CT Quickies: From New Resort In Oman To Sofia Hayat’s Dubai Travel Ban, 10 Middle East Updates For You

Here's a quick compilation of the trending news from the Middle East.

by Deeplata Garde
CT Quickies: From New Resort In Oman To Sofia Hayat’s Dubai Travel Ban, 10 Middle East Updates For You

Welcome to CT Quickies, your rapid digest of the latest updates in the Middle East. Today, we delve into diverse stories, from cultural heritage campaigns to aviation updates and entertainment industry shifts. Stay tuned for quick, snappy updates that encapsulate the dynamic landscape of the region. Let’s dive into the headlines shaping the Middle Eastern narrative.

Campaign for Cultural Heritage Protection Unveiled by AlUla Royal Commission

The Royal Commission for AlUla has initiated a month-long campaign, titled “Our Heritage Is Our Responsibility,” with the primary goal of highlighting the importance of preserving cultural and civilizational heritage alongside historic sites. This collaborative effort with the local AlUla community introduces various student events and workshops. As a vital part of this initiative, workshops tailored for students and the implementation of social projects at archaeological sites within AlUla are scheduled.

Gulf Air Resumes Flights to Popular Summer Destinations

Gulf Air announces the resumption of flights to four sought-after summer destinations from June to September. These destinations include Nice in France, Sharm El-Sheikh, Alexandria in Egypt, and Bodrum in Turkey.

Minor Hotels Expands Anantara Portfolio with New Resort in Oman, Middle East

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Minor Hotels has recently finalized a deal for another Anantara resort in Oman. Positioned on the untamed Omani coastline, just a 45-minute drive from Muscat, the new resort in Bandar Al Khairan is set to welcome guests in 2026. Featuring 121 keys, the resort includes 51 guest rooms, 46 chalets, and 24 villas strategically placed along the mountainous shoreline, providing breathtaking views of the Gulf of Oman.

Coffee Planet Extends Reach to Etihad Plaza in Abu Dhabi, Middle East


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Speciality coffee company Coffee Planet, originating from the UAE, successfully expands its presence to Etihad Plaza in Abu Dhabi. With nearly two decades of expertise in delivering delightful brews, the company remains committed to its core principle of making speciality coffee accessible. The recent expansion in Abu Dhabi comprises a comprehensive establishment, including a corporate office, showroom, café, and training facility, operational since the final week of January, solidifying Coffee Planet’s dedication to delivering exceptional coffee experiences.

Historic BAPS Hindu Mandir Set to Open on February 18

The forthcoming opening of the historic BAPS Hindu Mandir on February 18 has generated immense interest among visitors, both local and international. The temple is expected to attract a significant number of visitors, not only from the UAE but also from other countries. In anticipation of this enthusiastic response, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha initiated online registrations last year, allowing the public to secure a visit to the temple.

Business France Launches First French Lifestyle Exhibition In Dubai, Middle East

Business France proudly announces the grand opening of its inaugural French Lifestyle Exhibition in Dubai. Under the patronage of the French Ambassador to the UAE, Nicolas Niemtchinow, the event in Jumeirah showcases luxurious French furniture and art-de-vivre products brought directly from France to the UAE. This provides a unique opportunity for local architects, interior designers, and professionals in the design and hospitality industry.

Sofia Hayat Claims Unlawful Detainment In Dubai, Middle East


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Renowned television personality Sofia Hayat claims unlawful detainment in Dubai for 33 days. In a video shared on Thursday, February 1, Sofia openly discusses the travel restriction imposed on her, shedding light on her current situation.

KARVE Pilates Studio Expands to Dubai in March 2024


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March 2024 will witness the reimagining of fitness as London’s prestigious pilates studio, KARVE, expands to Dubai. Alserkal Avenue will host KARVE’s inaugural branch, offering fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in their one-of-a-kind Transformer Pilates classes, sculpting and sweating their way to a healthier lifestyle.

Lojain Omran Departs from Dubai Bling S3

Dubai Bling S3 announces the departure of fan-favourite Lojain Omran, known for managing the cast. The news, shared by Omran on Twitter, sparks significant interest, while the absence of Kris Fade and Brianna Fade in the teaser adds to viewer anticipation, though they haven’t officially addressed their involvement in the upcoming season.

Emirates Assures Low Baggage Mishandling Rate

Emirates reassures passengers of a minimal baggage mishandling rate, with only 1.3 bags per 1,000 affected. Maintaining a 99.9% success rate in handling baggage during busy travel months, the airline efficiently transports an average of 2.7 million bags worldwide from September 2023 to January 2024.

And there you have it, a whirlwind tour of the latest developments in the Middle East. From cultural initiatives in AlUla to the expansion of global brands in the region. We’ll be back soon with more quick bites of news, keeping you in the loop with the pulse of this dynamic region. Until next time, stay informed with CT Quickies.

Cover Image Courtesy: Pic Creds: Minor Hotels, Sofia Hayat, Insta

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