Middle East

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.

2 weeks 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 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Saudi Arabia Looking for Partners for Megatourism Project

Saudi Arabia Looking for Partners for Megatourism Project

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Despite the grand plans, the project is still some way off but it shows how serious Saudi Arabia is about planning for life after oil.

2 months ago

Accor Finds Middle East Poses Unique Challenges After Acquisitions

Accor Finds Middle East Poses Unique Challenges After Acquisitions

Devina Divecha, Skift

If more than a month goes by without an acquisition or partnership announcement from Accor, does it even count? There are high expectations from the Middle East and Africa division in the wake of recent deals, especially from owners that may be anxious about potential disruptions.

2 months ago

2019 Innovators in Hospitality and Travel: Summer Edition

2019 Innovators in Hospitality and Travel: Summer Edition

Colin Nagy, Skift

Here are some of the most inspiring innovations in design, service, and guest experience in hospitality and travel so far this year. The more the industry can cross-pollinate, learn from others, and experiment, the better it will be.

2 months ago

Middle East Corporate Travel Will Get Boost From UAE’s Long-Term Visa Decision

Middle East Corporate Travel Will Get Boost From UAE’s Long-Term Visa Decision

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

The move is driven by economic interests, and the eligibility rules are still strict and the cap on permits is low. But it's good news for corporate leaders who do a lot of business in the region.

3 months ago

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

The loosening of social restrictions in Saudi Arabia has residents wondering if breaking the taboo on alcohol consumption could be next. That would surely go down well with the tourism industry and the grand Red Sea resorts the Crown Prince plans to build. Lots of international tourists and talent would drink to that.

3 months ago

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

The long-discussed first phase of the Red Sea project, with 14 hotels and an airport, is due in 2022. We'll believe it's not a mirage when we see it.

4 months ago