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Legendary Breitling DC-3 touches down in Dubai as part of record-breaking world tour

Legendary aircraft is aiming to become the oldest aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, as it marks its 77th birthday  500-piece Navitimer limited edition series is accompanying the aircraft on the tour Dubai, 23rd March 2017:  The legendary Breitling DC-3 aeroplane has landed in Dubai as part of its record-breaking world tour. This historic aircraft, which is aiming to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe, arrived at Jetex FBO Terminal, Dubai World Central on Tuesday (21st March) ahead of the next leg of the trip which will take it to Karachi, Pakistan. Having crossed the Arabian Gulf from Qatar, flying low over Dubai’s world-famous landmarks, the Breitling DC-3 is making its first ever visit to a region that today boasts some of the world’s leading airlines, with fleets of ......read more

Finnair to temporarily suspend its Miami route for summer 2017, flights resume in October

Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2017:  Finnair is making changes to its traffic program for the summer 2017 season, due to operational reasons which relate to a temporary shortage of crew and aircraft. Finnair will suspend its flights between Helsinki and Miami between May 4th and September 29th and will also cancel two of its weekly frequencies on its Helsinki-Chicago route during the month of May. “We are very sorry about the disruption this is causing our customers, and we are doing our best to offer suitable alternative routings for them,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are contacting all customers with bookings on the affected flights to offer an alternative routing. In case a suitable alternative routing cannot be found, customers may apply for a ticket refund. Finnair continues to ......read more

Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Nowruz Event

Dubai, March 22, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Nowruz event to showcase the true essence of the Persian New Year. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners and bloggers in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was introduced.  With prices starting from AED 120* per person; come along with your family and friends to spend a splendid time at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana as Festive Nowruz is back at the Shayan specialty restaurant. Book your table now, as Nowruz will be from 19th March, Sunday serving dinner buffet, 20th March, Monday serving lunch and dinner buffet and 21st March, Tuesday serving lunch buffet and sumptuous set menu for the whole month of March. *Lunch ......read more

Kuwait to showcase multi-billion dollar tourism plan at ATM

Kuwait Government adds $1 billion promotional campaign to its projected tourism industry investment Country prepares to welcome 440,000 visitors by 2024, up from 270,000 in 2014 Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2017:  With ambitions to welcome 440,000 visitors a year by 2024, the government of Kuwait is pressing ahead with multiple plans that will see billions of dollars invested in projects and a further $1 billion budget earmarked to promote the Gulf state over the same period.  Plans are in place to establish a Supreme Commission for Tourism to initiate its tourism strategy as the country prepares to showcase at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre 24-27 April. A number of mega-projects will share the multi-billion dollar development budget, including: Madinat Al Hareer and ......read more

ATM Global Stage to open with Expo 2020 legacy debate

Exciting programme of seminars includes focus on experiential travel theme, selling local experiences, and halal tourism   Dubai, March 19, 2017:  The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 24 to 27. Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “Early forecasts are that 70% of visitors will hail from outside of the UAE, representing the largest international visitor contribution in Expo history. While the short-term goal is to deliver an exceptional six-month event, we have secured a top panel who will discuss how ......read more

Finnair must again cancel over 90 flights on Friday March 17th due to strikes at Helsinki Airport

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  An airport strike and support actions are planned for Friday, March 17, from 3 pm – 7 pm EET at Helsinki Airport, related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy. The airport strike will again considerably impact Finnair’s flights on Friday, even though Finnair is in no way a party in the dispute. The impacts are approximately the same as the strike which took place last Friday. “This is already the second time we have to cancel over 90 flights, which is nearly one third of our daily flights on Friday. Cancellations apply to a large share of our domestic and European traffic during the strike time,” says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer. “The cancellations ......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, March 16, 2017: Etihad Airways is introducing its award-winning A380 on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and ......read more

