Malaysia Casts Itself as Friendly Destination for Arab Tourists

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you might be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the Middle East: In addition to English and Malaysian Bahasa, arrival and departure announcements are made in high-flown Arabic, just one indication that Malaysia is fast becoming a favorite holiday destination for Arabs. From June to October, Arab tourists increasingly flee the furnace-like temperatures of the Gulf for Malaysia’s green landscape and pristine coastal waters. While many hotels all over the country — from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah to Langkawi near the Thai border — cater to Arab tourists during […]

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