Middle East

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.

1 week 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 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

5 months ago

How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

Colin Nagy, Skift

Abu Dhabi has a long way to go to become a destination and not just a stopover. Here are some ideas.

5 months ago

Historic Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Finding New Life as a Dubai Hotel

Historic Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Finding New Life as a Dubai Hotel

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

Dubai bit off a massive project at a precarious time when it bought the QE2 for $100 million more than 10 years ago. Will the investment finally start to pay off?

5 months ago

A New Saudi City Wants to Attract Tourists Although Its Strategy Is Undefined

A New Saudi City Wants to Attract Tourists Although Its Strategy Is Undefined

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Like past leisure tourism efforts in Saudi Arabia, this new city will have to compensate hard for the barriers to reaching the country in the first place, and letting loose in a religiously conservative environment.

6 months ago

Six Flags Chases Global Growth With Saudi Arabia Theme Park Deal

Six Flags Chases Global Growth With Saudi Arabia Theme Park Deal

Hannah Sampson, Skift

This development might be the worst-kept secret in theme park history. We're not sure what took Six Flags so long to seal the deal, but we do know the arrangement fits squarely into the operator's strategic goals — as long as everything goes according to plan.

6 months ago

Dubai Theme Park Operator’s Ambitions Are Scaling Back Amid Debt Reshuffle

Dubai Theme Park Operator’s Ambitions Are Scaling Back Amid Debt Reshuffle

Archana Narayanan and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

Not enough people are visiting the theme parks that DXB Entertainments operates and the company isn't holding out hope for a profitable year. But plans remain in place to move forward with a hotel and a Six Flags park at the site. If they build those, will people finally come?

6 months ago

Iranians’ Vacations Are Surging During Holiday Break

Iranians’ Vacations Are Surging During Holiday Break

Arsalan Shahla, Ladane Nasseri, and Anthony DiPaola, Bloomberg

Like the Lunar New Year in China, Iran's holiday could increasingly strain its infrastructure. Anyone who can offer a smoother, quicker travel experience for these families could make some money.

6 months ago