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Singapore is proving increasingly popular with Middle East (ME) visitors seeking high quality healthcare. According to new figures on the number of medical tourists arriving from the region, Singapore saw an average annual increase of 20% from 2006 to 2008.

The figures collated by Singapore Tourism Board (STB) show approximately 1,000 healthcare tourists from ME countries arrived in Singapore in 2008, around the same number as US medical care travellers - putting both destinations amongst the top markets for overall number of healthcare tourists visiting the Garden City.

Editors' Choice | Review of free Quran iPhone application - 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Editors' choice is Quran Majeed Lite and iQuran

This is our first of, Insha Allah, a series of reviews on travel applications and products. Ramadhan being only a day or two away, our first review is on a mobile Quran application. Quran being such an important aspect in this blessed month, hopefully these applications will help us keep busy with the recitation and listening to it even in our travels.


Dubai Outlet Mall is launching a brand new shopping concept to Dubai, ‘Half Price Mondays', which is a bonanza for shoppers, commences Monday, 2 August 10.

Every Monday is Half Price Monday at Outlet Mall, where merchandise that is discounted 50% OR MORE from the original price is displayed outside participating stores, creating a mega bargain market ambience in the mall!

Al Turaif Quarter in Al Dirr'iya, Saudi approved as World Heritage Site - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

The World Heritage Committee approved the registration of Al Turaif Quarter, in the Al Dirr'iya historical city near Riyadh, onto the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The approval was made during the 34th session on Thursday, July 29, in Brasilia, Brazil.

;His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) said, "Al Turaif Quarter in the Dirr'iya site is the second Saudi historic site to be recorded in the World Heritage List after the registration of the archeological site of Madain Saleh in 2008"

Have you visited a Museum of Islamic Art ? - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


There are quite a number of Museums around the world which are showcasing Islamic artifacts. Some of these Museums are fully dedicated to Islamic art and some have large collections of Islamic artifacts. The most recent one to open was the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

Going for Hajj from India - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

The Haj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.

Being the third largest Muslim populated country, India's share is large in number of Hajj pilgrims. Hajj travel is organized by the central Hajj committee of India under the aegis of the central government and by private tour operators according to government allocations.

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