Category: Middle East

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Announce Purple Standard for Reopening and Operating Hotels

In preparation for reopening Israel to both domestic and international tourism, Israel’s Ministries of Tourism and Health have outlined the “Purple Standard”, a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for operating hotels in the country. For hotels to remain in compliance with the new procedures, they must reach and maintain several benchmarks outlined by Ministry of […]

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Tel Aviv-Yafo opens restaurants, cafes, bars & beaches

  The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality continues to help businesses in the city in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and is opening restaurants, bars and cafes next few weeks. The municipality has approached the city’s business owners and offered to expand their usage of public space in order to be able to comply with the […]

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Israel welcomes new Tourism Minister Asaf Zamir

The Ministry of Tourism held a Ministerial exchange ceremony last week to bid farewell to the outgoing Tourism Minister, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, and welcome his successor Minister MK Asaf Zamir.   Minister Yariv Levin was appointed as Tourism Minister in 2015 and has made significant changes to the tourism landscape in Israel, which has yielded […]

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Turkey has launched “Healthy Tourism Certification” Program

    Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey has initiated Healthy Tourism Certification program, which shall be applicable as of summer season of 2020. Healthy Tourism Certification, which is issued under the leadership of Ministry of Culture and Tourism and with the participation of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign […]

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Israel gradually returns to normalcy

  Due to the significant decrease in the number of active coronavirus cases in Israel in the past weeks, a press conference was held on May 4, 2020 led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Ministers.  The government presented the Israeli exit strategy from the Coronavirus crisis. The strategy includes a gradual and responsible return […]

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Ramadan 2020: Traditions and rituals amid COVID-19

Friday, April 24, 2020 marked the first day of the Holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 continuous days. It is also a time for practising increased devotion and worship in which extra hours are spent reading the Qur’an, performing Taraweeh […]

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Emirates reaffirms customer commitment with ramp up of refunds capability

Emirates has ramped up its capability to process refunds, reaffirming its commitment to customers and travel trade partners impacted by travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With nearly half a million refund requests pending to manage, the airline has taken proactive steps to restructure its backend procedures and boost resourcing to accelerate the processing […]

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Virtual Israel Series: Explore the Museums of the Holy City

The Israel Ministry of Tourism invites you to take a journey to some of the most beautiful sites in the world.  Transport yourselves to the streets of Tel Aviv, beaches of Eilat or the historical walled city of Jerusalem from the comfort of your home.  Israel has the highest number of museums (per capita) in the […]

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Arabian Travel Market moved to 2021

In light of the changing global situation relating to the COVID-19 virus, we have continued to monitor the impact it is having not just on our industry, but on society in general. Many meetings took place with the Dubai World Trade Centre and we reviewed other options to organize an event in the last quarter. […]

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Emirates SkyCargo scales up network and operations for transport of essential commodities

  Keeping up its unwavering commitment to deliver food, medical supplies and other essential commodities to markets across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo has rapidly scaled up its cargo services to connect an increasing number of global destinations. The air cargo carrier currently operates flights to 51 destinations globally, out of which […]

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