Ras Al Khaimah, one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the region, is set to surpass the number of tourists it received in 2022, driven by more direct airline connections and the emirate’s efforts to bring attract tourists from India and China.
“Our goal for 2023 is to exceed that”, Raki Phillips, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), said.
“We’re very pleased with the results that we had in 2022, superseding 2019 results [before the pandemic], but our goal is to continue to grow.”
The tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah, which is positioning itself as a sustainable and nature destination, has recovered strongly from the pandemic-driven slowdown and attracted a record 1.13 million visitors last year.
The 15.6 per cent annual jump in overall visitor numbers in the emirate was driven by a 40 per surge in international tourists from its key source markets, including Kazakhstan, Russia, the UK, Czech Republic and Germany.