Founded by a businesswoman of Syrian parents, Arab Tour is specialized in exotic trips to the Middle East. Tunisia, UAE and Oman are among the preferred Arab countries by Brazilian tourists, says the entrepreneur.
The travel agency Arab Tour, in Rio de Janeiro, was founded with the purpose of offering tour packages to the Arab countries and, after nine years, they account for 90% of the agency’s businesses. Founded and run by an entrepreneur of Syrian descent, Mônica Brahim Sprung, the company specialized in exotic destinations and in the Middle East. It also offers packages to foreign tourists visiting Brazil, among the many Arabs.
rab Tour offers from individual trips, with closed or customized packages, to group options, corporate or not. For all these profiles, there are tours in Brazil and throughout the world, with all types of destinations, from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu, from Europe to Japan. In the Arab world, via the travel agency, it’s possible to visit Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Oman.
Mônica says that Brazilians are very fond of Tunisia. “There’s a fantastic camp site (in the desert), people feel like they are living like the Bedouin people,” says the entrepreneur about one of the options offered to tourists in the African country. She says that the UAE is also hyped. “People want to understand how, in the middle of the desert, that beautiful city came up,” she says. Oman also attracts many Brazilians, for its exoticism, decoration, hotels and local culture.
The executive says that the agency serves all types of clients, from people that take their saving for their dream trip to the high-end type. In the latter group, there are people who request a private tourist guide, with all kinds of VIP services. Packages like that to an Arab country can offer customized gifts, such as a box of dates in the hotel room or a gold-plated necklace with a name written in Arabic in it.
In Brazil, also, Arab Tour offers tourist services to Arabs, among them people from the high-end group. Mônica says that she welcomes many Russians, Arabs and North Americans in Brazil. During the Summer Olympic Games, the agency welcomed and serviced the staff team of TV station Al-Jazeera, from Qatar. Among the services offered by the agency is cars for the transportation of foreign people, on leisure or business. The car can be an armored one with a bilingual driver.
“It’s priceless the formation, culture, experiences I have with me,” says Mônica, on her experience in the Arab world and what does this do for Arab Tour. In addition to have lived most of her early and teenage years in Syria, the businesswoman also lives in England, Portugal and Morocco. She knows 63 countries and speaks Portuguese, English, Arabic, French and a little Russian.