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Israel braces for most right-wing government in history

Under the agreement, Noam’s leader and its sole lawmaker Avi Maoz will serve as a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office…reports Asian Lite News

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and far-right Noam party signed a coalition deal, moving Netanyahu one step closer to forming what is expected to be the most right-wing government in Israeli history.

Under the agreement, Noam’s leader and its sole lawmaker Avi Maoz will serve as a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and would be in charge of a new agency called “National Jewish Identity Authority,” the Likud party announced in a statement on Sunday.

Maoz will also be in charge of Nativ, a governmental bureau that maintains contact with Jews in the former Soviet republics and encourages them to immigrate to Israel, Xinhua news agency reported.

Maoz is a strong advocate of Israel’s Jewish identity and supporter of Jewish religious laws such as gender segregation between women and men in public venues, including universities, concerts and public transport.

It is Likud party’s second coalition agreement after Netanyahu was mandated to build a new coalition government in mid-November. Over the weekend, the Likud said in a statement that it had signed a deal with Itamar Ben-Gvir, an extremist politician who is expected to become the National Security Minister in Netanyahu’s government.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister who was ousted just a year and a half ago and is standing trial on corruption charges, has been in talks with three other far-right parties about joining his coalition government.

In the parliamentary elections on November 1, Netanyahu and his allies won 64 of the 120 seats, after nearly four years of five inconclusive elections.

Under Israeli law, Netanyahu is required to form a coalition government before a mid-December deadline or the President would appoint another lawmaker to form a government.

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Qatar games unite people

“Football is universal. In other words, sport is universal and unifying. No other issue should be included in the sport”…reports Asian Lite News

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup enters the semi-final stage, football fans in Türkiye said the month-long event would contribute to eradicating prejudices among religions, nations and people.

The World Cup displays the unifying power of sports and helps people erase their bias against each other, Ecem Koc, a young woman in Istanbul, told Xinhua. “Football is universal. In other words, sport is universal and unifying. No other issue should be included in the sport.”

“There is such a multicultural environment. … Qatar is very open to different nations, values and cultures,” said Feyza Gumusluoglu, foreign news department coordinator of Istanbul-based broadcaster EkoTurk.

However, the journalist, who lived in Qatar’s capital Doha from 2010 to 2016, noticed that the country’s achievements on the course to the World Cup were being overshadowed by unfair news from western media. “The handling and the coverage of this World Cup by the Western press, has come to a point of smearing,” she told Xinhua.

Gumusluoglu said she believes that Qatar did a tremendous job transforming the country in line with the requirements of such a big sports event, implementing a series of reforms on labor policy, building and improving infrastructure, and redesigning cities.

In early November, the Arab League said some Western countries had politicized the games by fabricating a “baseless campaign of defamation” against Qatar through their media coverage. Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, recently lashed out at some Western media, blaming certain Westerners for having “hypocritical double standards.”

For Fatih Ahmetcan Alpcan, a 24-year-old social media manager in Türkiye, the World Cup is where people can get rid of their current problems for a while and only focus on football.

“Even though we (Türkiye) did not participate in the World Cup, it is an organization where we get away from current issues for a while and talk about football and sports. It is important in this sense,” Alpcan said.

Murat Tufan, an analyst with Ekoturk, said the World Cup in Qatar shows that another world is possible and that tolerance should prevail in such a world.

Fans Throng

After the first round of FIFA World Cup group stage matches were completed, official figures show that the average overall match attendance stands at an impressive 94% compared to stadium capacities for the event, according to a report published by FIFA on its website.

With all 32 nations having taken to the field – and more than three million tickets sold for the tournament – the strong attendance figures also follow the recent news that the preliminary comparable television viewing figures are up in nations across the world from the previous FIFA World Cup edition.

The highest match attendance of the tournament was the game at Lusail Stadium on 24 November, with 88,103 there to see Brazil beat Serbia 2-0. On the same day, the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha’s Al Bidda Park has also achieved its highest accumulative attendance, with a total of 98,000 fans throughout the day. The multi-national and multi-cultured festival of football is screening every FIFA World Cup game on giant screens, as well as providing free entertainment between games with some of the most famous names from music scenes around the world – and has been enjoyed by fans from every corner of the globe.

