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Hair therapy boosts Turkey’s receding tourist numbers

On his to-do list for his trip to Istanbul, Palestinian tourist Jameel wants to visit the Blue Mosque and take a tour on the Bosphorus, like any other tourist.

But he has one more, less conventional purpose — to have 1,500 strands of hair implanted one by one, in an increasingly popular anti-hair loss treatment in the Turkish metropolis.

With over 300 clinics specialized in hair transplant alone, Istanbul is becoming a growing hub in the industry, attracting patients from all over the world but mainly from the Middle East and the Gulf.

Experienced surgeons, advanced technology and relatively low prices are a plus for many tourists. And its growth in the last couple of years has come as a boon for a city where foreign tourism has fallen drastically since a spate of terror attacks in 2016.

“I came to Turkey for the hair transplant and a bit of tourism. Turkey has an excellent reputation when it comes to hair implants,” 27-year-old Jameel said, speaking to AFP after the surgery at an Istanbul hospital, on condition of not using his full name.

Faisal Abu Ahmad, from Saudi Arabia, said his uncle underwent the treatment in Turkey and so he followed suit.

“Rapid hair loss pushed me to undergo the operation. I started getting bald spots,” he said.

At the tourist hubs of Istanbul such as Taksim Square, it is hard to miss the men wandering around with shaved heads and bandages after their operations, proudly sporting the branded headbands of their clinics.

They have become so ubiquitous that residents of Istanbul joke that a man with a bandaged head could be the city’s new symbol.

“Prices are very, very attractive. However, the second most critical element is the quality of this treatment,” said Talip Tastemel, the general manager of Clinic Expert.

“Turkey is very advanced in cosmetic surgeries and hair transplantation, so the patients are buying a very high quality treatment at a quarter of the normal cost” in some other countries.

Package offers for foreign patients include pickup from the airport, hotel accommodation, the surgery itself and tourism.

Around 1,200 euros ($1,312) would get a patient three days in Istanbul and a top quality medical treatment, whereas the same surgery could cost up to 6,000 euros in Europe, or only slightly less in the Middle East.

The operation is carried out with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) where tiny hairs are taken out one by one from areas where the patient still has hair like the nape of the neck.

After the harvesting, they are implanted in the areas where the patient has lost hair. The procedure takes around eight to 10 hours, while the tiny transplanted hairs can take weeks or months to take root and grow.

5,000 foreign patients on monthly basis

Emre Ali Kodan, consultant for the Health Tourism Association, said 5,000 foreign patients undergo hair transplants in Turkey every month, with the vast majority coming from the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

“We are setting our sights on a 10-percent increase in hair transplant alone (in 2017). It would not be a dream to reach up to 6,500 patients a month,” he told AFP.

Patients from Greece, Italy and Russia are also showing interest, he said.

“Despite the decline in the tourism sector in 2016, we see a five-percent growth in health tourism, based on statistics,” Kodan said, adding that the aim was to achieve up to seven billion dollars in revenue this year.

Taştemel said the hair treatment sector was showing a resilience lacking in other branches of the tourism sector, which saw revenues plummet more than 17 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2016.

No problem in sector

“Even when there were problems in the tourism industry it didn’t affect the medical tourism domain very much,” he said.

“We kept doing a high number of operations even during the crisis period.”

A pharmacist himself, Jameel said he tried many medicines to stop hair loss but they didn’t work.

“At this age, losing your hair has a big impact on your looks.

“That’s why when you lose it, you start looking for solutions to fix this hair problem,” he said.

Taştemel said men need to be proud of their hair.

“To be honest, men don’t have many accessories to present themselves with. It is mainly our cars, our watches and our hair at the end of the day,” he said.

“We are not able to use make-up.

“The look that we have comes mainly from our hair, so when you lose it, it is like something is taken from you.” Clinic Expert offers a range of cosmetic surgeries but hair transplants are its main business and Taştemel said success rates tended to be good.

“In medicine you cannot guarantee a result, you can expect some failures occasionally, but in hair transplantation this is at the very minimum,” Taştemel said.

“Anybody who does this in a decent clinic with a decent doctor, and a decent technique should expect 100-percent success.”