Local and international aviation experts to analyse essential safety measures

5th World Aviation Safety Summit to take place in Dubai this April 16 March 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  Tackling the safety challenges posed by the booming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its fifth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 April, WASS 2017 will highlight key strategies for the safety culture of the future by engaging with local and international stakeholders from regulatory authorities, airline operators, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organisations and air traffic control service providers. The Summit will address how the aviation industry implements essential safety measures in order to efficiently manage the processes, threats and risks facing aviation ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group to Support 2019 World Energy Congress

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  The Organizing Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the 2019 World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.  The agreement was signed today by His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial at Etihad Airways. The World Energy Congress is the longest-running and only global event to cover every aspect of the energy sector around the world. In October 2014, the UAE National Committee for the World Energy Council won an ......read more

Brisbane Airport Leads With Smart Biometrics From Check-in to Boarding

Passengers invited to trial new SITA Smart Path™ technology for a smooth secure journey  United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 14 March 2017:  Brisbane Airport, in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand, has launched an Australian first trial of facial recognition technology that is set to transform the future of travel. The new SITA Smart Path™ technology uses sophisticated biometrics which allows passengers to present their details at a self-service kiosk at check-in then, when ready to board, use an automated boarding gate to be verified using face recognition technology to access the aircraft.  Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the ......read more

IATA Urges Air Cargo Modernization

14 March 2017 (Abu Dhabi):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the air cargo industry to accelerate modernization and focus on delivering high quality service.  The call was made at the 11th World Cargo Symposium, which opened in Abu Dhabi today against a backdrop of cautious optimism for the global air cargo sector. After several years of virtually no growth, air cargo demand began to rise in the second half of 2016. January cargo performance showed a 7% growth in demand compared to the previous year. “Listening to the customer has never been more important. The positive forces currently supporting growth are good news. But our customers are telling us that they expect more. Complicated and convoluted paper-based processes that are basically unchanged from the 16th century are still being ......read more

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 options with ATR for a further 20 aircraft of the same type. The acquisition falls in line with DAE’s long term strategic interest in ATR aircraft, of which DAE ultimately expects to own up to 100. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE said: “DAE firmly believes in the potential of the ATR 72-600 in regional networks, both in terms of its technical capabilities as well as the superior customer experience it provides. ......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 place in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27, is set to be the biggest in the event’s 24-year history. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day show, with over 2,800 exhibiting companies, forcing organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions to open up an additional hall this year to cope with the increased demand. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “The show has experienced phenomenal growth of ......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 to publish its annual Visa Restrictions Index within the next ten days, but the EU backlash against President Trump’s failure to meet the deadline to lift visa restrictions on five EU countries — namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania — may see America fall out of the top ten on the prestigious travel freedom ranking for the first time since it was first published in 2003.  The Henley & Partners Visa ......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 the past five years.  Growth in freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), slowed to 3.5% in January 2017. The continued positive momentum in freight growth into 2017 coincides with a steady rise in new export orders, which reached their highest level in February (latest data available) since March 2011. There has also been an increase in the shipment of silicon materials typically used in high-value ......read more

Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum 2017

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 average, according to figures by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).   The rapid development of the sector will form part of the discussion at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market, which is being held from April 24-27 in Dubai World Trade Centre. The Forum returns to the show repertoire this year, with a particular focus on the contribution of tourism to sustainable economic growth and diversification in the ......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 & Loans for its brand new B777-300ER aircraft delivered in September 2015. The total financing builds up to 16.8 billion Japanese Yen and the structure is a combination of an innovative, complex and unique U.S. Ex-Im Guaranteed French Tax Lease.  This structure has been successfully implemented by Turkish Airlines by placing the financing in Japanese Yen rather than placing the predominant currency in aircraft finance which is American ......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, officially inaugurated the Innovation Lab at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as part of its sustained efforts to instill a workplace culture based on creativity and innovation. The lab was launched on the sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations currently underway at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event was attended by His Excellency Ahmad Belhoul, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Her ......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 world’s largest travel and trade exhibitions to help build on last year’s record number of guest hotel guests. ITB Berlin, held from 8th to 12th March, is one of the world’s largest and most important travel exhibitions, and one that TCA Abu Dhabi has been participating in for more than a decade. This year, a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries will exhibit their products and services to around 180,000 ......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 tourism industry operators in the UAE. Cozmo Travel also has tied-up with Taiwan Tourism Board to launch a new destination within UAE this year.  This was announced at a Press conference organised in Dubai by senior officials from Cozmo Travel and Taiwan Tourism Board. www.travtrolley.com is a new online booking system, which offers single login and account to manage the complete tour package including airlines, hotels and car rentals ......read more

