Costa Cruises opens its sixth consecutive season in the Emirates with the inaugural call in Dubai of the flagship Costa Favolosa. The arrival of the vessel at the port was celebrated with a welcoming ceremony attended by Awah Al Ketbi, chief executive of AL Ketbi Consultancy, the company which runs the Costa representative office in Dubai, Captain Mauro Muratore and government officials and VIP guests from Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, tourism and maritime sectors.
Millennium & Copthorne has revealed it will be moving into the deluxe serviced apartments sector when it opens a modern and stylish property in the popular Dubai Marina area in the coming six months. The brand is already one of the world’s largest owned-and-managed hotel companies, with more than 120 hotels across 20 countries.
Luxury Middle Eastern destination Dubai has continued to recover from the global economic downturn, with visitor numbers increasing significantly in early 2010. Meanwhile a new report has found the UAE will account for the vast majority of tourism spending in the Gulf over the next eight years.
Following a sustained campaign from environmentalists, the Atlantis resort in Dubai has released a captive whale shark back into the ocean. Sammy – a four metre female whale shark – was released back into the Arabian Gulf in conjunction with Atlantis Fish Husbandry Team.
Two members of cabin crew from the Emirates Airline have been jailed for three months in Dubai, following the exchange of a series of sexually explicit text messages. The case is the second to emerge from Dubai in as many weeks, as international visitors grapple with the emirate’s strict decency laws.
Samaya Hotels & Resorts has confirmed it will be appearing at this year’s International Tourism Bourse in an effort to boost sales in Europe. The newly established brand will appear alongside over 100 than 100 representatives from the travel, trade and hospitality industries of Dubai.
Dubai is set to further tighten entry criteria for Israeli citizens looking to visit the country; with those holding dual nationality likely to be added to the list of those barred from entry.
Starwood Hotels is celebrating the launch of the Luxury Collection in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as Dubai’s iconic Grosvenor House joins the brand.
Dubai is a perfect place for boat lovers. There are many marine activities which attracts tourists around the world.
Many travelers who travel to Europe and Mediterranean envisage Dubai as a stopover point. But this is a wrong assumption Dubai is a holiday destination by itself.
The number of tourists to the Middle East will more than double by 2020, according to a report by the UN World Tourism Organisation. The growth rate in the region will be almost double the world average taking the number of tourists arriving in the region to 136 million by 2020, up from 54 million last year.
The Middle East is well placed to bounce back from the current economic crisis, according to research from global travel management company HRG. HRG believes that the region’s large number of international flight connections and investments in both infrastructure and hotels means the market is in a good position to bounce back from the downturn.