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The Arab and Muslim world: Tremendous potential for the development of adventure tourism


 

London-Karen Dabrowska Tour operators from the Arab and Muslim world who participated in the Daily Telegraph’s Adventure Travel and Sports Show held in London in mid-January were convinced there is tremendous potential for the development of adventure tourism in the region. More than 250 exhibitors offered specialist holiday advice on planning trips beyond the normal ranging from far-flung islands and remote beaches to more active vacations including trekking, hiking, diving, cycling, white water rafting and safari. The show also featured talks and lectures by explorers, expedition leaders, climbers, divers, travel writers and photographers. Destinations like Turkey and Oman cater to all aspects of adventure tourism: water sports, mountaineering and desert exploration. “Everything you want to do in adventure travel can be done in Turkey”, Murat Ozguc of Kapadokya Balloons told Islamic Tourism. Man originally conquered the skies with the hot air balloon. He is convinced Turkey is the best place for ballooning in the world. Chris Beal, long time adventurer in Oman who served in the sultan’s army for 14 years, has joined forces with Rob Gardner of the Muscat Dive and Adventure Centre to bring together all the elements of adventurous and desert safari activity in “this beautiful and diverse country”. Featuring more than 1,700 kilometres of coastline, sun, sea and sand are in ample supply. Watersports of every variety from diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing can easily be arranged. The starkly beautiful ancient fjords of the Musandam Peninsula, with dramatic mountain-hugging roads, provide spectacular vistas. The Hajjar Mountains and Oman’s highest peak, Jebel Akhdar or Green Mountain, provide some thrilling rock climbing experiences. Wahiba Sands, with its endless stretches of desert extending to the Rub Al Khali or the Empty Quarter is a good place to experience the Bedouin way of life, while the many wadis, or dry river beds, provide the unique thrill of “wadi-bashing” in rugged four-wheel drives. Majlis al Jinn, the second largest cave chamber in the world, complete with a subterranean lake is a cave explorer’s dream come true. The Jordanian Tourism Board which is focusing on promoting regional tourism and attracting visitors from other Arab countries and the Moroccan Tourist Board had impressive, well illustrated stands. Jordan’s wadi rum is probably the jewel in the crown of adventure travel. Geologists believe the valley resulted from a great crack on the surface of the earth caused by an enormous upheaval which shattered mammoth pieces of granite and sandstone ridges from the mountains of the Afro-Arabian shield. The Deputy Director of the Moroccan Tourist Office, Bashir Tsouli promoted trekking in Toubkal area which has a distinctly Himalayan quality, biking tours in the gorges and Kasbahs of the Atlas Mountains, desert camel safaris to the Hamada Plateaux with its lost oases and vast palm groves and a tour to the famous blue men of the desert. Turkmenistan is a pioneer in adventure travel but for the General Manager of Owaden Tourism, Saparkylych Rahmanov the future can only be excellent. There are only five tourist companies in the country and the industry has been growing from strength to strength during the past three years. “Before, especially when we were part of the Soviet Union, our country was really unknown”, Rahmanov said. Today he is a man with a mission: to open some pages of history and culture and provide a window on life and nature not only in Turkmenistan but also in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. “I don’t sit in my office – my place is in the deserts and in the mountains. Owadan arranges jeep drives on sandy hills and horse and camel riding through the desert retracing the march of Alexander the Great. “The nomadic people of the desert are very friendly with a clean heart – like that of a child. Every person has to make the tourist welcome and offer whatever has”. Another face of Central Asia was presented by KJTI Ltd (Karakorum Jeep Treks International) who arrange crossing of the Karakorum, Himalayan and Hindu Kush of North Pakistan: the highest ranges on earth. Their tours cover 4500km of unforgettably awesome scenery to meet people in one of the world’s most isolated regions. Mongolia, another isolated region was also introduced at the exhibition by Gloucestershire-based Far Frontiers Ltd. The company’s director, Fiona Brijnath described a trip to the eagle hunters of the Altai, three hours flight from the capital Ulan Bator. An ethnic band of skilled Kazakhs hunt marmots and small foxes with majestic Golden Eagles. The directors of Discover the World are concerned that Muslims do not visit Iceland and Greenland and are quick to emphasise the their needs would be met. Prayer mats would be provided and even ‘halal’ meals could be arranged. No one could fail to be impressed by the east of Iceland, scoured by ice age glaciers. Typical of the region are steep-sided mountains, sheltered fjords and many pretty fishing villages. Inland, lies the fertile lakeside town of Egilsstadir a popular base for exploring. Around Lake Logurinn are Iceland’s most extensive forests of native birch and introduced conifers and the island’s third highest waterfall, Hengifoss. But it was not just an exhibition for tour operators. Charities like Care International UK and Medicines Sans Frontieres were keen to emphasise that tourists have a duty to ‘put something back’ when visiting people less fortunate than themselves. A number of travel companies were motivated by humanitarian rather than profit motives. Red Spokes Co UK with a left wing edge provides the opportunity for low wage earners to go on affordable holidays to remotest Scotland and the Karakoram Highway! Tribes Travel is a Fair Trade Travel company offering holidays which are not only second to none in terms of quality and excitement, but also benefit the local people, environment and wildlife of the destination. Travel publishers, including Bradt who published a travel guide to Iraq in 2002, a travel guide to Kabul in 2003 and are about to publish a Baghdad guide, were very well represented at the exhibition.
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Camley Street Nature Park: Wilderness in the heart of London

