Middle East/Africa

23
Mar

Top-Rated Middle East Hotels For HNWIs, 2017

According to a new report from a wealth intelligence company, New World Wealth, out-of-towners with at least Dh3.6 million ($1 million) in their bank accounts and portfolios love to vacation in some of the opulent accommodations in the UAE But for the super-rich with plenty of dirhams to spare, the one that really stands out among the thousands of hotels

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16
Mar

MENA To Receive 195m Visitors By 2030

Visitors to the MENA region will total 195 million by 2030, growing at a rate higher than the world average, according to new figures by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The rapid development of the sector will form part of the discussion at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market, which is being held from April

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16
Mar

UAE Ranks As World’s Fastest-Growing Theme Park Market

The UAE is the dominant market in the MENA region for theme park visitor spending, with spending set to grow six-fold from $105 million in 2016 to $637 million by 2020, according to a report by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. “UAE theme parks are on the cutting-edge of leveraging real-time information management technology to enhance the

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7
Mar

Abu Dhabi Airport To Be Among World’s Largest By 2019

Abu Dhabi International Airport will be one of the largest state-of-the-art airports in the world, with a capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers per year by 2019, said Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, following a tour of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) on Sunday. ”The expansion work on the airport is proceeding

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7
Mar

9 Cheapest Places For UAE Residents To Visit In 2017

With the UAE dirham soaring against a number of currencies – thanks to a strong dollar – residents in the country can expect their holiday budgets to go much further in many vacation hotspots this year. Besides, airfares for a number of destinations are forecast to decrease, as oil prices are persistently low and competition is putting pressure on some

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23
Feb

Dubai Likely To Lose ‘Shopper’s Paradise’ Status: S&P

An appreciating dollar is making it more expensive for tourists looking to shop in the UAE, and Dubai is likely to lose its coveted “shopper’s paradise” label if the currency pressure persists, says an analyst with S&P Global Ratings. The dollar has gained 20 to 25 percent in the past year, and more than 40 percent from its 2011 low.

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23
Feb

Oman Tourism Sector Forecast To Add $785m To GDP By 2026

World Travel and Tourism Council says total investment in Oman is set to hit $1.17bn by 2026. Oman’s tourism and hospitality industry is building momentum, with total investment in the sector set to hit $1.17 billion by 2026, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC also said the total contribution of travel and tourism in the

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16
Feb

Slowed Growth For Gulf Carriers?

Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar have slowed their expansion, even as debate over the carriers within the U.S. has heated up in the first few weeks of the Trump administration. Scheduling data provided by aviation data analytics company OAG shows that during the second quarter of this year Etihad will fly 4.6% more seats than it did last year,

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16
Feb

India Top Traffic Generator For Dubai In 2016

Leading the list of traffic generators to Dubai in 2016, nearly 1.8 million Indians visited the emirate, recording a 12 per cent rise over last year, the Tourism Department said. According to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), South Asian markets spanning the Indian subcontinent continued to deliver impressive volumes of both first time and repeat tourists,

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9
Feb

Al Ain Palace Museum Launches ‘My Heritage, My Responsibility’ Series

Among the sites playing host to the annual programme of cultural and artistic activities to be held in Al Ain throughout 2017 is Al Ain Palace Museum, which will host the ‘My Heritage, My Responsibility’ series on Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th. The series aims to uphold the UAE’s intangible heritage by safeguarding it and passing it on

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