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IMPACT OF COVID 19 ON TOURSIM INDUSTRY OF UAESTUDENT’S NAMEPROFESSOR’S NAMECOLLEGEDATEAbstract The major source of economic stabilization in Middle East countries is oil production and export. The recent pandemic is causing turbulence to the economies of the Middle East region. A sudden drop in domestic and external demand for goods and products especially crude oil, downfall in the crude oil prices, halts in the production due to labor shortage are some of the major impacts observed in the region. Additionally, falling consumer confidence coupled with the tightened financial condition is also decreasing the economic activities in the region. The World Travel and Tourism Council have warned the COVID-19 pandemic could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. Once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover. The tourism industry currently accounts for 10% of global GDP. The UAE economy derives much from its tourism industry. Studies project the travel and tourism industry will contribute about Dh312.4 billion to the UAE’s GDP by 2027. It is apparent that the industry and its employees are the backbone of the economy. But if businesses in this industry don’t receive immediate aid from the government, the chances of them surviving the coronavirus outbreak are slim even though they were growing at a commendable rate before the outbreak (Hill, 2020). The coronavirus epidemic is putting up to 50 million jobs in the global travel and tourism sector at risk, with travel likely to slump by a quarter this year. The United Arab Emirates has implemented a travel ban on non-Emiratis residents, reduced customs fees and municipality fees, cut interest rates and is rolling out a $27 billion stimulus package to attempt to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. With tens of thousands infected across the region and thousands of lives lost, it is clear that Covid-19 will exacerbate governance failures, sectarianism, tensions between secularists and Islamists, and deepens economic cleavages within and between the states. The United Arab Emirates began implementing social distancing measures whilst the virus was still at its infancy.The impact would be felt most on the economic front as capital markets tumble, tourists evaporate in the midst of a ban on flights and lockdowns, and oil prices contract. Chinese buyers are involved in a significant portion of real estate transactions in the UAE. With China still recovering from the virus, these Chinese buyers have postponed making new purchases. Given the vast economy of UAE with its glut of property, even before the virus, this city-state is confronting economic catastrophe. With the UAE cancelling its Expo 2020 and Saudi Arabia not allowing the annual haj pilgrimage to take place, hundreds of millions of dollars were lost for both states. The UAE was expected to attract 25 million visitors to its Expo 2020 event which was to be held in October 2020. It is perhaps in tumbling oiI prices, the core export for most Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, where the greatest economic impact will be felt.Literature ReviewAuthor and Title- “Coronavirus: The world economy at risk” (OECD2020)Model – NiGEM macro modelAssumptions-Monetary policy is allowed to be endogenous. The automatic fiscal stabilizers are allowed to operate fully in all countries, implying that governments do not react to the shock by attempting to maintain a previously announced budget pathScenarios; Contained Outbreak (short lived but severe downturn in China) – Domestic demand in China and Hong Kong, China is reduced by 4% in the first quarter of 2020, and 2% in the second quarter of 2020. Global equity prices and non-food commodity prices are lowered by 10% in the first half of 2020. – Higher uncertainty is modeled via a small rise of 10 basis points in investment risk premia in all countries in the first half of 2020. This raises the cost of capital and reduces investment. Results -China GDP loss = -0.2 percentage point in 2020H1; Reduction of China import demand = -6%; World GDP is reduced by to 0.5 percentage point in 2020; Global trade declines 0.9% in 2020 (and 1.4% in first half of 2020)A “domino” scenario: broader contagion- -Domestic demand in most other Asia-Pacific economies, including Japan and Korea, and private consumption in the advanced northern hemisphere economies are reduced by 2% (relative to baseline) in the second and third quarters of 2020. – Global equity prices and non-food commodity prices are lowered by 20% in the first nine months of 2020. – Heighted uncertainty is modeled via an increase of 50 basis points in investment risk premia in all countries in 2020. Results-World GDP is reduced by up to 1 ½ per cent; World trade is declining by around 3 ¾ per cent in 2020To  carry  out  the  literature  search efficient  literature  search  techniques  and strategies  have  been  implemented  by  the researcher,  for  instance,  the  keyword  and Boolean  Operators  techniques  along  with strategies like most recent and relevant literature are selected.  The  most important technique  of literature  search  is  searching  the  important literature  with  the  help  of  keywords.  