one of the most important projects supporting Saudi Arabia’s national tourism strategy is expected to open its doors in 2024. A progress movie showing footage of large-scale construction at Neom was also released last week. “We want to show the world that Neom is really happening,” a statement said. This is said to be the first film in what will be an ongoing series showing progress in the megacity. hospitality brand Yotel also announced its first hotel firm in Neom. Scheduled to open in 2025the Yotel property will also be the first hotel to open in oxagon in Neom.

He Sharjah Exhibition Center has announced his event schedule for 2023what includes 49 economic, commercial and cultural. exhibits, an increase of 23 percent from the 40 events held in 2022. The calendar also includes events that will be organized by its affiliated centers in Khorfakkan and Al Dhaid. The 2023 schedule includes eight exhibitions and conferences to be held in Sharjah for the first time. The Expo Center’s 2023 calendar of events has been carefully planned to reflect the improving investment climate in Sharjah and enhance the emirate’s business environment. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, president of the Expo Center, said. Equipped with modern world-class facilities, advanced technologies and high-quality services for event organizers from different countries, the exhibition center attracts more than 2.5 million visitors per yearaccording to Saif Mohamed Al-MidfaExecutive Director of the Exhibition Center.

emirates has successfully completed engine ground testing for one of its GE90 engines on a Boeing 777-300ER using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel. The goal of ground testing and analysis is to demonstrate the ability of the GE90 engine to run on specially blended 100% sustainable aviation fuel without affecting performance, requiring modifications to aircraft systems, or requiring special aircraft maintenance procedures. or the engine. to operate. The results of the ground tests will now pave the way for the airline’s first experimental test flight using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel in an engine, due to take off this week. Emirates is on the steering committee of the Clear Skies for Tomorrow from the World Economic Forum initiative, which seeks to promote the sustainable deployment of aviation fuel around the world.