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Abu Dhabi Airports Integrates 19 of its National Development Program Graduates Into the Midfield Terminal Building's Readiness Program

  28th May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has selected 19 candidates from its National Development Program (NDP) to join the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) team, which was launched earlier this year to prepare the Midfield Terminal Building for operations.  The candidates were selected based on their educational qualifications and performance in the NDP at Abu Dhabi Airports. The move to the ORAT team will give them the opportunity to engage in on-site training and experience to enable them play their role in operating the new terminal once it comes on line.  To celebrate this group Abu Dhabi Airports Board of Directors invited the candidates to the most recent board meeting, which was held at the MTB site, in one of the piers. Their attendance was testament to the ......read more

PHILIPPINES to Host 6th UNWTO Conference

 Dubai, May 28, 2017:  The Philippines is all set to host top tourism officials from 156 countries for the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics next month. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the gathering of tourism ministers, along with their respective entourage, will tackle sustainable tourism, defined by UNWTO as: "Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, environment, and host communities." “The big challenge that we Tourism Ministers must confront is to ensure that future generations enjoy what we are fortunate to enjoy today, particularly our depleting natural resources,” Teo explained. The DOT ......read more

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 that will bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March of that year.   Special Olympic athletes from the UAE and Etihad Airways Emirati cadet pilots attended a special signing event today, Thursday 25 May, at the headquarters of ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), another 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games sponsor.   The announcement was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by His ......read more

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

Dubai, May 25, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Pre-Ramadan event to showcase the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long staying guests in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was announced.  Discover the true spirit of Ramadan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana. Make it special with a sumptuous international and Ramadan specialty buffet at Liwan Restaurant, with live Arabic entertainment for just AED 139 per person. Savour the moment with a special Persian & Lebanese Iftar buffet at Shayan Restaurant for just AED 149 per person. ......read more

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

First payment solution to support secure payments on common-use platforms now available BRUSSELS – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 25 May 2017:  SITA has launched the first payment solution which addresses the need for airlines to be able to accept payments securely at airports when using a shared IT infrastructure. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service enables payment transactions by multiple airlines on a single payment terminal. Importantly, this is possible with any, and all, of the departure control systems the airlines choose to use.   Airlines use common-use or shared IT infrastructure at airports around the world and this ground-breaking solution has been developed by SITA to support airlines that wish to accept payments at common-use check-in desks, kiosks and bagdrop areas for baggage ......read more

SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry

  Early research with Microsoft HoloLens shows potential of mixed reality Dubai, UAE – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 24 May 2017 – A new world of mixed reality is emerging and SITA Lab, the research arm of air transport IT provider SITA, is exploring its potential for airlines and airports. Today it released early results of research carried out with Helsinki Airport using Microsoft HoloLens to analyze and manage airport operations in a mixed reality environment.  HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computer, enabling users to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. It runs Windows 10, and enables the blending of the physical and digital worlds in ways that were previously impossible. SITA worked with Helsinki Airport to use HoloLens ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards

24 May 2017 Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has recognised 11 university students from across the UAE at the inaugural Fikra awards ceremony, held at the company’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.  Fikra, which means “idea” in Arabic, was launched in 2016, supporting the UAE government’s drive to encourage innovation among younger generations.  The students were encouraged to think innovatively and harness their entrepreneurial spirit to create ideas that could be implemented in businesses and entities across EAG. More than 2,600 competition ideas were submitted by students, with 502 reaching the final stages. The final awards were presented for eight proposed ideas from the 11 winning students. Ray Gammell, Etihad Aviation Group Interim Group CEO, said: “It is critical that we engage and ......read more

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Doha, Qatar CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB’s last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017. “The entry of Cebu Pacific into these markets benefitted passengers with lower fares and more choices. Of late, other carriers have aggressively added more flights, which has resulted in substantial oversupply of seats and fares that are so low, hence making the routes ......read more

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

                               Destinations include various cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan Dubai, UAE; May 24, 2017: Turkish Airlines, the airline that travels to more destinations than other airline globally has launched new flights from various cities from the Middle East to key touristic destinations in Turkey. The new direct flights will be launched from the cities of Saudi Arabia including Jeddah now with connecting flights to Ankara and Trabzon; Riyadh with flights to Antalya and Trabzon; and from Medina to Ankara. Additional connecting flights include the cities of Dammam, Yanbu, and Al Qassim all travelling to Trabzon.    Kuwait City is another city benefitting from the new flights and now connecting ......read more

