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Travel and Tourism - United Arab Emirates - August 2012

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain) representing one of the most important economic and political players in the Middle East. The UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with a high level of tolerance for other cultures and beliefs. With a gross domestic product (GDP) per capita (US$55,520 in 2011) comparable to developed Western economies, most UAE residents enjoy a high standard of living. In an attempt to diversify their economies and lower dependence on oil, some UAE states (Dubai in particular, followed by Abu Dhabi) have turned to tourism.

Each of the seven states in the federation maintains independence in their internal affairs. The UAE is governed by a Supreme Council of Rulers, which includes the seven emirs. The Council appoints the prime minister and the cabinet. Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest emirate with the largest territory (87%) and largest share of the oil reserves (90%). It is also the most influential state in the federation and its ruler is the president of UAE.

This report looks at the travel and tourism market in the United Arab Emirates. It contains information on:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. United Arab Emirates: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Build it and they will come
                • Shopping and entertainment
                  • Culture and heritage
                    • Sports and outdoors
                      • Nature and biodiversity
                      • Tourism and the Economy

                          • Figure 1: Contribution of economic sectors to GDP, 2005-10
                          • Figure 2: Growth of GDP from hotels and restaurants, 2002-11
                          • Figure 3: Economic contribution of tourism, 2006-12
                          • Figure 4: International tourism receipts, 2000-11
                          • Figure 5: Key tourism indicators for Dubai, 2008-10
                      • Arrivals

                        • International
                          • Figure 6: International tourist arrivals in Dubai, 2005-11*
                          • Figure 7: Leading source markets*, 2005-11
                          • Figure 8: Top source cities for Dubai, 2012
                        • Domestic
                          • Figure 9: Leading source markets*, 2009-11
                      • Market Characteristics

                        • International
                          • Purpose of visit
                            • Seasonality
                              • Figure 10: Seasonality in guest arrivals at hotels*, 2011
                            • Length of stay
                              • Figure 11: Length of stay*, 2009-11
                            • Domestic
                              • Purpose of visit
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Length of stay
                                  • Transport

                                      • Air
                                        • Airports
                                          • Figure 12: Dubai Airport’s international passenger traffic, 2010-11
                                        • Airlines
                                          • Road
                                            • Rail
                                              • Sea
                                              • Accommodation

                                                  • Figure 13: Accommodation capacities: establishments and rooms*, 2005-11
                                                  • Figure 14: Accommodation capacities, by category*, 2005-11
                                              • Tourism News

                                                • Eyes on China
                                                  • Growth comes with challenges
                                                  • What Next?

                                                    • The Arab Spring effect
                                                      • Education

                                                      Travel and Tourism - United Arab Emirates - August 2012

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