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Etihad Airways reassures passengers of service and inflight offering following directive on US-bound flights

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 25, 2017 – Etihad Airways is reassuring passengers of its highest level of service to minimise disruption following the introduction of a new US travel directive on electronic devices.   Effective March 25, passengers on all US-bound flights from, or transiting through, Abu Dhabi International Airport will not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.    Items such as laptop computers, tablets including iPads, gaming devices, cameras and e-readers will be required to be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.   All Etihad Airways’ US flights have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their ......read more

Legendary Breitling DC-3 touches down in Dubai as part of record-breaking world tour

Legendary aircraft is aiming to become the oldest aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, as it marks its 77th birthday  500-piece Navitimer limited edition series is accompanying the aircraft on the tour Dubai, 23rd March 2017:  The legendary Breitling DC-3 aeroplane has landed in Dubai as part of its record-breaking world tour. This historic aircraft, which is aiming to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe, arrived at Jetex FBO Terminal, Dubai World Central on Tuesday (21st March) ahead of the next leg of the trip which will take it to Karachi, Pakistan. Having crossed the Arabian Gulf from Qatar, flying low over Dubai’s world-famous landmarks, the Breitling DC-3 is making its first ever visit to a region that today boasts some of the world’s leading airlines, with fleets of ......read more

Finnair to temporarily suspend its Miami route for summer 2017, flights resume in October

Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2017:  Finnair is making changes to its traffic program for the summer 2017 season, due to operational reasons which relate to a temporary shortage of crew and aircraft. Finnair will suspend its flights between Helsinki and Miami between May 4th and September 29th and will also cancel two of its weekly frequencies on its Helsinki-Chicago route during the month of May. “We are very sorry about the disruption this is causing our customers, and we are doing our best to offer suitable alternative routings for them,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are contacting all customers with bookings on the affected flights to offer an alternative routing. In case a suitable alternative routing cannot be found, customers may apply for a ticket refund. Finnair continues to ......read more

Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Nowruz Event

Dubai, March 22, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Nowruz event to showcase the true essence of the Persian New Year. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners and bloggers in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was introduced.  With prices starting from AED 120* per person; come along with your family and friends to spend a splendid time at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana as Festive Nowruz is back at the Shayan specialty restaurant. Book your table now, as Nowruz will be from 19th March, Sunday serving dinner buffet, 20th March, Monday serving lunch and dinner buffet and 21st March, Tuesday serving lunch buffet and sumptuous set menu for the whole month of March. *Lunch ......read more

Kuwait to showcase multi-billion dollar tourism plan at ATM

Kuwait Government adds $1 billion promotional campaign to its projected tourism industry investment Country prepares to welcome 440,000 visitors by 2024, up from 270,000 in 2014 Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2017:  With ambitions to welcome 440,000 visitors a year by 2024, the government of Kuwait is pressing ahead with multiple plans that will see billions of dollars invested in projects and a further $1 billion budget earmarked to promote the Gulf state over the same period.  Plans are in place to establish a Supreme Commission for Tourism to initiate its tourism strategy as the country prepares to showcase at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre 24-27 April. A number of mega-projects will share the multi-billion dollar development budget, including: Madinat Al Hareer and ......read more

ATM Global Stage to open with Expo 2020 legacy debate

Exciting programme of seminars includes focus on experiential travel theme, selling local experiences, and halal tourism   Dubai, March 19, 2017:  The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 24 to 27. Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “Early forecasts are that 70% of visitors will hail from outside of the UAE, representing the largest international visitor contribution in Expo history. While the short-term goal is to deliver an exceptional six-month event, we have secured a top panel who will discuss how ......read more

Finnair must again cancel over 90 flights on Friday March 17th due to strikes at Helsinki Airport

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  An airport strike and support actions are planned for Friday, March 17, from 3 pm – 7 pm EET at Helsinki Airport, related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy. The airport strike will again considerably impact Finnair’s flights on Friday, even though Finnair is in no way a party in the dispute. The impacts are approximately the same as the strike which took place last Friday. “This is already the second time we have to cancel over 90 flights, which is nearly one third of our daily flights on Friday. Cancellations apply to a large share of our domestic and European traffic during the strike time,” says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer. “The cancellations ......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, March 16, 2017: Etihad Airways is introducing its award-winning A380 on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and ......read more

Local and international aviation experts to analyse essential safety measures

5th World Aviation Safety Summit to take place in Dubai this April 16 March 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  Tackling the safety challenges posed by the booming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its fifth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 April, WASS 2017 will highlight key strategies for the safety culture of the future by engaging with local and international stakeholders from regulatory authorities, airline operators, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organisations and air traffic control service providers. The Summit will address how the aviation industry implements essential safety measures in order to efficiently manage the processes, threats and risks facing aviation ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group to Support 2019 World Energy Congress

