tourism

ADVERTORIAL: Sobha Hartland, Your Luxury Destination

Sobha Group is a multinational, multi-product group with developments and investments in U.A.E., Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Brunei and India. Founded in 1976 by a first generation Omani entrepreneur, PNC Menon as an interior decoration firm under the name of Services and Trade Company in Muscat, Oman, the group has grown into one of

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The Dubai Effect

The emirate leads regional hospitality and tourism sectors with new attractions and innovative products By Yahia Idris With the latest opening of the Dubai Water Canal and the developments surrounding it, the emirate has once again proved to the world that a leadership with a vision will continue to set top-tier achievements and create breathtaking

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Arabs Flee Gulf Heat for Alpine Idyll, Despite Talk of Veil Ban

By Kirsti Knolle ZELL AM SEE, Austria, Sept 14  – While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis”, a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in Islamic dress tip-toeing over its pristine summer snow. Zell am See’s high mountains, dense forests and

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Thailand’s First Halal Hotel Hopes to Help Boost Muslim Arrivals

BANGKOK, Aug 30  – Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data. The

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Global Tourism GDP Resilient This Year, but Woes for France, Turkey

BERLIN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Travel and tourism will contribute less than previously forecast to the economies of France, Turkey and Brazil this year, hit by attacks, political and economic turmoil, though globally the sector is resilient, the World Travel and Tourism Council said. Brazil is hosting the Olympic Games this year but its travel

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Paris Tourism Lost 750 mln Euros after Attacks

PARIS, Aug 23 – Daesh attacks, strikes and floods kept foreign tourists away from the French capital in the first half of the year and cost the Paris region tourism industry some 750 million euros ($849.38 million) in lost revenue, officials said on Tuesday. “It’s time to realise that the tourism sector is going through

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Gulf Tourism Frenzy in Bosnia Delights Business, Polarises Locals

By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO, Aug 21 – Abdulah Al Sanousi enjoys the breeze in the lush resort outside Sarajevo where his family bought a flat to escape the summer heat at home in Kuwait, one of thousands of new Gulf buyers whose investment has polarized local opinion. They discovered mountainous Bosnia, where half the population

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Afghan Tourism Bring Reward as Well as Risk; Government Urges Caution

By Josh Smith and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Aug 5 – When police stopped a van that was travelling across centralAfghanistan to the western city of Herat, they were in for a big surprise: it was full of Western tourists. The visitors’ presence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries made headlines on Thursday after

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Morocco: Souk Up The Rays

Morocco’s most exciting city even has some peaceful hideaways BY Graham Boynton An hour after my plane lands at Marrakech’s gleaming, modern international airport, I find myself stuck in a huge traffic jam. My taxi inches forward, navigating donkey carts, pedestrians with towering bundles on their shoulders, battered saloon cars from the 1950s, camels, horse-drawn

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Six Flags Entertainment Seeks to Open Saudi Theme Parks

DUBAI, June 20 – U.S. theme park company Six Flags Entertainment Corp plans to expand to Saudi Arabia, its chief financial officer told Saudi-owned Arabiya TV on Monday, bringing roller coasters and bumper cars to the ultra-conservative kingdom. “We’re very honored to be provided with an opportunity to enter into a partnership to bring Six

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