Dubai – A favorite destination for Indian business and leisure travelers

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For Indian travellers, Dubai is a high priority destination for new business opportunities with strict security standards. Be it futuristic innovations, sports, sightseeing or bleisure (business + leisure) options, Dubai has indeed consistently led the revival of global tourism

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Thousands of Indian visitors including Bollywood stars, business leaders, ministerial delegates and entrepreneurs visited Dubai in 2020, 2021 and continue the trend in 2022 to participate in strategic growth initiatives.
Issam Kazim, Managing Director of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing says: “The experience of the past two years has also only served to underscore the importance of in-person business events and what they can offer organizers. , participants, sponsors, exhibitors and their extended networks. With one of the department’s top priorities being to capture 400 global business events per year by 2025, we continue to explore all opportunities to host business events in Dubai and work with stakeholders in the city to provide meeting planners with a secure and impactful knowledge platform. sharing, networking and creating lasting legacies.
With a strong lineup of events in the spotlight, there has been non-stop action in Dubai over the years and continues to show steady growth. When Kerala-based entrepreneur Elizabeth Jean Thomas, co-founder and CEO, Phonologix Health Solutions Pvt. Ltd participated in the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai in January 2022, it was the global networking potential that impressed her immensely. She says, “It was an amazing experience and provided much-needed visibility for a young start-up company like ours. The “Innovation Bus” was an interesting concept, installed right next to the India pavilion, intended to project India as one of the main start-up ecosystems. This opportunity has been extended by DPIIT and Startup India.

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INDIA AS A PROMISING SOURCE MARKET FOR DUBAI TOURISM
Interestingly, according to the official announcement from the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) with the Tourism Performance Report from January to December 2021: Dubai welcomed 7.28 million overnight visitors from January to December 2021, with the highest number of international guests from India at 910,000.

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Year on year, India has been a very promising source market for Dubai tourism.
HIGH POTENTIAL OF THE ARABIAN TRAVEL MART:
The Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) – an international travel and tourism event has created excellent business opportunities for networking, buying/selling, technology, etc. in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals.
Expressing his delight, Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “As a long-time partner of ATM, we are delighted to once again host the 29th edition to be held in May 2022. With our momentous achievements in the global travel and tourism space, Dubai has become a hub of innovation, ideas and connections for businesses across all sectors. Dubai is proud to continue to show its ability to deliver world-class international events with strict health and safety measures in place while positioning Dubai as an open and safe global city for residents and visitors, and offering them the possibility of enjoying a wellness stay. rounded destination experience.”
Daniel D’souza, President and Country Head – Vacations, SOTC Travel said, “The upcoming Arab Travel Mart 2022 presents an important opportunity to redefine the travel industry renaissance amidst the new normal. Both Dubai and the Middle East have been a hub for global business and lately for favorite sports such as golf, football, Formula 1 and cricket, which are also strong draws for business travelers and Recreation. We are confident that global sporting events will play a key role in boosting tourism in Dubai and the Middle East.

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BULLISH ABOUT MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES:
Rajeev Kale, President and Country Head, Holidays, MICE, Visa – Thomas Cook (India) Limited says confidently, “The reopening of borders and easing of restrictions is already translating into a huge uplift for Corporate MICE. As the Middle East is important to our MICE segment, we have recently successfully managed groups of 20-200 guests despite the pandemic. Sporting events were maximized with the delivery of 3 medium-sized MICE groups (between 30 and 100 delegates) during the T20 World Cup and Formula 1 in the United Arab Emirates.
With the reopening of commercial aviation, the acceleration in demand leading to an overall revival of the travel sector will soon be a reality.
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Disclaimer: This article is part of a featured content series on business in Dubai

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