Brutality Back-Fires: Arab Spring’s Lesson for Erdogan
JAMES M. DORSEY: Once again battle-hardened football fans are taking the lead in confronting a regime. We’ve been here before.
Dubai’s Top 5 Restaurants: A Personal Choice
SARAH WALTON: I’m often asked what are my favourite restaurants in Dubai – well then, here they are.
Jebel Akdar: Exotic, Warm and Welcoming
SARAH WALTON: It’s a place of simple but genuine pleasures, truly a delightful destination in Oman
Ifrane: The Arab World’s Own ‘Little Switzerland’
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The authorities in the town are trying to up its profile and attract visitors with new initiatives
‘Exotic’: Orientalist Cliches Still Used to ‘Sell Morocco’
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: If a family of Moroccans were to find themselves on Bondi Beach they’d find it ‘exotic’. But that’s not a word used to sell Australia
Birkat Al Mawz: Oman’s ‘Totally Cool’ Ghost Town
SARAH WALTON: They don’t make it easy for you to reach some of Oman’s tourist treasures but with a little effort you’ll find it. Certainly worth the trouble.
Moroccan Tourism: Set for Up-Market Boom?
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Are we on the cusp on the major boom for the Moroccan property market driven by cash-rich tourists? Views are mixed.
Asilah: The Hidden Moroccan Seaside Gem
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It doesn’t feature too highly on most tourists ‘must sees’ when they come to Morocco but it has many attractions
The Salalah ‘Invasion’: Some Planning Please
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: We’re all suffering from post-invasion stress in Dhofar following the unprecedented influx of tourists during Eid.
U.S Fines: Another Blow to Morocco’s Tourism Industry
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: As if the fall-out from the battle with low cost airlines isn’t bad enough the Moroccan authorities have now picked a fight with the U.S Department of Transportation
Tourism: How Most Israelis Experience Occupation
REBECCA STEIN, MONDOWEISS: They wandered into Jerusalem as gawping tourists after the Six Day war. 45 years on not much has changed
Interview: A Guide to Visiting the Real Palestine
KIM WILLIS: Through the tours visitors see the reality of life in the West Bank and Israel, uncoloured by any ‘perspective’; they can make up their own minds about the issues.
News Analysis: Egypt’s Tourism ‘on the Ropes’
NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been a very rough year for Egypt’s tourist industry and it looks like things are set to get a whole lot worse.
Unfazed: Israeli Boycott Little Noticed in Turkey
ROB L. WAGNER: Shopkeepers easily transition from Turkish to Russian, Polish and German. Yet Hebrew, once among the languages, is virtually non-existent.
Time for Re-Think on Tourism in Saudi Arabia?
LAYLAH: You’ve got to really want to go, be willing to put up with a lot of red tape and meet strict entry criteria before being allowed entry to the Kingdom. Is it time for a re-think?