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Sustainable Development Goals

 Achievements of National Tourism Programme

The tourism sector is a vital avenue to sustainable development in the UAE and represents one of the priorities of the UAE’s leadership. In it’s strategy and work, the MOE is keen that the UAE becomes a sustainable tourism destination by developing the conventional and specialized provided tourism products, activating the sustainable tourism development plans and increasing the tourism investment opportunities in the UAE in collaboration with the competent local authority as well as upgrading competency of personnel working in government and private tourism sector through advanced training programs that are consistent with the best practices in the world.

In order to meet the Target 9.8 of the SDGs ( By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products) many steps have been taken by the Ministry of Economy in order to promote the sustainable tourism and build capabilities to monitor results and submit reports as follows:

  • Establishing the National Committee on Tourism Statistics in collaboration with the Federal Authority for Competitiveness & Statistics and hosting two technical delegates from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to evaluate the current status of tourism data.
  • Developing a road map for establishing subaccount systems for tourism sector to enable the MOE to monitor and measure the economic effects of tourism sector.
  • Assisting the local government for the purpose of evaluating the outcomes of sustainable tourism initiatives in each emirate.

 

Initiatives of the National Tourism Programme in the Ministry of Economy

  • Adopting professional effective partnerships between the MOE and the international and regional organizations and tourism sector.
  • Leadership in tourism professions.
  • Building national capabilities and training them in tourism sector and establishing hospitality and tourism centers.
  • Encouraging the green tourism sustainability.
  • International promotion and marketing of the single tourism destination.

 

The roles of the National Tourism Programme

  • Working towards making the UAE as a sustainable tourism destination through developing the conventional and specialized provided tourism products, activating the sustainable tourism development plans and increasing tourism investment opportunities in the UAE in coordination with the competent local authority.
  • Upgrading the competence of personnel working in government and private tourism sector through advanced training programs that are consistent with the best practices in the world.
  • Setting up Emiratization plans for tourism sector in the UAE, in coordination with all concerned entities in the UAE.
  • Supporting tourism facilities by consolidating the licensing procedures, consolidating the standards of classification of tourism facilities and following up the quality of services in all tourism sectors in the UAE, in coordination with the competent local authority.
  • Representing the UAE in international tourism organizations, federations and councils, and activating joint collaboration plans in all tourism fields in coordination with the competent local authority.
  • Following up tourism sector-related policies and legislation, submitting suggestions and draft laws and legislation in support of this sector in collaboration with the competent local authority.
  • Providing a database for tourism statistics.
  • Setting up plans necessary to overcome crises that may confront the tourism sector and how to avoid and deal with them in coordination with the local competent local authority.
  • Promoting and marketing the UAE as a unique and distinguished tourism destination in world markets, in coordination with the competent local entities.
  • Promoting the UAE‘s image as tourism destination in key markets by launching initiatives such as public relations, press and professional delegates’ reception from all international markets, and creation of positive press coverages showcasing the UAE’s position and its tourism capacities.

 

Tourism Initiatives in Sustainable Tourism


Initiative: Leadership in Tourism Professions

Tourism Sector Leaders Training Programme annual training programme launched in 2016 and targeting the tourism sector manpower in the UAE. Different themes are selected every year. The third version of the Programme titled “Sustainability in tourism destinations” was launched in April 2019  and was implemented in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and MODUL University Dubai. and it was attended by 30 participants from all tourism entities in the UAE.

Initiative: Policies & Laws in support of Tourism

  1. Setting the Federal Law of Tourism in the UAE

    A law for tourism is currently in progress in the UAE. This consists one of the most important steps imposed by the current situation in order to regulate the work in tourism sector, move towards clear goals and achieve the UAE leadership’s vision to increase the contribution of tourism sector in the national economy towards the post oil economy.

  2. Development of the United Tourist Guide Regulation

    The Ministry of Economy is concerned with the tourism guide file in the UAE and its follow-up, and development in line with the UAE vision, and looks into the improvement consolidation of tourist guide procedures at national level. The main strategic objectives of tourist guide file are to support and regulate the tourist guide profession.

    Improve the tourist guide competence, develop tourist guide training in the UAE, enhance communication with tourist guides in the UAE, maintain an updated federal register for them and raise awareness on tourist guide profession by organizing relevant events and forums.

Raising Community Awareness on Tourism

  1. Collaboration and coordination with educational organizations to suggest tourism curriculums

    The project of collaboration and coordination with educational organizations to suggest tourism curriculums is considered to be part of the initiative that cares for promoting community awareness on tourism. Meetings have been constantly held with Ministry of Education to incorporate tourism curriculums based on the manuals and guides issued by the National Tourism Programme in the Ministry of Economy (manual of tourism concepts and definitions, green tourism guide). The meetings resulted in the inclusion of the tourism curriculum for grades 4 to 7. Manual of tourism concepts and definitions was also included in the curriculums for grade 4 to 6, whilst green tourism concepts have been included only in grade 7 curriculum. 

  2. World Tourism Day 2019

    Tourism can directly or indirectly contribute to achieve SDGs adopted by the world leaders in September 2015 that aim for eliminating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring gender equality and human wellbeing.

    In conjunction with the celebration of World Tourism Day commemorated each year on 27 September, the Ministry of Economy organized a forum titled “Tourism and Jobs: Better Future for All” in collaboration with Culture & Tourism Department in Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Women’s College (Higher Colleges of Technologies).

    The objective of this forum is to raise social awareness on the importance of tourism sector and its vital role in supporting the sustainable development goals. World Tourism Day is commemorated with celebrations to raise awareness among the world community on social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism, as directed by the UNWTO.

    The forum agenda comprised a number of talks about the current trends and the future development of tourism, a presentation about tourism curriculum in the Higher Colleges of Technology, the contemporary trends of hospitality sector, and tourism in GCCs and the relevant opportunities and challenges.

    The forum has also included an interactive dialogue session between speakers and female students of the Higher Colleges of Technology and showcased a number of student projects, including a project on “Tourism as priority on UAE Agenda”.

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