General Travel News

Swine Flu Would Hit UAE Hard

EFG Hermes warned on Thursday that a swine flu pandemic would hit the UAE hard.  Because tourism is a major contributor to GDP in the UAE and Oman, confirmation of the swine flu in the region would have a significant impact. This sector is already experiencing difficulties and oil prices will be affected as people reduce their travel. 

Analysts at EFG Hermes said in a note to investors that there are still no reports of swine flu in the main MENA countries, but given the rapid spread of the disease the would not be surprised to hear of cases appearing in the coming days.  During the initial months of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis hotel occupancy declined more than 50% and tourist numbers fell between 50% and 70% in affected areas


 

More General Travel News
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establishment of new low cost airline
Emirates touches down in Mexico City
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
Jame' Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Jame' Asri Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

Location: Kampong Kiarong This is another picturesque mosque that was built to commemorate the silver anniversary of the current sultan and celebrates the royal dynasty.  ...

Gold of Africa Museum

Gold of Africa Museum

Cape Town, South Africa

African gold is celebrated in this museum which houses one of the most exquisite and beautiful gold collections the world over. This museum gives insight into the history of this gold and the evolution in design over the years. Artisans from all over the African continent from countries such as Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal are paid tribute for their skills in carving and designing extr...

Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

Zurich, Switzerland

The Swiss National Museum opened in 1898, seven years after its establishment.  The building is in the style of a French Renaissance chateau, designed by architect Gustav Gull.  It has been expanded several times since.  The museum is dedicated to Swiss culture The History of Switzerland gives an overview of Swiss history and is a good starting point.  The Collections Gall...

The Louvre

The Louvre

Paris, France

The first iteration of the Louvre Palace was built in the twelfth century.  Originally a fortress, it was renovated many times and served many different purposes, including as the king’s residence before Versailles was built.  The Louvre first opened to the public as a museum in 1793 in the midst of the French Revolution and displayed the recently seized royal collection of Louis XVI.&n...