Winter sun is calling and Airbnb travellers are seeking trips near and far. Indonesia’s Bali tops the list, with Kuta on the south-western coast of the island the most sought-after locale by Airbnb users around the world. Kuala Lumpur is the second most searched for destination this winter on Airbnb. Photo: AirbnbHaving the right amenities is also ever-important, with Airbnb travellers filtering their searches to find listings with swimming pools, Wi-Fi, kitchens, Jacuzzis and free parking. As part of its winter update, Airbnb also announced that it will add new categories of accommodation to the site.
Emerging Asia is set to become the Gulf region’s biggest trading partner by 2028, according to a new report. Trade between the two blocs is expected to reach $578bn by 2030, says the Asia House Research team. Having recovered from the shock of coronavirus faster than anticipated, trade between Asian and the Gulf states is predicted to surpass that between Gulf countries and advanced economies by 2028. GCC-China trade is driving emerging Asia’s trade with the Gulf, having doubled from $90.6bn to $180bn between 2010 and 2021. And Gulf sovereign wealth investment into Asia is growing in return.3 months ago The National
Iran claims it has built a hypersonic missile, sparking concern across the international community. But, a hypersonic missile differs from a conventional missile in that it travels much closer to the earth, eliminating the arch into the atmosphere. While all missiles are complex technology ― it is rocket science ― making hypersonic missiles is more complex. The US Air Force successfully tested two Lockheed Martin hypersonic missiles in July 2022, fired from a B-52 bomber. Japan's Defence Ministry is also preparing hypersonic missiles by 2030 to boost deterrence, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.2 months ago The National
Just as mandatory PCR testing for travellers had become a thing of the past in many parts of the world, regulations are being reintroduced as Covid-19 cases surge once more. Much of this is driven by the spike from China, after Beijing dismantled its zero-Covid policies, including regular PCR testing of its population, triggering concern around the world. The US, Australia and UK, for example, will impose PCR testing requirements on any travellers coming from China as of Thursday. Expand Autoplay A notice for travellers arriving from China to undergo mandatory Covid tests at Caselle airport, in Turin, Italy. In the Philippines, authorities intensified Covid-19 monitoring for travellers from China, thoroughly reviewing health declaration forms and intercepting symptomatic passengers upon arrival.1 month ago The National
Whether you want to grab some limited-edition vegan doughnuts or groove along to K-pop hits at the much-awaited Blackpink concert in Abu Dhabi, there are plenty of things to enjoy this week in the UAE. MondayIf you are participating in Veganuary, or you are actually vegan, perhaps the plant-based doughnuts by Tres Marias and Here-O Donuts are for you. Photo: Orfali BrosRenowned regional chefs Mohamad Orfali of Orfali Bros and Maksut Askar of Istanbul’s Neolokal are teaming up for a special 14-course menu, available for one night only. Several games are available, including those with Angry Birds and Squid Game themes. Getty ImagesGlobal K-pop sensation Blackpink are performing at Etihad Park, as part of their Born Pink world tour.11 days ago The National
The South Korean military said two B-1B bombers trained with four US F-16 fighter jets and four South Korean F-35s jets on Saturday during the last day of the Vigilant Storm joint air force drills. It said North Korea will respond with the “toughest counteraction” to any attempts by “hostile forces” to infringe on its sovereignty or security interests. B-1B flyovers had been a familiar show of force during past periods of tensions with North Korea. The planes last flew over the Korean Peninsula in December 2017 during another series of North Korean weapons demonstrations. South Korea also on Friday sent up about 80 military aircraft after tracking about 180 flights by North Korean warplanes inside North Korean territory.2 months ago The National
The 2022 World Cup will feature four Arab teams at a global finals for the second successive tournament – equalling the record set in Russia last time out. AFPEgypt the Arab pioneers (1934)The second staging of the World Cup included its first Arab participant. The country would not qualify for another World Cup for 56 years. It represented a first win by an Arab team at a World Cup. It was a sensational run, comfortably sitting among the best goals scored at a World Cup.2 months ago The National
Well, what a World Cup, then. After Cameroon and Serbia served up a thriller early on Monday, Ghana and South Korea swiftly followed suit. So, not long after Cameroon and Serbia drew 3-3, Ghana edged out South Korea 3-2. If they were gallant in defeat against Portugal, going down 3-2 but still giving Cristiano Ronaldo a mighty fright, they were galvanised against South Korea. Staring World Cup elimination in the face, they forced it to one side.2 months ago The National