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

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

PHILIPPINES to Host 6th UNWTO Conference

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

Etihad Airways Announced as Official Airline Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

25 May 2017 Thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters to fly with Etihad from around the globe Airline set to deliver world-class hospitality and ground programme for Summer Games Partnership promotes core values of tolerance, diversity and youth engagement Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games, an event that will bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March of that year.   Special Olympic athletes from the UAE and Etihad Airways Emirati cadet pilots attended a special signing event today, Thursday 25 May, at the headquarters of ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), another 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games sponsor.   The announcement was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by His ......read more

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

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

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

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

SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry

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

Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards

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

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

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

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

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

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

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

Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule

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

Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abu Dhabi Airports Promotes Heat Safety in Working Environment

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

Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

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

Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GI Aviation is open for business…

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

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

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What is common between Bahrain and Dubai?…

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Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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81 Nationalities Now Exempted from Long Visa Processes to Azerbaijan…

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

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

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Etihad Airways Introduces Third Daily Flight to Riyadh…

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

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

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Saudi Arabia witnesses boost in tourism during 2016…

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DAE Announces addition to leadership team…

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Al Qasba Makes a Dazzling Entry into 2017…

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GDRFA Dubai committed to enhancing passenger experience…

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

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First Commercial Flammability Test Lab Launched in the Middle East…

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

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

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

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

RAK Airport takes off in 2016 - numerous milestones passed…

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

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

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

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils fresh new logo…

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

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

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

Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach officially opened in Abu Dhabi…

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

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

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

IFS Acquires MXI Technologies ltd…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Air Freight Demand Up 8.2%…

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

Sky Prime enhances guest's experience with innovative connectivity…

Saudi Arabian VVIP largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s and Amac Aerospace for fleet  Cabin Connectivity services  Largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Go Direct Cabin Connectivity services for its New A319 and A330 Sky Prime selects AMAC Aerospace to install KA, KU Satellite ......read more

Hotelier Summit UAE & KSA kicks off today (6th December) with a focus on the sustainable design and ...…

Anticipating rise in tourists’ inflow to the region and supporting the needs of the ongoing and upcoming projects: Dubai, UAE, 7 December 2016:  For its 9th edition, the Hotelier Summit – UAE & KSA kicked off today (Tuesday, 6th December, 2016) at Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. Reuniting 235 key decision makers and experts from the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with ......read more

Jet Aviation Dubai joins ACJ service centre network…

Widens support services choice for ACJ operators Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2016:  Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Dubai are to join the ACJ Service Centre network, adding to the choice of Airbus-approved facilities around the world for ACJ customers and operators. Its Basle facilities became part of the ACJ Service Centre Network earlier this ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Board Approves Joint Venture to Create Major European Leisure Airline Group…

Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2016:  The Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) Board has approved plans to create a new European leisure airline group in a joint venture with TUI AG, with a fleet of around 60 aircraft, offering 15 million seats capacity per year, focused on point-to-point flying to connect key European tourist markets. The transaction is subject to approvals by aviation regulatory bodies ......read more

Holiday Inn® Survey Shows There's Too Much Work and Not Enough Play on our Holiday…

New findings highlight impact of working during family breaks and why travellers should be doing more of what they love 46% of Middle East respondents have cancelled or postponed a break for work 20% of Middle East respondents can’t remember a holiday that was uninterrupted by work Less than 6% of Middle East respondents have taken a holiday uninterrupted by work Dubai, ......read more

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