The literature  search  has  been  carried  out  in  few integral  steps  which  are  question  formulation, defining  the  key  concepts  and  keywords, selection  of  databases,  carry out a search, evaluation of  the search results, lastly  selection of  the most relevant pieces  of  literature for conducting  the  study and collecting  important information  for  the  study. For keyword searching the research, question has been broken into several parts to find out the key concepts of the study.  Then, the keywords and their entire synonyms and acronyms are used to search the essential literature. Apart from the keywords technique, the Boolean operator method is also used to search for the necessary literature for the study.  The essential secondary data has been collected from the selected literature to carry out an authentic research study on the topicResearch MethodologyWe ought to use primary data and the best way is through interviews and questionnaires. In terms of indicators, the evaluation should aim to draw on different types of indicators (i.e., latest inputs, outputs, outcomes, impacts,) to reflect the key results in the disease’s theory of change. Impact evaluations of (COVID-19) should ideally use the indicators that were selected for monitoring performance throughout the disease implementation period, and how coronavirus pandemic has spread across the UAE and the world in general. We can also employ and have links to data collection instruments, including surveys, for assessing COVID-19-relevant Behavioral and Social Science (BSSR) domains for clinical or population research where participants will voluntarily give their feedback. We would also observe COVID-19 related Lifestyle Change (work, sleep, school, testing positive, family, and exercise) and how this has impacted tourism and travel in the UAE. Analyze disruption to daily activities and social interactions–how the pandemic has impacted routines, social activities and interactions. Financial Hardship—how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected finances and created and/or exacerbated financial hardships reduced both local and international tourists. Scrutinize perceived benefits; how experiences with the pandemic have led to any perceived benefit or positive contribution and counter the opposite too. Functional social support; access how availability and use of social resources during the pandemic has impacted the tourism industry. Finally, access perceived stress management and ability to manage stress and how this has influenced ability to implement skills to manage pandemic related stressors. We would also look at trends in social media platforms and media houses for this data.The QuestionnaireCOVID-19 IMPACT ON TOURISM QUESTIONNAIRE What is the name of your company?What is your line of business?How is your company affected by the coronavirus pandemic?Your feedback matters and will help inform assistance from Governments and Donors.This anonymous survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.The, World Travel and Tourism Council, appreciates your participation during this difficult time. Which country is your company based in? To quickly find your country, click on the combo -box to expand it and start typing the first letters of your country. A match will quickly appear. [Select an answer] Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Antarctic Territories British Indian Ocean Territories British Virgin Islands Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Chinese Taipei Christmas Islands Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Cook Islands Costa Rica Côte d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Eswatini Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Polynesia French South Antarctic Territories Gabon Gambia (Republic of The) Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong, China Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Lithuania Luxembourg Macao, China Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia (Federated States of) Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherland Antilles Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island North Macedonia Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Republic of Korea Republic of Moldova Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Helena Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka St. Pierre and Miquelon Sudan South Sudan Suriname Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania United States Minor Outlying Islands United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Wallis and Futuna Islands Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe How have your business operations been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? If yes, how? Not affected Slightly affected Moderately affected Strongly affected Example of effects: Do you think there is a risk that your business will permanently shut down because of this crisis, and if so, when could this closure occur? 1 month or less 3 months 6 months or more Business closure not envisaged Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected the ability to purchase inputs for your enterprise and/or sell outputs?