UNWTO: Middle East tops international tourism in H1 2017

UNWTO: Middle East tops international tourism in H1 2017

Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong demand for international travel in the first half of 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.   Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained...

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FAM Holding acquires an 11,700 m2 plot at Al Marjan Island

FAM Holding acquires an 11,700 m2 plot at Al Marjan Island

FAM Holding, one of the leading conglomerates of business solutions across a number of industries in the region, has acquired a 11,700 square meter plot on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah to develop Al Mahra Resort. The new property is scheduled to open in 2021.   The hotel...

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Hyatt plans Hyatt Centric Yalikavak Bodrum

Hyatt plans Hyatt Centric Yalikavak Bodrum

Hyatt Hotels Corporation  announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Özkent Girisim Gayrimenkul Yatırım ve Ticaret A.S. for a Hyatt Centric hotel in Bodrum, Turkey.   Hyatt Centric Yalikavak Bodrum will be managed by Access Tourism and Hotel Investment Consultancy Ltd. Expected to open in...

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First artisan hotel in Istanbul

First artisan hotel in Istanbul

Located in the heart of Sultanahmet, the major tourist attraction of Istanbul, Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet has re-opened its doors to public following a three-year restoration project.   The five-star property has 61 rooms spread over 6,800 square meters of space. The style of Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet reflects not only the...

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Al Hokair’s MENA Hotels debuts in Dubai

Al Hokair’s MENA Hotels debuts in Dubai

Saudi-based hospitality and entertainment group Al Hokair announced the expansion of MENA Hotels in the UAE with the opening of MENA Plaza Albarsha Dubai.   Founded in 2008 by Al Hokair Group, MENA Hotels currently boasts a portfolio of eight projects including five in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan and...

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IHG signs two new properties in Dubai Business Bay

IHG signs two new properties in Dubai Business Bay

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), signed two new properties in Dubai: Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residences Dubai Business Bay. Both properties are in partnership with API Hotels & Resorts, and their location in Dubai’s Business Bay area, the planned business capital of the region, is in line with IHG’s strategy to...

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Nakheel to unveil projects worth USD 871 million at Cityscape Global 2017

Nakheel to unveil projects worth USD 871 million at Cityscape Global 2017

Dubai-based master developer Nakheel is gearing up to unveil a diverse range of projects, worth more than USD 871 million, at Cityscape Global 2017.   Nakheel will launch six new residential, retail and hospitality developments at four of its communities in Dubai – including its world-famous flagship master development, Palm...

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Emaar announces 200-meter high Sky Walk in Downtown Dubai

Emaar announces 200-meter high Sky Walk in Downtown Dubai

Emaar Properties announced the launch of an exhilarating tourist attraction that will especially appeal to adventure lover with the new Sky Walk, a 200-meter high cantilever observation corridor in the Address Sky View development in Downtown Dubai. At level 53 of Address Sky View, and suspended at the imposing height...

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JB’S Gastropub opens at Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach

JB’S Gastropub opens at Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach

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Tourism in the land of the Pharaohs

Tourism in the land of the Pharaohs

Tourism in the Land of the Pharaohs   Egypt’s tourism industry has historically accounted for about 13 percent of the economy and corresponding levels of employment. While the country’s political instability and social upheaval have severely affected its hospitality industry, the country can still capitalize on the sector’s traditional role...

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