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    SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence

    Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the sub-continent and has also ......read more

    Global travel & tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors

    Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas and a favourable ......read more

    ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

    FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more

    World's First and Only Airline Mobile Exhibition Unit to be debuted at Arabian Travel Market

    Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.   The 16m long mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and ......read more

    TCA Abu Dhabi leads its largest ever delegation to Arabian Travel Market to boost inbound tourism

    Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017 Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017:   Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at the region’s biggest travel and tourism fair, which is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 24th and 27th April.   The emirate’s leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and attractions will ......read more

    TDIC Sells 60% of Its Residential Units During the First Two Days of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold  after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).  TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, 29 contemporary villas on sale in the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club-facing Jawaher Saadiyat, as well as more than 30 units across the fully inclusive nature-based community of Saadiyat Lagoons.  The new sales achievements ......read more

    Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

    Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors  Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions. Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East. For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall, to accommodate extra demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Adds Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 Countries Served by the Airline

    Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options. With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network. Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from today. Introductory round trip fares are available between Istanbul and Voronezh starting at 189 USD (including taxes and fees).  Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destination, there is a special offer for ......read more

    Finnair Reassumes Control of Flight Meal Services to Improve Nordic Customer Experience

      13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is still subject to final approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. In the future, LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy’s name will be Finnair Kitchen Oy and it will become a part of Finnair’s Customer Experience unit. Mikko Tainio ......read more

    Clear, Safe and Consistent Operating Environments are Needed to Improve Airfield Safety

      -    World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two 12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and instructions at airport runways to ensure airfield safety is kept to the highest standards.  Andrew added that Dubai International Airport is consistent in its runway environment. He also highlighted some specific reasons why other airports are ......read more

    Sheikh Ahmed: Security and safety are a top priority for aviation

    Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards DCAA to implement online system for employee requests Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety standards," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, has said in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the bilingual monthly publication of ......read more

    DAE Reports Full Year 2016 Financial Results Revenue and Net Income from Continuing Operations at record levels

    Dubai, U.A.E., 12 April 2017 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. reported financial results for full year 2016. Total Revenue: US$417.8 million (AED 1,534 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 22% from US$341.7 million (AED 1,255 million) for full year 2015. Net Income from Continuing Operations: US$124.9 million (AED 459 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 323% from US$29.5 million (AED 108 million) for full year 2015. Total Net Income: US$199.0 million (AED 731 million) for full year 2016, a decrease of 67% from US$610.4 million (AED 2,241 million) for full year 2015. (2015 results included a gain on the sale of StandardAero.) Results for 2015 included amounts reclassified from continuing operations to discontinued operations for the impact of the FALCON 2017-1 ABS transaction. DAE Managing ......read more

    Aviation Safety Should not be Influenced by Commercial Agendas, says World Aviation Safety Summit Chairman

      12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) discussed today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector. Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and prominent aviation analyst Alan Peaford spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material. The US and UK electronics bans implemented last month mean that passengers on certain flights outbound from the Gulf region are required to stow electrical devices larger than a smartphone in checked-in luggage. This has raised concerns over the fire hazards posed by Lithium-Ion ......read more

    Historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns to Gulftainer's GT USA Base in Port Canaveral

    Twice-launched rocket successfully delivers communications satellite  Sharjah-UAE:  11 April, 2017 – Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the first stage of the relaunched Falcon 9 rocket at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, operated by the company’s US arm, GT USA, on 4 April 2017.  Marking the first time that SpaceX has launched and landed a reused booster, the event is being hailed as a breakthrough for the space industry, as it could reduce the cost of space travel in the long run.  The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on 30 March to deliver a commercial communications satellite into orbit and successfully landed on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship about eight minutes later. The booster is set to ......read more

    Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards

    Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 -  Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region. The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged in Dubai recently, after thousands of diners declared it the Gulf’s best Indian dining experience. More than 1.1 million votes were cast to decide the winners of this year’s 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards, confirming that ......read more

