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Cruise ship docking in Muscat, Oman. Photo: www.123rf.com

Oman’s burgeoning cruise tourism industry is upbeat about prospects of a home port for cruise liners being established in Muscat, Oman’s capital city – an outcome that could potentially have game-changing implications for the wider domestic tourism sector, according a veteran shipping executive, www.zawaya.com reports.

M C Jose, CEO of Khimji Ramdas Shipping, by far the biggest player in the Sultanate’s cruise shipping trade, attributes this growing outlook to two principal developments: firstly, the expansion and modernisation of Muscat International Airport, and secondly, the conversion of Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos into a dedicated hub for maritime and cruise tourism.

Read the whole story at (external link) www.zawya.com/story/Home_port_is_key_to_Omans_cruise_tourism_industry-ZAWYA20150630052201

Kilde / Source: Oman Daily Observer – www.zawaya.com

#By #Cruise #Ferie #Flyplass #Hovedstad #Muscat #Oman #Reise #Sultan #Turisme

#Airport #Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel


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Photo credit: KEO / arabianbusiness.com

Kuwait architecture firm KEO has launched a new project which it claims is set to become a “beacon for the city”, www.arabianbusiness.com reports.

The practice is working on a new headquarters for the Kuwait Investment Authority in the country’s capital city which is inspired by four elements based on traditional Islamic design ? the courtyard, sustainability, the mashrabiya and traditional geometric shapes.

Design director Raj Patel said: “The building is really in two parts. The large horizontal podium containing a VIP Reception Hall, Conference Centre, Dining Hall, and Public spaces are in the shape of a dhow – the vessel which bought riches to the country through fishing and pearl diving.

“And the vertical modern tower piercing the skyline, which contains the private offices for the employees. It represents the future wealth of the country and its increasing global presence.

“Both forms are majestic and a powerful symbol of the past and future which remind the occupants and visitors that both can be celebrated in one project.”

The 220 metre tall tower lifts six floors off the ground so the podium building slips through it.

The tower consists of 40 floors which are stacked in five office courtyard atriums of eight floors each.

Each of these eight storey courtyard atriums has a two storey atrium extending to the east, a four storey atrium extending to the north, and a two story atrium extending to the west. A central 16m x 16m open void on each floor is what links the eight floors together.

#Arkitektur #By #Ferie #Gulfen #Hovedstad #Kuwait #Reise #Skyskraper #Turisme

#Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel


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Area around Bab Al Bahrain will be transformed into a WiFi hotspot  Photo: tradearabia.com

Free WiFi will be rolled out at some of the most popular tourist hubs in Manama, Bahrain, the www.tradearabia.com website reported.

The Capital Trustees Board has approved the creation of WiFi “hotspots” in all tourist zones including the old Manama Suq, the restaurant area of Adliya, major public parks and walkways, Bahrain National Museum and in future at the Manama Central Market, said a report in the Gulf Daily News.

More locations will be added based on feedback from the public.

As Bahrain’s capital embraces technology, a new smartphone app will also be launched, highlighting attractions in Manama such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, cultural sites, entertainment and events.

“Most tourists switch off their mobile data roaming when coming to Bahrain and depend on Internet networks at hotels or cafes, which is why many don’t stay at tourist locations for long. They want to rush to be online again”, said Capital Trustees Board acting chairman Mazen Alumran.

“We will be a leader in the region as many are still without the service in major tourist locations, with tourists being forced to sit at restaurants and cafes to get WiFi.”

“People will soon walk around the old Manama Suq and Bahrain National Museum with free WiFi and in the next few days we will work with providers to have this service installed.”

He said the service would also benefit people who live in Bahrain.

“This is why we are planning to have it at major public parks and walkways, where many families spend time and some like surfing the Internet while their children are playing as they keep a careful watch on them,” he added.

“New locations are also in mind and we are planning to introduce it at the new Manama Central Market whenever it is rebuilt, among other areas that the public may suggest.”

The Capital Trustees Board is responsible for the Capital Governorate, which covers Manama, Juffair, Hoora, Gudaibiya, Sitra, Tubli, Jidhafs and the Seef District.

#Bahrain #By #Ferie #Gulfen #Hovedstad #Internett #Manama #Midtøsten #Mobil #Museum #Park #Reise #Smartphone #WiFi

#Capital #City #Holiday #Travel


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Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid on Friday launched new Somalia embassy building in Doha as part of his official tour to Qatar, Radio Dalsan – radiodalsan.com, in Mogadishu, reported.

Officials from federal government, foreign diplomats and selected Somali community members living in Qatar was in attendance at the opening ceremony in Doha.

He asked current Somalia ambassador to Qatar to engage good relations with the Somali Diaspora in Qatar and those who are coming Qatar for various interests.

In an interview with Al-jazeera the PM said that Somali government is giving its utmost effort to stabilize Somalia again after decades of war and now Somalia is ready for foreign business investments.

“Somalia is no longer equated with the negative aspects: piracy, terrorism. Now the country is ready for business. And we want to solicit with whoever wants to invest.” The PM said.

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid has been holding talks with Qatar officials and both sides discussed ways of boosting current bilateral relations between the two nations.

