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Gulf Tourism is Getting Extra Collaborative



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It’s the newest growth in attempting to advertise multi-country holidays within the Gulf.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman have signed a pact to advertise cruises throughout all 4 locations. The Cruise Arabia Alliance was cast at this week’s ITB Berlin journey commerce present and is the most recent growth in attempting to advertise multi-country holidays within the Gulf.


Collectively, they may promote the realm as a go-to cruise spot and work on bringing extra cruise liners to the area.

“This alliance will end in extra cruise operators searching for to anchor in Dubai, capitalizing on its strategic location and selling the town’s various choices, world-class infrastructure and superior air and sea connectivity,” stated Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism.

Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry, director normal of tradition and tourism in Abu Dhabi added: “We’re collectively dedicated to championing cruise tourism reflecting our agency perception within the energy of partnerships.”


Saudi Arabia is lacking from the pact, however the kingdom has its personal cruise sector, and it’s investing quite a bit in it.

Main cruise operator MSC already gives packages that start in Dubai and go to Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and the opposite emirates. This new deal does extra to convey tourism chiefs from every vacation spot collectively.

Unified Journey within the Gulf

In October 2023, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman agreed to type a ‘GCC zone‘ for visas, an analogous state of affairs because the Schengen Zone throughout the EU. This visa was first talked about in Might 2023 at a convention in Dubai, the place the nations’ ministers shared their hopes to unite the GCC so vacationers would think about cross-country journey like they do in Europe.


This new visa comes underneath the banner of the “Gulf Technique for Tourism 2023-2030,” which ministers additionally stated is within the works. The assembly additionally regarded into the institution of a GCC Tourism Statistics Platform.

It’s going to both roll out this 12 months or subsequent and has been universally praised by tourism leaders.

“This new Schengen-style visa is big for [GCC] tourism and Ras Al Khaimah will see an enormous profit,” stated Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Growth Authority CEO Raki Phillips on the Skift International Discussion board East 2023.


“There may be nothing extra essential than a collaborative strategy. We must always compete collaboratively. On this a part of the world, we wish to be collaborative. That might imply visa processing, lodges, and airways.” 

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