Tuesday 6 December 2016

Makkah new regional Mice destination in Saudi Arabia

Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the Mice tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts.   Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah today is attracting a gr


World’s top young chefs to compete in Sial's new contest

Rising stars of the food industry are set to shine on the international culinary circuit thanks to the new Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chef Challenge hosted at SIAL Middle East next month. Taking place from December 5-7 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Sial


Use of Emirates ID hits new heights at DXB

A new service that enables the use of Emirates ID cards to pass through automated immigration gates at Dubai International (DXB) is gaining popularity, with more than 234,000 UAE residents using it during its phased roll out. Completely free of charge and requiring no pre-registr


Oman approves 33 new sites for tourism projects

Oman is focusing on enhancing its tourism sector with new projects in the pipeline as 33 sites have been approved by the sultanate's Ministry of Housing, in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, for new developments that will boost visitor numbers, said a report. According to


AccorHotels offer new Elite Experience in Dubai

Members of AccorHotels loyalty programme were recently given the opportunity to experience an evening of luxury at the Sofitel Dubai and the emirate's newest hotspot, Dubai Opera. Part of the hospitality giant's Elite Experience, the offer was an addition to a host of Le Club p


Travel Counsellors celebrate a year of success at annual conference

Over 1,600 guests attended the annual conference hosted by leading holiday firm Travel Counsellors in Manchester, UK this month, to celebrate a successful year of business. The record guest-list also included Adele Engelbrecht from Dubai who collected the award for Top Travel Cou


Dubai Parks' National Day tickets sell out in less than 2 hours

Dubai Parks and Resorts today announced that its #DPR NationalPride tickets sold out in less than two hours, giving 27,000 guests the chance to experience Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai at the price of Dh45 ($12.2). Last week, Dubai Parks and Resorts confirmed it will c


Dubai to receive 575,000 cruise passengers

Dubai Cruise Tourism (DCT) is poised to process 575,000 passengers from 154 ship calls in the 2016-17 season, up 6.28 per cent from 541,000 passengers and 133 ship calls last season. The jump in cruise passenger numbers is bolstered by the arrival of Thomson Cruises as the sixth


Oman Air to launch non-stop flights to Guangzhou

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, has unveiled plans to start operating flights from its hub in Muscat to Guangzhou, China, from December 9, making it the airline's first destination in China. The launch of the new route, which is in response to significant customer dem


New head chef for Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai

Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai, has appointed Alex Sebastianutti as head chef of its forthcoming Italian restaurant, Ricetta. Sebastianutti brings international experience to Ricetta with a career spanning Abu Dhabi, Germany and Italy and roles ranging from chef de partie to

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