#Ambassade #Ambassadør #By #Doha #Ferie #Gulfen #Hovedstad #Mogadishu #Qatar #Radio #Reise #Somalia #Statsminister

#Ambassador #Capital #City #Embassy #Holiday #PrimeMinister #Travel


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Photo credit: www.bna.bh

Representative of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for Charity Works and Youth and Sports Affairs, also Chairman of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports (SCYS) and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC)’s President His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the launching of Manama as The Capital of Arab Youth, the Bahrain News Agency reported.

He said the Kingdom embraces the Arab youth event in compliance with the Royal directives of King Hamad  regarding the provision of all support to the programmes and activities of interest to Arab youth which develops and boosts their role, stressing that joint Arab programmes are given priority by Arab leaders.

The ceremony was organized in Isa Town’s gym hall and attended by officials, members of diplomatic corps and invitees from the Kingdom and abroad.

 Kilde / Source: www.bna.bh

#Arabisk #Bahrain #By #Ferie #Gulfen #Hovedstad #Konge #Manama #Olympisk #Reise #Sport #Ungdom 

#Arab #Capital #City #Gulf #Holiday #King #Olympic #Travel #Youth


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7.januar blir det stor fest i Doha, hovedstaden i Qatar, når det prisvinnende selskapet Qatar Airways feirer at de har mottatt det aller første eksemplar av Airbus’ nye stolthet – A350 XWB – som skal ta opp konkuransen med Boeings Dreamliner, skriver VG.

Egentlig skulle den nye Airbus-babyen vært overlevert fra flyfabrikken i Toulouse i Frankrike 7.desember, men Qatar var ikke helt fornøyd og krevde visse detalj-endringer. I stedet blir A350 en dyrekjøpt julegave og 7.januar skal begivenheten altså feires i Doha.

Qatar Airways har bestilt 80 eksemplarer av den nye flytypen, med 30 business-seter og 247 seter bak forhenget.

A350-flyet skal først settes inn på ruten Doha-Frankfurt. Om det også vil bli å se på Gardermoen, er uvisst. Qatar Airways flyr i dag Dreamliner mellom Oslo og Doha.

#Reise #Doha #Fly #Flyplass #Flyselskap #Frankfurt #Frankrike #Gardermoen #Gulfen #Hovedstad #Oslo #Qatar #Toulouse #Tyskland #VG


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En #Airbus A320 fra #Qatar #Airways ble det første flyet som landet på nye #Hamad #International #Airport i #hovedstaden #Doha i #Qatar. Den 27.mai starter selskapet sine offisielle ruteflyvninger fra den nye #flyplassen, skriver Boarding.no

Den første landingen skjedde onsdag 30.april. Om bord var blant andre Qatars transportminister Jassim Al Sulaiti og representanter fra #flyselskapet og luftfartsmyndighetene.

Å se det første flyet lande på Hamad International Airport er et historisk øyeblikk, ikke bare for vårt flyselskap, men også for landet Qatar. Åpningen viser at Doha er klar for å åpne dørene til en flyplass som vil forandre hele reiseopplevelsen til passasjerene. Vi ser fram til at alle Qatar Airways-flyvninger skal operere herfra fra 27. mai, sier Akbar Al Baker, CEO for Qatar Airways.

Fra og med fredag 2.mai traffikerer ti flyselskap den nye flyplassen: Biman #Bangladesh #Airlines, flydubai, #Air #Arabia, #Iran Air, Air #India #Express, #Yemenia, #Pakistan International Airlines, #Syrian Airlines, #Pegasus Airlines og #Nepal Airlines.

Hamad International Airport er en av de mest moderne flyplassene i verden og er designet for å kunne ta imot 30 millioner passasjerer i året. Dette tallet er forventet å stige til 50 millioner når hele flyplassen er ferdigstilt. Flyplassen er 29 kvadratkilometer stor og 60 prosent av flyplassen er bygget der hvor det tidligere var hav.


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Finansmetropolen #Manama, #hovedstaden i #øystaten #Bahrain i den persiske gulf, er også blitt en turistmetropol. #Kongedømmet på 765 kvadratkilometer med 1,2 millioner innbyggere, hvorav 160,000 i Manama, tiltrekker seg to millioner turister i året, og tallet er stigende.

I 2012 hadde Manama status som #Arab #Capital of #Culture, og i 2013 er byen Capital of Arab #Tourism, med flere hundre arrangementer gjennom hele året.

Sheika Mai bin Mohammad al-Khalifa

Bahrains særdeles aktive #kulturminister, Sheika Mai bin Mohammad al-#Khalifa, skal ha mye av æren for å sette Bahrain og Manama på turist- og kulturkartet, både i regionen og internasjonalt. Hun er høyt og lavt, verden over, for å promotere landet, som samtidig får mye internasjonal kritikk for blant annet menneskerettighetssituasjonen i landet.

Hjemme får den aktive kulturministeren sterk kritikk fra konservative krefter for mange av festivalene og arrangementene hun står bak, og flere parlamentsmedlemmer har flere ganger krevd hennes avgang. Men kulturministeren slår tilbake, og kaller sine mannlige kritikere for “not real men”, og beskylder dem for å sende barn og ungdommer til flere arrangementer hun fronter, for å forstyrre og lage bråk.

Ministry of Culture: http://www.moc.gov.bh

City of Manama: www.capital.gov.bh