Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will use the second edition of Riyadh Travel Fair (April 23-26) as a platform from which to continue to grow its inbound tourism from Saudi Arabia.
The participation in Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) comes two weeks after a similar participation in the 3rd Jeddah Travel Fair and demonstrates the importance DTCM places in the Saudi Arabian market, which is the Emirate’s number one source of visitors. In 2012, the amount of visitors to Dubai from Saudi Arabia grew by over 29%, rising from 873,152 in 2011 to 1,128,757 (hotel guests and cruise passengers).
Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director of DTCM’s Overseas Promotions and Inward Mission, commented: “Participating in such events is a key element of our strategy to continue to grow visitor numbers from Saudi Arabia by directly increasing our public presence in the KSA and GCC markets and promoting the ever evolving tourism offer of Dubai. Dubai is the number one holiday destination for the Saudi market and it is important to ensure that we retain this position.”
Convened in the Saudi Capital, after two successful years RTF has developed a reputation as a significant event in the GCC travel trade calendar. More than 30,000 visitors attend, joining the leading travel and tourism companies of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries who use the event to promote their business at both a regional and international level.
Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry commented: “In addition to a host of new attractions and hotels, the Saudi market is very interested in the summer season offering we are launching shortly and we will be giving a preview of this offering during RTF.”
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) today announced the official transfer of the fifteen Dubai heritage and archaeological sites from DTCM to Dubai Culture. According to law number 6 for the year 2008, Dubai Culture will be responsible for the sites, which include museums and heritage villages and a number of artifacts which date back to 3000BC.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DTCM said: “The safeguard of the historical and archaeological sites in the emirates is a national duty. These sites are of great importance in preserving the history of the UAE and give a vivid portrayal of the country’s traditions – it is our responsibility to ensure that people of all generations are able to learn more about our heritage.
“The transfer of these sites is indicative of the close collaboration between DTCM and Dubai Culture and our joint efforts to strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading tourism hub. A key part of our work is the promotion of the historical sites of Dubai including a number of activities and events that contribute to, as well as highlight the importance of, preservation the nation’s heritage.”
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture, said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has outlined that one of the core missions of Dubai Culture is to establish and nurture a strong cultural infrastructure for the Emirate, which is a key pillar of Dubai’s strategic growth vision.
“The heritage sites of Dubai, rooted deep in our history, are an integral part of our cultural identity. Apart from their compelling historical significance, they serve as milestones for our future generations to appreciate how Dubai has evolved over the years. By transferring the ownership and management of these sites to Dubai Culture, we are taking another ambitious step in achieving our founding objective of promoting an integrated cultural infrastructure, under the Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
The historical and heritage sites in the emirate include Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed’s House, Hatta Heritage Village, Heritage Village and Diving Village, Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif, Ahmadiah School, Naif Museum, Jumeirah Archaeological Site, Sarouk Archaeological Site, Sufouh sites and Sheikh Obaid’s House.