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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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MBRSC presents three technical studies at the 2016 SPIE Remote Sensing Conference in Scotland…

Dubai, UAE, October 26, 2016:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has attended the SPIE Remote Sensing Conference 2016, held this year in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, between the 26th and 29th September, presenting three technical studies to the international remote sensing community. The space centre has now participated in the ......read more

Turkish Airlines continues to "Widen Your World" with the addition of Zanzibar, Tanzania ...…

Turkish Airlines continues its network expansion Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 October 2016:  Already a globally recognized brand, Turkish Airlines continues to strengthens its presence in Africa and will have a presence of 50 destinations in 31 African countries, making it one of the leading carriers to the continent.  Zanzibar, the most prominent tourism destination of ......read more

IHG Introduces New Brands to AMEA Region to Drive Growth in Lifestyle Segment…

Trio of lifestyle brands set to grow development pipeline in key markets Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 October 2016: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, has today outlined plans to strengthen its position as a leading lifestyle hotel operator in its Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) region.  Capitalising on the ......read more

Preferred Hotels & Resorts signs first hotels in Saudi and Bahrain…

New additions to the brand’s LVX collection include three properties across Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; brings total Middle East portfolio to 22 hotels  Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2016:  Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, continues to expand its Middle East portfolio ......read more

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens hotel in Marrakech…

Five-star Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech features 503 rooms and Morocco’s largest congress centre – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is very proud to open this landmark hotel.  Dubai, UAE, 22 October 2016:  Morocco welcomes the arrival of a significant new hotel with the opening of Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, following a US$100 ......read more

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Airports…

Joint cooperation between the two organisations to promote heritage awareness amongst residents and visitors Dubai, UAE, 22th October 2016:  Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center has today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Airports, which is aimed at enhancing the center's efforts to raise awareness of UAE national heritage, particularly ......read more

IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years…

But increased trade protectionism has potential to damage growth prospects Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. The prediction is based on a 3.7% annual Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the latest update to ......read more

Trending experiential travel in focus at ATM 2017…

Special industry theme at Arabian Travel Market will turn its attention to what the Middle East offers tourists seeking adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruising Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2016:  Experiential travel encompassing the adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruise tourism segments, which are currently trending globally, will be adopted as the ......read more

What's the Buzz at RAK International Airport?…

Inaugural Egyptair Cargo flight delivers an unusual workforce – of 60 million! Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 17 October, 2016:  The inaugural Egyptair Cargo freighter touched down at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at 3:45pm yesterday with some delicate passengers from Cairo – about 60 million of them! They were honey bees destined for farms across the UAE. As well as being a ......read more

Threat from new and emerging competitors is top concern for transportation industry executives, ...…

Dubai, UAE, October 15, 2016:  The threat from new and emerging competitors is the number one risk on the minds of executives in the transportation industry in the Middle East and Africa region, according to a new report released today by Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. The comprehensive report, Willis Towers ......read more

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority to Showcase Latest Digital Services at GITEX…

This week’s annual technology show is an ideal platform for the Abu Dhabi eGovernment to show the latest electronic and smart government services to their clients. Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 15, 2016:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) – the Abu Dhabi government’s information ......read more

India Holds Out Huge Potential for Abu Dhabi's Tourism, Says TCA Director General…

Leading Indian Travel Agents Urged to Discover Emirate’s Diversity Dubai, UAE, October 15, 2016:  India’s leading travel agents have been urged to seize the potential of Abu Dhabi’s diverse tourism offering to further boost their already growing business relations with the Emirate. The call came at a welcome gala reception for up to 600 agents, all members of The ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority ramps up activities to attract greater number of Saudi ...…

RAKTDA and Emirates Airline organized joint travel trade roadshow in Jeddah and Riyadh Saudi visitors to Ras Al Khaimah during September increased 39 per cent, compared to September 2015 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 12th October 2016:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and plans, initiates and drives ......read more

Royal Jet Named Middle East's Leading Private Jet Charter for the Ninth Year Running…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 October 2016:  Royal Jet, the Middle East’s foremost private charter company, chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, has been awarded ‘Middle East’s Leading Private Jet Charter’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2016.  This is the ninth year running that Royal Jet has received the award, which is voted for by ......read more