Through participation at the first Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations MBRSC highlights 18 educational initiatives on Space Science, Research and Technology

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 Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Centre highlighted 18 educational initiatives it has launched on space science, research and technology. It also held four workshops for raising awareness on Mars and space in general in the interactive exhibition, The Hub. Director General of MBRSC, His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, said: ‘The Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations is a ......read more

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

Mohammed Ahli: Dubai on the forefront in adopting innovative technology to enhance security Angela Gittens: Middle East has unique opportunity to lead change and innovation in security Airport Security market size set to exceed USD 12.8 billion by 2023 Airport Show 2017 to feature dedicated airport security zone Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2017:  Airports across the Middle East, one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world, are driving investment to the tune of millions of dollars toward airport technology with a view to enhancing security and ensuring a seamless passenger experience.  The region, led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expected to record over 4.8 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers over the next 20 years compared to a global average of 3.7 per cent, according to International Air ......read more

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, president of KARI. Commenting on the signing of the MoU, H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, stressed the importance of the close relationship between MBRSC and KARI. He also referred to the knowledge transfer programme with MBRSC’s strategic partner Satrec Initiative, which started back in 2006 with the launch of the first ever UAE satellite project DubaiSat-1.  “This MoU provides a concrete basis for the ......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 Director General and CEO. In the US, the aviation sector contributes $680.1 billion dollars to GDP and supports 6.2 million jobs. “Aviation is the business of freedom and we must continue to work together to make it so,” said de Juniac. Looking to the agenda for the Trump Administration, de Juniac called for a reduction in the tax burden on aviation and air travelers, and a new approach to the provision of air traffic ......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 working with Amadeus to launch a new solution, Amadeus Altea NDC, which is based on  IATA's NDC (New Distribution Capability) XML-based messaging standard.   Finnair is piloting the solution with Skyscanner, one of the world’s leading metasearch sites. Travellers purchasing Finnair flights from Skyscanner can complete their purchase without leaving the Skyscanner platform, with a seamless process from search to ......read more

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Plan a Serene Getaway to the Philippines: Cebu Pacific Launches Special Middle East Seat Sale to ...

Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2016:  The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), has announced the launch of an exclusive seat sale for flights from its Middle East network to top destinations and hidden gems across the Philippines. Starting today, and until 28 July, travellers from Dubai looking to plan a serene getaway to tourist destinations across the Philippines can ......read more

Announcement from Turkish Airlines to our Valued Passengers and Dear Nation

Dubai, UAE, July 17, 2016:  With the unflinching will of the people, Turkey has waken to a new day with a much stronger sense of democracy and freedom.  Upon the call of our President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan our operations at İstanbul Atatrk Airport is now back to normal and flights have begun.   As of the 16th of July by 14:30 (EEST) all our flight operations ......read more

For seventh consecutive year, Skytrax recognises Finnair as the Best Airline in Northern Europe

Dubai, UAE, July 14, 2016:  Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the seventh year running. Organised by Skytrax, the award is based on an independent survey of 19 million travellers from over 100 countries. "We are very proud of this special recognition given to us by our customers. The award proves that our customers ......read more

Middle East's European expats tag a Spanish sojourn onto annual trip back home

Trend among European expats in the Middle East to double up on holidays over the summer period; Spain one of the most popular destinations for a ‘bonus’ holiday either side of visiting their home country Dubai, UAE, July 14, 2016:  Why have one holiday when you can have two? That’s the mantra many of the Middle East’s European expats are championing, according ......read more

Win Exclusive Dining and Retail Offers This Summer at Terminal 1, Dubai International Airport!

