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Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister calls for a unified travel protocol post-COVID
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism Ahmed al-Khateeb called for unified travel protocols at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Summit in Riyadh, in a session titled ‘Future of Tourism - Global Perspectives,’ on Tuesday.
Weak tourism to weigh on Dubai economy until late 2022, says S&P report
Dubai is set for a "modest" recovery this year on the back of a high vaccination rate in the United Arab Emirates and limited COVID-19 restrictions, but weak international tourism will drag on the economy until late 2022, S&P Global Ratings said.
World’s largest eco-tourism project, TRDSC, to takeover its neighbor: CEO
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is combining two giga project developers on the Red Sea coast to “leverage synergies” as the Kingdom goes ahead with ambitious tourism goals.
Kuwait Touristic to increase capital to $996m in bid to boost tourism
Kuwait Touristic Enterprises plans to increase its capital by 250 million dinars ($831.39 million) to 300 million, as it looks to reinvigorate tourism in the oil-rich country, its chief executive said.
Dubai Tourism continues to drive recovery with new phase of global campaign
Dubai welcomed 2.85 million international overnight visitors from January to July 2021, further accelerating momentum in this landmark year of Expo 2020 and the UAE Golden Jubilee, the latest industry data by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has revealed.
UAE outstrips global tourism trends in H1
The UAE has outperformed depressing global trends in tourism arrivals in the first half of 2021 with the decline in its hotel occupancy rates appearing less severe compared to other markets, according to findings of a study released on Tuesday.
Saudi Hajj ministry offers Umrah permits to 12 to 18-year-olds who have taken two vaccine doses
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that local pilgrims aged from 12 to 18 can obtain Umrah permits if they have received two vaccine doses.
Saudi Arabia documents 14 archaeological sites of historical heritage
The Saudi Heritage Authority has announced the registration and documentation of 14 archeological sites representing significant historical heritage of the Kingdom in the second quarter of 2021.
Mena hotel occupancy rises amid easing travel curbs
Hotel occupancy in the Middle East North Africa region continues to improve amid easing travel restrictions, Colliers said in its latest report, while cautioning that controlled and consistent growth is the key to recovery.
Abu Dhabi hotel occupancy at highest since start of pandemic
Abu Dhabi’s hotel industry reported its highest occupancy since the start of the pandemic, according to STR.
Emirates expects over 450,000 passengers passing through Dubai over next two weekends
Emirates airline is expecting more than 450,000 passengers to travel from, to and through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport over the course of the next two weekends on over 1,600 flights. The busiest days for the airline will be the next two weekends, 2-3 July and 9-10 July, although high passenger traffic is expected to start on June 30, and will run through 12 July.
Saudi and Tunisian ministers discuss cooperation in tourism
Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb met Tunisian Tourism Minister Habib Ammar in the Tunisian capital on Monday. During the meeting, the two ministers reviewed bilateral relations. They discussed ways to boost ties and increase cooperation in the field of tourism.
UAE tourism outlook brightens on vaccine rollout
The outlook for the UAE’s travel and tourism sector has brightened in the second quarter of 2021 as the positive impact of the country’s strong vaccine programme started to take effect, Mashreq Bank said in a report.
Saudi Arabia and Greece sign deal to boost coastal and marine tourism
Saudi Arabia and Greece on Sunday signed a cooperation agreement on sustainable coastal and marine tourism.
Dubai tourism rebound driven by French, Egyptian visitors
Dubai received 450,000 tourists in March 2021, up from 40,000 in the depths of the pandemic in June of last year, said the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), Issam Kazim.
Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Provides Interactive Screens for Guidance Map of the Grand Mosque
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, represented by Projects and Engineering Studies Agency, has provided interactive screens for displaying the guidance map of the Grand Mosque, its squares and facilities, as part of the agency's plan to develop and upgrade the quality of the Grand Mosque's guidance system.
Welcome to Dubai, where tourism recovery begins: Sheikh Mohammed
Dubai is ready to welcome everyone as tourism is gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic following a successful vaccine rollout earlier this year.
Saudi commodities and Dubai tourism among pandemic recovery plays: Tellimer
Dubai tourism and Saudi commodities are among the emerging market sectors that offer attractive valuations for investors, Tellimer said in a research note.
GCC tourism sector to recover faster than other Mena countries
The tourism sector in the six GCC countries will recover faster than the other tourism-dependent Middle East and North Africa (Mena) countries such as Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said.
Saudi Tourism Development Fund, Riyad Bank partner to launch SR2bn financing fund for tourism projects
A special SR2 billion ($530 million) fund to help finance public and private sector involvement in Saudi tourism projects was launched in the Kingdom on Thursday.
DCT Abu Dhabi unveils Tourism Quality Standards and Licensing Framework
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the completion of the establishment of its fully-fledged Tourism Quality Standards and Licensing Framework, a comprehensive quality scheme which will be implemented across Abu Dhabi’s tourism products and services.
Saudi Red Sea tourism plan to clinch a $3.7bn green loan
Saudi Arabia is weeks away from clinching the first significant funding package for a key part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s program to diversify the Kingdom’s economy, Bloomberg reported.
