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    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 Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is launching the first edition of “Project Space” Forum on the 24th & 25th January 2017 at Dubai 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 years, a milestone that reflects the country’s new-found energy and optimism. It’s also the destination’s first urban hotel and introduces a ‘vertical experience’ like no other, with every floor, from the ground to the 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 threats, growth in US defense budgets, as well as higher defense spending in the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and India,” said Tom Captain, Deloitte Global Aerospace and Defense Leader. On the other hand, stable global gross domestic 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 between 2009 and 2016, which places the emirate in third place alongside major upcoming destinations such as Osaka, Japan and Chengdu in China, and above established hubs such as Tokyo, Riyadh and Taipei in Taiwan.  The report is produced on an 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 routes to, from and within the region by 2035, according to the latest statistics from International Air Transport Association (IATA). This growth will further propel opportunities in the aviation sector, especially in the travel catering segment, which 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 early morning services to Europe, North America and the Indian Subcontinent. These include London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Delhi and Mumbai. Together with a Boeing 777 and the recently-introduced Boeing 787 on the route, the new service will 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, Shukran members from KSA, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and UAE can now earn Shukrans when they book their stay at any one of the Citymax Hotels in the UAE. As an exclusive promotion until 30th April 2017, all Shukran members 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, which is the highest ever recorded, and welcomed more than 228,000 passengers, making the emirate a firm fixture on the world cruise map. The previous season, Abu Dhabi reported 94 ship calls and 200,000 passengers. Ten years ago just 35,000 more

    DAE Announces addition to leadership team

    Dubai, U.A.E., 3 January 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that it had hired Bertrand Grabowski as Senior Strategic Advisor. Bertrand was most recently Member of the Board of Directors of DVB Bank in charge of Aviation and Rail.  Under his leadership, DVB Bank solidified its pre-eminence as a leading aviation asset based lending platform and expanded its franchise to include aviation asset management, Investment management and advisory businesses.  Prior to joining DVB, Bertrand had a well-known career in transportation finance in London, New York and Tokyo. He worked at Citibank and Bank Indosuez providing highly structured asset financing solutions to clients in the transportation sector.  “Bertrand is a world-class aviation finance professional and is extremely more

    Al Qasba Makes a Dazzling Entry into 2017

    A spectacular fireworks display provides viewers with a regal treat Sharjah, 2 January 2017:  Hundreds of revellers made their way to Al Qasba, Sharjah’s premier leisure, tourism and family destinations, on the momentous eve of New Year’s to view one of the finest display of New Year’s fireworks in the emirate, and make a grand entry into 2017. The destination offering premium culinary choices set alongside a Venetian-style water canal is a city favourite for New Year’s Eve celebrations, and was packed with diners who came in to have a memorable closing to 2016 with luxurious treats and impressive fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, the skies above a glittering Al Qasba and the surrounding areas transformed into a panorama of magnificent fireworks. The buildup to the final countdown was more

    GDRFA Dubai committed to enhancing passenger experience

    More than 250,000 use Emirates IDs to exit at Dubai Airports Dubai, December 29, 2016:  Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), said the GDRFA is committed to excel in every area and ensure best services to passengers. The opening of the Dubai Water Canal, which is expected to bring millions of tourists round the year to Dubai, presents before us, at the GDRFA Dubai, challenges to effectively deal with the rise in number of tourists in Dubai and enhance the image of the emirate on the global tourism map, as we expect the number of tourists to Dubai to reach 20 million by 2020. “The visitors would need the best services to make their visit to the UAE through Dubai a memorable one they can cherish for a long time. In line with more

    Shah Rukh Khan's rendezvous with Dubai has taken over the Internet!

