Arabian Travel Market 2016 Dubai

Arabian Travel Market 2016 Review & Luxury Holiday Ideas

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With HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and officials of Dubai Police, incl. Ms. Aisha Zehi (2nd from left) during Arabian Travel Market 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre

Arabian Travel Market 2016: It has only been a few weeks since the last Arabian Travel Market, but it won’t be an experience that I will forget any time soon.

Arabian Travel Market is the region’s largest travel and tourism event, and takes place every year at Dubai World Trade Centre.  I always look forward to the show, wondering what surprises are in store both from the organisers and the exhibitors, and which new discoveries might be on the horizon.

Memorable ATM moments

Each year stands out in some form, examples being the innovative Etihad Airways promotion as detailed in my last ATM review – or the eye-catching Dubai Police supercar display in the year Dubai made history: when it was announced the city will host the Word Expo in 2020.

As it’s a major travel show and exhibitors want to showcase their top attractions, the competition is definitely on – in fact, the organisers introduced a category just last year to award winners of the best exhibition stand designs.

Dubai at Arabian Travel Market

Emirates and flydubai airlines stands stood side by side with the emirate of Dubai, whose stand was ‘showcasing the best Dubai has to offer’, as Issam Kazim, CEO of DTCTM, explained at the official ATM press conference at The Address Dubai Mall.

At the stand of flydubai, CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith is seen here with HE Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council:

New at Arabian Travel Market

As mentioned in my ATM Show Preview, there were several new additions to the show, including the Leaders Breakfast with Sir Rocco Forte.

The Global Stage was a hit, with a lively panel discussion featuring top UAE tourism officials that was moderated by BBC Presenter Zeinab Badawi.

Bloggers’ Speed Networking

Another addition was the Bloggers’ Speed Networking, which was a great platform to connect bloggers with tourism and travel trade professionals from around the world.  The 5 minutes allotted per discussion enabled much ground to be covered, facilitating quick introductions and discussions with a view to discussing mutual areas of interest and gauging potential collaborations.

There was certainly no time to waste with hotel PR representatives and destination officials patiently waiting their turn to meet travel bloggers.  Some of the new relationships developed at the event were with Ajman Tourism as well as Accor Hotels Group, whose luxury properties in Dubai include Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Pullman JLT, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sofitel JBR and the chic Sofitel The Palm.

Why ATM is so special

The journey of discovery is what makes Arabian Travel Market so special – whether it’s learning about different cultures, what to expect at new destinations, or which fabulous events to mark in one’s calendar.

UAE as a Luxury Destination

As a luxury destination, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is a top choice for a holiday or UAE weekend getaway, with several world-class hotel resorts in and around Abu Dhabi city, as well as within the emirate and its many islands.

On Yas Island, a summer festival will commence on 7 July, with plans for fun activities revealed by Omar Al Busaidy of TCA Abu Dhabi:

Luxury Holidays in Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE & KSA

Speaking of luxury, the company Peacock Concierge was promoting their VIP services on offer in Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE & KSA.

Summer in Switzerland!

From the stand of Switzerland, which recently became the first country to confirm its participation in Expo 2020, Switzerland Tourism’s GCC director conveyed his message for travellers to the luxury destination:

Arabian Travel Market connects the travel trade

Past visits to both ATM & WTM in London over the years have also helped shape my holiday decisions, resulting in trips to Hungary, Croatia and Italy to name but a few.

Did you exhibit at Arabian Travel Market, or did you attend – and what was your experience? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

ATM 2017 dates and location:

  • Arabian Travel Market will be held again from 24-27 April 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre
  • ATM is organised by Reed Exhibitions, which includes World Travel Market in London in its worldwide travel exhibitions portfolio

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