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Tourism & Hospitality | Thursday 21 October, 2021 12:49 pm |

Tourism boom in the Middle East and North Africa

The tourism sector has been booming in the MENA region for a decade and is poised to rise further, driven by Dubai World and the Qatar World Cup in 2022, and the main factor for the future growth of the sector will be the growth of their lack of neglect of the luxury industry. Tourism in the Middle East is an important economic activity, with nearly 70 million tourists coming to this beautiful part of the world each year, generating nearly $80 billion in revenue in national income for the region.

The most famous (or visited) attractions in the Middle East are usually: the Isfahan Mosque in Iran, the charming city of Dubai, the ancient city of Jerusalem and its walls, the royal tombs, the Great Temple of Petra in Jordan, the ancient pyramids in Egypt, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul or Cappadocia in Turkey, but There are many, many other attractions in the area.


Tourism in the Middle East is diverse compared to other continents, influenced in part by religious tourism, as millions of people from all over the world are attracted to Mecca and Jerusalem.


Because of the long history that the Middle East enjoys, it offers the tremendous advantage of having a very important cultural heritage and many stunning landscapes, each more incredible than the other. There are wonderful beaches, deserts, oases, architecture and timeless culture. He visits him and makes him want to go to the Middle East many times.


Leisure tourism is on the rise


According to a study published in 2019 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of travelers to the Middle East reached about 64 million in 2018 which leads to improving the tourism sector including Car rental and hotels booking, an annual increase of 10% compared to 6% globally, this number is supposed to triple in The next 20 years, rising from 61 million in 2010 to 149 million in 2030.


The report highlights that the current tourist is fundamentally different from the tourist of the past, especially the rich tourist, as he seeks above all to use modern technology and highly experienced companies. In this context, the Middle East has become highly digital in recent years with an Internet penetration rate of 99% In the UAE and 98% in Kuwait, around 63 million people in the region use Instagram, while 33 million people use Snapchat.


Advanced modern technology and digital technology have also enabled the enhancement of tourism services in the Middle East and North African countries, for example: faster payment methods and the creation of a multi-channel network. Another interesting element of the report is the increasing importance of shopping for travelers, for 20% of them Shopping is the main reason for their trip, so leisure tourism is a great opportunity for the region to increase its economic growth, and many authorities have worked well on this, they are increasing their investment in structures dedicated to this.


The best destinations in the Middle East


Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates 


Abu Dhabi occupies its position as the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and it is recommended among the best tourist destinations in the region. If you travel to Abu Dhabi you can visit the Grand Mosque, it is one of the largest mosques and you can see the Champs Elysees inside.


Istanbul in Turkey 


Istanbul has amazing architecture on one hand, friendly atmosphere and good climate. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of stores, the Egyptian Bazaar is filled with spices and fruits, with IstanbulKart you can easily use all means of transportation.


Dubai in the United Arab Emirates 


Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, the BurjKhalifa. In addition, there are many places to see and visit such as the Abu Dhabi Grand White Mosque, the Dubai Fountain and the Aquarium. It is recommended to visit the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, which has long branches like palm trees to build houses and a huge hotel in the middle.


Doha in Qatar 


Doha is the capital of Qatar, and it is located on the borders of the Arabian Gulf. You can visit the Villaggio Shopping Center which is a large shopping center with all kinds of European brands, Carrefour, waterways, boats, ice skating rinks, indoor amusement parks and even an artificial sky. Other popular destinations in the city include the traditional market, the souk standing up. You can hire Lumi Car rental services for comfortable travel to go around Doha and the surrounding areas for sightseeing and shopping. 


Goreme in Turkey 


Goreme is a city located in Cappadocia, Turkey, it is a travel destination that attracts tourists with its breathtaking scenery of exotic rocks and exotic stones rarely seen anywhere else in the world.


Jeddah in Saudi Arabia 


Jeddah is the most important coastal city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is located on the coast of the Red Sea and is so beautiful that it is nicknamed "The Bride of the Red Sea", and is characterized by its distinguished and enormous resorts and hotels.


Cairo in Egypt 


Cairo is the capital of Egypt and means victorious in Arabic. When it comes to visiting Cairo, the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids of Giza are not to be missed, and the Khan El Khalili market is Cairo's largest and is cheaper than other places.


Luxor in Egypt 


Luxor is a city that represents ancient Egypt and is divided into the east bank and the west bank on the basis of the Nile. Without a boat, it takes about an hour to travel between the east bank and the west bank. On the east side you find the temples of Karnak and Luxor, while on the west bank you can go to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Habu Temple. The Giant is grateful.


Riyadh in Saudi Arabia 


Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia. It is full of unique entertainment venues. You can visit the Kingdom Center Tower, which is the third tallest tower in Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi International Museum. There is also a fairly large fountain in King Abdullah Park, and a duck boat ride on the lake in Al Salam Park. Free playgrounds and paid leisure facilities.


Alanya in Turkey 


Alanya, a city in Antalya, Turkey, is a city loved by tourists because of its warm climate all year round, and because of its warm climate and beach, activities such as surfing, parasailing and banana boats have developed, and this is what makes it a place where you can fish, recreation and fun, the historical sites of Antalya and its accessibility are good .


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