Middle East

Emirates Is Ending Its Sponsorship of France’s Best Football Team

Emirates Is Ending Its Sponsorship of France’s Best Football Team

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Emirates doesn't always sponsor the best team – hello Arsenal – but it does focus on the ones with the fan base in the right demographic. The PSG split is more about politics than marketing smarts.

4 days ago

Dubai Theme Park Operator Warns of Possible Six Flags Delay

Dubai Theme Park Operator Warns of Possible Six Flags Delay

Archana Narayanan, Bloomberg

Executives with Six Flags Entertainment warned last month that an on-time opening of the Dubai project was unlikely, and it appears that caution was warranted. As DXB Entertainments conducts a strategic review, what other changes await?

1 week ago

Six Flags Is Keeping Ties to Saudi Arabia as Others Back Away

Six Flags Is Keeping Ties to Saudi Arabia as Others Back Away

Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg

Will Six Flags face any blowback for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as other companies cut ties? Its theme park is set to open in 2023, so there is plenty of time to find out.

3 weeks ago

Six Flags’ Future in Dubai Is Now Uncertain

Six Flags’ Future in Dubai Is Now Uncertain

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags still considers international licensing an important driver of revenue growth, despite some roadblocks along the way. Back in the U.S., where most of its parks are located, weather put a damper on quarterly earnings.

3 weeks ago

Uber CEO and Other Business Chiefs Reconsider Ties to Saudi Arabia

Uber CEO and Other Business Chiefs Reconsider Ties to Saudi Arabia

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This story is yet more fodder supporting one of Skift's megatrends for 2018, which was that travel brands no longer get political at their own risk — they avoid politics at their own risk, given consumer expectations.

1 month ago

Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Layan Odeh and Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Hassan Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim of Qatar Tourism said the industry will need about three years to recover from tourism dropping due to a diplomatic spat with several regional countries. The Gulf state is seeking to attract tourists from India, China, and Russia — like much of the rest of the world.

1 month ago

Egypt Cites E. Coli as Cause of Death for Thomas Cook Couple

Egypt Cites E. Coli as Cause of Death for Thomas Cook Couple

Richard Weiss and Tarek El-Tablawy, Bloomberg

At least Thomas Cook, the hotel owners, and the Egyptian tourism industry now know the likely cause of death.

2 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Giving Locals the Power to Be Storytellers

Skift Global Forum Preview: Giving Locals the Power to Be Storytellers

Dan Peltier, Skift

History is often written by the conquerors, as the saying goes. In tourism, stories of places are often told by companies that aren't considering some of the most important voices from locals. Baraka is bringing some of these voices out of the shadows.

2 months ago

Creating Hospitality in an Inhospitable Place

Creating Hospitality in an Inhospitable Place

Colin Nagy, Skift

Creating a hospitality experience at scale in the middle of one of the world's largest deserts is quite the challenge. But from the isolation springs problem-solving, tight and cohesive teams, and having to make do and get creative.

5 months ago

Oman Is Preparing to Be the Perfect Introduction to the Middle East

Oman Is Preparing to Be the Perfect Introduction to the Middle East

Colin Nagy

Oman represents one of the most fascinating opportunities in modern tourism. And thankfully, the country seems to be taking the right steps to realize the vast potential.

5 months ago

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar has been able to somewhat compensate with cargo flights, but it would probably prefer to have more humans — who have a bigger economic impact — entering the country.

5 months ago

European Airlines Among Biggest Losers of U.S. Iran Nuclear Deal Nix

European Airlines Among Biggest Losers of U.S. Iran Nuclear Deal Nix

Chiara Remondini, Bloomberg

Investors aren't predicting a doomsday scenario for airlines from the U.S. decision. But like some other decisions made by President Trump, the travel industry stands to lose the most.

6 months ago