Arabian Travel Market
VenueDubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Dubai World Trade Centre
Coordinates25°13′32″N 55°17′20″E / 25.2256°N 55.2888°E / 25.2256; 55.2888
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Most recent2014
Participants83 countries
Area25,000 m2
Organised byReed Exhibitions
WebsiteArabian Travel Market

Arabian Travel Market, known as ATM, is a travel and tourism event, organized annually in Dubai to provide a platform for inbound and outbound tourism professionals in the Middle East and gives information on tourism destinations, accommodation options, tourism attractions and aviation industry[1] in the Middle East and around the world. The event is organized by Reed Exhibitions.


The event, inaugurated in 1994[2] and was hosted at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is aimed at industry and government decision-makers and provides industry news, products and educational content. in the 2014, the event attracted 2,700 exhibitors from 83 countries, 68 national pavilions and about 21,000 trade visitors from 157 countries.[3] It covered about 25,000 sq. metres of exhibition space and is widely regarded as the largest international tourism and hospitality event in the region.[4]

The event has been attended by global companies like Google, Mövenpick, both sponsors of the 2013 edition of the event,[5] Emirates, Lazio and Alitalia.[6] It has also featured on the World Tourism Organization UNWTO calendar.[7]

The Arabian Travel Market hosted the first ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit as part of its line-up of special focus event which will feature three interactive seminar sessions covering the big picture, halal destination strategies and how to sell halal travel, led by leading Muslim travel industry experts including Faeez Fadhlillah, Co-Founder & CEO, Salam Standard & Tripfez; Nabeel Shariff, Founder and Director of Serendipity Tailormade and Luxury Halal Travel.[8]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arabian Travel Market's organizers announced that the 2020 exhibition, which had originally been scheduled for 19-22 April but had been moved to 28 June-1 July 2020, would be cancelled for 2020.[9]

The event returned to an in-person event in 2021, taking place from 16-19 May 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.[10] The next edition is set to take place from 9-12 May 2022.[11]

Awards and recognitions

Bird's eye view of Palm Island
Bird's eye view of Palm Island

ATM won the World Travel Awards, generally considered as the Oscars of the travel industry,[12] for the years, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.[13][14][15][16] It was at the Arabian Travel Market in 2001, the concept of Palm Islands was revealed.[17]

The event recognizes the achievements in the travel and tourism industry by way of Arabian Travel Market awards, distributed annually.[18] It also offers an award, the New Frontier Award, to recognise outstanding contributions to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity, supporting the chosen destination by donating exhibition space at the event to the value of US$10,000.[19][20]


  1. ^ Aviation to come under spotlight at Arabian Travel Market. Breaking Travel News. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "History of the Show". Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  3. ^ Cleofe Maceda (04 May 2014). ATM to further promote Dubai as top destination. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. ^ Sarah Algethami (05 May 2014). Arabian Travel Market opens in Dubai. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ Google heads for Arabian Travel Market. Breaking Travel News. (18 March 2013). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  6. ^ Gianfranco Nitti (14 May 2014). Lazio back at Arabian travel market. The Italian Insider. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. ^ Arabian Travel Market. World Tourism Organization UNWTO. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Arabian Travel Market to welcome first Global Halal Tourism Summit". Breaking Travel News. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  9. ^ Rashid, Zaheena; Alsaafin, Linah; Gadzo, Mersiha (19 April 2020). "Protests over coronavirus lockdowns in US, Brazil: Live updates". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on 19 April 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Final preparations in place for Arabian Travel Market 2021 in-person event in Dubai as new dawn beckons for travel & tourism industry | WTM Global Hub". 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  11. ^ "Arabian Travel Market returns to Dubai with 1,500 exhibitors, representatives from 112 destinations, and an anticipated 20,000 attendees | WTM Global Hub". 2022-04-26. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  12. ^ 2014 World Travel Awards Press Releases. World Travel Awards. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  13. ^ Middle East's Leading Travel Exhibition 2012. World Travel Awards. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  14. ^ Middle East's Leading Travel Exhibition 2011. World Travel Awards. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  15. ^ Middle East's Leading Travel Exhibition 2010. World Travel Awards. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  16. ^ Middle East's Leading Travel Exhibition 2009 World Travel Awards. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  17. ^ Jim Krane (2009). Dubai: The Story of the World's Fastest City. Atlantic. ISBN 978-1-84887-007-9.
  18. ^ Ritz Carlton, Riyadh gets 2 awards at ATM. Arab News. Retrieved 20 July 2014
  19. ^ New Frontiers Award 2013 shortlist announced Archived May 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Arabian Travel Market (28 March 2013). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  20. ^ Arabian Travel Market names India as recipient of New Frontiers Award 2014. Arabian Travel Market. Retrieved 20 July 2014.

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