Articles tagged “dubai”

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.

2 days 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 weeks ago

Corp Travel Managers Tackle Virus Immunity Certifications Before Putting Workers Back on the Road

Corp Travel Managers Tackle Virus Immunity Certifications Before Putting Workers Back on the Road

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The hunt is on for a silver bullet that rubber stamps an employee's immunity to Covid-19. Only then will corporations be able to kickstart their business travel.

1 month ago

Developer Counting on Dubai Expo Now Faces Much Different 2020 With Possible Postponement

Developer Counting on Dubai Expo Now Faces Much Different 2020 With Possible Postponement

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

Emaar's 2019 earnings are likely the profit before the coronavirus-led economic storm. The Dubai developer has already closed three hotels over shattered tourism demand and organizers behind Dubai's Expo 2020, for which the developer was basing much of its 2020 revenue forecast, recommend pushing the the six-month world's fair to 2021.

2 months ago

Tourist-Strapped Dubai Could Need a Coronavirus Bailout From Abu Dhabi

Tourist-Strapped Dubai Could Need a Coronavirus Bailout From Abu Dhabi

Aziz El Yaakoubi and Davide Barbuscia, Reuters

Dubai relies on tourism to keep its economy booming, but coronavirus halted business and threatens the city's Expo 2020 planned for later this year. If travelers continue to stay at home, the UAE city could once again turn to the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi for a bailout.

2 months ago

Emirates to Halt All Passenger Flights Starting Wednesday

Emirates to Halt All Passenger Flights Starting Wednesday

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

That one of the world's largest airlines would take this measure shows the deepening crisis that airlines face. Emirates carried 58 million passengers last year. It's difficult to even ponder what those numbers will be in 2020.

2 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.

3 months ago

Large Middle East Travel Fair Postponed Until Late June

Large Middle East Travel Fair Postponed Until Late June

Reuters

Unlike ITB Berlin, Arabian Travel Market is at least giving attendees enough time to make alternative arrangements.

3 months ago

Medical Tourism Emerges as a Bright Spot for Flagging Dubai

Medical Tourism Emerges as a Bright Spot for Flagging Dubai

Reem Abdellatif, Skift

Dubai has faced a slump in recent years as it struggled amid a global economic slowdown, an oversupplied real estate sector, and slow tourism activity due to regional unrest. But its ability to build a reputation for itself as a medical tourism hub in the Middle East has provided some much-needed support for its travel sector.

4 months ago

Dubai’s Big Bet on Expo 2020 Meets Political and Economic Headwinds

Dubai’s Big Bet on Expo 2020 Meets Political and Economic Headwinds

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

Dubai may have ambitious plans for Expo 2020 to attract 25 million visitors, but regional politics and global economic conditions may stand in its way.

7 months ago

High-End Hotels Lean Into Role as Curators of Niche Brands

High-End Hotels Lean Into Role as Curators of Niche Brands

Laura Powell, Skift

At Skift New Luxury, we frequently write about cross-branding efforts between high-end brands. Hotels are especially well-positioned to provide a showcase for niche products and deepen the relationship with their guests in the process.

9 months ago

Dubai Puts Freeze on Futuristic Airport Project Until Further Notice

Dubai Puts Freeze on Futuristic Airport Project Until Further Notice

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Looks like Dubai overdid it again. Construction work is on hold at its World Central-Al Maktoum airport due to stagnant tourism and slowing economic growth.

9 months ago