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Chinese tourist numbers have recovered from their plunge following the 2012 eruption of the spat between Beijing and Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.

May 18, 2011

Lulwa, a film directed by Osama Al Saif from Bahrain
09:03 GMT
(press release)

At least 90 short films from the Gulf, Levant and North Africa are currently showing at the 2011 Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.

May 17, 2011

Bani Haddad, Group Vice President, MEA and Martin Armitstead, Group Senior Vice President, EMEA , accept the award on behalf of the Ramada Encore Doha
14:18 GMT
(press release)

Wyndham Hotel Group, today announced that two of its Qatari hotels, the Ramada Encore Doha and the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, have been honored with leading industry awards.

Omar Sharif at DIFF 2009
10:26 GMT
(press release)

Talented filmmakers from Egypt, who won honour and recognition at various editions of the Dubai International Film Festival, are leading the country’s first-ever special tribute at Cannes Film Festival.

May 16, 2011

Hussein Hachem, General Manager of Al Bustan and Al Murooj Rotana Dubai receiving the award
14:31 GMT

Al Bustan Rotana-Dubai, the flagship property of Rotana in the city shone at the prestigious World Travel Awards after being declared as the Dubai’s Leading City Hotel in the awarding ceremony held recently.

During the press conference
09:58 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, a premier destination for business and leisure travellers, hosted the two-day meeting of the officers and members of the World Blind Cricket Council.

The Hotel Show 2011
08:52 GMT
(press release)

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE in particular are forging ahead with their investment in hotels and transportation infrastructure.

May 15, 2011

Anita Cremer, Director of Sales & Marketing at Emirates Palace
10:03 GMT

Ms. Anita Cremer the new Director of Sales & Marketing in the Emirates Palace Hotel expressed her pleasure to join the team of Emirates Palace.

"Every Day is a Holiday", a film directed by Dima El-Horr
08:54 GMT
(press release)

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced an expansion of the Middle East’s most successful co-production market – the Dubai Film Connection – via a new focus on documentary films.

Haitham Nassar, Ramses Hilton General Manager, receiving the Award
07:42 GMT

Haitham Nassar, Ramses Hilton General Manager received an Appreciation Award presented by H.E. Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour.

May 12, 2011

Tarek Elhousseiny, General Manager, Visa North and West Africa
14:09 GMT
(press release)

Amadeus Egypt in collaboration with Visa announced a new complimentary service for travelers in Egypt that insures their checked-in baggage against delay.

Participating hotels from Dubai and Northern Emirates collected 75 KG of used cans
13:37 GMT

Eco Friendly Hotels under Rotana Hotel Management Corporation in Dubai and Northern Emirates contributed to the Can collection campaign.

This award confirms W’s Market by Jean-Georges’ appeal as best for businesses and best for European food
13:21 GMT
(press release)

W Doha’s Market by Jean-Georges Restaurant received the Time Out Award for ‘Best Business Lunch and Best Contemporary European’ at an Awards Gala at W Doha in the Great Room this week.

The moment guests set foot inside the 120-seat lounge they are met with a magical atmosphere
11:11 GMT
(press release)

Amethyste Lounge, an outdoor lounge located in Phoenicia Hotel, celebrated the finer things in life during its opening night on May 11, 2011.

Emirates Palace Hotel
10:56 GMT

The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi’s leading hotel, was confirmed to break a Guinness World Record as the world’s most expensively dressed Christmas Tree.

Rotana executives receiving the award
09:04 GMT

Al Bustan Rotana-Dubai received the important Certificate of Excellence for Best Water Quality from Al Najdain UAE in collaboration with CMI Germany.