UAE residents to travel visa-free within the GCC

The minister spoke of the vast tourism and hospitality sector infrastructure put in place in the UAE which ensures that when such a system is implemented the country will be ready for it. “The UAE has built an infrastructure to really accommodate all these types of tourism over the years,” he added.

“It’s always been an organic growth,” he said.

While the UAE has established itself as the leader in the tourism sector in the region, countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia are building their own infrastructure to attract global travellers. Touq said “I think competition … actually makes people innovate,” he said. “That’s something which is very healthy and important to have in the region.”