11th Natalie Tours Congress in Dubai

04 Oct 2015

The UAE’s commercial and touristic capital, Dubai, stands rock solid behind the Russian outbound tourism market and anticipates a ‘faster’ recovery from the ‘difficult and challenging’ economic times triggered by the Rouble devaluation, according to officials who spoke at the 11th Natalie Tours Congress in Dubai on Monday (September 28).


Marc Bennett, Senior Vice President for International Operations at Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing told over 220... Read More

His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri opens 25th anniversary edition of GITEX Shopper

03 Oct 2015

GITEX Shopper 2015, the largest and most anticipated consumer electronics show in the Middle East, was officially opened today by His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre Authority. Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from today until Saturday, 10th October, the eight day shopping extravaganza features more than 35,000 cutting-edge gadgets at unmatched... Read More

Dubai’s ruler approves Expo 2020-related road expansion, new metro station designs

01 Oct 2015

The Route 2020 project is an extension of the Dubai Metro's Red Line connecting to the Expo 2020 sit 1 October 2015

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved a series of Expo 2020-related projects to be undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority, official news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

During a visit to the RTA offices, he approved the ‘wing-shaped’ design of the metro stations for the upcoming Route 2020 project, the report said.

The Route... Read More

Dubai’s exports to Russia total AED8.24 billion in 2014

01 Oct 2015

Top trade goods include machinery, equipment, coffee, tea, spices, iron, steel, plastic products and chemicals

1 October 2015

Dubai’s exports to Russia amounted to AED8.24 billion in 2014, while re-exports reached AED884 million, according to a senior official.

The emirate’s exports to Russia increased by 52 per cent between 2012 and 2014, says Mohammed Ali Al Kamali, deputy chief executive officer of the Dubai Export Development Corporation (DEDC).

Between 2010... Read More

Dubai International celebrates 55 years on 30 Sept

01 Oct 2015

Handled a record 7.2m passengers in August - the largest amount of passengers ever in a single month  

1 October 2015

Dubai: Dubai International celebrated its 55 years since opening on Wednesday with operator Dubai Airports announcing that the airport saw the largest amount of passengers ever in a single month in August.

A record 7,282,256 were seen passing through Dubai International in August 2015, the first time passenger numbers have exceed 7 million and 9.5 per... Read More

The UAE among top 20 in global competitiveness ranking

01 Oct 2015

The country benefits from high levels of openness to trade, investment

1 October 2015

Dubai: The UAE is ranked 17th in the Global Competitiveness Index of the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, which profiles 140 economies.

The report observed that the country has excellent macroeconomic environment, highly developed infrastructure, and strong institutions that provide a solid base, and the Emirati economy is significantly more diversified than other GCC countries... Read More

Slump in Russian tourists slows down Dubai luxury retail sector

30 Sep 2015

Dubai: With fewer tourists visiting Dubai from Russia and Europe, retailers have witnessed a slowdown in sales, particularly in the luxury end of the market.

According to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Dubai’s retail sector did not post a stellar performance during the second quarter of the year, as the number of traveling luxury shoppers has declined.

“Retail sales continue to slow down, particularly in the luxury segment, as tourist spending from Russia has declined,”... Read More

Meraas’s ‘The Dome Box’ at BOXPARK – A Memorable 360-Degree Audio-Visual Experience

30 Sep 2015

Opened on 18th September, The Dome Box to Feature Three On-screen Animated Adventures on Nature, Science and Environment

Dubai, UAE: 15th September 2015 – Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has launched The Dome Box, a dome theatre by Meraas that screens entertaining and educational cinematic productions.

Opened on 18th September, The Dome Box will screen four animated feature films that focus on nature, science and the environment. Showcased on a state-of-the-art 360-... Read More

UAE 90-day tourist visa now online

30 Sep 2015

Tourists to the UAE can now apply for a 90-day visa online, the Ministry of Interior has announced.

The e-service, available on both the ministry’s website and smartphone app, is expected to reduce application time, as well as the number of people at its visa centres by 80 percent within three years.

The 90-day visa is only available to visitors who are sponsored by either a citizen, resident or investor.

Applicants sponsored by a private sector employer also require a... Read More

Leisure attractions luring more tourists to Dubai

30 Sep 2015

Hotels, hospitality have great part to play in achieving Dubai’s Tourism Vision

Dubai: The leisure attractions will lure more tourists to Dubai and will have a sizeable role to play, said chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM).

“We look towards next year when our leisure offerings will be significantly enhanced by the number of theme parks, it is crucial that these big projects are complemented by continuous additions in other... Read More