Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Sep 22, 2016

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday. Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest ...

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

Jul 4, 2015

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

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First-time visitors are often surprised to discover that beyond Dubai’s atmospheric creekside bazaars and rows of skyscrapers leading up to tallest-of-them-all Burj Khalifa lies yet another dense cluster of ultra-high architecture shimmering like a mirage in the distance. That waterfront city within a city, ...

May 4, 2015

Air Arabia jetliner diverted to UAE airbase after blast warning

An Air Arabia airliner flying from Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates was diverted to a UAE military airbase on Sunday after a passenger warned the plane was about to explode, the UAE state news agency WAM reported. The aircraft was boarded after landing ...

Dec 23, 2014

Al-Jazeera shuts Egypt channel as Doha-Cairo tensions thaw

Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network said Monday it was “temporarily” closing its Egypt-dedicated channel, accused of bias toward the banned Muslim Brotherhood, a day after the Gulf state pledged support for Cairo. The decision appeared to be a direct result of a thaw between Doha and ...