The Middle East and its potential to become the world’s dominant global travel hub

Ahmed Youssef

EVP-Corporate Development & Marketing, Hospitality, Amadeus IT Group

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The global spotlight has shone a little stronger on the Middle East following Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 Football (Soccer) World Cup earlier this month. In particular there is much talk of high quality facilities, excellent transport links and considerable real estate development in the country and the Middle East region in general.

The Middle East’s affluence and potential for travel and leisure is not a new revelation, however, and our latest report – Securing the Prize for the Middle East – sets out what the region should focus on to fulfill its potential as a dominant global hub.

In brief the report, developed by Insights Management Consultancy, points to a number of key factors, including:

  • the region’s geographic position at the centre of major air routes
  • its continued economic growth compared with the G8 countries
  • the major investments planned in the travel industry, including US$86 billion for airports
  • the region’s approach to innovation and technology adoption

For more information and the opportunity to download the report in full click here. Be sure to check out the accompanying infographic, for more relevant details.


Middle East, Research