    Next Generation Air Traffic Management to be Examined by Aviation Safety Experts

    -    World Aviation Safety Summit to analyse airspace designs and ATC security’s impact on safety  -    How to handle complex geopolitical environments to also be a key focus at the Summit 11 April 2017 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Improvements to air traffic management (ATM) and airspace design will be critical points of debate at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), to be held in Dubai this April. Next generation ATM technology will be analysed, as well as airspace design planning and how to minimise unstable runway approaches. This topic is of significant concern to GCC aviation leaders who have for a long time debated improving airspace collaboration across governments to reduce congestion and ultimately improve safety. It was recently announced ......read more

    Turkish Airlines offers free Wi-Fi in U.S. flights

    Free inflight Wi-Fi to U.S. bound passengers from Istanbul who hand in their tablets or laptops at the boarding gate  Dubai, UAE; 9 April 2017: Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline for six consecutive years according to recent Skytrax results, presents adjustments in order to further ensure a pleasant travel to the United States. Turkish Airlines now extends Business Class free on-board internet services to economy passengers in exchange for their tablets or laptops while boarding their flights to the United States.  For passengers that prefer not to stow their electronic devices in checked-in baggage during the flight, Turkish Airlines offers a special service that gives travellers to the United States and United Kingdom a safe and secure method of carrying their electronics in a special area in the cargo hold ......read more

    Sanad Academy, DCAA and MOD, Host First Ever Drones' Awareness Campaign

    More than 470 RPAS operators registered by Sanad Academy DCAA registers more than 800 RPAS operators  Including Hobbyists, Commercial, Professionals and Government operators.    DUBAI, April 9, 2017: Sanad Academy, UAE’s first RPAS training academy, along with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and representation from Ministry of Defense, hosted the first ever of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), “All About Drones” awareness initiative for the general public. The event was attended by more than 100 hobbyists, professional and commercial operators from Dubai. Michael Rudolph, Head of Airspace Safety, Aviation Safety & Environment Sector, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Yahya Al Zarooni, Security Officer from Ministry of Defense, explained the rules and regulations, as ......read more

    Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor in February

    9 April 2017 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a second month of strong demand growth to begin 2017.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted because February 2016 was a leap month. Adjusting for the one fewer day this year, the underlying growth rate was estimated at 8.6%, just under January’s increase of 8.9%. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 2.7%, and load factor rose 1.6 percentage points to 79.5%, which was the highest ever recorded for February.  “The strong demand momentum from January has continued, supported by lower fares and a healthier ......read more

    MBRSC holds workshop at Future Cities Show 2017, entitled "New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities"

    Abdullah Ahli: The Sustainable Autonomous House introduces a new concept for sustainable houses for future cities MBRSC’s Sustainable Autonomous House is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany as the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate April 05, 2017. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Sustainable Energy Program Section team at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre held a workshop entitled "New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities" at the first edition of The Future Cities Show 2017, held from 2nd to 4th April. During the workshop, the team briefed  participants on the engineering practices and technologies deployed in the Sustainable Autonomous House. This project aims to decrease energy consumption, reduce  carbon emissions and use smart technologies so ......read more

    Industry leaders to advise on new drone air safety measures

    -    World Aviation Safety Summit in Dubai to address challenges drones present to aviation safety  3 April 2017 – Dubai, UAE: As drones continue to increase in number and popularity around the world, the aviation industry is working to address the challenges they bring and ensure safety is maintained. This will be one of a number of topics that will be under examination at the World Aviation Safety Summit, which will take place in Dubai on 11 and 12 April this year.  Each month, pilots and air traffic controllers report more than 100 drone sightings to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has been compiling and issuing reports on these encounters. The FAA says such reports have increased since 2014, with more than 1,200 incidents in the U.S. last year. As a result of these incidents, ......read more

    UAE airports forecast 6.3% passenger growth in 2017 despite headwinds

    Middle East carriers reported the strongest annual traffic growth of any region globally for the fifth year running in 2016 Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General His Excellency Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser to head aviation seminar programme at Arabian Travel Market US ban on electronic devices could affect over 15,000 passengers daily Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumponomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Middle East passenger growth in 2017 with an annual increase of more than 6.3%, according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).  However, aviation-related discussions during Arabian Travel Market this year will no doubt be dominated by the recent US-led ban on electronic devices and the repercussions for regional airlines. Aviation ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Boeing Check on Biofuel Progress at Masdar

