Dubai-based dnata Travel highlighted the Maldives as the most sought-after destination for travelers from the UAE

Published: Fri 29 April 2022, 16:49

Over the years, the idyllic island country of the Maldives has become a favorite tourist spot in the United Arab Emirates, a high-level envoy has said.

“The UAE is a long-time close friend and development partner of the Maldives, which shares cultural commonalities. People-to-people relations are one of the pillars of our bilateral relationship,” said Aminath Shabeena, Ambassador of the Maldives. in the United Arab Emirates. Khaleej times.

According to statistics from the Maldives Ministry of Tourism for 2021, with the exception of Russia, India and Germany, the UAE is consistently among the top 5 countries whose residents have invaded the scenic island country .

“The Maldives continues to receive an increasing number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates. This trend is not only during the festive season like Eid and other national holidays, but throughout the year,” Shabeena noted.

Dubai-based Dnata Travel highlighted the Maldives as the most sought-after destination for travelers from the UAE.

Emily Jenkins, Managing Director, dnata Travel Leisure, said: “Travel demand is at an all time high as many countries reopen their borders to tourists, or relax, or remove travel regulations related to Covid-19, making it easier to passenger journey. The Maldives remained a number one destination of choice with a spike in demand seen in early March from the island nation scrapping PCR testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

In March, the popular beach destination country relaxed its Covid-19 protocols. The Covid-19 PCR test is no longer mandatory to enter the Maldives and wearing a mask is optional. And last month, more than 10,000 residents of the United Arab Emirates landed on the Maldivian shores, which are home to several world-class hotels, resorts, restaurants and spas with luxurious services.

Mathive, Marketing Director of Luxury Holiday Maldives, said people continue to favor tropical islands for their breathtaking natural landscapes.

“Eid Al Fitr holiday packages have been sold out and bookings for the next 3 months including Eid Al Adha have already started. We offer affordable and luxury tourist packages.

The Maldives is slowly returning to normal thanks to the dynamism of its tourism sector, which represents almost 70% of the country’s GDP. The Maldives welcomed its 1 millionth tourist of 2021 in October. There were 1.3 million arrivals at the end of last year.

“We are looking for a stronger 2022,” added Mathive.