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Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC), a division of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), chose the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, to launch new data on the Middle East and African wellness tourism markets.
Designed to become one of Dubai’s dining hotspots, The Langham will offer guests a variety of restaurants and bars, most with al fresco waterside dining. Heading the culinary options will be The Palm Court, an elegant lounge modelled on its namesake in The Langham in London, as well as a Japanese restaurant, a waterfront seafood outlet, a niche breakfast room, an Arabic /Italian fusion café, an all day restaurant featuring international buffet and à la carte selections, a beach restaurant and a juice bar offering all day light snacks and refreshments. The resort will also have a Club Lounge offering complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and a dedicated concierge service.
Ending on a happy note, SNCF, hopes to relaunch the Orient Express service once more within five years carrying 150 passengers initially running between Paris and Vienna. Getting the legendary trainline back on track but fitted out with modern furnishing and fixtures would brand the Orient Express as a byword for what it hopes will set a new standard for luxury travel.
Transport around Bizerte is cheap and plentiful. A taxi, or ‘louage;’ as they are known locally, can be hired from around the equivalent $1 per journey.
From exploring the frankincense trail to experiencing one of the many golfing adventures on offer, the Sultanate of Oman offers a plethora of tourist attractions as well as potential relocation solutions for those seeking lifestyle changes.
Another exciting green destination is Masdar city, which can be visited daily, a city designed to rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with zero-waste. It initially aims to be a sustainable zero-carbon car free city and is already well on track to achieving its aims.
To add another dimension to what we have come to expect from Petra, there are several different experiences to be had. The Rock Camp set deep in the hills offers a night under canvas where the depth of the night sky is magical and one seems to step back to Nabatean times, sleeping amongst the spectacular rock formations, is a wonderful addition to the Petra experience and if cookery is your interest, there is a restaurant in Petra with a difference, in order to eat, you must first cook your own food at the Petra Kitchen. Under the watchful eye of several experienced chefs, diners prepare – under instruction – local dishes including lentil soup, flavoured with cumin and served with lemon slices; Bedouin pizza and makhlouba (upside down chicken and cauliflower rice dish). Preparation of the local dishes is enhanced by explanations about Jordanian customs, including how and why the dishes have become firm national favourites. Despite all the cooks’ best efforts, there were mounds of food left at the end of the evening, which was taken, that night, and distributed at Syrian refugee camps near Amman, yet another expression of the warmth and seemingly inexhaustible generosity of the Jordanian people.
Dubai Vision 2020 tourism plan underpins Expo bid with a new Tourism Vision 2020, the visitor target for Dubai in 2020 has been set at 20m. DTCM Director General Marri, indicated this total would be significantly enhanced should Dubai win its bid to host the World Expo 2020 – a decision due to be announced in November.
The study confirmed that users in both countries rely on new technology when making travel decisions. The initial finding from the study is that the Internet plays a key role in the decision making process. Apart from direct advice from friends and family, the internet is the number one source for trip planning for more than a third of leisure travellers surveyed (39% in the UAE and 38% in Saudi Arabia). This number rises for business travellers – jumping to 48% and 50% in Saudi Arabia and the UAE respectively.
Muslims have a long established passion for travel, extending back to the intrepid explorers such as Ibn Battuta and Ahmed Ibn Majid who helped to map the world for future generations. The 21st century tourism industry is just starting to wake up to this affluent sector, writes