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Everything that went down at the Dubai Royal Wedding this weekend

Lifestyle Emirates Woman


'The celebrations continue Last month, UAE residents were surprised when news broke out that three of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai’s sons have officially tied the knot.The Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his two brothers HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum all got married in an Islamic ceremony on May 15.The news of their engagement first broke out last year, so who are they married too?Sheikh Hamdan is married to his cousin Shaikha Shaikha Bint Saeed Bin Thani Al Maktoum, while Sheikh Maktoum is wed to Shaikha Maryam Bint Butti Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Ahmed is married to Shaikha Midya Bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum.Even though their wedding took place in Ramadan, the first ceremony took place during Eid on June 6.As per tradition, the groom and bride hold separate receptions where the male and female guests are segregated.Therefore, the reception for the Royal brothers was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the region’s largest events venue.It was attended by Rulers of all Emirates, Crown Princes, Sheikhs, ministers, and a large number of dignitaries.Also in attendance were state and senior officials, tribal chieftains, businessmen, entrepreneurs and heads of top international and Arab companies operating in the UAE.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Latifa M R Al Maktoum (@latifamrm1) on Jun 6, 2019 at 8:46am PDT However, the wedding for the brides of the royal princes was held a week later.On Friday, June 14, the women celebrated in a ceremony held in South Dubai.It was a star-studded event, as it was attended by several well-known figures from the Arab world, including Saudi TV presenter Lojain Omran and Emirati singer Ahlam Al Shamsi.The television personality was the MC at the event, and donned several dresses by Lebanese designer Charbel Karam.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by فانز لجين عمران (@lojain7) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:59am PDT Meanwhile, the UAE singer, Ahlam entertained the guests in at the ceremony by performing some of her biggest hits.She later took to Instagram to share pictures from the night, and show off her stunning Zuhair Murad gown.She wrote: Congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum for the wedding of their sons: HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and HH Sheikh Ahmed and HH Sheikh Maktoum.I am honoured to be the Arab artist asked to preform at this great ceremony.I consider it a badge of honour.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ahlam Alshamsi (@ahlamalshamsi) on Jun 14, 2019 at 6:30pm PDT However, Ahlam wasn’t the only source of entertainment for the night.Another performer who took the stage at the wedding is highly successful Iraqi singer, Majid al-Muhandis.In honour of the Royal Wedding, the 47-year-old singer released a song titled “Ahla Al-Bashayer.” The lyrics were written by Emirati poet Jamouh, celebrating the happiness and joy that the UAE citizens have experienced celebrating this occasion, under the title of the joy of a homeland.We can only assume that this was one of the songs that Majid sung at the event.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by نوف المهندس (@noofalmohandiis) on Jun 15, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT Mabrook!!! – For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook  Media: Instagram  . The post Everything that went down at the Dubai Royal Wedding this weekend appeared first on Emirates Woman .'

Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter creates Lyceum apartments within former university labs

