Middle East

Saudi Arabia Won’t Allow Overseas Visitors to Attend Hajj

Saudi Arabia Won’t Allow Overseas Visitors to Attend Hajj

Reuters, Reuters

Saudi Arabia has erred on the side of caution for this year's hajj — the first time in modern history that Muslims from around the world will be unable to make the religious pilgrimage.

2 weeks ago

Dubai to Let Foreign Tourists Enter From July 7

Dubai to Let Foreign Tourists Enter From July 7

Samar Hassan, Reuters

All positive news is welcome these days.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Arabia Invests $4 Billion Into Tourism Development

Saudi Arabia Invests $4 Billion Into Tourism Development

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Even during what is perhaps the worst crisis for global tourism in modern times, Saudi Arabia is redoubling its efforts to become a world class tourism destination.

2 weeks ago

Dubai Chain to Be Rare Middle Eastern Hotelier Expanding to U.S.: Sign of Things to Come?

Dubai Chain to Be Rare Middle Eastern Hotelier Expanding to U.S.: Sign of Things to Come?

Korey Matthews, Skift

Expanding in a pandemic is a bold move unto itself. But Dubai-based Leva Hotels' plans to operate hotels in the U.S. are doubly courageous — and its success or failure will be closely watched back in the Middle East.

3 weeks ago

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters

Governments are going to huge efforts to open up for the summer season, and in Turkey's case that means discussions with some 92 countries.

1 month ago

Turkey Reopens Grand Bazaar and Resumes Domestic Flights

Turkey Reopens Grand Bazaar and Resumes Domestic Flights

Daren Butler, Reuters

It's a symbolic move for Turkey to reopen one of its most famous attractions, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. But it's also important that the country has been able to stick with its timetable of easing restrictions taken against the pandemic.

1 month ago

Dubai Pushes the Restart Button With Transit Flights Allowed From Wednesday

Dubai Pushes the Restart Button With Transit Flights Allowed From Wednesday

Nayera Abdallah and Samar Hassan, Reuters

The reopening of this critical gateway airport will be welcome news for those airlines pinning hopes on an initial Asian and Australian tourism revival.

1 month ago

Dubai’s Future Is Threatened by the Side Effects of Coronavirus

Dubai’s Future Is Threatened by the Side Effects of Coronavirus

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

Forget the idea that butterfly wings trigger hurricanes. With its Expo 2020 postponed, flights grounded, and investment halted, this sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates has seen how a pandemic can trigger an economic crisis in a very practical way.

2 months ago

Organizers of Dubai 2020 Say How About Dubai 2021?

Organizers of Dubai 2020 Say How About Dubai 2021?

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

The modern expo has been rethought over the last decade, and the last thing Dubai wants is to make them irrelevant again. Pushing back a year can only improve things in the long run.

3 months ago

United Arab Emirates to Stop Dubai Airport Transit Flights Due to Coronavirus

United Arab Emirates to Stop Dubai Airport Transit Flights Due to Coronavirus

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

Dubai International Airport is a critical transit hub, including for medical experts and diplomatic officials. Preventing onward travel will affect many destinations and organizations if this decision holds.

3 months ago

Saudi Arabia Closes Off Travel to 9 Countries

Saudi Arabia Closes Off Travel to 9 Countries

Jon Gambrell , Associated Press

The combination of a drop in oil prices and the spread of coronavirus is wreaking havoc on Middle East stock markets.

4 months ago

Bahrain Grand Prix Will Go On Without Hordes of International Fans Watching

Bahrain Grand Prix Will Go On Without Hordes of International Fans Watching

The Associated Press

The Grand Prix will go on in a few weeks in Bahrain, just without spectators. Sponsor Gulf Air and other organizers made the right call.

4 months ago