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The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Commences the Project

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

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

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

UAE Space Agency to Participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emirates to launch fourth daily service to Sydney, Australia

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

British Airways' Top Five Autumn Getaways

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

Double Digit Growth for Global Air Freight Demand in July

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

UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

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

Experience a grand European festive season with Beau-Rivage Geneva

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

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

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

Time for obtaining evisas to Azerbaijan reduced to three hours

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

Etihad Airways Introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Amsterdam Service

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

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

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

IATA STATEMENT: Incorrect Media Reports

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

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Etihad Airways Sign Codeshare Agreement

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

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

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

DAE Delivers New A320 to Startup Airline flyadeal

Saudia subsidiary receives the first of eight aircraft from Dubai lessor Dubai-U.A.E: 24 August 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has announced the delivery of an Airbus A320-200 aircraft to new customer, flyadeal. The delivery took place at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany, and represents the first aircraft in the flyadeal fleet. The Dubai-based lessor has agreed to lease eight Airbus A320 family aircraft to the new Saudi Arabian low-cost airline. All aircraft will come equipped with CFM 56-5B4/3 PIP engines. These modern, fuel-efficient planes will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 and are part of a direct order DAE has with Airbus. flyadeal is a subsidiary of the internationally-acclaimed Saudi Arabian Airlines group. The airline will offer low-cost travel options to leisure and business travelers ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Recognises Partnership With Women for Emirati Women's Day

Women account for 51 per cent of Etihad Airways’ 13,000 employees 51 per cent of all UAE nationals in Etihad Aviation Group are female Dubai, UAE, August 23, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is celebrating the third annual Emirati Women’s Day with a series of events to highlight this year’s theme, Women are partners in giving, in line with the UAE’s 2017 Year of Giving initiative.    Women comprise 36 per cent of EAG’s nearly 26,000-strong workforce, working alongside men in what are traditionally regarded as male professions such as engineering, the flight deck and cargo. Emirati women are also well represented in these functions, with several of them sharing their experiences at panel discussions held at the Etihad Airways Headquarters today.   Technical Engineer ......read more

DAE Completes Acquisition of AWAS

Dubai, U.A.E., 20 August 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has today completed the previously announced acquisition of the AWAS group of companies. The acquisition of AWAS propels DAE into the top tier of global aircraft lessors. DAE will now conduct its aircraft leasing business using the DAE Capital brand name. DAE Capital now features: an owned, managed and committed fleet of approximately 400 aircraft with a value of over US$14 billion; full service capability to 117 airline customers in 57 countries from offices in Dubai, Dublin, Singapore, Miami, Bellevue and New York; and over three decades of experience in the global leasing market. DAE Chief Executive Officer Firoz Tarapore, said: “This acquisition of the best-in-class AWAS platform provides DAE with an enhanced market position. This ......read more

IATA Airlines Financial Monitor

KEY POINTS: JUNE 2017 – JULY 2017 Initial airline financial results from Q2 2017 have been more robust than earlier in the year, and suggest that the squeeze on profit margins from higher costs and weak yields peaked in Q1. Meanwhile, having trended downwards since 2013, the latest monthly data suggest that passenger yields have now started to trend upwards. Exchange rate-adjusted yields were broadly unchanged from their year-ago level in May. Global airline share prices fell in July, driven by a decline in the North America index. Having seen airline shares outperform global equities over the past year, July’s decline appears, in part, to reflect profit taking by investors. Brent crude oil prices rose back above US$50/bbl in July, and ended the month nearly 10% higher than they started it. Nonetheless, the ......read more

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DAE acquires portfolio of ATR 72-600s from GECAS…

Dubai, U.A.E., March 14, 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. today announced it has completed the purchase of a portfolio of ATR 72-600 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). This purchase brings the total number of owned and committed ATR 72-600 aircraft in DAE’s fleet to 57, making DAE one of the largest lessors of the ATR 72-600 worldwide. In addition, DAE has ......read more

Largest ever Arabian Travel Market will be ‘experiential'…

Over 30,000 visitors expected to attend annual showcase ATM 2017 boasts additional exhibition hall, with 2,800 exhibiting companies, 100 new exhibitors and 65 country pavilions UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum, ILTM Arabia, Digital Transformation Summit, and Halal Tourism Summit among many highlights  Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes ......read more