Architecture Dezeen

Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has transformed the former Pharmaceutical Institute at the Old Technical College in Stockholm into light-filled apartments that feature historic decor details.
'Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has transformed the former Pharmaceutical Institute at the Old Technical College in Stockholm into light-filled apartments that feature historic decor details.Designed by Swedish architect Gustaf Dahl in 1896, the heritage listed building has been renamed Lyceum and now contains 39 spacious flats with interiors that nod to its past life as a laboratory.The retrofit forms part of a wider masterplan for the old university, where  Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has also overhauled the former Zoological Anatomy Institute.Local studio Hultman-Vogt has also redeveloped the site's Material Test Institute. \'The buildings belong to the old Stockholm university, which is listed as a historical landmark and has been under protection since 1935,\' founder Andreas Martin-Löf told Dezeen. \'The overall masterplan allowed the university buildings to be converted into apartments and a pocket park to be inserted into the old university courtyard.\' Typically, each of Lyceum's apartments contains two single bedrooms and bathrooms, along with a master bedroom and office.These encircle an open-plan living and dining area at the heart of the flat, which feature grand four-metre-high barrel ceilings.The building's original giant windows designed by Dahl were restored as part of the project.Dressed with sheer, floor-to-ceiling curtains, these ensure the spaces are bright and filled with natural light.Original niches in the walls that were previously host to bookshelves have also been restored and refitted with dark wooden shelving and writing desks.This wooden detailing continues to run throughout Lyceum, with the intention of evoking the old laboratories and wooden furniture that once filled them.This is most prominent in the kitchen, where wooden stools designed by Pierre Jeanneret and a giant breakfast bar take centre stage, alongside storage units that resemble fume cupboards used for scientific experiments.Elsewhere, the apartments are all complete with a muted yet opulent material palette that Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter modelled on the existing aesthetic of the building, which has an off-white facade and inky-black entrance door.Industrial lights and bedroom lamps that resemble bunsen burners have been used to dress living spaces, as well as Calacatta marble furniture and bespoke mirrors also designed by Martin-Löf.Alongside the creation of the apartments, Lyceum's renovation also included the restoration of the building's existing staircases, entrances and facades.Limestone from the same quarry as originally used was brought in to recreate the look of the former foyer and staircases, and the existing pillars and facade were repainted.Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter was founded by Andreas Martin-Löf in 2008.Alongside Lyceum, other projects by the studio include an affordable housing block with chequerboard facades , a hilltop home that overlooks an archipelago and an exposed-bulb lamp that can be clamped to different surfaces . Photography is by Erik Lefvander . Project credits: Architects: Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter AB Andreas Martin-Löf, Adrian Utrilla, Gregor Sutherland, Constructing architect: Edgar Mann, Kristin Karls Landscape architect: Johan Paju Building heritage consultant: Stellan Ridderstrand Client: Oscar Properties Interior concept: Oscar Properties Contractor: Oscar Properties Bygg AB . The post Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter creates Lyceum apartments within former university labs appeared first on Dezeen .'

LAUTECH, University of Botswana to collaborate in research and student exchanges

School and Education City Voice Newspaper

Laoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, and the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, have indicated willingness to join hands in staff and student development in three key areas. A letter from the Nigerian High Commission
'Laoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, and the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, have indicated willingness to join hands in staff and student development in three key areas. A letter from the Nigerian High Commission in Gaborone, dated June 6, 2019 and signed by the High Commissioner, Ambassador Umar Z. Salisu, hinted that the delegation from the University of Botswana, led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Norris, would be in LAUTECH next Thursday, to discuss collaboration and cooperation aimed targeted at promoting staff and student exchange, promote collaborative research among academic scholars, as well as promote dual programs and supervision of postgraduate students. While talking of the need for the continent of Africa to find a common ground where knowledge becomes applicable and transferable for the good of all, Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, said the time for us to collaborate and cooperate for a better future for this continent was long overdue. “LAUTECH as a University of Technology is ever ready to join hands with other forward looking institutions to ensure that African Universities are up to the task of providing a future where we are key actors, providers of solutions rather than being dumping grounds and consumers”. Professor Norris, in his own letter confirming his intention to visit LAUTECH, explained that the University of Botswana aspires to be a leading centre of academic excellence, through educating graduates from all over the continent for global markets.'

