By Nabeel Shariff on Jun 15, 2019 in Attractions, Bahrain, Going Out, Kuwait, Middle East, Qatar, Regions, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates What we often hear of the Middle East isn’t always positive, which is a shame as there is so much waiting to be discovered in this halal friendly part of the world. What many travellers have yet to explore is what’s behind the headlines often making the rounds on the TV or the internet. This special part of the world has been neglected by travellers for so long, that not many people actually know what hidden treasures await for them on the other side; so today, we’re here to try and make that change. We’ve selected our top 5 destinations in the Middle East and why they should be next on your bucket list. Whether you’re travelling on business, or looking for a completely different halal holiday experience, these off the beaten track adventures will definitely make you fall in love with these Middle Eastern countries. … [Read more...] about Beyond the headlines: the hidden treasures of the Middle East
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Foster Klug, Associated Press Updated 3:08 am PDT, Friday, June 14, 2019 Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo Co., the Japanese company operating one of two oil tankers attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, shows a photo of the attacked oil tanker during a news conference Friday, June 14, 2019, in Tokyo. Iran rejects a U.S. accusation against Tehran over suspected attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. less Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo Co., the Japanese company operating one of two oil tankers attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, shows a photo of the attacked oil tanker during a news conference Friday, ... more Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo … [Read more...] about Middle East attack jolts oil-import dependent Asia
By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 11:45 am | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 11:45 am By SUSANNAH GEORGE and LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON — The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said Friday amid heightened tensions with Iran. Trump said the troops would have a “mostly protective” role as part of a build-up that began this month in response to what the U.S said was a threat from Iran without providing details or evidence. “We are going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective,” the president told reporters at the White House before setting off on a trip to Japan. “Some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now and we’ll see what happens.” Trump has in recent weeks alternated between tough talk toward Iran and a more conciliatory message, insisting he is open to negotiations with the Islamic Republic. He … [Read more...] about Trump sends 1,500 troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions
Susannah George and Lolita Baldor Associated Press Published 1:31 PM EDT May 24, 2019 Washington – The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said Friday amid heightened tensions with Iran. Trump said the troops would have a “mostly protective” role. He spoke to reporters on the White House lawn as he headed out on a trip to Japan. The administration had notified Congress earlier in the day about the troop plans. The forces would number “roughly” 1,500 and would deploy in the coming weeks, “with their primary responsibilities and activities being defensive in nature,” according to a copy of the notification obtained by The Associated Press. Their mission would include protecting U.S. forces already in the region and ensuring freedom of navigation, the notification said. Earlier this week, officials said Pentagon planners had outlined plans that could have sent up … [Read more...] about Trump says U.S. to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East
The scorching shores of the Persian Gulf are home to three desert airlines that between them have the entire world covered. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar have each become bywords for a certain level of luxury, with more and more British travellers employing them to reach the farthest corners of Africa, Asia and Australia - all via their respective hubs in the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, respectively). It is, of course, because of and not in spite of their location in the Middle East that the Gulf airlines have grown so popular, carrying between them more than 106 million passenger in 2017. The trio’s strategic position between Europe and yonder provides routes to the likes of Australia... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Emirates, Qatar or Etihad – which of the Gulf airlines is best?