Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority

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17 August 2018

In an interview with Global Platform, Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, speaks on the evolution and diversification of the emirate's tourism sector. 

Transcript:

If we look at the national statistics one out of every 10 jobs is in the tourism industry. This means that this is a very important sector governments are focusing on. If we talk about the United Arab Emirates and how it is being affected by this global growth, the leadership a couple of years ago announced that we will be relying much less on oil as a source of income to the economy and start diversifying. Tourism brings in new people, it brings in new money to the economy, brings in new potential for business investments when people get to know the place they have an appetite for investing in this country and in this part of the world. The outbound travel market, the networks, the airports, the number of aircraft just got the whole world closer. In the coming years, we will see phenomenal growth in the outbound tourism sector around the world. 

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority

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