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

  May 24, 2017 - Dubai - UAE In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals. The collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are done in cooperation with the ELO Foundation, an association dedicated to the promotion of Finnish food culture. Business class for long-haul flights leaving Helsinki For business class customers flying out of Helsinki on long-haul flights between October 4 and January 9, Finnair’s Signature Menu chef, Eero Vottonen, has put together an exclusive 100 years-themed menu to celebrate the culinary nuances of Finnish food. The menu features delicacies such as Baltic herring, a Karelian stew and a cep mushroom soup flavored with cured elk. Vottonen, ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule

RAK Airport’s 2017 First Quarter improves on record 2016: Double digit growth for aircraft movements Passenger numbers up 9% y-o-y Cargo grows 15% y-o-y with new operators Charter flights to run through the summer Ras Al Khaimah - 23 May, 2017: Following an exceptional first quarter, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has celebrated with the arrival of a new scheduled operation between the emirate and Prague, the Czech capital. The operator is SmartWings, the Czech Republic’s most prominent low-cost carrier. The service will start with a weekly flight to a destination that is becoming increasing popular with UAE and regional residents. With its historic centre and varied architecture, “The City of a Hundred Spires” is one of Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations. Engr. ......read more

Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

  Alaska Airlines and Finnair are teaming up to give members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn miles/points on both airlines as Finnair expands its wings with new flights from San Francisco. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with European-favorite Finnair, as they launch their first West Coast service from our San Francisco hub to Helsinki on June 1,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Our Mileage Plan members will be able to fly Finnair to over 60 destinations in Europe from San Francisco, Chicago and New York’s JFK.” Alaska Airlines recently announced a major expansion of its San Francisco service. Alaska, along with Virgin America, now has 83 daily departures from San Francisco to 35 ......read more

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

22th May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year, representing a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million.  Key highlights: •    Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%, total departures: 1,019,835 up by 5.8%, and total transfer passengers: 1,311,262 up by 6.1%. •    Traffic to India, one of the airport’s main traffic drivers representing 18% of the total passengers this month, has shown an increase of 1.9% in April this year compared to April 2016.  •    Saudi Arabia has become the number 2 destination, growing sharply by 17.4%, affected by the significant increase in traffic to Riyadh and Jeddah ......read more

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017:  As part of its expansion plan, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has announced that its second hangar located at Dubai South is on course for completion before the end of the year.  The 6,800sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also significantly increase the number and size of aircraft that can be accommodated at the facility. Commenting on the progress of the new hangar, Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, said: “The ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE, May 21 2017:  With summer just around the corner, it’s time to put those vacation plans into motion. Sometimes though, the logistics of planning a trip can make the process stressful for travellers - but not anymore! Whether you’re flying alone or with family, VFS Global has come up with a selection of innovative, intuitively designed services to make the visa application process for Middle Eastern travellers a smooth one. Please find below a selection of topical tips on how you can make your visa application process a breeze this summer. My schedule is too busy. Is it possible to submit a visa application without leaving my home or office? Of course! VFS Global’s first-of-its-kind ‘doorstep’ visa service offers the ultimate in convenience for UK, Switzerland, South Africa and Czech ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports Promotes Heat Safety in Working Environment

21 May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports has begun its heat stress campaign advising staff and contractors on how to cope with extreme weather conditions over the summer. The annual campaign will continue over the months between May and September, in line with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the hot summer months. The company is holding lectures in Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport, and displaying multi lingual posters and dehydration awareness charts, to equip workers with all the information they need to be able to understand and recognize heat related issues and safeguard against ......read more

Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

World’s Largest Passenger Jet Features Airline’s Award-Winning Three-Room Suite, ‘The Residence’ Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 21 2017:  Etihad Airways today announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner - will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the 496-seat aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu ......read more

Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards

20 May 2017 Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has tasted success at the INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards. The annual competition is now in its 12th year and sets the regional benchmark for remote customer interaction success. The airline collected two prestigious awards at the ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on 16th May 2017. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager.  Ruth Birkin, Head of Global Contact Centres for Etihad Airways, said: “I am delighted that the team has again been recognised for their service quality and their commitment to constantly developing the services we offer further. As well as providing tailored solutions to guests, ......read more

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

                 17 May 2017 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities.  “Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport industry. This MoU, covering all airport fuel storage and handling, puts forward an industry-level program for application of standards and a single global reference for airline inspections. This is a great step forward in further promoting global safety and efficiency,” said Hemant Mistry, ......read more

Experts Highlight Aviation Industry Challenges and Opportunities at Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF)

2-day forum discussed key aviation challenges and opportunities Dubai, May 17, 2017: Aviation leaders and experts highlighted key aviation industry issues, challenges and opportunities for the industry worldwide during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), which concluded today.  Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the two-day forum, co-located with the Airport Show, was hosted by Reed Exhibitions Middle East and organised by CAPA- Centre for Aviation. Uncertain oil price is one of the major concerns for the aviation industry and advanced technology will play an important role to increase the customer experience, which is most important, said ......read more

Latest Innovative Smart Technology and Solutions on Display at Airport Show 2017

  World’s first virtual reality application for airports launched Exhibitors display devices that enhance passenger safety and comfort DUBAI, May 16, 2017:  The 17th edition of the Airport Show, currently underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries, witnessed a wide line-up of latest smart and innovative technologies and solutions set to transform the rapidly growing aviation industry.  Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) introduced the world’s first virtual reality applications, while Nuctech displayed the world’s first 3D scanner for airports. Among the other prominent latest technology solutions being showcased are  a contactless energy and data distribution, termed as the smart future of airfield ......read more

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

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 May, 2017 – Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is marking an emphatic participation at the 2017 edition of Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX), the largest European trade show for the international congress, conference and events sector, currently underway at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. The delegation from ADNEC is attending various co-located events including the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Sales & Marketing Summit, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) General Assembly, ICCA Venue Sector Meeting, ICCA Middle East Chapter Meeting and IMEX Association Evening. As part of the agenda, ADNEC will host a breakfast meet-and-greet for key clients on 17 May at the Abu Dhabi pavilion at IMEX. Held in partnership with ......read more

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

  Sheikh Ahmed: Aviation industry expansion in the Middle East continues to surpass average global growth rates World’s largest annual dedicated airport event has over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries  Germany celebrates 17 years of participation at Airport Show Women in Aviation Middle East hold 2nd General Assembly with over 300 delegates Dubai, May 15, 2017: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated the 17th Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 companies from 50 countries participating in the three-day show, expected to be attended by over 7,500 aviation industry ......read more

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al-Qasimi Inaugurates New Ras Al Khaimah Sailing Club

15th May 2017 His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi gives royal approval to new Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah during official opening at Al Hamra Marina; The venue has already hosted a number of leading events, including the Asian Youth Sailing Cup Final The latest addition to Ras Al Khaimah’s burgeoning leisure scene, the Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah, has been officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, a member of the ruling family of Ras Al Khaimah, during the recent grand opening at Al Hamra Marina. The venue, located within Al Hamra Real Estate’s Al Hamra Village, is the latest addition to the facilities offered by Al Hamra Marina. It is set to further boost the emirate’s credentials as a leading destination for sailing and watersports by welcoming a host of ......read more

Honeywell's Airport Innovations Take Flight at the Airport Show 2017

Industry leader showcases smart airport technologies for landside, airside and in the terminal                  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 15, 2017 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON), a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide, will demonstrate that the sky is not the limit at The Airport Show 2017, being held from May 15-17 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Honeywell will be exhibiting in Hall 5 at Stand #5150.     At The Airport Show 2017, Honeywell will highlight its connected technology portfolio, which addresses the current and future challenges facing airports and airport operators. With its technology implemented in more than 500 airports across the globe, from the moment passengers set foot on ......read more

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IATA Urges Air Cargo Modernization…

14 March 2017 (Abu Dhabi):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the air cargo industry to accelerate modernization and focus on delivering high quality service.  The call was made at the 11th World Cargo Symposium, which opened in Abu Dhabi today against a backdrop of cautious optimism for the global air cargo sector. After several years of virtually no ......read more

