Growing Tourist Influx from the UAE

The tourist influx from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Cyprus is on the rise, according to Deputy Minister of Tourism, Costas Koumis. He emphasized the need for the tourism sector to pay increased attention to Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Koumis led a Cypriot delegation at the Arabian Travel Market 2024 in Dubai, accompanied by industry partners. During the event, he met with travel agencies and airlines to discuss enhancing tourist flows from the UAE and the Middle East to Cyprus and improving air connectivity between Cyprus and this region. Meetings included high-level discussions with executives from airlines such as Jazeera Airways (Kuwait), Gulf Air (Bahrain), and Air India.

Strategic Importance of the Gulf Market

Following these meetings, Koumis described the tourism market of the Gulf countries as “extremely interesting” and highlighted its importance for future development. “Last year, the number of tourists arriving from the UAE increased by 14%, and we are pleased to see significant growth potential this year,” he stated. The discussions focused on prospects for the coming years, starting from 2025, with a particular interest in both Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Targeting Indian Tourists

Koumis emphasized Cyprus’s interest in attracting tourists from India, though he noted that this would largely depend on airline cooperation. The meetings underscored the potential for increased tourism from India, considering the substantial population and growing middle class in the country.

Participation in AIM Congress 2024

Additionally, Koumis participated in the XIII Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) Congress 2024 in Abu Dhabi, where the focus was on adapting to the evolving investment landscape and leveraging global economic development opportunities. The event was held under the patronage of UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, with whom Koumis had a private meeting.


As Cyprus continues to expand its tourism outreach to the Middle East and Asia, the efforts of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism are pivotal. With strategic partnerships and enhanced air connectivity, Cyprus aims to become a preferred destination for tourists from these regions.

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