Category: Middle East


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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Dubai, Emirates to launch global tourism push

Hello Dubai 2013 is the name of a new campaign to be launched by the tourism Department of Dubai and Emirates Airlines to promote the city as a global destination. The campaign, which will run from April 15 to August 5, aims to increase awareness of Dubai as a tourism destination. A total of 68 […]

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Bahrain plans major tourism push this year

Bahrain is looking to expedite tourism plans this year as the government signs the multi-billion-dollar transportation infrastructure development project and Manama unveils its 2013 Arab Capital of Tourism calendar of events. The country’s proximity to Saudi Arabia, business history and international sporting and leisure attractions remain key factors in driving future tourist arrivals. The kingdom […]

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Israel back to normal with thriving tourism

  Tourists roamed happily around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem even as the rockets fell during the recent eight-day conflict with Gaza. While the Gaza operations scared some tourists away, Israel is now back to a thriving trade as normality takes hold once again in the country. Israel has an active tourism industry, which it can […]

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