OFTEN REFERRED TO as the “Rainbow Nation” due to the country’s multicultural diversity in the wake of apartheid, South Africa is the economic powerhouse of Africa. Cape Town, Durban and Kruger National Park have historically attracted the majority of tourists, while Johannesburg’s gritty image made it more of a transit point — until now.
Jozi, or Joburg, as it is affectionately known by locals, is synonymous with apartheid, evidenced by the Apartheid Museum and the rising tourism industry that provides tours to former townships such as Soweto (home of the Mandela Museum) and Alexandra.
Farther afield, the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an anthropological gem, draws history buffs. It has produced some of the oldest fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago.
The modern and cultural heart of Joburg, however, is the Maboneng Precinct, an integrated, mixed-use community where people play, live and work. The precinct’s pioneer development, Arts on Main, serves as a hub for the city’s creative community and consists of work spaces, boutiques and galleries. Developed in a converted early- 1900s bonded warehouse, Arts on Main preserves the historic aspects of the building and contributes to Joburg’s urban regeneration.
The most visited part of the revitalized precinct, Market on Main highlights regional foods and local design. Taking place every Sunday, the market features global cuisine and launched to provide a relaxed space for makers to trade and for locals and visitors to spend their weekend leisure time. For traditional South African cuisine, Pata Pata is a lively spot boasting a large wine selection.
Also in the precinct, Main Street Life features panoramic views of Joburg and the POPArt: Theatre, as well as the Bioscope, a 68-seat cinema showcasing local and international independent films. One of the most recent additions to the area, the Museum of African Design offers an urban museum space designed to showcase African contemporary art and design, reason enough to extend one’s stay in Johannesburg beyond a stopover.
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
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United Airlines introduces United CleanPlus, a partnership with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic. The company is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, and hopes to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. This partnership brings together Clorox and some of the country’s top medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to help guide United Airlines’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.
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A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is celebrating the heroes. Travelers can nominate the unsung heroes in their lives for a chance to be selected for one of 25 complimentary, seven-night European river cruises for two through July 31.