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

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

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

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

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

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

SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry

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

Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards

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

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

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

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

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

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

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

Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule

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

Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abu Dhabi Airports Promotes Heat Safety in Working Environment

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

Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

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

Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gulf aviation project value reaches Dh210 Billion as travel demand grows

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman’s aviation infrastructure to help fuel travel and tourism sectors and accelerate the economic growth of the region The total estimated value of 152 aviation-related projects in the GCC exceeded US$57 billion (Dh210 billion) in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence Around 46 per cent of the region’s aviation projects are located in Saudi Arabia More than two-thirds of all aviation-related projects in the Middle East are being executed in the GCC countries Nearly a fifth of the aviation projects with a combined estimated value of US$11.5 billion (Dh42.2 billion) are on hold in MENA Dubai, UAE, May 14, 2017:  The total value of 152 active aviation-related projects in the Middle East reached US$57.7 billion (Dh211 billion) in April 2017, according ......read more

Meliá Improves Its Revenues and Business Figures in the First Quarter of 2017

May 2017, Dubai - After announcing the addition of eight hotels in Cuba to enhance the quality of inland tourism in the country, the company has now signed 15 hotels worldwide The company aims to improve returns to shareholders by increasing the pay-out ratio on 2016 results to 30% The "Easter effect" penalises results in the first quarter compared to the previous year, and will benefit results in the second quarter Business performance:   Total revenues increased by 5.4% Global RevPAR grew by 8.3%, of which 83% can be explained by price increases Growth continues in Spain, where hotels saw a 12.5% average increase in RevPAR over the period Company EBITDA increased by 2.9% Including April, melia.com increased sales by 20% over the previous ......read more

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New RVP for Africa & Middle East - Saudia's Albakri joins IATA…

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Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Formula 1 Fans, Drivers and Teams…

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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

Trending experiential travel in focus at ATM 2017…

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

What's the Buzz at RAK International Airport?…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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