Doha’s Olympic Dreams Get a Boost

The withdrawal of Rome’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics games has given a boost to Doha’s campaign to host the games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has placed a priority of gaining iron clad economic guarantees from potential hosts, even before the formal bidding process has begun, and that’s the reason for Rome’s withdrawal. […]

Foreign Travel to the UAE Jumps

  The number of overseas visitors expected to visit the UAE this year is expected to surpass 9 million, a 9% increase over 2011. Confirming increased interest in tourism is a 132% increase in pre-registered attendees to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) the region’s premier travel exhibition. Reasons for increased interest in the region include […]

Dubai’s Airport in Line to Become World’s 2nd Busiest

Dubai International Airport is experiencing a record year, so much so,  that it is now on track to become the world’s second busiest airport, just behind London’s Heathrow. Dubai, now home to the world’s fourth largest airport, is expected to jump over Paris and Hong Kong this winter if trends continue as expected. The  growth […]

Rapid Growth Expected in MENA Region Airlines

  Airlines in the Middle East continue to surpass competitors world-wide, and Boeing now estimates that the region will require an estimated 2,520 planes (worth $450 billion) by 2030. That figure represents a growth rate of 160 percent from the current fleet of 1,040 planes. 66 percent of the new planes will be used for […]

Dubai Cruise Terminal Set to Grow in 2012

Dubai is continuing its expansion of its financial and economic portfolio by investing heavily in the tourism and hospitality sector. Global Marine firm DP World has announced plans to significantly expand its port facilities at the Dubai Cruise Terminal to handle as many as five cruise ships as a time at the end of 2012. […]

Palm Jumeirah Seems Back on Track

Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man made island, is getting back on track to become a hot tourist destination. Plans to open up to 30 hotels on Palm Jumeirah were put on hold following the worldwide economic downturn. In the last year, four hotels have opened on the island and two more are slated […]


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