While FIFA requests that venues hosting the final match, opening game and semi-finals can host a minimum of 80,000 and 60,000 spectators respectively, the magnificent Lusail Stadium can accommodate 88,966 spectators, while Al Bayt Stadium can host up to 68,895 fans. For all other matches, a minimum 40,000-seater capacity is required, with the demountable Stadium 974 being the most compact of all Qatar 2022 venues (44,089).

The capacity figures for the tournament have been finalised after all operational arrangements were made – from the final seating map to temporary infrastructure to accommodate media, broadcasters, and guests. It was also explained that capacities for specific matches such as opening and final may vary slightly, and that figures for legacy mode are different and provided by the Host Country.

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26/11: Envoy says Israel will ‘never forget, never forgive’

Israel stands with India against the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and will “never forget and never forgive,” Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon said in a video.

“Today, we’re commemorating 14 years of the horrendous terror attacks in the centre of Mumbai, one of the busiest cities in India and the world. Israel stands with India against terror. It’s not only because there were Israeli victims both India and Israel are victims of years of ongoing terror,” Gilon said. He further added, “And the only way to counter terror is uniting together. We will never forget, we will never forgive, both countries are victims of terror. We appreciate India convened two international conferences on combating terror and terror financing. Never forget never forgive and together we stand.”

In 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists (LeT) carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks killing at least 166 people and leaving 300 others wounded. Nariman House, a Chabad Lubavitch Jewish centre in Mumbai also known as the Chabad House, was taken over by two attackers and several residents were held hostage.

Earlier today, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said terrorism threatens humanity, as he remembered the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. He also said those who planned and oversaw the attacks must be brought to justice.

Moshe Holtzberg, 26/11 survivor of the Mumbai terror attack recited a chapter from the Book of Psalms during the inaugural ceremony of Israel’s 25th Knesset. (Photo Daniel Shem Tov, Knesset)

“Terrorism threatens humanity. Today, on 26/11, the world joins India in remembering its victims. Those who planned and oversaw these attacks must be brought to justice. We owe this to every victim of terrorism around the world,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Last month, India hosted the two-day anti-terrorism meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), under India’s chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).

After the CTC last month meeting, a Delhi Declaration was issued which underlined that terrorists’ opportunity to access safe havens continues to be a significant concern and that all Member States must cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism.

The Declaration also recognized that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Moshe Holtzberg in Jerusalem, Israel on July 05, 2017. Then Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen.

During UNSC’s special meeting, Jaishankar highlighted that the global threat of terrorism is growing and expanding despite the UNSC’s best efforts to combat the “gravest threat to humanity”.

“Terrorism remains the gravest threat to humanity. The UN Security Council in the past two decades has evolved an important architecture built primarily around the counter-terrorism sanctions regime to combat this menace. This has effectively put the countries on notice that had turned terrorism into a state-funded enterprise,” he said. (ANI)

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Saudi seeks teachers

The applications will be received from July 31 through Aug. 7 via Masar platform of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD)….reports Asian Lite News

The Saudi Ministry of Education announced on Thursday 11,547 teaching jobs, under the official contract system, during the academic year 2022-2023.

The ministry said this will further contribute to achieving its strategic objectives by actively investing in the human cadres of the education sector, as well as keeping pace with the continuous improvement of learning skill outcomes.

In addition, the move will provide the necessary manpower to implement the advanced academic plans.

The ministry said applications will be received from July 31 through Aug. 7 via Masar platform of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD). The required specializations include Mathematics, English, Business Administration, Digital Skills, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 

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India, GCC agree to pursue FTA

While India played an important role in food security and contribute to the healthcare of Gulf Cooperation Council, the GCC is a reliable partner in India’s energy security…reports Asian Lite News

India and Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed to pursue the Free Trade Agreement, saying that they wanted to conclude it at the earliest, Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said.

Addressing a joint press conference, the Union minister said, “We’ve agreed to pursue the Free Trade Agreement between India and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and conclude it at the earliest. GCC is already India’s largest trading partner. GCC countries contribute almost 35 per cent of India’s oil imports and 70 per cent of our gas imports.”

This joint press conference took place to mark the launch of the resumption of India-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Negotiations.

In the presser, Goyal said the GCC is India’s largest trade partner. The bilateral merchandise trade in the year 2021-2022 is valued at USD 154 billion.

