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    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 refining ‘The Art of the Stay’. An additional selection of one- and two-bedroom Residences, offering ample salon areas and private designer kitchenettes, provide the ideal location for long-stay guests and families. Suites – ......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 sides. This new codeshare agreement is bound to broaden the commercial partnership between two companies and their respective countries. At the same time, passengers of both airlines will be given more travel options between Namibia and ......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, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24 – 27 April 2017. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “It’s crucial that tourist hubs throughout the Middle East maximise their reach into mega-markets such as ......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 receive the message. The message was transmitted from Nayif-1’s ground station, located at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), under the supervision of a team of engineers from MBRSC and university professors, as well as MBRSC's knowledge ......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 position to offer our expertise and services to other clients in the region that operate the Falcon 7X,” said Michael Lindgren, Director Maintenance at DC Aviation Al-Futtaim. “We are extremely proud to successfully complete all the ......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, said: “We are pleased to support Kenya Airways in optimising its fleet performance and building its technical know-how through our expanding Boeing 787 heavy maintenance capabilities.” Martyn Haines, Kenya Airways Technical Director, ......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 destinations, the additional 25kg will be carried over up to their next flight, given that their flight itineraries were booked under one reference number only. This promotion is not valid on return flights from the Philippines to the Middle East and ......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 time the radar has engaged maneuvering fighter jets, the radar has already tracked and targeted thousands of non-tactically maneuvering aircraft.  “Our proposed GaN-based AESA Patriot radar enables 360-degree capability, reduces ......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 by VFS Global, have been launched for enhanced convenience and ease to applicants. The centre in Dubai was inaugurated by H.E. Mrs. Merete Juhl, Ambassador of Denmark to the United Arab ......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 Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago with its own airline code and flight number in addition to the already existing cooperation on Istanbul – Karachi/ Islamabad/ Lahore vv. routes; while Turkish Airlines will market Pakistan International Airlines ......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 international travel requirements. To commemorate the launch, Etihad Airways awarded each dinner guest top tier Gold Status founding membership with ‘Runway to Runway’ and a complimentary Business Class return flight to Abu Dhabi, capital of ......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 amenity’ able to bring an idyllic beach lifestyle anywhere in the world, has teamed up with leading Egyptian real estate development company, Madaar Development to create two lagoons at the US$400 million Azha resort being built at Ain Sokhna in ......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 emirate in 2016. Hotels across the region’s fastest emerging tourism destination recorded a 10 per cent increase in occupancy throughout 2016, reporting an average of 71 per cent from January to December. Similar growth was posted across all ......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 begin operations at the newly opened Aerospace Supply Chain. The unique, first-of-its kind facility is designed to offer companies, in the MRO and aerospace industry, a multi-advantage edge given our strategic location and the synergistic aviation ......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 raising the industrial value of this growing sector. The announcement was made on the inaugural day of MRO Middle East, co-located with Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), the region's leading conference and trade show for commercial aircraft ......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 key g shop bookers with leading suppliers and hoteliers from across Asia Pacific, Africa & Turkey. The aim is to increase product knowledge and awareness and ultimately to grow outbound traffic from the Middle East markets to these destinations by ......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 station located at the university, from which the satellite will be operated and controlled after its launch.  Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on Amateur Radio frequencies. The nanosatellite boasts a ......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 was announced in May 2016.   During the year, Etihad Airways operated more than 109,000 scheduled passenger and cargo flights spanning around 446 million kilometres and 112 destinations. Capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASK), ......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, launched the 2020 tourism strategy. This performance trajectory which reflects twice the global travel industry growth of circa four per cent (4%) over the same period as forecasted by the United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO), cements the ......read more

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

    Senior management from American organisations hosted on trip to Emirate US generated more than 500,000 visitor nights in Abu Dhabi during 2016 Abu Dhabi, 05 February 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is hosting a 50-strong delegation of senior travel industry experts from the United States on a tour of the emirate’s key attractions as it bids to strengthen ties with one of its key global markets. The high-profile attendees on the trip are all travel agency owners who are members of BCD Travel’s affiliate programme. BCD Travel is the third largest travel management company in the world representing $27 billion in 96 counties with 15,000 employees worldwide. Senior leaders from BCD Travel will also be in attendance. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: ......read more

