Tourism professionals across the Middle East are looking to to increase their share of the $168 billion global outbound Chinese tourism market, the world’s largest for the past four years, through a number of travel incentives including visas on arrival for Chinese nationals visiting Qatar and the UAE and more Cantonese and Mandarin speaking staff.

Initiatives such as the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture have also helped boost the profile of Arab states, and 13 Chinese cities are connected to Dubai with more than 100 weekly flights.

Nearly 60 million Chinese nationals travelled abroad in the first half of 2016 and 62 million in the second half, and Abu Dhabi plans to attract 600,000 Chinese tourists a year by 2021.

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