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Abu Dhabi Summer Season Stakeholders Set for Emirate-Wide Programme of Entertainment

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 July 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the organiser of this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season running from July 20 to August 20, held a networking meeting with partners and stakeholders at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island to help drive the success of the event. Representatives from the Authority met with companies from the public and private sectors to see how all could work together during the month-long programme of entertainment across the emirate. This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season is being held at venues and malls across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra Region and includes ten live shows, hundreds of retail discounts at 12 participating malls, restaurant deals and the chance to win one of five luxury BMW cars.

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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Reports Double-Digit Year-on-Year Visitor Growth in H1

Robust January-June growth in domestic and international visitors, hotel guest nights and length of stay keeps Emirate on track to welcome 900,000 visitors in 2017 ‘Best-ever’ summer predicted as hotels report 27 per cent year-on-year increase in June guest arrivals Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 13th July, 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has revealed Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s hotels reported a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year.   In addition to double-digit year-on-year growth in guest arrivals during H1, average hotel occupancy jumped to ......read more

Abu Dhabi Tops Leading UK Travel Firm's “Most Wanted” List for 2017

13 July 2017   Gold Medal, a leading UK travel company, has heralded Abu Dhabi as one of its most popular destinations for this summer following a surge in demand from British holidaymakers visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As a travel consolidator, offering a variety of online travel services and products including airfares, hotel reservations and car rental to travel agents, Gold Medal , has reported a remarkable 294 per cent rise on the previous year in forward 2017 summer holiday bookings from the UK to the UAE capital. Etihad Airways operates five weekly flights from Edinburgh, and flies twice daily from Manchester and three daily Airbus A380 flights from London Heathrow, to Abu Dhabi. James Harrison, Etihad Airways General Manager UK, said: “We are very pleased that Abu Dhabi is proving so ......read more

Dubai expects to welcome record high passenger numbers at airports this summer

  Sheikh Ahmed:  Smart technology enabling passengers to speed through passport control within seconds Angela Gittens: Financial health of airport industry intact Khalid Al Arif: Middle East needs system similar to Eurocontrol for air traffic management Dubai, July 12, 2017:  Dubai is set to witness a record high passenger numbers at airports this summer. Last year, passenger traffic in July was 14 per cent higher compared to previous year and Dubai Airports welcomed over 22.4 million people from July to September.  “This year, we expect passenger numbers to surpass last year numbers,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports, in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the official monthly ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to start offering jet fuel from its facility at Dubai South

Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is expanding its services to its private and business jet clients to include the sale of Jet A-1 fuel from its facility at Dubai South. Attached is the press release and an image of a business jet being refuelled at the DCAF facility.

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Air Arabia First International Flight to Commence Operations at Sohar Airport

10 July 2017 Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Sohar yesterday, making it the first international flight to commence operations at the Sohar Airport. The Air Arabia flight will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 08:00 hours, and arriving at Sohar International Airport (OHS) at 08:40 local time. The return flight departs from Sohar at 09:20, landing in Sharjah at 10:00 local time. The new route complements Air Arabia’s existing operations in Muscat and Salalah, boosts travel and trade opportunities between the two Gulf countries, and provides hassle-free travel options to the residents of Sohar. 

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Passenger Demand Moderates from Recent Peak but Stays Strong

9 July 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth rates. Capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.1%, which was a record high for the month. All regions, excluding the Middle East and North America, posted record-high May load factors.    After adjusting for inflation, airfares at the start of the second quarter were around 6% lower than a year ago. IATA estimates that this contributed to around two-fifths of the annual growth in passenger traffic seen in May. However, ......read more

Global Air Freight Demand Increases 13% in May

Dubai, UAE, July 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and is more than three times higher than the five year average growth rate of 3.8%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.2% year-on-year in May 2017.  The continued growth of air freight demand is consistent with an improvement in world trade. This, in turn, corresponds with new global export orders remaining close to a six-year high in May. There are, however, some signs that the cyclical growth period may have peaked. The global inventory-to-sales ratio, for ......read more

British Airways Announces Partnership with the White Company

British Airways today announced its plans to give customers a great night’s sleep in the sky through a partnership with the luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company.  The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s £400m customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and New York JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a fantastic lumbar support when working or relaxing on board.  Exclusively for British Airways, The White Company have also designed a bespoke, luxuriously soft large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and to help them sleep well in the ......read more

Air Arabia touches down in Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon joins Istanbul as Air Arabia’s latest Turkish destination Five weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Trabzon  Sharjah, UAE; 5 July 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Trabzon as its latest Turkish destination.    The new seasonal and direct service provides passengers the chance to discover Turkey’s historic port city, in addition to its already existing services to Istanbul.   The flight operates five times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the flight departs Sharjah International Airport at 21:45, and arrives at Trabzon International Airport at 00:20 local time the next day. The return service will depart ......read more

flydubai to roll out new uniform

Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai is excited to announce today the roll out of a new uniform as it enters its ninth year of operation. The new design will be worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff across the flydubai network; including Pilots, Cabin Crew, Training, Engineering and Maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. This is the carrier’s first uniform redesign since its first flight took to the sky on 01 June 2009. The roll out of this new look is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will join the flydubai fleet later this year. For an exclusive look at the new uniform before it’s rolled out, check out the video below. Commenting on the launch of the new uniform, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief ......read more

