Category: Middle East


Saudi Arabia to issue new tourist visas

Saudi Arabia will soon relax visa rules to allow foreign tourists to visit certain Islamic and historical sites, a senior tourism official of the country said. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, said that from this year Saudi would issue ‘Umrah-Plus’ visas, which would permit organised […]

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Qatar Airways forms strategic alliance with Kotak bank

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar has entered into a strategic partnership with Kotak Bank of India enabling debit and credit card members of the bank to enjoy exclusive savings in both Business and Economy Class to over 100 destinations served by the airline. The new partnership with Qatar Airways is […]

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Bahrain pushes culture, business and family tourism

The Kingdom of Bahrain has laid out its extensive tourism plans for 2013 that include heavy promotion of its cultural sites, marketing itself as a ‘twin destination’ in the Gulf region along with Oman and Dubai, pushing wildlife and nature tourism as well as business travel. While the short-term focus is for the GCC region, […]

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Dubai aims to be ‘world’s ultimate family destination’

Dubai is strategising its promotional campaigns and tourism plans to market itself as ‘the world’s ultimate family destination’. According to His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), who spoke to Travel News Digest at the Arabian Travel Market taking place in Dubai this week, the tourism budget has been […]

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ATM 2013 closes addressing key industry issues

The 20th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which ended May 10 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, focused on the challenges in the region’s rapidly growing tourism sector, as well as technology and developments in the industry. In his inaugural address, Emirates Chairman and President of Dubai Civil Aviation HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al […]

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Yemen sees the good times ahead

Yemen has put the bad times behind it and is looking forward to more tourism growth in 2013. The year 2011 was a tough one for the country but it now sees itself emerging and showing good potential. “While 2011 was a bad year for us, we will successfully emerge,” Yaseen Al-Eshawee, marketing officer for […]

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Dubai targets 20 million visitors and $1bn revenue

Dubai is targeting 20 million visitors a year and more than $1billion in revenue. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the roadmap that envisages to treble the annual revenue generation from tourism to Dh300 billion or U.S. $ 1 bn while […]

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UNWTO calls for more cooperation between airlines, tourist bodies

In order to ensure the growth of the global travel market, the tourism and aviation sectors must work more closely together, said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai. Speaking at the Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this week, Rifai said, “There were one billion travellers globally in 2012, yet we still see […]

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Lebanon offers visa on arrival for Indian tourists

Lebanon is now offering visas on arrival for all Indian travellers to the country. In an exclusive interview with Travel News Digest in the context of the Arabian Travel Market currently underway in Dubai, Lebanese Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said his country had started the new visa on arrival scheme two weeks ago and said […]

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed opens Arabian Travel Market

The 20th anniversary of the Arabian Travel Market opened in Dubai with an inauguration speech from HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the President, CEO and Chairman and Chairman of Civil Aviation, The Emirates Group and Dubai World. His Royal Highness cut the ribbon to officially open the sell-out event attended by more than […]

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