Football fever: Qatar gears up for AFC Asian Cup, other key events in Q1 2024 image Getty Imges

Football fever: Qatar gears up for AFC Asian Cup, other key events in Q1 2024

Qatar will welcome football fans from around the region for the AFC Asian Cup being held from January 12 – February 10 this year

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Dubai named world’s best destination by Tripadvisor, yet again

Dubai, for a third year in a row, has been voted the world’s best travel destination by users of the travel app

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Here are top 5 travel trends in the Middle East for 2024

Priority Pass operator Collinson shares that from backpacking to wellness retreats, the rise in holidays that enable travellers to get back to basics is undeniable

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Saudi Arabia: What NEOM’s new destination, Siranna, has to offer

Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, this ultra-luxurious destination will be home to a 65-key hotel, as well as 35 exclusive residences

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Abu Dhabi: Yas Waterworld expansion to add thrilling new experiences

Yas Waterworld is a part of Yas Island that includes attractions such as Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World, CLYMB Abu Dhabi and Yas Bay Waterfront

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs, says UNWTO

A digital nomad visa allows individuals to live and work overseas while maintaining employment or conducting freelance work in their home or another country

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UAE, Bosnia and Herzegovina announce visa-free travel for multiple categories

Citizens from both countries possessing valid passports will now have the privilege of visa-free travel for tourism, business, and short-term visits

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Dubai 2023-24 cruise season: Emirate welcomes Resilient Lady from Virgin Voyages

The call is one of a number of international cruise liners set to arrive at Dubai Harbour during this year’s cruise season, with 300,000 passengers and 49 ship calls

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Abu Dhabi welcomes first cruise liner, as 2023-24 cruise season begins

The upcoming cruise season promises significant growth with Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal slated for 126 calls, starting from November 1.

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Red Sea Global unveils new luxury private island destination in Saudi Arabia

The buy-out only island resort will offer travellers premium luxury and hyper-personalised private experiences from early 2024

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GCC unified tourist visa to be introduced soon: UAE minister confirms date

The new visa will open doors to travellers, granting them access to six countries under a single, unified tourist visa, and foster economic synergy across the GCC

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Visit visa update: Saudi Arabia e-visa offering now extends to 63 countries

Saudi visit visas are now available to citizens of Türkiye, Thailand, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, and Mauritius

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Saudi Arabia launches ARDARA and lifestyle destination AlWadi in Abha region

ARDARA aims to provide investment and partnership opportunities for investors in hospitality, arts, culture, food and agriculture, retail and entertainment

China grants Saudi Arabia Approved Destination Status

China grants Saudi Arabia Approved Destination Status

Saudi Arabia aims to attract three million Chinese travellers by 2030

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Saudi’s PIF sets up Al Balad Development Company to transform Jeddah’s historic district

The company will follow leading urban planning and environmental sustainability standards to preserve the area’s unique heritage

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World Tourism Day 2023 celebrations in Riyadh: Emphasis on green investments

As the Global Day of Observance for tourism, it offers a chance to celebrate the sector’s vital role in advancing peace and prosperity

DCT Abu Dhabi, Mubadala to invest Dhs50m in cultural industry

DCT Abu Dhabi, Mubadala to invest Dhs50m in cultural industry

The collaboration presents an important commitment to fostering cultural programmes and initiatives

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Oman Air global sale starts: 20% off on economy flights, more details here

The promotion from Oman Air is valid for travel until March 15, 2024 and includes return flights only

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Insight: Embracing the future of business travel

We explore key trends that are reshaping the landscape of business travel

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Oman visa-free entry: Check list to see countries that qualify

Nationals of 103 countries and regions are exempt from entry visas for stays up to 14 days

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Morocco earthquake: Is it safe to travel to Marrakech?

In the aftermath of the earthquake, while Marrakech airport continues to function normally, it has seen long queues of tourists wanting to fly out of the city

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UAE-Armenia visa-free travel for multiple nationalities: Check full list

Armenia’s close proximity and lack of extensive visa requirements make it a popular holiday destination for those residing in the UAE

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UNWTO, G20 launch dashboard to support tourism, advance SDGs

In 2022, the G20 nations welcomed 74 per cent of international tourists and 73 per cent of tourism exports worldwide

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Red Sea Global partners with Al Ula to drive Saudi Arabian tourism sector

The agreement will help responsible development of the destinations and fulfill both their roles as cornerstones of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

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Saudi Arabia receives 7.8 million tourists in Q1 2023

The kingdom’s incoming tourism revenue grew by about 225 per cent to reach SAR37bn in the first quarter of this year

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Abu Dhabi: ADNEC’s Tourism 365 launches charter flights to these countries

This new service is poised to increase visitor arrivals to the UAE

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Travel will represent a $15.5tn economy by 2033

The report by World Travel & Tourism Council reveals the top five most powerful travel and tourism economies as of 2022 in terms of GDP contribution

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Abu Dhabi revises hotel fees to boost hospitality sector

The change, which follows directives from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, is set to take effect from September 1

Saudia inaugurates flights from Riyadh, Jeddah to Beijing

Saudia launches flights connecting Riyadh, Jeddah with Beijing

The new routes reinforce Saudi Arabia’s commitment to boost the growth of the tourism and aviation sectors

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Dubai surpasses pre-pandemic international tourism levels in H1 2023

The emirate said there were 8.55 million international tourists in the January-to-June period this year, the best first-half performance yet