Growing ‘Visa War' between EU and US will have major impact on global mobility…

Dubai, UAE, 09 March 2017:  The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently enjoyed by US and possibly even EU citizens, if US President Donald Trump retaliates in kind. The firm is due ......read more

Air Cargo Off to a Solid Start in 2017…

Dubai, UAE, March 9, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.9% in January 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. While this was down from the 10% annual growth recorded in December 2016 it still was well above the average annual growth rate of 3% over ......read more

Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum ...…

MENA to welcome 195 million visitors by 2030 Between 25 million and 50 million new jobs will be required in the region over the next decade Over 20 Ministers form high profile line-up of regional leaders and industry luminaries at Ministerial Forum Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  Visitors to the MENA region will total 195 million by 2030, growing at a rate higher than the world ......read more

Three awards presented to Turkish Airlines for its successful aircraft financing models…

The global carrier has won three awards at Bonds & Loans Awards Night as “Transport Finance Deal of the Year”, “Trade and Export Finance Deal of the Year” and “Structured Finance Deal of the Year” Dubai, UAE; 8 March 2017:  Turkish Airlines has been awarded as the runner up in the “Trade and Export Finance Deal” category by Bonds & ......read more

Abdullah Bin Zayed Launches ADNEC's Innovation Lab to Promote Creativity in Business Tourism…

Launched on Sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations  Lab to Enable ADNEC Employees to Lead Development of Cutting-edge Solutions to Meet Dynamic Customer Requirements and Enhance Abu Dhabi’s Competitive Edge Abu Dhabi-UAE: March 8, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ......read more

Abu Dhabi's Tourism Industry bound for Germany to Capitalize on Record-Breaking 2016…

ITB Berlin to attract more than 180,000 visitors and 10,000 exhibitors Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 7, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is spearheading a large delegation of more than 50 of the emirate’s leading hotels, tour operators, attractions and destination management companies to Germany to highlight the best of the emirate at one of the ......read more

Cozmo Travel launches B2B trade portal for travel industry operators in the UAE…

It offers single login and account to manage end-to-end travel requirements including UAE visas, and booking for airlines, hotels and car rentals worldwide for one and all. DUBAI – March 7, 2017:  Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has announced the launch of B2B trade portal www.travtrolley.com for local travel and ......read more

Through participation at the first Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations MBRSC highlights ...…

MBRSC participation includes holding 4 educational workshops on Mars and space 7th March 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated at the first Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE ......read more

Investment toward airport security high on priority for region's airports…

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NEC Display Solutions showcases the airport of the future at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2017…

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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs MoU with KARI for cooperation on space-related activities…

Dubai, UAE, March 6, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertize. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC and Dr. Gwang-Rae Cho, ......read more

Governments Urged to Support Aviation's Ability to Drive Economic Growth…

Dubai, UAE, March 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to support the vital role aviation plays in connecting people and commerce around the globe. “Our world has grown much wealthier through trade and travel. Air travel liberates people to live better lives and makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s ......read more

Finnair, Skyscanner and Amadeus join forces to boost conversion with assisted bookings…

Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2017:  Travellers can now book Finnair flights and ancillaries directly with the airline without leaving Skyscanner’s platform  Like all retailers, airlines want to maintain close contact with their customers so that they can tailor their shopping experience and make it as simple and personalised as possible.   With this goal in mind, Finnair is ......read more

An Icon in England's Most Sophisticated City, The Langham, London Continues to Define the Art of ...…

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Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines sign codeshare agreement…

Dubai, UAE; 23 February 2017:  Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have signed a codeshare agreement. Effective as from March 1st, the agreement will cover routes between Turkey and Namibia, and set to expand further travel opportunities for the passengers of the two airlines.  The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in İstanbul. Namibia ......read more

Middle East countries aim for greater share of $168 billion outbound Chinese travel market…

Region looks to attract more Chinese visitors through Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017; Abu Dhabi to increase Chinese tourist numbers by 265% by 2021  Dubai, UAE, February 22, 2017:  Tourism professionals across the Middle East are furthering their efforts to increase their share of the $168 billion global outbound Chinese tourism market, through a number of travel ......read more

Nayif-1 transmits its first message from space in Arabic a quote by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ...…

Dubai, UAE, February 22, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that Nayif-1 has transmitted its first message in Arabic from space - a quote by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  ‘‘The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the ......read more

Singapore achieves record of 16.4 million international tourists in 2016; posts 7.7 per cent growth ...…