HW-Studio steps Casa Ja down a slope in central Mexico

Architecture Dezeen

Architecture practice HW-Studio took cues from the steps and plazas found in traditional Spanish architecture to design this residence in central Mexico.Located in Morelia, a historic town in the province of Michoacan, the houses staggers down its
'Architecture practice HW-Studio took cues from the steps and plazas found in traditional Spanish architecture to design this residence in central Mexico.Located in Morelia, a historic town in the province of Michoacan, the houses staggers down its sloped site to create a \'horizontal line that highlights the sky and the mountains in the background\'.HW-Studio dubbed it \'The House that Hides Behind the Hill,\' for its unique relationship to the landscape upon which it is located.The house's shorter name Casa Ja is a contraction of \'Janitzio\', an island in the middle of Lake Pátzcuaro, near Morelia.The area is known for its pre-hispanic and colonial architecture, and informed HW-Studio. \'We designed this house with the practical solutions of a pre-hispanic town like Janitzio,\' the architects told Dezeen. \'The house was designed in the most vernacular way, based on proven solutions of traditional architecture, the terraces and stairs that we saw in Janitzio gave us the solution to build the house in a sloping ground,\' they added.The property slopes down from the street, giving the illusion from the public way that the 500 square-metre home is much smaller than it actually is.Building the home into the hillside also allowed HW-Studio to create an interior layout with different floor levels, without building a tall structure. \'The house is divided into three blocks placed on different levels connected by wide covered and uncovered stairs that make up a continuous and fluid space,\' said HW Studio in a project description.A white concrete frame forms the front facade, and is offset by black geometric volumes.These direct visitors inside through a broad pivoting door.The architects wanted to avoid the flashy aesthetic of surrounding homes, opting instead for a more restrained approach instead.The facade is covered with Recinto Negro – a volcanic stone that is commonly used in local construction. \'We wanted the house to be so intimate and silent that only suggested its presence, avoiding any presumption, exaggerated exhibition or the typical ostentation of the place where it is located,\' studio added.The home is roughly shaped like the letter H - the architects located a courtyard in the centre, between the home's two parallel wings. \'The gardens, patios and squares organise the rest of the programme, [providing] a certain introspective, domesticated and silent nature,\' said the studio.The residence, which contains three bedrooms, features a minimal aesthetic.This comprises black marble floors throughout, which contrast the plain white walls that were used for the interiors and exteriors. \'Its black stone interiors pretend to emphasize the cover and highlight that horizontal line on which the sun, the sky and the mountains would rest,\' it added.Photographs of the project show certain quirky furniture accents, such as an antique gilded mirror in the living and room.A few wooden accents break up the home's monotone palette.Staircases, doors, and cabinets bring some warmth to the otherwise neutral home.HW-Studio, which completed Casa Ja in 2015, has also recently completed a market for the town of Morelia , nestling crisp white volumes for vendors in between historic stone structures.Mexico has been producing several notable architecture projects recently.Dezeen rounded up 1o examples throughout the country.Photography is by César Belio . . The post HW-Studio steps Casa Ja down a slope in central Mexico appeared first on Dezeen .'

