About the Regional Department for the Middle East

About the Regional Department for the Middle East

The Regional Representation for the Middle East is in charge of the Organization's activities in this region.


Technical cooperation programmes form an integral part of UNWTO's activities in the Middle East region in the field of tourism within the UN system or through other channels.

The Regional Representation also strives to meet the specific needs of the National Tourism Authorities, and local authorities and tourism enterprises in the region, and to conduct seminars and conferences on topics of interest to the tourism industry, including courses on tourism human resource development. (Meetings and Seminars)

Technical Cooperation Projects

They are usually of long duration and aim to assist Governments in acquiring technical know-how in formulation of tourism policies and strategies in planning, product development, marketing and human resource development.

The projects are based on a policy of sustainability and focus on tourism master planning at all levels, establishment of tourism training institutes, formulation and regulations, preparation of marketing programmes, and national capacity building.

Sectoral Support Missions

These missions are of shorter duration and are carried out at the request of countries or groups of countries to identify, evaluate and describe specific technical assistance needs and provide policy advice. They usually result in direct UNWTO recommendation reports to Members or in formulating further project proposals for funding by UNDP and/or other financing sources.