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Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt’s Luxor

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector. The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history. “It’s truly an exceptional day,” ...

Dining goes digital for Thailand’s street food vendors

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bangkok’s famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution, embracing payment via Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be read using smartphones.Thailand is famous for its traditional street stalls that offer everything from stir-fried noodles to clothes and for many Thais eating out at a pavement stall is part of their daily routine.Now, some vendors in the capital Bangkok are offering digital transactions after the Bank of Thailand (BOT) last week gave the green light for ...

Here are the most prominent landmarks pilgrims can visit in Mecca

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Visitors to Makkah have several stations they can visit where they can learn about the treasures and history of Islam’s holiest city.In addition to visiting the Holy Mosque of Mecca, there are many religious and heritage sites that are offered through the Jabal Omar Development Company for their guests.One such location is the factory where the Kaaba’s kiswa – the cloth that covers Islam’s holiest site – is made. The kiswa is hand-stitched by skilled craftsmen who ...

Indian city rounds up beggars ahead of visit by Ivanka Trump

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Authorities in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump for an international conference. Over the past week, more than 200 beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons. Authorities have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city’s streets and in other public places. The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of Hyderabad’s thousands of ...

First lady Melania plays tourist as Trump departs Beijing

Friday, 10 November 2017

As US President Donald Trump left Beijing bound for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Friday, first lady Melania stayed behind to play tourist, viewing pandas at the zoo and visiting the Great Wall of China.At the Beijing Zoo, the 47-year-old former model fed a giant panda named Gu Gu and learned about his nutrition and training. She greeted a group of school children waving miniature Chinese and American flags, handing out stuffed toy eagles after watching the children ...

Saudi Archaeology meet to highlight efforts in caring for Kingdom’s antiquities

Monday, 6 November 2017

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), under the patronage of King Salman, is organizing the 1st Saudi Archaeology Convention from November 7 to 9, 2017, in Riyadh. The Forum is being held under the umbrella of the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative”. The opening ceremony and exhibition will be held at the National Museum in Riyadh, while the scientific conference and the workshops will be held at King Abdul Aziz Library and Hall at ...

How Khobar’s King Khalid Street won, then lost, its ‘Saudi Champs-Élysées’ label

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ask anyone in Saudi Arabia and they will tell you that King Khalid Street in the eastern city of Khobar was once proudly labeled as the “Saudi Champs-Elysées”. One look at old albums of the street and it’s easy to understand why. The street has witnessed many prosperous periods and was one of the most beautiful and famous streets of the Gulf kingdom’s eastern region. Once full of action and life, the street attracted both Arab and foreign shoppers and visitors. ...

Miss Universe 2017 shares beauty of Egypt on visit to promote tourism

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Miss Universe for year 2017, Iris Mittenaere, has been sharing pictures of herself touring around Egyptian cities on Instagram part of a visit aimed at promoting tourism in the country.The 24-year-old French model posed for pictures near the iconic Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx.“This afternoon was amazing ... learning more about the Egyptian civilization, the pyramids, is so interesting,” she wrote under her picture’s caption.In another picture she posed at one of ...

Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said.The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province.Its introduction coincides with Thailand’s peak tourist season and will be enforced in visitor hotspots including Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, ...

Breathtaking pictures of mountainous houses in southern Saudi Arabia

Monday, 9 October 2017

These mountainous houses located in southern Saudi Arabia are known for their strong core and great build. The building materials are all natural, as such there aren’t any significant costs. However, the building process is quite difficult because the smoothness of the process is governed by the roughness of the terrain and the rocks used for constructing the house. Rocks are primarily used for a building’s structure and designing multiple floors. The southern part of the ...

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