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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.
July 13, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
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.

January 2, 2014

Travellers must complete their EVW online at least 48 hours before departure and present a printed copy on departure and again on arrival in the UK.
19:44 GMT

With an EVW there is no requirement to provide biometrics, attend a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel.

The online booking on the company’s website yields ‘no flights available’. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:19 GMT

Confusion reigns among travel agents and passengers of RAK Airways after the low-cost airline announced the suspension of all operations from January 1.

Burj Khalifa
05:42 GMT
(press release)

The iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks display by Emaar Properties at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and Downtown Dubai, captivated the world and put the international spotlight on Dubai.

December 31, 2013

The world’s second busiest international hub recorded another month of high growth in November by handling 9.5 per cent more passengers to cross six million passenger mark, says a report issued by Dubai Airports.
18:23 GMT

Dubai International airport is on track to surpass its own traffic forecast of 65.4 million for the year, as it recorded 11 consecutive months of significant growth in 2013, according to latest data.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman
07:55 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman marks its third consecutive year as the top-performing hotel in the northern emirates by achieving an average occupancy rate of 91% in 2013.

December 30, 2013

Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi is expected to increase 2014. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
08:03 GMT

Occupancy in Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments climbed 10 per cent to 83 per cent in November over the same period in 2012.

Millennium Resort Mussanah
07:30 GMT
(press release)

Millennium Resort Mussanah will say goodbye to 2013 in style with a beach party on New Year’s Eve but the resort is also reflecting on a successful year.

December 29, 2013

Russian farm trip
09:13 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Downtown Dubai has recently hosted the visit of 37 tour operators from various cities of Russia for a Familiarization (FAM) Tour.

December 27, 2013

Jeddah authorities are planning to spend $160 million in 2014 to ease traffic woes for its residents (File Archive)
12:00 GMT

KSA's Jeddah announced that it will spend $160 million to ease traffic congestion in its metropolitan area.

December 26, 2013

Downtown Dubai Burj Khalifa
12:07 GMT

As Dubai gets ready to welcome the world for the 19th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), Emirates Holidays, the tour operating arm of Dubai-based Emirates airline, has announced special holiday packages from Beirut to Dubai starting from US$ 694 per person.

The UAE is among the top five countries in the world for new hotel openings over the past five years. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
09:51 GMT

Hotels in Dubai recorded the biggest increase in average daily rate, or ADR, in the Middle East/Africa region in November to underscore the emirate’s position as the fastest growing hospitality hub of the region.

December 23, 2013

Those barred from a GCC country for legal reasons or those who have already been deported would not be considered for the unified visa.
15:38 GMT

GCC countries are planning to launch a European-style Schengen visa by mid-2014 to allow Gulf-based expats and foreign businessmen to move easily across the borders of the six-member bloc.

Al Bustan Center
08:01 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence announces ‘Shop and Win AED 500,000’ promotion for Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2014.

December 22, 2013

Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited (PPLML) will oversee the renovation, management and operation of Abu Dhabi's airport lounges (Courtesy of The Moodie Report)
13:05 GMT

Abu Dhabi airport lounges will be under renovation to ensure that passengers have access to everything from showers and WiFi to conference rooms and new VIP facilities.

December 17, 2013

Mauritius becomes the 24th A380 destination and Emirates operates a fleet of 42 A380s, with 98 more on order.
03:22 GMT

As part of the capacity increase agreement, Emirates has signed a 10-year ‘commercial co-operation’ with Air Mauritius,