February 22, 2017: Singapore cements its position as one of the leading tourist destinations in South East Asia with its record 16.4 million international visitors in 2016, registering an increase of 7.7 per cent over the same period in 2015. In addition, tourism receipts reached a high of S$24.8 billion in 2016, reflecting a growth of 13.9 per cent over the same period in 2015. The strong ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives CAR145 approval extension from GCAA…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 21, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation, has received an extension to its CAR145 approval from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to provide line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft type.  With the extension of the CAR145 approval, ......read more

Etihad Airways Engineering Signs Boeing 787 Contract to Optimise Aircraft Performance of Kenya ...…

Dubai, UAE; February 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Kenya Airways to perform mandatory checks on its Boeing 787-8 fleet. This is part of an integration programme for the newest additions to the airline's fleet. The first of six scheduled Boeing 787 C-checks begins this month, with the last one planned for October 2017. The airline is also planning a ......read more

Cebu Pacific extends free additional 25kg baggage allowance to all its Middle East passengers…

Dubai, UAE; February 20, 2017:  The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), has announced a special promo exclusively for our valued guests in the Middle East.  Starting February 13 to March 15, 2017, all passengers originating from Doha, Dubai, Kuwait and Riyadh travelling to Manila with pre-purchased baggage allowance of 40 kilograms will be receiving additional 25 ......read more

Elaf Group's hotels in Holy cities offer new attractive Umrah packages…

February 19, 2017 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has launched attractive Umrah packages for all its properties in Holy City of Makkah to enable a growing number of religious travelers to take advantage of the pleasant weather to perform the pilgrimage. In addition, it has also announced affordable travel packages ......read more

New Raytheon radar tracks, targets fighter jets…

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Denmark Visa Application Centres launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai…

UAE is the 33rd country globally in which VFS Global manages  Denmark Visa Application Centres  Dubai, UAE, February 16, 2017:  Residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now enrol for biometrics and submit their applications for visas to Denmark at the Visa Application Centres launched by the Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai and the Royal Danish ......read more

Pakistan International Airlines and Turkish Airlines expand their codeshare agreement…

Dubai, UAE; 14 February 2017:  Turkish Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines have expanded their codeshare cooperation, which will be official as of February 1st, 2017. Inclusion of the new routes will enable both airlines a step into a new market while offering passengers various possibilities to travel.  With the expansion of the existing codeshare agreement, Pakistan ......read more

Etihad Airways Invites Fashion's Elite to Celebrate the Launch of ‘Runway to Runway'…

Travel program tailored for the fashion industry unveiled during New York Fashion Week private dinner Dubai, UAE, February 13, 2017:  Etihad Airways co-hosted an exclusive dinner last Thursday at New York Fashion Week: The Shows with Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-founder of online luxury fashion retailer, Moda Operandi. The special event, whose attendees included distinguished guests from ......read more

Crystal Lagoons add sparkle to US$400 million Azha resort in Egypt…

Innovative company to create two lagoons spanning a total of 16.6 hectares within the Azha resort in Ain Sokhna  Patented man-made crystal clear lagoons surrounded by white sandy beaches are a top amenity that’s set to add significant value to the development  Lagoons allow for a wide variety of watersports such as swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding and uses over 30 ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Outlines 2017 Strategy on Back of Almost 11% Visitor ...…

Region’s fastest growing tourism destination commits to sustainable tourism and further development of adventure and sports events across the emirate Year-to-date visitor arrivals up almost 11% on 2015, driven by growth of UAE, Germany, UK, Russia and India Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 9 February 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the ......read more

Lufthansa Technik Middle East begins operations at Dubai South…

New LTME facility at Dubai South Aviation District receives first GE90 engine inlet cowl, from Etihad Airways, for repair Dubai, UAE, February 9, 2017:  The new facility of Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME), started MRO services at the Aviation District in Dubai South. Recently, the first component, a GE90 engine inlet cowl from Etihad Airways arrived for repair at the ......read more

Dubai South Launches Phase 1 of its Aerospace Supply Chain…

Dubai-UAE: 08 February, 2017:  A step closer to fulfilling its bid to create a comprehensive aviation ecosystem, designed to service the aerospace industry, Dubai South announced the completion of the first phase of its aerospace supply chain facility. The new facility at Dubai South’s Aviation District is also in line with the focus of the Dubai Industrial Strategy, launched last ......read more

