The government of Ras Al Khaimah has announced it will invest $250m into tourism projects during the next 12 months. The emirate's Tourism Development Authority (TDA) said some of the latest tourism projects include the 349-room and suite Waldorf Astoria,...
The UAE is all set to become full member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) by the end of this year, a top tourism official said. The UAE, despite being a mass tourism destination, it is the only...
Paramount Pictures has announced it will host a new themed hotel in Dubai. The resort could open its doors by 2015, Paramount Hotels and Resorts, the official licensees of Paramount, reports said. "As the official licensees of the Paramount name, we...
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abd Elnour in a surprise announcement said the number of tourists visiting Egypt during the first quarter of this year has gone 32% up from 2011. “We had 2.5 million arrivals in the first...
Marriott International has announced it will recruit more than 12,000 staff in the Middle East and Africa region over the next five years. Alex Kyriakides, the US firm’s president and MEA managing director, said the group would double its number of...
Tunisia is seeking a $1bn loan from Qatar, half of which will be used by the country's central bank, the official Tunisian news agency reported. The Gulf state has also expressed a willingness to provide 20,000 jobs to Tunisians in...
Abu Dhabi reported a rise of 17% in the number of guests in the emirate's hotels during the first quarter of 2012. According to the Department of Tourism and Culture of Abu Dhabi, 594,918 people stayed in 130 hotels...
While the UAE may not be known for a rich ecosystem, ecotourism is a growing industry in the country. The mangroves near Abu Dhabi are becoming an increasingly popular ecotourism destination in the country. While many people may think that the...
A Qatari royal family member has purchased a Greek island for €5m ($6.59m), according to reports published in local media. Citing unnamed sources, Oxia, Greek daily Ekathimerini reported that the island, spread across 1,236-acres, was initially advertised by owners the Greek-Australian Stamoulis family for...
Authorities in the UAE said The Dubai Creek is one of the six locations being considered as world heritage site. If selected, the creek would join Al Ain on the prestigious list which also includes famous wonders like The Giza...
More than a year into Arab Spring, Turkey says political uncertainty and continued violence across the Middle East is hurting its tourism sector, which expects to welcome around 30 million visitors this year. "The Arab Spring reflected both positively and negatively on...
Dubai's tourism authority announced on Sunday it is planning to open an office in Latin America to cash in visitor influx from fast-growing economies such as Brazil and Argentina. "We are looking into South America," said Hamad bin Mejren, the...
At the beginning of the millennium, Dubai set the vision to become the fastest growing tourist destination in the world. Scores of mass tourism destinations were planned and work commenced immediately after approval. The idea was to expand Dubai's...
A British online booking agency has rated Oman's hotels as the most expensive in the world in 2011. Average room rates in the Gulf state rose by 19% from US$288 per night in 2010 to $344 last year, beating the...
PRESS RELEASE           Abu Dhabi, March 15th, 2012 - Desert Islands today announced the opening of the impressive Sir Bani Yas Stables on the heritage-rich Sir Bani Yas Island in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. The state-of-the-art horse riding facility,...
Hyatt Hotels Corp witnessed an increase in quarterly profits due to increased business travel but the company fears troubling economic factors that overshadow future prospects. “There are still potential headwinds in the short-term from both Europe and a challenging financing...
TripAdvisor, one of the most internationally renown travel review websites in the world, has been asked by a British advertisement watchdog to rewrite some of its content after coming under fire from many hotels and tourist companies in the...

This week's opening of the new Green Line of the Dubai Metro has hotels hopeful at the prospect of additional foot traffic. The 22km long track costed an estimated US$8 billion Green Line and was opened on September 9. Combined...
India's national auditor said Emirates and other Middle Eastern carriers should be forced to reduce the number of flights they operate to India in order to protect state-owned Air India. A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India...
Arcmad Al-Mashtal, a 5 star hotel has recently been opened in Al-Soudania in the midst of poverty stricken Gaza Strip. The building strikes a stark contrast to its surroundings. Cross-check all the features that make a hotel a 5 star...
With the summer vacations round the corner, UAE hoteliers are gearing up to maintain high occupancy rates by offering a range of summer deals. They are primarily focusing on domestic and regional markets. The special offers being offered by the...
It is all good times for the capital city. Abu Dhabi is experiencing an increase in airline passengers and higher hotel occupancy as more visitors arrive from Russia, India and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) reported that a...
After a 30 year conflict in the country, Sri Lanka is all set to promote its earlier war prone eastern province for tourism. Both the interiors as well as the coast were inaccessible to the tourists all these years. "Eastern...
The annual festival of the Dubai Summer Surprises is all set to get underway yet again! An event which was initially launched in the summer of 1998, by the Dubai government with a view to promote Dubai as a...