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  The Organizing Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the 2019 World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.  The agreement was signed today by His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial at Etihad Airways. The World Energy Congress is the longest-running and only global event to cover every aspect of the energy sector around the world. In October 2014, the UAE National Committee for the World Energy Council won an ......read more

Brisbane Airport Leads With Smart Biometrics From Check-in to Boarding

Passengers invited to trial new SITA Smart Path™ technology for a smooth secure journey  United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 14 March 2017:  Brisbane Airport, in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand, has launched an Australian first trial of facial recognition technology that is set to transform the future of travel. The new SITA Smart Path™ technology uses sophisticated biometrics which allows passengers to present their details at a self-service kiosk at check-in then, when ready to board, use an automated boarding gate to be verified using face recognition technology to access the aircraft.  Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the ......read more

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 growth, air cargo demand began to rise in the second half of 2016. January cargo performance showed a 7% growth in demand compared to the previous year. “Listening to the customer has never been more important. The positive forces currently supporting growth are good news. But our customers are telling us that they expect more. Complicated and convoluted paper-based processes that are basically unchanged from the 16th century are still being ......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 options with ATR for a further 20 aircraft of the same type. The acquisition falls in line with DAE’s long term strategic interest in ATR aircraft, of which DAE ultimately expects to own up to 100. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE said: “DAE firmly believes in the potential of the ATR 72-600 in regional networks, both in terms of its technical capabilities as well as the superior customer experience it provides. ......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 place in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27, is set to be the biggest in the event’s 24-year history. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day show, with over 2,800 exhibiting companies, forcing organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions to open up an additional hall this year to cope with the increased demand. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “The show has experienced phenomenal growth of ......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 to publish its annual Visa Restrictions Index within the next ten days, but the EU backlash against President Trump’s failure to meet the deadline to lift visa restrictions on five EU countries — namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania — may see America fall out of the top ten on the prestigious travel freedom ranking for the first time since it was first published in 2003.  The Henley & Partners Visa ......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 the past five years.  Growth in freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), slowed to 3.5% in January 2017. The continued positive momentum in freight growth into 2017 coincides with a steady rise in new export orders, which reached their highest level in February (latest data available) since March 2011. There has also been an increase in the shipment of silicon materials typically used in high-value ......read more

Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum 2017

MENA to welcome 195 million visitors by 2030 Between 25 million and 50 million new jobs will be required in the region over the next decade Over 20 Ministers form high profile line-up of regional leaders and industry luminaries at Ministerial Forum Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  Visitors to the MENA region will total 195 million by 2030, growing at a rate higher than the world average, according to figures by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).   The rapid development of the sector will form part of the discussion at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market, which is being held from April 24-27 in Dubai World Trade Centre. The Forum returns to the show repertoire this year, with a particular focus on the contribution of tourism to sustainable economic growth and diversification in the ......read more

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 & Loans for its brand new B777-300ER aircraft delivered in September 2015. The total financing builds up to 16.8 billion Japanese Yen and the structure is a combination of an innovative, complex and unique U.S. Ex-Im Guaranteed French Tax Lease.  This structure has been successfully implemented by Turkish Airlines by placing the financing in Japanese Yen rather than placing the predominant currency in aircraft finance which is American ......read more

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

Launched on Sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations  Lab to Enable ADNEC Employees to Lead Development of Cutting-edge Solutions to Meet Dynamic Customer Requirements and Enhance Abu Dhabi’s Competitive Edge Abu Dhabi-UAE: March 8, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, officially inaugurated the Innovation Lab at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as part of its sustained efforts to instill a workplace culture based on creativity and innovation. The lab was launched on the sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations currently underway at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event was attended by His Excellency Ahmad Belhoul, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Her ......read more

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

ITB Berlin to attract more than 180,000 visitors and 10,000 exhibitors Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 7, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is spearheading a large delegation of more than 50 of the emirate’s leading hotels, tour operators, attractions and destination management companies to Germany to highlight the best of the emirate at one of the world’s largest travel and trade exhibitions to help build on last year’s record number of guest hotel guests. ITB Berlin, held from 8th to 12th March, is one of the world’s largest and most important travel exhibitions, and one that TCA Abu Dhabi has been participating in for more than a decade. This year, a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries will exhibit their products and services to around 180,000 ......read more

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 tourism industry operators in the UAE. Cozmo Travel also has tied-up with Taiwan Tourism Board to launch a new destination within UAE this year.  This was announced at a Press conference organised in Dubai by senior officials from Cozmo Travel and Taiwan Tourism Board. www.travtrolley.com is a new online booking system, which offers single login and account to manage the complete tour package including airlines, hotels and car rentals ......read more

Through participation at the first Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations MBRSC highlights 18 educational initiatives on Space Science, Research and Technology

