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Uzbekistan becomes a country of tourists

Tourism in Uzbekistan has always drawn people from far and wide. For anyone who knows about the country, this is easy to understand – bright colours, intricate patterns, rich flavours, and friendly people await every visitor. Traces remain of great empires that have long since been blown away by the …

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Uzbekistan: open for business

By Sher Karimov   Uzbekistan will implement a national strategy to improve the independence of the country statistics system. The document signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev prioritizes the measures to implement the strategy between 2020 and 2025, which was developed jointly with the World Bank. The country’s statistical bodies will …

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Israeli imposes privacy limits on coronavirus surveillance

The Israeli cabinet limited on Sunday the involvement of the Shin Bet security service in the cellphone-tracking of people infected by the coronavirus, saying the measure would be a last resort where epidemiological investigation proves insufficient. Circumventing parliament in March, as the coronavirus spread, the cabinet approved emergency regulations that …

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Here to Stay?

The new coronavirus may be deepening dictatorship in parts of the Middle East already tightly controlled by authoritarian regimes. However, there is a subtle change at work as well—not in the degree of authoritarianism but in its nature. By Nathan J. Brown and Yasmine Farouk Close attention to the ways …

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Gulf economcis threatened by coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis, which has already battered oil prices, threatens to further undercut Gulf economies battling a downturn and struggling to wean themselves from a decades-old energy addiction. The six Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates — count China as their main trading …

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Uzbekistan has set road towards its ambitious goals

After Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to the post of the President the number of beautiful and landscaped areas in Uzbekistan are increasing as a result of measures aimed at radically renewing the image of cities and villages, improving social conditions. I personally witnessed these creativities during my trip to this country …

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Tourists to be offered free SIM cards in UAE

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, ICA, has launched ‘SIM 24’ initiative offering free SIM cards to all tourists upon their arrival in the UAE. These SIM cards include free minutes and data, and will enable visitors to communicate with their families after arriving in the UAE, the ICA said …

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UAE-Georgia cooperating on tourism

Essa Abdulla Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to Georgia, has taken part in a meeting to learn about the Georgian Government’s assessment and plans regarding the current challenges in the tourism sector. During the meeting, held at the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Al Nuaimi spoke about the growing tourist ties …

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RAKTDA gets new CEO

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today issued a resolution regarding the appointment of Raki Phillips as CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority,RAKTDA, to lead the authority’s plans in the promotion and development of the emirate’s tourism infrastructure …

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Attractive Uzbekistan

I am an ordinary young man, my great hobby is travelling. I am at the age of 35 and I have visited more than 50 countries all over the world so far. Recently I have visited Uzbekistan – the pearl of the East. Here I would like to share my …

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World tourism figures on the rise

Exports generated by international tourism reached US$1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4 percent increase in real terms over the previous year, a new report from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) shows. For the seventh year in a row, tourism exports grew faster than merchandise exports (+3 percent), reflecting solid demand …

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Tourism industry welcomes VAT refund move

Retailers and the tourism industry have reacted positively to the announcement that visitors to the UAE will soon be able to claim back any value added tax (VAT) they are charged. On Wednesday, the UAE cabinet agreed to put in place a system that will allow tourists to receive refunds …

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UAE’s non-oil private sector growth spikes

The UAE’s non-oil private sector output and new orders in June rose at their fastest pace this year, indicating a strong improvement in the overall health of the economy, according to the Emirates NBD Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). The PMI for June rose to a 2018 high of 57.1, up …

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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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No plans to introduce gambling: Dubai Tourism chief

There is no move to legalise gambling in Dubai, despite the imminent arrival of three of the world’s most famous hotel casino brands, according to the emirate’s most senior tourism official. The MGM Grand, the Bellagio, and as of last week Caesars Palace, are all heading for Dubai, with the …

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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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