Hamburg – A Perfect Family Destination

Rising GCC tourist numbers to Hamburg reaffirm city’s popularity Dubai, 4 July 2017 – Recent tourist numbers and overnight hotel stay figures in the port city of Hamburg have reaffirmed the city’s popularity among travellers from the GCC region, according to the Hamburg Tourism Board. The latest source market report has also revealed that Arab Gulf states are one of the most dynamic markets for Hamburg.  The inflow of GCC tourists into Hamburg is expected to rise further as new attractions and landmarks have been added to the city, including Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a modern music concert hall located within the HafenCity Hamburg quarter.  The new and iconic landmark is considered a unique architectural masterpiece comprising three concert halls, a hotel, residential apartments and the publicly ......read more

Technology Boosts Passenger Satisfaction at Bag Collection and Borders

2017 Passenger IT Trends Survey shows tech is making a difference at every step of the journey  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 July, 2017– Passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints. This is according to the 2017 SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, a global survey released today by IT provider SITA and co-sponsored by Air Transport World. The survey shows that passengers rate their journey very highly with an overall satisfaction rate of 8.2 of out 10 but this is boosted even further when technologies such as mobile services and biometrics are used. Ilya Gutlin, President, Air Travel Solutions, SITA, said: “Passengers are increasingly comfortable with the use of technology in their everyday ......read more

DAE announces resignation of Joramco Chief Executive Officer

Dubai, U.A.E., 3 July 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that Mr. Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer of Joramco has submitted his resignation to pursue his interests outside the industry. His permanent replacement will be announced in due course. Mr. Amjad Korshlow, Chief Financial Officer of Joramco will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer till a permanent replacement is named. Joramco Chairman and DAE Managing Director Khalifa H. AlDaboos said: “Mr Fattaleh played a key role in stabilizing Joramco’s performance during his tenure at the company. We wish him well in his future endeavors. In the meantime, Joramco is well served by a deep management team that is fully committed to providing world-class products and services to our clients. We look forward to the next chapter of ......read more

Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services into Beijing

2 July 2017 Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Beijing-Abu Dhabi route Seamless one-stop connections over Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 business and leisure destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America.   An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time yesterday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am today.   To celebrate the milestone event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture ......read more

Vet warns of travel restrictions over the summer months

Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  With the end of the school year upon us, many families will be planning to leave Dubai’s hot summer until the cooler start of the school year in September. Dr Sara Elliott, at British Veterinary Hospital in Dubai, explains the restrictions pet owners will face with the increase in travel plans for pets. She said: “With the inevitable mass exodus over the summer we always have a huge increase of enquiries about pet travel arrangements. While it’s wonderful for your pets to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with mum, dad and the kids, there are some key elements pet owners need to be aware of from both a health and safety perspective for their pet as well as a legal one. Ideally pet owners will have planned in advance and pets will have been sent ahead in April or May, especially ......read more

Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines Announce Codeshare Partnership

22 June 2017   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, have announced a new codeshare partnership, which comes into effect on 22 June 2017. This increases the number of codeshare agreements operated by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 53.  Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its 'CZ' code on Etihad Airways’ daily services between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG)/Chengdu (CTU) and Abu Dhabi.  The codeshare partnership will give China Southern guests the opportunity to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and connect onto Etihad’s network of over 100 destinations worldwide.   Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “The codeshare ......read more

Etihad Airways Introduces New Changes to Ground and Inflight Services

22 June 2017 New ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ paid option in Economy Class Premium Lounge access now a paid option for Economy Class  Business Class paid upgrade for First Class Lounge and Spa access Chauffeur services for Business and First Class to become a paid option at all international destinations Economy Class guests now able to pay for Etihad Chauffeur services Continued complimentary chauffeur services in Abu Dhabi for all eligible Business and First Class guests Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback.  The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu ......read more

Munich Airport Launches New Service for Arabic-Speaking Guests

Personal Arabic shopping assistant in the summer months From July 24 up to and including September 10, 2017, Munich Airport will offer Arabic-speaking personal shopping assistants on request in Terminal 2. They will be available to bridge any cultural or language gaps between passengers and the personnel serving them in airport shops. The native Arabic speakers can also guide travelers through the Terminal 2 shopping world and provide detailed information on offers and products. The service will be free of charge for passengers, and is intended to provide them with a pleasant shopping experience. The shopping assistants can also help in case of questions on sales tax refunds or customs formalities. They will be easy to spot by their uniform with the embroidered text "Arabic Shopping Assistant". All shops in Terminal 2 ......read more

Media Advisory Peak Summer Season Travel

21 June 2017  The peak summer travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday. The combination of the Eid public holiday, school break and the summer season means that 22 June to 24 August will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 3.3 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over the next two months. To make sure that our guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, we have a number of travel tips and reminders to save time. With the Etihad Airways mobile app, guests can check in 49 hours before departure and download an electronic boarding pass. The app is free to download on iOS and Android, and has a host of features including preferred seat selection and a live flight tracker. Online ......read more

