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Why the Middle East still matters and how it hopes to become the world's dominant travel hub by 2020

Antoine Medawar

Vice President, MENA, Amadeus IT Group

Despite the recent and often severe political unrest which has broken out across the region, with tourists set to top 136 million by 2020 and with 4 trillion USD committed to travel and tourism projects across the region, the Middle East still looks set to rival China, India, Latin America and Africa in the race to become the world's new and dominant travel hub.

Despite the recent and often severe political unrest which has broken out across the region, with tourists set to top 136 million by 2020 and with 4 trillion USD committed to travel and tourism projects across the region, the Middle East still looks set to rival China, India, Latin America and Africa in the race to become the world's new and dominant travel hub.

With this in mind we caught up with a range of Amadeus experts from across the Gulf, to get their thoughts first-hand on precisely why the Middle East is set to boom and what this means for Amadeus, its customers and the region itself.

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Our recent report, 'Securing the prize for the Middle East' , analyses the opportunities and challenges for the region, in its bid to become a dominant global travel hub, in more detail.

Full details of the report can be found on our website, here . Additionally, the infographic below – which was developed in conjunction with the report – provides a concise, visual overview of the report and our estimations for the Middle East.

middle east travel infographic
Amadeus also selected the best infographics that highlight travel trends and insights into travel technology, don’t miss the whole series here: The Future of travel  infographics 2011.

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