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Islamic tourism could create 1.2 million jobs until 2020

Muslim travel industry could generate USD 36 billion and have a positive impact in the Middle East’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) until 2020. If confirmed, the forecast would represent a surge of 21% over the USD 29.7 billion registered in 2017, according to a study by Salam Standard, the online halal hospitality rating system, that is, Muslim-friendly. The Islamic tourism industry should create 1.2 million jobs in the region until 2020, more than twice of the current 528,000 jobs. The information was published by the website of Dubai-based magazine Arabian Business.

Saudi Arabia hopes to attract $427 bln in investments by 2030

Saudi Arabia expects to attract investments of more than 1.6 trillion riyals ($427 billion) by 2030 in its push to boost industry, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Thursday, according to state TV al-Ekhbariya. 
“The program to develop national industries and logistics services (is) the largest and most important, and has a huge impact on the Saudi economy,” Al-Falih said. 
The minister estimated that the country’s mineral wealth was worth more than 1.3 trillion riyals.

Iran among top-10 largest silk producer in world

Head of Iran’s Sericulture Center Adil Sarvi said the country is ranked 8th in the world in silk production, putting the annual production volume of silk at 120 tons.
According to him, 90% of the world’s silk is produced by Asian countries, with China in the first place with an annual production of 142,000 tons and India in the second place with production of 32,000 tons of silk.

European tourist accepts Islam in UAE, inspired by police

Inspired and touched by Abu Dhabi tourism police's values of tolerance and civilised approach, a Dutch female tourist has converted to Islam.
The Tourism Section in Investigation Directorate, after liaising with the competent entities, hosted Christina Dafano, who deeply expressed her happiness to embrace Islam, according to a statement issued by Abu Dhabi Police on Saturday.
After reciting the Shahada, Dafano changed her name Noura.

Turkey: A leading destination for Palestinian tourists

Turkey, with its numerous beach resorts and historical affinity with the Arab world, remains a leading destination for Palestinian tourists.


14th-century mosque in N.Turkey drawing global interest

Mahmut Bey Mosque, one of the first wood columned and wood roofed mosques in Anatolia, is attracting visitors from around the globe.


Lebanon's tourism sector shows signs of blooming

Source : Daily Star / 22 Jul 2014

The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday that the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.


Indonesia records fastest 2013 Travel & Tourism growth of G20 countries

Source : WTTC / 03 Apr 2014

Indonesia grew its economic contribution from Travel & Tourism by 8.4% in 2013, the largest growth of any G20 country. That is according to the latest research from The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global authority on the Travel & Tourism Industry.


Dubai rolls out medical tourism strategy

By Mahmood Saberi / Gulf News / 26 Mar 2014

2014Dubai plans to attract thousands of medical tourists from Russia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, South Asia and GCC states and has earmarked seven specialities that will bring patients for treatment to the emirate.


Riyadh, Jeddah among world’s cheapest cities

Source : SG / 10 Mar 2014

The Saudi capital and the Bride of the Red Sea are among the top 10 cheapest cities in the world to live in, according to a study.

Price controls on staples in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are continuing to guarantee low prices for many goods, said the Worldwide Cost of Living 2014 report issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit.


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