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Gospel Trail Puts Tourists on Path of Jesus
by Arieh O’Sullivan on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Trek meanders through a scenic, site-rich route from Nazareth to the Galilee Cresting the summit of Tel Kinrot, the blue-grey waters of the Sea of Galilee come into view. It has been a steady climb for Ramon Contras, a devout Christian from El Paso, Texas, but he says he feels the spirit of the Lord behind him. “I feel very happy to be walking on the steps that Jesus walked,” Contras told The Media Line. “I always remember.....

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In Search of the West Bank’s Elusive Sufi Trail
by Arieh O’Sullivan on Monday, August 01, 2011

Palestinians hope rural tourism will lure tourists away from the beaten path Lamb blood is splattered all over the doorway of what was once a church as if someone had just dropped a leaky garbage bag filled with guts from the heavens.   “The local people continue to follow Old Testament practices. They sacrifice unto God,” explains Maria Khoury as she leads me through the ruins of the Byzantine-era St. George Church on the outskirts of her Palestinian village,.....

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Etihad Signs Deal With Masdar to Reduce Carbon Footprint
by The Media Line Staff on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The national airline of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, has partnered up with Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s future energy and sustainability initiative, to cooperate on various activities to reduce the carbon footprint of the airline through sustainable and efficient measures, according to a press release from the airline.   Under the agreement, Masdar will work with Etihad to support the implementation of the airline’s environmental, management initiatives, in particular in relation to carbon and waste management.   The Masdar Initiative, driven by the.....

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Oman Aims for 12 Million Visitors by 2020
by The Media Line Staff on Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Tourism Ministry of the small Gulf Sultanate of Oman has set its sights on attracting 12 million foreign tourists a year by 2020, compared to 3.2 million a year at the moment.   Both the government and private financiers are expected to invest some $10 billion in various tourism projects to reach this goal.   One of the main investments will be the upgrading of Muscat International Airport, the main air gateway to the country located outside the.....

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New Dubai-Based Airline to Take off Despite Crisis
by The Media Line Staff on Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Dubai airport with a Fly Dubai plane inset.
While many airlines around the world are scaling back on routes and cutting back on spending to get by in today’s harsh economic reality, there are exceptions such as the new FlyDubai, a new low-cost airline based in Dubai which will start flying on June 1 with services to Amman and Beirut.   The company, which was established by the government of Dubai in March 2008 with start up capital of $68 million, has ordered a total of 54.....

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Boeing Sees MidEast Growth in 2009
by The Media Line Staff on Monday, March 02, 2009

The United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing is predicting a five-percent growth in the Middle East and North Africa in 2009. The company made the prediction ahead of a major air conference taking place in Abu Dhabi this week.   Orders for new aircraft are expected to decline considerably during the current calendar year because of the international financial crisis. Air traffic in general was down in January – a trend industry analysts predict will continue in the short.....

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Airbus to Build Plant in Tunisia
by The Media Line Staff on Thursday, January 29, 2009

Aerolia, a branch of Airbus, has signed an agreement with the government of Tunisia for the construction of a plant south of the capital Tunis, to become operational by next year, the Tunisia Online news agency reported.   The plant will employ some 1,500 qualified personnel, said Christian Cornille, the company’s president, during a press conference.   The project, which is estimated at €60 million, will involve sub-contract partners, mainly from France.   Aerolia is a French leader in the.....

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Tourism For All
by Hadas Kroitoru on Monday, December 08, 2008

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When four-time Paralympian and world traveler Sharon Myers entered her handicap-accessiblesuite in Dubai's world-renowned Burj Jumeriah Hotel on a visit four years ago, she was amazed. It was the most luxurious room she had ever seen. Myers had no problems accessing the suite's second floor on the elevator, no difficulty getting through the widened doors, and the bathroom's roll-in shower, she says, was not only fully accessible, but it was absolutely gorgeous – covered in blue and.....

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World's First Underwater Museum Planned for Egypt
by Adam Gonn on Monday, November 17, 2008

The Bay of Alexandria (L. MacDonald/UNESCO)
Mention underwater archeological treasures and most people will think of shipwrecks full of chests of gold from far corners of the earth.   However, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Egyptian government, is now planning to show the world that underwater archeology can be much more, by building the world’s first underwater museum to show the rich cultural and historical heritage that can be found under the Bay of Alexandria in northern.....

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Quenching the Thirst for War
by Hadas Kroitoru on Sunday, November 16, 2008

Israel's security barrier has become an impromptu art gallery. (TML Photos)
Traveling through central Afghanistan three years ago, Geoff Hann found himself caught between warlords.   He led his group past one battling militia only to face another on the opposite side of the river. Luckily, these warlords were friendly, he says. But they don't all turn out to be.   Such encounters, says Hann, are just part of the experience – and part of the "fun" – of touring with Hann's UK-based Hinterland Travel agency.   As they enter war.....

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