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Visa violators must avail UAE amnesty

Come August 1 and lasting for three months thereafter, a general amnesty will come into effect for foreigners and non-residents who have violated the UAE’s residency laws. While full details of the amnesty — dubbed ‘Protect Yourself via Rectifying Your Status’ — have yet to be clarified, Brigadier Saeed Rakan …

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Damascus: The Charm of an Ancient City

by Ibaa Younis*   Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the most ancient and continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is clearly divided into two parts; old and new. In this sense, it combines the present time features and the deep-rootedness of the past. The charm …

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Dubai gets record 4.7m foreign tourists in Q1

Dubai welcomed a record 4.7 million foreign tourists in the first quarter this calendar signalling strong growth momentum for the economy, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said in a statement on Friday. “Welcoming 4.7 million international overnight tourists from January-March 2018, the emirate posted a stable …

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Oman focuses on sustainable tourism

With key tourism projects and infrastructure development, Oman’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is making significant efforts to enhance the country’s offerings in the sector while emphasising on sustainable development. As a signatory to the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable tourism development, Oman has adopted several measures to enhance tourism …

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UAE leads the world in 50 indices

The UAE has been rated number one globally in 50 indices covering vital community and service sectors, according to the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018. The UAE led in the region and the world in various indices including the quality of government decisions, the government’s ability to adapt to changes, the …

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‘Here is what my #shithole looks like:’ African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark

President Trump’s dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and all of Africa as “shithole countries” whose people are not desirable for U.S. immigration  shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation. The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers. And reactions were swift. “The African Union Commission is …

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New federal standards for shawarma joints

Shawarma joints across the country will now have to adhere to new standards issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma). Esma announced on Saturday that it was enforcing new federal standards that would tighten controls at all stages of preparing the region’s most popular fast-food item. According …

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One tourist killed in Luxor hot air balloon crash

A hot air balloon crashed on Friday in Egypt’s Luxor governorate, killing a 36-year-old South African tourist and injuring 13 other foreign tourists as they were on a tour over the Valley of the Kings, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The body of the deceased tourist as well as those …

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Ajman offers pearl diving journey

The experience of pearl diving, a centuries-old tradition of Emirati culture, is now available in Ajman for citizens, residents and tourists. Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Foundation in cooperation with Rahal Travel and Tours, a subsidiary of the Ajman Holding Group, has announced the launch of the Ajman Pearl Journey, which …

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Oman’s tourism sector witnesses rapid progress

With major projects such as the Oman Convention Bureau and the new Muscat International Airport nearing completion, the tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industries in Oman are set to undergo a major expansion in the coming years, according to the Sultanate’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT). In an …

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