    Dubai, UAE, December 29, 2016:  The release of the first film from the #BeMyGuest campaign has already exceeded the 20 million views mark in just 2 weeks. But wait there’s more, Dubai Tourism has another surprise for Shah Rukh Khan fans, and this one too is sure to claim millions of hearts! If watching this film made you want to pack your bags and catch the next flight to visit Dubai, well here’s your chance to do exactly that. Dubai Tourism has announced an exciting competition for fans and eager travelers from around the world. All you have to do is click on the ‘SRK #BeMyGuest Competition’ message from Dubai Tourism appearing on your social media channels and complete the prefilled caption: “I live in #NameOfCountryOfResidence & My New Year resolution is to #VisitDubai & #BeMyGuest to more

    First Commercial Flammability Test Lab Launched in the Middle East

    Dubai, UAE, December 28, 2016:  Etihad Airways Engineering and Lantal Textiles AG have launched the first Flammability Test Laboratory in the Middle East, for regional customers within the aviation industry, including VIP operators, MRO organisations, design and production organisations as well as cabin interior suppliers. Located inside the Etihad Airways Engineering facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new Lantal laboratory will provide test services that include flammability tests, seat cushion tests, heat release and smoke tests.  The laboratory will conform to ISO 17025 quality management standards, and all testing will be conducted in accordance with the Airworthiness Regulations FAR / CS 25.853.  Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We more

    ATM hits the tech highway

    Fast-paced change for travel industry set to continue as ATM 2017 prepares to showcase the trends shaping the future of tourism Dubai, UAE, December 28, 2016:  Innovations in travel technology will continue to transform the tourism industry, with cloud passports, personalised travel, virtual reality and apps predicted to re-shape consumer habits and marketing strategies over the short to mid-term, according to a report by Colliers International.  In its Tourism and Technology Trends report, produced ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), 24 – 27 April 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Colliers International named five trends driving the travel industry: biometric-enabled baggage solutions; cloud passports; personalised travel; spontaneous travel apps; and virtual reality travel.  Simon Press, Senior more

    Dubai welcomes 1,000 delegates from 24 countries to experience the emirate's dynamic tourism industry in Q4, 2016

    Top travel industry professionals and conference organisers experienced an expanded destination offering during 10 familiarization trips organised by Dubai Tourism Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 28 December 2016:  Dubai welcomed almost 1,000 travel industry professionals and conference organisers from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East during the final quarter of this year to showcase the emirate’s impressive range of tourism offerings, through a series of familiarisation trips organized by Dubai Tourism.  The familiarisation trips highlight the organisations commitment to promoting new leisure experiences such as Dubai Opera, IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts in key international markets. Delegates visited from a range of markets, including: Brazil, China, Commonwealth of Independent States, Czech more

    MBRSC opens the space centre at KidZania

    MBRSC brings space science & technology to children with a unique and engaging satellite manufacturing project   26 December, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has officially opened its section within KidZania®, the award-winning children’s edutainment centre managed by Emaar Entertainment in The Dubai Mall. The new MBRSC space science and technology section enables the young visitors to join a team in designing and manufacturing their very own observation satellite, before witnessing the launch and then controlling the satellite as it orbits the Earth. Teams will be guided through the process within the new, interactive labs by a representative of KidZania®, and will have the opportunity to also learn about the projects already launched by MBRSC, and the more

    Etihad Airways Collaborates With Uniway to Boost Chinese Tourism in Morocco by Organising 1,000 Group Visitors

    Dubai, UAE, December 24, 2016:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the “1,000 Chinese Visitors to Morocco” campaign with Beijing Yougo World International Travel Service Co. Ltd. (Uniway), the largest Chinese tour operator specialising in outbound tourism to the Middle East and Africa.  The award-winning airline is also joining hands with the Moroccan National Tourist Office to support plans to attract 100,000 Chinese visitors each year by 2018. This is helped by the visa exemption policy for Chinese tourists from 1 June 2016. Uniway expects to carry 1,000 Chinese travellers with Etihad Airways to Morocco between February and June 2017. “We are delighted to see the obvious increase in demand and the great interest from Chinese tourists to visit Morocco. This more

    Sheikh Ahmed: Dubai has successfully transformed innovation into a working culture in the government

