Red Sea

A little bit of haven

A little bit of haven

El Gouna, Egypt's 'Venice on the Red Sea', has everything you could want from a holiday resort - except, that is, for authenticity. Words by Orlando Crowcroft.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 2:16pm

Developing a special bond with China

As Saudi Arabia and China celebrate two decades of diplomatic ties, the countries are looking forward to strengthening their relationship through business, culture and financial links, while working together to achieve world peace, stability and security.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Railway firms quit bidding for Saudi job

Several mainland companies have pulled out of the bidding for multibillion-dollar contracts to build a high-speed railway between Mecca and Medina, two of the holiest cities in Saudi Arabia.

No explanations were given, but industry executives cite the high cost of business in Saudi Arabia and the difficult working conditions.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Architectural wonders built to inspire awe

Sacred Mosque, Mecca

The Al-Masjid al-Haram, or the Sacred Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca is the largest mosque in the world and the largest house of worship of any faith. It is the place that every Muslim endeavours to visit at least once in their life.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Adventures of a globetrotter

CHANCES ARE you have shared a flight with David Arkless. On average, he travels for 250 days a year and has been doing that for the past 22 years.

'I think my address should be Boeing 747,' he said. 'I'm a multimillionaire in air miles.'

He has 2 million miles on Star Alliance, 1.5 million miles on British Airways and another million or so with other carriers.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Angry families of Egypt bus crash victims may sue

Survivors of last month's bus crash in Egypt and relatives of the 14 Hong Kong tourists who were killed are considering legal action over what they claim has been their 'appalling'' treatment since they arrived home.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Kingdom taps well of fortune

Tax breaks and full ownership of projects make oil-rich nation tempting partner for foreign investors

AS THE PLANET'S biggest producer of oil and the controller of its largest petroleum reserves, Saudi Arabia occupies centre stage in world affairs.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Rich heritage opens up for visitors to explore

The government is drawing up plans to breathe life into the dormant sector

THE KINGDOM OF of Saudi Arabia is one of tourism's best kept secrets. Its topography, history and culture are often overshadowed by its religious heritage.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Tourists from HK unfazed by Egypt blasts

It's a hard sell - promoting your country as a hot travel destination days after a bomb kills more than 60 people in a popular tourist resort.

But an Egyptian tourism delegation says the bombing on July 23 in Sharm el-Sheikh has not affected tourism figures from Hong Kong. The delegation is visiting as part of an Asia-wide tour to attract more travellers.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Promotion hits bottom with Underwear City's PR coup


As one of only four foreign correspondents based in southern China, I receive a bewildering array of invitations.

Most go straight into the bin. But when an invitation to attend a press briefing and lingerie fashion show for the 2002 China International Underwear Exhibition Fair landed on my desk, I accepted immediately.

17 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Promotion near bottom line as Underwear City scores PR coup

AS ONE OF ONLY four foreign correspondents based in southern China, I receive a bewildering array of invitations to everything from American hardwood exhibitions to diplomatic dinner parties with visiting ambassadors from Beijing.

18 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

UN blames Ethiopia for stalling food aid

Addis Ababa: United Nations special envoy Catherine Bertini said yesterday that Ethiopia's refusal to use the ports of its enemy Eritrea could undermine a huge relief effort to feed millions threatened by hunger.

Ms Bertini said she had not been able to convince Ethiopia to use the Eritrean port of Assab for the delivery of food aid.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Kidnappers holding US trio surrounded

Sanaa: Yemeni forces yesterday surrounded the hideout of kidnappers of three US citizens seized in the poor Arab state, apparently by a disgruntled tribe seeking the release of jailed tribesmen.

The three Americans, believed to be a woman who teaches English in Sanaa and her parents who were visiting from the United States, were kidnapped on Tuesday.

28 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Eritrea gets loan for port upgrades

The World Bank has approved a US$30.3 million loan to help rehabilitate two major ports in the Red Sea state of Eritrea. The loan is part of a $57.6 million project designed to improve the productivity and capacity of the Red Sea ports of Massawa and Assab.

24 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Aqaba design work awarded

Jordan has awarded a US$460,000 design contract to British firm Rendal Palmer and Tritton and Amman-based Consolidated Consultants to expand an industrial berth at the Red Sea port of Aqaba.

The berth is designed to cater for increased fertiliser exports by 2,000.

3 Jan 1997 - 12:00am