    Dubai - UAE, 02 April 2017: Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar City to check on the project’s progress this week. The facility is a world first, demonstrating the use of seawater and natural fertiliser from aquaculture to grow plant biomass which can be converted into aviation fuel. It is the flagship project of the ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium’ led by the Masdar Institute with members including Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, GE and Safran.  The biomass will be harvested in June and the oil extracted from the seeds. The plan is to have this oil refined to jet fuel and used on an ......read more

    UAE Visa for Indians with US Visa, Green Card is a Great News

    Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017:  The UAE decision of granting Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival is a welcoming step as this will boost the tourism and trade between the two countries, informed Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group, Regional Director, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) for the Middle East and President – Dubai Chamber of Global Organizations of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). UAE is one of the greatest tourist destinations for Indians and this will further enhance the visit of tourists into the UAE, says Mr Kamal Vachani. Since India is second largest partner of the UAE, the trade between the two countries will further boost and also bilateral relationship between the two countries will strengthen, added Mr Kamal ......read more

    30,000 Aircraft Needed in the Next 20 Years, say Experts at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

    No downturn in sight for the aerospace industry amidst increasing demand Biofuels are being explored, but are not commercially feasible in a time of low oil prices Automation can help aircraft manufacturers to cut corners in order to keep pace with demand Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 30 2017:  As a major contributor to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – international air transport alone contributes US$2.7 trillion – the aerospace industry has enjoyed a sustained peak, driven by continued market demand. In a panel at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), aerospace leaders discussed the future of an industry that supports 10 million people globally through direct employment, with an additional 63.5 million supported indirectly.  The panel was composed of Jan Pie, Secretary General, ......read more

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    Malaysia Showcases It's Variety Of Different Tourism Products During The Arabian Travel Market In Dubai, UAE.

    The Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will be leading a delegation of 142 Malaysian sellers from 71organizations to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), scheduled from April 24 to 27, 2017 in Dubai. The Malaysian delegation will comprise a concoction of different hotels, resorts, travel agents, tourism product owners, and Malaysian states tourism offices representatives. During the 4-day event, they will be highlighting their respective tourism products and services that are tailored carefully to cater for the Middle Eastern ......read more

    With Over 3500 Rooms Under Development Across Middle East Swiss-Belhotel International Has Mega Plans for ATM 2017

    Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI), a global hotel management company with over three decades of strong track record, has a number of strategic announcements lined up for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) taking place in Dubai from 24 to 27 April, 2017. With over 3500 rooms under development in key markets such as Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain, the group has emerged as a major player in the region’s hospitality sector. Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “We have more than 17 hotels under development in the Middle East, in addition to our ......read more

    Cathay Pacific achieves top travel accolade in the Middle East

    The Hong Kong-based carrier has been named the best Long Haul Airline of the Year at the prestigious GCC Food and Travel Awards 2017 Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  Cathay Pacific, which celebrates 40 years of flying to Dubai this year, has gained one of the region’s most prestigious accolades after being named the Long Haul Airline of the Year during the GCC Food and Travel Awards 2017. Flying above other leading international shortlisted carriers, Cathay Pacific received the popular public vote and recognition from the Food and Travel Arabia Magazine’s panel of expert ......read more

    Urgent Call for Alternatives to Large Electronic Restrictions

    Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa.  The Case for Alternative Measures “The current measures are not and acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness. And the commercial distortions they ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Expands Saudi Arabian Presence With New Riyadh Office

    The region’s fastest growing tourism destination registered 71 per cent growth in Saudi visitor numbers year-to-date  Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 29 March 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new representation office in the country’s capital, Riyadh. Marking its sixth international representation office, the Riyadh opening will support the tourism body’s ......read more

    Dubai Tourism announces new Sustainability Awards

    Awards will recognise Dubai’s most eco-friendly hotels and reflects the city’s goal to become one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations Dubai, UAE – 28 March 2017:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) today announced the launch of Sustainability Awards that are part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The awards have been inaugurated as part of Dubai Tourism’s commitment to supporting The United Nation’s announcement of 2017 being the ‘International Year of Sustainable ......read more

    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 ......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 ......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, ......read more

    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

    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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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, ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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