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Dubai set to open Heart of Europe with 6 outrageous themed islands

Based on six islands that bring the best of Europe to Dubai, The Heart of Europe is located 2 miles from the coast of Dubai and will offer up a variety of European cultural, dining, and hospitality experiences across resorts, cafés, bars, boutiques, and entertainment. Kleindienst Group developed the $5 billion master-planned tourism island destination that came a long way since its original concept was launched in 2008.

The Covid-19 outbreak may have stopped business on the mainland, but the Heart of Europe islands continued work at an aggressive […]

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Vietnam builds the ‘world’s first’ 24 carat gold-coated hotel

The Golden Lake hotel-apartment complex in Hanoi has been crowned the world’s first gold-plated hotel, with construction expected to be complete in 2020.

Footage from May 21, shows the glistening gold-plated exterior which startles passers-by and according to local media, has 5,000 square meters of gilded ceramic on the outside.

The complex, which began construction in 2009, is 25-storeys high and located in the downtown Ba Dinh district of Hanoi, on the bank of the Giang Vo Lake.

Built by the Hoa Binh […]

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10 tourist hot spots planning to reopen this June

Despite nonessential travel still being discouraged in many places, some tourism-reliant countries are beginning to hatch plans to welcome back tourists.
Italy announced plans to allow international travel starting June 3, even though it saw Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.
Saint Lucia expects to become the first Caribbean island to reopen to tourists on June 4.
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From Italy to Germany, countries around the world are slowly relaxing their lockdowns, easing into a new normal that’s not quite what it was pre-pandemic, but as close to […]

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Bali to require COVID-19 swab test results for all visitors

Anyone with plans to visit Bali must first undergo a swab test and a obtain letter stating they are free from COVID-19 under a new policy issued by the Bali administration that will take effect later this month in order to curb transmission of the disease on the world-renowned resort island.

From May 28, everyone visiting Bali is required to have undergone a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, Bali Airport Authority head Elfi Amir said.

“We urge everyone and all airlines to ensure this […]

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Toot, toot: Minor Hotel Group to release new luxury train for Vietnam

BANGKOK – Details are sketchy, but a new luxury  journey is due to launch in Vietnam in July.

The Minor Hotel Group has released images of the train – the Vietage – that will travel through south and central  Vietnam, linking Da Nang and Quy Nhon.

The custom-designed carriage, with just 12 reservation-only seats, will include a fully serviced bar, dining car and massage area.

More details are expected shortly.

There is an existing rail service between Da Nang and Quy Nhon, a six […]

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Life after lockdown in Vietnam: This is what it’s like when an entire country reopens

Hanoi, Vietnam (CNN) — As the faint smell of smoke rose up from the sidewalk and into my bedroom, I jumped up and stepped out onto the balcony to survey the Hanoi streets.
The owner of my building was burning joss paper (fake money) as an offering of good fortune to their ancestors.

After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam’s government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses to reopen on April 23.

Signs of life had […]

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