• Tourism

    Tourism is a fast-growing sector in many emerging markets. OBG analyses the latest statistics on visitors and spending, highlighting investment opportunities. Our research covers hotel developments, government incentives, demand for leisure facilities and the MICE segment.
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Are the recent relaxations of visa restrictions likely to impact Dubai’s tourism industry?

 

Aided by easier and cheaper travel, global tourism has experienced two decades of almost uninterrupted growth. According to the World Bank, the number of international departures more than doubled between 1997 and 2017, from 687m to 1.57bn per annum. With the global middle class estimated by US-based think tank Brookings Institution to expand...

 

With the long-awaited Expo 2020 just around the corner, attention in Dubai has already started to shift beyond the Expo to the emirate’s long-term prospects as a tourism destination. Passenger numbers at its airport, one of the busiest in the world, have not been unaffected by regional economic headwinds. Nor have hotel occupancy rates and...

Chapter | Tourism from The Report: Dubai 2020

Attention in Dubai has already started to shift beyond Expo 2020 to the emirate’s long-term prospects as a tourism destination. Passenger numbers at its airport, one of the busiest in the world, have not been unaffected by regional economic headwinds. Nor have hotel occupancy rates and average daily rates emerged unscathed from the pre-expo supply boost. But the emirate remains a major draw,...

In a bid to further incentivise growth in the tourism sector, Bahrain has unveiled a new scuba diving attraction.

Although Dubai has traversed some challenging economic territory over recent years the economic stimulus of Expo 2020 preparation and more stable oil prices have eased this strain in 2019, and business sentiment has improved accordingly. With the long-anticipated expo event set to take place in 2020, attention has started to focus on the important question of sustaining the current economic momentum over the medium term.