General Travel News

Iftar and Suhoors Sustain Hotels in Ramadan

UAE hotels are relying on food and beverage revenues from iftars and suhoors because of the decline in occupancy rates during Ramadan.

“The hospitality industry has always been accustomed to experiencing a drop in room occupancy during Ramadan, especially when it falls on summer season,” said Syed Zulfiqar Mehdi, the sales director at Samaya Hotel Deira in Dubai.

But iftars and suhoors are helping to offset loss of room revenues. Rotana has reported a 5-10 % drop in occupancy this Ramadan, and the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has reported lows in occupancy which it has been successfully compensating through iftars and suhoors.

In the Middle East in general, occupancy was down by 1.2 per cent to 59.4 per cent, while the average room rate was down 3.1 per cent to $162.16.

More General Travel News
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - falconry
Summer in Turkey
Latest Travel News
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Summer in Turkey...
Taif Season attracts more than 750,000 v...
Featured Sights To See
What to do with Children in Tow in Muscat

What to do with Children in Tow in Muscat

Muscat, Oman

Children’s Museum This museum was opened in 1990. It is a unique structure easily differentiated from its surroundings by its twin domes. The Children’s Museum is primarily a science museum with a focus on the environment and nature. For tourists travelling with their children, this is an ideal stop. The interactive exhibits are fantastic and children are able to participate in virtual tours....

El Avila National Park

El Avila National Park

Caracas, Venezuela

Address: foot of Mount Avila, north of El Centro district Located on the foothills of Mount Avila and stretching all the way up to the very top, El Avila National Park offers an exciting recreational opportunity for you when you get saturated with the car-clogged roads and the shopper-infested malls of the city. The park contains cable cars that take you up to the very top. A 15-20 minutes ...

Desert Balloon Expeditions

Desert Balloon Expeditions

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

If you long for ditching the city with all its clutter and enjoy a serene yet adventurous experience then the desert balloon expedition would be the perfect choice, as you get to enjoy a ride over the magical yellow sand dunes of the desert. The balloon takes off from a desert oasis located north of Al Ain, rising early aiming to watch a dazzling sunrise from up – but keep in mind, they don’t g...

Hammam

Hammam

Sanaa, Yemen

Bathhouses that are remnants of Turkish Ottoman legacy. Old Sana'a contains more than a dozen hammams, of which the Hammam al Maidan is the most popular among locals.  It is open till late hours of the night, and contains separate bathing facilities for men and women.  ...