How to lock your flight fares, travel like royalty! This festive season is all about flexibility and air travel

Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express highlights that several extraordinary resort projects are making headlines with the opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles The Palm, Dubai.( Image: Raffles The Palm, Dubai) It’s easy to bask in festive vibes this season and travel like royalty! With more and more people keen to travel abroad, there … Read more

Saudi reforms won’t come at a cost to Abu Dhabi, ADGM CEO says

An Emirati woman paddles a canoe past skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s efforts to rival the United Arab Emirates as the region’s top business and financial hub won’t have a “dramatic negative impact” … Read more

Planning a visit to Dubai: Here are 5 ways you will travel differently now

Dubbed to be the World’s Greatest Show, the Dubai Expo is scheduled to be held from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. By Noel Swain After a long wait, the UAE opened its borders and lifted the ban on travellers from India. With flight services now operational, it is the perfect time for travellers … Read more

The world’s tallest observation wheel is opening in Dubai next month

Ferris wheels were once the center of the town fair. Now they are key parts of major metropolitan skylines. But none can top the heights of the Ain Dubai — meaning “Dubai Eye” in Arabic — which is scheduled to open on Oct. 21.  With a height of 820 feet, it will be the tallest … Read more

People are booking Christmas vacations earlier than ever before

What a difference a year can make. Last September, the travel industry agonized over a dearth of Christmas bookings. This September, some hotels are already fully booked for the holiday season.   People are reserving their Christmas vacations earlier this year, despite an unsettling rise in Covid-19 infections caused by the highly contagious delta variant. … Read more

With Art Basel Hong Kong and Eurovision in the same weekend, the global arts scene signals a return

With two major cultural events held last weekend, the international arts scene signaled it has no intention of letting yet another year get canceled by Covid.   Art Basel Hong Kong, which took place from May 19-23, marked the return of one of the world’s most venerated art fairs. The show came on the heels … Read more

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan

Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting. The move, announced Sunday by the city-state’s Economic Development Department, is the latest change aimed at boosting tourism in the autocratically ruled Muslim nation. “Restaurants will be allowed … Read more

Dubai expects economic boost from UAE golden visa extension

DUBAI: Dubai said the economic growth rate could increase by up to 1% because of plans by the United Arab Emirates to extend to more categories a “golden” visa system which grants 10-year residency in the Gulf state. Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years tied to employment. … Read more