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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 expand the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs. The latest addition comes in the form of a collaboration with Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), to launch the ‘Travel and Tourism’ track at Sheraa’s co-working space.  Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa: “We are proud to be associated with Air Arabia and launch ......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 Nations World Tourism Organization and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum. Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the forum focused on tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Speaking among industry peers, Mattar, noted: “It is vital that we work hand-in-hand with our travel and ......read more

Arabian Travel Market 2017 opens

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tours ATM, the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event as it celebrates 24 years of industry milestones His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by dignitaries including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group; and His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The 24th edition of the show welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with 100 exhibiting for the first time – representing more than 150 countries, across 65 national pavilions. The show also ......read more

SriLankan Airlines' Announces Growth Plans at ATM 2017

Boost in services to Middle East & Asia Pacific  25 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 services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing demand being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......read more

Unforgettable family memories are at the heart of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' new global programme

New programme offers baby essentials on-demand, healthy children’s menus, family-friendly services, locally-inspired activities and special room discounts     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched “Mövenpick Family” a new global programme designed to take all the stress - and sometimes distress - out of holidays, leaving parents to focus on what really matters — creating family memories that will last a lifetime. The new Family Programme available in all Mövenpick properties worldwide focuses on what is really important for parents — providing baby essentials on demand; ensuring there are fun healthy menus for children; offering family services such as kids’ TV channels or babysitters; providing opportunities to ......read more

GCC Turns to China and India to Boost Growth in Tourism Receipts

•    Chinese outbound tourism market currently growing 6.7% year-on-year; India experiencing average growth of 7% •    Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up 15% in 2016 •    Oman has seen an increase of 60% in Indian visitors over the last five years •    Over half-a-million Chinese tourists visited Dubai in 2016 24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to feel the acute financial pressures of the challenging global economy.  The findings were published today (Monday, 24th April) by Colliers International at Arabian Travel Market, at Dubai World Trade Centre, during a seminar session entitled ......read more

Impressive Q1 2017 Tourism Results as Dubai Reports Stellar 11 Per Cent Year-on-Year Increase in International Overnight Visitors Over First Three Months

Dubai maintains the strong growth in visitation since the start of 2017 from key feeder markets across the world, with standout performance from China, Russia and India Dubai, UAE; 24 April 2017: Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year. Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts with unparalleled 64 per cent and 106 per cent increases over Q1 ......read more

RAKTDA Announces Plans to Enhance and Expand Jebel Jais Via Ferrata as Part of Experiential Tourism Push at ATM

RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND JEBEL JAIS VIA FERRATA AS PART OF EXPERIENTIAL TOURISM PUSH AT ATM  Due to popular demand for experiential tourism products in the Middle East, the UAE’s only commercial Via Ferrata’s inaugural season will extend until the end of May, re-opening in October with a renovated product and increased capacity Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 24 April 2017: Due to popular demand, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is investing in the expansion of the its highly-successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) adventure challenge in the Hajar Mountains, the only commercial product of its kind in the UAE. Since its launch in December 2016, strong demand for the experiential tourism product, which has seen 1,500 enthusiasts climb, ......read more

Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the value of data,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, de Juniac identified air accident investigations as a key area ......read more

SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the sub-continent and has also ......read more

Global travel & tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors

Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas and a favourable ......read more

ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more

World's First and Only Airline Mobile Exhibition Unit to be debuted at Arabian Travel Market

Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.   The 16m long mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and ......read more

TCA Abu Dhabi leads its largest ever delegation to Arabian Travel Market to boost inbound tourism

Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017 Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017:   Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at the region’s biggest travel and tourism fair, which is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 24th and 27th April.   The emirate’s leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and attractions will ......read more

TDIC Sells 60% of Its Residential Units During the First Two Days of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold  after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).  TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, 29 contemporary villas on sale in the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club-facing Jawaher Saadiyat, as well as more than 30 units across the fully inclusive nature-based community of Saadiyat Lagoons.  The new sales achievements ......read more

Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors  Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions. Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East. For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall, to accommodate extra demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 ......read more

Turkish Airlines Adds Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 Countries Served by the Airline

Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options. With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network. Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from today. Introductory round trip fares are available between Istanbul and Voronezh starting at 189 USD (including taxes and fees).  Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destination, there is a special offer for ......read more

Finnair Reassumes Control of Flight Meal Services to Improve Nordic Customer Experience

