Dubai, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey shine at Paris travel show

The Salon Mondial du tourisme—an annual international tourism trade show in Paris that always attracts large groups of travel enthusiasts—featured standouts Dubai, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco from March 19-22, 2015.

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  1. The event, which was previously known as MAP (Monde à Paris, i.e. the world in Paris), offered its attendees a chance to literally get a 360-degree view of Dubai via a demonstration of Dubai360.com.
  2. The site just launched on January 19, 2015 and offers an impressive panoramic view of every area of Dubai. It is actually the world's first interactive tour of a city.
  3. Thanks to a very detailed guide of the city via Dubai360 provided in an excellent demonstration by Jihane Haraoui of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, it was possible to get a close view of popular landmarks like Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and Burj Al Arab as well as lesser-known areas of interest.
  4. On March 14, 2015, another new view of Dubai was available thanks to a historic moment and an eagle. The eagle "Darshan" set a world record for flying from the tallest height (the aforementioned Burj Khalifa) and the video of this flight was captured thanks to a Sony Action Cam strapped on top of Darshan.
  5. Most importantly, this video was recorded to raise awareness of endangered animals (an effort organized by the NGO Freedom Conservation, which shared exclusive photos of this flight on their Facebook page).
  6. The stand of the United Arab Emirates' most popular tourist destination was located near the stands of other repeat exhibitors from the MENA region: Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
  7. Along with Dubai360.com, another highlight of the trade show was the stand featuring Turkish Airlines (which has won the 'Best Airline in Europe' award from Skytrax for the last four years) and Turkey's stand. At the latter, visitors received guides which provided interesting information about the country's storied Ottoman history and beautiful coastal regions.
  8. They were also served the very rich Kuruhkaveci Mehmet Effendi coffee; which in 1871 was the first coffee ever made in Turkey.
  9. In regards to North African countries, visitors had a chance to see literally take a tour from the east to the west. As always at this trade show, Egypt (one of Africa's largest countries) had a huge stand with many tour operators promoting historic locations such as Giza.
  10. Fortunately, there was also the return of one of the most welcoming exhibitors at previous versions of this event: Cairo's Hosny Fares. He provided ancient Egyptian art, Queen Silver and even a personalized experience: he wrote the names' of visitors in Egyptian hieroglyphs on papyrus. Fares said he hopes to exhibit next at the Arabian Travel Market 2015 from May 4-7, 2015 in Dubai.
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