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Airbus Inaugurates Its A330 Completion & Delivery Centre in China

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

Transforming Aviation Through Disruptive Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Commences the Project

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

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

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

UAE Space Agency to Participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emirates to launch fourth daily service to Sydney, Australia

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

British Airways' Top Five Autumn Getaways

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

Double Digit Growth for Global Air Freight Demand in July

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

UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

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

Experience a grand European festive season with Beau-Rivage Geneva

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

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

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

Time for obtaining evisas to Azerbaijan reduced to three hours

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

Etihad Airways Introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Amsterdam Service

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

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

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

IATA STATEMENT: Incorrect Media Reports

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

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Etihad Airways Sign Codeshare Agreement

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

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

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

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Arabian Travel Market 2017 opens…

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SriLankan Airlines' Announces Growth Plans at ATM 2017…

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

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Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe…

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SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence…

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Turkish Culture and Tourism Office Committed to UAE-Turkish Cooperation…

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

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

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

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

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Turkish Airlines offers free Wi-Fi in U.S. flights…

Free inflight Wi-Fi to U.S. bound passengers from Istanbul who hand in their tablets or laptops at the boarding gate  Dubai, UAE; 9 April 2017: Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline for six consecutive years according to recent Skytrax results, presents adjustments in order to further ensure a pleasant travel to the United States. Turkish Airlines now extends Business Class free ......read more

Sanad Academy, DCAA and MOD, Host First Ever Drones' Awareness Campaign…

More than 470 RPAS operators registered by Sanad Academy DCAA registers more than 800 RPAS operators  Including Hobbyists, Commercial, Professionals and Government operators.    DUBAI, April 9, 2017: Sanad Academy, UAE’s first RPAS training academy, along with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and representation from Ministry of Defense, hosted the first ever ......read more

Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor in February…

9 April 2017 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a second month of strong demand growth to begin 2017.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted because ......read more

MBRSC holds workshop at Future Cities Show 2017, entitled "New Engineering and Smart ...…

Abdullah Ahli: The Sustainable Autonomous House introduces a new concept for sustainable houses for future cities MBRSC’s 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 April 05, 2017. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Sustainable Energy Program Section team at Mohammed bin Rashid ......read more

Industry leaders to advise on new drone air safety measures…

-    World Aviation Safety Summit in Dubai to address challenges drones present to aviation safety  3 April 2017 – Dubai, UAE: As drones continue to increase in number and popularity around the world, the aviation industry is working to address the challenges they bring and ensure safety is maintained. This will be one of a number of topics that will be under ......read more

UAE airports forecast 6.3% passenger growth in 2017 despite headwinds…

Middle East carriers reported the strongest annual traffic growth of any region globally for the fifth year running in 2016 Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General His Excellency Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser to head aviation seminar programme at Arabian Travel Market US ban on electronic devices could affect over 15,000 passengers daily Despite sluggish global economic growth, ......read more

Etihad Airways and Boeing Check on Biofuel Progress at Masdar…

Dubai - UAE, 02 April 2017: Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar City to check on the project’s progress this week. The facility is a world first, demonstrating the use of ......read more

UAE Visa for Indians with US Visa, Green Card is a Great News…

Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017:  The UAE decision of granting Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival is a welcoming step as this will boost the tourism and trade between the two countries, informed Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group, Regional Director, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) for the Middle East ......read more

30,000 Aircraft Needed in the Next 20 Years, say Experts at Global Manufacturing and ...…

No downturn in sight for the aerospace industry amidst increasing demand Biofuels are being explored, but are not commercially feasible in a time of low oil prices Automation can help aircraft manufacturers to cut corners in order to keep pace with demand Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 30 2017:  As a major contributor to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – international air ......read more

Cathay Pacific achieves top travel accolade in the Middle East…

The Hong Kong-based carrier has been named the best Long Haul Airline of the Year at the prestigious GCC Food and Travel Awards 2017 Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  Cathay Pacific, which celebrates 40 years of flying to Dubai this year, has gained one of the region’s most prestigious accolades after being named the Long Haul Airline of the Year during the GCC Food and Travel Awards ......read more

Urgent Call for Alternatives to Large Electronic Restrictions…

Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa.  The Case for Alternative Measures “The current measures ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Expands Saudi Arabian Presence With New Riyadh Office…

The region’s fastest growing tourism destination registered 71 per cent growth in Saudi visitor numbers year-to-date  Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 29 March 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ......read more

Dubai Tourism announces new Sustainability Awards…

Awards will recognise Dubai’s most eco-friendly hotels and reflects the city’s goal to become one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations Dubai, UAE – 28 March 2017:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) today announced the launch of Sustainability Awards that are part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) ......read more

Impact of US and UK electronics ban to be assessed at World Aviation Safety Summit…

26 March 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  The impact of the US and UK bans on electronics from Muslim-majority countries will be cross examined at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit, which will be held on 11 and 12 April in Dubai. Industry leaders will debate how these bans will impact the industry and what should be the best way to deal with such significant changes from both ......read more

Etihad Airways reassures passengers of service and inflight offering following directive on ...…

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 ......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 ......read more

Elaf to showcase expanding hotel brands at Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2017…

March 23, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, announced its participation to the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2017 which will be held from March 26 to 30, 2017 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC). The Kingdom’s leading travel and tourism provider looks to ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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