Bilateral trade in services between India and GCC stood at around $14 billion. India and the GCC have complimentary business and economic ecosystems. While India played an important role in food security and contribute to the healthcare of GCC, the GCC is a reliable partner in India’s energy security.

With forward-looking and solution-oriented deliberations, bilateral engagements witnessed significant progress on all matters of mutual interest across the entire gamut of bilateral economic relations between India and the GCC nations.

Both sides agreed to expedite conclusion of the requisite legal and technical requirements for formal resumption of the FTA negotiations. The FTA is envisaged to be a modern, comprehensive Agreement with substantial coverage of goods and services.

Both sides emphasized that the FTA will create new jobs, raise living standards, and provide wider social and economic opportunities in India and all the GCC countries. Both sides agreed to significantly expand and diversify the trade basket in line with the enormous potential that exists on account of the complementary business and economic ecosystems of India and the GCC.

Goyal said the FTA between India and GCC countries will be a comprehensive economic partnership. “What exactly can be expected needs to be discussed bilaterally. For example, UAE is looking to invest around USD 100 billion in India, Crown prince of Saudi Arabia was here in India. He indicated that he is also looking for an investment at a very large level in India. I am quite confident that the 2 sides will set new benchmarks together,” he added.

Nayef Falah M Al-Hajraf, secretary general of GCC said, “We are keen to pursue FTA negotiations. The world has been hit hard by the pandemic and the economic outlook looks uncertain. It is time to capitalise on the already existing strong relationship between the GCC and India.”

“We’ve instructed our respective negotiation teams to finalise all documents for the FTA. The FTA is a means to capitalise on what’s already existing between India and GCC,” he added.

Hajraf said, “The FTA will cater to our economy after Covid-19. Businesses have entered into a new challenging era and FTA will boost trade and investment, food and energy security and also help us address climate change and other concerns. The relations between GCC countries and India are deep-rooted.”

The GCC is a union of six countries in the Gulf region — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. The earlier two rounds of FTA negotiations between India and the GCC was held in 2006 and 2008. The third round did not happen as GCC deferred its negotiations with all countries and economic groups.

He also said that Indian expats contribute to the GCC economy.

Gulf nations are host to a sizeable Indian population. Out of about 32 million non-resident Indians (NRIs), nearly half are estimated to be working in the Gulf countries.

GCC countries account for almost 35 per cent of India’s oil imports and 70 per cent of gas imports. India’s overall crude oil imports from the GCC in 2021-22 were about USD 48 billion, while LNG and LPG imports in 2021-22 were about USD 21 billion.  (ANI)

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Sheikh scholarship for knowledge empowerment among Arab talents

The Scholarship, which aims to encourage Arab learners to pursue higher education in a reputed university, supports Arab talents to empower their knowledge and skills…reports Asian Lite News

To pursue higher education at Oxford University is a dream for many aspiring students across the globe. Ranked as the world’s best university for the sixth consecutive year by the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022, Oxford University offers students unique learning experiences by leveraging the expertise of the world’s eminent researchers, which makes it the most sought-after university for acquiring postgraduate education.

The Oxford-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Graduate Scholarship, launched in 2016 as part of a partnership between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and Oxford University, is a collaborative effort between the two institutions to support aspiring students in the UAE and the Arab region to pursue higher education from the world’s most prestigious and top-ranked university. The long-term collaboration between the two parties leverages the expertise of the University, which is well known as a hub for science and a prime choice of university for learners for over 900 years.

The Scholarship, which aims to encourage Arab learners to pursue higher education in a reputed university, supports Arab talents to empower their knowledge and skills. The pioneering initiative highlights the efforts of MBRF to strengthen the scientific, academic and research ecosystems in the Arab world and become a strong pillar of knowledge-based communities. The scholarship also highlights the foundation’s aim to empower learners and support their research projects, further boosting the UAE’s leading position in the global knowledge landscape.

The Oxford-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Graduate Scholarship seeks to enhance the potential of promising Arab students by providing scholarships to attain higher education at a prestigious university. By sponsoring their academic journey at a globally-renowned academic institute, the initiative also gives students the opportunity to enhance their intellectual potential, by learning from top academics in the world and connecting with other exceptional students from around the globe.