DAE acquires portfolio of ATR 72-600s from GECAS…

Dubai, U.A.E., March 14, 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. today announced it has completed the purchase of a portfolio of ATR 72-600 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). This purchase brings the total number of owned and committed ATR 72-600 aircraft in DAE’s fleet to 57, making DAE one of the largest lessors of the ATR 72-600 worldwide. In addition, DAE has ......read more

Largest ever Arabian Travel Market will be ‘experiential'…

Over 30,000 visitors expected to attend annual showcase ATM 2017 boasts additional exhibition hall, with 2,800 exhibiting companies, 100 new exhibitors and 65 country pavilions UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum, ILTM Arabia, Digital Transformation Summit, and Halal Tourism Summit among many highlights  Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes ......read more

Growing ‘Visa War' between EU and US will have major impact on global mobility…

Dubai, UAE, 09 March 2017:  The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently enjoyed by US and possibly even EU citizens, if US President Donald Trump retaliates in kind. The firm is due ......read more

Air Cargo Off to a Solid Start in 2017…

Dubai, UAE, March 9, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.9% in January 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. While this was down from the 10% annual growth recorded in December 2016 it still was well above the average annual growth rate of 3% over ......read more

Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum ...…

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Three awards presented to Turkish Airlines for its successful aircraft financing models…

The global carrier has won three awards at Bonds & Loans Awards Night as “Transport Finance Deal of the Year”, “Trade and Export Finance Deal of the Year” and “Structured Finance Deal of the Year” Dubai, UAE; 8 March 2017:  Turkish Airlines has been awarded as the runner up in the “Trade and Export Finance Deal” category by Bonds & ......read more

Abdullah Bin Zayed Launches ADNEC's Innovation Lab to Promote Creativity in Business Tourism…

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Abu Dhabi's Tourism Industry bound for Germany to Capitalize on Record-Breaking 2016…

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Cozmo Travel launches B2B trade portal for travel industry operators in the UAE…

It offers single login and account to manage end-to-end travel requirements including UAE visas, and booking for airlines, hotels and car rentals worldwide for one and all. DUBAI – March 7, 2017:  Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has announced the launch of B2B trade portal www.travtrolley.com for local travel and ......read more

Through participation at the first Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations MBRSC highlights ...…

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Investment toward airport security high on priority for region's airports…

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NEC Display Solutions showcases the airport of the future at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2017…

Middle East, 7 March, 2017 - NEC Display Solutions Europewill exhibit its advanced display solutions for airports at Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 14-16 March 2017. Visitors to the NEC stand at PTE (Hall 8, stand 2040) will be taken on a visual journey through a next-generation airport, with dedicated display applications for each aspect of the ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs MoU with KARI for cooperation on space-related activities…

Dubai, UAE, March 6, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertize. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC and Dr. Gwang-Rae Cho, ......read more

Governments Urged to Support Aviation's Ability to Drive Economic Growth…

Dubai, UAE, March 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to support the vital role aviation plays in connecting people and commerce around the globe. “Our world has grown much wealthier through trade and travel. Air travel liberates people to live better lives and makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s ......read more

Finnair, Skyscanner and Amadeus join forces to boost conversion with assisted bookings…

Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2017:  Travellers can now book Finnair flights and ancillaries directly with the airline without leaving Skyscanner’s platform  Like all retailers, airlines want to maintain close contact with their customers so that they can tailor their shopping experience and make it as simple and personalised as possible.   With this goal in mind, Finnair is ......read more

An Icon in England's Most Sophisticated City, The Langham, London Continues to Define the Art of ...…

Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2017:  After a series of extensive enhancements at The Langham, London, 2017 will be defined as the year of ‘The Art of the Stay’. With an improved room product, new Artesian cocktail menu and the addition of two major lifestyle hubs for London – with a brand-new luxury pub and spa in the summer – The Langham, London is set to create ......read more

Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines sign codeshare agreement…

Dubai, UAE; 23 February 2017:  Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have signed a codeshare agreement. Effective as from March 1st, the agreement will cover routes between Turkey and Namibia, and set to expand further travel opportunities for the passengers of the two airlines.  The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in İstanbul. Namibia ......read more

Middle East countries aim for greater share of $168 billion outbound Chinese travel market…