    Another Strong Year for Air Travel Demand in 2016

    Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) compared to 2015, pushing the load factor up 0.1 percentage points to a record full-year average high of 80.5%.  A particularly strong performance was reported for December with an 8.8% rise in demand outstripping 6.6% capacity growth. “Air travel was a good news story in 2016. Connectivity increased with the establishment of more than 700 new routes. And a $44 fall in average return fares helped to make air travel even more ......read more

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

    The hotel’s on-going dedication and service driven work is recognised with top industry award, the highest honour TripAdvisor provides  Accolade is based on independent reviews and opinions from millions of travellers Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  Citymax Hotels, the hospitality division of the Landmark Group, powers into 2017 with a prestigious industry accolade at the recent TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. The Hotel brand picked up ‘Top Bargain Hotels UAE’, based on the independent opinions and reviews of guests from all over the world.  2017 marked the 15th edition of these world-renowned awards, which recognise companies for their commitment to excellence, setting new standards for best industry practices and pioneering services. As with previous years, the world’s most ......read more

    Russian Visa Applications Now Accepted Through VFS Global Service Center

    Dubai, UAE, February 2, 2017:  UAE residents applying for visit visas to Russia can now submit their documents at VFS Global visa service center, which has been authorized to process visa applications on behalf of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates.   VFS Global assists with various categories of visit visas, including those for tourism, business and study, among others. The service center operates daily between Sunday and Thursday from 9am until 5pm.  The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates has confirmed that they still accept visa applications; however this will be stopped in a due course.  What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals Russian visa applicants holding a UAE residence permit with a minimum validity of 90 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announces its bid to host the 71st Edition of the International Astronautical Congress during the Global Space Congress

    Results will be announced in Australia in September 2017 MBRSC showcased its various space projects at Global Space Congress, while space engineers participated in the conference sessions Dubai, UAE, February 1, 2017:  H.E Yosouf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), announced that the centre has submitted a request to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) to host the 71st session of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will be held in 2020, in coordination with the UAE Space Agency. Al Shaibani made the announcement during the opening session of the Global Space Congress organised by the UAE Space Agency, from 31st January to 1st February 2017, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Prepare to Predict the Future

    SITA report outlines new technology to help airlines and airports predict future events Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Airlines and airports are investing in technologies to help predict and prepare for future events. This is according to The Future is Predictable, a report published today by air transport IT provider, SITA. It outlines how efforts are being made to tackle the estimated US$25 billion  cost of flight disruptions to the air transport industry by harnessing artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, predictive analytics and other progressive technical capabilities. SITA’s analysis reveals that predictive tools using artificial intelligence and cognitive computing are likely to be adopted by half of airlines and airports over the coming five to 10 years. However, a few front runners are already ......read more

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    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

    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

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

    ATM puts sports tourism in the limelight as UAE and Qatar lead the GCC in attracting more regional and international sporting competitions Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2017:  Sports tourism will be in focus at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held from 24 – 27 April, as the GCC competes to capture a greater share of the $600 billion global industry.  Sport tourism and the regional leisure industry have become increasingly important drivers for international arrivals to the GCC over recent years. Sport generates 25% of all tourism receipts globally, according to ......read more

    Marriott Autograph Collection Antigua

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2017:   Leisure World Properties are the owners of a new Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Development in Antigua, shareholders in the project include UAE players such as Mr Khaldoun Tobari Drake and Skull and Mr Mohammad Dahmash PWC  The project has been approved by the Government of Antigua to participate in the highly sought after Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program which grants investors citizenship within just 3 months.  The Citizenship by Investment Program  Raked No 1 in the Caribbean and 4th globally, the ......read more

    MBRSC concludes the first edition of Project Space

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  Project Space event will now be held on an annual basis in order to inspire and enhance the young generations' knowledge in the field of space science and technology Mona Al Qemzi: The generation of scientists, engineers and specialists currently being prepared will achieve the UAE directives in relation to the space industry, scientific research and technological innovation Dubai, UAE, January 26, 2017:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) concluded the first edition of the ......read more

