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Mecca aims to keep its heritage

Mecca aims to keep its heritage

Future development in the Muslim sacred city of Mecca will be more in tune with traditional architecture, the mayor says, but for now residents worry that Islam’s holiest sites are disappearing behind skyscrapers.

Riyadh hotels sees 40% increase in occupancy rates

Riyadh hotels sees 40% increase in occupancy rates

According to data by STR Global, hotels in the Saudi capital, Riyadh have seen strong occupancy growth in September with a 40% rise in occupancy rates, average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (revPAR) in September compared to the same month in 2010, Saudi Gazette has reported.

Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has shut down 14 hotels and furnished apartments after inspectors found them in violation of the set standards, Saudi Gazette has reported.

Royal Caribbean Cruises announces record year in the Middle East

Royal Caribbean Cruises announces record year in the Middle East

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. – the global cruise line – announced a record year of business for the Middle East region in 2011. From January through September 2011 bookings from the region for Royal Caribbean Cruises’ three global brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – have increased significantly with guest volume rising by 34% compared to the same period last year.