'The UAE ranks high among the emerging travel markets since family values are important in the local culture. '
Family tourism is becoming a major segment of the Islamic economy, states the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a recent report.
The report has been released as part of the preparations for the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), to be organised by Dubai Chamber and the WIEF Foundation in Dubai from October 28 to 30.
"Family tourism is one of the most vibrant areas of the global tourism industry and a key element of the Islamic economy. With Muslim travellers constituting a major segment of the global tourism traffic, the priorities of families have become critical to the tourism industry's growth and have redefined the focal areas for tourism activities," says H.E. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of Dubai Chamber.
The UAE ranks high among the emerging travel markets since family values are important in the local culture.
In fact, the country ranked second globally, based on criteria set by Crescent Rating, a leading Muslim travel rating organisation based in Singapore, receiving a score of 7.0, the report states. Saudi Arabia and Morocco also figure among the top global destinations with a rating of 6.5 and 6.4 respectively.
"The findings of the Dubai Chamber report are of much significance in the light of the Dubai Capital of Islamic Economy initiative, launched in 2013, which has identified family tourism as an important pillar and a major growth area. Dubai is strategically positioned to become a centre of family tourism as it aims to become the capital of Islamic economy and builds its tourism infrastructure to create family-oriented hospitality services and facilities in accordance with Islamic practices," Al Ghurair adds.
According to the report, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations contribute as much as 31 per cent of the total spending by travellers in tourism-related activities.
This is despite the relatively low population in the region, which makes up just three per cent of the global Muslim population.
(First published in AMEInfo's sister publication Aficionado)