French social sciences go khaki under increasing military influence

Politics Epeak World News

In his farewell speech on 17 January 1961, President Dwight D.Eisenhower warned his compatriots about the development of a “military-industrial complex”(MIC) in the United States, i.e. a growing integration of the military establishment and the
'In his farewell speech on 17 January 1961, President Dwight D.Eisenhower warned his compatriots about the development of a “military-industrial complex” (MIC) in the United States, i.e. a growing integration of the military establishment and the weapon industries.Eisenhower feared that this alliance would encourage the production of some biased expertise whose main function would be to justify new wars and weapons programmes. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t This trend was already obvious in the studies produced by the Rand corporation and some other think tanks of the MIC.Therefore, Eisenhower’s main concern was that the militarization of knowledge would encroach on a traditionally more independent field: academia.The American president believed that if such a “military-industrial academic complex” (MIAC) were to be formed, there would no longer be any counter-power and “public policies would become prisoners of a techno-scientific elite”. Such a trend threatens French academe.In 2014, the Ministry of the Armed Forces (formerly called Defence ministry) funded the creation of an Institute for War and Peace at the University of Paris 1.In 2016, the same ministry launched a national programme called “ Pacte Enseignement supérieur “, which enabled higher education institutions to obtain a “Centre of Excellence for Defence and Strategy” label, together with a 300,000 euro grant.In 2018, the Military Intelligence Directorate ( direction du renseignement militaire ) and the CNRS signed a convention that encourages scholars who are experts on regions considered “strategic” to discuss the results of their research.The partnership has been strongly criticized for ethical and security resaons . In 2019, the CNRS and the Ministry of the Armed Forces co-sponsored and co-created a “Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique” that brings together academics and consultants who work on “defense and strategic” issues.These initiatives take place in the wider context of the French military increasingly using education and youth to promote its values . Neoconservative thinktanks… Admittedly, there have been other attempts to militarize French academia.During the Cold War, the Ministry of Defense set up research institutions inspired by the US think tank model: the Institut Français d’Etudes Stratégiques (IFDES) by General André Beaufre, in 1962-1963, and, subsequently, the Fondation pour les Etudes de Défense nationale (FEDN) by General Lucien Poirier[1]in 1972.At the end of the Cold War, the latter changed its status and became the Fondation pour les Etudes de Défense (FED). Most of the funding was provided by Defence industries: Aerospace, Cogepag, Dassault, Elf-Aquitaine, GIAT Industries, Matra-Défense, SNECMA, SNPE, Sofresa and Thomson.Later, FED became part of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique ( FRS ), which is regularly branded as a French “neoconservative think tank”. This brief overview shows that there has been a long-standing collaboration between academic research, the military and the defence industry in France.However, these initiatives did not revolutionize the field of the French academic studies on war because most specialists observed with skepticism these dynamics.The situation seems different today . In a context of declining traditional funding, several researchers – including a few critical and reflexive ones – have resigned themselves to accepting funding from the military. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Three cases – US, France and Germany To understand what is at stake with the militarization of the human and social sciences of war, we can refer to research published on the case of the United States during the Cold War.Following the path of, among others, the Camelot project, the Pentagon and the CIA massively financed studies in the psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science of countries considered close to the communist enemy.This production contributed to legitimizing US interventionism in Southeast Asia and support for authoritarian regimes in Latin America[2]. Moreover, these funds came together with the framing of research questions and the marginalization of approaches considered at odds with the dominant orthodoxy.For fear of displeasing its security donors, the academic establishment was reluctant to support these alternative or critical approaches[3]. In extreme cases, academics even fully embraced the political objectives of the US government[4]. In France, advocates of the use of Defence money to fund their research intend to protect themselves against these potential biases by calling for a diversification of funding sources.However, it is not clear what other sources of funding would be possible.Opening up research funding to foreign states or non-state armed groups would raise ethical and legal issues.As for anti-military NGOs, they do not have the same financial power – to say the least – as the military-industrial complex.It is therefore difficult to see how they could counterbalance the above-mentioned biases.More fundamentally, scientific research is not about achieving a balance between a variety of stakeholders.Rather, it draws its legitimacy from the collective organization ofthe evaluation of researchers’ work exclusively by their peers, and from reflexity vis-à-vis their objects and their donors.Source link \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t . 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Derry’s Ebrington – the former military base struggling to recruit