ABTA Conference Hears How a Digital Revolution Will Shape the Airlines of the Future…

Dubai, UAE, October 12, 2016:  Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, Peter Baumgartner, addressed the annual Travel Convention summit in Abu Dhabi today and took the opportunity to underline to conference delegates how the airline will continue to be a leader in the development of the aviation sector, through its approach to innovation and technological advancement.   The Travel ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports signs Memorandum of Understanding for the development of Seychelles ...…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 12, 2016:  Abu Dhabi Airports Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport to discuss further how Abu Dhabi Airports will develop the country’s international airport on the island of Mahe.   Signed by H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, and H.E. Joel ......read more

Finnair and Qatar Airways start code share partnership, bringing new connections to passengers…

Dubai, UAE, October 11, 2016:  Finnair and Qatar Airways have entered into a code share agreement, enabling new smooth connections between the two airlines' networks, and bringing new travel opportunities to Finnair and Qatar Airways customers. As of October 11, Finnair's AY code will be added to Qatar Airways' flights between Helsinki and Doha, as well as to flights between ......read more

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Annual Performance Poetry and Quiz Competitions Return for ...…

Dubai, UAE, October 11, 2016:    The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s popular interactive competitions for school-children are back. The Readers’ Cup and Qasidah par Coeur competitions give students the chance to put their reading and performance poetry skills to the test. Last year 300 teams battled it out at the Readers’ Cup, while 190 students delighted ......read more

Adventurers at ub-cool Use Spartan Race to Raise Epilepsy Awareness…

Spurred by ub-cool co-founder Medina Ilyassova, an epilepsy survivor, the ub-cool team will take part in the Spartan Race in Muscat, Oman on October 21 to raise epilepsy awareness. Body Having been the victim of epileptic bouts for over 14 years, Medina Ilyassova knows the strength it takes to deal with and overcome epilepsy. Now, the ub-cool co-founder will lead her team in demonstrating ......read more

Munich Airport's InnovationPilot takes off on next mission: Crowdsourcing platform opens second ...…

Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2016:  Munich Airport's InnovationPilot crowdsourcing platform, launched in June 2006, welcomes passengers and visitors to offer input and suggestions on specific airport issue. At www.innovationpilot.de creative minds are invited to play an active role in the design and implementation of airport projects and events by contributing their requests and proposals. All ......read more

Mövenpick says yes to free honeymoon nights with upscale wedding bookings.…

Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2016:  As the wedding industry continues to grow in the Middle East, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced a new initiative to establish the hospitality company as a premium choice for both weddings and honeymoons.  For every USD 5,000 spent on a wedding at participating hotels in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim breaks ground on second hangar…

Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2016:  Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) broke ground today on a major expansion of its facility at Dubai South.  Scheduled for completion by Q3 of 2017, the new hangar will add 6,800 sqm of covered space to the existing DCAF business aviation terminal at Dubai South bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000 sqm and the apron area to 13,000 ......read more

JA Resorts & Hotels' recieves a trio of awards for two Dubai based properties at World Travel ...…

Dubai, UAE, October 4, 2016:  JA Resorts & Hotels’ brought home multiple wins at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2016. The event, which took place on 29th of September at The St. Regis Dubai, saw the hospitality group’s exceptional performance receive international appreciation, with two of its local properties, JA Oasis Beach Tower and JA Jebel Ali ......read more

WTCEME to highlight strong potential of Middle East's travel catering industry…

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'THE BEACH' is Back!…

Dubai, UAE, October 4, 2016:  As the mercury finally starts to dip, visitors to THE BEACH, Meraas’s urban lifestyle destination, are set to be entertained with more activities than ever before including: A Carnival  A Market Free yoga classes   ...read more

Heathrow in Bloom: Airport unveils map of the world, made entirely from fresh flowers…

Map showcases the most popular scents by country  Oriental fragrances featuring spices such as cinnamon and ginger are the most popular among Emiratis, according to Heathrow’s global fragrance report Over a third of UAE residents (35%) choose new fragrances after smelling samples or reading about them in magazines Over 2.6 million bottles of perfume are sold at Heathrow every ......read more