MBRSC participation includes holding 4 educational workshops on Mars and space 7th March 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated at the first Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Centre highlighted 18 educational initiatives it has launched on space science, research and technology. It also held four workshops for raising awareness on Mars and space in general in the interactive exhibition, The Hub. Director General of MBRSC, His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, said: ‘The Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations is a ......read more

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

Mohammed Ahli: Dubai on the forefront in adopting innovative technology to enhance security Angela Gittens: Middle East has unique opportunity to lead change and innovation in security Airport Security market size set to exceed USD 12.8 billion by 2023 Airport Show 2017 to feature dedicated airport security zone Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2017:  Airports across the Middle East, one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world, are driving investment to the tune of millions of dollars toward airport technology with a view to enhancing security and ensuring a seamless passenger experience.  The region, led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expected to record over 4.8 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers over the next 20 years compared to a global average of 3.7 per cent, according to International Air ......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, president of KARI. Commenting on the signing of the MoU, H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, stressed the importance of the close relationship between MBRSC and KARI. He also referred to the knowledge transfer programme with MBRSC’s strategic partner Satrec Initiative, which started back in 2006 with the launch of the first ever UAE satellite project DubaiSat-1.  “This MoU provides a concrete basis for the ......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 Director General and CEO. In the US, the aviation sector contributes $680.1 billion dollars to GDP and supports 6.2 million jobs. “Aviation is the business of freedom and we must continue to work together to make it so,” said de Juniac. Looking to the agenda for the Trump Administration, de Juniac called for a reduction in the tax burden on aviation and air travelers, and a new approach to the provision of air traffic ......read more

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Jet Aviation Dubai joins ACJ service centre network…

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Etihad Airways Wins ‘World's Leading Airline' Award for Eighth Consecutive Year…

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European Aviation Network is airborne - providing true in-flight broadband experience…

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Dubai, UAE, 17 November 2016:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), showcased the emirate’s finest family attractions, experiences and hotels last week at World Travel Market (WTM). During the exhibition, from 7 – 10 November 2016, at London’s Excel Centre the Dubai Tourism delegation, along with over 50 industry partners, used it ......read more

Dubai committed to development of airports and growth of global aviation sector: Sheikh Ahmed…

Dubai, UAE, November 16, 2016:  Dubai remains firmly committed to the development of the Al Maktoum International Airport and to the growth of the global aviation sector, said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Fiscal Committee, and Chief Executive and Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group. He was responding to Dubai sponsoring the $3 ......read more

Etihad Cargo Expands Freighter Services in Europe…

Dubai, UAE, November 16, 2016:  Etihad Cargo, the freight division of Etihad Airways, has announced three new freighter services from Europe.  Last month Etihad Cargo started operating Boeing 777 freighters from East Midlands and Stansted airports in the UK and from Copenhagen in Denmark.  David Kerr, Senior Vice President of Etihad Cargo, said: “We have responded to ......read more

Halal Tourism worth US$238 billion by 2019…

ATM to host first global halal summit - experts from the Muslim travel world to highlight growth opportunities and positive economic impact  Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2016:  Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) showcase in Dubai, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April 2017, has announced that it will host the ......read more

IHG and Al-Futtaim sign management deal for UAE's largest Holiday Inn® hotel at Dubai Festival City…

InterContinental Dubai Festival City launches new 5, 000 sq. metre arena adding further to the portfolio.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 November  2016:  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and Al-Futtaim, one of the region’s most progressive business houses headquartered in Dubai, have signed an agreement for the ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) unveils new plans to its Sustainable Autonomous House ...…

MBRSC is ready to provide support and guidance to government and private entities involved in the real estate sector to invest in these houses Sustainable Autonomous House is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany as the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate Yousuf Al Shaibani, MBRSC Director General: "MBRSC has introduced an integrated model of an ......read more

Etihad Airways Welcomes World-Class Chefs to ‘Taste the World' in Abu Dhabi…

Dubai, UAE, November 10, 2016:  Etihad Airways, the global airline partner of 15 Taste Festivals across the world, has brought 10 world-class chefs to ‘Taste of Abu Dhabi’ to compete in the final ‘Taste the World’ competition, taking place, this weekend between 10 to 12 November 2016.   The 10 renowned chefs taking part in the event will compete to reveal who ......read more

Emirati Innovation awarded at the 5th cycle of UAE Ideas Conference…

Ten Emirati entities recognized for their innovation Dubai, 09 November 2016, UAE:  Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group and Honorary Patron of Dubai Quality Group, the 5th Cycle of UAE Ideas Conference was held on 7th November ......read more

Royal Jet Sets New Benchmark with Latest Boeing Business Jet Delivery…

‘Change is in the air’ at Royal Jet, with its revamped leadership team ushering in a new era for the award winning luxury flight services company Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 November 2016:  Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered, award-winning international luxury flight service provider, has taken delivery of a striking new 34 seat Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) in the latest phase of its ......read more

