Egypt reassured on Tuesday that beach tourism is here to stay, adding that any Islamic investment in the sector would complement but not replace resorts that are part of an industry vital to the nascent democratic nation. The Muslim Brotherhood-led...
A cruise on the Arabian Sea in a moonlit night is becoming a reality thanks to a joint venture between a leading German tour operator and Sri Lankan travel company, reports coming from Muscat said on Tuesday. Diethelm Travel Sri...
Visitors from the oil rich Gulf nations are arriving in the UK capital in great numbers, staying for up to a month in their preferred district of Mayfair and block-booking a bunch of top-tier suites and apartments, a Reuters report...
Hotels in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah posted record revenues in July during the month of Ramadan, latest industry figures show. According to STR Global, hotels in Makkah reported the biggest increase in performance with revenue per available...
The global tourism industry is gearing up for a projected boom in travellers from the Muslim world over the next decade, experts say. Number of Muslim tourists - especially from the oil-rich Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi...
The Middle East North Africa region posted a positive performance result in June 2012 despite lingering economic concerns, a global travel research firm said on Tuesday. The region's occupancy increased 8.7% to 58.2% during the month while its average daily rate...
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) revealed tourist arrivals from other GCC member states rose by 22% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, the Oxford Business Group said in its report on Wednesday. The tiny gas-rich nation saw an increase of...
Egyptian tourism minister said on Tuesday he expected more than 12 million tourists to arrive in the country by the end of 2012, a 23% rise over the previous year, denying suggestions that the election of a new Islamist president would...
Turkish luxury hotel chain Rixos unveiled plans to open five new hotels in the Middle East and North Africa region as part of its global expansion strategy. The new properties will be opening in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the UAE,...
Jordan is welcoming tourists from abroad with its vibrant music, fascinating art festivals, stunning landscapes, ancient ruins and a mouthwatering cuisine amid soaring political tension in the country and simmering unrest in neighbouring Syria and Lebanon. According to Jordanian Minister...
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust Time and space bear no relevance, in the midst of such majestic imposing grace. These endless monuments of nature, bear the epiteths...
Two years after buying the British luxury retailer from the Mohamed Al-Fayed family trust, Qatar Holding LLC announced on Tuesday its plans of opening Harrods-branded hotels in top cities around the world. An arm of the Qatar Investment Authority which has around $100bn...
According to tourism data released on Monday, hotels and hotel apartments throughout Abu Dhabi continued their upward trend, receiving 12% more guests in May compared to same month last year. The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority's monthly figures suggest some 192,374 guests...
Local businesses in the UAE are rallying support to put pressure on credit cards such as Platinum, Titanium, Black and Infinite in retaliation to a rise in commission fees from Network International, Visa, MasterCard and banks. The current commission figure...
About 3 million pilgrims will arrive in Makkah for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in October, many of them coming from a wealthy background. To cater to their need for luxury accommodation, hotel investment companies, including InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Starwood...
Lebanon launched an international media campaign to attract tourists to one of the most favourite summer destinations in the Middle East. The move comes at a time when the Mediterranean nation is facing a decrease in tourism due to the...
The home to the world's tallest skyscraper is also the Middle East's top destination this year with 7.9 million visitors, according to an index released by global credit card company MasterCard on Monday. Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital, was...
The Jordan Tourism Board announced it aims to increase the number of tourists to the country by 30% by the end of 2015. Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), hoped the number of tourists...
Lebanon is witnessing an exodus of Western and Gulf tourists following warnings issued by the Gulf countries and worsening security situation in the north of the country and capital city of Beirut. However, Western embassies, unlike Gulf countries, did not ask their citizens...
A single visa system for GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries for cruise passengers will be rolled out this September after four long years of discussions, tourism sources said. “We have raised it to the highest level and it is under...
Oman’s Ministry of Tourism said in a statement on Tuesday its resort and hotel industry continues to expand with over 2,000 additional rooms scheduled for opening in 2012/2013. The sultanate hopes to add 726 rooms, while opening niche resorts in...
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...