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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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Bags and Bling, Tourists Seek Bargains in Brexit Britain

By Laura Gardner Cuesta LONDON, Sept 20 –  The sharp fall in sterling since Britain voted to leave the European Union has encouraged tourists to go on a spending spree, providing a little relief for the economy as it faces an overall sharp slowdown. Foreign visitors have helped boost high street sales since the referendum

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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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U.S. Judge Bans Uber Background Check in NY Lawsuit

NEW YORK, July 25 – A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information obtained in a background check of a plaintiff bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the firm that conducted the investigation engaged in “arguably” criminal conduct. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said

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Turkish Airlines Fires Personnel After Failed Coup

ISTANBUL, July 25 – Turkey’s state-run Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew, as part of a purge at state institutions to root out supporters of an abortive coup, Turkish media reported on Monday. The dismissals at the national carrier occurred late on Sunday after it was determined the employees

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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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Drivers Take Uber to UK Tribunal in Threat to Business Model

LONDON, July 19 – Two drivers took Uber to a British employment tribunal on Tuesday, arguing that the ride service is acting unlawfully by not offering rights such as holiday and sick pay, in a test case that could force the app to change its business model. Uber, which allows users to book and pay

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“Tourists Go Home”: Spain Tourism Surge Brings Backlash

By Sarah White PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, May 30 – On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year, a new kind of graffiti has flourished: “Tourists go home”. Although still a minority protest, it points to tensions in Palma de Mallorca and elsewhere in

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