It’s a time for sharing. For reflection. For family. To observe the holy month at a venue that truly befits the occasion. The St. Regis Dubai promises unrivalled and authentic Iftar buffets featuring Arabian and Mediterranean delicacies. Here Breaking Travel News takes a tour.
For customers travelling during the holy month of Ramadan Emirates has brought back its Iftar service, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai. The special boxes have been re-designed and are available across all cabin classes on select flights. These include those to and from the Gulf region as well as Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina.
Japan Airlines has revealed it will provide Halal certified Muslim meals on all outbound international flights from Japan. JAL has been serving Muslim meal as a special meal for Muslim customers. Recently the airline has received Halal Certification from Japan Islamic Trust, for the whole processing of its Muslim meal menus aboard all international flights departing from Japan.
Long a student of Middle Eastern history, photographer and writer Phil Sharp here visits the holy sites of Israel. Although finding a destination troubled by generations of inter-religious strife, his travels reveal a land of dynamic beauty drawing on its diverse past to create a bright future.
Among the three Top 25 Markets that hosted Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, Philadelphia experienced the most significant year-over-year increases in revenue per available room, according to data from STR, Inc. New York and Washington, DC also reported double-digit RevPAR growth during days on which Pope Francis visited the respective markets.
Marriott International has opened Makkah Marriott Hotel, the company’s first flagship brand in the holy city. The arabesque themed 426-room property sits on the hill top of Makkah, providing guests with exquisite views of the Holy City and Haram. With the opening of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Makkah, Muslim pilgrims will now have a property that easily resonates with their needs of a futuristic, comfortable and convenient place to stay while undertaking one of the most important journeys in their lives.
A new ground-breaking study has revealed Muslim tourists represent a major niche market – worth as much $126.1 billion last year. The figure is expected to grow at 4.8 per cent per annum through 2020, compared to global average of 3.8 per cent.
Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah has confirmed it will undergo its biggest make over yet, transporting guests into the quaint realms of ancient Hijaz to create a unique Ramadan experience. For the first time, two of the hotel’s speciality restaurants, Habsburg and Noodles will be lavishly decorated with artefacts of Hijaz, such as beautiful Fanous (lanterns) and traditional handicrafts, to re-create the quintessential charm that will treat Jeddah guests and residents to an entirely new Ramadan experience.
Saudi Arabia’s health authorities are on red alert following the death of four pilgrims from swine flu, and fears this year’s Haj season could provide a breeding ground for the virus. The health minister confirmed that 16 others had so far been diagnosed with the virus and four remain in hospital in “critical condition”.