In the short term, the tourism industry in the Sultanate anticipates that there will be over 400,000 tourist arrivals by air in 2026, bringing in an estimated BND300 million in tourism receipts from the arrivals.
Sri Lanka ends visas for hundreds of thousands of Russians staying there to avoid war (February 27, 2024, Independent UK)
Investigation launched into order asking Russians to leave country amid blacklash over ‘whites only policy’
Uzbekistan's Skyward Surge: A Glimpse into the Aviation Sector's Ambitious Overhaul (February 22, 2024, BNN Breaking)
Delve into Uzbekistan's aviation sector journey, from privatizations and fleet expansions to challenges like high airfare prices and underutilized airports. Explore the roadmap for future growth in this dynamic industry.
On Monday, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, announced that the Jordanian government has signed 12 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for green hydrogen production in Jordan, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.
The two countries look like allies—but are increasingly regional competitors.
Global deforestation in 2022 rose by 4%, reaching 6.6 million hectares. This number is 21% higher than the 2022 target needed to end deforestation by 2030.
In Horror Year for Dengue, Laos Capital sees Major Drop in Cases (February 27, 2024, Save the Children)
In a year that saw a rise to at least 5 million cases and 5,500 deaths from dengue fever globally across most continents, Vientiane – the capital of Laos – reported a drop of nearly 60% of cases of the mosquito-borne illness between 2023 and 2022, which may in part be due to a new pilot initiative between Ministry of Health, Save the Children and the World Mosquito Program (WMP).
The Maldives is an archipelago that is constantly expanding, with new human-made islands being constantly added to the area’s 1,192 natural islands.
Though Fading In Turkmenistan, The Russian Language Is Still In Demand (February 25, 2024, RadioFreeEurope)
In an online post on the tiny Turkmen corner of TikTok earlier this month, a user introducing herself as a female singer complained of being language-shamed during an interview for a gig at a restaurant in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.
What’s the Impact of Asbury’s Outpouring? John the Baptist Offers 3 Lessons (February 7, 2024, Christianity Today) (Subscription Required)
At Arise Asia, a conference which brought together 1,700 students from nearly every Asian country, Asbury Theological Seminary’s president Timothy Tennent shared a message, which included extended times of worship and prayer for revival.
Despite challenges like packed trains and nosy relatives, young Chinese used creative ways to ensure a peaceful Lunar New Year at home.
Talking with a Christian from China who serves cross-culturally in Asia, I was struck by the contrast he drew between colleagues in foreign organizations with whom he seeks to partner and his fellow Chinese workers in the field. I had asked about how these organizations were coming alongside China’s emerging mission movement as it engages with unreached peoples abroad. “Usually their help hurts.”
First, what do people mean by “closed”? I believe what most people mean by this is something like: We can no longer do things in China the way we used to do them. This is true. Full stop. But it absolutely does not mean that we can’t do anything. Christians are coming here from around the world, to live and share the love of Christ with the people here, right now!
Ministering cross-culturally requires what Darrell Whiteman calls ethnocentric conversion, the kind of transformation Peter experienced in Acts 10. The Apostle Peter’s ethnocentric conversion exploded into fullness through an unanticipated personal interaction with Cornelius, a gentile military officer who lived out his fear of God in household leadership, generosity, and constant prayer (Acts 10:1–2).
Chinese lawmakers have expanded a state secrets law for the first time since 2010, widening the scope of restricted sensitive information to "work secrets", according to a full text of the law published online. China's top legislative body passed the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets on Tuesday, Xinhua state news agency reported. It will take effect from May 1.
Disappeared ex-foreign minister Qin Gang ‘steps down’ as lawmaker (February 27, 2024, Radio Free Asia)
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress announced on Tuesday that the Tianjin Municipal People’s Congress had "decided to accept" Qin's resignation as a delegate.
Some observers have been predicting an economic collapse in China for decades. Others have long predicted that China would be stuck in a middle-income trap or some other type of economic stagnation. Might some of these predictions come true this time? What does the Year of the Dragon have in store for consumers, companies, and markets? What should we look out for this year to understand both China’s real economy and its financial sector?
The Year of the Rabbit didn’t go quietly, as a rare blizzard struck central China in early February, freezing many travelers in place. But by the time the holiday officially kicked off on Feb. 10, the weather had cleared and conditions were set for a record box office and travel period.
A Social Scientific Study of the Chinese Christian Community in Britain (1): Key Characteristics and Trends (February 21, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)
Approximately 191,000 individuals from Hong Kong submitted applications for the visa program between its initiation in January 2021 and September 2023. The UK Home Office’s Impact Assessment of the BN(O) visa initiative forecasts that between 258,000 and 322,400 Hong Kong residents will migrate to the UK during the initial five years of the program.
The poem “Yearning” speaks of the deep groaning out of a longing to be in communion with the creation in wonder and awe. It is an invitation to embrace the beauty and sacredness of the creation with the very life God has given us—eyes, ears, lungs, and hands.