Barbados wooing tourists from United Arab Emirates

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Red Carpet being rolled out to welcome visitors from wider Middle East

In an Our Today follow-up, Barbados is currently wooing tourists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a deliberate strategy targeting the Middle East as a major tourist source market. 

To this extent, the Caribbean territory is rolling out the welcome carpet to visitors from the UAE. Having recently established a diplomatic presence in the UAE, Barbados representatives, including the first ever Ambassador to the UAE, Gabriel Abed and Invest Barbados Chief Executive Officer Kaye-Anne Brathwaite, recently participated in the opening of Expo 2021 Dubai. 

In a message to people from the UAE, Abed said his homeland was a welcoming place open to people who were keen to work and play. 

“Barbados is known for its culture, its sports, it’s music, it’s entertainment and its lifestyle. Barbados is an ideal place for Emiratis to come and visit because it’s such a familiar environment with year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and amazingly friendly people.”

Barbados Ambassador to the UAE Gabriel Abed

In his message, aimed at potential visitors from the Middle East, Abed said: “Barbados is one of the most beautiful nations in the world, our people are incredibly friendly, they are welcoming, our shores are made up of crystal clear blue waters and white sands. It’s one of the most idealistic places to come and take a vacation and to relax, but it’s also an environment for work beyond just play.”

He emphasised that “Barbados is known for its culture, its sports, it’s music, it’s entertainment and its lifestyle. Barbados is an ideal place for Emiratis to come and visit because it’s such a familiar environment with year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and amazingly friendly people. Come and visit us in Barbados”.

Invest Barbados officials reported that Expo Dubai provided the “unique opportunity” for Barbados to connect with the UAE, “while also providing opportunities to engage with the rest of the world in one location, showcasing who we are, where we want to be and our journey to get there”.

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