Kenya bans single use plastic bottles and straws

Another bold move, so we can stay green!


As the war on pollution gains momentum, Kenya announced a ban on the use of single-use plastic bottles, straws, and related products within the protected areas in the national parks, national reserves, conservation areas, and any other designated wildlife protected area. The ban shall take effect from the 4th June 2020.

This is a step up to the existing ban from 2017 on the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic bags.  The ban applies to carrier bags with handles & with or without gussets and flat bags without handles & without gussets.
Be advised, the fines for being caught with a plastic bag are quite severe.

On the Footsteps of Gaudí

We will take the guests on a city tour through Barcelona following the footsteps of the city’s most influential son of all times: Antoní Gaudí. This outstanding architect lived and worked most of his lifetime in Barcelona, and his “footprints” can be seen frequently as you wander through the Catalan capital.

Starting from the landmark Sagrada Familia, the Church of the Holy Family: this is Gaudí’s masterpiece “par excellence”, although he couldn’t finish it during lifetime; it is already the most emblematic building of the city, the Eiffel Tower of Barcelona.

We will move on visiting Parc Güell, and we’ll continuing down towards the city centre, we will reach the elegant Passieg de Gràcia where two other masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí are located: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

All Gaudí’s masterpieces are listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

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Press Release Gulf Circle Tours – UAE

Gulf Circle Tours Celebrates a Successful Year

Frankfurt, Germany, May 2019:  Gulf Circle Tours is delighted to be a member of the esteemed Dubai Travel & Tourism Delegation to IMEX 2019, after a successful year and record numbers of inbound travellers to the UAE for conferences, meetings and incentives.

Conference Management: Gulf Circle Tours is celebrating a particularly successful year at IMEX 2019, having recently launched a new company within the group to conceptualise and manage conferences within the UAE, Al Turath Events.  Our first conference, the GCC eHealth Workforce Development Conference (eHWDC 2018) took place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi in November 2018, and the second will take place later this year, this time in Dubai.

Our specialised team of conference managers is available to support all types of conferences and events, and we look forward to meeting with prospective clients during IMEX 2019.

Online Payments: Streamlining payments has also been a focus for improvement during the past year, and we are delighted to announce that credit card payments are now accepted via our website . With payments possible online, this facility is becoming even more convenient for our international clients, large and small.

Worldwide Representation:  Our management team has been busy travelling the globe, attending travel trade shows and presentations, and making individual sales calls with our trusted partners.  Our network of representatives now covers the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg; Scandinavia; Spain & Portugal; Italy; Poland; the Philippines and the United Kingdom. We work closely with all our representatives and are more than happy to encourage clients to speak to our partners in their respective countries, confident that they will receive the same excellent service they would expect if talking directly to the team in the UAE.

World of DMCs: Gaby Seikaly, Managing Director Gulf Circle Tours has this week had the honour of being confirmed as President of the renowned network of destination management companies, World of DMCs.  As President, he will be responsible for leading the network and managing its activities for the coming two years.  World of DMCs accepts just one representative per country, and Gulf Circle Tours is the proud member for the United Arab Emirates.


About Gulf Circle Tours

Established in Dubai in 2001, GCT is part of a larger portfolio of companies in Jordan, as well as being a member of the United Arab Emirates Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the UAE’s Department of Economic Development, a preferred member of the Dubai Business Events (DBE), the Society of Incentive Travel Executive (SITE), and the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and members of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).  Gulf Circle Tours manages individual travel itineraries as well as meetings, groups, incentives and corporate travel.  Working with travel professionals from around the world, our experienced team speaks your language, and delights in personalising the services offered to each individual client.

For further information, contact: Mr Gaby Seikaly, Managing Director Gulf Circle Tours




From “Tin Lizzie” to Micro-Vehicles

More than 100 years ago, mass motorization began. Then, the carriage-dominated street scene changed completely in 1908. By the end of the 1920s, the ‘Tin Lizzie’, the first Ford Model T car, was sold by the millions. Many carriage builders and coachmen had to give up. Some companies were turning into wagon factories, streetcar enterprises or car dealers. Today, the automotive industry itself faces the biggest change in history. One vision for the future even claims that in 15 years, no one will enter a car dealership and today’s babies could possibly be the first adults who no longer need a driver’s license. In order to cope with the increasingly “thick air” in the cities,  emission control is a major topic and diesel driving bans, city tolls, charging stations for electric cars, as well as the attractiveness of the public transport are on everyone’s lips. Innovative micro-vehicles – so it is predicted – will compete with the car as a lifestyle object and status symbol within the next 5 years.


September 12th – 22nd, 2019 IAA & New Mobility World in Frankfurt

The above – and so much more – are the topics at the IAA, the International Motor Show. It is the most important mobility fair worldwide. Nearly one million visitors and journalists will experience the future of mobility in all its facets at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In an exhibition area of 230,000 m², more than 1,000 exhibitors present their product premieres. In addition to the symposia for trade visitors, a plethora of events complement the supporting program of the IAA in Frankfurt, especially the New Mobility World, which is the world’s most comprehensive platform for the mobility of the future with 5 thematic blocks and 3 event formats – it is the stage for future mobility and the platform for masterminds, entrepreneurs and decision-makers to discuss the future of mobility across all sectors. Representatives from the  sectors telecommunication, energy and automotive  as well as from public transport, municipalities, start-ups, consulting companies and the scientific community discuss and present solutions for our mobility of tomorrow. 2019 will focus on urban mobility, mobility as a service, clean and sustainable energy, connectivity and automation. In the exhibition area leading market participants and newcomers present their concepts for the mobility of tomorrow – from global tech firms to start-ups. In the Expo area with theme parks and demo areas future technologies will be presented.