CAPA unveils partnership for 2017 Global Airport Leaders Forum in Dubai…

Dubai, UAE, November 8, 2016:  CAPA - Centre for Aviation has announced an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to be the event partner for next year’s Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF), taking place in Dubai during 16-17 May 2017. The event will occur on the sidelines of the 17th Dubai Airport Show. It will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al ......read more

Elaf Group concluded tours to key countries in a move to promote Saudi tourism…

November 7, 2016- The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, recently concluded its strategic series of marketing tours in key countries across the continents to promote the rich culture and most popular tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. The marketing tour had designated stop overs in Istanbul, Turkey, Cairo, Egypt. Casablanca, ......read more

Strong Passenger Demand Resumes in September…

Dubai, UAE, November 6, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) grew 7% compared to the same month in 2015. This was the strongest year-over-year increase in seven months. Capacity climbed 6.6% and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage points to ......read more

Air Seychelles Announces Major Expansion in Europe and Indian Ocean in 2017…

Non-stop twice-weekly flights from Seychelles to Düsseldorf Non-stop twice-weekly flights from Seychelles to Durban Paris service frequency increase from three to four flights per week Additional regional capacity to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai Second wide-body Airbus A330 to enter fleet Dubai, UAE, November 5, 2016:  Air Seychelles, the national airline of the ......read more

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority to Promote New Destination Campaign at World Travel Market ...…

UK is the Largest European Source Market for Hotel Guests in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, UAE, 5 November 2016:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is spearheading a delegation to World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK from 7th to 9th November   to promote the emirate as a destination of distinction in conjunction with a new global destination campaign which was ......read more

Discover Shah Rukh Khan's Dubai…

Dubai Tourism partners with the Bollywood superstar to highlight the best of Dubai Dubai, UAE, 3 November, 2016:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) today announced an exciting new collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The project, comprising a series of short films, will see the actor unravel the secrets of Dubai, offering his fans ......read more

UNIKAI Signs AED14.4 Million Exclusive Partnership Agreement with Etihad Airways as Carrier's ...…

Dubai, UAE, 02 November, 2016:  UNIKAI Foods PJSC, one of the largest dairy food companies in the Arabian Peninsula, has entered into an exclusive three-year partnership with Etihad Airways. Valued at AED14.4 million, the agreement makes UNIKAI the sole supplier of long-life juices across the airline’s premier guest lounges and all flight classes. Speaking on the synergy, ......read more

Abu Dhabi – Your Extraordinary Story…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 1, 2016:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has launched a destination campaign that reflects the emirate’s leading position as a global destination of distinction by presenting the memorable human experiences on offer in Abu Dhabi. The video attached to the campaign guides viewers through a diverse range of tourism attractions across ......read more

Airlines look for new ways to solve a $60 billion problem…

New report from T2RL and Amadeus says flight disruption costs the travel industry some 8% of its global revenues every single year  With the number of annual air passengers set to increase to 7.3bn by 2034, flight disruption is bound to become an increasingly expensive operational problem for airlines, airports and hotels to solve Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 1 November 2016: ......read more

DUKES Dubai prepares to deliver ‘Great' British service with a touch of Cool Britannia…

Luxury resort and hotel apartments to add quintessentially British flavour to Dubai – best of British service is the foundation of DUKES’ brand proposition Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2016:  The first international property for the DUKES Collection, whose flagship hotel DUKES London is a popular destination for GCC travellers, will add a quintessentially British flavour to ......read more

Dubai Customs streamlines trade and tourism at the Creek…

Dubai, UAE, October 31, 2016:  The Dubai Creek, situated in the centre of Dubai and flowing between Bur Dubai and Deira, is where trade with the outside world began for the emirate more than a century ago. Dubai Creek has always boasted both historical and economic significance. As a commercial hub and a tourist attraction, the creek has remained the very "heart" of the ......read more

British Airways' Direct Flights Cut Flying Time Between Muscat and London by More Than Two Hours…

Dubai, UAE, 31 October 2016:  British Airways has launched a direct flight between Muscat and London, further adding convenience to customers travelling between the two regions. The UK carrier, which first began flying to Oman in 1972, inaugurated the new service with a water cannon salute as it landed at Muscat International Airport earlier this morning.  Customers, who ......read more

DAE announces sale and leaseback of three Airbus A350-900 aircraft with Vietnam Airlines…

Dubai, UAE, October 31, 2016:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. today announced it has delivered its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Vietnam Airlines under a sale and leaseback agreement covering three Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The remaining two aircraft are scheduled to deliver in the next three months.  Mr. Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive of DAE said, “We are delighted ......read more

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