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General Travel News

Oman attracting GCC visitors

More than 1 million tourists have visited Oman in the first half of 2014 and 38% of them have come from the GCC. Tourist arrivals from the GCC have surged by 10.8% and the Ministry of Tourism of Oman along with Oman Air are trying to woo more travelers from the GCC.


Salim Al Mamari, Director General of tourism promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism, said, “Because of its diverse geographical features, Oman is an all-year-round tourism destination, making it perfect for GCC tourists to take short-break vacations.”


Besides Oman Air, all regional airlines and low cost carriers fly to Muscat or Salalah and offer a great opportunity for visitors to take a short break in Oman. A trip to the Mutrah Souk in Muscat for buying trinkets or sailing on a yacht to see dolphins or just taking in the lush green landscape of Salalah are some of the diversions that a weekend in Oman can offer.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 16:07

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Christie's Middle Eastern Art sale

If you an art lover and you are well endowed with loose change, you can join the ranks of the art connoisseurs. A total of 63 works of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East are being offered at the Christie's Dubai online store. Price estimates range from $1,500 to $40,000.


Christie's Dubai branch is located in the financial hub of Dubai - DIFC. The sale room and viewing of art can be done at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. The online sale is taking place from October 16-30 2014.


Remember not to be intimidated. 57% of the visitors to the Christie's Dubai online art site are new to Christie's and about 20% of their worldwide buyers are under 45 years old.


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 22:09

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Team Abu Dhabi race alongside dolphins

Team Abu Dhabi who are on the first leg of their nine months long Volvo Ocean Race had a pleasant surprise when some dolphins decided to compete with them off the coast of Morocco.


The round-the-world yacht race is a gruelling challenge which started in Alicante, Spain, on October 11 2014. The first leg will take the teams to Cape Town where they are expected to arrive between November 2-6. After a two weeks pit stop the teams will set off for Abu Dhabi where they are expected to arrive between December 11-15.


Departing early January from Abu Dhabi, the teams will set sail for China and onwards to New Zealand, Brazil, Portugal, France and finally aim to reach Gothenburg in Sweden next summer - June 21-24 2015. Bon voyage!

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:04

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Emirates Palace Hotel launches new spa

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi has recently upgraded its spa to feature four brands each of which focus on a different area of relaxation and grooming. The full range of treatments for men and women combines precious elements such as gold, diamonds, and caviar with ancient spa traditions like the Moroccan Hammam.


A designated manicure and pedicure salon features products from leading podiatric beautician Bastien Gonzalez, while a gentlemen’s grooming area offers barber and grooming services from luxury UK establishment Gentlemen’s Tonic.


The skincare and massage services on the menu feature scientifically driven products Forlle’d and Amra. Forlle’d offers facials that guarantee results after the first treatment. Other facial and body care treatments offer the power of precious elements such as pearl, gold, diamond and caviar stimulated by scientific actives, through Amra. The signature Palace Massages feature tailored massage techniques, combined with 24-carat gold oil to rebalance the mind and body, Diamond oil to restore vitality or caviar infused oil to calm the muscles.


Visit the Emirates Palace Spa for a truly palatial spa experience.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:20

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US concerned about sale of Waldorf Astoria New York to China

The venerable New York hotel, The Waldorf Astoria, was sold by Hilton to China's Anbang Insurance company in a deal valued at $1.95 billion. The new buyers will invest in renovating the hotel but Hilton will retain the rights to operate the landmark hotel for another 100 years.


The US State Department has expressed concerns about the renovation of the hotel and thinks that the Chinese may be preparing to bug the hotel rooms which are regularly used to host State Department officials and foreign heads of state during the annual United Nations General Assembly session.


Every US President since 1929 has stayed at the Waldorf Astoria's Presidential Suite during trips to New York.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:54

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Irhal wishes everyone "Eid Mubarak!"

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 October 2014 05:22

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