  13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is still subject to final approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. In the future, LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy’s name will be Finnair Kitchen Oy and it will become a part of Finnair’s Customer Experience unit. Mikko Tainio ......read more

Clear, Safe and Consistent Operating Environments are Needed to Improve Airfield Safety

  -    World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two 12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and instructions at airport runways to ensure airfield safety is kept to the highest standards.  Andrew added that Dubai International Airport is consistent in its runway environment. He also highlighted some specific reasons why other airports are ......read more

Sheikh Ahmed: Security and safety are a top priority for aviation

Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards DCAA to implement online system for employee requests Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety standards," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, has said in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the bilingual monthly publication of ......read more

DAE Reports Full Year 2016 Financial Results Revenue and Net Income from Continuing Operations at record levels

Dubai, U.A.E., 12 April 2017 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. reported financial results for full year 2016. Total Revenue: US$417.8 million (AED 1,534 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 22% from US$341.7 million (AED 1,255 million) for full year 2015. Net Income from Continuing Operations: US$124.9 million (AED 459 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 323% from US$29.5 million (AED 108 million) for full year 2015. Total Net Income: US$199.0 million (AED 731 million) for full year 2016, a decrease of 67% from US$610.4 million (AED 2,241 million) for full year 2015. (2015 results included a gain on the sale of StandardAero.) Results for 2015 included amounts reclassified from continuing operations to discontinued operations for the impact of the FALCON 2017-1 ABS transaction. DAE Managing ......read more

Aviation Safety Should not be Influenced by Commercial Agendas, says World Aviation Safety Summit Chairman

  12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) discussed today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector. Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and prominent aviation analyst Alan Peaford spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material. The US and UK electronics bans implemented last month mean that passengers on certain flights outbound from the Gulf region are required to stow electrical devices larger than a smartphone in checked-in luggage. This has raised concerns over the fire hazards posed by Lithium-Ion ......read more

Historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns to Gulftainer's GT USA Base in Port Canaveral

Twice-launched rocket successfully delivers communications satellite  Sharjah-UAE:  11 April, 2017 – Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the first stage of the relaunched Falcon 9 rocket at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, operated by the company’s US arm, GT USA, on 4 April 2017.  Marking the first time that SpaceX has launched and landed a reused booster, the event is being hailed as a breakthrough for the space industry, as it could reduce the cost of space travel in the long run.  The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on 30 March to deliver a commercial communications satellite into orbit and successfully landed on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship about eight minutes later. The booster is set to ......read more

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards

Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 -  Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region. The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged in Dubai recently, after thousands of diners declared it the Gulf’s best Indian dining experience. More than 1.1 million votes were cast to decide the winners of this year’s 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards, confirming that ......read more

Next Generation Air Traffic Management to be Examined by Aviation Safety Experts

-    World Aviation Safety Summit to analyse airspace designs and ATC security’s impact on safety  -    How to handle complex geopolitical environments to also be a key focus at the Summit 11 April 2017 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Improvements to air traffic management (ATM) and airspace design will be critical points of debate at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), to be held in Dubai this April. Next generation ATM technology will be analysed, as well as airspace design planning and how to minimise unstable runway approaches. This topic is of significant concern to GCC aviation leaders who have for a long time debated improving airspace collaboration across governments to reduce congestion and ultimately improve safety. It was recently announced ......read more

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MBRSC concludes the first edition of Project Space…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  Project Space event will now be held on an annual basis in order to inspire and enhance the young generations' knowledge in the field of space science and technology Mona Al Qemzi: The generation of scientists, engineers and specialists currently being prepared will achieve the UAE directives in ......read more

Etihad Airways Expands Boeing 787 Network in the Levant and Far East…

Next generation aircraft to serve Amman, Beirut, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 26, 2017:  Etihad Airways today unveiled plans for the deployment of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to key Levant and Far East markets in 2017. With a phased delivery of nine Boeing 787-9s this year, they will gradually be introduced on a number of routes from the airline’s Abu ......read more

Finnair becomes first airline in the world to launch Alipay onboard…

Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  As the first airline in the world, Finnair plans to introduce onboard the world´s largest online payment platform Alipay. Finnair will trial the application on its route between Helsinki and Shanghai as of January 27. Finnair is partnering with Finland´s leading e-payment platform ePassi to offer Alipay as an official payment method onboard ......read more

