Airline

Cruise Lines Weather Downturn

 The cruise line industry has been sailing through the recession while other sectors of the international travel industry have been greatly impacted.   Bookings have increased and operators will introduce 36 new ships around the world by 2012, costing about $22 billion.  Cruise Lines International Association will launch 14 new ships worth $4.8 billion this year, increasing their total capacity by 5%.

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said, based on bookings through December, there will be 260,817 cruise line passengers in the Emirate.  DTCM forecast there next year Dubai will host 99 ships carrying 383,432 passengers.  During 2008 68,301 passengers from Dubai went on cruises but this year 26,790 passengers from Dubai booked travel during the first quarter alone   Travel industry representatives believe more people are looking for better value options during the economic downturn and the cruise line industry provides this.

More Airline
Big jump in international passengers for Saudi Airlines
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 March 2019
New Istanbul airport starts operations
Latest Travel News
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Emirates touches down in Mexico City...
Air Arabia named as Middle East and Afr...
Featured Sights To See
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

London, United Kingdom

What would become Hyde Park was purchased by Henry VIII in 1536 from Westminster Abbey (who had held the land since before the Norman Conquest).  It was initially used as a private hunting ground until James I opened it up to British nobility.  In 1637, Charles I opened it up to everybody, making it the first public park in London.  The most prominent feature is the Serpentine, a cu...

Parc de la Ligue Arabe

Parc de la Ligue Arabe

Casablanca, Morocco

The Parc de la Ligue Arabe is not just Casablanca’s most renowned park but also one of the major parks of Morocco itself. Lush verdant carpeting and a profusion of flora that is local to Morocco make this a heavenly expanse of nature amidst the urban jungle. Many exotic and foreign varieties of plants are also grown here.             &nbs...

Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt, Germany

The biggest attraction for families with children and toddlers is the Frankfurt Zoo. Located in the Ostend, it attracts quite a crowd on Sundays and public holidays. With 4,500 animals of over 400 species, the Zoo promises lots to see on its extensive and well-maintained 11-hectare grounds. Admission fees: adults 8 Euros and children 4 Euros. Opening times: 10 am- 7pm in summer.       ...

Hudaibiyah

Hudaibiyah

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Situated on the old road connecting old Jeddah to Makkah. The location is now known as Al-Syumaisi. Hudaibiyah was a small oasis where the Muslim pilgrims from Madinah brokered a deal with the pagan rulers of Makkah, the Quraish, in 6 AH to return the next year to perform the holy pilgrimage of Hajj. In a typical fashion, the spot is marked with a masjid. ...