Why ecotourism will be big in the UAE

A new project has been launched to establish the nation as a leading ecotourism destination.


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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has unveiled the National Ecotourism Project to put Abu Dhabi and the UAE at the forefront of the sustainable tourism industry.

In 2017, the UAE attracted over 15 million visitors, a 6.5 percent growth on 2016, and now plans are being put in place as part of an effort to attract over 25 million annual visitors by 2021.

The MoCCAE has created a mobile app and microsite named the UAE’s National Wonders to target travellers who have an interest in conservationism and want to visit destinations where they can minimise their ecological footprint.

The newly created digital platforms will showcase some of the country’s 43 protected areas to potential visitors including the Mangrove National Park and Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment, said: “Over the past few years, the pioneering vision and directives of the UAE leadership have enabled the country to consolidate its leading global status across diverse sectors, with travel and tourism at the forefront.

“The national ecotourism project is a result of the country’s commitment to preserving the environment, a commitment instilled in its people by the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

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