GTA Hosts Middle East Roadshow 2017…

Over 60 hotels from Asia, Africa & Turkey are expected to meet regional travel agents Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th of February, 2017:  GTA, a world leader in ground travel products and services distributor, will be hosting its 2017 Roadshow in the Middle East region. The first stop took place in Riyadh at the Marriott Hotel on the 6th February 2017, where over 180 key travel ......read more

MBRSC and AUS Announce launch of Nayif-1 between 14 & 25 February…

Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will occur between the 14th and 25th February 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket. Nayif-1 is expected to be launched on the morning of 15th February, if all ......read more

A Year of Sustained Growth for Etihad Airways in 2016 as It Evolves Into Etihad Aviation Group…

Etihad Airways carried 18.5 million guests Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2017:  Etihad Airways delivered another year of sustained growth in 2016, helped by new aircraft, additional frequencies and the introduction of further world-class products. The airline carried 18.5 million guests during the year, up six per cent on 2015. The airline was also part of the evolution of Etihad Aviation ......read more

Dubai Welcomes Record 14.9 Million Overnight Visitors in 2016, Firmly on Course to Hitting Its ...…

With a 4-year growth of 8% in tourist volumes, the sector delivers an impressive ‘2X-Global Industry Average’ performance  Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2017:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016, recording a healthy five per cent (5%) ......read more

Global leaders from US travel industry set to discover Abu Dhabi's diverse appeal…

Senior management from American organisations hosted on trip to Emirate US generated more than 500,000 visitor nights in Abu Dhabi during 2016 Abu Dhabi, 05 February 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is hosting a 50-strong delegation of senior travel industry experts from the United States on a tour of the emirate’s key attractions as it bids to strengthen ......read more

Another Strong Year for Air Travel Demand in 2016…

Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) ......read more

Citymax Al Barsha Honoured in Trip Advisor 2017 Travellers' Choice Award…

The hotel’s on-going dedication and service driven work is recognised with top industry award, the highest honour TripAdvisor provides  Accolade is based on independent reviews and opinions from millions of travellers Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  Citymax Hotels, the hospitality division of the Landmark Group, powers into 2017 with a prestigious industry accolade at the ......read more

Russian Visa Applications Now Accepted Through VFS Global Service Center…

Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  UAE residents applying for visit visas to Russia can now submit their documents at VFS Global visa service center, which has been authorized to process visa applications on behalf of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates.   VFS Global assists with various categories of visit visas, including those for tourism, ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announces its bid to host the 71st Edition of the ...…

Results will be announced in Australia in September 2017 MBRSC showcased its various space projects at Global Space Congress, while space engineers participated in the conference sessions Dubai, UAE, February 1, 2017:  H.E Yosouf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), announced that the centre has submitted a request to the International ......read more

Airlines and Airports Prepare to Predict the Future…

SITA report outlines new technology to help airlines and airports predict future events Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Airlines and airports are investing in technologies to help predict and prepare for future events. This is according to The Future is Predictable, a report published today by air transport IT provider, SITA. It outlines how efforts are being made to tackle the estimated ......read more

GCC countries eye greater share of $600bn global sports tourism industry…

ATM puts sports tourism in the limelight as UAE and Qatar lead the GCC in attracting more regional and international sporting competitions Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Sports tourism will be in focus at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held from 24 – 27 April, as the GCC competes to capture a greater share of the $600 billion global industry.  Sport tourism ......read more

Marriott Autograph Collection Antigua…

Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2017:   Leisure World Properties are the owners of a new Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Development in Antigua, shareholders in the project include UAE players such as Mr Khaldoun Tobari Drake and Skull and Mr Mohammad Dahmash PWC  The project has been approved by the Government of Antigua to participate in the highly sought after Antigua & Barbuda ......read more

MBRSC concludes the first edition of Project Space…

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  Project Space event will now be held on an annual basis in order to inspire and enhance the young generations' knowledge in the field of space science and technology Mona Al Qemzi: The generation of scientists, engineers and specialists currently being prepared will achieve the UAE directives in ......read more

Etihad Airways Expands Boeing 787 Network in the Levant and Far East…

Next generation aircraft to serve Amman, Beirut, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 26, 2017:  Etihad Airways today unveiled plans for the deployment of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to key Levant and Far East markets in 2017. With a phased delivery of nine Boeing 787-9s this year, they will gradually be introduced on a number of routes from the airline’s Abu ......read more

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

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