MBRSC launches The 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop with the participation of former astronaut ...…

MBRSC has announced the names of the winners of the Explore Mars Science Competition  Al Shaibani: “Investing in scientific research has substantial economic benefits for sustainable development” Sharaf: “Hope project has encouraged the UAE youth to develop an interest in sciences, technology and space” Dubai, UAE, October 3, 2016:   The Mohammed ......read more

DAE announces closing of Joramco acquisition…

Dubai, UAE, October 1, 2016:    Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that it had closed the acquisition of 80% of Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited from The Abraaj Group. The agreement to purchase was previously announced on 20 September 2016. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a globally recognized aerospace company headquartered in Dubai. More information ......read more

More than 300 attend UAE World Tourism Day Conference hosted by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development ...…

RAK Ruler keynote speech: Tourism is prioritised in Ras Al Khaimah and throughout the UAE as a pillar of development.  UNWTO Tourism for All theme: Tourism must be inclusive and barrier-free. RAKTDA commits to a plan for international accessible tourism standards across the emirate   Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, September 29, 2016:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority ......read more

Strategic New Leadership for Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 29, 2016:  Royal Jet, the Middle East’s foremost private charter company, has appointed a new leader to pilot the latest chapter in its pioneering history.  Effective immediately, Rob DiCastri has taken up the position as President and CEO of the company. Mr. DiCastri joins Royal Jet with more than 25 years of international leadership experience in ......read more

Middle East Airlines Signs New Five-Year Deal With Sita…

Agreement strengthens long-standing partnership with the roll-out of new, faster connectivity     Dubai, UAE, September 29, 2016:  Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) has signed a new five-year master agreement with global communications provider SITA to introduce new, faster connectivity across the airline’s network. The contract marks a continuation of the strong ......read more

MBRSC participates in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Mexico…

IAC will serve as a platform for MBRSC through which it can share the UAE’s strategy in space technology with the international space community Dubai, UAE, September 28, 2016:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is participating in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), one of the leading conferences and events on the international space sector calendar. IAC is being ......read more

2.3 Million Passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport in August…

August Traffic Summary: Traffic August        Year to date                           This ......read more

Etihad Airways Announces Deployment of Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Abu Dhabi – Riyadh Route…

Riyadh, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, September 27, 2016:  Etihad Airways is to deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on one of its twice-daily scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, with effect from 30 October 2016. The upgrade from a single aisle Airbus A321 aircraft will cater to strong demand to and from the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, offering guests more seats on a ......read more

Lockheed Martin to Deliver New Simulation-Based F-16 Training Environment to Royal Jordanian Air ...…

Family of training systems combines technologies for maximum training value Dubai, UAE, September 27, 2016:  Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will deliver a new simulation-based F-16 training environment for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) under a contract valued at nearly $40 million. The family of training systems includes a comprehensive suite of full mission trainers and combat ......read more

Rehlat Ranks Airlines' with Best In-Flight Food & Beverages…

Rehlat goes foodie way for this annual survey of airline’s with best in-flight food service for both domestic and international airlines. Our experts took opinion from our esteemed clients on what exactly is served on their flight and how much they actually like it. It was obvious but Emirates topped the list for best food and beverages. It was given huge thumps up for both domestic and ......read more

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature wins Best Family Friendly Day Out at Time Out Dubai Kids ...…

Dubai, UAE, September 27, 2016:  The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature picked up another accolade today, winning Best Family Friendly Day Out at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016. Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, accepted the Award.  ‘We could not be prouder of what ......read more

Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah opens its doors, bringing elegance with a modern twist to Red ...…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 September 2016 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today opened the doors to the Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah, a unique European-style property in one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities. The 228-room property, which marks the Swiss hospitality firm’s third hotel in Jeddah and 11th in the Kingdom, seamlessly blends a classical ......read more

Elaf Group to showcase Saudi Arabia's growing tourism sector across the world…

September 26, 2016 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will be showcasing Saudi Arabia’s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries in the month of October 2016. The Group will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight ......read more

