Category: Middle East


Massive development of holy sites to facilitate Hajj pilgrims

In a bid to improve the facilities for Hajj pilgrims, Saudi Arabia has taken steps to set up 60,000 fireproof tents in Arafat at a cost of SR 2 billion, and expand Mina to house seven million pilgrims. Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Muhammad bin Naif has instructed the Ministry of Municipal and Rural […]

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Oman Air mulling launching budget airline

Oman Air has appointed two international consultants — Seabury and Oxford Economics — to conduct a feasibility study to start a low-cost airline. The firms will also prepare a blueprint to improve the company’s revenues, profitability and fleet expansion. “We have got in-principle approval from the government to start the low-cost carrier (LCC). The government […]

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Tourist island under construction in Bahrain

The Bahraini government has kick started the Dilmunia Island project at its al-Muharraq province. Mohamed Khalil al-Sayed, chairman of the company implementing the project, said the project is slated to be constructed on 125 hectares of land at an estimated cost of $1.6 billion. Ithmaar Development Company (IDC) is responsible for developing the entire project. […]

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Qatar and Oman issue joint tourist visa to strengthen travel growth

Qatar and Oman have signed an agreement to issue common tourist visas for visitors from 33 countries on arrival at Doha International Airport. Under this new agreement, visa holders can travel from Qatar to Oman without taking a separate visa, provided that the traveller does not go to a third country during the visit. The […]

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Lama Tours to conduct road shows in India

Lama Tours, Dubai’s premier destination management company has announced a four-day city road show in India during the second week of April in association with its delegation of partners from U.A.E. The destination management company will lead along with its partners by representing UAE attractions, hotels starting from New Delhi, followed by, Chennai, Bangalore and […]

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Dubai promotes cruise tourism at Cruise Shipping Miami 2013

For more than a decade, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has been promoting the cruise business, and recently showcased its offerings at Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM), the world’s most important and largest annual meeting for the cruise industry, at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, in the U.S. Dubai, along with 10 co-participants, […]

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Over 10 million tourists came to Dubai in 2012

Dubai welcomed more than 10 million tourists for the first time in 2012 as the country experienced a surge in visitors. Visitor arrivals were enhanced by increasing number of tourists from its largest source markets— 30% rise in tourists from Saudi Arabia and a 54% increase in Russian visitors. Overall, the emirate recorded a 9.3% […]

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Salman Khan to feature in Dubai tourism promotion

Salman Khan who is currently working in brother Sohail Khan’s film Mental in Dubai is the latest celeb to join the line of stars endorsing the international destination. Bollywood and international tourism have had a long standing agreement, when a celebrity promotes a certain country, that country in return offers complete shooting rights for that particular […]

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Qatar Airways holds emergency exercise to test airline preparedness

Qatar Airways has held its Annual Emergency Exercise to conduct a realistic assessment of the airline’s preparedness in the event of a real life aircraft emergency. The exercise involved a Qatar Airways aircraft experiencing an emergency shortly after take-off from one of its worldwide destinations. Almost 200 staff members including key senior executives and Qatar […]

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Dubai to send sms on traffic laws to Saudi tourists

The Dubai Tourism Board is taking into consideration of educating Saudi tourists on traffic laws in the UAE following violations by Saudi drivers. “The board is looking forward to notify Saudi tourists via text message about traffic rules when entering into the UAE territories,” said Hamad bin Mejren, executive director of Business Tourism, in Dubai. […]

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