By connecting knowledge pioneers from the Arab world through MBRF, this move helps to create communities that will continue to thrive and develop in the future. These communities reflect the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for a bright future that will last for eons to come.

Applying for the Scholarship

In line with its efforts to enhance scientific research, empower Arab learners and encourage advanced research to steer the growth of the region, Oxford University accepts scholarship applications from UAE, as well as all other Arab nations. Through the scholarship, Oxford University aims to attract students, who aspire to pursue higher education in various academic disciplines. 

Arab learners who are qualified for higher education programmes, with a strong commitment towards scientific contribution to the region, are eligible for the scholarship. The students can avail grants for tuition fees, university services, books, accommodation, and monthly expenses along with annual flight tickets throughout the scholarship period.

Acquiring the Scholarship

In order to acquire the scholarship, the applicants first have to secure admission to Oxford University for master’s (not MBA) or doctoral degrees, upon completion of the admission, the scholarship application will be sent automatically, and eligible applicants will be contacted. The eligibility criteria are based on the academic competence and capabilities of the learners.

Oxford University

Deemed one of the most prestigious universities in the world across various disciplines, Oxford University provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience for the students, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge under the guidance of pioneers in various fields and utilize the world’s best libraries, laboratories, museums, and groups. The university includes 38 colleges operating collectively to impart quality education. The university is renowned for its abundant facilities, along with nearly 8,000 faculties and research staff and has 7000 post graduate students enrolled. Along with programmes in humanities, the university has further added research capabilities in natural and applied science, to ensure its long-standing position as a global hub for education and intellectual interaction that supports learners and academic experts equally.

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India reaffirms commitment to peace in IOR region

IORA is the largest and pre-eminent organization in the Indian Ocean Region with 23 Members and 10 Dialogue Partners…reports Asian Lite News

Participating in the 22nd Council of Ministers’ meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on Thursday, India expressed its commitment to promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region.

In his remarks during the meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh “reaffirmed India’s strong commitment to strengthening of IORA to promote peace, security and prosperity in IOR as well as in the wider Indo-Pacific,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The ministers who attended the meeting also endorsed India’s candidature for IORA Vice-Chair for the period 2023-25 by consensus, the MEA added.

IORA is the largest and pre-eminent organization in the Indian Ocean Region with 23 Members and 10 Dialogue Partners.

The Minister of State highlighted India’s contributions as coordinator of the IORA priority areas of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Science, Technology & Innovation towards capacity building and strengthening of IORA Secretariat. India is setting up an eOffice at the IORA Secretariat.

According to the MEA, he also announced provision of e-subscription by India to Mahatma Gandhi Library at IORA Secretariat. In the face of current global challenges to our climate, food and energy security, MoS Singh highlighted India’s initiatives of LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment and International Year of Millet in 2023.

The meeting adopted the ‘IORA’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’ (IOIP) which would guide enhancement of IORA’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. India led the process of development of the IOIP.

The Dhaka Communique was adopted as the Outcome Document of the 22nd COM Meeting, the MEA said. (India News Network)

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‘Qatar didn’t invite Zakir Naik’

Qatar has told India that no invitation was extended to Zakir Naik to attend the FIFA World Cup 2022…reports Asian Lite News

Qatar has conveyed that no invitation was extended to Indian fugitive Zakir Naik to attend the FIFA World Cup and his being wanted in India has been raised with Qatar government.

“The issue of Zakir Naik being wanted has been raised with Qatar. Qatar has told India that no invitation was extended to Zakir Naik to attend the FIFA World Cup 2022,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said at weekly media briefing on Thursday.

Some media reports had said that Qatar, which is hosting the FIFA World Cup, has invited Zakir Naik to deliver Islamic sermons.

Bagchi said the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition has also been raised with the Malaysian government.

Naik fled to Malaysia in 2016, just before the National Investigation Agency started a probe against him.

Zakir Naik faces charges of money laundering and hate speeches in India. In March, this year the Home Ministry declared Naik-founded Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) an unlawful association and banned it for five years.

Naik is accused of promoting hate, and disharmony, and his speeches are seen as objectionable as he has been extolling known terrorists promoting conversion and terrorism.

