Iconic Dubai Canal Officially Announced in a Grand Ceremony


Dubai – “ASWAQ” The Dubai Canal was officially unveiled on 9th November in a grand ceremony by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Dh.2.7bn Dubai Water Canal is a tourist landmark development that crosses Business Bay to Safa Park, Al Wasl […]

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Middle East gets new US$1b Online Shopping Platform


Dubai – “ASWAQ” A new online retailer, has recently been launched in the Middle East, with the aim of increasing online sales growth in the Middle East from 2 per cent of the total market (US$3 billion) to 15 per cent (US$70 billion) within a decade, as announced by Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar. […]

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Arab Nations Eyeing China and Domestic Market to Boost Tourism


Dubai – “ASWAQ” Several Arab nations are now looking towards attracting Chinese visitors to revive their tourism sectors which had long suffered from security fears. They also see the need to develop homegrown tourism as a lifeline, ministers from the region say. Foreigners have shunned beaches and historic sites across the North Africa and the […]

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Dubai Tourists Increased 5% in Q1, 2016


Dubai “ASWAQ” Dubai has seen a 5% rise in overnight visitors to 4.1 million in the first quarter of 2016, mainly contributed by a strong double digit growth from its neighboring countries the GCC and India, according to official figures released by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) recently. The GCC continued […]

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Dubai – “ASWAQ” Qatar will construct two buildings designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, which includes a tower shaped like a desert flower near the site of the 2022 World Cup final, according to a member of its ruling family recently. The late Hadid was commissioned in 2013 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad […]

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Middle East Hotel Revenue Increase 5% in May


  Dubai – “ASWAQ” STR Global, a world leading hotel rating agency, has published recent findings indicating, as much as, 3.6% increase in occupancy in May year-over-year in Saudi Arabia and about 0.5% increase in the UAE. The average reported was 1.9% for the MENA region, driven by a decline in countries like Egypt, which […]

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Dubai Ready To Open It’s First Major Theme Parks


Dubai – “ASWAQ” Dubai’s first major theme parks are expected to boom and significantly draw large crowds when they open for business later this year. With increasing demand for leisure tourism, the Leisure and Entertainment sector (L&E) represents an important segment of Dubai’s tourism industry, particularly the theme park which is seen as a high-growth […]

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Mid-East Biggest Growth Market for New Hotels


Dubai – “ASWAQ” The Middle East travel industry is expected to witness many opportunities which come with great challenges this year, according to a recent study by Insignia, a Dubai-based brand enrichment company. The study discloses opportunities for boutique hotels, independent operators, lifestyle accommodations and peer-to-peer models, like Airbnb, as the region is oversupplied with […]

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Dubai’s DNATA Travel Launches New Tours and Services for Muslim Travellers


Dubai – “ASWAQ” Dnata Travel, a travel agency in Dubai, has announced its new tours and travel services called “Holidays Tailored for You”, mainly catering for the needs of Muslim travellers looking for Halal food and Muslim-friendly experience. The program offers Muslim holidaymakers special packages which allow them the flexibility to perform their prayers easily […]

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UAE Named World’s Second Most Popular Destination for Muslims


Dubai – “ASWAQ” The UAE has been ranked the second most popular destination for Muslims, according to a recent research by MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016. The survey which covers 130 destinations, saw the UAE jump one spot up from last year to second position after Malaysia, which retained its top position on […]

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