Skytrax Hat-Trick for Etihad Airways First Class

21 June 2017 Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards  Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on the votes and findings of a ten month survey of over 19 million air travellers from 105 countries. The survey covers over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 KPIs ......read more

Etihad Airways Aircraft Operations Rated as One of the Cleanest and Quietest by Heathrow Airport

Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways has been given a top rating by London’s Heathrow Airport for its emissions and night-time noise performance during the first three months of 2017. The “Fly Quiet and Clean” League Table, the first of its kind to be produced by the airport, placed the UAE’s national airline among the top carriers for operating the cleanest and quietest fleets. The top rating recognition is the result of a programme of disciplined flying by Etihad Airways’ Operations which strictly manages airport approaches and departures, as well as adhering to air traffic control instructions and procedures. Rick Allen, Senior Vice President Operations at Etihad Airways, said: “In addition to safety, our pilots are trained to focus on efficient flying, especially into busy ......read more

Corporate, Government and Defence Strategies to be Marked Out at Global Aerospace Summit 2018

-         Aerospace leaders to return to UAE capital to tackle industry challenges   -         Future of aerospace to be assessed at time of international unpredictability 19 June 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 1,000 of the world’s aerospace, space and defence industry leaders will define the future of their sectors when they return to Abu Dhabi for the fourth edition of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  Corporate, government and military strategies will be marked out at the Summit, which will address some of the key challenges facing the aerospace industry and discuss future trends at a time of international uncertainty.  A range of important issues will be assessed, such as the future of aircraft and new technologies that will revolutionise manufacturing, as ......read more

Thanani sponsors Zayed Humanitarian Day Initiative launched by Ajman Tourism

Ajman – UAE, June 20, 2017:  Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event. The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department and is in line with the ATDD’s initial CSR plans and programs. Through this the department aims to fulfil its responsibility towards the community, contributing to integrate ......read more

Dubai Airshow New Features Set To Soar

Exhibitor Commitments and Interest High Dubai, UAE. 19 June 2017:  The new features taking place at the Dubai Airshow 2017 including new sector specific pavilions, Space Pavilion, UAV Summit, Cargo Zone and the return of Airport Solutions, are set to bring focus to new market sectors when the show opens in November. The Space Pavilion and conference in particular is shaping up to be a key feature of the event, produced in partnership with the UAE Space Agency. Space exploration is a national priority for the UAE and this new feature has been developed to support the government’s strategic objectives of building the region’s space sector. Exhibitors from around the globe are keen to be part of this growing market with Spanish Aistech and Russian Reshtenev among those already committed to exhibiting.  With ......read more

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Finnair becomes first airline in the world to launch Alipay onboard…

Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  As the first airline in the world, Finnair plans to introduce onboard the world´s largest online payment platform Alipay. Finnair will trial the application on its route between Helsinki and Shanghai as of January 27. Finnair is partnering with Finland´s leading e-payment platform ePassi to offer Alipay as an official payment method onboard ......read more

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launches the first Project Space forum…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space ......read more

Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast…

UK to see highest level of overseas consumer spending since 2012 Olympics, with Middle East travellers expected to lead the way; Arabian Travel Market to showcase Great British destinations Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a sister event of World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and ......read more

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…

Pilot project will harness joint capabilities to deploy 3D printing technology in aviation, enabling faster on-demand production of complex aircraft parts Partnership will advance industrial 3D printing capabilities in Middle East Siemens, Strata and Etihad to participate in world’s first Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, Abu Dhabi, March 2017 Dubai, UAE, ......read more

What is common between Bahrain and Dubai?…

Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2017 There's something about Dubai...but we're not quite sure what. Whether you are a local, expat, or simply a tourist passing through, you've probably noticed the unrelenting charm of the emirate. In the last few decades, Dubai has undergone a metamorphosis and emerged as the beautiful butterfly we now know and love. In 2015, Dubai welcomed 14.2 million ......read more

Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai…

The UAE is the 11th country globally where VFS Global has rolled out visa processing operations for Russia Dubai, UAE, January 22, 2017:  In a move to enhance visa application services to travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Russia, VFS Global, in partnership with the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, launched the first Russia Visa Application Centre in the Middle ......read more

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 ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  Finnair has today announced that it will start flying non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. The ski and holiday resorts in Kittilä and Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travelers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2017:  The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization’s Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner ......read more

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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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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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim awarded Middle East Ground Handler of the Year by UAS…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 22, 2016:  Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has been awarded by UAS International Trip Support as the best Ground Handler in 2016 for the Middle East region.  Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President of UAS, Mohammed Husary presented the award to Susan Bujtas, Operations Manager at DCAF.  Commenting on the award, Holger ......read more

Etihad Airways and Tanzania's Precision Air Unveil Codeshare Agreement…

Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2016:  In a move that extends its reach across East Africa, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with Precision Air, Tanzania’s leading domestic airline.  Under the new codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Precision Air flights between ......read more

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

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