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launches the first Project Space forum…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space ......read more

Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast…

UK to see highest level of overseas consumer spending since 2012 Olympics, with Middle East travellers expected to lead the way; Arabian Travel Market to showcase Great British destinations Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a sister event of World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and ......read more

GI Aviation is open for business…

Flies the Middle East’s first Pilatus PC-12NG into Sky Dive Dubai Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2017:  GI Aviation, the newest name to enter the private air charter market in the UAE, is now open for bookings following the award of its GCAA Air Operator’s Certificate in December 2016.  Several demo flights from its Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi home have been performed ......read more

Siemens and Strata to develop MENA's first 3D-printed aircraft interior parts for Etihad…

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What is common between Bahrain and Dubai?…

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Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai…

The UAE is the 11th country globally where VFS Global has rolled out visa processing operations for Russia Dubai, UAE, January 22, 2017:  In a move to enhance visa application services to travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Russia, VFS Global, in partnership with the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, launched the first Russia Visa Application Centre in the Middle ......read more

Finnair adds Havana, Goa, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Plata for winter 2017, increases frequencies ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it is expanding for the winter 2017 season with new scheduled flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Havana in Cuba, Goa in India and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. In addition, Finnair will be adding extra frequencies to many of its popular winter holiday and business destinations in ......read more

Winter 2017: Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  Finnair has today announced that it will start flying non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. The ski and holiday resorts in Kittilä and Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travelers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter ......read more

Cebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished children…

Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2017:  The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization’s Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner ......read more

MBRSC launches the Project Space Forum on the 24th of January…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  The event brings together the most inspiring personalities in space to shed light on their discoveries, experiences and hopes to inspire the UAE youth and community Al Shaibani: The space sector is of strategic importance in terms of shaping the future of science and technology in the UAE Dubai, ......read more

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts brings altitude and attitude to Colombo with a modern property set ...…

Design-led Mövenpick Hotel Colombo – the city’s first new international five-star property in 25 years – promises a ‘vertical experience’ with stunning views and culinary theatre.     Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 16th January 2017:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened a strikingly-modern property in Colombo, introducing a ......read more

Deloitte: Global aerospace and defense revenues expected to resume growth, driven by higher defense ...…

Commercial aerospace revenues remain flat despite increased production levels Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2017:  The global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is expected to return to growth with total sector revenues estimated to grow at 2.0 percent in 2017, according to Deloitte Global’s Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group’s 2017 Global aerospace and defense ......read more

81 Nationalities Now Exempted from Long Visa Processes to Azerbaijan…

Brits, Indians, citizens and expatriates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and 81 other nationalities will now be able to apply for Azerbaijan visa online in a safe and stress-free and way following the introduction of a hustle free online visa application technology by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan. The introduction of this hustle free electronic visa application ......read more

Abu Dhabi ranked among fastest-growing destinations in the world…

Emirate ranked number one in the Middle East in Mastercard report Abu Dhabi host more than 4 million guests in the first 11 months of 2016 Annual growth rate of 19.81% in overnight visitors between 2009 and 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE – 14 January 2017:  Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the fastest-growing destination in the Middle ......read more

International travel catering companies keen on tapping into opportunities in Middle East at WTCEME…

Region’s largest travel catering expo to be co-located with Airport Show 2017 Global travel catering market estimated to rise to $17.6 billion by 2020, Middle East holds significant share Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2017:  Buoyed by the consistent strong growth of Middle East’s aviation, the travel catering industry is attracting an increasing number of international ......read more

Etihad Airways Introduces Third Daily Flight to Riyadh…

Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 10, 2017:  Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017. The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new daily ......read more

Shukran members can now earn 5X Shukrans in Citymax Hotels…

Landmark’s popular Shukran loyalty program is now redeemable at Citymax Hotels Dubai, UAE – 8 January 2017:  Landmark Group, one of the largest retail conglomerates across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, is well known for its popular Shukran Loyalty Program, the region’s largest loyalty programme. New for 2017, the group is delighted to expand ......read more

Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector Celebrates Record Numbers of Ships and Passengers Into the Emirate…

Passenger numbers increase by 6% on previous season 200,000 extra cruise ship visitors expected within next three years Abu Dhabi, UAE – 7 January 2017:  The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of the Arabian Gulf’s only ......read more

