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Israel's war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.
September 29, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel's thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war.

July 3, 2014

Starwood Hotels
10:59 GMT
(press release)

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Holy Month of Ramadan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its fifth annual ‘Iftar for Cabs’ initiative at over 40 participating Starwood hotels in the Middle East.

July 2, 2014

A similar visa policy is already in place for nationals from 38 countries, and once implemented, it will be available to 102 countries in total, EDB stated. The new policy was presented in a cabinet meeting earlier this week by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s first deputy PM and chairman of the EDB.
14:38 GMT

Bahrain is mulling the implementation of a new visa policy, under which nationals from 64 countries will be provided a one-month visa on arrival.

Al Bustan Centre & Residence
05:25 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence, the popular hotel apartments among visiting tourists and businessmen located in the heart of Dubai launched exciting Special Packages during summer and Ramadan periods.

July 1, 2014

The Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre
10:27 GMT
(press release)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Majid Al Futtaim celebrated the opening of The Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre.

Accommodation at five-star hotels skyrockets to anywhere between SR31,000 to SR40,000 for a 10-day period near the end of Ramadan.
04:55 GMT

Travel operators in Riyadh will increase the prices of weekend Umrah packages from SR90 ($23) per head to SR160 ($42) from Wednesday thanks to the influx of pilgrims during Ramadan.

June 30, 2014

He added that comparative studies about plans implemented in other countries should be made, but Iran’s domestic capacities and necessities should not be ignored as a result of these studies.
13:59 GMT

The government views the revival of the lake as a criterion for simultaneously reviving other bodies of water in the country, he added.

June 29, 2014

Starwood Hotels
08:42 GMT
(press release)

To celebrate theHoly Month of Ramadan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, announced today a special offer for members of its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programme.

June 25, 2014

The Fountain Café and Restaurant
06:58 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence will usher in the Holy Month of Ramadan with a fabulous Iftar spread at the chic and contemporary Fountain Café & Restaurant.

June 24, 2014

“In terms of tourists from emerging markets we can say that it is increasing by 70 per cent a year,” added Miguel.
00:04 GMT

The increase in tourism numbers was spurred by the launch of a daily Emirates flight route to Lisbon back in July 2012.

June 23, 2014

UAE private jet users appreciate the “luxury and the hassle-free environment” that comes with a private charter, the report said.
22:43 GMT

The study also found that Paris came in the second place with four trips and London in third place with two trips.

Award-winning chef, Theo Randall and children’s food expert Annabel Karmel
08:18 GMT
(press release)

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is rolling out its new signature InterContinental Planet Trekkers Menu, created exclusively for children, across its InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties.

June 22, 2014

“The UAE and Saudi Arabia have emerged with two of the most robust pipelines in the Middle East, as these two countries combined make up 70.0 percent of the rooms in the region’s pipeline,” Winkle said.
18:05 GMT

Average daily rate (ADR) for the month stood at $182.76, while revenue per available room (RevPAR — a benchmark for performance) touched $128.38.

Citizens travelling abroad were also advised to read the travel advice page at the ministry’s website and to enrol in the Tawjdi (my whereabouts) service program
17:35 GMT

Hamad Mohammad Al Junaibi, UAE’s Charge D’Affaires in Lebanon, urged Emiratis who are in Lebanon at present to leave the country immediately and to coordinate with the UAE embassy in Beirut to facilitate their departure.

For years, the administration of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put off all but the most adventurous travelers.
04:55 GMT

Even the Iranian law requiring women to cover up and the ban on alcohol have not discouraged British tourists.

June 19, 2014

The GCC spend was part of a total spending of $27 million from global visitors to Brazil during the four-day period.
22:59 GMT

Payments firm Visa revealed that GCC travellers to Brazil spent over $500,000 on their Visa accounts during the first four days of the FIFA World Cup from June 12- 15.