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Nayif-1 transmits its first message from space in Arabic a quote by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ...…

Dubai, UAE, February 22, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that Nayif-1 has transmitted its first message in Arabic from space - a quote by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  ‘‘The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the ......read more

Singapore achieves record of 16.4 million international tourists in 2016; posts 7.7 per cent growth ...…

February 22, 2017: Singapore cements its position as one of the leading tourist destinations in South East Asia with its record 16.4 million international visitors in 2016, registering an increase of 7.7 per cent over the same period in 2015. In addition, tourism receipts reached a high of S$24.8 billion in 2016, reflecting a growth of 13.9 per cent over the same period in 2015. The strong ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives CAR145 approval extension from GCAA…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 21, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation, has received an extension to its CAR145 approval from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to provide line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft type.  With the extension of the CAR145 approval, ......read more

Etihad Airways Engineering Signs Boeing 787 Contract to Optimise Aircraft Performance of Kenya ...…

Dubai, UAE; February 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Kenya Airways to perform mandatory checks on its Boeing 787-8 fleet. This is part of an integration programme for the newest additions to the airline's fleet. The first of six scheduled Boeing 787 C-checks begins this month, with the last one planned for October 2017. The airline is also planning a ......read more

Cebu Pacific extends free additional 25kg baggage allowance to all its Middle East passengers…

Dubai, UAE; February 20, 2017:  The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), has announced a special promo exclusively for our valued guests in the Middle East.  Starting February 13 to March 15, 2017, all passengers originating from Doha, Dubai, Kuwait and Riyadh travelling to Manila with pre-purchased baggage allowance of 40 kilograms will be receiving additional 25 ......read more

Elaf Group's hotels in Holy cities offer new attractive Umrah packages…

February 19, 2017 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has launched attractive Umrah packages for all its properties in Holy City of Makkah to enable a growing number of religious travelers to take advantage of the pleasant weather to perform the pilgrimage. In addition, it has also announced affordable travel packages ......read more

New Raytheon radar tracks, targets fighter jets…

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Denmark Visa Application Centres launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai…

UAE is the 33rd country globally in which VFS Global manages  Denmark Visa Application Centres  Dubai, UAE, February 16, 2017:  Residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now enrol for biometrics and submit their applications for visas to Denmark at the Visa Application Centres launched by the Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai and the Royal Danish ......read more

Pakistan International Airlines and Turkish Airlines expand their codeshare agreement…

Dubai, UAE; 14 February 2017:  Turkish Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines have expanded their codeshare cooperation, which will be official as of February 1st, 2017. Inclusion of the new routes will enable both airlines a step into a new market while offering passengers various possibilities to travel.  With the expansion of the existing codeshare agreement, Pakistan ......read more

Etihad Airways Invites Fashion's Elite to Celebrate the Launch of ‘Runway to Runway'…

Travel program tailored for the fashion industry unveiled during New York Fashion Week private dinner Dubai, UAE, February 13, 2017:  Etihad Airways co-hosted an exclusive dinner last Thursday at New York Fashion Week: The Shows with Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-founder of online luxury fashion retailer, Moda Operandi. The special event, whose attendees included distinguished guests from ......read more

Crystal Lagoons add sparkle to US$400 million Azha resort in Egypt…

Innovative company to create two lagoons spanning a total of 16.6 hectares within the Azha resort in Ain Sokhna  Patented man-made crystal clear lagoons surrounded by white sandy beaches are a top amenity that’s set to add significant value to the development  Lagoons allow for a wide variety of watersports such as swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding and uses over 30 ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Outlines 2017 Strategy on Back of Almost 11% Visitor ...…

Region’s fastest growing tourism destination commits to sustainable tourism and further development of adventure and sports events across the emirate Year-to-date visitor arrivals up almost 11% on 2015, driven by growth of UAE, Germany, UK, Russia and India Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 9 February 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the ......read more

Lufthansa Technik Middle East begins operations at Dubai South…

New LTME facility at Dubai South Aviation District receives first GE90 engine inlet cowl, from Etihad Airways, for repair Dubai, UAE, February 9, 2017:  The new facility of Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME), started MRO services at the Aviation District in Dubai South. Recently, the first component, a GE90 engine inlet cowl from Etihad Airways arrived for repair at the ......read more

