• Dubai invites summer dwellers to ‘Own The Summer’

    Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) — the largest, longest running and most successful summer sensation of its kind in the region— is set to stun Dubai’s residents and tourists with its return of 19th edition this year. Encouraging everyone to ‘Own The Summer’, the seasonal extravaganza offers 43 days of exhilarating shopping, entertainment and experiences from 9 July to 20 August, 2016.

  • Dubai receives 157 cruise ships during current cruise season 2016-2017

    Dubai will receive 157 cruise ships during the current cruise tourism season 2016-2017, which started in last October and will continue until next April. This means a 16% increase compared to last season which received 134 cruise ships.


    Passengers travelling through Dubai International (DXB) can now virtually explore Dubai and experience the wide array of offerings available, thanks to a new, technologically-advanced digital installation set up in Terminal 3, Concourse A, that even creates and sends to passengers via email a tailor-made two-day Dubai itinerary based on the passengers’ interests and preferred experiences.

  • Dunes, by Al Nahda all set to woo guests from all over the world with their Official Soft Launch

    Dunes by Al Nahda, is the new paradise set in the golden sands of Wadi Al Abiyad, 45 minute drive away from Al Nahda Resort and Spa.  It is also a member of Preferred LVX, a division of Preferred Hotels& Resort. Preferred LVX’s properties are carefully scrutinized, showcasing refined and globally sophisticated hotels and resorts in coveted locations, including some of the most exceptional and luxurious properties Worldwide- being branded with the Preferred LVX is truly a great honour for any hotel. Dunes, by Al Nahda, with its exotic location and premium facilities is a member of this bouquet of hotels and prestigious group. This will go a long way to position Oman as a high-end, luxury destination attracting a mix of worldwide visitors.

  • Dusit International and Silpakorn University join to preserve rich heritage of Dusit Thani Bangkok

    Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, has partnered with Silpakorn University to launch a unique project to preserve the rich architectural and artistic heritage of the company's iconic flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, which will be redeveloped next year as part of a landmark mixed-use development.

  • Dusit International continues expansion of its dusitD2 brand in dream destinations in Thailand and Bhutan

    Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its global expansion by soft opening two new resorts under its upscale dusitD2 brand – dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan and dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi (Thailand).

  • Edgy, energetic Chinese millennial travelers are spending 80% more on travel and are majorly influenced by social media, research by™ reveals

    Recent research from™ has revealed that Chinese millennials born after 1990 are pushing the boundaries of international travel, increasing their travel expenditure in the past year by a staggering 80 per cent to fund social media-influenced trips full of edgy experiences, high tech accommodation and exotic delicacies.

  • Education at the Heart of Mleiha

    The UAE’s residents and visitors who are fascinated by the country’s rich history and wish to learn more about its early civilizations will be amply rewarded with a trip to  Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism; a premier tourism and leisure destination from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Mleiha has been established to cater to the increasing demand for new vacation and excursion experiences. Conceived to offer a premium educational experience through showcasing Sharjah’s rich history which reveals impressive imprints that early man made in the region.

  • Elaf and Egyptian Tourism Minister to explore potential tourism opportunities

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, hosted a special meeting with His Excellency Hisham Zazou, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel, Red Sea Mall to discuss ways on how to reinforce tourism for both Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). On hand to welcome Minister Zazou were Elaf senior officials like Mohammad Bin Mahfouz VP Travel & Tourism, Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels and Jawaid Abdul Hameed VP Marketing were present while the Elaf team was headed by Chief Operating Officer (COO) Asim Abdullah Danish.

  • Elaf Group concluded successful participation at Arabian Travel Market 2016

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has revealed its successful participation at the recently concluded edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2016), the industry leading, international travel and tourism event for inbound and outbound tourism professionals in the Middle East region, which was held from April 25 to April 28, 2016 at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (DICEC). The Elaf Group showcased its hotels located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially its properties in Makkah, Madina and Jeddah--catering to visitors performing their Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The company also showcased its current range of travel packages and services, which received wide interest and strong response from attendees at the exciting four-day event.