‘Look at bigger picture of ties with Qatar’

Ahead of Zakir Naik’s visit at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, former Indian Ambassador to Qatar, KP Fabian stressed that we should not react or over-react to such reports as these are all “delicate matters” and we should look at the bigger picture regarding the relationship between the two countries.

“India should not react or overreact. Qatar has not invited this person because he is a fugitive in the Indian Justice system…Don’t take it as an act which is directly against India. You should also look at the big picture of Indo-Qatar relations. We have about 8 lakh of our people there. We are getting LNG from them and some of our companies are working and doing very well there. So, taking all that into account, my view is that there is no need for us to react. These are all delicate matters”, said the former envoy.

The ex-envoy though added that ‘according to his sources in the Qatari Government’, the video circulating on social media is ‘old’ but added that ‘assuming’ it is correct then ‘we should not react or overreact.

“A source fairly close to the Qatar government has told me that the news is not correct and that some old video is being circulated. But let us assume that it’s correct. And how should India react…My view is that India should not react or overreact”, added Fabian.

Zakir Naik faces charges of money laundering and hate speeches in India. In March, this year the Home Ministry declared Naik-founded Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) an unlawful association and banned it for five years.

The MHA notification stated that the speeches of Zakir Naik were objectionable as he has been extolling known terrorists.

The MHA notification also stated that evidence presented to the tribunal by the Solicitor General, shows on record that Zakir Naik continues to travel to Gulf nations to raise money, all of which are being used solely for radicalising people, especially Muslim youth. (ANI/with inputs from Ayushi Agarwal)

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Tourism recovery soon to reach 65% of pre-pandemic levels

Middle East saw international arrivals more than triple (+225%) year on year in January-September 2022, climbing to 77% of pre-pandemic levels….reports Asian Lite News

An estimated 700 million tourists travelled internationally between January and September, more than double (+133%) the number recorded for the same period in 2021. This equates to 63% of 2019 levels and puts the sector on course to reach 65% of its pre-pandemic levels this year, in line with UNWTO scenarios. Results were boosted by strong pent-up demand, improved confidence levels and the lifting of restrictions in an increasing number of destinations.

Highlighting the speed at which the sector has recovered from the worst crisis in its history, the latest World Tourism Barometer from UNWTO reveals that monthly arrivals were 64% below 2019 levels in January 2022 and had reached -27% by September. An estimated 340 million international arrivals were recorded in the third quarter of 2022 alone, almost 50% of the nine-month total.

Europe continues to lead the rebound of international tourism. The region welcomed 477 million international arrivals in January-September 2022 (68% of the world total), hitting 81% of pre-pandemic levels. This was more than double that of 2021 (+126%) with results boosted by strong intra-regional demand and travel from the United States. Europe saw particularly robust performance in Q3, when arrivals reached almost 90% of 2019 levels.

At the same time, the Middle East saw international arrivals more than triple (+225%) year on year in January-September 2022, climbing to 77% of pre-pandemic levels.. Africa (+166%) and the Americas (+106%) also recorded strong growth compared to 2021, reaching 63% and 66% of 2019 levels, respectively. In Asia and the Pacific (+230%) arrivals more than tripled in the first nine months of 2022, reflecting the opening of many destinations, including Japan at the end of September. However, arrivals in Asia and the Pacific remained 83% below 2019 levels. China, a key source market for the region, remains closed.

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Several subregions reached 80% to 90% of their pre-pandemic arrivals in January-September 2022. Western Europe (88%) and Southern Mediterranean Europe (86%) saw the fastest recovery towards 2019 levels. The Caribbean, Central America (both 82%) and Northern Europe (81%) also recorded strong results. Destinations reporting arrivals above pre-pandemic levels in the nine months through September include Albania, Ethiopia, Honduras, Andorra, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador and Iceland.

In the month of September arrivals surpassed pre-pandemic levels in the Middle East (+3% over 2019) and the Caribbean (+1%) and came close in Central America (-7%), Northern Europe (-9%) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (-10%).

Meanwhile, some destinations recorded notable increases in international tourism receipts in the first seven to nine months of 2022, including Serbia, Romania, Türkiye, Latvia, Portugal, Pakistan, Mexico, Morocco and France. The recovery can also be seen in outbound tourism spending from major source markets, with strong results from France where expenditure reached -8% through September, compared to 2019. Other markets reporting strong spending in the first six to nine months of 2022 were Germany, Belgium, Italy, the United States, Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia.

