Lucerne Switzerland

Inside Lucerne’s thriving tourism industry

Switzerland’s regional tourism sector made a strong comeback this year, with the appeal of places such as Lucerne – specifically among UAE visitors – firmly on the rise. Here’s how its local tourism board is responding

An insider’s guide to Madrid

Spain has opened its doors to international tourists, and especially welcomed visitors from the GCC region. Here’s what you can do in one of its most popular cities

Tokyo

Japan National Tourism Organization opens first Middle East office in Dubai

By 2030, Japan aims to attract 60 million visitors with a JPY 15 trillion consumption annually

Geneva aerial view Switzerland

Exploring Switzerland: Lucerne, Interlaken and Geneva

As Switzerland opens to quarantine-free travel for residents of the GCC, here are some of the most popular sights to take in and things to do in Interlaken, Lucerne and Geneva

Mysk Moon Retreat

Shurooq opens Mysk Moon Retreat glamping destination in Sharjah

It also unveiled four new hospitality projects in the emirate

Warner Bros Abu Dhabi

World’s first Warner Bros. hotel to open in Abu Dhabi on November 11

The hotel will be operated by Hilton under the Curio Collection brand

Address emaar Istanbul

Emaar’s Address Hotels opens first property outside of UAE in Istanbul

The development, which is part of Emaar Square, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul

Thomas Flohr Vistajet

Why Dubai-headquartered Vista Global sees a bright future for private aviation in the region

Vista Global Holding has successfully challenged the idea of corporate ownership of private jets. Thomas Flohr, its founder and chairman, is now knocking on the door of commercial airlines and is forcing a rethink among the latter’s top-tier customers

Wasl hospitality

Wasl to open four new hotels in Dubai

Wasl hospitality and leisure has a portfolio of 6,885 hotel rooms

Five beach Dubai

Five Holdings to open third property in Dubai in 2023

It follows the acquisition of the under construction Corinthia property in Jumeirah Beach Residence

Review: Staycation at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

Even a short stay at the sprawling property is rejuvenating, with all the safety protocols in place

Ras Al khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah offers overnight guests guaranteed prizes as part of new summer campaign

The emirate’s summer tourism campaign, WANASA, which offers discounts and complimentary passes to Dubai Parks and Resorts, is currently underway until September 15

Martin Nydegger, CEO of Switzerland Tourism

How Switzerland’s tourism industry is gearing up for a comeback

Switzerland has been the bellwether and thermometer for the health of Central European tourism. It’s beginning to climb out of one of its most challenging years ever, with Switzerland Tourism CEO Martin Nydegger bullish about a strong recovery

WIZZ AIR ABU DHABI SANTORINI

Wizz Air flights from Abu Dhabi to Santorini begin from Dhs179

The UAE recently added Greece to its ‘safe travel corridor’ for vaccinated travellers

John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company and Amaala

Exclusive interview: John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company and Amaala

Saudi Arabia’s mega vision for its tourism industry is thoroughly embodied by way of two large-scale developments along its Red Sea coast, led by the far-sighted John Pagano

The St. Regis Dubai, The Pam - Palm Tower

New St. Regis hotel opens on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

There are 264 guest rooms and 26 suites spread across 18 floors of The Palm Tower

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Oman Italy Ukraine

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to begin flights to Oman, Italy and Ukraine

Its network has expanded to 22 destinations, with more expected to be added over the coming months

Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub Dubai South

Private jet movements at Dubai South up 336% in Q1 2021

It reached 4,904 in the first quarter of this year compared to 1,460 in Q1 2020

St Regis Downtown Dubai

Marriott to rebrand Renaissance Downtown Hotel to St. Regis Downtown Dubai

The newly rebranded property is expected to be ready by December 2021

Arabian Travel Market to host its 2021 edition as in-person event in Dubai

The event is scheduled to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre between May 16-19, 2021

sharjah airport e-books

Passengers in Sharjah Airport will soon have access to e-book library

Travellers can download the books on their devices, which will then be available for 21 days for them to read

Private Jets Dubai

Private jets movements at Dubai South increased 21% y-on-y in 2020

The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub recorded a 78 per cent growth of private jets movements in Q4 2020, compared to Q4 2019

First winners of UAE’s ‘World’s Coolest Winter Challenge’ announced

Participants invited to post images or short videos of their winter activities across the UAE

Switzerland Tourism

How visitors from the GCC can turnaround the Swiss tourism industry

The Swiss tourism industry, rattled by the Covid-19 pandemic, is plotting a hard-fought comeback beginning this winter

Quick Holiday Travel

Revealed: Five countries you can currently travel to from Dubai within six hours

Travelling to a nearby country for the Christmas weekend would be an ideal getaway for many looking for a change of scenery

Dnata’s DUBZ offers home check-in services to Emirates passengers

Emirates passengers can book their home check-in services online up to 24 hours before the flight

Emirates Hotel Dubai

Emirates to offer complimentary hotel stay in Dubai to select transiting passengers

Eligible Emirates passengers will receive a complimentary night’s stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel in Dubai

UAE-ISRAEL-US-DIPLOMACY

Emiratis can travel to Israel without a visa

The Israeli cabinet has ratified the agreement for Emiratis to visit without pre-approved visas

Hampton by Hilton Dubai

Dubai College of Tourism signs agreement with Hilton to train Emirati workforce

The initiative is part of DCT’s Medyaf programme to increase the participation of Emiratis in the country’s tourism industry