Dubai South Launches Phase 1 of its Aerospace Supply Chain…

Dubai-UAE: 08 February, 2017:  A step closer to fulfilling its bid to create a comprehensive aviation ecosystem, designed to service the aerospace industry, Dubai South announced the completion of the first phase of its aerospace supply chain facility. The new facility at Dubai South’s Aviation District is also in line with the focus of the Dubai Industrial Strategy, launched last ......read more

GTA Hosts Middle East Roadshow 2017…

Over 60 hotels from Asia, Africa & Turkey are expected to meet regional travel agents Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th of February, 2017:  GTA, a world leader in ground travel products and services distributor, will be hosting its 2017 Roadshow in the Middle East region. The first stop took place in Riyadh at the Marriott Hotel on the 6th February 2017, where over 180 key travel ......read more

MBRSC and AUS Announce launch of Nayif-1 between 14 & 25 February…

Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will occur between the 14th and 25th February 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket. Nayif-1 is expected to be launched on the morning of 15th February, if all ......read more

A Year of Sustained Growth for Etihad Airways in 2016 as It Evolves Into Etihad Aviation Group…

Etihad Airways carried 18.5 million guests Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2017:  Etihad Airways delivered another year of sustained growth in 2016, helped by new aircraft, additional frequencies and the introduction of further world-class products. The airline carried 18.5 million guests during the year, up six per cent on 2015. The airline was also part of the evolution of Etihad Aviation ......read more

Dubai Welcomes Record 14.9 Million Overnight Visitors in 2016, Firmly on Course to Hitting Its ...…

With a 4-year growth of 8% in tourist volumes, the sector delivers an impressive ‘2X-Global Industry Average’ performance  Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2017:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016, recording a healthy five per cent (5%) ......read more

Global leaders from US travel industry set to discover Abu Dhabi's diverse appeal…

Senior management from American organisations hosted on trip to Emirate US generated more than 500,000 visitor nights in Abu Dhabi during 2016 Abu Dhabi, 05 February 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is hosting a 50-strong delegation of senior travel industry experts from the United States on a tour of the emirate’s key attractions as it bids to strengthen ......read more

Another Strong Year for Air Travel Demand in 2016…

Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) ......read more

Citymax Al Barsha Honoured in Trip Advisor 2017 Travellers' Choice Award…

The hotel’s on-going dedication and service driven work is recognised with top industry award, the highest honour TripAdvisor provides  Accolade is based on independent reviews and opinions from millions of travellers Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  Citymax Hotels, the hospitality division of the Landmark Group, powers into 2017 with a prestigious industry accolade at the ......read more

Russian Visa Applications Now Accepted Through VFS Global Service Center…

Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  UAE residents applying for visit visas to Russia can now submit their documents at VFS Global visa service center, which has been authorized to process visa applications on behalf of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates.   VFS Global assists with various categories of visit visas, including those for tourism, ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announces its bid to host the 71st Edition of the ...…

Results will be announced in Australia in September 2017 MBRSC showcased its various space projects at Global Space Congress, while space engineers participated in the conference sessions Dubai, UAE, February 1, 2017:  H.E Yosouf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), announced that the centre has submitted a request to the International ......read more

Airlines and Airports Prepare to Predict the Future…

SITA report outlines new technology to help airlines and airports predict future events Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Airlines and airports are investing in technologies to help predict and prepare for future events. This is according to The Future is Predictable, a report published today by air transport IT provider, SITA. It outlines how efforts are being made to tackle the estimated ......read more

GCC countries eye greater share of $600bn global sports tourism industry…

ATM puts sports tourism in the limelight as UAE and Qatar lead the GCC in attracting more regional and international sporting competitions Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Sports tourism will be in focus at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held from 24 – 27 April, as the GCC competes to capture a greater share of the $600 billion global industry.  Sport tourism ......read more

Marriott Autograph Collection Antigua…

Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2017:   Leisure World Properties are the owners of a new Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Development in Antigua, shareholders in the project include UAE players such as Mr Khaldoun Tobari Drake and Skull and Mr Mohammad Dahmash PWC  The project has been approved by the Government of Antigua to participate in the highly sought after Antigua & Barbuda ......read more

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

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