The robust recovery of tourism is also reflected in various industry indicators such as air capacity and hotel metrics, as recorded in the UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker. Air seat capacity on international routes (measured in available seat-kilometres or ASKs) in January-August reached 62% of 2019 levels, with Europe (78%) and the Americas (76%) posting the strongest results. Worldwide domestic capacity rose to 86% of 2019 levels, with the Middle East (99%) virtually achieving pre-pandemic levels (IATA).

Meanwhile, according to STR, global hotel occupancy rates reached 66% in September 2022, from 43% in January. Europe led the way with occupancy levels at 77% in September 2022, following rates of 74% in July and August. The Americas (66%), the Middle East (63%) and Africa (61%) all saw occupancy rates above 60% in September. By subregion, Southern Mediterranean Europe (79%), Western Europe (75%) and Oceania (70%) showed the highest occupancy rates in September 2022.

The challenging economic environment, including persistently high inflation and soaring energy prices, aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine, could weigh on the pace of recovery in Q4 and into 2023. The latest survey among the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts shows a downgrade in confidence levels for the last four months of 2022, reflecting more cautious optimism. Despite growing challenges pointing to a softening of the recovery pace, export revenues from tourism could reach USD 1.2 to 1.3 trillion in 2022, a 60-70% increase over 2021, or 70-80% of the USD 1.8 trillion recorded in 2019.

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Saudi’s Dar Al Arkan ,Trump team up for real estate project in Muscat

This world-class Trump property, which will feature a championship golf course designed by a renowned golf professional, will be built upon a hill with sweeping views of the sea….reports Asian Lite News

Dar Al Arkan, the leading real estate company in Saudi Arabia, and The Trump Organization signed an agreement in New York for the development of a signature Trump Resort, including residential villas, a hotel, and a golf course in the stunning AIDA project. Located in the heart of the capital, Muscat, the 100-meter-high hilltop development is one of the largest premium mixed-use real estate projects in the world, situated directly by the sea.

“The Trump Organization is known for its exclusive, world-class developments. Superior quality, detail, and perfection are the standards that Trump demands throughout its projects – from residential to resort, from hotel to golf, and from commercial office to retail. We are always looking to enhance Dar Al Arkan’s unique projects with premium facilities and experiences, and our partnership with Trump will distinguish our first project in Oman and put it on the global map.” said Yousef Al Shelash, Chairman, Dar Al Arkan.

Eric Trump, Executive Vice President, The Trump Organization, said: “When we were looking at our next project and where we wanted to expand our footprint, we knew it had to be in an outstanding location and with an amazing team. At AIDA, in the heart of Muscat, Oman situated directly overlooking the incredible sea, we have truly found that. Together with Dar Al Arkan, we are going to deliver an exceptional Trump Golf resort with the finest residential villas, a world-class hotel, and an iconic golf course, all in one of the most beautiful settings.” 

AIDA will be developed with the support of Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN Group), the executive arm of the Sultanate of Oman for tourism development. The value of the project is USD 4 billion, and it will be developed over 10 years on an area of 3.5 million square metres. The development of AIDA is due to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

Ziad El Chaar, CEO, Dar Al Arkan Global, said: “AIDA sits on a high peak overlooking one of the most breath-taking horizons in the world. Imagine the beautiful setting of a villa in these majestic surroundings or playing a game of golf overlooking the sea – it is truly unrivalled. We are confident the relationship with Trump will enhance the natural beauty of AIDA and attract end-users and investors from around the world looking to be part of an exceptionally iconic project.”

AIDA’s master plan was designed to ensure innovative standards with the adoption of architectural foundations, utilising rich natural surroundings. Most importantly, AIDA is being developed sustainably, fully respecting and preserving the topography and unique environmental features of the area with homes integrating seamlessly within the cliffs.

This world-class Trump property, which will feature a championship golf course designed by a renowned golf professional, will be built upon a hill with sweeping views of the sea. The meticulously planned course will feature state-of-the-art golf facilities, an expansive golf club, and the finest amenities ultimately creating a new luxury benchmark for golf in the Middle East. While the AIDA golf course offers the ideal setting for the game’s enthusiasts, the hospitality and residential component will be second to none for the luxury traveller.

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