Domestic tourism 'still important' despite reopening of Abu Dhabi borders

Tourism chief Ali Hassan Al Shaiba expects low volumes of international tourists during first few months of 2021

Domestic tourism in Abu Dhabi will continue to play an integral part in the recovery of the industry

Domestic tourism in Abu Dhabi will continue to play an integral part in the recovery of the industry, despite the re-opening of the emirate to international travellers, according to Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of tourism and marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.

As the Covid-19 vaccination process gathers pace across the UAE and the wider world, he predicted a return to some semblance of normality in 12 months’ time.

Al Shaiba told Arabian Business: “Due to the new series of lockdowns at various destinations around the world, we can predict low volumes of international travel within the first few months of the year. During this period, domestic tourism will continue to play a key role in driving the tourism industry forward.

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