Cebu Pacific takes delivery of first ATR 72-600 High Capacity aircraft…

Dubai, UAE, September 25, 2016:  The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), yesterday took delivery of the very first ATR 72-600 High Capacity aircraft at an event in Toulouse, France. The delivery is the first of a US$673-million order of 16 aircraft that was placed at the 2015 Paris Airshow, which also includes an option to acquire additional 10 more ......read more

48 Hours in London—The Ultimate Guide of Things to See and Do in the Home of the Red Phone Box and ...…

Dubai, UAE, September 22, 2016:   Have just 48 hours to get the  most out of London and the surrounding region? Don’t fear, we’re here to help. From the best tea shops and art-deco hotels London has to offer to the perfect spots for enjoying some of the best countryside scenery in the whole of England, our guide will ensure that you don’t miss out. Within easy ......read more

Speed, Innovation, Key for Aviation to Deliver Economic Benefits…

Dubai, UAE, September 22, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for speed and innovation to enable aviation to continue to deliver its vast social and economic benefits.  “Aviation is the business of freedom. We make global mobility ubiquitous. For 63 million people, aviation provides the freedom to earn their livelihood. For 3.8 billion travelers ......read more

FTTH MENA Council 8th Annual Conference to discuss the Fibre to the Home adoption in Kuwait and the ...…

Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2016:  The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council MENA is pleased to announce the launch of the 8th Edition of FTTH Council MENA Conference taking place from 7th to 9th November at The Regency hotel, Kuwait, under the patronage of HE Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait. Prysmian Group, ......read more

2017 to be a milestone edition for Airport Show…

3-day show to bring the world’s latest solutions for ‘smart airports’ to the Middle East  Airport Show 2017 from May 15-17, 2017, at DICEC Dubai, UAE, September 21, 2016:  Buoyed by its remarkable success over the last 16 years, the Airport Show has announced further expansion in its next edition, which will take place from May 15-17, 2017, at Dubai International ......read more

Etihad Airways Launches New Children's Activity Packs for Young Explorers…

Dubai, UAE, September 21, 2016:  With millions of families planning and looking forward to their next holiday or trip abroad, Etihad Airways has introduced a new range of ‘Etihad Explorers’ children’s activity packs and a Flying Nanny Kit, to keep its younger guests occupied while onboard. Etihad Explorers is the airline’s new children’s brand and will feature ......read more

Travoline Remarks Surge in Hotel Bookings earlier this year…

Travoline one of the fastest growing online hotel booking portal, observes a rise in the hotel bookings earlier this year for the forthcoming events and New Year 2017. Travoline observes a sudden spike in its website traffic by around 300% and increase in the hotel bookings, whilst the car rental reservations remains same as usual. Most of the customers have booked their hotels for the month ......read more

DAE to acquire 80% of Joramco…

Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2016:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited from The Abraaj Group.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Established in 1963, Joramco has a solid track record as a leading independent commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) ......read more

Region's Most Outstanding Getaways Honoured at 2016 Middle East Pool and Spa Awards…

Dubai, UAE 19th September 2016:  The team behind the Ahasees Spa and Club at Dubai’s Grand Hyatt hotel were last night celebrating after their secluded desert oasis was named the region’s finest Hotel Spa in one of the most hotly contested categories at the 4th annual Middle East Pool and Spa Awards. Judges lavished praise on the spa’s vast facilities, tireless staff and ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports Company signs up with AFC as official sponsor…

Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 19, 2016:   Abu Dhabi Airports Company has become the latest global brand to partner with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after agreeing an exciting new deal to support the AFC’s national teams and club competitions. The agreement was formally signed by H E Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the AFC President, and Abu Dhabi Airports Company ......read more

British Airways celebrates 30 years of helping nervous travellers take to the skies…

The airline’s Flying with Confidence course returns to Dubai in October Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2016:    British Airways is celebrating 30 years of assisting nervous travellers conquer their fear of taking to the skies since it launched its Flying with Confidence course in 1986. To date, the course, which returns to Dubai this October, has helped more than 50,000 people and ......read more

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