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Airbus Inaugurates Its A330 Completion & Delivery Centre in China

First wide-body centre outside Europe, first European and Chinese made A330 delivered  Dubai - UAE, 20 September 2017 - Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and strategic partnership with China. At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the C&DC was handed over to Tianjin Airlines. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the A330 C&DC covers the aircraft completion activities including cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight test, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery. Some 150 Chinese staff members of the C&DC were trained by Airbus experts in ......read more

Transforming Aviation Through Disruptive Innovation

20 September 2017 (Dubai - UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the theme for the 2017 Africa and Middle East Aviation and Aeropolitical Affairs Day will be “Disrupting through Innovation.”    “Disruptive changes create disruptive opportunities. Anticipating, preparing for and identifying how new technologies such as block chain, big data and artificial intelligence can and will affect aviation will mean the difference between success and failure for companies in the aviation industry of the future. The conference provides a platform to discuss disruptive scenarios and how emerging and disruptive technologies can be used to meet the needs of an increasingly complex and connected passenger,” said Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for ......read more

It's time to #CelebrateU – with 1 Million Upoints!

Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:  What is your perfect day out? Where do you go and what do you do in a bustling and busy city like Dubai, with so many activities and iconic attractions?   U By Emaar, the unique customer-focused loyalty programme that has won over the hearts and minds of thousands of members, is offering a million reasons to #CelebrateU to guests who Stay, Dine or Play at Emaar’s venues.    From July 1 until September 30, 2017, U By Emaar members have been able to register to earn 2,000 bonus Upoints on their 5th, 10th and 15th visit with a minimum spend of AED 100, at any of the participating venues. Additionally, members who stay, dine and play can earn an extra 1,000 bonus Upoints. Now, U By Emaar have added something extra special – by giving away 1 Million Upoints through a ......read more

Etihad Airways Becomes First Airline in Region to Offer Automated Credit Card Payment Plans

Airline focused on technology and innovation to enhance its service and delivery Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 20, 2017:   Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to offer fully automated credit card Installment payment plans after partnering with PayFort, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world.  The initiative allows Etihad Airways to offer consumers who book directly via Etihad.com that range from three to 60 months. Seventeen of the region’s leading banks are taking part in the programme.  This is the latest enhancement in Etihad’s ongoing digital transformation, after establishing its Digital Transformation and Innovation team at the start of 2017.  Etihad Airways Vice President Digital Strategy and Innovation Justin Warby, said: “Etihad ......read more

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Commences the Project

In line with its strategic plan to ensure sustainability of the aviation system 19 September 2017 The General Civil Aviation Authority and Spanish company Indra Sistemas (Indra) have signed a contract to develop a new air traffic management system for Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. This initiative marks the beginning of a new and important era for the Centre. The new system will enhance and modernize its capabilities in order to cater for the growth of the air traffic management sector in the country. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center provides air traffic control services to more than 2,500 air traffic movements per day. The new system which has been characterized as a "Next Generation Air Traffic Management System", will be one of the most advanced systems in the world. It’s specifications and ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports achieves 65% increase in operating profit (EBIDA) so far this year with an 88% UAE national leadership team

19th September, 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has achieved 65% increase in earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA)/ operating profit during the January-August period this year compared to the same period in 2016. This announcement comes after the company’s executive team weekly meeting that took place at Al Ain International Airport last week, led by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports. The company grew its operating revenue by 26%, which impacted the 65% EBIDA increase for 2017. One of the key contributors to this increase is the passenger facilitation charge introduced in July 2016. Previously, UAE airports were some of the few around the world that didn’t implement transfer passenger fees. In response to market change, the government ......read more

UAE Space Agency to Participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress

19 September 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The UAE Space Agency is to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Australia, from 25th to 29th September. The delegation is being led by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency. Organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the IAC is one of the world’s premier space events, attracting more than 5,000 participants, from policy-makers and heads of international space bodies to industry experts and students.  Hosted this year by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), IAC will covers all sectors and topics related to space exploration, regulation, and education. It also offers ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Supports Education for Syrian Children in Jordan to Celebrate Year of Giving

