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  • Religious tourism in Saudi Arabia expected to increase 30%

    Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017

    In Saudi Arabia, Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services has recently seen growth in the country’s tourism sector during the Umrah season.   This was evident from the occupancy rates …

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  • 39 killed and 69 wounded in Istanbul night club attack on New Year’s Eve

    Published on : Monday, January 2, 2017

    A lethal terror attack on the New Year’s Eve killed 39 people including at least 27 foreign nationals at an up-market night club in Turkey’s city of Istanbul. The gun-attack also injured 69 more club goers on 31st December.   …

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  • Tourism and Hospitality pivotal for Saudi Arabia’s economy

    Published on : Monday, December 26, 2016

    Hospitality and tourism are the two industries playing a pivotal role in enhancing national economy of Saudi Arabia. The sector boosts country’s GDP and employment opportunities of more than 1.3 million for its citizens till date. In current context, number …

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  • Langham Hospitality Group opened new luxury hotel in Jeddah

    Published on : Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Langham Hospitality Group announced an agreement with Advanced Hotels Company to manage a luxury urban hotel in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Strategically located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and with a 360-degree view of …

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  • Self-service technology finds more popularity among Saudi airplane passengers

    Published on : Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    The use of self-service technology in Saudi Arabia is expected to surge in the next 12 months as an increasing number of airline passengers opt for technology rather than face-to-face interactions at the airport. These are the findings of the …

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  • Makkah prepares itself to be the new MICE tourism hub by 2020

    Published on : Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Makkah is all set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia as per the industry specialists.   Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is no longer just a …

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  • Saudi Arabia bound Air India flight makes emergency landing at India’s Kochi

    Published on : Friday, November 25, 2016

    Air India Express flight IXE 885 bound for Saudi Arabia’s Dammam was forced to make an emergency landing in the Indian city of Kochi after sparks were found by the Air Traffic Control; right after the flight took off from …

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  • Middle East hotel industry future looks promising with more than 541 projects

    Published on : Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    There are 541 new hotels in the pipeline across the Middle East – bringing an additional 158,950 hotel rooms to the region, an industry report has revealed.   The Middle East Hotel Construction Overview report prepared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS exclusively for …

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  • Dusit Hotel & Suites Doha appoints Ahmet Antepli as General Manager

    Published on : Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Dusit International has appointed Mr Ahmet Antepli as General Manager of the upcoming Dusit Hotel & Suites Doha.     An accomplished hotelier, Mr Antepli has over 18 years of experience working in various hospitality positions for well-known hotel chains …

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  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Tech-Forward Aloft Brand Launches in Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide,  today announced the entry of its innovative Aloft brand to the Saudi Arabian market with the opening of Aloft Riyadh. Designed for today’s hyper-connected, tech-forward global traveller, Aloft continues to re-define the traditional hotel experience …

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  • First Haj flight takes off from Dubai

    Published on : Monday, September 5, 2016

    A senior official of Dubai International Airports said that the very first Haj flight had taken off to Saudi Arabia from Dubai from this airport’s Terminal 1. The flight carried 400 pilgrims, according to the official.   During the season …

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  • Suicide bombing at Medina kills 4

    Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    Four security officers have been killed at one of Islam’s holiest sites in the Saudi city of Medina by a suicide bomber. Five other people have been injured.     According to the interior ministry’s statement, the bomber detonated his …

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  • Suicide attack near US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016

    A suicide bomber killed himself near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah after detonating an explosive as reported by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.   The Saudi police found a man who was roaming around the parking lot of a major …

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  • Yemen suicide attacks kill more than 40 people

    Published on : Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    More than 40 people were killed in a major Yemeni city following four suicide car bombings. The tragic incident took place in a major Yemeni city killing at least 42 people most of whom were soldiers.   The attacks occurred …

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  • Man molests Air hostess for a selfie inside Mumbai bound jet

    Published on : Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    A 29-year-old man from Gujrat was arrested on Monday 27th June for molesting an air hostess inside a Mumbai bound Jet Airways flight.     The accused Mohammed Abubakar forced the air-hostess to take a selfie with him. He also …

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  • Tourism sector will make Saudi Arabia more independent from oil

    Published on : Saturday, June 18, 2016

    There is more time to think during Ramadan: Just at the beginning of the Muslim fasting month the Government of Saudi Arabia published new plans to strengthen tourism. With new attractions and hotels, the previously state-supporting oil business should become …

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  • Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry adapts to the rise of ‘millennial’ travellers

    Published on : Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Millennial travellers are forecast to become the dominant consumer group globally by 2020, yet the future appears closer for Saudi Arabia. A new report by Euromonitor International prepared for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia reveals that in 2016, 10.3 million …

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  • Number of hotel rooms in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to double by 2018

    Published on : Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    The number of hotel rooms in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is forecast to double by 2018 according to a new report. The ‘Jeddah Hotel Market Overview’ report by JLL prepared ahead of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 opening today (17th …

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  • Swissport Saudi Arabia commences ground handling services for Scoot

    Published on : Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Swissport Saudi Arabia, (a subsidiary of Swissport International; the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry), has commenced ground handling services for Scoot. Scoot is a low-cost carrier based in Singapore and a wholly …

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  • Iran won’t send pilgrim to Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year

    Published on : Friday, May 13, 2016

    Following the latest sign of tensions between the two Mideast powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, the former country will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj.     After the crush and stampede last September in the …

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