Saudi Arabia witnesses boost in tourism during 2016…

January 05, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has recently seen growth spikes in the tourism sector of Saudi Arabia during the Umrah season and the recent celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday.  This was evident in the increase of occupancy rate in hotel rooms across the country, signifying marked ......read more

DAE Announces addition to leadership team…

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Al Qasba Makes a Dazzling Entry into 2017…

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GDRFA Dubai committed to enhancing passenger experience…

More than 250,000 use Emirates IDs to exit at Dubai Airports Dubai, December 29, 2016:  Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), said the GDRFA is committed to excel in every area and ensure best services to passengers. The opening of the Dubai Water Canal, which is expected to bring ......read more

Shah Rukh Khan's rendezvous with Dubai has taken over the Internet!…

Dubai, UAE, December 29, 2016:  The release of the first film from the #BeMyGuest campaign has already exceeded the 20 million views mark in just 2 weeks. But wait there’s more, Dubai Tourism has another surprise for Shah Rukh Khan fans, and this one too is sure to claim millions of hearts! If watching this film made you want to pack your bags and catch the next flight to visit ......read more

First Commercial Flammability Test Lab Launched in the Middle East…

Dubai, UAE, December 28, 2016:  Etihad Airways Engineering and Lantal Textiles AG have launched the first Flammability Test Laboratory in the Middle East, for regional customers within the aviation industry, including VIP operators, MRO organisations, design and production organisations as well as cabin interior suppliers. Located inside the Etihad Airways Engineering facility adjacent to ......read more

ATM hits the tech highway…

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Dubai welcomes 1,000 delegates from 24 countries to experience the emirate's dynamic tourism ...…

Top travel industry professionals and conference organisers experienced an expanded destination offering during 10 familiarization trips organised by Dubai Tourism Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 28 December 2016:  Dubai welcomed almost 1,000 travel industry professionals and conference organisers from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East during the final quarter of this year to showcase the ......read more

MBRSC opens the space centre at KidZania…

MBRSC brings space science & technology to children with a unique and engaging satellite manufacturing project   26 December, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has officially opened its section within KidZania®, the award-winning children’s edutainment centre managed by Emaar Entertainment in The Dubai Mall. The new MBRSC ......read more

Etihad Airways Collaborates With Uniway to Boost Chinese Tourism in Morocco by Organising 1,000 ...…

Dubai, UAE, December 24, 2016:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the “1,000 Chinese Visitors to Morocco” campaign with Beijing Yougo World International Travel Service Co. Ltd. (Uniway), the largest Chinese tour operator specialising in outbound tourism to the Middle East and Africa.  The award-winning airline is also joining ......read more

Sheikh Ahmed: Dubai has successfully transformed innovation into a working culture in the government…

Mohammed Ahli: Our airports are gearing up to serve up to 146 million passengers by 2025 Airport authorities perform one million security checks every day Via Dubai Security Supplement features Angela Gittens of ACI and Michael Herrero of IATA Dubai, December 22, 2016:  Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim awarded Middle East Ground Handler of the Year by UAS…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 22, 2016:  Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has been awarded by UAS International Trip Support as the best Ground Handler in 2016 for the Middle East region.  Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President of UAS, Mohammed Husary presented the award to Susan Bujtas, Operations Manager at DCAF.  Commenting on the award, Holger ......read more

Etihad Airways and Tanzania's Precision Air Unveil Codeshare Agreement…

Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2016:  In a move that extends its reach across East Africa, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with Precision Air, Tanzania’s leading domestic airline.  Under the new codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Precision Air flights between ......read more

MBRSC launches a Research Grant Program for promoting research and study on space science…

Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2016:  As part of its efforts to build the capabilities of the next generation of Emirati scientists, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced its call of the Research Grant Program. The program aims to promote research and studies related to space science in the UAE. Those from the UAE community willing to participate in the program can suggest ......read more

Elaf Group affirms commitment to help promote tourist accommodation services in support of efforts ...…

December 21, 2016 – In support of the Saudi government’s efforts to boost the domestic travel and tourism sector in line with the country’s economic diversification scheme, Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has recently entered into a strategic lease partnership agreement with Al Aqeeq Real Estate Development to rent the Al Majeedi Residential Center situated in front ......read more

RAK Airport takes off in 2016 - numerous milestones passed…

“Most successful year” say Chairman and CEO Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 21 December 2016:  Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has enjoyed a highly successful 2016, according to its Chairman, Engr. H.E. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi.  Sheikh Salem believes that this shall be the airport’s most positive year, with a host of landmarks passed and records ......read more

