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Visitors all praise for luggage locker service outside Grand Mosque
February 17, 2018

MANY visitors have commended the safe deposit facilities outside the Grand Mosque in Makkah. While describing the service as very valuable, they called on the authorities to build more such facilities within the mosque complex.

Visitors can drop their personal belongings in safe deposit boxes and head inside the mosque to perform their rituals in comfort and ease, without having to worry that their belongings might get stolen.

Omar Hawsawi,"...

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A Hot New Spot for Street-Style Japanese Cuisine Launches in Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
February 14, 2018

Lovers of high quality Japanese cuisine are in for a treat with the launch of a new dining concept called ONI, a Japanese, street-style restaurant, lounge and sake bar located in the Shangri-La Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

Opened on the 31st of January the Asian infused cuisine combines the freshest locally sourced ingredients with a relaxed ambiance and special themed nights to"...

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Crowne Plaza Riyadh - RDC Hotel and Convention Center Opens in Saudi Arabia
February 13, 2018

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The newly opened hotel will be the 7th operating IHG hotel in Riyadh and the 31st in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Having a strong foothold in Saudi Arabia since 1975, this brand-new opening further strengthens IHG's footprint in the country.

The 326-room hotel"...

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84 new hotels to open in Saudi Arabia this year
February 13, 2018

Eighty-four hotels, providing a total of 27,281 rooms, will open throughout Saudi Arabia this year, according to a new report.

This is almost 60 per cent of the kingdom's current construction pipeline of 143 hotels, said the ‘Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview’ report by Tophotels Projects"...

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Riyadh Ritz-Carlton corruption purge Saudi hotel reopens
February 12, 2018

A luxury Saudi hotel that served as a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials held in a corruption drive since November has reopened.

Reception staff at the five-star Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh told the BBC the hotel was admitting guests.

More than 200 princes, ministers and businessmen had been held"...

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Jeddah tourist bus project fails
February 12, 2018

The tourist bus project, which was launched in Jeddah on March 29, 2017, has failed and the investing company sold its buses, local Arabic daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday quoting informed sources.

The sources said a number of reasons were attributed to the failure of the project including a lack of seriousness on the part of investors, the unfeasibility of the project and the absence of foreign tourists.

The sources said the failure of"...

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Rove Hotels expands in Saudi Arabia with first hotel in KAEC
February 10, 2018

Rove Hotels has announced its expansion into Saudi Arabia with Rove King Abdullah Economic City, its first hotel outside of the UAE.

Located in the Bay La Sun waterfront district of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), the hotel will feature 240 rooms, fitness centres for ladies and gentlemen, and a wide range of lifestyle amenities.

Construction"...

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International conference discusses prospects of geo-tourism
February 8, 2018

A four-day international geoscience conference concluded here on Wednesday. The conference aimed to promote knowledge and cooperation in earth sciences across the Arab region. It also aims to facilitate research in emerging fields, to build strong links between academia, industry and geo-archeological tourism.

The conference, which was jointly organized by the Saudi Geological Survey and the Saudi Society of Geosciences, was attended by geoscientists"...

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Shorter, More Frequent Trips Gain Popularity Among International Travelers, and Traveling with Cash Can Cause Anxiety, According to Visa Study
February 8, 2018

(AETOS Wire) -- Visa (NYSE: V) today announced the findings of the payment network’s comprehensive look at travel and tourism in 2017. Visa’s Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Study highlights various parts of the travelers’ journey and found a key motivator for travel is stress relief. The Study also uncovered certain aspects of travel can lead to anxiety and stress, including getting, carrying and exchanging"...

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Hotel venture expands to Saudi Arabia
February 7, 2018

Rove Hotels, a joint venture of Meraas and Emaar Properties, has announced its expansion to Saudi Arabia with Rove King Abdullah Economic City, located centrally in the Bay La Sun waterfront district of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in the vicinity of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College of Business & Entrepreneurship (MBSC) and a newly established entrepreneurship hub.

Marking the debut of Rove Hotels in Saudi Arabia, Rove King Abdullah Economic"...

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