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Egypt opens museum of calligraphy

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The Egyptian coastal city Alexandria has become the home of the city’s latest project for cultural preservation, the Museum of Arabic Calligraphy. As part of an inclusive renovation project for the Hussein Sobhy Museum of Fine Arts situated in Moharram … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Art from around the Arab World

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Words by Sylvia Smith, photography by Richard Duebel The world seems to be suddenly waking up to the importance of early Arab modern artists. From Saudi Arabia’s main annual art exhibition to the UAE’s pavilion at this year’s Venice biennale, … Continue reading

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MOROCCO: GCC tourist numbers on the increase

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Morocco, where tourism accounts for around 8 to 9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), is witnessing a dramatic rise in number of tourists from the GCC. Around $418 million was spent in Morocco in 2013 by tourists from … Continue reading

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Dubai aims to become top medical tourism destination

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      Dubai plans to attract thousands of medical tourists from Russia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, South Asia and GCC states and has earmarked seven specialities that will bring patients for treatment to the emirate. The Dubai … Continue reading

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Chinese Muslims to drive halal tourism growth

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China’s  growing Muslim population has been identified as a high potential source market for Islamic destinations. This increasingly influential group of travellers is already driving a surge in family and religious focused trips according to an Oxford Economics report The future … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Ras Al Khaimah’s major tourism expansion

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Rhona Wells reports from the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai Speaking at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Tourism Development Authority (TDA),  revealed the emirate’s exciting plans for the future expansion. … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Egyptian tourism on the road to recovery

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  23.6% increase in Egypt’s 2014 tourism revenues holds promise for positive sector forecast this year with US$ 5.3 billion-worth of tourism projects currently taking shape. Rhona Wells reports from the World Travel Market in  Dubai Egypt’s resurgent tourism sector … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Lebanon anticipating tourism revival

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Rhona Wells reports from the World Travel Market in Dubai Middle Eastern travellers are returning to Lebanon to the extent that, according to the experts,  tourism receipts are set to rise by 7.9% to reach $6.4 billion in 2015. Lebanon’s … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East online – Tourism adds $7.6 billion to Qatar’s economy

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Qatar saw 2.8 million visitors enter the country in 2014, an 8.2% increase in numbers over the previous year, generating 61,000 jobs in the tourism sector and an economic injection of $7.6 billion. Forty percent of tourists came from other … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE to The Middle East online… Saudi tourism market building on substantial growth potential

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By Rhona Wells With $11.6 billion worth of tourism projects currently underway in the country, the strength of Saudi Arabia’s tourist industry is set to go from strength-to-strength, as the country looks towards building on its existing domestic and religious … Continue reading

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