Middle East

Bethlehem Tourist Souvenir Vendors Push Local Products to Fend Off Knockoffs

Bethlehem Tourist Souvenir Vendors Push Local Products to Fend Off Knockoffs

Isma'Il Kushkush, Associated Press

It turns out that "local" is a trend in Bethlehem as vendors there are trying to stave off an influx of Chinese products for Christian tourists over the Christmas holiday. Tourists seeking to support a destination should probably buy the home-grown stuff.

1 month ago

Dubai Business Events Director on the Future of Meetings in the Knowledge Economy

Dubai Business Events Director on the Future of Meetings in the Knowledge Economy

Greg Oates, Skift

The BestCities Global Alliance and Dubai Business Events are focusing more on how convention bureaus can collaborate with association conference organizers to create a longer legacy impact of business events for both the organizations and host destinations.

1 month ago

Dubai Opens Doors to Massive New Theme Park in the Desert

Dubai Opens Doors to Massive New Theme Park in the Desert

Associated Press

We are interested to see how development pans out as oil prices decrease. Can big buildings and tourism fill the holes?

1 month ago

Dubai Plans to Spend Big While Making Its Second Airport the World’s Largest

Dubai Plans to Spend Big While Making Its Second Airport the World’s Largest

Archana Narayanan and Arif Sharif , Bloomberg

As Dubai continues to grow its economy outside of oil, plans for the second massive airport show how seriously the emirate is taking travel and tourism.

1 month ago

SeaWorld Is Planning an Orca-Free Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

SeaWorld Is Planning an Orca-Free Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

Killer whales have been the biggest stars — and biggest generators of controversy — at SeaWorld. It will be interesting to see how the company builds a theme park without them, and how visitors respond.

1 month ago

Abercrombie & Kent Views Iran Tours as Big Opportunity for People-to-People Understanding

Abercrombie & Kent Views Iran Tours as Big Opportunity for People-to-People Understanding

Jon Gambrell , Associated Press

Developments in Iran might have created new openings for U.S. visitors to experience the country but the results of the U.S. presidential election may see these opportunities vanishing fairly rapidly. There are rumblings in the U.S. Congress about imposing stiff new sanctions against Iran.

2 months ago

Egypt Expresses Dismay Over U.S. Travel Warning

Egypt Expresses Dismay Over U.S. Travel Warning

Associated Press

The U.S., Canada and the UK have all issued travel warnings for Egypt through October 9. Egypt is perturbed and this tension between security concerns and economic interests isn't going away anytime soon.

4 months ago

Marriott Makes Plans to Double Workforce in Africa and the Middle East

Marriott Makes Plans to Double Workforce in Africa and the Middle East

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

If Marriott wants growth, it will find it here and in Asia. Starwood's expertise in these regions will certainly come in handy.

4 months ago

Dubai Opens the World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park

Dubai Opens the World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

It goes without saying that huge projects like this which depend on non-sustainable financial backing (have you seen the price of gas these days?) are not smart, long-term tourism development.

5 months ago

Emirati Tourist’s Traditional Clothing Scares Ohio Hotel Clerk, So He Has Him Detained

Emirati Tourist’s Traditional Clothing Scares Ohio Hotel Clerk, So He Has Him Detained

Associated Press

The migrant crisis and a surge in chauvinistic movements around the world leads to admonitions like the UAE having to warn its citizens to forsake wearing traditional garb when traveling.

7 months ago

With Oil Prices Still Low, Dubai Sees Billion-Dollar Road Investment as Key to Economic Growth

With Oil Prices Still Low, Dubai Sees Billion-Dollar Road Investment as Key to Economic Growth

Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

As Dubai tries to grow its tourism numbers leading up to the 2020 World Expo, better roads and transit systems can only help.

7 months ago

Six Flags Isn’t Confirming a New Park in Saudi Arabia, But Its International Ambitions Are Growing

Six Flags Isn’t Confirming a New Park in Saudi Arabia, But Its International Ambitions Are Growing

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags may not be ready to formally announce a park in Saudi Arabia, but we would not be surprised if plans are in the works.

7 months ago