UAE tourism seen as top play by Bank of America as global travel resumes
The UAE could be one of the biggest beneficiaries from a resumption of global travel in the second half of the year according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
UAE tourist visa extended free; valid till March 31
Holders of expired tourist visas can now stay in the country until March 31, Khaleej Times has learnt.
OYO hotels eye Saudi recovery after COVID-19 pandemic
Indian hotel and hospitality chain OYO Hotels and Homes is on track to return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels, with 15 percent of the company’s properties already hitting that mark, a spokesperson told Arab News.
PIF launches Cruise Saudi to develop Kingdom’s tourism industry
The Public Investment Fund PIF launched Thursday Cruise Saudi Company, which aims to establish and develop the cruise industry in Saudi Arabia, enhance the Kingdom's efforts to become a tourist destination on the international cruise map, and develop the tourism sector in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
German startup to help Saudi hotels utilize empty spaces
A German start-up established during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to help hotels overcome a slump in occupancy rates is now working in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi loan program supports 61 tourism projects
Saudi Arabia’s SME guarantee program Kafalah has supported 61 tourism projects worth SR176 million ($46.9 million), the Saudi Ministry of Tourism said.
NYE in UAE: Sheikh Mohammed orders extension of tourist visas without any govt fees
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued directives to extend tourist visas for one additional month, without any government fees, due to temporary airport closures and entry restrictions around the world.
Frankly Speaking: Kingdom needs to inject $200 billion into industry, says Saudi Tourism Minister
In the latest episode of Frankly Speaking, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb spoke to Arab News’ Frank Kane about the Kingdom’s ambitious plan to become one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Oman to give visa-free 10-day entry to 103 countries to boost tourism
Oman will exempt nationals of 103 counties from needing an entry visa for a stay of up to 10 days, police said on Wednesday, in a move to support tourism and shore up its struggling economy.
Kuwait’s travel industry still stuck in doldrums
Businesses in Kuwait are limping back to normal after an eight-month-long painful hiatus, but one industry in the country still remains deeply stuck in the doldrums.
UAE ranks first among GCC countries in medical tourism
The UAE ranked first among GCC countries in best medical tourism destination globally according to the US-based Medical Tourism Association.
Saudi tourism megaproject near to closing $3.7bn loan
Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Co. plans to close on a SAR14 billion ($3.7bn) loan from five domestic banks by the end of the year as it steps up construction on a luxury tourism project about the size of Belgium, its chief executive said.
Saudi ministry launches tourism training program
Workers in Saudi Arabia’s expanding tourist industry will receive training in areas ranging from food preparation to protecting against infectious diseases as part of a Tourism Ministry training program to be launched on Sunday.
Saudi official says agreement with hotel owners to waive 80% of annual contract value
Abdullah Filali, chairman of the committee on hotels of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said that several meetings were held between Holy Makkah Municipality, hotel owners and investors to reach an agreement on waiving 80% of the annual contract value.
Saudi tourist visas to be available by 2021
Saudi Arabia will resume issuing tourist visas as early as January 2021 following months of lockdown, according to Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb.
Dubai Safari Park to welcome visitors from October 5
Dubai Safari Park will start welcoming visitors starting October 5, 2020, it was announced today.
Museum telling Jeddah’s historic story to open in 2022
Jeddah’s rich and colorful past is riddled with events that can take a lifetime to tell, and which will soon be on display for all to see.
No vacation for holiday homes in UAE as bookings rise
Holiday homes in Dubai are busy booking business with markets, schools and colleges fuelling demand to a sector that did witness the impact of the global Covid-19 outbreak.
Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia to Open its Land, Sea and Air Ports
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz,has exerted tremendous and unprecedented efforts to protect civilians and all residents of different nationalities from COVID-19 pandemic.
UAE No.1 in GCC for medical tourism
With Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked among the top 10 global destinations for people travelling overseas to obtain medical treatment, the GCC has secured the title "medical tourism capital of the world", with the UAE ranked first in the GCC, as per a new global index.
UAE-Israel travel could get a boost
The tourism sectors of the UAE and Israel will greatly benefit from their warming ties as analysts and industry executive expect around 1.25 million tourists travelling between the two countries for tourism and business during the initial stages.
Abu Dhabi-based tourism business to modernize three hotels in Egypt
Abu Dhabi Tourism Investment Company (ADTIC) has announced plans to refurbish its three hotels in Egypt. It is part of a strategy designed to help the business cash in on the major post-pandemic recovery it expects in the country’s tourism sector.
Tourists welcome: UAE travel and hospitality stay resilient
The UAE's tourism industry is well-positioned to overcome the current challenges and reinforce its contributions to the country's economic development, said Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy.
Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister reviews ‘Sama Abha’ project
Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib on Saturday reviewed the “Sama Abha” project. He was briefed about the tourist and investment components of the project located north of Abha.
A travel-experience company has Saudi Arabia’s nature and culture in its sights
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry to a halt, five young Saudi women have found a silver lining.
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.
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