Vaccinated Hong Kong residents ready to party till 2 a.m. curfew as bars reopen

HONG KONG  In Hong Kong’s famed party zone Lan Kwai Fong, dormant bars and clubs are revving up to serve customers again, but only if they have had at least one vaccine shot – one of the few examples globally of offering greater freedom for the vaccinated. Bar staff need to have gotten at least one coronavirus vaccine dose too, and patrons must register with a government mobile tracking application as they enter. The Chinese special administrative region has kept…

Beautiful Memories of Palestine, a pictorial journey through Palestine

Location: MIA Library Date: 27 June 2021 – 30 September 2021 Time: 09:00 am – 07:00 pm Phone: +974 4422 4444 Beautiful Memories of Palestine, a pictorial journey through Palestine is currently on view at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Library until 30 September 2021. The exhibition features books from MIA’s Rare Book Collection which are largely published in European languages as travel journals, stories and histories, depicting a great fascination for the Arab world. A series of programmes…

Hong Kong Travel Guide – Expert Picks for your Vacation

An enigma wrapped in a mystery, Hong Kong is a city of extremes, whose stratospheric rise as an international power hub matches the upward trajectory of its ever-expanding skyline. Give the city its full name—Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China—and the curious case of an Asian megalopolis and its contradictions begin to make sense. Governed by China but independent under the principle “one country, two systems” since its return from British rule in 1997, Hong…

Summer hotel deals just in time for Hong Kong celebration

SINGAPORE – Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of the Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), has secured fantastic hotel deals in time for this year’s Hong Kong Summer Spectacular. Hong Kong is a vibrant, exciting metropolis, and during the annual Summer Spectacular everything that’s great about the city gets even better. This year’s celebration runs from June 17 to August 31 and promises a schedule packed with fun things to do. To help travelers decide what to put…

The HSBC Building’s Feng Shui Cannons

Built in 1985, the HSBC Building in downtown Hong Kong is the headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and one of the largest banks in the world. In 1990, the Bank of China Tower was built next door, and it’s now one of the most recognizable skyscrapers of Hong Kong. But the iconic tower’s unique shape came at a curious price: Feng shui principles were ignored. In fact, the Bank of China Tower is the only major…

Qatar Economic Forum begins today

Under the patronage of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the activities of the first edition of the three-day Qatar Economic Forum starts Monday, June 21, 2021 via videoconferencing. H.H. the Amir will deliver a speech at the opening session of the forum, which is held in cooperation with Bloomberg, under the theme ‘Reimagining the World’. Global government leaders participating in the inaugural virtual event include H.E. President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo; H.E. Prime…

Minister of Foreign Affairs meets head of Hamas Political Bureau in Doha

H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met Saturday with the Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Dr. Ismail Haniya, who is currently visiting the country. During the meeting, they discussed the recent Israeli attacks, the events of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the attacks on worshipers in Al-Qods, and the recent attack on the besieged Gaza Strip. During the meeting, H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs…

Seven out of 11 Nepalis killed in fire incident in Hong Kong identified

Seven out of 11 Nepalis killed in fire incident in Hong Kong identified KATHMANDU, Nov 17: With the death of four more Nepali nationals, the number of Nepali nationals who were killed after fire broke out at a Nepali restaurant in Hong Kong rose to 11 on Tuesday. According to local media reports, seven victims have been identified as nine-year-old Riyan Nepal, 38-year-old Yubaraj Kadel, 13-year-old Kritika Kadel, 35-year-old Raj Babu Nepal, 39-year-old Sher Bahadur Gurung, 32-year-old Anita Niraula and…

Hong Kong quarterly: which industries will survive the deep recession?

Hong Kong has had difficulty coming out recession The economy has been in recession since 3Q19, and fell by -8.9%YoY in 1Q20, which is the deepest contraction since 1974 when the data was first compiled.  The trade war clearly hurt economic growth in 2019, with GDP growth of just 0.7%YoY and 0.4%YoY in the first two quarters of 2019, respectively.  The arrival of social unrest, together with the trade war, brought the economy into recession, with drops of -2.8%YoY and…