Representatives from Ras Al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Air Arabia organized a Kuwait Trade dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 20 October. The delegation included Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Haitham Mattar, Air Arabia Country Manager Omar Matar, Air Arabia Group Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications Housam Raydan and Ras Al Khaimah Business Development Manager Mohammed Khater .
Following a presentation to the gathering on the travel opportunities at Ras Al-Khaimah and the reasons behind its growing attraction as a travel destination, members of the delegation stressed on the destination’s entertainment value, ease of travel and other benefits. They also extended invitations for collaboration through workshops, trade dinners and high-level meetings with the local travel and tourism industry.
Explaining in his speech that Ras Al-Khaimah was the perfect getaway for leisure, adventure and luxury travel, Mr. Mattar added that visitors have access to idyllic beaches and resorts, a range of adventure activities including water sports, mountain climbing and kayaking, as well as a diverse selection of international gourmet experiences and indulgent world-class spas.
In his speech at the gathering, the country manager of Air Arabia said that the roadshow was the first step in enhancing relationships, forging partnerships and increasing recognition of Ras Al Khaimah as a model tourism destination. This was in line with Ras Al Khaimah’s new strategy of targeting one million tourists by 2018.
On a similar vein, Air Arabia Group Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications Housam Raydan noted that Kuwait was among the first of the five destinations for Air Arabia when operations started in October 2003. Since then, there are 30 direct flights a week to Kuwait by Air Arabia including 21 from Sharjah, four from Alexandria, and four from Amman. He expects the number to reach 55 aircraft by the year 2017.
In accordance with their intention to build a mutually beneficial relationship between Kuwait and the UAE, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Air Arabia delegation met with the Director of Government Affairs at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khaled Youssef Al-Manna and the Chairman of the Kuwait Travel and Tourism Agencies Association Khaled Mohammad Al-Hamad. The delegation and Kuwaiti officials discussed prospective areas for partnership and outlined plans for possible investments in the emirate’s tourism proposals.