UAE fuels $492m investment into Bahrain’s tourism sector

Major investment from UAE-based property developers is helping to support Bahrain’s tourism sector, which is striving to recover from the ill-effects of coronavirus. According to the fDi Intelligence Tourism Investment Report 2021, the kingdom secured $492 million of tourism capital investment last year, the highest in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, largely as a result of investments from Dubai-based Emaar Properties and real estate developer Eagle Hills. Capital investment into MEA last year decreased 82 percent from 2019, dropping to $1.6 billion. The number of tourism jobs created in…

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Kids-Club

Discover the science of playtime at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel

When was the last time you played, just played, for no particular reason? ‘Play’, the dictionary tells us, is ‘activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children’, but play should not be only reserved for the young, especially in 2021. In a world still gripped by the pandemic, even in such a protected bubble as the UAE, I wonder if perhaps play has ever been more important? Take for example the words of Cale D. Magnuson and Lynn Barnett from the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism University of Illinois…

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Digital Games Conference Middle East & Africa

As gaming industry booms, Digital Games Conference Middle East and Africa speakers’ announced

Amid an ongoing boom in the GCC’s gaming industry, Digital Games Conference Middle East and Africa (DGC MEA) announced on Sunday its lineup of speakers for the virtual conference taking place June 22 to 24. Video game sales in the UAE rose 10 percent last year as analysts forecast that the Gulf’s gaming market will surpass $821 million by year-end, said Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, who is a keynoter speaker at the conference. “The gaming industry is skyrocketing. These figures indicate…

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