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Travel and Tourism - United Arab Emirates - February 2017

“If you look at what’s happened to airlines, clothing, to supermarket building, it is splitting across most markets between the top end and the budget sector, with the mid-market getting squeezed and I think exactly the same thing will take place in the Middle East. I genuinely think that the super-budget and budget sector will grow more quickly than other sectors of the market.”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • How does Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry differentiate itself from that of Dubai?
  • How has the UAE diversified its economy?
  • Why does the Philippines rank among the top sources of inbound travel to Abu Dhabi?
  • What factors played into the creation of Dubai as a leading aviation hub?
  • What steps has Dubai taken to counter traffic gridlock?

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Table of contents

  1. United Arab Emirates: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Dubai
                • Abu Dhabi
                  • Tourism and the other emirates
                    • Sharjah
                      • Ajman
                        • Umm al-Quwain
                          • Ras al-Khaimah
                            • Fujairah
                            • Tourism and the Economy

                                • The impact of tourism on employment and GDP
                                  • Figure 1: Direct contribution of the travel & tourism economy on employment & GDP, 2012-16
                                • International tourism revenues
                                  • Figure 2: International tourism revenues, 2011-15
                              • Arrivals

                                • International
                                  • Figure 3: International tourist arrivals in the Middle East, 2011-15
                                • Top ten source markets for Dubai
                                  • Figure 4: Top 10 source markets for international tourist arrivals to Dubai, 2014-15
                                • International arrivals in Abu Dhabi
                                  • Abu Dhabi targets tourists from China
                                    • Domestic
                                      • Domestic spending
                                      • Market Characteristics

                                        • International
                                          • Purpose of visit
                                            • Seasonality
                                              • Figure 5: Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport by month, showing seasonality, 2011-15
                                            • Length of stay
                                              • Domestic
                                                • Purpose of visit
                                                  • Seasonality
                                                    • Length of stay
                                                    • Transport

                                                      • Air
                                                        • Figure 6: Top 10 airports in the world by passenger traffic, 2015
                                                      • The airports
                                                        • Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport
                                                          • Abu Dhabi International Airport
                                                            • The airlines
                                                              • Emirates
                                                                • Etihad Airways
                                                                  • Other UAE-based airlines
                                                                    • Road/rail
                                                                      • A national railway is underway
                                                                        • Sea
                                                                        • Accommodation

                                                                          • Overview
                                                                            • The growth in cheaper accommodation
                                                                              • Abu Dhabi
                                                                                • Dubai
                                                                                  • Figure 7: Tourist accommodations in Dubai, showing number of hotels, rooms & occupancy rates, comparing 2011 with 2015
                                                                                  • Figure 8: Hotel inventory in Dubai by standard of accommodation, showing average occupancy rates, 2015
                                                                                • The MICE market
                                                                                • Tourism News

                                                                                    • Marketing Dubai
                                                                                      • Marketing Abu Dhabi
                                                                                        • Other tourism authorities in the UAE
                                                                                        • What Next?

                                                                                          • Index to Travel & Tourism Analyst

                                                                                              • Index grouped by geographic area
                                                                                              • Index to TTI Destination Reports

                                                                                                • Country reports
                                                                                                • Special Reports Index

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                                                                                                  Travel and Tourism - United Arab Emirates - February 2017

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