UAE residents lead Arab world in travel to Japan: Poll

Dr. Akima Umezawa, center, the consul-general of Japan in Dubai, receives a hardcopy of the Arab News-YouGov poll from Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas, left, and Ali Itani, regional manager of Arab News Japan.
Updated 06 November 2019

UAE residents lead Arab world in travel to Japan: Poll

  • Japanese Consul-General in Dubai hails Arab News efforts in bridging communication gap

DUBAI: Residents of the UAE lead the way among Arabs polled as the most likely to have traveled to Japan, an influential regional survey has revealed.

The YouGov poll commissioned by Arab News as part of the recent launch of its Japan edition, shows that Arab residents of the UAE are more likely than the average Arab to have visited Japan.

With 13 percent of UAE residents having visited Japan, it is by far the highest percentage out of the 18 Arab countries polled, where the average for all Arab respondents having visited was 4 percent. More than 80 percent of UAE respondents said they would like to visit Japan, with 74 percent saying they would be interested in traveling to Japan to visit world heritage sites, 47 percent to enjoy Japanese food and 46 percent to experience Japanese traditional arts.

More than 60 percent of UAE respondents said they see the Japanese as hardworking, 48 percent said they are organized, and 42 percent said they are punctual.

In attendance at the event in Dubai on Tuesday were members of the Emirati and Japanese communities, government officials, media and business executives. (AN photo)

The UAE-specific findings of the survey were presented at a reception in Dubai hosted at his official residence by Dr. Akima Umezawa, the Consul-General of Japan in Dubai. Members of the Emirati and Japanese communities were invited, as were government officials, the media and prominent business executives.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Umezawa highlighted the importance of the study and congratulated Arab News on the launch of its Japan edition.

“I hope it will be a bridge between Japan and the Arab region in general, and Japan and Saudi Arabia in particular,” he said.

“We, Arabs and Japan, are very special. In the 1970s and 1980s, ‘Made in Japan’ products expanded in the Arab market. However, there is still a missing link, but with Arab News Japan established we have opened another page where we can have direct news from the Arab region.”

A young Japanese girl plays violin at the event.

Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas said: “We at Arab News, in cooperation with our research partners YouGov, are delighted to be contributing to a better understanding between Japan and the Arab world, and especially with the UAE.

“The poll shows an overwhelmingly positive perception of Japan, but also a number of inaccurate ideas that we hope we can rectify with our online edition Arab News Japan, which was launched in Tokyo on October 21.”

Abbas said Arab News had been “humbled” by the warm welcome in Tokyo for its Japan edition, and he added: “This is not the end, but just the beginning.”

He said: “Our pledge to you is that we will continue to be passionate about this great relationship.

“This project is about building bridges, in honor of the relationship we have with Japan. It’s recognizing that we need our Japanese friends as much as the Japanese need us.”

The Arab News YouGov survey was based on online interviews with 3,033 Arabic speakers from 18 Arab countries.

Arab News Japan was launched on October 21st in conjunction with the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

The launch was held under the patronage of Tokyo’s Gov. Yuriko Koike, with keynote speeches from Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono and Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majed Al-Qasabi.

UAE airports screen passengers from China amid coronavirus outbreak

Updated 26 January 2020

UAE airports screen passengers from China amid coronavirus outbreak

  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports confirmed thermal screening had begun for people on direct flight from China
  • The death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 56 on Sunday morning, with the number of infected people also rising to almost 2000

DUBAI: Major airports in the UAE started screening passengers arriving from China over the weekend, as countries continued to step up precautions against the spread of the viral outbreak.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports confirmed thermal screening had begun following directives from the UAE’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Health.

“All passengers arriving on direct flights from the People’s Republic of China must receive thermal screening at the gate upon arrival and be provided with informational leaflets,” the Dubai Airports said in a statement.

The check-ups will be held at “secured, closed gates” by airport medical teams and the Dubai Health Authority, according to Dubai Airports, assuring it “will continue to provide medical teams with any and all support that may be required.”

The Abu Dhabi International Airport also released a six-point list of “preventive tips” for people travelling to China.

UAE officials earlier confirmed there were no cases of coronavirus in the country, adding it was “in constant touch with the World Health Organization (WHO) to find out latest updates, recommendations and procedures taken in this matter.”

“The health situation poses no grounds for concern and the ministry is closely following up on the situation to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” said the National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics in a statement.

The death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 56 on Sunday morning, with the number of infected people also rising to almost 2000, according to Chinese authorities.

The contagion remained centered on the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan, but more than a dozen other cities in the province have been locked down in fears of further spreading.

The previously unknown virus has caused global concern because of its similarity to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pathogen, which killed hundreds across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.