    Mohammed Ahli: Our airports are gearing up to serve up to 146 million passengers by 2025 Airport authorities perform one million security checks every day Via Dubai Security Supplement features Angela Gittens of ACI and Michael Herrero of IATA Dubai, December 22, 2016:  Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports, said Dubai has successfully transformed innovation into a working culture in the government and a daily practice. Sheikh Ahmed, who is also the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Chairman of Dubai World Central Corporation, added: “We want to go further in the innovation path to earn the epithet of being the most innovative country and people.” In his message in the just-released December more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim awarded Middle East Ground Handler of the Year by UAS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 22, 2016:  Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has been awarded by UAS International Trip Support as the best Ground Handler in 2016 for the Middle East region.  Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President of UAS, Mohammed Husary presented the award to Susan Bujtas, Operations Manager at DCAF.  Commenting on the award, Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said: “We are delighted to receive this award. This has been a total team effort by everyone at DCAF. We have consistently been improving our services year-on-year and this award is a testament to that fact. This award will motivate us to further improve our services as we look forward to welcoming, even more, customers through our facility.”  “DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is a more

    Etihad Airways and Tanzania's Precision Air Unveil Codeshare Agreement

    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2016:  In a move that extends its reach across East Africa, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with Precision Air, Tanzania’s leading domestic airline.  Under the new codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Precision Air flights between Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Mtwara, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Pemba, and between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.  Precision Air will place its PW code on Etihad’s daily services between Dar es Salaam and Abu Dhabi, strengthening ties between East Africa and the United Arab Emirates.  Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy & Planning Officer, said: “Precision Air is an innovative and more

    MBRSC launches a Research Grant Program for promoting research and study on space science

    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2016:  As part of its efforts to build the capabilities of the next generation of Emirati scientists, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced its call of the Research Grant Program. The program aims to promote research and studies related to space science in the UAE. Those from the UAE community willing to participate in the program can suggest research topics related to space science or Mars and MBRSC will provide the funds for the implementation of the research selected. The program consists of two main areas. The first is ‘MBRSC Research Grant Program for Martian Atmosphere Science’, which contributes to developing the necessary tools and/or analysis that is aligned with the Emirates Mars Mission’s scientific objectives, and other scientific questions that can be more

    RAK Airport takes off in 2016 - numerous milestones passed

    “Most successful year” say Chairman and CEO Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 21 December 2016:  Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has enjoyed a highly successful 2016, according to its Chairman, Engr. H.E. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi.  Sheikh Salem believes that this shall be the airport’s most positive year, with a host of landmarks passed and records broken during its course. In terms of passenger numbers Ras Al Khaimah’s rocketing tourism industry has also contributed to figures that show 68% growth over 2015 on a like-for-like basis. That marker alone makes 2016 one of the most successful years for the airport in its recent history, but cargo tonnage climbed an even more impressive 98% and aircraft movements increased by a handsome 37%.  Sheikh Salem explained, “A lot more

    The VIP Terminal, the largest purpose built facility in the world, opens at Dubai South

    The VIP Terminal offers time and cost efficiencies within a thriving aviation ecosystem  A seamless bespoke experience catering to the uber luxury lifestyle of its passengers  Dubai-UAE: 19 December, 2016:  In another remarkable first for Dubai South and the country, yesterday saw the inauguration of the VIP Terminal at Dubai South by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President, and His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. The largest purpose built facility of its kind in the world, the terminal is poised to be a game changer in the business aviation sector, offering VIP customers a seamless travel more

    Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils fresh new logo

    New visual identity inspired by upscale hospitality brand’s heritage and contemporary Swiss values   The international Swiss hospitality company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its new logo and corporate identity. Drawing inspiration from the legend of the brand’s origin, the clean, contemporary new visual identity also reflects the warmth, self-assurance and characteristic ‘Swissness’ that shines through the forward-looking company’s properties, and staff, across the globe.   Baar, 17 December 2016 – Since its inception in 1948 with the opening of its first restaurant in Zurich, the Mövenpick brand has expanded to encompass fine foods and a hotel business which has blossomed to become the largest member of the Mövenpick family. With the Mövenpick more

    Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2016:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments hosted a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to showcase the true essence of Festive Season. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long staying guests in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was announced.  Indulge in festive dining this Christmas in Liwan and Shayan restaurants. Offers include Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch at AED 145 per person, Shayan Festive Menu with a choice of Iranian four course set menu at AED 160 per person and Lebanese four course menu at AED 190 per person. Welcome 2017 in festive style at the extended more

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    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 more

    Saudi Arabia witnesses boost in tourism during 2016

    January 05, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has recently seen growth spikes in the tourism sector of Saudi Arabia during the Umrah season and the recent celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday.  This was evident in the increase of occupancy rate in hotel rooms across the country, signifying marked growth in hospitality operations in this time. The positive numbers complement the Saudi government’s initiatives of Vision 2030, which aims to increase the number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to more

    Elaf Group affirms commitment to help promote tourist accommodation services in support of efforts to boost KSA tourism segment

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    Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach officially opened in Abu Dhabi

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan First cruise beach destination of its kind in the region Latest asset of Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector set to change face of ‘winter sun’ tourism in Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi-UAE: December 17, 2016:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Abu Dhabi Ports today has officially opened Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, offering cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism more

    Airport Show 2017 to showcase massive airport expansion plans in Middle East

    UAE to record 5.9 per cent annual growth in international passengers $100 billion worth of airport expansion projects in the GCC Passenger demand to double over 20 Years Dubai, December 15, 2016:  The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries continue with multi-billion-dollar worth of airport expansion projects with a view to cater to the rapid growth in the number of air travellers, projected to double by 2035, and expanding fleets of airlines, particularly their national carriers.  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lead the Middle East growth in number of air travelers more

    IFS Acquires MXI Technologies ltd

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    Air Seychelles Engineers Graduate From World-Class Training Programme With Etihad Airways

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2016:  Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has celebrated the graduation of a group of seven Seychellois engineers who have completed a comprehensive training programme with Etihad Airways. Antoine Francois, Cliffton Leon, Damien Azemia, Erol Agricole, Hervé Toulon, Mario DeSylva and Marlon Nourrice embarked on the specialist four-year course in September 2012, where they learnt about both the theoretical and practical components of aircraft maintenance engineering. The engineers were congratulated on their accomplishment at more

    Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts finalises deal to manage beachfront resort on Ras Al Khaimah's idyllic Al Marjan Island.

    The Swiss hospitality firm’s first property in the emirate capitalises on destination’s growing appeal as one of the United Arab Emirates’ holiday hotspots.    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2016:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has finalised a deal to operate the hospitality firm’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah – one of the United Arab Emirates’ most popular holiday destinations. The 550-key Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, which is slated to open in 2019, will boast a prime beachfront location, offering guests more

    Rail Europe appoints Elaf Travel & Tourism as GSA in Saudi Arabia

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    Dubai Customs concludes (Think-Innovate-Win) airport campaign

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    Sky Prime launches new services during participation in Middle East Aviation MEBA 2016

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 10th, 2016: The Saudi Operator displayed at the exhibition an outstanding luxury inside the A340-200  First Private jet operator to use high connectivity solutions from Honeywell and Amac Aerospace. In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and with the participation of Sky Prime Aviation Services as one of the major sponsors closes another successful edition of the Middle East Aviation MEBAA. Sky Primes Aviation Services signed an agreement with both Honeywell and Amac Aerospace to modernize its fleet with more

    InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts Crowned ‘World Leading Hotel Brand 2016 for the Tenth Time at World Travel Awards 2016 Final

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    October Air Freight Demand Up 8.2%

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    Sky Prime enhances guest's experience with innovative connectivity

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    Hotelier Summit UAE & KSA kicks off today (6th December) with a focus on the sustainable design and tech-oriented Hotels properties

