Doha has been named the Arab Tourism Capital 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organization. The news was announced at a commemoration ceremony on February 25, on Arab Tourism Day, held at the Katara Cultural Village under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani.
Ministers, ambassadors and prominent leaders from Arab nations attended the commemoration event today in Katara Cultural Village which honoured Doha with the prestigious title of Arab Tourism Capital 2023 🎉 #QatarAirways#QatarTourism pic.twitter.com/ESxDzlGoU6— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) February 25, 2023
1. Arab Tourism Capital 2023
The evaluation of cities was conducted based on a set of criteria which included tourism management, infrastructure and resources, safety and security, diversity of tourism activities, as well as preservation and protection of the environment.
Qatar’s strategic investments are aiming to achieve the country’s goal of welcoming six million visitors annually by 2030. Qatar is going to organise and host internationally renowned events, invest in hospitality offerings and expand into more specialised areas of tourism.
2. Commemoration ceremony
Doha was declared as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organization during its 25th session held at the Arab League General Secretariat Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The session was chaired by Nayef Fayez, the Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Prominent leaders including tourism ministers, ambassadors, and Visit Qatar’s brand ambassadors Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mutaz Barsham from nations represented by the Arab Tourism Organization were in attendance.
One of the industry’s most prestigious accolades is a testament of our exceptional achievements in leisure and hospitality.Akbar Al Baker, Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive
“I am proud of our city’s tireless efforts that have culminated in this honourable recognition and look forward to further cementing Doha’s position as one of the world’s most sought-after leisure destinations”, said Akbar Al Baker, Chairman of Qatar Tourism.
Apart from the official ceremony, the event included a fireworks show, performances by the first female Qatari contemporary composer Dana Alfardan, as well as a national Qatari public performance with swords and rifles, called Arda.