  • Elaf Group ends tours to key countries in move to help promote Saudi tourism

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to experience a strong influx of visitors traveling to its holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The number of religious tourists is even expected to surpass historical levels in the coming years. Recent news from Ministry of Hajj has shown that visiting hajj pilgrims are expected to increase to 5 million in the next five years, while Umrah performers are expected to reach 20 million in 5 years’ time.

  • Elaf Group expands presence in the KSA with coming opening of new 5-star hotel in Jeddah

    The Elaf Group of Companies, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the coming opening of its latest five-star hotel in Jeddah. The latest addition to Elaf Group’s growing portfolio of hotels is part of its recent implementation of a strategic expansion initiative aimed at further reinforcing its leading presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s booming tourism and hospitality segment--in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to support the national economy and to promote tourism, particularly tourism for religious purposes, as a key contributor in the efforts to achieve a non-oil economy.

  • Elaf Group hosts Moroccan Food Festival at Elaf Jeddah Hotel Red Sea Mall

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has organized the Moroccan Food Festival at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel (Red Sea Mall) in Saudi Arabia. Launched under the theme ‘Food Festival that Brings You the Best & Diverse Moroccan Cuisine,’ the event was inaugurated by Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels, Elaf Group in the presence of Elaf’s senior officials like Mohammed Bin Mahfouz, VP Travel & Tourism and Mahfouz Husain CFO. Celebrity chefs Mohammed and Omar have specially been flown from Morocco to join the hotel’s kitchen team to serve a gastronomical feast of authentic, distinctive and flavoursome dishes to the guests.

  • Elaf Group looking to reinforce its position across foreign tourism market segment

    Recent industry reports have shown that more than 5.8 million tourists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia travelled abroad in 2015, which reflects a 2.4 per cent increase as compared to 2014, with total expenses of around SAR 24.1 billion which indicate a growth rate of 11 per cent. According to these reports, the trips focused mainly on vacation travel, visits to relatives, business-related trips, study purposes, medical treatments and others.

  • Elaf Group President cites key role of professional travel & tourism organizations in further developing Kingdom’s tourism industry

    Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group of Companies, cited the significant role played by local travel and tourism organizations and associations in the move to further develop the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) travel and tourism industry. Mahfouz pointed out that the presence of these organizations can largely contribute to many of the planned programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering the country’s tourism segment.

  • Elaf Group successfully concludes strategic series of Hajj and Umrah marketing tours in key countries

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the successful conclusion of its global Hajj and Umrah marketing tours. Elaf recently participated in the 19th International Forum for Religious Tourism in Egypt; the 19th Forum of Tourism Services and Hotels (Umrah Services) in Morocco and Turkey; and the 7th International Travel Mart in Indonesia to attract religious travelers to Saudi Arabia and help enrich the spiritual experience of all Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

  • Elaf Group to launch series of marketing tours to promote Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism sector

    The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will launch its series of strategic marketing tours to select countries across continents in a bid to further boost Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism industry. During its stopovers in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Tunis in Tunisia, and the United Kingdom starting October of this year, the Group is expected to unveil its new attractive packages for travelers planning to visit the Kingdom as well as highlight and promote popular local tourist attractions.

  • Elaf Group to showcase Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism sector across the world

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will be showcasing Saudi Arabia’s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries in the month of October 2016. The Group will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight attractive tour packages and the wide range of cultural offerings that the Kingdom has to offer especially for religious tourism.

  • Elaf Group unveils new summer destination packages for families

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, has announced new key destinations for outbound travelers looking to take their families on summer holidays this year with an array of choices across the region including Turkey and Egypt, select countries in Far East and South Asia, and major theme parks in Europe and the United States. The packages also include cruising trips along the waters of Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, France, and Croatia, with accommodation, taxes and meals included.

  • Elaf highlights its hotels in the holy cities and Jeddah at ATM 2015

    The Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels is participating at this year’s edition of the Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East region’s leading annual travel trade exhibition, which is being held from May 4 to May 7, 2015 in Dubai. During the show, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group, is expected to throw the spotlight on its hotels located across major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly its hotels in Makkah, Madina and the upcoming property in Jeddah (Elaf Galleria).