With Mohammed bin Zayed’s vision, the tourism and aviation sector is flying towards the future

Rasha Tabila (Abu Dhabi)

The tourism and aviation sector in the UAE is growing towards the future under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State “God save him”, who is eager with his deep vision and vision of the future to achieve leadership, excellence and sustainability in the non-oil sectors that contribute mainly to achieving sustainable economic development and continuity In the approach set by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul, and he followed the instructions of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, in supporting this vital sector, which is one of the pillars of the national economy today and its contribution will increase in the future playing an important role in diversification of economics.
The tourism and aviation sector is one of the pillars of economic growth, as it directly and indirectly supports various sectors of trade and services. The current UAE infrastructure, including international airports and national carriers, is the best in world and most recent. , including a network of roads, hotels, exhibition centers, outstanding services, outstanding investment projects, facilities and tourist destinations. Like no other, it has led to global leadership, to become an example to be followed in direction of development and progress.

global destination
Emirates Tourism has managed to attract millions of visitors to it from different parts of the world. The UAE has proven to the world that it is an ideal and popular destination for tourists from all over the world, as it was able to build this reputation and global presence through its strong foundations and remarkable infrastructure, which it has transferred to the world today.
The contribution of tourism to gross domestic product reached 11.9% in 2019 and the UAE aims to increase it to 15% over the current decade.
The tourism sector has been able to meet strongly in the face of challenges, the most recent of which is the Corona pandemic, as it continues to achieve tangible positive results in light of the vision and directives of wise leadership and coordinated national efforts. to develop the country’s tourist environment to be among the best tourist destinations in the world and to offer pioneering and integrated tourism products and services that enhance its position Emirates as a preferred and sustainable tourist destination for tourists, whether from within the country or for international tourists from all over the world.
During 2021, hotel facilities in the country attracted 19 million hotel visitors, an increase of more than 29% compared to the number of guests for 2020, and hotel facilities reached in 2021 revenue of 28 billion dirhams, achieving an increase up to 70% compared to 2020, and that was over the past year. More than 75 million hotel nights were booked, an increase of 42% compared to 2020, while the hotel attendance rate reached 67%, knowing that this percentage represents one of the highest. the rates achieved in the main tourist destinations in the world and the number of hotel facilities in the country increased during 2021 by 5% compared to its counterpart in 2020, reaching 1144 facilities. In the same comparative period, an increase in the number of hotel rooms was achieved by 8%, to reach 194 thousand rooms in all the Emirates of the country.
These results are the result of coordinated government efforts and the efficiency of the private tourism sector, with the aim of providing an attractive and safe national tourism environment, pioneering and integrated tourism services, diverse and unique destinations and an advanced tourism infrastructure. .

Air transport
In the aviation sector, the UAE is able to compete globally in the aviation sector because it possesses many elements that qualify it to be at the forefront of the air transport industry, either in terms of the modern national carrier fleet, or airports with advanced technology and capabilities and the adoption of best practices and smart solutions to serve passengers, so that this can continue. The sector plays its role as ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to various countries of the world and one of the most important pillars in the economic and development process.
According to the data of the General Civil Aviation Authority, the number of passengers in the country’s airports has exceeded 20 million during the first quarter of this year, registering 20 million 381 thousand passengers, compared to 8 million 660 thousand registered passengers. in the same period of 2021, reaching a growth rate of 135%, as these recorded figures show that the aviation sector in the UAE has managed to overcome the challenges of the “Covid-19” crisis and resume a growing phase which reflects the volume of trust and global position it enjoys.
Today, the UAE hosts 8 international airports and 6 national carriers: Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
The value of UAE investments in the aviation sector amounted to about $ 270 billion and it has developed international airports with billions of investments to compete with the oldest and largest international airports in the world. Today, Dubai International Airport maintains its position as the world’s largest airport in international passenger traffic.
The UAE is at the forefront internationally, at the rate of growth of the aviation sector, which did not exceed 1% of GDP when the state was created in 1971, increasing the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product. country, according to a previous report released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at 13.3%, which showed that the sector today supports nearly 800,000 jobs and pumps $ 47.4 billion into the UAE economy.
The International Air Transport Association expects that the air transport sector in the UAE will continue to play an active role in the future and will contribute to the provision of 620,000 additional job opportunities and the $ 80 billion contribution to the country’s economy by in 2037, noting that it is expected to contribute Efforts made by the UAE government towards the aviation sector are that the UAE aviation market will grow by 170 percent in 2037, supporting 1.4 million job opportunities and contributing $ 128 billion to the country’s economy.

tourism investments
The country does not stop developing and growing, as the volume of tourism investments is expected to reach 42.5 billion dirhams by 2030. As the country ranks 19th in the world in 2019 in terms of volume of investments in the travel and tourism sector, with 27.5 billion dirhams, it was ranked 27th in increasing the volume of investments in 2019, compared to 2018, by 8.9%.
According to the council, the volume of tourism investments has increased over the years, reaching about 23.8 billion dirhams in 2017, increasing to 25.3 billion dirhams in 2018, reaching 27.5 billion dirhams in 2019, according to data from the World Travel Council and Tourism.
Today, tourism products in the UAE are integrated, as they are a destination for cultural tourism through international and local museums distinguished by their designs and those that offer products, exhibitions, culture and information to visitors, a destination for recreational tourism through its countless. recreational facilities and adventure tourism through various seas and mountains, and eco-tourism through its rare eco-destinations, and business tourism, conferences and exhibitions through its world-class exhibition centers and facilities, and events and international exhibitions, especially Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as archaeological and historical tourism through state-sponsored monuments and castles.

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