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    Impact of US and UK electronics ban to be assessed at World Aviation Safety Summit

    26 March 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  The impact of the US and UK bans on electronics from Muslim-majority countries will be cross examined at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit, which will be held on 11 and 12 April in Dubai. Industry leaders will debate how these bans will impact the industry and what should be the best way to deal with such significant changes from both airlines and passengers.  The United States and United Kingdom have announced that laptops, e-readers and almost any other electronic device that is not a phone will be banned from cabin luggage on some flights. The US rule applies to 10 airports, the UK to six - including Turkey and middle-eastern countries - starting from 25 March 2017.  The ban will cause particular issues for frequent flyers in the region, who will now have to ......read more

    Etihad Airways reassures passengers of service and inflight offering following directive on US-bound flights

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 25, 2017 – Etihad Airways is reassuring passengers of its highest level of service to minimise disruption following the introduction of a new US travel directive on electronic devices.   Effective March 25, passengers on all US-bound flights from, or transiting through, Abu Dhabi International Airport will not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.    Items such as laptop computers, tablets including iPads, gaming devices, cameras and e-readers will be required to be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.   All Etihad Airways’ US flights have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their ......read more

    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

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    Elaf to showcase expanding hotel brands at Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2017

    March 23, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, announced its participation to the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2017 which will be held from March 26 to 30, 2017 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC). The Kingdom’s leading travel and tourism provider looks to strengthen its position across the country and expand its markets at the regional level, following the country’s bold plans to boost tourism - particularly tourism for religious purposes - as one ......read more

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

    Middle East, 7 March, 2017 - NEC Display Solutions Europewill exhibit its advanced display solutions for airports at Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 14-16 March 2017. Visitors to the NEC stand at PTE (Hall 8, stand 2040) will be taken on a visual journey through a next-generation airport, with dedicated display applications for each aspect of the passenger experience. Learn how cloud-based FIDS solutions will shape the future, interact with way-finding, and be impressed with our new meet and greet arrivals concept area. NEC leverages ......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 ......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 ......read more

    An Icon in England's Most Sophisticated City, The Langham, London Continues to Define the Art of the Stay Since 1865

    Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2017:  After a series of extensive enhancements at The Langham, London, 2017 will be defined as the year of ‘The Art of the Stay’. With an improved room product, new Artesian cocktail menu and the addition of two major lifestyle hubs for London – with a brand-new luxury pub and spa in the summer – The Langham, London is set to create everlasting guest experiences for 2017.   Rooms – New Year, New Rooms   With the launch of 115 new guestrooms and 25 Suites in 2016, The Langham, London set the wheels in motion for ......read more

    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 Deputy Minister of Works & Transport honorable Sankwasa James Sankwasa and Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi signed the deal in the presence of senior officials from both ......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 incentives. With 120 million outbound travellers in 2016 alone, China has retained its position as the world’s largest outbound tourism market for the past four years, according to data released ahead of ATM, ......read more

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

    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 future of nations starts at their schools’’ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Ground stations all over the world that operate on amateur radio bands were able to ......read more

    Singapore achieves record of 16.4 million international tourists in 2016; posts 7.7 per cent growth over 2015

    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 tourism receipt came on the back of visitors spending more on Food and Beverage, Shopping and Accommodation. Despite the challenging global economy and intensified competition, Singapore has managed to ......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, DCAF is now able to provide B1 (airframe) and B2 (avionics) maintenance services for the Falcon 7X at its hangar located at Dubai South.  “With this approval from the GCAA, we are in a ......read more

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

    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 number of product and reliability improvement modifications to systems and components during these heavy maintenance checks. Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways Engineering, ......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 kilograms baggage allowance, free-of-charge.* The extra baggage allowance will be given upon check-in of the guest at the airport.  For those guests with connecting flights to other domestic ......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 for its hotels in Jeddah for families to enjoy leisure and shopping break in the port city of Jeddah. The announcement is aimed at further strengthening the Elaf Group’s presence in Saudi ......read more

    New Raytheon radar tracks, targets fighter jets

    Raytheon’s gallium nitride-based AESA Patriot radar completes key milestone Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 19, 2017:  Raytheon Company’s [NYSE: RTN] newest integrated air and missile defence radar, a proposed Gallium Nitride-powered Active Electronically Scanned Array upgrade to the Patriot Air and Missile Defense radar achieved a major milestone.   During a recent series of tests involving fighter aircraft conducting tactical maneuvers, the GaN-based AESA prototype radar tracked and gathered fire-control quality data on the jets.  While this marked the first ......read more

    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 Embassy in Abu Dhabi.  The UAE is the fourth country in the Middle East and 33rd country globally, where dedicated Denmark Visa Application Centres, managed ......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 International Airlines will be able to sell Turkish Airlines’ beyond Istanbul points of  Atlanta, Johannesburg, Atina, Amsterdam, Tashkent, Moskova, Miami, Boston, Houston, Washington, Los ......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 across the fashion industry, was held to mark the launch of ‘Runway to Runway’, the airline’s unique rewards program specially designed to support the fashion community’s ......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 times less water than a similar sized golf course Dubai, UAE, February 13, 2017:  Crystal Lagoons, the international water innovation company and developer of the ‘world’s top ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Outlines 2017 Strategy on Back of Almost 11% Visitor Growth in 2016

    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 emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has outlined its strategy for the remainder of this year following 10.9 per cent year-on-year growth of visitors to 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 facility.  Speaking on the occasion Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South said: “We are happy to welcome Lufthansa Technik, a leading global player in the aerospace industry, as the first company to ......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 June, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to make Dubai the aviation capital of the world and contributes to ......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 professionals and hotel representatives attended the event. The second stop will be on Wednesday, 8th of February, at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.  The event will connect travel agents and ......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 logistics are intact and ideal weather conditions prevail, to ensure a successful launch into space. Currently, a team of specialists at MBRSC and AUS are working to ascertain the readiness of the ground ......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 Group, a wider aviation and tourism business which now also includes Etihad Airways Engineering; Airline Equity Partners; Etihad Airport Services and Hala Group. The formation of Etihad Aviation Group ......read more

    Dubai Welcomes Record 14.9 Million Overnight Visitors in 2016, Firmly on Course to Hitting Its Target of 20 Million by 2020

    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%) increase over 2015, and an impressive 4-year CAGR of eight per cent (8%) (2012-2016) since His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ......read more

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