Stuttgart airport offers travellers prayer booth

Designed by Berlin artist Oliver Sturm, The prayer booth at Stuttgart Airport’s Terminal 3 features 300 prayers from various religions in 65 different languages. the photo booth-sized cabin offers a vast variety, including the Christian Lord’s Prayer, the Jewish Shma Israel and the Islamic muezzin’s call to prayer.

Feeling nervous before your flight? Travellers at one German airport can now receive spiritual solace by entering a booth and listening to a prayer of their choice before boarding the plane.


The photo booth-sized cabin offers a vast variety, including the Christian Lord’s Prayer, the Jewish Shma Israel and the Islamic muezzin’s call to prayer.

The Hindu Hare Krishna chant and a funeral ceremony from the Solomon Islands are also available. An airport spokeswoman said today the ‘Gebetomat’ prayer booth, which was first designed by Sturm in 2008, was installed Thursday and is free of charge.

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Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

orangesThe Battle of the Oranges is a festival between nine organized groups and involves the tradition of throwing oranges against each other.This food fight between the throwers on foot and those on the carts often turns into a private fight and, even though they are part of the crowd, the closer the relationship between the fighters, the harder the fight. Throwing as strongly as possible is a sign of respect towards an acquaintance, to honour the battle together. At the end, a handshake endorses their re-found friendship.

Festival Dates : Yet to be finalised

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – New Mexico

balloonThis yearly festival held during early October is a festival of hot air balloons. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and is a nine day event, The event is the largest hot air balloon festival with over 750 balloons Once the balloons are let off, they paint the sky with their vibrant colours and hues making it a beautiful sight to look at.

Festival Dates : October 1st to 9th 2016

Gay Pride Parade – Amsterdam, Netherlands



The famous Amsterdam Pride is gay-festival held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. It is one of the largest publicly held annual event in Netherlands and attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year. The peak of the festival is during the canal parade which consists of a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August can be seen swarming the waters with activists and and people from around the world.

Festival Date : July 23, 2015

Saint Patrick’s Day – Ireland

st patricksSaint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March each year.  It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.  The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This day also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. This acts as a huge encouragement and has propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption. However, watch out for pinches from strangers if you are not wearing green on this day!

Songkran Water Festival – Thailand

water festivalWater Festival in Thailand or known as the Songkran Festival is celebrated during the hottest time of the year, during the month of April. People celebrate by throwing water at each other and no one is spared. They use sacred water which symbolizes purification. It cleanses them for the bad things they’ve committed in their past and washed away the bad luck that may paved their way. It is also the time for their love ones and respected elder to show reverence. They also take advantage of this event to do good things and share what they have received for the whole year by visiting the Buddhist temples and monasteries and give endowment to the monks.
Festival Date : April 13th 2017

New Year’s Eve – Sydney Harbor, Australia

fireworksNew Year’s Eve held over Sydney Harbor is an annual multi-tiered event, centering on the Harbor Bridge. There are two pyrotechnic firework displays to be witnessed, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks. It is known to be the best New Year fireworks display in the world and a spectacular scene not to be missed.

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

octoberfestFrom its humble start as a wedding party in 1810, Oktoberfest has swept the world to become one of the most recognised party themes. In fact the traditional Bavarian costume of lederhosen and felt hat which has been associated, rightly or wrongly, with the drinking culture of Oktoberfest is now the fastest growing Stag Night themes around. This October festival starts during the second week of September and runs until the end of October. Huge tents are raised with shooting galleries, fairground stalls and side-shows along with all manner of other amusements and activities. More than 6 million people attend this  event and it’s all about beer, beer and only beer served by beautiful waitresses

Event date : Starts on 17th September 2016 

La Tomatina – Spain

La Tomatina is a fun filled festival one cannot miss.  Held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain, it also involves a lot of frolic, dance and of course tomatoes.  Participants throw tomatoes at each other and ride down those tomato-streaked slides having the time of their lives. Be it tomato fights or the enormous water showers that follow, la tomatina is one event that gets you dancing and engaging in unlimited fun. It held on the last Wednesday of August each year.

Festival Date : August 31st, 2016

Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan

Visit Pingxi District in Taiwan to witnesses thousands of sky lanterns light over. These Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe of evil and diseases. The lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they’re released off into the sky together magically decorating the sky into a sanctuary of lights.

Festival Date : February 2017