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In the tourism segment, basically everything is needed, most of all, hotels and related leisure facilities, together with appropriate infrastructure.
Tourism receipts were also skyrocketing and reached $926mn in 2013 against some $400mn in 2012, according to official government figures.

November 27, 2013

Bahrain's capital has attracted over 10.8 million visitors in 2013 thus far (Courtesy of Arabia 2day)
09:40 GMT

GCC and ASEAN voted Tuesday to name Bahrain's Manama the 2014 capital of tourism.

November 26, 2013

More than 10.8 million visitors have arrived in Bahrain thus far this year (Courtesy of Samba Samba)
08:32 GMT

In 2013 thus far, 10.8 million visitors have arrived in Bahrain, but confusing passport and visa procedures may discourage additional visitors in the future.

November 21, 2013

Etihad has gained a foothold in the lucrative Indian market. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
05:23 GMT

Etihad is set to acquire a 24% stake in India's Jet Airways

November 20, 2013

The deals mark another statement of intent to pay down debts, the FT report said, adding that the IMF estimates that Dubai has $85 billion of debt that will mature by 2017.
03:55 GMT

Atlantis Hotel, the flagship resort on the emirate’s Palm Island, and one utility provider are set to be sold by Dubai World’s investment arm, Istithmar, to raise cash ahead of a $5.5 billion repayment.

November 19, 2013

Farooq Payara, Director of Sales and Revenue, Ramada Downtown Dubai Hotel
08:43 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Downtown Dubai, located in Dubai’s most prestigious and vibrant district, announces the promotion of Farooq Payara to Director of Sales and Revenue.

November 18, 2013

The European Tour
07:00 GMT
(press release)

The European Tour is today delighted to announce that The Race to Dubai has been extended through to the 2017 season.

Elderly Nursing Home Visit
04:40 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, a premier destination for business and leisure travellers, paid a visit to the Ajman Elderly Nursing Home as a part of its ongoing CSR initiatives in the emirate.

November 17, 2013

The Dubai Airshow has taken off. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
09:19 GMT

Among other deals, Emirates placed a $76-billion (Dh279.68 billion) order for 150 Boeing 777Xs at the Dubai Airshow.

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa
08:28 GMT

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa hosted children from Al Amal Association for Special Needs for a full day filled with many fun and exciting activities.

November 14, 2013

According to the UK’s official tourism agency VisitBritain, there was a seven per cent rise in visitors from the UAE to Britain last year with Emiratis accounting for 18 per cent of the visitors.
03:55 GMT

Gulf tourists spend an average of Dhs12,380 per visit, which is nearly four times the amount spent on average by all visitors.

November 13, 2013

During the event
07:50 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Downtown Dubai joined the rest of the world in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by engaging in a series of activities aimed at raising awareness about the disease.

Al Bustan Centre & Residence
07:13 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence is undergoing an extensive AED15-million renovation of all its 640 guest rooms to upgrade its facilities and be on par with new and upcoming properties in the market.

Revenues for Emirates Airlines reached $10.8 billion in 1H 2013. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Dubai's Emirates Airline on Tuesday posted a two percent increase in half yearly profits, blaming high fuel costs and an “unfavorable” currency exchange environment for the slow growth.

November 12, 2013

Despite regional challenges, Air Arabia posted an impressive growth in revenue for the first nine months of the year. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
05:28 GMT

Air Arabia on Monday declared 14 per cent growth in its nine-month revenues despite continued political instability in regional travel market.

November 11, 2013

Middle Eastern investors were one of the most active buyers of hotel real estate in 2012 (Shutterstock)
06:56 GMT

Investment in the hotel industry across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) reached 53 percent in the first 9 months of 2013, with GCC opening 150 new hotels this year to accommodate tourism in the region that is growing at a compound annual rate of 8.5%.