Ras Al Khaimah on track for over 1 million visitors in 2022, tourism chief says

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Ras Al Khaimah, one of the UAE’s booming tourist markets, said it was on track to increase visitor numbers to the emirate by 12% this year to more than 1.11 million .

The emirate received 990,000 visitors in 2021 and 1.1 million in 2019.

Between January and June this year, 521,085 international and domestic tourists visited Ras Al Khaimah, a 21% increase from the first half of 2021 and a return to pre-pandemic figures during the same period in 2019. said the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. in a report.

Growth is driven by new direct air links, new hotel openings across the emirate and the development of the cruise industry.

“This is all the more remarkable given the current economic and geopolitical landscape in which we operate, which drives us to focus on what matters for long-term resilience – diversification, community and sustainability,” said said Raki Phillips, chief executive of the authority.

Ras Al Khaimah continues its rebound from the effects of Covid-19 by opening new resorts, expanding Jebel Jais’ attractions, improving hiking trails and promoting its beaches and mountains to travelers looking for more. search for open and spacious spaces for personal well-being after the pandemic.

The emirate has opened several new hotels and resorts, including the Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah on Marjan Island, the InterContinental Mina Al Arab and most recently the debut of Movenpick on Al Marjan Island. .

Ras Al Khaimah now has more than 8,000 hotel rooms, of which 4,617 are in preparation over the next few years, according to the authorities’ statement.

The authority has also recently signed partnerships with airlines and tour operators to target emerging and growing source markets. This includes the introduction of new direct air connections from major cities in Germany, including Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich.

To further boost connectivity, the authority is developing the cruise industry, aiming to attract 50 cruise ship calls every season and more than 10,000 passengers in the next few years, she said.

“Already one of the fastest growing destinations in the region, the first half of 2022 has set us on a very strong trajectory for the year. It is great to see the strategic investments made by the authority throughout through a very difficult period to produce such strong results,” said Phillips.

“As Ras Al Khaimah continues to expand its tourism, we expect it to get better and better.”

Ras Al Khaimah’s planned multi-billion dollar resort on Marjan Island with Las Vegas hotel operator Wynn Resorts will create at least 4,000 jobs and become the next catalyst for tourism in the emirate and the United Arab Emirates united,” Mr. Raki said in an interview in May.

The economic benefits of the mega resort will be significant, boosting foreign direct investment and employment in the northern emirate, he said. The National during the Arabian Travel Market.

Wynn Resorts, the Las Vegas-based hotel and casino operator, announced plans in January to develop a multi-billion dollar resort in Ras Al Khaimah, the emirate’s largest FDI.

The resort, which is designed to include 1,000 rooms and a gaming area, will open in 2026. Wynn is best known for its casino hotels in Las Vegas, Boston and Macau.

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Updated: July 29, 2022, 09:11

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