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Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to deliver Tourism Strategy 2030

H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince, Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has recently approved the new Tourism Strategy 2030 for the emirate.

Spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the ambitious blueprint signals a new era of expansion and strategic development in the travel and tourism sector.

 The Strategy seeks to boost visitor numbers from nearly 24 million in 2023 to 39.3 million by 2030 (overnight and same-day), with a seven percent year-on-year growth. Moreover, it plans to significantly elevate the tourism and travel sector's contribution to the UAE's GDP, raising it from approximately AED49 billion in 2023 to AED90 billion annually by 2030.

The Strategy will generate an estimated 178,000 new jobs by 2030 as the entire tourism infrastructure develops to meet this demand. It intends to almost double international overnight visitors from 3.8 million in 2023 approximately to 7.2 million in 2030, expand hotel room availability from 34,000 in 2023 to 52,000 by 2030, and further enhance the holiday home segment to diversify accommodation options.

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman, DCT Abu Dhabi, said, "The Tourism Strategy 2030 marks a pivotal moment in Abu Dhabi's transformative journey, representing a vital lever in our ongoing evolution. Delivered alongside our key partners, the Strategy underscores our steadfast commitment to fostering sustainable growth and strategic development in the travel and tourism sector. Through carefully crafted initiatives that will unlock economic opportunities, amplify our distinctive culture and enhance the emirate’s value proposition, we are laying the foundation for a vibrant and prosperous future that transcends generations."