Middle East

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has lifted a travel warning on Lebanon for its citizens. Gulf tourists used to be the biggest spenders in Lebanon, so it's hopeful news for the beautiful but geopolitically unlucky country.

1 month ago

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags' big ambitions for international expansion are meeting economic reality. The theme park operator still finds potential in partnerships outside the United States, but expectations have to be adjusted.

1 month ago

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

The economic slowdown and rise in the number of theme parks in the Gulf are among the factors keeping Six Flags from going full throttle in Dubai.

1 month ago

Dubai Holding to Develop Burj Jumeira to Host Large Scale Events

Dubai Holding to Develop Burj Jumeira to Host Large Scale Events

Archana Narayanan, Bloomberg

Dubai does not lack high towers. Here's another, and one that will provide events planners with more exciting venues. Roll it on.

2 months ago

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Neom Bay would be seen by some as a feather in the cap of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who's accused of ordering the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Not to worry: Saudi Arabia's track record in completing mega developments like this is spotty, at best.

2 months ago

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 months 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?

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months ago