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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.

December 26, 2013

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,

December 16, 2013

SophosMövenpick Hotels & Resorts
06:43 GMT

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar grabbed three prestigious awards at the Grand Finale Ceremony of the annual, General Managers Conference, held on 12 December 2013 at Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa.

Orchid Restaurant in Ramada Downtown
04:55 GMT
(press release)

As we welcome the year 2014, Ramada Downtown Dubai invites everyone to be part of the breathtaking and world-renowned New Year celebration at the city’s most prestigious and vibrant district.

December 15, 2013

During the event
09:56 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence recently organized a tree planting ceremony as part of Responsible Awareness Program (RAP) initiative for its employees.

December 11, 2013

 Neal Jones, Marriott’s chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, said it will “definitely” be announcing new projects relating to the 2020 showcase.
19:46 GMT

Marriott International is planning to operate 10,000 rooms in Dubai, four times its current number, in time for Expo 2020.

December 9, 2013

Ramada Ajman celebrating UAE National Day
06:53 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman, headed by General Manager Iftikhar Hamdani, joined the entire nation in celebration of the 42nd UAE National Day on 2nd December.

December 8, 2013

Abu Dhabi, along with Dubai, are expanding their port infrastructure in order to attract more cruise tourism in the upcoming years (Courtesy of Gulf Ship News)
10:50 GMT

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are in the process of expanding their ports in efforts to cater to more cruise tourism.

During the celebration
09:48 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence organized a special cake cutting ceremony for the mall tenants, guests and the local community to celebrate the 42nd UAE National Day.

December 4, 2013

Passengers in all cabins have access to WiFi, 1,500 channels of in-flight entertainment and gourmet-chef prepared meals, served by highly trained multi-lingual cabin crew.
03:55 GMT

The landmark flight, crossing the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada, has a published duration of 16 hours 20 minutes, more than enough time to delve into over 400 hours of in-flight Hollywood movies.

December 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi tourism is on the rise all around, with India representing the largest overseas source market. Nearly 150,000 individuals from India checked into Abu Dhabi hotels in the first 10 months of 2013 (Courtesy of Indian News and Times)
14:37 GMT

More than 2.2 million people checked into Abu Dhabi's 148 hotels during the first 10 months of 2013, representing a record breaking 26 percent increase in hotel occupancy in UAE's second largest city.

W hotels
12:23 GMT
(press release)

From the 12th annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), W Hotels Worldwide, the global design powerhouse, today announced the opening of its 45th hotel and first ever-ski retreat, W Verbier, as it marks 15 years of industry innovation this month.