(multi-select) Difficulty accessing inputs domestically Difficulty importing inputs from abroad Lower domestic sales to consumers Lower domestic sales to businesses Increased domestic sales Difficulty exporting Improved exporting Don’t know Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected your enterprise in any of the following ways?(multi-select) Temporary shutdown Employee absences due to sickness or childcare Clients not paying their bills Reduced logistics services Reduced certification services New problems with infrastructure, e.g. internet or roads Increased administrative bottlenecks Reduced investment None of the above Other, please specify: Don’t know Have you adopted any of the following strategies to cope with the crisis?(multi-select) Temporarily reduced employment Laid off employees Loaned employees to other enterprises Teleworking Rescheduling of bank loans Increase marketing efforts Online sales Customized / new products Started sourcing from new suppliers Filed for bankruptcy Other, please specify: None Please select the top three government measures that would be most helpful as you cope with the COVID crisis. Employment programs (e.g. temporary unemployment programs or social security waivers) Financial programs, such as low interest credit line or credit guarantees Tax waivers or temporary tax breaks Reduction of tariffs on imported inputs Rent subsidies Cash transfers Support to self-employed Other services, please specify: How easy is it to access information and benefits from government COVID-related SME assistance programs? Very easy Easy Standard Difficult Very difficult How many full-time employees does the business have? 0 1-4 5-19 20-99 100-249 250 and more What is the main sector of activity of the business? And what does it involve? Agriculture Mining and natural resources Agri-food processing Non-food manufacturing Retail and wholesale Travel and transport Accommodation and food services Information technology Finance Other services, please specify: What is the gender of the top manager of the business? Female Male Don’t know What is the age of the top manager of the business? 34 years and younger 35 years of age and older Don’t know Is this establishment currently registered with or licensed by a national authority? Yes, registered business Freelancing/independent/consultant No, unregistered business Do not know Does the business participate in international trade? If yes, what other countries? No, we buy and sell within our country only We import but do not export We export but do not import We export and import Please provide your email address if you would like to receive a copy of the report based on the responses to this survey and agree to be contacted by the International Trade Centre about future opportunities in your country. Your data will be kept confidential. email: Research ObjectivesThe objective of this study is to measure the impact of the occurrence of Covid-19 on the tourism industry in United Arab Emirates.The report will cover:A comprehensive research methodology of the pre and post-COVID-19 impact on the UAE economy based on tourism.A detailed and extensive tourism market overview with key analyst insights.An exhaustive analysis of macro and micro factors influencing the tourism market guided by key recommendations.Analysis of regional regulations and other government policies impacting the UAE economy in regards to tourism.Insights about international tourism market determinants which are stimulating the UAE economy.Detailed and extensive tourism market segments with regional distribution of forecasted revenues.Extensive profiles and recent developments of market players in the tourism industry.Data Analysis and InterpretationPrior to the outbreak, airlines had planned to increase seat capacity in 2020 by 3.5%(International by 3.2% and domestic by 3.7%), compared to 2019. According to the latest estimates, passenger seat capacity could instead drop from the above Baseline by 32% to 59% (international by 38% to 71% and domestic by 28% to 51%). This capacity level would be 30% to 58% (international 36% to 70% and domestic 25% to 49%) below the 2019 level.Biggest capacity reduction (%) is expected to be in Europe, followed by Africa and Middle East.To prop up the economy, the UAE Central Bank has announced a $27bn support plan for banks, while Dubai has announced $409m in direct stimulus for the energy, trade, retail and tourism sectors. Individual government-related entities have also begun issuing support packages for their business partners and suppliers. According to Aljazeera, recent travel restrictions imposed to curtail the outbreak could pose a very serious risk as well to the hospitality and tourism industry in the UAE, which is set to host Expo 2020 in Dubai and attract a staggering 11 million tourists to the area. Predictions like these, however, are largely speculative. As it stands, the city’s financial sector is still performing well, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) saw a growth of 2.9 percent in 2019, and there is no indication that passenger numbers have declined. The UAE has adopted a series of policies that appear to have prevented a full-scale outbreak on its territory as well as preserve its vital commercial ties to Asia. While many nations around the world have seen both, medical and economic fallout in recent weeks, with Southeast Asia being dealt a serious blow, the