The travel and tourism sector of United Arab Emirates is expecting to generate 720,000 jobs by 2028 as the industry has contributed the total AED 154.1 billion ($41.95 billion), which is 11.3 percent to UAE’s GDP in 2017.
the latest figures released, it is expected to rise 4.9 percent in 2018 and 3.8 percent per annum to AED 234.2 billion ($63.77 billion) by 2028, constituting 10.6 percent of the GDP of UAE.
Additionally, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in 2017 was AED 69.1 billion ($18.81 billion), a figure expected to rise 5 percent to AED 72.6 billion ($19.77 billion) in 2018.
The Minister of Economy of UAE, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, said the data showed the prominent standing of the nation as a regional and world tourism destination thanks to its ultra-modern infrastructure, advanced creative services sector, high quality air transport and stability.
The data also shows that the travel and tourism sector generated 300,000 jobs directly in 2017, or 4.9 percent of total employment.
In 2018, the jobs generated by the travel and tourism sector are expected to grow 4.1 percent to 312,500, including restaurant and leisure industry jobs supported by tourists.
By 2028, travel and tourism will account for 396,000 jobs directly, and support a total of 720,000 jobs, or 10.2 percent of total employment.
If the wider effects from investments, supply chain and induced income are taken into account, travel and tourism sustained 585,500 jobs in 2017, which is forecast to rise 3.2 percent in 2018 to 604,500 jobs, or 9.7 percent of total employment.
In 2017, the UAE also generated AED 123.5 billion ($33.62 billion) in visitor exports, which is expected to increase 5.3 percent in 2018.
Capital investment in tourism is also expected to go up 7.2 percent in 2018, from an estimated AED 25.4 billion ($6.92 billion) in 2017. By 2028, capital investment is forecast at AED 62.1 billion ($16.91 billion) in 2028.
By Latifa Zenaina