Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Russia is to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo in February after more than a two-year hiatus, Russian transportation minister said on Friday. Egypt’s aviation minister traveled to Russia to sign protocol agreements to allow the resumption of Russian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, Egyptian sources and Russia's minister said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in ...

PHOTOS: Gharameel, the remains of a huge mountain in northern Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Gharameel are dark-colored straight pillars that are actually part of the remains of a huge mountain that existed in Hail, south of Al-Ula in North Saudi Arabia. According to Al-Sahra desert team, a group of Saudis who operate a website on Saudi lands, the land, deserts and mountains, where these remains exist are astonishingly beautiful. “You feel like you are on a different planet. They are dark rocks that stand high like palm branches or like pillars. They resemble ruins, much like a ...

Saudi tourism authorities to develop historic mountains of Mecca

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has reiterated its plans to rehabilitate the historical mountains of Makkah to woo pilgrims from different parts of the Islamic world to visit the sites.Jabal Al-Noor, where the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed, is among the few sites in Makkah still preserved from the Prophet’s time though it does not hold any importance in the religious rites of the obligatory pilgrimage.In addition to this revered mountain, ...

How the Saudis could avoid missing the boat on tourism

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Recently, Saudi Arabia made global headlines when it announced it will start issuing tourist visas. Although visited by 2 million Muslims from around the world making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the country has been notably cautious when it comes to attracting the average tourist. In fact, the Kingdom does not show up on many lists of favored tourism spots. The impression is that it’s easier to book a trip to Tibet than get a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia. Upcoming mega projects But ...

Sam Blatteis

Bride of the Red Sea gets a facelift

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Soon, Jeddah will have a new, renovated and a state-of-the-art coastal front that is sure to provide quiet enjoyment with popular seaside entertainment and community facilities. This new seafront is sure to be an attractive and must-see destination for the people of Jeddah and visitors from all over the Kingdom.The size of this new seafront can harbor more than 120,000 people at the same time. The sheer numbers that it can hold is sure to provide a place for families and friends to visit, making ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

Data contradicts perception on Indian tourism post-demonetization

Friday, 17 November 2017

A year after the demonetisation shock, its effect on the tourism sector in India remains difficult to measure. On 8 November 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized Rupees 500 and Rupees 1000 banknotes and the first anniversary of the decision was recently celebrated by the government as Anti-Black Money Day. It is generally believed that the sudden imposition of the demonetization decision dealt a setback to businesses in the country’s unorganized sector, as local shops and ...

Decked-up Pedicabs a tourist hit in historic Malaysian city

Friday, 3 November 2017

Decked out with flashing lights and cartoon characters, with loud music pumping, rickety bicycle rickshaws have become a hit with tourists visiting the historic Malaysian city of Malacca. Once a common sight in many parts of Malaysia, the three-wheelers, known locally as trishaws, were largely phased out as cars became more affordable and took over the country’s roads. But in Malacca, a former colonial settlement that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Malaysia’s top tourist ...

One killed, two hurt in Morocco tourist town shooting

Friday, 3 November 2017

One man was shot dead and two others were hurt in a tourist area of Marrakesh, authorities in Morocco said, adding that it appeared to be a local settling of scores. Two attackers wearing balaclavas shot the victim at a cafe in the town, a popular destination for foreign visitors. The man, who was hit in the head, died instantly. The two assailants also injured two other people in a hail of bullets before they fled on a motorbike, local authorities said. Initial investigations indicate that the ...

Al-Jahwa: Saudi city that stands tall after 40 centuries

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ancient city of al-Jahwa is located on the south of Wadi al-Namas and was known to have been inhabited by the Bani Bakr tribe. The city has been profiled by the prolific author al-Hamadani in his book “The features of the Arabian Peninsula”. It the book, al-Hamadani says Jahwa is larger than the city of Jarash and was the base of a small Sultanate until 320 AH. The remnants of its ancient bases and its huge wall, which was built with large stones, still stand today. Jahwa’s ...

Tourists trickle back to Tunisia after 2015 militant attacks

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Dozens of tourists pack beach chairs at a Tunisian luxury hotel, where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, the furniture at the shiny reception hall, the police post at its gate and even its name is new. Nothing reminds holiday-makers of the day in June 2015 when an ISIS militant shot dead 39 foreigners in this beach resort, triggering an exodus of tourists from the country and severely damaging its economy. Now some of those tourist are coming back, ...

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