The first and only Arabic travel guide to Sri Lanka, entitled ‘The Most Beautiful Island in the World’, has been spotlighted by The National, the Gulf’s leading English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi.
The paper was interviewing the author, Heba Al Mansoori, “self-professed ‘serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist and advocate of transparency’”, in which she says that “Sri Lanka fascinated me more than any other place”.
The book explains how GCC nationals can get the best out of any holiday in the ‘Emerald Isle’.
Says Al Mansoori: “Which hotels serve halal food, where you can expect utmost privacy, how to see the sights with a large family and all that entails—it’s all there. I have been visiting Sri Lanka since I was a child, so I had a lot to go on.”
Arabian Travel Market
Reporting from Dubai, the Middle East Business (MEB) website says that Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga, was presented with the latest edition of the book during the recent Arabian Travel Market.
Says MEB: “The guidebook has been well received by the Arab-speaking world and the first 20,000 copies quickly sold out. The updated version, the first of its kind written with the specific needs of the Arab traveller in mind, is being produced to meet the ever growing demand from travellers eager to visit the beautiful island nation.
“Through the book, Ms. Al Mansoori … presents a vivid image of the emerald Isle as a veritable tourist paradise, full of cultural and environmental gems, stunning locales, serene hillsides, captivating coastlines and beautiful beaches.”
Says Al Mansoori said: “Interest is reviving in Sri Lanka as an all-round travel destination in the Arab region, and we have had constant inquiries at our offices, which is why I thought of launching an updated version of the travel guide.”
Read The National report here.
Read the Middle East Business report here.