Middle East

Hotel Jobs Are Becoming More Appealing to Saudis Looking for Work

Hotel Jobs Are Becoming More Appealing to Saudis Looking for Work

Abeer Abu Omar and Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Alongside its planned tourism boom, Saudi Arabia will need a new workforce. And for the first time, it's the Saudis themselves who seem to be warming to the idea of working in the service and hospitality sector.

3 weeks ago

Dubai’s Big Bet on Expo 2020 Meets Political and Economic Headwinds

Dubai’s Big Bet on Expo 2020 Meets Political and Economic Headwinds

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

Dubai may have ambitious plans for Expo 2020 to attract 25 million visitors, but regional politics and global economic conditions may stand in its way.

4 weeks ago

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Businesses can’t resist the opportunities that a new frontier brings. In the case of Saudi Arabia, however, the gamble they take is whether tourists will actually go, given the kingdom’s poor image. The adage "build and they will come" is being tested.

1 month ago

Saudi Arabia Drops Requirement for Foreign Tourists Booking Hotels

Saudi Arabia Drops Requirement for Foreign Tourists Booking Hotels

Patrick Donahue, Bloomberg

Many have wondered how Saudi Arabia will lure tourists given its strict local customs. It appears the strategy is simple: —have different rules for tourists than the Kingdom does for locals.

1 month ago

Saudi Arabia Loosens Strict Dress Code for Female Travelers

Saudi Arabia Loosens Strict Dress Code for Female Travelers

Sarah Algethami, Zainab Fattah and Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has taken so few real steps to open to the outside world that even small steps like this seem like big ones.

2 months ago

Saudi Arabia’s High Tourism Hopes Begin With a Botched Campaign Rollout

Saudi Arabia’s High Tourism Hopes Begin With a Botched Campaign Rollout

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Saudi Arabia certainly put a lot of thought and money into its latest promotional pitch ahead of a rumored e-visa scheme. But it takes more than drone shots to kick off a successful tourism marketing strategy — clarity in message matters too.

2 months ago

Dubai Tourism Launches Ads as Hotels Show Softness Ahead of Expo 2020

Dubai Tourism Launches Ads as Hotels Show Softness Ahead of Expo 2020

Devina Divecha, Skift

As Dubai deals with the disruptions for planning for Expo 2020, the tourism authority is leaving no stone unturned to market the destination on a global level. But while tourism volumes are increasing steadily, the hospitality sector needs to work toward bumping its rates back up.

3 months ago

Tourist Project Along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Seeks $3.5 Billion Loan

Tourist Project Along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Seeks $3.5 Billion Loan

Matthew Martin and Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia's efforts to become less dependent on oil look to be in full swing by developing its coast. The kingdom will face big tourism competition in the region and challenges with its record on human rights.

3 months ago

Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

Devina Divecha, Skift

Third-party management is a relative unknown in the Middle East’s hospitality landscape. The challenge that white-label companies face is convincing owners and operators to relinquish control.

3 months ago

Saudi Women Can Soon Travel Without Male Permission

Saudi Women Can Soon Travel Without Male Permission

Vivian Nereim and Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

This indeed is one of the biggest items of news in Saudi Arabia. A thousand congratulations to Saudi women. The travel industry most certainly will welcome you.

4 months ago

Jumeirah Axes 500 Jobs as Tourism Slows Down in Dubai

Jumeirah Axes 500 Jobs as Tourism Slows Down in Dubai

Filipe Pacheco and Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg

Hard times are in for Dubai's tourism players, with big names such as Jumeirah cutting jobs to survive a downturn. Earlier, as Skift reported, Emaar has ventured to China, seeking growth in a project with the new Beijing international airport.

4 months ago

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has quite the grand vision of a city-state powered by the internet of things, a destination that will feature state-of-the-art resorts and robots. Development has slowly begun, but what with political and investment challenges, we're not holding our breath for this to be a completed reality anytime soon.

4 months ago