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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Nov 12, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | November 12, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Nov 12, 2015

Here are some of today's most interesting travel headlines from Europe, Africa and Asia...

After the Metrojet crash in Egypt, tourists are beginning to look elsewhere for their winter getaways. More travelers are considering the Arabian Peninsula (UAE, Oman and Qatar) for some wintertime warmth. Others plan to head to Cyprus, the Canary Island or Turkey. 

Business Insider gives readers 32 things to do in Germany. The list goes well beyond the norm. It includes activities like river surfing in Munich, beer tasting in Cologne and attending a show at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. 

Traveller rides the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth. This long-haul train trip is one of the world’s classic rail journeys. It passes through the famous Outback landscapes for which Australia is known.  

Sand boarding is gaining popularity amongst tourists in the UAE. The sport is also practiced by homesick expats who can’t get back to Europe or the States to hit the snowy slopes during the winter. The Arabian Desert’s dunes are some of the tallest in the world, so the drops are more mountain-like than many people expect… Read more from National Geographic.  
A photographer compared the sands of five different Indian Ocean beach destinations with a microscopic lens. He looked at individual grains from Réunion, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Though most people know these destinations for their pure white sands, the close-up pictures reveal many differences in color and shape… Read more from the Telegraph

Nigeria is arguing that its airports do not deserve their poor reputation. Airports in Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja were rated in the world's Bottom 10 because of complaints about bribe-seeking employees, dirty terminals and non-functioning air-conditioning. Nigerian officials say that upgrades are underway at the low-ranking airports, and the efforts to deal with corruption are ongoing... Read more from the Digital Journal

The future is now in Shanghai. China’s booming economic hub has a number of new futuristic buildings that seem like they are straight out of the movies... Read more from CNN 

According to the Telegraph, the Maldives has suspended its “state of emergency,” which the president announced less than a week ago. The move was criticized by the international community, who thought that it was nothing more than a ploy to allow him to use the military to silence opposition party members and protestors. The country's lucrative luxury tourism industry kept humming during the crisis.  

Well, it's not the Tube… Tourists in London can take a sightseeing tour in an authentic tank. A ride through the streets of the city in a 17-ton armored vehicle costs £1,500 (for two people). It certainly is the most unique way to see the city... Read more from the Daily Mail


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