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

    Next generation aircraft to serve Amman, Beirut, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 26, 2017:  Etihad Airways today unveiled plans for the deployment of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to key Levant and Far East markets in 2017. With a phased delivery of nine Boeing 787-9s this year, they will gradually be introduced on a number of routes from the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub beginning March 1.  The 299-seat Dreamliners will be deployed on daily year-round scheduled services to Amman and Beirut, as well as to Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. In addition, the ......read more

    Finnair becomes first airline in the world to launch Alipay onboard

    Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  As the first airline in the world, Finnair plans to introduce onboard the world´s largest online payment platform Alipay. Finnair will trial the application on its route between Helsinki and Shanghai as of January 27. Finnair is partnering with Finland´s leading e-payment platform ePassi to offer Alipay as an official payment method onboard flights connecting Shanghai and Helsinki. In addition, the Finnair lounge in the non-Schengen area at Helsinki Airport will also accept Alipay. Customers will be able to make payments for inflight ......read more

    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launches the first Project Space forum

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2017:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the first edition of the Project Space event, on the 24th and 25th January 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. On day one, the event saw some of the most influential space ......read more

    Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast

    UK to see highest level of overseas consumer spending since 2012 Olympics, with Middle East travellers expected to lead the way; Arabian Travel Market to showcase Great British destinations Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a sister event of World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and attractions, as well as regional outbound tour operators as Middle East travellers are expected to play a key role in the UK’s continued tourism growth.  According to the World Travel and Tourism ......read more

    GI Aviation is open for business

    Flies the Middle East’s first Pilatus PC-12NG into Sky Dive Dubai Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2017:  GI Aviation, the newest name to enter the private air charter market in the UAE, is now open for bookings following the award of its GCAA Air Operator’s Certificate in December 2016.  Several demo flights from its Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi home have been performed and yesterday, Sunday January 22nd, the privately-owned company showcased its first Pilatus PC-12NG at the unique Sky Dive Dubai.  “This is an auspicious day for us, as we present the ......read more

    Siemens and Strata to develop MENA's first 3D-printed aircraft interior parts for Etihad

    Pilot project will harness joint capabilities to deploy 3D printing technology in aviation, enabling faster on-demand production of complex aircraft parts Partnership will advance industrial 3D printing capabilities in Middle East Siemens, Strata and Etihad to participate in world’s first Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, Abu Dhabi, March 2017 Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2017:  Three of the biggest global players in industrial equipment manufacturing and aviation - Siemens AG, Strata Manufacturing PJSC and Etihad Airways - are to work together to develop ......read more

    What is common between Bahrain and Dubai?

    Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2017 There's something about Dubai...but we're not quite sure what. Whether you are a local, expat, or simply a tourist passing through, you've probably noticed the unrelenting charm of the emirate. In the last few decades, Dubai has undergone a metamorphosis and emerged as the beautiful butterfly we now know and love. In 2015, Dubai welcomed 14.2 million tourists; it is currently the fourth most visited city in the world. A bit north to Dubai, lying in the heart of the GCC region only a few kilometers from KSA and Qatar, stands Bahrain Kingdom, ......read more

    Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai

    The UAE is the 11th country globally where VFS Global has rolled out visa processing operations for Russia Dubai, UAE, January 22, 2017:  In a move to enhance visa application services to travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Russia, VFS Global, in partnership with the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, launched the first Russia Visa Application Centre in the Middle East region, in Dubai. Services at this centre commenced from 22 January 2017. Residents of the UAE can visit the new VFS Global centre to submit their visa applications to Russia in a comfortable ......read more

    Finnair adds Havana, Goa, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Plata for winter 2017, increases frequencies to Bangkok, Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore

    Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it is expanding for the winter 2017 season with new scheduled flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Havana in Cuba, Goa in India and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. In addition, Finnair will be adding extra frequencies to many of its popular winter holiday and business destinations in Asia.  Between November 19 and March 18, Finnair will fly a new scheduled weekly flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flight will be operated on Sundays with Finnair’s new A350 aircraft. ......read more

    Winter 2017: Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich

    Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  Finnair has today announced that it will start flying non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. The ski and holiday resorts in Kittilä and Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travelers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to experience Aurora Borealis, the northern lights. Finnair will fly two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick airport and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays, one ......read more