Digital business models, autonomous driving, smart cities, alternative drives

Exciting topics are discussed, exhibited, illuminated. Not without humor, for example, there is the question “Everything electric – no?”  The whole world is discussing the electric car, but what about hydrogen power? After all, fuel cell technology definitely has distinct prospects! Under the slogan “Driving Tomorrow”, the IAA Expo and the IAA Conference 2019 will focus on alternative powertrains and smart cities this year. It therefore will be exciting to experience what innovations will be presented for hydrogen and urban development in 2019.

Mobility – Innovation – Emotion – Adventure … it’s all there!

And we would not be who we are, if we wouldn’t want to help you with your stay in Frankfurt and your participation at the show to be as perfect, complete and enjoyable as possible. Just overnight stays, breakfast & transfer to the fair? Need to arrange a press breakfast, a hospitality suite, a get-together for your customers?  Want to spend some time to experience a bit of Frankfurt … try the typical regional cider in Sachsenhausen, take a walk on the Römerberg, enjoy the view from the 200m high Main Tower or  take a cruise on the River Main? Challenge us … everything is possible!

La Feria de Abril in Sevilla

The unique “Feria de Abril de Sevilla” begins every year 3 weeks after the Holy Week, the much beloved “Semana Santa”. It starts at midnight on Saturday, and runs seven days, ending on the following Saturday. Every day the Feria begins with the parade of carriages and riders, at noon. For the duration of the fair, the fairgrounds are totally covered in rows of “casetas” (individual decorated marquee tents which are temporarily built on the fairground). Some of these “casetas” belong to prominent families of Seville, some to groups of friends, clubs, trade associations or political parties. From the late afternoon until six or seven the following morning, you will find crowds partying and dancing “Sevillanas”.


According to a popular saying, Seville has a very special colour, and all the more so during its “Feria de Abril” where you hear all day and night and everywhere Flamenco music, and in particular the “sevillanas”, a particularly pleasant and cheerful part of Flamenco that is easy to dance to, especially for women. Once the pointed hoods, trumpets and drums of Easter week are left behind, it is the turn of flounces, ornamental combs, castanets, and, above all, the joy of a people who positively give off imagination and good humour. Sevilla is more beautiful than ever during the “Feria”, and, with music and jubilation, it displays the essence of this magical city: its joyful spirit and the good nature of its people.


On 24.04.2019 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine set Ukraine Visa-Free for citizens of Ecuador with stay up to 90 days that let Ecuadorian citizens visit Ukraine in tourism and business purposes more comfortable.

Now Ecuadorian citizens could come to Ukraine free of visa for stay up to 90 days in the period of time 365 days.

In one year after the first entry to Ukraine citizens of Ecuador could come again with visa-free conditions of their stay in Ukraine.

The same rules are set for citizens of Ukraine who plan to visit Ecuador in tourism and business goals.

Swiss trains and more

We have put together some programmes featuring special Swiss trains, such as:
– Belle Epoque or Panorama train on the Montreux-Oberland-Line
– Mont Blanc Express
– Bernina Express
– Glacier Express

4 days/3 nights are available as from CHF 895.00 or 7 days/6 nights as from CHF 1682.00 sharing twin, basis 30 paying guests.

Magic Andalucía

The name Andalusia is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Andalus”. As well as Muslim and Romanic influences, the region’s history and culture have been influenced by the earlier Iberians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans and Castilians. Nevertheless the region has a rich culture and a strong culture identity.

It is the most popular and the second largest area of the autonomous communities in Spain. The Andalusia autonomous community is officially recognized as a nationality in Spain.  Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco and bullfighting for example.


Experience the magic of Andalucía!


The diversity of landscape and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the heat of Guadalquivir River valley through to luxuriant mid-mountain areas, volcanic landscapes such as the Taberna desert and the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.

In barely 40 kilometres you can go from Alpine mountain landscape to tropical areas on the shores of the Mediterranean. The cost of Andalusia stretches for almost 900 kilometres and is home to a large number of cities, towns and beaches that are a delight to visit.


Contact us for an informal offer, and/or more information.


On 18th of April 2019 Ernest Airlines open direct flights ROME – ODESSA with low-cost return tickets of 94 Euro connecting capital of Italy and South Capital of Ukraine.

Flights Rome – Odessa will be held two times a week – each Thursday and Sunday.

The schedule provides information about the departure of Rome, Italy at 17:40 and arrival in Odessa, Ukraine at 21:00. On back way departure of Odessa at 21:40 and arrival in Rome at 23:00.

Time of one-way flight Rome – Odessa is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Airports of flights are Rome-Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci” (FCO) and Odessa International Airport (ODS).

Return ticket cost of flights Rome – Odessa is around 94 Euro in case of Fly class of service.

A Unique Bird’s Eye View of the UAE

Allow us to show you the UAE and its many beautiful sights from above. The Seawings fleet of planes offers a unique perspective and has the advantage of having locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah to name a few, as well as being able to land on water or on land.

The comfortable seating allows for up to 8 persons and there is a fleet of 4 planes that are available for groups.

The tour is led by experienced pilots, who happily share information about the breath-taking scenery and routing.

Definitely an experience worth enjoying.

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