Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Foreign Office travel advice for Dubai, Turkey, Israel, Abu Dhabi and Egypt


The Foreign Office has updated its advice for people travelling to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Direct flights from London terminals, including Heathrow, are taking place to Dubai.

And direct return flights to the UK are scheduled from Oman.

However, the Government has warned against “all but essential travel” to the whole of the region due to Covid-19 risks.

Let’s take a look at the rules and guidelines in place for those needing to visit the area.



From June 8, the Foreign Office said direct flights will run from England however travellers must depart from

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Fort Madison, Keokuk, look for hotel-motel tax revenues to rebound after summer travel soars


FORT MADISON (WGEM) — After a tough year for tourism, cities across Southeast Iowa are now assessing the toll the pandemic has taken on their revenues as they hope for a better year this year.

Fort Madison city manager David Varley said in a regular year, the city’s hotel-motel tax would bring in roughly a quarter of a million dollars.

“It will be down 30 percent hotel-motel revenue,” he said. “That’s about $56,000 compared to last year.”

Keokuk is facing a similar situation.

City manager Cole O’Donnell said in 2019, the city’s hotel-motel tax generated $298,000 but only generated $150,000

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BBC – Travel – The Darvaza Crater: The USSR’s top-secret desert mystery


The Karakum Desert is a massive expanse of sun-scorched sand dunes covering roughly 70% of Turkmenistan. You could wander through this parched 350,000sq km badlands for days and only see the endless crests and valleys of the Karakum’s barren wilderness. But if you make your way to the desert’s north-central plain, you may stumble upon a truly surreal site: the Darvaza Crater, a molten gas pit that has been spewing fire for decades and is known as “The Gates of Hell”.

The story goes that in 1971 Soviet geologists were drilling for oil in the desert when they hit a

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WOC Auction June 7-9 Includes Cement, Mack Truck Cement Mixer, Travel Packages, Football Tickets


The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, a business-intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management, has announced the following list of items have been donated to its annual auction at World of Concrete.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the auction will be conducted entirely using Ritchie Bros. Auctioneer’s Timed Auction system. This is an online-only timed auction and bidding opens on Monday, June 7 at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EST and closes Wednesday, June 9. Registration information can be found here.  

In addition, the auction has a new location, in

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Buy Now, Pay Later Leader Uplift Launches Partnership with Vegas.com as Las Vegas, Nevada Tops List of Summer Travel Hot Spots


SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Uplift, the leading enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later solution serving the world’s top travel brands, has launched a new partnership with Las Vegas travel booking platform Vegas.com. According to travel booking data from Uplift, domestic travel is heating up in the U.S., with air travel bookings up 73% compared to a year ago. The Uplift Leisure Travel Trend Tracker reveals that Las Vegas is named the second most popular U.S. city destination for travelers this summer with Florida taking the first spot. According to Uplift, Nevada travel bookings increased 97%

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Travel scams return with the rise in travel


(CNN) — With more widespread vaccinations and relaxed travel restrictions, many people are making long-awaited vacation plans. But scammers are making plans of their own to separate eager travelers from their money via too-good-to-be-true vacation packages, fake airfare deals and other shady schemes.

Consumer advocacy organizations such as Better Business Bureau are issuing warnings about an increase in incidents involving scammers who often pose as airline ticket brokers and travel agents via telemarketing calls.

Another common tactic is imposter or “spoofed” websites that mimic legitimate booking platforms for airfare, hotels or rental cars — but do not deliver the product

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