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Oman lifts internal travel restrictions, reduces curfew
Oman will on Saturday, August 8, lift a domestic ban on travel between provinces, imposed on July 25 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus during the Eid Al Adha holiday, the state news agency ONA said on Wednesday.
GCC tourism recovery seen in 2023-24
Predicting up to 12 per cent peak-to-trough decline in some GCC economies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) said the GCC's hospitality and tourism sector, which represents around 15 per cent of its non-oil economy, is not expected to recover until 2023-24.
Cruise ships on course for Red Sea tourist treasure
Cruise ships were launched in the Red Sea as part of the “Break Free” domestic tourism campaign being held from June 25 to Sept. 30, and covering 10 tourist destinations around Saudi Arabia.
Abu Dhabi announces mandatory Covid-19 tests for all tourism sector staff
In line with the 'Go Safe' certification programme spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and endorsed by the government of Abu Dhabi, regular Covid-19 testing for all tourism sector staff has been made mandatory.
Oman hotel revenues halved amid coronavirus lockdown
Three-to-five star rated hotels in Oman reported a sharp fall in revenues during the first half of the year, weighed by the coronavirus pandemic which hit demand for rooms particularly from foreign tourists.
Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi lists guidelines for reopening of hotel swimming pools
The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has issued a circular detailing coronavirus precautionary measures that must be taken to reopen swimming pools in hotels in Abu Dhabi from Friday (July 17).
Dubai counts on pent-up tourism demand
After a painful four-month tourism shutdown that ended this week, Dubai is betting pent-up demand will see the industry quickly bounce back, billing itself as a safe destination with the resources to ward off coronavirus.
Coronavirus: UAE amends visa residency rules
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) can resume charging administrative fees for visa services from Sunday.
Coronavirus: Dubai’s Emirates resumes flights to 6 more cities, bringing total to 58
Dubai’s Emirates airlines announce Thursday that it would resume flights to six more cities around the world following a period of shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tourism: One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19
As Dubai opens its doors to foreign tourists, this is as good a time as any to look at the importance of tourism for the global economy.
Coronavirus: Dubai opens to tourists July 7, all travelers need to know from Emirates
There is no age restriction on travel.
SaudiCDC announces health protocols for prevention of (Covid 19) disease for Hajj season
In light of the keenness of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to follow the highest health standards and the most precautionary measures during this year's Hajj
Dubai Tourism shares industry outlook with stakeholders
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism, hosted a virtual forum for stakeholders and partners to share its industry outlook ahead of the city’s reopening to international tourists on 7th July.
Dubai ready to welcome visitors
Dubai expects to first start receiving tourists from those countries which are already open or opening for tourism and where people are returning to their normal life, said a senior official.
Bahrain ready to welcome visitors with new tourist campaign
Bahrain is preparing to open its doors to the world with the launch of a new tourist campaign.
Oman hotel revenues drop 42.2% in first four months of 2020
The total revenue of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 42.2 percent in the first four months of the year to OR55.18 million ($143.5m), compared to the same period in 2019, as the impact of the coronavirus took hold.
Dubai allows foreign tourists to enter from July 7
Dubai, whose economy is reliant on tourism and retail, said it will allow foreign visitors to enter from July 7, while those with residency visas will be able to enter from Monday in a further easing of its coronavirus lockdown.
Saudi Arabia starts $4bn Tourism Development Fund
Saudi Arabia has started a fund with an initial capital of $4 billion to develop its tourism industry as the oil-rich kingdom seeks to diversify its economy and attract more foreign travellers.
Shurooq to welcome visitors, tourists
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has readied all of its hospitality, ecotourism and leisure destinations to receive visitors and tourists from around the world, while strictly adhering to the UAE government's health and safety protocols to ensure the highest levels of protection of all their visitors, residents and staff.
Saudi's AlUla re-opening in October 2020
Saudi residents will be the first to witness the reopening of one of the world’s undiscovered wonders.
Dubai hotel beaches to reopen
Dubai hotel beaches are set to reopen after weeks of closing down as part of government enforced measures to tackle coronavirus, sources familiar with the matter told Arabian Business.
Saudi's tourism industry could take 45% hit due to Covid-19
Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry could take a hit of up to 45 percent this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi mega tourism project Amaala hires designer for The Island
Amaala, the ultra-luxury destination planned along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coastline, has announced the appointment of architectural firm Denniston as the master planners for The Island, one of the project's key components.
Construction starts on new luxury hotel in Oman
Muriya, Oman’s largest private integrated tourism developer, has started construction of a new 400-key branded five-star hotel in Hawana Salalah, its flagship destination in the Governorate of Dhofar.
