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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Destination News Africa / Middle East) Jul 3, 2011

Etihad Rail Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAEOs national railway network, has awarded a contract to PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures Limited for the provision of railway sleepers. The sleeper manufacturing facility will be set up in the western region of Abu Dhabi. India-based PCM Strescon will be responsible for the design and manufacturing of railway sleepers in the UAE. It will also be responsible for the setting up of the sleeper-manufacturing facility for phase one of the railway network of the 266-kilometer route linking Shah, Habshan, and Ruwais in Abu DhabiOs western region, an official statement from Etihad Rail announced on Saturday. Jul 1, 2011

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, Limpopo, South Africa, granted a young man who wishes to be a veterinarian a chance to see his dream come true. The center gave Joseph Schilling, who aspires to becoming a veterinarian, a chance to experience close encounters with the animals while working alongside Christo Schreider, an experienced curator at the center. The center ensured that Schilling received all the necessary knowledge and experience so he may one day become a veterinarian and make his dream come true. Schilling was brought in by Friends of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, a foundation in the U.S. that grants terminally ill young people their ultimate wish. During his stay at Hoedspruit Center, he experienced a hands-on approach to all aspects of being a veterinarian. Adine Roode, managing director, said, OWe were so impressed about how well educated, motivated and excited Joseph was. His ultimate wish is to become a veterinarian and we wish him only the best of luck for his future studies. We are honored to have fulfilled one of his dreams.O Recently, the Center received an injured leopard from the Leopard Conservation Project that had been caught in a snare around his waist in the Vaalwater District. It took four men to carry the enormous male leopard weighing 65 kilograms. The center will continue to offer support and assistance to the Leopard Conservation Project, forming part of extensive wildlife and conservation initiatives at the center. For more information, visit Jun 27, 2011

MSC Cruises MSC Cruises' Newest Destination: Exotic Arabia. MSC Cruises, a leader in European-style cruising in Europe, the Caribbean, US, Canada and South America, is now featuring sailings to exotic Arabian destinations, with 50 percent off one guest per stateroom for the winter sailings on a 7-night cruise through July 31, 2011. Rates begin at $649 for the first person and $324.50 for the second, plus government fees and taxes (GFTs). Kids 17 and younger sail for just $99. MSC Lirica will be sailing these 7-night cruises to such mysterious and magical destinations along the Arabian Sea as Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This itinerary also includes calls in Oman. Enjoy the unique blend of old and new in Abu Dhabi, the cosmopolitan excitement of Dubai and the historic landmarks of Al Fujairah and Muscat. Guests can also opt to experience the Great Pyramids of Giza or a trip over the rolling sand dunes. This 7-night "Arabian Adventure," sails roundtrip from Abu Dhabi or Dubai and calls at Muscat, Oman; Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; Khasab, Oman; and overnight stays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates with weekly departures from October 30, 2011 through March 4, 2012. While onboard the elegant MSC Lirica, guests can enjoy the luxurious MSC Aurea Spa, outstanding international entertainment, dining delights and Italian hospitality. Jun 27, 2011

Turkey ThereOs a reason tourism to Turkey increases by leaps and bounds each year. The people are welcoming, the food is delicious, and the countryside is like an open-air antiquities museum. Now TourCrafters is offering a land-only 5-night/6-day Highlights of Turkey tour that costs only USD890 and includes arrival and departure transfers (at any time), accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels, daily breakfasts, 3 dinners, professional tour guides, luggage handling in hotels, museum entrance fees, and local taxes. Days 1 and 2 are spent in Istanbul N the exotic city on the Bosphorus that bridges East and West N with a guided sightseeing tour that takes in the cityOs most famous monuments: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the 550-year-old Grand Bazaar with its thousands of shops. Then thereOs a trip to the capital, Ankara, and a visit to the mausoleum and museum of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. On to Cappadocia to see the ancient Kaymakli Underground City and GoremeOs rock-carved houses and churches, as well as carpets, tiles, and other local handicrafts. The tour continues to the 13th-century Seljuk masterpiece, the Sultanhan Caravanserai; the Mausoleum of Mevlana (original home of the Whirling Dervishes) in Konya; and Pamukkale, to visit the ruins of the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, the Necropolis, and the terraces and pools of the dazzling limestone cascade. The tour ends in Marmaris, where you can catch a flight from the airport or a ferry to the Greek island of Rhodes. Another option: transfer to Antalya, to enjoy the nearby beach resorts (a supplement applies). For additional information on this and other packages and tours to Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, visit . For reservations, call 800-482-5995. Jun 28, 2011

Turkey The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey is opening a new museum to display priceless mosaics dating back as far back as the 1st century BCE. The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep encompasses pre-Hellenistic cultures and the Greek and Roman empires. Zeugma, thought to have been founded by a general in Alexander the GreatOs army, was initially two cities on either side of the Euphrates River. It grew over countless centuries because it was located at the easiest crossing of the river, exactly where major trade routes in the ancient world linked east and west as well as north and south. The cityOs location was considered so important by the Romans that Zeugma became a vital military center where tolls were collected on commerce and travelers. At one point the city was home to more than 70,000 people. In the process, wealthy residents, businessmen, military officers, governors and other notables built impressive homes and villas distinguished by magnificent mosaics -- on floors, in pools, courtyards, kitchens and elsewhere. Because of ZeugmaOs position at the center of international trade and commerce, these mosaics represent a treasure trove of information about the interaction and assimilations of ancient cultures over the centuries. The 90,000-square-foot museum features a 7,500-square-foot exhibition hall, numerous conference rooms and other facilities and replaces the Bardo National Museum in Tunis as the worldOs largest mosaics museum. For more information, call Turkish Tourism at 212-687-2194 or visit,, or Jun 27, 2011

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Title Annotation:Etihad Rail in deal with PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures Limited; MSC Crociere S.p.A.'s services; tourism in Turkey
Comment:Destination News - Africa / Middle East.(Etihad Rail in deal with PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures Limited)(MSC Crociere S.p.A.'s services)(tourism in Turkey)
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Date:Jul 4, 2011
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