IN PICS: Arabian Travel Market
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum on Tuesday opened this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region's largest travel and tourism trade exhibition being held in Dubai. Sheikh Ahmed, Dubai Civil Aviation president and Emirates Group chairman and CEO, is greeted with flowers by a young girl during the opening ceremony. Sheikh Ahmed tours ATM, which this year entered its 15th year at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Exhibitors and visitors line up to register for the expo. People mill around the main concourse early on Tuesday morning, before the crowds descended on the expo later in the day. An exhibitor takes pictures of the impressive stands that filled the centre. This year ATM has 2,208 exhibitors, its largest ever exhibitor base. Busy visitors check out their schedules. Etihad had a Ferrari F1 race car on its stand. The airline is one of the motor racing giant's official sponsors. A model plane on the stand of Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier. A visitor checks out on of the many impressive models on show at ATM. This year's ATM includes exhibitors from 70 different countries. A shot of the Etihad stand. The airline said last week it is looking at several major sponsorship deals in the US, Australia and China as it looks to expand its global appeal. People mill around the Marriott stand. The US hotel chain said last month it plans to double its Middle East portfolio over the next three years. Nakheel wows visitors with an acrobatic display to promote one of its new developments. A few of the new residents of Dubailand were on show at ATM this year.