UAE’s balanced approach is one that can and should be replicated.Fig: Global Economic Effects of COVID-19 Fig: Projected Government Fiscal Balances Relative to GDP In percent shares of Gross Domestic ProductFig: Gross Domestic Product, Percent ChangeTravel and TourismAir transportation is an important source of revenue for the UAE, being home to Emirates, the world’s largest long haul airline, as well a center for other major regional carriers such as Etihad Airways and Air Arabia. According to a 2019 report from the International Air Transport Association, air transportation accounted for $19.3 billion, or around 5% of the U.A.E’s GDP last year. Tourism doubles this figure. The World Travel and Tourism Council had travel and tourism accounting for over 11% of the U.A.E’s GDP in 2018. All airlines will have to contend with cancellations as further flight restrictions come into effect. With global travel almost certain to be severely disrupted well into Q2 of 2020, this is definitely a key part of the U.A.E’s economy that will take a hit. Shares in Air Arabia fell to lows of 1.08AED during Monday’s trading session before recovering slightly in the following days. They are currently down more than 30% year-to-date.Flights halted- A given hotel, which has reduced staffing to 20%, is among hundreds of similar establishments facing similar strains in Dubai, where tourism accounts for more than 11% of GDP and supports the retail, transport and construction sectors. The hotel put 300 employees on unpaid leave and shut its pool bar and beach club, after the pandemic hit global travel and led the United Arab Emirates to close most public venues. The World Travel & Tourism Council said Dubai was the third largest city in the world in attracting direct international tourism spending, with $28 billion in 2019. More than 16 million tourists visited the city last year, the government said. State-owned Emirates airline, which posted 862 million dirhams ($234.70 million) in profits in the first half of 2019, halted passenger flights even before the UAE suspended all passenger flights, except evacuations trips. Dubai is the most vulnerable Middle East economy to coronavirus travel curbs and state firms could be forced into a debt restructuring or seek help from UAE capital Abu Dhabi. Dubai’s debt burden is at around $135 billion (125% of GDP), almost half due before end-2024, Capital Economics estimates. Abu Dhabi last year rolled over for a second time a $10 billion loan made to Dubai in the global credit crisis, which saw Dubai’s real estate market crash. This is generally bad for the economy of UAE. Hotel occupancy rates in the UAE, a federation of seven emirates, were down 28.2% year-on-year in the first week of March, while revenue per available room was down 43%, preliminary data from analytics specialist STR showed. The spread of the disease is also putting at risk the EXPO 2020 world fair which Dubai is preparing to host from October, with a target of 20 million tourists. “We can confirm that some of our properties in the Middle East have temporarily closed,” Marriott International said in a statement to Reuter Chinese tourists, who until recently thronged the city’s main tourist attractions, are largely absent. Shopping malls in the city are noticeably quieter and taxi drivers lament a lack of customers. Hotels have slashed rates in a bid to sustain occupancy, with some reportedly asking staff to take leave to cut costs through the downturn. Technically the outbreak has prompted the cancellation or postponement of a host of other events in the UAE, from music festivals and business conferences to Art Dubai, the Gulf’s most prominent art fair.Possible Solutionsfrom the government after the pandemic to help boost the tourism industry will be:a) The government should provide cash loans equivalent to a minimum of three months of working capital. The release of these funds can be micromanaged based on a month-on-month analysis of the budget.b) The government should waive mortgages, loans, and credit card payments for at least three months until the industry recovers from the pandemic. They should also do the same with credit card repayments.c) Companies would be applicable for zero visa cost if they hire any new employees in the next six months. This will be a boon for the looming high unemployment rate.d) The cost to renew licenses would be waived off for this year.e) Utility and housing fees could be cut by half for vacation rental homes, which will allow investors to save money to survive these tough times.The Abu Dhabi Government has also announced the suspension of tourism and municipality fees for the tourism and entertainment sectors until the end of this year. Restaurants are authorized to resume activity with 30% capacity since April 24th.ConclusionSmall businesses have played a huge role in creating and maintaining the successful UAE economy, with vacation rentals being in top form. Dubai is hosting the Expo 2020 on October 20, 2020. If these businesses aren’t given the support they need, they will most likely not be around. The UAE government has always supported the SME industry, which has helped it soar to great heights of success, and it is our belief they will continue as such. 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