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UAE Cabinet Allocates Financial Support for Weather-Impacted Homes

The UAE government has taken action to mitigate the impact of recent severe weather conditions on its citizens.

Thu, Apr 25, 2024 6:43pmGrey Clock 3 min

During their recent meeting, the UAE cabinet expressed gratitude towards the government agencies, emergency response teams, volunteers, and the public for their combined efforts in tackling the adversities caused by harsh weather conditions.

Chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE Cabinet has sanctioned an AED 2 billion financial package aimed at repairing the homes of citizens affected by the recent severe weather events.

The decision, made during a Wednesday cabinet meeting, was intended to provide swift relief and support to those impacted. A ministerial committee has been formed to assess the damage and oversee the distribution of compensations. This committee is tasked with working alongside both federal and local authorities to ensure a quick and effective response in providing the necessary support to the affected individuals.

Sheikh Mohammed reflected on the heavy rains, describing them as a blessing in disguise.

Continued National Solidarity

The sense of unity and resilience demonstrated by the nation in the face of this challenge was recognized and commended.

Sheikh Mohammed commented, “We approved an allocation of AED2 billion to address the damage suffered by citizens’ homes. A ministerial committee has been tasked with overseeing this file. With the follow-up and support of my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, life returned to normal quickly.”

Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed announced the establishment of another committee tasked with evaluating the impact of the floods and rains on infrastructure. Led by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, this committee includes representatives from various federal agencies such as the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, as well as delegates from all seven emirates. Its role is to devise national-level strategies and solutions to minimize future risks.

The effectiveness of the response to this severe weather event was evident, with central operation rooms handling over 200,000 reports and more than 17,000 security, emergency, and interior personnel, supported by 15,000 local authority staff and numerous volunteers, managing the aftermath of this unprecedented weather incident.

This extraordinary weather event proved to be beneficial. The dams are full, valleys are flowing with rainwater, and the underground water reserves are replenished. The government has enhanced its readiness and preparedness for the future, stated Sheikh Mohammed.

Updates on Tourism Progress

Beyond the weather-related discussions, the Cabinet also reviewed the progress of the UAE Tourism Strategy, celebrating significant achievements in the sector.

In 2023, the total number of hotel guests reached 28 million, marking an 11% increase from the previous year, with the tourism sector anticipated to contribute approximately AED 180 billion to the GDP, as reported by the UAE Government Media Office.

The meeting, held at Qasr Al Watan, saw attendance from notable figures such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance; and Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Interior.



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“Saudi Summer is Next Door” plans to boost tourism in the Kingdom over four months across seven destinations.

Wed, May 22, 2024 4 min

Saudi Arabia has unveiled its plan to attract international tourists this summer. The strategy includes appealing visa options, complimentary airline tickets for families, a lineup of major events, and opportunities for tax-free shopping.

The initiative, organized under the guidance of Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), is named “Saudi Summer is Next Door.”

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Extensive Summer 2024 Tourism Activities

The initiative will span four months, ending in September, and will be hosted across seven key destinations: Aseer, Al Baha, Taif, the Red Sea, Jeddah, Riyadh, and AlUla.

It features over 550 tourism products and more than 150 specially tailored offers and packages for families and various interest groups including adventure enthusiasts, luxury seekers, and cultural and heritage buffs.

The launch event of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 was attended by notable figures such as Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, in addition to more than 250 key partners from both public and private sectors, prominent media personalities, and influential opinion leaders.

Showcasing Global Events and Cultural Richness

This year’s program will also welcome back the Jeddah Season and introduce the Aseer Season, each filled with various activities and events for families. The Kingdom will host several significant events as part of the summer program, including the first Esports World Cup in Riyadh, an eight-week competition featuring top esports athletes, and various boxing tournaments in Riyadh and Jeddah.

During the event, Al Khateeb highlighted the latest global tourism trends, the Kingdom’s growth in the tourism sector, and the record-high tourist numbers that have propelled Saudi Arabia to the top of the UN World Tourism list and the G20 nations list.

Al Baha

Al Khateeb emphasized, “Saudi Arabia is witnessing a transformative period in tourism, driven by our vision to position the Kingdom as a premier global destination. The Saudi Summer Program 2024 is our commitment to showcasing the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and unparalleled hospitality that Saudi Arabia offers. “We invite local and international tourists to experience the diversity of our seven unique destinations and take advantage of the exceptional offers and packages designed to create unforgettable memories. “This initiative, supported by our strategic partnerships and groundbreaking efforts like the eVisa and increased flight connectivity, demonstrates our dedication to making Saudi Arabia more accessible and appealing to tourists worldwide. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from all corners of the globe to explore and enjoy the vibrant experiences that await them this summer.”

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, also remarked, “Saudi tourism is witnessing unparalleled development at all levels, achieving great leaps in recent years, which I witnessed during my multiple visits to this hospitable country.”

Riyadh

“Saudi Arabia has global indicators related to the number of tourists, which has qualified it to top the UN World Tourism list of significant tourist destinations.”

“All of these great achievements for Saudi tourism would not have been possible without proper planning by those in charge of the sector in the Kingdom and the great potential it possesses in terms of diverse climates, stunning natural landmarks, and the generosity of Saudi people who are distinguished by their hospitality, raising the ceiling of ambitions for new achievements.”

STA CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said: “While temperatures in the region rise to high levels during summer, temperatures in the highlands of Saudi Arabia in the southern region decrease to the extent that we even witnessed snowfall in Al Soudah yesterday.” “Through the promotional campaign for the Saudi Summer Program 2024, we seek to highlight the uniqueness of our destinations and their climatic, natural, and cultural diversity, along with the exceptional events and activities happening during summer. “This year’s summer program includes more than 550 tourism products and 150 special offers designed in collaboration with STA’s partners, which include attractive offers from hotels, airlines offering free tickets for children in partnership with major travel, tourism, and aviation companies, and exceptional products in the Aseer Season and Jeddah Season like tax-free shopping offers and many new and exciting experiences such as private beaches for tourists and ladies’ beaches.”

“The campaign slogan “Saudi Summer is Next Door” embodies an open invitation to explore the magic of Saudi destinations and their diversity. This diversity is expressed with simple words that reflect the uniqueness of each destination, such as “Closer,” “Cooler,” “More Beautiful,” and “More Affordable.”

The private sector is a very important component of the success of tourism programs and initiatives, and the Saudi Tourism Authority is committed to empowering it by fostering demand for products and offers that align with the aspirations of tourists globally.

The launch of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 marks a period when visiting the Kingdom has become easier, smoother, and safer through measures such as the availability of the eVisa to citizens of 66 countries, a 20 percent reduction in eVisa prices, and a significant increase in the number of weekly flights from

Gulf cities to Saudi summer destinations, now totaling 1,100.

Residents of the GCC can also benefit from the GCC residents visa, which allows them multiple entries and a stay of up to 90 days in the Kingdom over a year. Moreover, the number of hotel rooms available to travelers is set to increase, with an additional 25,000 rooms expected to be added this year.

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