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Sheraa and Air Arabia collaborate to launch ‘Travel and Tourism' track

The region’s largest low-cost carrier will support Sheraa’s initiatives through mentorship and funding new businesses that cater to the industry Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2017:  Coming on the heels of its successful inaugural accelerator showcase day, Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates - is making swift progress to expand the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs. The latest addition comes in the form of a collaboration with Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), to launch the ‘Travel and Tourism’ track at Sheraa’s co-working space.  Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa: “We are proud to be associated with Air Arabia and launch ......read more

Sustainability and Inclusion Remains Key Driver for Ras Al Khaimah's Tourism Industry

RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar highlights commitment to continue emirate’s drive towards sustainable tourism during the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 25 April 2017: Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has reaffirmed the emirate’s commitment in promoting a sustainable tourism industry during this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organization and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum. Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the forum focused on tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Speaking among industry peers, Mattar, noted: “It is vital that we work hand-in-hand with our travel and ......read more

Arabian Travel Market 2017 opens

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tours ATM, the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event as it celebrates 24 years of industry milestones His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by dignitaries including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group; and His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The 24th edition of the show welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with 100 exhibiting for the first time – representing more than 150 countries, across 65 national pavilions. The show also ......read more

SriLankan Airlines' Announces Growth Plans at ATM 2017

Boost in services to Middle East & Asia Pacific  25 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing demand being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......read more

Unforgettable family memories are at the heart of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' new global programme

New programme offers baby essentials on-demand, healthy children’s menus, family-friendly services, locally-inspired activities and special room discounts     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched “Mövenpick Family” a new global programme designed to take all the stress - and sometimes distress - out of holidays, leaving parents to focus on what really matters — creating family memories that will last a lifetime. The new Family Programme available in all Mövenpick properties worldwide focuses on what is really important for parents — providing baby essentials on demand; ensuring there are fun healthy menus for children; offering family services such as kids’ TV channels or babysitters; providing opportunities to ......read more

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

•    Chinese outbound tourism market currently growing 6.7% year-on-year; India experiencing average growth of 7% •    Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up 15% in 2016 •    Oman has seen an increase of 60% in Indian visitors over the last five years •    Over half-a-million Chinese tourists visited Dubai in 2016 24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to feel the acute financial pressures of the challenging global economy.  The findings were published today (Monday, 24th April) by Colliers International at Arabian Travel Market, at Dubai World Trade Centre, during a seminar session entitled ......read more

Impressive Q1 2017 Tourism Results as Dubai Reports Stellar 11 Per Cent Year-on-Year Increase in International Overnight Visitors Over First Three Months

Dubai maintains the strong growth in visitation since the start of 2017 from key feeder markets across the world, with standout performance from China, Russia and India Dubai, UAE; 24 April 2017: Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year. Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts with unparalleled 64 per cent and 106 per cent increases over Q1 ......read more

RAKTDA Announces Plans to Enhance and Expand Jebel Jais Via Ferrata as Part of Experiential Tourism Push at ATM

RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND JEBEL JAIS VIA FERRATA AS PART OF EXPERIENTIAL TOURISM PUSH AT ATM  Due to popular demand for experiential tourism products in the Middle East, the UAE’s only commercial Via Ferrata’s inaugural season will extend until the end of May, re-opening in October with a renovated product and increased capacity Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 24 April 2017: Due to popular demand, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is investing in the expansion of the its highly-successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) adventure challenge in the Hajar Mountains, the only commercial product of its kind in the UAE. Since its launch in December 2016, strong demand for the experiential tourism product, which has seen 1,500 enthusiasts climb, ......read more

Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the value of data,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, de Juniac identified air accident investigations as a key area ......read more

SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the sub-continent and has also ......read more

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

Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas and a favourable ......read more

ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more

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

Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.   The 16m long mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and ......read more

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

Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017 Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017:   Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at the region’s biggest travel and tourism fair, which is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 24th and 27th April.   The emirate’s leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and attractions will ......read more

TDIC Sells 60% of Its Residential Units During the First Two Days of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold  after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).  TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, 29 contemporary villas on sale in the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club-facing Jawaher Saadiyat, as well as more than 30 units across the fully inclusive nature-based community of Saadiyat Lagoons.  The new sales achievements ......read more

Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors  Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions. Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East. For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall, to accommodate extra demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options. With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network. Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from today. Introductory round trip fares are available between Istanbul and Voronezh starting at 189 USD (including taxes and fees).  Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destination, there is a special offer for ......read more

Finnair Reassumes Control of Flight Meal Services to Improve Nordic Customer Experience

  13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is still subject to final approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. In the future, LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy’s name will be Finnair Kitchen Oy and it will become a part of Finnair’s Customer Experience unit. Mikko Tainio ......read more

Clear, Safe and Consistent Operating Environments are Needed to Improve Airfield Safety

  -    World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two 12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and instructions at airport runways to ensure airfield safety is kept to the highest standards.  Andrew added that Dubai International Airport is consistent in its runway environment. He also highlighted some specific reasons why other airports are ......read more

Sheikh Ahmed: Security and safety are a top priority for aviation

Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards DCAA to implement online system for employee requests Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety standards," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, has said in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the bilingual monthly publication of ......read more

DAE Reports Full Year 2016 Financial Results Revenue and Net Income from Continuing Operations at record levels

Dubai, U.A.E., 12 April 2017 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. reported financial results for full year 2016. Total Revenue: US$417.8 million (AED 1,534 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 22% from US$341.7 million (AED 1,255 million) for full year 2015. Net Income from Continuing Operations: US$124.9 million (AED 459 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 323% from US$29.5 million (AED 108 million) for full year 2015. Total Net Income: US$199.0 million (AED 731 million) for full year 2016, a decrease of 67% from US$610.4 million (AED 2,241 million) for full year 2015. (2015 results included a gain on the sale of StandardAero.) Results for 2015 included amounts reclassified from continuing operations to discontinued operations for the impact of the FALCON 2017-1 ABS transaction. DAE Managing ......read more

Aviation Safety Should not be Influenced by Commercial Agendas, says World Aviation Safety Summit Chairman

  12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) discussed today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector. Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and prominent aviation analyst Alan Peaford spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material. The US and UK electronics bans implemented last month mean that passengers on certain flights outbound from the Gulf region are required to stow electrical devices larger than a smartphone in checked-in luggage. This has raised concerns over the fire hazards posed by Lithium-Ion ......read more

Historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns to Gulftainer's GT USA Base in Port Canaveral

Twice-launched rocket successfully delivers communications satellite  Sharjah-UAE:  11 April, 2017 – Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the first stage of the relaunched Falcon 9 rocket at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, operated by the company’s US arm, GT USA, on 4 April 2017.  Marking the first time that SpaceX has launched and landed a reused booster, the event is being hailed as a breakthrough for the space industry, as it could reduce the cost of space travel in the long run.  The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on 30 March to deliver a commercial communications satellite into orbit and successfully landed on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship about eight minutes later. The booster is set to ......read more

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards

Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 -  Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region. The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged in Dubai recently, after thousands of diners declared it the Gulf’s best Indian dining experience. More than 1.1 million votes were cast to decide the winners of this year’s 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards, confirming that ......read more

Next Generation Air Traffic Management to be Examined by Aviation Safety Experts

-    World Aviation Safety Summit to analyse airspace designs and ATC security’s impact on safety  -    How to handle complex geopolitical environments to also be a key focus at the Summit 11 April 2017 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Improvements to air traffic management (ATM) and airspace design will be critical points of debate at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), to be held in Dubai this April. Next generation ATM technology will be analysed, as well as airspace design planning and how to minimise unstable runway approaches. This topic is of significant concern to GCC aviation leaders who have for a long time debated improving airspace collaboration across governments to reduce congestion and ultimately improve safety. It was recently announced ......read more

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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…

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

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

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Dubai receives 157 cruise ships during current cruise season 2016-2017…

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

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

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British Airways BOTler launches to serve airline's global ‘London for Less' campaign…

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Festive Listings – Armani Hotel Dubai…

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JA Ocean View Hotel opens Emirati Village to celebrate 45th UAE National Day…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong Passenger Demand Resumes in September…

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

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

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

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

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

Discover Shah Rukh Khan's Dubai…

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

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

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

Abu Dhabi – Your Extraordinary Story…

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

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

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

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

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

Dubai Customs streamlines trade and tourism at the Creek…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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