UK removes France from its list of 'safe' destinations

The UK has reimposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France after the country recorded a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. From Saturday at 4 a.m. GMT, anyone arriving in the UK from France will have to self-isolate for two weeks or risk being fined up to $1,200. The decision was made after


London’s beloved Arts Club opens in Dubai

DUBAI - The coronavirus disease pandemic hasn’t delayed the opening of London’s esteemed Arts Club’s first international outpost in Dubai. Located in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) in a building designed by Foster & Partners, the club’s first internatio


Red Sea cruise ships to set sail from Saudi Arabia on Aug.27

Cruise ships will set sail from the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia for the first time on Aug. 27, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday.The ships are part of the Saudi Tourism Authority’s (STA) efforts to highlight the Red Sea’s tourist treasures.The cruise ships will have a numb


Greek town bets on slow tourism to overcome virus

Yannis Yovanos scans the waters of the Ambracian Gulf with his binoculars for dolphins shooting into the air before curving back down into the sea. His early warnings prompt just a dozen tourists on the deck of Yovanos’ small boat to scramble for their smartphones, hoping to secure a snap of


Windsor Castle Reopens Terrace Garden to Public After 40 Years

Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, is to open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years. Visitors to the castle, where the queen spent the last few months during Britain's lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic befor


Hottest tourist destination in the Kingdom described as the Saudi Maldives

  With serene white sands, deep blue waters and hidden coral reefs, one Saudi Arabian governorate on the Red Sea coast has become this summer’s hottest destination.The hidden gem of Umluj gained wide recognition as a tourist destination when domestic travel became highly recommended due


Greece inaugurates its first underwater museum in Alonissos island

Greece on Saturday inaugurated its first underwater museum, a trove of 5th century BC amphorae labelled the “Parthenon of shipwrecks”, off the coast of Alonissos island in the western Aegean.Culture Minister Lina Mendoni along with other officials attended the ceremony that took place


Sharjah reopens public beaches as country reports 3 days free of COVID-19 deaths

UAE’s Sharjah has reopened its public beaches as the country gradually eases its coronavirus restrictions, state news agency WAM reported.The emirate’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Team urged people to follow all precautionary measures and maintain social distancing


Spain’s international tourist arrivals drop 98% in June

International tourist arrivals to Spain fell 98% year on year in June, official statistics released on Monday showed, as the country continues to reel from the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.Over the first six months of the year some 10.8 million foreign tourists visited Spain, around 72


For the first time in 300 years, this island in Cape Cod is open to the public

For the first time in 300 years, an island off the coast of Cape Cod is open to the public. Sipson Island has been privately owned since 1711, when it was sold by the Monomoyick people to White settlers. Now, the newly minted Sipson Island Trust, with the help of a local non-profit, hopes to rest


Why Greece could be Europe's best holiday ticket right now

If you're wondering how coronavirus has affected that Greece vacation dream of blue skies, bluer seas, bright sunshine and the most delicious al fresco salad you've ever tasted -- it hasn't. Greece has worked hard to adapt its tourism offering in an age of infection. For the time being at least,


Paradise lost: Eviction looms for hermit living alone on Italian island

For more than 30 years, Mauro Morandi has been the sole inhabitant of a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea. He hoped to make it his life-long home, but that is now under threat. Italy's answer to Robinson Crusoe faces eviction from the Isle of Budelli, off the coast of Sardinia, if he doe


European tourism faces turbulence only weeks after restart

Europe’s tourism revival is running into turbulence only weeks after countries reopened their borders, with rising infections in Spain and other nations causing increasing concern among health authorities over people bringing the coronavirus home from their summer vacations. European countrie


Russian Staycation: Kazan with Kids

By Yulia Skopich This summer, travel and vacations are not going to be like usual. If you are wary of crowds or flying, forget the Black Sea coast and consider some vacation options closer to Moscow. How about Kazan? The Republic of Tatarstan does not require visitors from other regions to self-is


How to travel post-COVID-19

When it comes to the Middle East, July seems to be a marker. From Bahrain to Egypt, Morocco to Dubai, borders are tentatively opening, with plans to jumpstart tourism a sign of better days to come. But still, a question hangs heavy. Even if we are now allowed to travel, will the experience ever real


Kuwait keen to revive pandemic-hit tourism sector

Kuwait is determined to overcome the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s tourism sector, a state minister said, according to state news agency KUNA.Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said there have been “great effor


5 best UAE staycation deals for the summer

David Light   WHEN THE WEEKEND rolls around, so too does that dreaded question, what are we going to do? As we all begin to venture further afield from the confines of our own homes, we find a trip to the mall can seem like the equivalent of a pre-"situation" journey to another continent. Thi


Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore

As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that’s making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently





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