Visit to UAE-Jordan Camp part of group’s ongoing 2017 Year of Giving initiatives Donation of education supplies to benefit more than 2,500 children living in the camp Third year that group has partnered with Emirates Red Crescent to support camp’s activities  Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 18, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has donated school supplies to help thousands of Syrian refugee children at the UAE-Jordan, Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan pursue their studies.   A senior delegation visited the camp to present the donation, headed by Khaled Al Mehairbi, Etihad Airways Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Hub and attended by His Excellency Hamad Al Shamsi, EAG Board Member.   The donation to Emirates Red Crescent, comprising more than 2,500 school bags and stationery sets, ......read more

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Opens 2017 Editions of the Hotel Show and the Leisure Show in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group Opens 2017 Editions of the Hotel Show and the Leisure Show in Dubai Dubai, UAE, 18th September 2017:  The leading events for the hospitality and leisure industry in the Middle East and Africa – The Hotel Show Dubai and The Leisure Show Dubai – were opened this morning (18th September 2017) by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.  Taking place until Wednesday (20th September 2017) at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the co-located events will showcase the latest innovations set to impact ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre announces the launch of the first edition of MBRSC Science Event on October 21

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum MBRSC Science event will include scientific and education initiatives about science and space that brings together students, experts and decision-makers in the UAE  The event will host ministers, high-level speakers from the UAE, scientists, researchers in space missions and specialists  MBRSC Science Event includes scientific and research initiatives, workshops and interactive activities for all the society September 17, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the first edition of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of ......read more

First Titanium 3D-Printed Part Installed Into Serial Production Aircraft

Airbus to equip A350 XWB pylon with bracket   Dubai UAE, 16 September 2017 - Airbus completed for the first time the installation of a titanium 3D-printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB. The bracket, built using additive-layer manufacturing (ALM) technologies (also known as 3D-printing), is part of the aircraft pylon, the junction section between wings and engines.    This is the first step towards qualification of more complex 3D-printed parts to be installed on production aircraft.   Additive-layer manufacturing “grows” products from a fine base material powder – such as aluminium, titanium, stainless steel and plastics – by adding thin layers of material in incremental stages, which enables complex components to be produced directly from computer-aided ......read more

Finnair further strengthens its position in Germany with over 280,000 additional seats for 2018

Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2017:  As part of its growth strategy, Finnair has increased its capacity to several existing destinations in Germany. As of March 26, 2018, Finnair is adding a fourth daily frequency between Helsinki and Berlin. Furthermore, additional capacity will also be added to the German capital for the upcoming winter season by flying the route with a larger aircraft. In total, Finnair will add over 145,000 seats between both cities from now until the end of the summer 2018 season. Finnair is also adding capacity on many of its existing routes in Germany. In total, Finnair has increased its capacity to Germany by 24% for 2018. Finnair currently flies daily to five German destinations including Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Last month, Finnair also announced that it will start flying daily to ......read more

VFS Global opens first Chinese Visa Application Service Center in the Middle East in Dubai

Travellers to P. R. China can apply for visas at a centrally located centre in the WAFI Mall   Dubai, UAE, September 13, 2017:  The first-ever ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ in the Middle East was launched at the centrally located WAFI Mall in Dubai, making China visa application facilities more accessible to residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The centre was inaugurated by Ms. Li Lingbing, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Dubai, Mr. Chen Xiongfeng, Deputy Director – General,  The Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wei Xiaodong, Deputy Director – General, The Department of Services for the Foreign Ministry Home and Overseas Offices, Ministry of Foreign Affairs ......read more

