Taiwan Tourism Bureau set to open overseas office in Dubai

Taiwan Tourism Bureau to open new office in Q2, according to a the director general Chou Yung-hui

Fireworks at Taipei 101, the supertall skyscraper that was once the world’s tallest before Dubai’s Burj Khalifa opened. 

Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau will open an overseas office in Dubai later this year as part of its plans to attract more visitors from the Middle East to the East Asian state.

Tourism Bureau Director-General Chou Yung-hui told reporters in Taipei this week that the new office will open between March and May this year.

He said Dubai was selected as the Middle East base because of the direct flights between the emirate and Taiwan.

Emirates airline operates 6 weekly flights between Taipei (TPE) and Dubai (DXB) – Monday to Saturday – operated by an Airbus A380. The flight has been in operation since 2014, and was upgraded from a Boeing 777 to the larger superjumbo aircraft 2015.

Chou Yung-hui said the Tourism Bureau identified Muslim tourists as one of the most important customers for its travel market, outside of Malaysia and Indonesia. Over 210 certified Halal restaurants and hotels are open across Taiwan, he added. In an annual Global Muslim Travel Index, compiled by Mastercard, Taiwan ranked third behind the UK and Japan as the best halal travel destination.

The Tourism Bureau also plans to invite Dubai travel operators to introduce Taiwan for themselves.

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