The VIP Terminal, the largest purpose built facility in the world, opens at Dubai South…

The VIP Terminal offers time and cost efficiencies within a thriving aviation ecosystem  A seamless bespoke experience catering to the uber luxury lifestyle of its passengers  Dubai-UAE: 19 December, 2016:  In another remarkable first for Dubai South and the country, yesterday saw the inauguration of the VIP Terminal at Dubai South by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed ......read more

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils fresh new logo…

New visual identity inspired by upscale hospitality brand’s heritage and contemporary Swiss values   The international Swiss hospitality company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its new logo and corporate identity. Drawing inspiration from the legend of the brand’s origin, the clean, contemporary new visual identity also reflects the warmth, self-assurance and ......read more

Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony…

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2016:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments hosted a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to showcase the true essence of Festive Season. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long ......read more

Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach officially opened in Abu Dhabi…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan First cruise beach destination of its kind in the region Latest asset of Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector set to change face of ‘winter sun’ tourism in Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi-UAE: December 17, 2016:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's ......read more

Airport Show 2017 to showcase massive airport expansion plans in Middle East…

UAE to record 5.9 per cent annual growth in international passengers $100 billion worth of airport expansion projects in the GCC Passenger demand to double over 20 Years Dubai, December 15, 2016:  The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries continue with multi-billion-dollar worth of airport expansion projects with a view to cater to the rapid growth in the number of air travellers, ......read more

IFS Acquires MXI Technologies ltd…

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has today signed an agreement with the owners of Mxi Technologies Ltd (“Mxi”) to acquire the company.  Mxi is the leading provider of integrated and intelligent maintenance management software solutions for the global aviation industry. Mxi serves defense and commercial operators, third-party Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul ......read more

Air Seychelles Engineers Graduate From World-Class Training Programme With Etihad Airways…

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2016:  Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has celebrated the graduation of a group of seven Seychellois engineers who have completed a comprehensive training programme with Etihad Airways. Antoine Francois, Cliffton Leon, Damien Azemia, Erol Agricole, Hervé Toulon, Mario DeSylva and Marlon Nourrice embarked on the specialist ......read more

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts finalises deal to manage beachfront resort on Ras Al Khaimah's ...…

The Swiss hospitality firm’s first property in the emirate capitalises on destination’s growing appeal as one of the United Arab Emirates’ holiday hotspots.    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2016:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has finalised a deal to operate the hospitality firm’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah – one of the United Arab ......read more

Rail Europe appoints Elaf Travel & Tourism as GSA in Saudi Arabia…

December 12, 2016 - Rail Europe, the worldwide leader in train tickets and rail passes' distribution, has expanded its strong sales network across the region by appointing One of the largest & leading Travel & Hospitality conglomerate in Saudi Arabia, Elaf Travel Tourism Company, as their GSA partner. Elaf Group is a leader in travel and tour operations in the kingdom with a history ......read more

Dubai Customs concludes (Think-Innovate-Win) airport campaign…

Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2016:  Dubai Customs managed to make the passengers of Dubai airports happier through the continual development of customs services. 94% of the participants in the latest (Think-Innovate-Win) campaign, launched by the Passenger Operation Department at Dubai Customs as part of the UAE innovation Week 2016, expressed their happiness over the quality of services ......read more

Sky Prime launches new services during participation in Middle East Aviation MEBA 2016…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 10th, 2016: The Saudi Operator displayed at the exhibition an outstanding luxury inside the A340-200  First Private jet operator to use high connectivity solutions from Honeywell and Amac Aerospace. In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and with the participation of Sky Prime Aviation Services as one of the major ......read more

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts Crowned ‘World Leading Hotel Brand 2016 for the Tenth Time at ...…

Major property wins include ‘World’s Leading Luxury Resort 2016’ and ‘World’s Leading Wedding Resort 2016’ Dubai, UAE, December 8, 2016:  InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts walked away with five remarkable wins, including the much coveted World’s Leading Hotel Brand 2016 for the tenth time, at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala ......read more

October Air Freight Demand Up 8.2%…

Fastest Growth in 18 months 8 December 2016 (Geneva):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in October 2016 showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 8.2% year-on-year in October. This was the fastest pace of growth seen in 18 months. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne ......read more

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