Emirates to launch fourth daily service to Sydney, Australia

New service to be operated by Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft from 25 March 2018   Dubai, UAE, September 12, 2017:  Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally.   The new service will be operated by Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai, and represents a 7.3% increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services.   The move will provide passengers travelling from Europe and North Africa greater connectivity to Australia. It also builds on Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, meeting continued demand for services ......read more

British Airways' Top Five Autumn Getaways

THE UK’S FLAGSHIP CARRIER PICKS ITS TOP FIVE HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS TO DISCOVER THIS AUTUMN – FROM PICTURESQUE EUROPEAN TOWNS AND BUSTLING CITIES, TO FASHONABLE COUNTRYSIDE RETREATS Dubai, UAE, September 12, 2017:  As summer swings into autumn, British Airways has named its leading hotspots for a seasonal holiday. From charming European villages and towns, to the largest metropolises in North America, the UK’s flagship carrier is launching an end of summer sale with dozens of special fares to make it even easier for travellers to experience an unforgettable autumn in some of the world’s most picturesque spots.  Stretching right across British Airways’ global network of 200 destinations, customers flying from the United Arab Emirates can choose any of the airline’s four class cabins during the ......read more

Double Digit Growth for Global Air Freight Demand in July

Dubai, UAE, September 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased by 11.4% in July 2017 compared to the same period a year ago. This was the fourth time in five months that double-digit annual growth was recorded. July’s year-on-year increase in demand is nearly four times higher than the ten year average growth rate of 3.1%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.7% year-on-year in July 2017. Demand growth continues to significantly outstrip capacity growth, which is positive for airline yields and the industry’s financial performance.  The robust growth in air cargo demand is consistent with an uptick in global trade, ......read more

UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

- Space Agency delegation led by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi discussed collaboration in space science, research and education with IAF President   - UAE expressed interest in hosting the annual International Astronautical Congress in 2020   - UAE Space Agency to participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress September 25 – 29 in Adelaide, Australia   5 September 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A UAE Space Agency delegation, led by Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, met with the President of the International Astronautical Federation, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, to discuss a range of opportunities for collaboration in space science, research and education. H.E. Al Falasi also highlighted the UAE’s interest in hosting the International Astronautical Congress in 2020, ......read more

Experience a grand European festive season with Beau-Rivage Geneva

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – September 5, 2017:  Snow-capped mountains, twinkly lights, warm cocoa, and gastronomic feasts are some of the things that come to mind when planning for the festive break. This upcoming season, throughout November and December, Beau-Rivage has lined up a series of memorable activities, a cookery class, truffle tasting, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners for exceptional year-end celebrations for adults and children alike. Boasting a white fairy-tale themed Christmas, a special winter menu, and a chocolate bar, the seasoned management and culinary teams have put together a fun-filled programme for the whole family that will fit every discerning traveller’s taste and provide travellers from this region an authentic Swiss winter fest.  Starting off with the relaunch of the ......read more

British Airways Launches New Premium Transfer Drive Service at Heathrow to Help Customers Avoid Missing Connecting Flights

Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  British Airways is introducing a new service called Premium Transfer Drive at Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight. The new scheme applies to customers travelling on a UK domestic flight, who are connecting on to either a short-haul flight in Club Europe, a long-haul service in Club World (long haul business class) or First, or who are Silver or Gold Executive Club members.  British Airways’ team at Heathrow will track these customers, and where there’s a risk they will miss their connection, will provide an ‘airside’ car transfer between one flight and the next.  They will also send a message to the inbound aircraft, so the cabin crew can inform the customer that a car will be ......read more

Time for obtaining evisas to Azerbaijan reduced to three hours

For citizen of 93 countries everything will be managed online and the visas  issued after only 3 hours.  Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  Azerbaijan is now leading as one of the favorite destination for Arab travelers, an emerging destination of choice for tourists searching for unique places to visit and the country that easiest to get Visas to. Until recently, Azerbaijan was a stalwart on the 'Hardest visa to get' list. But, this new inclination for Azerbaijan as the hot spot destination has had the Azerbaijani government reconsider their policies on visa application to the state. Now, the whole process of getting a visa to Azerbaijan has been simplified with applicants being able to obtain visas to Azerbaijan within 3 hours, be it a weekend or a holiday. The decision comes as a positive gift to the visitors ......read more