Jeddah hotel room rates slump to lowest January level in 12 years
Hotel occupancy levels in Jeddah rose to their highest January mark for four years last month but room rates slumped to a 12-year low, according to new figures.
UAE developer says new tourist visa to create opportunities
The UAE's new five-year multiple entry tourist visa policy will add stability to the real estate market, according to the CEO of Lootah Real Estate Development.
Oman eyes tourists from US, Nepal and Eastern Europe
Oman hopes to attract tourists from the US, Nepal, Lithuania and Ukraine as it works to boost its visitor numbers, according to Ministry of Tourism undersecretary Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi.
Hotel giant IHG to open Saudi office as it seeks further expansion
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to open an office in Riyadh in March.
UAE launches multi-entry tourist visas for all
The United Arab Emirates on Monday introduced a multiple-entry visa scheme valid for five years for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub.
Hotel giant unveils plan for two new Oman properties
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries, has announced plans to open two new hotels in Muscat, Oman.
Sharjah ruler inaugurates $26m Khorfakkan Beach tourism project
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, has inaugurated the Khorfakkan Beach project, a AED95 million ($25.8 million) tourist initiative in the eastern region of the emirate.
New Dubai hotel to become world's tallest when it opens
Ciel, The First Group’s project currently under development in Dubai Marina, will become the world's tallest hotel when it opens by early 2023.
Why Saudi Arabia's new tourism push faces huge training challenge
Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to tourists, but faces huge challenges to train an estimated one million staff needed to operate the sector, according to the head of one forthcoming mega-project.
New tourist visas to deliver long-term boost to Saudi real estate, says JLL
The recent launch of international tourist e-visas in Saudi Arabia is set to have a positive long term impact on the kingdom’s real estate market, according to JLL’s latest market reports.
Saudi Arabia needs 1m workers in tourism sector, says Red Sea Development Co CEO
Saudi Arabia needs “over 1 million people” to work in the tourism sector if it hopes to achieve its goal of attracting 100 million visitors by 2030, according to Red Sea Development Company CEO John Pagano.
Manama hotels post best Q3 occupany rates for nine years
Bahrain hotels have reported their highest third quarter occupancy levels for nine years, according to new figures from analysts STR.
SCTH: Saudi Arabia to boost tourism to 10% of GDP
Saudi Arabia has shared its vision for the future of tourism in an address by Ahmad Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, at a meeting of G20 tourism ministers in Japan.
Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green
Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.
Saudi tourists shun Turkey as sector feels the pinch
Turkey has reported a sharp drop in tourists from Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf this year, according to government data.
New Saudi tourist visa: All you need to know
In a historic move, Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international visitors for the first time. Details of the new visa regime was announced on Friday evening at a gala event at Ad-Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Riyadh.
Oman tourists expected to rise to 3.5m by 2023
Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5 percent between 2018 and 2023 to 3.5 million, according to new data from Colliers International.
Inside Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City
I’m sitting on the leather seats of a black-and-grey corporate helicopter marked “Invest Saudi” several thousand feet in the sky.
Tourism boom, spending boost to drive Dubai growth in 2020
Amid weaker growth in new orders and a marginal fall in employment in August, Dubai's non-oil private sector economy grew at a much softer rate compared to July, results of a survey by HIS Markit suggest.
Saudi Arabia To Begin Issuing Tourist Visas This Month
Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas on 27 September, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Tuesday, as the kingdom looks to diversify its economy away from a reliance on oil and gas.
Closure of iconic Muscat hotel sparks frenzied buyers
The closure of Oman’s iconic Golden Tulip Al Seeb has sparked a frenzy after its owners announced that the entire contents of bedrooms were on sale for as little as OMR 200 ($519), according to local media reports.
Revealed: the Gulf cities among world's friendliest for tourists
Abu Dhabi and Muscat have been named in a list of the world's friendliest travel destinations.
Closure of iconic Muscat hotel sparks frenzied buyers
The closure of Oman’s iconic Golden Tulip Al Seeb has sparked a frenzy after its owners announced that the entire contents of bedrooms were on sale for as little as OMR 200 ($519), according to local media reports.
UAE's medical tourism gains momentum in 2018
The government's efforts to promote the UAE as medical tourism hub have yielded positive results as medical tourism registered 5.5 per cent year-over-year growth to reach Dh12.1 billion in 2018, says a report.
Visa-free entry for UAE citizens to South Africa
South Africa recently added UAE among other Gulf and African countries to its visa waiver list.
Dubai South boosts ties with Shanghai organisations
Dubai South has announced that it has boosted trade relations with Shanghai business organisations to support the new Belt & Road Initiative.
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