Tuesday 16 September 2014

Abu Dhabi targets Jordan for tourism growth

The UAE capital Abu Dhabi has the potential to become a leading intra-regional tourism destination for Jordan, according to a delegation of travel industry leaders on a recent visit to the emirate. The delegation visited many of the top attractions including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosq


Algosaibi Travel launches new online portal

A Bahrain-based travel agency has launched what it claims is a first-of-its-kind travel portal for the region, pitting it against the likes of bookings.com. “BookNow.bh only offers quick and easy access to the very best deals and travel solutions for independent travellers,


Air France strike hits European travel

Travellers face continued disruption as Air France pilots began a week-long strike in a dispute over cost cuts, but a pilots union at the last minute called off a strike planned for Tuesday at Germany's Lufthansa. Air France said it had been forced to cancel six out of 10 fli


Gulf Air launches Kuwait-Istanbul services

Gulf Air has launched twice weekly services between Kuwait and Istanbul in response to increased demand. The direct flights will start from October 2, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication. The new service will depart Kuwait In


Hawthorn Suites Dubai scoops service excellence award

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dubai has won its first “Count On Me” service excellence award from the Wyndham Hotel Group. With a special committee headed by front office manager Mustafa Hassan, the hotel organised a ‘Service Culture Week’ where the employees were


Hilton slashes prices for Eid

Hilton Worldwide, an international chain of full service hotels and resorts, is offering travellers up to 33 per cent savings on weekday and weekend stays during the Eid Al Adha holidays. The offer is valid across the 60 participating hotels and resorts in the Middle East and Africa wh


Dubai to develop $1.5bn luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah

Investment Corp of Dubai (ICD), the UAE emirate's sovereign wealth fund, will be developing a 800-room luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah at a cost of $1.5 billion in partnership with Kerzner International Holdings. The 46-storeyed Royal Atlantis Resort will boast 250 luxurious ho


Asian Tour set to swing by Dubai

The Asian Tour, the principal men's professional golf tour in the continent, will make its first foray into the Middle East with its new season-ending tournament in Dubai, UAE, in December. Under the terms of a three-year deal, the new tournament called the "Dubai Open&q


Egypt tourism 'could fully recover by end-2015'

Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval and street protests, could fully recover by the end of 2015 if current levels of stability persist, the tourism minister said. Hisham Zaazou also told Reuters in an interview that the number of tourists c


Bahrain’s revised e-visa fees implementation under way

Preparations are in full swing to implement a Bahrain’s Cabinet decision to grant citizens from 66 countries instant and e-visas and enable nationals from 102 countries to apply for e-visas online. The move is part of plans to ease entry visa procedures in a bid to attract

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