Etihad Airways Introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Amsterdam Service

Dubai, UAE, September 3, 2017:  Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, delivering greater levels of comfort to its customers flying to and from Schiphol Airport. Etihad Airways previously operated the 787 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam service in the summer of 2016. The introduction of the ultra-modern, fuel-efficient aircraft heralds the start of a year-round service to the Netherlands. The 787 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next generation Business and Economy Class cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “The decision to upgrade our daily Amsterdam service to the 787 Dreamliner aircraft reflects the importance of the Netherlands ......read more

Summer 2018: Finnair continues strong growth, opens new routes to Lisbon and Stuttgart, increases capacity for popular destinations

Dubai, UAE, August 30, 2017:  In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding two new European routes for its summer 2018 lineup including new non-stop flights to Lisbon and Stuttgart, as well as increasing capacity to Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Bangkok and Delhi. Finnair will also be increasing capacity on several of its popular short-haul destinations during the summer 2018 season. With over 100 European destinations, Finnair continues to expand its route network. As of June 1, Finnair will fly four weekly flights to Lisbon, Portugal. The flights, offering convenient connections for customers travelling to and from Asia, will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with a newly WiFi-equipped Airbus aircraft. Finnair is also expanding its presence in the German market, opening a new daily route to ......read more

IATA STATEMENT: Incorrect Media Reports

Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2017:  There have been a number of media reports incorrectly stating that the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker has been appointed CEO of IATA. This is incorrect. IATA’s Director General and CEO is Alexandre de Juniac.  At the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, 4-6 June, IATA announced that Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, had assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the meeting. IATA also announced the BoG agreed to appoint Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, to serve for a one-year term as Chairman of the IATA BoG from June 2018, following Goh’s term.  The IATA Board of Governors is composed of airline CEOs. The Chair of the IATA Board of Governors rotates on an annual ......read more

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Etihad Airways Sign Codeshare Agreement

Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 28, 2017:  Etihad Airways and Aerolíneas Argentinas have launched a new codeshare partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways customers are able to enjoy convenient connections via Rome and Madrid to Buenos Aires (EZE) and onwards to nine other popular Argentinian destinations – Córdoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), Iguazú (IGR), Salta (SLA), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bariloche (BRC), Trelew (REL) and Ushuaia (USH).  In turn, Aerolíneas Argentinas guests can have access to Etihad Airways’ network of over 100 destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub via the Italian and Spanish capitals. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “This codeshare demonstrates the importance of Argentina as a vital travel market for Etihad ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre submits the official bid proposal to host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai

IAC is considered the largest space conference in the world The International Astronautical Federation will announce the winning host city for IAC’s 71st edition in Australia next September Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2017:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre announced the submission of the official bid proposal to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai. IAF will announce the IAC’s 2020 hosting city on the last day of the coming edition that will take place in Adelaide, Australia between 25-29 September, 2017. MBRSC’s bid proposal includes a thorough explantation about the UAE space sector, the Centre’s proposed plan to host the congress, importance of hosting IAC for the first time in an Arab and Islamic country, its positive ......read more

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First Finance Company observes Ramadan with special offer on car payments with extended expense ...…

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SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia…

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Abu Dhabi Airports Integrates 19 of its National Development Program Graduates Into the Midfield ...…

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PHILIPPINES to Host 6th UNWTO Conference…

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Etihad Airways Announced as Official Airline Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games…

25 May 2017 Thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters to fly with Etihad from around the globe Airline set to deliver world-class hospitality and ground programme for Summer Games Partnership promotes core values of tolerance, diversity and youth engagement Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games, an event ......read more

Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Pre-Ramadan Event…

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SITA Solves the Multi-merchant Challenge for Payment Acceptance at Airports…

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SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry…

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Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards…

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CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh…

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Turkish Airlines Launches New Direct Flights From the Middle East to Key Destinations in Turkey…

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Finland 100 years: Finnair Showcases Finnish Food Culture with New Collaborations…

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Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule…

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Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership…

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April Registers 5.6% Increase in Passenger Traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport…

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim's second hangar on track for year-end completion…

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VFS Global's top tips to beat the summer visa rush…

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Abu Dhabi Airports Promotes Heat Safety in Working Environment…

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Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris…

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Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards…

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New Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance and Safety in Global Aviation Fueling…

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ADNEC Highlights Abu Dhabi as Ideal MICE Destination at IMEX Frankfurt 2017…

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HH Sheikh Ahmed Opens Airport Show 2017 on Robust Growth in Aviation…

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Gulf aviation project value reaches Dh210 Billion as travel demand grows…

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman’s aviation infrastructure to help fuel travel and tourism sectors and accelerate the economic growth of the region The total estimated value of 152 aviation-related projects in the GCC exceeded US$57 billion (Dh210 billion) in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence Around 46 per cent of the region’s aviation projects ......read more

Meliá Improves Its Revenues and Business Figures in the First Quarter of 2017…

May 2017, Dubai - After announcing the addition of eight hotels in Cuba to enhance the quality of inland tourism in the country, the company has now signed 15 hotels worldwide The company aims to improve returns to shareholders by increasing the pay-out ratio on 2016 results to 30% The "Easter effect" penalises results in the first quarter compared to the previous year, and ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group is a Triple Winner at CIPS Middle East Awards…

11 May 2017 The Procurement and Supply Management team at Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) were the overall winners at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) Middle East Awards, winning three awards including the prestigious accolade of the ‘MENA Procurement and Supply Team of the Year’. The winners were announced following the conclusion of the CIPS Middle East ......read more

Increased GCC visitor numbers swell ATM 2017…

International visitors up 7% ATM records 71% growth since 2012 Over 100 new exhibitors debut at ATM 2017 Responsible tourism to be key theme of 2018 event  Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC and a 7% increase in international visitors to the event, which was held in Dubai World Trade Centre ......read more

Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Al Safa Transport…

  Partnership between Etihad Rail and Al Safa Transport to enhance intermodal transportation capabilities   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 May 2017: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s multi-billion dollar national rail network, has today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Safa Transport, a trucking and transportation services ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Leadership Transition Update: Interim Group CEO Confirmed…

8 May 2017 Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors today appointed Ray Gammell as interim Group CEO, and confirmed that James Hogan, current President and Group CEO, will leave the company on 1 July 2017.   Consistent with the company’s leadership transition plan, Gammell will assume full management responsibilities from today. Gammell ......read more

Large-Scale projects attract French experts to Airport Show Dubai 2017…

13 Airport Specialists Exhibiting on the French Pavilion United Arab Emirates, 7th May 2017:  Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy will gather 13 companies on the French pavilion at Airport Show Dubai. The tradeshow is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation ......read more

Abu Dhabi Maintains Position as Favourite Destination in United Arab Emirates…

Guest Experience in the Middle East report reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s place in top spot for UAE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 6 May 2017: Abu Dhabi has maintained its position as the number one destination in the UAE for guest satisfaction in a report by travel and hotel data specialist organisation, Olery.    The report’s findings highlight Abu Dhabi’s ......read more

NAIA Terminal Fee Exemption for Filipino Expats Goes Online at CEB…

May 2, 2017—The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB), works hand-in-hand with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to exempt Filipino expats from paying the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), or the Terminal Fee, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Filipino expats flying with Cebu Pacific to their job site do not need to pay NAIA ......read more

Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts signs agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives…

Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives will offer contemporary elegance in Noonu Atoll. BANGKOK, Thailand, 27 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu ......read more

Turkey, World's 10th Biggest Country in ISBN Rankings…

The number of books per capital in Turkey was 8.5 in 2016; most acclaimed Turkish literary works displayed in Abu Dhabi Book Fair With 2,312 literary works being sold in 66 countries and translated into 59 languages, Turkey’s literary industry has become the world’s 11th largest publishing market. Some of these literary works will be displayed at Abu Dhabi’s upcoming ......read more

Travellers Return to Booking with Traditional Agents in Digital Twist…

  After years of tough competition with Online Travel Agents (OTAs), traditional agencies are re-gaining popularity as travellers seek out bespoke service and specialist advice over discounted deals 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Traditional travel agencies have an opportunity to re-capture the market share previously lost to OTAs by converging operations to digital and social media ......read more

Middle East Experiential Travel is Now ‘The Real Deal'…

DCTCM outlines plans to combine Dubai’s rich cultural and latest attractions to build on Q1 2017 visitor numbers of 4.57 million 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: GCC countries must marry the very latest attractions with their rich cultural offerings to maximise their tourism potential, according to panellists at the latest seminar session at Arabian Travel Market, entitled ‘The ......read more

Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region…

Dubai, April 26, 2017:  Tourism can be a key driver of the growth and economic diversification for the Middle East and North Africa region concluded the 2017 Ministerial Forum organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. Yet, maximizing ......read more

Amadeus Shares its Innovation Journey, 30 Years in the Making…

  From the 1980s into the future – Amadeus discussed the past, present and future of travel at Arabian Travel Market Dubai, UAE, 26 April: Amadeus celebrated its 30 year anniversary and showcased innovative solutions, at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). As one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, Amadeus has been a driving ......read more

Etihad Airways and Strategic Partner Jet Airways Sign Landmark Tourism Agreement with the State ...…

26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and strategic partner Jet Airways, India’s full-service premium international carrier, have signed a ground breaking agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links ......read more

SriLankan Airlines' Boosts Services to Middle East & Asia Pacific…

Airline targets 25% growth from GCC countries this year  26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing ......read more

First Investor Group Hospitality Division Carlton Hotel Management Targets 2000 Rooms by 2020…

Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, aims to increase its hospitality inventory of rooms by 51% in 2020. Carlton Hotel Management is targeting to add 683 new rooms over the next three years that will take its total count to 2000 rooms from the current 1317. Out of the existing keys in operation, 1142 rooms are in Dubai, 85 in Jordan and 90 in the Czech ......read more

Statement on Alitalia…

26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Vice Chairman of Alitalia, said:  “We deeply regret the Alitalia staff vote outcome, which means that all parties will lose:  Alitalia’s employees, its customers and its shareholders, and ultimately also Italy, for which Alitalia is an ambassador all over the world. ......read more

HMH - Hospitality Management Holding Launches ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts' – A New Luxury Hotel Brand…

HMH – Hospitality Management Holding unveiled today at the Arabian Travel Market ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ – a new 5-star hotel brand designed for luxury seekers. Making the announcement, Mr. Brett Schafer, Chief Executive Officer of Faisal Holding, stated, “We are proud to launch ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ that is a fantastic addition to our ......read more

Sheraa and Air Arabia collaborate to launch ‘Travel and Tourism' track…

The region’s largest low-cost carrier will support Sheraa’s initiatives through mentorship and funding new businesses that cater to the industry Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2017:  Coming on the heels of its successful inaugural accelerator showcase day, Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates - is making swift progress to ......read more

Sustainability and Inclusion Remains Key Driver for Ras Al Khaimah's Tourism Industry…

RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar highlights commitment to continue emirate’s drive towards sustainable tourism during the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 25 April 2017: Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has reaffirmed the emirate’s commitment in promoting a sustainable tourism industry during this year’s United ......read more

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