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.
Saudi Arabia has confirmed telecoms firms in the country will be forced to block the messenger function from BlackBerry smartphones from Friday. Following the lead the UAE, the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission said the ban would last until the state’s three mobile phone operators “fulfil the regulatory requirements it has requested”.
Saudi Arabia is set to follow the United Arab Emirates in banning the use of certain functions of BlackBerry smart phones. Citing security concerns, officials in the UAE said a ban would come into force in October, preventing users from accessing instant messaging, email and web-browsing services.
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The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority has recorded a sharp increase in air traffic over the past year – with total movements up 12 per cent. The official body has also recently agreed a deal to support aviation training in Africa.
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.