Prospective hub for art and culture


With the recent opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the UAE has successfully attracted the niche market of art and cultural tourism. This will be a stepping stone to ensure UAE becomes a hub for authentic Arab art and culture. TravTalk delves deeper into similar art havens in the emirates. …

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Retail therapy ups tourism

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Slim Zaine, General Manager, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, talks about retail tourism segment in light of the upcoming Dubai Shopping Festival. TT BUREAU Over the years, retail tourism has always provided many opportunities to the industry. What are the key programmes which support this initiative? The shopping malls …

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Game changer behind Shurooq


A dedicated CEO with a mission to elevate Sharjah at various international forums, His Excellency Marwan Al Serkal has always been the face of Shurooq along with his dedicated team responsible for the development of the emirate. SHEHARA RIZLY As CEO of Shurooq, Marwan Al Serkal has been instrumental in …

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World’s longest zip line in RAK

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Adventure seekers are in for some real thrill as Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is all set to launch the first phase of the world’s longest zip line at mountain Jebel Jais this December. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, shares upcoming plans and agenda. TT …

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10.6% hike in tourism for Dubai

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The emirate maintains a strong 2017 tourism performance, with high double-digit spikes from five of top 10 source markets; India surpasses one million visitors in a six-month period for the first time. TT BUREAU A record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six …

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Sharjah Tourism buoyant about record growth & occupancy for ’17

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Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Authority participated at Arabian Travel Market for the 20th year and recorded a significant milestone of attendance. It is also upbeat about the latest guest night returns according to which hotels in Sharjah are reporting higher occupancy in the first quarter against last year. TT BUREAU …

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Dubai Tourism highlights career opportunities in tourism


Dubai Tourism’s two major initiatives, being carried out by its Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) – ‘Medyaf’ (Generous Host) and the ‘UAE Tour Guide Programme’ under its Emiratisation Programme, are aimed at training UAE nationals for a future career in the tourism industry. Dubai Tourism was at this year’s Careers …

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Dubai Miracle Garden eyes 1.5 million guests

Abdel Naser Rahhal

Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden, is all set to attract over 1.5 million guests as they display its breathtaking array of over 60 million flowers with a specially designed floral display in association with Emirates Airline A380. TT Bureau Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice Chairman, Cityland Group, …

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Sharjah’s Al Jawaher hosted 120,000 in 2016

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Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC) attracted more than 120,000 visitors and guests in 2016. This brings the total number of visitors who participated in some of the most prestigious and high-level events, organised and hosted by the Centre to 388,420 visitors, since they opened their doors in early …

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