General Travel News

GCC Rail Projects Gain Steam

Attention is turning to the different rail projects throughout the Gulf in the wake of the successful launch of Dubai Metro.  There is a possibility of a Pan-Gulf network linking the major cities in the region.  Dubai Metro is the most important passenger rail services but it is one of many rail systems that will connect GCC countries and the whole region.  It took four years to launch Dubai Metro at a cost of Dh28 billion. 

Abu Dhabi this month announced they are considering bids for development of a 131 kilometer rail system which would be part of the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Masterplan and help hundreds of thousands of residents commute each day.  One analyst said “The GCC countries now should look beyond the existing mode of transport and ease travel restrictions to facilitate cross border tourism that will facilitate movement across the region.”
 

More General Travel News
Art Jameel - Poetry to Politics on display in Dubai through Jan 7 2024
Visit Vaud in Switzerland this summer
Abu Dhabi Festival Co-production of The Flying Dutchman opens at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
Latest Travel News
Visit Vaud in Switzerland this summer...
Abu Dhabi Festival Co-production of The ...
Saudi Arabian Airlines wins best stand d...
Featured Sights To See
Grande Bibliothèque

Grande Bibliothèque

Montreal, Canada

The Grande Bibliotheque is the largest library in the French-speaking world.  It was built between 2001 and 2005 and cost nearly $100 million.  The five-story building is a magnificent example of modern architecture.  The façade consists of copper strips in front of massive panes of glass.  In addition to the books, the library is home to a sculpture garden and several intere...

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Amman, Jordan

The Azraq Wetlands Reserve is part of what little remains of Azraq's wetlands.  The wetlands originally covered more than 12,000 square km, larger than the entire country of Lebanon.  In the 1960s, Jordan began channeling water from here to use in the cities of Amman and Irbid.  By 1990 the wetlands had completely dried up. In 1994, Jordan's Water Authority and the United Natio...

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

London, United Kingdom

This pedestrian bridge has become a landmark of twenty-first century London.  The 330m long bridge connects the City of London with Bankside, and crosses from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tate Modern art gallery.  Completed in 2000, it was the first pedestrian crossing of the Thames built in more than a century.  Unfortunately, engineers failed to account for the lateral oscillatio...

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, United States

The Art Institute of Chicago started as the Chicago Academy of Design and was founded by a group of 35 artists in 1866.  The academy was profitable, but struggled with financing.  The current building, built in the Neoclassical style, was built as an art gallery for the Colombian Exhibition and completed in 1893.  The museum and art school have continued to grow and expand ever si...