Now book cruise boats in Jeddah using an app

Friday, 16 February 2018

Now cruise boats in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, can be booked through a smartphone app. A license to this effect was issued by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to ride-hailing app company Careem. The new app service is expected to reduce the cost of renting a cruise boat by 50 percent compared to the usual fare, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The facility to book cruise boats through a smartphone app will be available at Jeddah Corniche in the beginning, according to Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president ...

Camel carvings dating back 2,000 years found in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Saudi -French archeologists found life-sized engravings of camels on the desert rocks of Al-Jawf, north of Saudi Arabia. The camel carvings date back to 2,000 years ago. Some of them are incomplete, showing as three rocky protrusions. It is still a mystery that these carvings existed in such remote areas where it’s not familiar for such relics to be found. Their presence point to the existence of an ancient civilization in the region. The joint team that announced the discovery noted that ...

Fresh twist for UAE diners as oysters thrive in warm waters

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The waters of the Arabian Gulf have long been home to pearl oysters, providing a valuable mainstay to Arab tribes that subsisted off its trade before the discovery of oil pumped new life into the Arabian Peninsula. Now, off the shores of the United Arab Emirates, a new type of oyster is thriving — the edible kind. Long thought of as a cold water delicacy, edible oysters are being farmed in the warm waters of Fujairah, an emirate with a coastline that juts out into the Gulf of Oman. The ...

Morocco tops 11-million mark in record tourism year

Monday, 12 February 2018

Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced Monday.Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10-percent increase over 2016, with tourists from “emerging markets” such as China and Brazil joining those from France, Spain and Germany.Revenues from the sector jumped to 69.7 billion dirhams ($7.55 billion, 6.16 billion euros) in 2017, up from 64.2 billion dirhams the previous ...

World’s tallest hotel: Next in line for Dubai’s record-breaking buildings

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Gevora hotel, set to be the world’s tallest hotel standing at 356 meters high on Dubai’s main highway Sheikh Zayed Road, will open on February 12. Built by the Emirati developer, al-Attar Group, the Gevora has 528 rooms and 75 floors. The developer is hoping to take the tallest hotel title from the JW Marriott Marquis which stands at 355 meters. Other hotels in Dubai include Burj al-Arab, standing at 321 meters high, and the Rose Rayhann which is 333 meters high, according to ...

Saudi Arabia to promote 250 ancient caves for tourism

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Human beings had a fascination for caves from the time of the early man, and caving has always attracted tourists of all kinds from hardcore adventurists to fearless curiosity seekers to date. More than 5,000 caves around the world attract nearly 250 million tourists each year. These caves contribute $2 billion to the global tourism revenue annually. READ ALSO: Istiraha: A rare look inside the Saudi man-cave Caves were one of the best natural habitats where people sheltered themselves ...

160-mln-year-old Saudi mountain serves as oil reservoir, tourist destination

Friday, 9 February 2018

A series of mountains located 35 kilometers away from Riyadh is the latest geological site reeling in visitors in the kingdom. The Tuwaiq mountains have become popularly known as ‘the edge of the world’ for how similar they are to the US’s Grand Canyon in Arizona, also famously called the same nickname. Tourism in Tuwaiq Several group tours for residents and foreigners go on regular visits to the vast rocky edge, as well as nature lovers and those intrigued by strange rock ...

UAE embassy in Paris issues warnings to citizens, Eiffel Tower forced to close

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The UAE’s embassy in Paris has issued a warning on Wednesday alerting citizens in the country to take all necessary procedures against the icy weather conditions that have greeted the French capital. The embassy cautioned UAE travelers to Paris in light of unstable weather conditions. It also urged citizens to keep an eye out for updates and instructions from concerned parties. The embassy’s announcement comes after heavy snowfall caused major travel disruptions in the northern half ...

Ancient Egyptian priestess’ tomb discovery shows significance of monkeys

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country’s famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country’s staggering tourism sector. The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza’s western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom. It likely belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists believe was close ...

IN PICTURES: A look at the historical Saudi Jawatha Mosque

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage restored the historical Jawatha Mosque, where the second Friday prayer in Islam was held, after sand had covered it. Jawatha Mosque in Ahsa, east of Saudi Arabia, has been restored several times as sand continuously covered it. The mosque, which was built in the seventh year of hijra by Bani Abd al-Qays tribe, has interested researchers and Muslims due to its significance as the mosque where the second Friday prayer was held. It has become ...

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