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Impressive Middle Eastern stands at World Travel Market

  Issue 73

Three anniversaries for London’s Mesopotamian story telling group

  Issue 73

London’s lesser known parks ideal for autumn walks

  Issue 72

Signs, Symbols Secrets: London’s Science Museum sheds light on alchemy

  Issue 72

Enduring Middle East: Scottish artist follows in the footsteps of Orientalist painter David Roberts

  Issue 71

An Interview with Mr. Ben Harper, Director of Sales & Marketing for Go Native Apartments in London

  Issue 71

Ramadhan in London

  Issue 71

Leptis Magna fascinates famous war photographer

  Issue 70

Middle Eastern states showcase heritage at London Book Fair

  Issue 70

Education, Knowledge, Networking and Entertainment at MPI event, the EMEC

  Issue 68

World Hajj & Umrah Convention, 11-12 February 2012, British Museum, London–UK

  Issue 68

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Enchanting fairground for the festive season
  Issue 67

Rye: a quaint historic town in East Sussex

  Issue 67

Arab Spring Countries At World Travel Market Optimistic About Tourism

  Issue 66

Exciting Horizons From New Exhibitors At WTM

  Issue 66

London’s Shubbak Festival: Penetrating flash of insight into Arab culture

  Issue 65

Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon

  Issue 65

British Museum's Afghan exhibition extended due to popular demand

  Issue 63

Hadrian’s Wall
A walk through history in Britain’s idyllic country side
  Issue 63

British Museum Showcases Omani Jewellery

  Issue 62

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Bigger And Better Every Year
  Issue 60

Middle East & North Africa Travel Association (MENATA) launched at World Travel Market

  Issue 59

Windsor: The Largest Inhabited Castle In The World

  Issue 59

Aladin's Cave Re-discovered: London's Silver Vaults

  Issue 59

World Cup Puts Africa Ahead Of The Tourism Game

  Issue 59

London's Garden Museum
Oasis Of Tranquillity In A Majestic Church Building
  Issue 58

Pitzhanger Gallery & House
Culture At Its Best In West London
  Issue 58

British Library Showcases Magnificent Maps

  Issue 57

Ramadan In London: Muslims And Non Muslims Celebrate Spirituality And Diversity

  Issue 56

West Wycombe
Overground Walks, Underground Caves
  Issue 56

Dickens House
Insight Into The Life Of A Great Novelist
  Issue 56

Holland Park
Entertainment In Tranquil Surroundings
  Issue 56

Chatham and Gillingham: Britain›s Historic Ports

  Issue 55

London International Fine Art Fair: Beauty & Elegance

  Issue 55

Ashridge Estate
Focal Point of Walks in the Chilterns Countryside
  Issue 54

Fortnum & Mason Showcases British Crafts

  Issue 54

Wales offers middle east travellers family fun adventures

  Issue 54

London Canal Museum
The Capital's Waterways Then And Now
  Issue 53

London Eye
A Bird's Eye View Of An Amazing City
  Issue 53

British Museum Showcases Muslim World's Extraordinary Legacy

  Issue 52

Historic Baths Draw Visitors To English Country Town

  Issue 51

First Nations Contribution To Winter Olympics Showcased By Canadian High Commission in London

