Tag: Tourism

Bringing them Back: Boosting Jordan’s Ailing Visitor Numbers

Sapped by continuing conflict in surrounding countries, Jordan’s tourism sector has seen better times. But the Kingdom’s Tourism Minister Nayef al-Fayez is leading an ambitious drive to encourage visitors to return. By Elisa Oddone In the new science fiction epic…

Jordan Starts Offering Unified Tourist Site Ticket

In a move designed to boost visitor numbers to Jordan, the Ministry of Tourism has begun offering tourists the chance to buy a single ticket that gives them access to most of the Kingdom’s major archaeologist sites and museums. The…

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QAIA: Flying High

In the space of a few years, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) went from being one of the region’s worst regarded aviation hubs to one of its best. How did they do it? Earlier this year, QAIA was voted the…

Hilton’s High Hopes for Dead Sea Resort

Hilton’s regional chief says his new Dead Sea resort will be open this summer, ready to take on the competition in Jordan’s increasingly competitive hospitality market. Hilton is set to expand its presence in Jordan this summer with the opening…

Dubai Metro: Mass Transit Done Right

2012 2013 2014 Q1 2014 Q1 2015 Dubai Metro Passengers 109,491,741 137,759,258 164,307,080 40,655,978 44,371,860 Growth 28,267,517 26,547,822 3,715,882 Growth (%) 26% 19% 9% Source: RTA annual report Dubai’s metro system has radically reduced the city’s congestion problems and secured…

Building Up Dubai

Despite recent volatility, Dubai’s real estate sector is proving to be more resilient than ever. By Nader Museitif Everyone loves chatting about Dubai’s real estate sector, even those who don’t actually live in the city, which is now synonymous with…

Hotel Electricity Rate Cut: A Misguided Move

The decision to slash electricity rates for hotels won’t do anything to solve the crisis in Jordan’s tourism sector. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s tourism sector plays an important role in the Kingdom’s economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism…

Red Sea-Dead Sea Project: Too Little, Too Late?

The $950 million Red Sea-Dead Sea conveyance project has finally been given the go-ahead. While it will likely save Jordan money and provide it with much-needed fresh water, doubts remain about whether it can save the fast-shrinking Dead Sea over…

OBG: Regional Volatility Hits Tourism

A concerted drive is underway to reinvigorate Jordan’s important tourism sector that has been shaken hard by regional instability. Jordan’s all-important tourism sector is having a rough time of late. According to the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the number of…

Setting Sail for Luxury

The Dubai International Boat Show is a highlight of the international boating calendar. Whether you’re buying or just there to browse, the five-day show provides an experience like no other. By Jane Hosking While only a short flight away, the…