    Cebu Pacific ramps up collection efforts to reach four million malnourished children

    Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2017:  The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of undernourished children in the country. The endeavor is part of the global organization’s Change for Good program which accepts contributions from passengers on board flights of partner airlines. Proceeds contribute to the UN children’s agency’s First 1,000 Days campaign which provides optimal nutrition, from a mother’s pregnancy to a child’s second year of ......read more

    MBRSC launches the Project Space Forum on the 24th of January

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  The event brings together the most inspiring personalities in space to shed light on their discoveries, experiences and hopes to inspire the UAE youth and community Al Shaibani: The space sector is of strategic importance in terms of shaping the future of science and technology in the UAE Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2017:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space ......read more

    Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts brings altitude and attitude to Colombo with a modern property set for iconic status

    Design-led Mövenpick Hotel Colombo – the city’s first new international five-star property in 25 years – promises a ‘vertical experience’ with stunning views and culinary theatre.     Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 16th January 2017:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened a strikingly-modern property in Colombo, introducing a unique hospitality concept that brings attitude and altitude to the Sri Lankan capital. The 24-floor Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the first international five-star property to open in the city in 25 ......read more

    Deloitte: Global aerospace and defense revenues expected to resume growth, driven by higher defense spending

    Commercial aerospace revenues remain flat despite increased production levels Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2017:  The global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is expected to return to growth with total sector revenues estimated to grow at 2.0 percent in 2017, according to Deloitte Global’s Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group’s 2017 Global aerospace and defense sector outlook.  “After multi-year declines in revenues, the defense sub-sector is expected to grow at 3.2 percent in 2017. This increase is due to continued concerns about global security ......read more

    81 Nationalities Now Exempted from Long Visa Processes to Azerbaijan

    Brits, Indians, citizens and expatriates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and 81 other nationalities will now be able to apply for Azerbaijan visa online in a safe and stress-free and way following the introduction of a hustle free online visa application technology by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan. The introduction of this hustle free electronic visa application technology is one of the much anticipated for reforms linked with renewal and improvement of tourism services as the country strives to sustain the remarkable increase in tourism inflow especially for the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi ranked among fastest-growing destinations in the world

    Emirate ranked number one in the Middle East in Mastercard report Abu Dhabi host more than 4 million guests in the first 11 months of 2016 Annual growth rate of 19.81% in overnight visitors between 2009 and 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE – 14 January 2017:  Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the fastest-growing destination in the Middle East, in a new report by financial services giant Mastercard.  The Global Cities Index Report recognised the UAE capital’s compound annual growth rate of 19.81% in overnight visitors ......read more

    International travel catering companies keen on tapping into opportunities in Middle East at WTCEME

    Region’s largest travel catering expo to be co-located with Airport Show 2017 Global travel catering market estimated to rise to $17.6 billion by 2020, Middle East holds significant share Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2017:  Buoyed by the consistent strong growth of Middle East’s aviation, the travel catering industry is attracting an increasing number of international companies keen on exploring business opportunities in the sector.  The Middle East is estimated to record a strong annual growth of 5 per cent and see an extra 258 million passengers a year on ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Third Daily Flight to Riyadh

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 10, 2017:  Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017. The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new daily late night departures from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are timed to allow guests to spend full days in either city. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi International Airport provide guests with more connections to ......read more

    Shukran members can now earn 5X Shukrans in Citymax Hotels

    Landmark’s popular Shukran loyalty program is now redeemable at Citymax Hotels Dubai, UAE – 8 January 2017:  Landmark Group, one of the largest retail conglomerates across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, is well known for its popular Shukran Loyalty Program, the region’s largest loyalty programme. New for 2017, the group is delighted to expand this consumer friendly programme to its mid-market award-winning group of hotels, Citymax Hotels with a unique cross border  ‘Earn and Spend’ program. As part of this initiative, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector Celebrates Record Numbers of Ships and Passengers Into the Emirate

    Passenger numbers increase by 6% on previous season 200,000 extra cruise ship visitors expected within next three years Abu Dhabi, UAE – 7 January 2017:  The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of the Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover.  During the season, which runs from October until June, Abu Dhabi received more than 100 ship calls for the first time ever, seven regional rotational callers, ......read more

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