A number of Ireland’s leading travel companies visited the UAE this week, in an effort to further promote tourism, travel and bilateral connections between the two countries.
The two-day trade mission, which took place in Abu Dhabi on February 4 and Dubai on February 5, comprised of 12 major Irish organisations representing industries that included travel, tourism, tours and hospitality.
Approximately 200 UAE companies had the opportunity to meet with the representatives of Ireland directly, engaging in a series of one-two-one appointments, workshops and networking sessions to further strengthen relations and business opportunities.
This year’s delegation represented prominent organisations such as Guinness Storehouse, Kildare Retail Services Ltd., InterContinental Dublin, Irish Rugby Tours, Specialized Travel Services, The Merrion, The Savoy Collection, Ireland Links Golf, Failte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi participated in the workshops in both emirates. Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Aidan Cronin, also hosted a networking event in Abu Dhabi for Irish companies participating in the trade mission, along with local industry contacts.
On the event, Cronin said: “The Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi is working hard to develop Ireland’s already very positive profile in the UAE as a great place to visit, to do business with, to invest in and in which to be educated.
“From a tourism perspective, the UAE is currently one of Tourism Ireland’s top emerging markets and the Embassy will continue to do all that it can to support Tourism Ireland in its work. This very successful trade mission was a fantastic opportunity for the Irish tourism industry to cement existing relationships and to establish new relationships in Abu Dhabi and Dubai,” he concluded.
The lifting of visa requirements for UAE nationals in 2018 was a hugely significant step for tourism to the isle, as was the opening of Irish Visa Application Centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in partnership with VFS Global. These developments further will drive tourism to the island and reinstate its status as a premium destination for both locals and for expatriates living in the UAE.