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' \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Image copyright Darron Mark/DMfotoNI Image caption Five out of 21 buildings on the Ebrington site are currently occupied The redevelopment of the former military base at Ebrington in Londonderry was to transform “not just the landscape of the city, but also the economic prospects of the north west”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Those were the words of the late Martin McGuinness in 2016.But to date, just five of the 21 buildings on the 26-acre site, which boasts views across the River Foyle to the city side, have been filled.The lack of development at the site has recently been described by financial journalist Paul Gosling as “one of the most incompetent pieces of public sector management”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Initially built by the Army in 1841, Ebrington has been home to both the Army and the Navy and was a key staging post in the area for British forces in World War One and Two.Irish poet Francis Ledwidge was based there for a period in 1916 before being sent to the Western Front.The military site closed for good in 2003 and was subsequently gifted to Derry by the Ministry of Defence. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Image copyright James Coyle Image caption The Peace Bridge opened in 2011 allowing people to walk from the city centre to the Waterside Ilex, an urban regeneration company, was set up by the Northern Ireland Office to undertake the development of the site and regeneration of the city.The company then closed in 2016, with the loss of 18 jobs.Ebrington Square has attracted thousands of people over the years for events like BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend , the Walled City Tattoo and the Turner Prize during the UK City of Culture year in 2013.Image caption 30 Seconds To Mars played the main stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2013 But “little has actually been achieved”, said Mr Gosling.He said a tendering process is in place for the buildings at Ebrington, which would be subject to commercial negotiations. “Nothing is binding though if the money isn’t there.We have a café and a bar and not much else really.It’s unfortunate for Derry” Mr Gosling said the Northern Ireland Audit Office should examine the reasons why development has been so slow.A multi-million pound whiskey distillery and visitors centre is no longer going ahead.The Quiet Man distillery project stalled last year when the company behind the proposals said it would no longer proceed.Image copyright Niche Drinks Image caption The distillery would have been the first whiskey distillery to open in Derry for nearly 200 years Work on a museum marking the city’s maritime history has also been stalled because of Northern Ireland’s political stalemate.A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said its plans are progressing for a museum which will cost more than £11m.Some £4.5m has already been committed from council and other organisations.Additional funding of a further £6.5m from Tourism NI, the NI Executive Office, and the Department for Communities has also been pledged, but only in principle.Plans are still in place for a hotel, office spaces, a restaurant and a café. The Irish News has also reported that technology giant Allstate is in negotiations to move into the site.Image copyright Department of the Environment Image caption Plans for Ebrington as outlined when the site was granted planning permission in 2016 The site was due to be handed over to Derry City and Strabane District Council in 2017.Speaking at a recent council meeting, Siobhan Broderick, from the Northern Ireland Executive Office, said the site would not be transferred until they were confident any financial or other risks for the council was minimised.The Executive Office told BBC News NI that significant progress had been made since it took over direct responsibility for the site in 2016. “The Executive Office is committed to delivering the regeneration of Ebrington and has awarded over £30m of funding towards the redevelopment of the site.” ‘Ridiculous’ Many of the buildings at the former army barracks have listed status.Image caption The clock tower at Ebrington Square “There is so much history here.We need more business,” said Vicki Burns, who manages a restaurant in Ebrington. “Tourists are walking over the Peace Bridge and they do call in, but we need proper infrastructure.The hotel would provide great footfall for us for example . “It’s ridiculous that so much space is being wasted.This could be a real hub for business and concerts, but it’s not.” Image copyright Culture Company Image caption Children in Derry created their own art in 2013 which was projected on to the Clock Tower More than £100m of government funding was announced to boost the economy in the north west in May.The Derry and Strabane district area city deal is to receive £50m to support innovation and grow the area’s digital sector.A further £55m has been allocated to an Inclusive Future Fund for the region, the first of its kind in the UK.Can Derry’s economic decline be halted?Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Brian McGrath said the Ebrington site remains a “key asset” in the city’s development plan” and stressed the importance of it being developed. “In an ideal world, the space would be fully utilised by now, but what is important is that we continue to promote the site as a strong investment opportunity, particularly on the back of the recent city deal announcement.” Source link . 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Hurricanes storm home to down Blues 29-24

