Young though it is, Dubai already has dates in its calendar to rival some of the most famous of the world's occasions.
Tourism Minister Uzi Landau says plans are being drawn up to encourage visitors back.
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Israeli tourism was on track for another record year in 2014 until a barrage of rocket fire triggered a wave of cancellations.
Unesco has designated a network of over 2 000 years old, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site.
Locals are fed up with the way many tourists and visitors dress, especially as temperatures soar in the Gulf Arab nation.
Israel expects the papal visit later this month to give a sharp boost to tourism by Christians, who already account for most of the market.
Even before speaking with Mam Khalil, it is clear he loves photographs - they cover almost every inch of his cafe in northern Iraq.
Jordan, home to many Islamic and Christian holy sites, hopes a visit this month by Pope Francis will promote religious tourism.
Gulf Arab states will scrap by the end of the month a travel warning for citizens thinking of visiting Lebanon.
Flying in a hot air balloon should be on everyone's to-do-list, says Susanne Verdonk.
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