  Issue 51

British Museum Introduces Native North American Indian Rituals

  Issue 51

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland: an ideal day out for the family

  Issue 50

Chasing Mirrors
Londons Arabs Exhibit Work At National Portrait Gallery
  Issue 50

Stratford-upon-Avon thrives on Shakespeare's legacy

  Issue 49

Moctezuma
Myth Comes To Life In British Museum's Aztec Exhibition
  Issue 49

Magic of Arab calligraphy attracts students from four continents

  Issue 49

Hampton Court
A great day out at a wonderful palace with magnificent gardens
  Issue 48

Africa
Tremendous potential for the development of tourism
  Issue 48

Impressive middle eastern stands at world travel market

  Issue 48

Southall
London's Little India
  Issue 47

Warwick Castle
Bringing the past to life
  Issue 46

London University Showcases Work of Kazakh Craftswomen

  Issue 46

Southend-on-Sea
legendary pier, impressive fair grounds
  Issue 46

Avebury
A mysterious present from the past
  Issue 45

Britain’s Premier Holiday Location Now Easier to See

  Issue 44

Hampstead
Lanes, Alleyways, Historic Houses, Quaint Boutiques
  Issue 44

Stonehenge
Magnificent, Magical And Mysterious
  Issue 44

Zipang
Mesopotamian story-tellers bring ancient tales to life in London
  Issue 44

Arabic Translation of Obama's biography announced at London book fair

  Issue 42

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  Issue 41

Leigh-on-Sea (UK)
An Upper Class Fishing Village Where Heritage Is Everything
  Issue 38

The Lure of the East
British Orientalist Painting
  Issue 36

The New Forest
An Experience Of Peaceful English Life
  Issue 35

Adventure Travel Show
Introducing Challenging Destinations
  Issue 34

Hastings
The 1066 Country
  Issue 33

African States Eager To Promote Islamic Sites

  Issue 33

China`s Terracotta Army Exhibition
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  Issue 32

Luxury Travel Fair

  Issue 31

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Sacred
The British Library’s Visual Feast Of Holy Texts
  Issue 30

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BTTF
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  Issue 29

Advert
Arabian Travel Market 2007
  Issue 28

Destinations
Excellent introduction to unique attractions
  Issue 28

Southampton
History Comes Alive In The Old Town
  Issue 27

WTM 2006
Emphasis on the link between sport and tourism
  Issue 27

Spain Lives In Puebla
Mexico’s City Of Angels
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Hereford
Rural England At Its Best
  Issue 26

Ramadan In Britain
Spiritual Havens In A Secular Society
  Issue 26

Buckingham Palace
Where the Queen lives and works
  Issue 25

British Travel Awards 2006
Who are the best companies in the travel industry?
  Issue 25

Activities of the arab tourism organisation

  Issue 24

Advert
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  Issue 24

1001 Inventions
Enlightened Tribute To Muslim Discoveries
  Issue 23

Britain Hosts Festival
of Muslim Cultures
  Issue 22

London's International Travel Shows
Attract Muslim Countries
  Issue 22

World Travel Market
Arab and Muslim presence grows from strength to strength
  Issue 21

Greenwich
Where time began
  Issue 20

Forgotten Empire
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Advert
IT Noor
  Issue 20

Trafalgar
The decisive battle reinvented by tourism
  Issue 18

Destinations
Newcomers set up impressive stands
  Issue 17

Cardiff
From the Industrial Revolution to Yemeni Mosques
  Issue 17

The Muslim World
An ideal adventure travel destination
  Issue 16

Haj
The most sacred journey on earth
  Issue 15

World Travel Market
Arabs optimistic despite Middle East's negative image
  Issue 15

The Muslims in London
Striving for self-sufficiency without isolation
  Issue 14

Britain embraced
Islamic culture before immigrants arrived
  Issue 13

Awards to Islamic Tourism
Inspire confidence
  Issue 13

The Rise of Islamic Tourism
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  Issue 13

British Travel Trade Fair
Bosses predict 'best-ever' ...
  Issue 11

Nine eleven sep aside
Muslim countries are popular with tourists
  Issue 10

The arab and muslim worlds
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London's lifeline, England's pride
  Issue 8

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  Issue 6

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