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(Reuters) – The Wellington Hurricanes will head into the Super Rugby playoffs brimming with confidence after overhauling a 19-point halftime deficit to grind down the Auckland Blues 29-24 on Saturday. Having already qualified for the postseason, the
'(Reuters) – The Wellington Hurricanes will head into the Super Rugby playoffs brimming with confidence after overhauling a 19-point halftime deficit to grind down the Auckland Blues 29-24 on Saturday. Having already qualified for the postseason, the 2016 champions fielded what was effectively a B-team at Wellington Regional Stadium and it showed in the first half as the home side went to the break 24-5 down. But after coach John Plumtree activated some experienced substitutions, the Hurricanes roared home with three unanswered tries while keeping the hapless Blues scoreless. “It was a bit of a tale of two halves, that’s for sure,” said Hurricanes captain and All Blacks hooker Dane Coles, who made his first start since mid-March following a prolonged injury battle. “Proud of the effort of the lads… We can kick on into the quarter-finals next week.” The Hurricanes will return to the same venue next week, having booked a home quarter-final as the best-performed team outside the three conference winners. But they will have to await results of the matches in South Africa later on Saturday to determine their opponents. Centre Peter Umaga-Jensen grabbed a try in each half, with playmaker Fletcher Smith coming off the bench to spark the hosts with a try five minutes after the interval. Lock Isaia Walker-Leawere grabbed his first try in Super Rugby six minutes after Smith’s five-pointer, while flyhalf Jackson Garden-Bachop slotted a penalty in the final minutes to give the Hurricanes breathing space. Plumtree beamed from ear to ear as his second-string team clicked into gear in the second half. Well might he, with regular flyhalf Beauden Barrett and a raft of first-choice players rested and ready to be recalled fresh for the quarter-final. For the Leon MacDonald-coached Blues, their 10th defeat was a fitting ending for another season of dashed expectations. Despite another coaching shakeup in the offseason, the Blues finish bottom of the New Zealand conference with five wins and miss the playoffs for a ninth successive year. (Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)'

Turkey rises in popularity as shopping destination; Foreign tourist spend climbs to new highs

Business Biz Today

By Jennifer De Guzman DUBAI: One in every eight Turkish Lira is now generated by the nation’s travel and tourism sector.According to a recent report[1], the sector contributed TL 461.3 billion (USD 95.6 billion) to the country’s economy in 2018,
'By Jennifer De Guzman DUBAI: One in every eight Turkish Lira is now generated by the nation’s travel and tourism sector.According to a recent report [1] , the sector contributed TL 461.3 billion (USD 95.6 billion) to the country’s economy in 2018, with the sector now representing a 12.1% share of the Turkish economy.Growth in the Turkey’s tourism sector has in fact outpaced the global growth rate: the nation’s travel and tourism economy grew by 15% in 2018, significantly higher than the global growth rate of 3.9%. ‘Thetravel and tourism sector plays a crucial role as a driver of economic growth,job creation and social inclusion.Repeat visits from tourists from the GCCcountries in particular help fuel the growth of this sector.We expect touristspending in Turkey to continue undeterred through to the end of this year asthe number of visitors bound for Turkish cities rises,’ noted Salih Ozer,Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE.Thereport further ranked the Turkish city of Istanbul eighth in the world for internationalspend, accruing USD 16.3 billion in visitor exports, ahead even of otherpopular European destinations such as London, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam.Alarge slice of this spend has been attributed to Turkey’s growing popularity asa shopping destination.A significantspike has been reported in the number of international tourists — particularly touristsfrom neighbouring Arab Countries — travelling into Turkey to shop, especiallyfor high-end designer and luxury brands.According to recent estimates [2] , foreign tourists held anotable share in the turnover of shopping centres in Turkey last year: shoppingwith foreign cards amounted to TL 26.3 billion in 2018, representing anincrease of 76% year-on-year. ‘Thisincrease in foreign tourist spend within Turkey has also resulted in growth forthe nation’s retail sector.Travellers can enjoy greater value for their moneyin Turkey when compared to other popular destinations around the world across awide spectrum of goods and services,’ added the attaché. The2018 research also shows that leisure travellers primarily drove the tourismsector in Turkey with 87% spending generated by leisure visitors and 13% frombusiness travellers.The sector is also strongly weighted towards internationaltravel: 61% of the spending came from international travellers and 39% fromdomestic travel. [1] Source: World Travel and Tourism Council’s City Travel &Tourism Impact Report ; Turkey tops European Travel &Tourism growthranking in 2018 [2] Source: Shopping with foreign cards up 76%, hits over TL 26Bin 2018 . The post Turkey rises in popularity as shopping destination; Foreign tourist spend climbs to new highs appeared first on Biz Today .'