The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan is keen to boost its tourist numbers from this region.
This is evident from key initiatives carried out such as regional roadshows and familiarization trips to showcase the destination.
Industry reports suggest that tourism from this region to Azerbaijan is slowly and steadily, carving a niche for itself among residents and locals alike.
Plans from the ministry are also in place to conduct more roadshows in other GCC countries to increase awareness on the destination. An overview of the destination suggests that Azerbaijan has all the necessary ingredients of a tourist-friendly country: people, rich cultural, historic and religious diversity, natural scenery, halal foods, and many more.
These factors work well as an option for a summer getaway from the Middle East. It is to be known that 9 out of the 11 world climatic zones are found in this country, which is just a two and a half -hour flight from Dubai.
The flight options from Dubai are available with flyDubai. Azerbaijan borders the Caspian Sea thus showcasing a coastline which extends over 800 km. This is ideal for beach enthusiasts.
Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital is a modern-day cosmopolitan city filled with architecture, landscape design, alleys and cafes with a contemporary European feel. Millions of tourists visit Azerbaijan every year to visit the UNESCO heritage sites or bask in the unique medical spa therapy (Naftalan oil has healing qualities having no analogue in the world) and the mud volcanoes (More than 350 out of the 800 mud volcanoes are found in Azerbaijan).
There are several activities on offer such as fishing, hunting and other activities for adventure in Shahdag, Guba and Gabala. Azerbaijan also boasts eight national parks.
The country offers safety and security with a growing number of hotels; current statistics show more than 500 hotels in service. The most popular hotels in Baku are the likes of Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott, Hilton, Jumeirah and Kempinski.
Accessibility to Azerbaijan from the GCC region is easy for nationals from UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia who can get their visas on arrival. Other nationalities can apply for visas online in advance of travel, and get them stamped on arrival at the airport.