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Etihad Airways Becomes The Official Airline Sponsor Of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Dubai, UAE, July 12, 2016:  Etihad Airways has been announced as the official airline sponsor of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 - the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. The event will bring more than 3,000 competitors and industry experts from up to 75 countries to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 14 to 17 October 2017.   The ......read more

IHG employees Celebrate Service Week with an Inter-Hotel Sports Day!

Dubai, UAE, July 12, 2016:  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies hosted its first ever Inter-Hotel Sports Day in the UAE to mark the Group’s Celebrate Service Week.  Now in its seventh year, the week was created to acknowledge that the success of any hotel, brand or Hotel Company is built on the quality of service that ......read more

Amadeus Gulf distributed 250 Iftar meals to the poor

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IFS's Global Digital Transformation Survey unveils 40% of businesses are unprepared for digital ...

  IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today reveals the findings of a survey of nearly 500 senior decision-makers from companies ranging across industrial manufacturing, construction, retail, oil and gas, automotive, energy and utilities, and other industries.  86% of the respondents think that digital transformation will play a key role in their market but 40% lack a ......read more

World-record electric motor makes first flight

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SriLankan Airlines provides an enhanced web experience to its Middle Eastern Traveller with its ...

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Nile Air begins Operations from Al Ain International Airport

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Visa waivers make travelling to London this summer more accessible for Kuwait nationals

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91% of Airlines Invest in Cyber Security for Today's Connected World of Travel

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Passenger traffic up by 5.6% at Abu Dhabi International Airport in May

Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 29, 2016:  Abu Dhabi Airports announced a 5.6% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) for May 2016, compared to the same month last year. A total of 1,982,010 people traveled through AUH last month, exceeding May 2015’s figure of 1,877,440.  A number of destinations witnessed noteworthy growth in passenger traffic, with ......read more

AccorHotels Group Broadens Its Summer Sale Offerings for Guests in the Middle East

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Turkish Airlines' Far East network now encompasses 35 destinations with the addition of Hanoi, ...

Dubai, UAE, June 28, 2016:  Turkish Airlines, “Europe’s Best Airline”* for the last five years continues to expand its already substantial Far Eastern network. Already having the most comprehensive airline network, the flag carrier brings yet another destination in the Far East online.  Roundtrip flights between Istanbul and Hanoi will be operated 5 times per ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports launches annual heat awareness drive

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Loveable Mr. Burj marks debut to enthrall little ones

Dubai, UAE; June 28, 2016:   Young visitors to Burj Khalifa, the global icon by Emaar Properties, will be enthralled to meet none other than the loveable Mr. Burj, the new official mascot of At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY and At The Top, Burj Khalifa, the two popular observation deck experiences in the tower.  A replica of Burj Khalifa, Mr. Burj is effortlessly flexible and wears a ......read more

MBRSC and AUS announce readiness of Nayif-1 Nanosatellite for Launch

Dubai, UAE, June 27, 2016:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced the completion of the design and building of the communication Nanosatellite, Nayif-1. The satellite has also successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket. The UAE's first ......read more

Nile Air is the first Middle Eastern airline adopting Amadeus' complete Airline IT portfolio

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Statement from Abu Dhabi Airports

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Saudi hotel occupancy seen to grow as Umrah pilgrims arrive during Ramadan

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Abu Dhabi International Airport gears up for the summer season

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Together to New York Etihad Airways partners help launch Air Serbia's first transatlantic route

Belgrade, SERBIA, June 23, 2016 – Etihad Airways’ equity partner Air Serbia today launched flights to the United States, a milestone achieved with the support of, and in collaboration with, several of Etihad Airways equity partner airlines.   Air Serbia, in which Etihad Airways has a 49 per cent stake, launched its five-times-a-week scheduled flights between its Belgrade hub ......read more

JA Resorts & Hotels promotes Emirati Talent to the position of Group Director of Security

Dubai, UAE, June 22, 2016:   UAE-based JA Resorts & Hotels has appointed Emirati national, Ali Al Qassim, to the role of Group Director of Security for the hospitality group. JA Resorts & Hotels takes great pride in nurturing and growing its local talent through its strong Emiratisation program and has implemented a fast track recruitment process to source, select and ......read more

Turkish Airlines, Europe's best airline* inaugurates its direct flights to Košice (Slovakia)

Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2016:   As of June 16th, Turkish Airlines, with the world’s most extensive route network connects Košice, the urban center of Eastern Slovakia with Istanbul, one of the most important global transport hub to the whole world.  This way, Košice will gain strategic importance in the process of building and strengthening cultural, business and ......read more

Air Cairo completes successful migration to Amadeus Alta and seals distribution agreement

Air Cairo plans to target key markets in the region via travel agencies Significant fleet expansion by 2020 supports the airline’s ambitious growth plan Dubai, UAE; 20 June 2016:   As air travel in the Middle East continues to deliver strong growth , Air Cairo, an Egypt-based carrier connecting the Middle East and Europe, has positioned itself to take advantage of the increase in ......read more

SITA's Horizon to support launch of Sky Prime's VIP flight service

Next-gen passenger management platform ensures a premium experience at every step  Riyadh – 20 June 2016 – Sky Prime Aviation Services, a leading Saudi private aviation services company, is to deploy SITA’s next-generation passenger services system (PSS) to manage its new VIP flight service being introduced to its premium passengers. Targeted at the region’s ......read more

Record year for Abu Dhabi Ports' Cruise Terminal underscores UAE's thriving tourism industry

16% increase in passengers was double the initial projections and is testament to Abu Dhabi Ports’ focus on the high growth cruise industry 20% growth in vessels during 2015/2016 season, supported by several companies choosing Abu Dhabi’s new world-class cruise terminal as their home port 75% Emiratisation rate highlights Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal’s  Abu Dhabi, ......read more

Cebu Pacific and UNICEF join forces for vital child health and nutrition campaign

Manila, Philippines. 19 June 2016:   Now, flying with Cebu Pacific will not only take travelers to the best destinations here and abroad, it will also bring much-needed health and nutrition to infants and young children. Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have partnered to introduce the Change for Good ......read more

Etihad Airways and Avianca Brasil announce codeshare partnership

Dubai, UAE, June 18, 2016:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Avianca Brasil, one of the leading airlines in Latin America, have announced a codeshare partnership.  Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will put its 'EY' code on domestic flights operated by Avianca Brasil, while Avianca Brasil will put its 'O6' code on ......read more

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits MBRSC

Boldenwas shown the centre’s projects and strategic planswhich aim to promote the UAE as a leader in the global space sector Dubai, UAE, June 16,2016: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) accompanied by a number of NASA officials and representatives of the United States Embassy in the UAE and the United States Consulate in Dubai. Bolden ......read more

Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism appoints new representation office in KSA

June 15, 2016 - The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Bulgaria has recently signed an Agreement of Cooperation with ID Global Company, a diversified commercial conglomerate with direct investments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Middle East, Asia and Europe, to represent Bulgaria's Ministry of Tourism and promote its tourism industry and policies in the Kingdom. The company ......read more

Etihad Airways marks 10 years of flying to Qatar with additional frequencies

Fifth daily service with prime morning departure timings for travellers from both Abu Dhabi and Qatar Additional evening services on peak days round-up attractive schedule for business and leisure travellers  Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 12, 2016 – Etihad Airways is celebrating 10 years of flying to Qatar this summer by launching nine additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi ......read more

SEDRA interns give inspiring performance at Dubai's Airport Show

14 young adults with diverse range of disabilities participate in internship programme Dubai, June 11, 2016: SEDRA Foundation has successfully concluded its second internship programme with Reed Exhibitions Middle East for14 young adults with disabilities at the recently held Airport Show 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).  During the three-day ......read more

Where to watch EUROCUP 2016 with JA Resorts & Hotels

GIRDER’S BAR AT JA OCEAN VIEW HOTEL Operating Hours During Ramadan: Daily- 4pm-3am Food Order – 5pm -1am(last order 12:30 am) Happy Hours 8pm-9pm and 12am-1am SPORTS CAFÉ AT JA JEBAL ALI GOLF RESORT Operating Hours During Ramadan: 8am - 1pm Serves alcohol after 11am indoor only. ...read more

Industry Welcomes Clarity on EU Passenger Rights

Fundamental Changes Still Needed  Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the publication of Interpretative Guidelines on Regulation 261/2004 by the European Commission which brings greater clarity to the European Union’s passenger rights regulation. This is an important stop-gap measure until critical reforms to EU 261/2004 are ......read more

Finnair joins industry pledge to halt endangered wildlife trafficking

Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2016:   Finnair has signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration which denounces the illegal transportation and trade of wildlife and wildlife products. The pledge also aims to increase partnerships with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against traffickers and smugglers of endangered ......read more

IBM signs US$300 Million Services Agreement with Emirates Airline

IBM z Systems mainframe provides leading airline with the technology backbone for passenger systems Dubai, UAE and Armonk, NY – 7 June 2016 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has signed a ten-year technology services agreement with Emirates Airline worth approximately US$300 million. IBM will provide IT Infrastructure delivered as a service, allowing the airline to improve ......read more

Elaf Group announces exciting special offers and activities during the holy month of Ramadan

June 6, 2016 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, has announced that it will be launching an exciting number of packages during Ramadan to help enhance the stay of foreign and local guests coming to perform Umrah during the holy month. The packages for Ramadan 2016 are attractive, affordable and falls in line with the Group’s commitment towards providing its wide range of customers with ......read more

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

Dubai, June 01, 2016 – 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 ......read more

Aeromexico to Host 73rd IATA AGM in Cancun

Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2016:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Aeromexico will host the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event will attract the top leadership of the air transport industry to Cancun, Mexico from 4-6 June 2017. “Cancun is an excellent choice for the 73rd IATA AGM. Mexico’s Quintana Roo state ......read more

Etihad Airways Equity Partners sign declaration to support the prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2016:  Five Etihad Airways equity ‎partner airlines signed up to the Buckingham Palace Declaration, committing to major steps to fight illegal wildlife trafficking and efforts to help protect many of the world's iconic wildlife species. The Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products was signed ......read more

Industry Profitability Improves

2 June 2016 (Dublin) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2016 financial outlook for global air transport industry profits upwards to $39.4 billion (from $36.3 billion forecast in December 2015). That is expected to be generated on revenues of $709 billion for an aggregate net profit margin of 5.6%. 2016 is expected to be the fifth consecutive year of improving ......read more

Air Arabia Introduces Next-gen Passenger Management System

SITA’s Horizon® portfolio to help ease passenger flow, speed up aircraft turnaround    Sharjah, UAE, June 2, 2016: With a rapidly growing global network served from regional hubs across the Middle East and North Africa, Air Arabia is to introduce SITA’s next-generation passenger management system to extract even greater efficiency across its ......read more

Passenger Demand Growth Slows

Brussels Attacks Disrupt European Traffic Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for April showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 4.6%--the slowest pace since January 2015. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 4.9%, and load factor slipped ......read more

Aviation Leaders Gathering in Dublin

72nd IATA Annual General Meeting Opens on 2 June Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Dublin, Ireland for the Association’s 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will open with keynote addresses by Shane Ross TD, Ireland’s ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority continues to grow training opportunities for local ...

Local tour guides given the opportunity to attend a five-day training course hosted by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority  Ras Al Khaimah – UAE – 30 May 2016:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has hosted the third installment of its bi-annual training course for local tour guides, offering them the opportunity to enrich the visitor experience ......read more

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