    Anticipating rise in tourists’ inflow to the region and supporting the needs of the ongoing and upcoming projects: Dubai, UAE, 7 December 2016:  For its 9th edition, the Hotelier Summit – UAE & KSA kicked off today (Tuesday, 6th December, 2016) at Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. Reuniting 235 key decision makers and experts from the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with suppliers from across the globe, the summit which will conclude tomorrow (Wednesday, 7th December, 2016), offers an exceptional meeting platform for leading hotel owners, operators, developers, more

    Jet Aviation Dubai joins ACJ service centre network

    Widens support services choice for ACJ operators Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2016:  Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Dubai are to join the ACJ Service Centre network, adding to the choice of Airbus-approved facilities around the world for ACJ customers and operators. Its Basle facilities became part of the ACJ Service Centre Network earlier this year. The expanded network comprises companies that are owned or controlled by Airbus, as well as independent ones that it has approved. Its capabilities include line and heavy maintenance, more

    Etihad Aviation Group Board Approves Joint Venture to Create Major European Leisure Airline Group

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2016:  The Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) Board has approved plans to create a new European leisure airline group in a joint venture with TUI AG, with a fleet of around 60 aircraft, offering 15 million seats capacity per year, focused on point-to-point flying to connect key European tourist markets. The transaction is subject to approvals by aviation regulatory bodies and anti-trust authorities.   The planned transaction includes an agreement for EAG’s subsidiary Etihad Investment Holding Company LLC (Etihad) to acquire the 49.8 per cent share more

    Holiday Inn® Survey Shows There's Too Much Work and Not Enough Play on our Holiday

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    Dubai receives 157 cruise ships during current cruise season 2016-2017

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    Etihad Airways Wins ‘World's Leading Airline' Award for Eighth Consecutive Year

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    European Aviation Network is airborne - providing true in-flight broadband experience

    The European Aviation Network (EAN) has taken to the skies. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, together with their technology partners Nokia and Thales have successfully conducted a programme of test flights in the UK. This is a major milestone in the development of EAN, the world’s first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for the European aviation industry and for millions of passengers travelling across Europe. EAN is planned for introduction in mid-2017. The flights serve to test the performance of the EAN more

    British Airways BOTler launches to serve airline's global ‘London for Less' campaign

    The Facebook BOT will act as a personal online butler, offering customers insider tips and more as part of the airline’s global winter campaign Dubai, UAE, 29 November 2016:  British Airways has launched its new British Airways BOTler, a personal Facebook Messenger BOT that serves customers with a ‘best of the best’ guide to travelling to London this winter. In highlighting numerous reasons to visit the UK capital this winter season, the British Airways BOTler will offer live updates on exclusive deals and personalised recommendations on top attractions more

    Festive Listings – Armani Hotel Dubai

    BE OUR GUEST THIS FESTIVE SEASON Fall in love with the magic of the festive season at Armani Hotel Dubai and end the year with a stylish celebration at the heart of the iconic Burj Khalifa. The city’s cultural diversity is showcased at our five award-winning restaurants with a bespoke collection of seasonal dining experiences from Italy and Japan to India, the Mediterranean and Europe, complemented by signature Armani hospitality. Alternatively, visit our Festive Desk*, located in the hotel lobby, to book your festive experience or purchase Armani gift vouchers. *Open from 12 more

    Finnair prepares for possible flight cancellations due to working restrictions set by Finnish Pilots' Association

    Dubai, UAE, November 29, 2016:  Finnair is preparing for possible individual flight cancellations due to working restrictions set by the Finnish Pilots’ Association. In unforeseen cases, Finnair might not have enough pilots to operate certain flights due to the restrictions placed by the Finnish Pilots’ Association. These restrictions include a ban on pilots working additional flights and pilot roster changes to cover for last-minute illnesses. Collective labor agreement negotiations are still ongoing between Finnair and the pilot union. The collective labor agreement expired more

    JA Ocean View Hotel opens Emirati Village to celebrate 45th UAE National Day

    Dubai, UAE, November 24, 2016:   As the United Arab Emirates prepares to celebrate its 45th National Day, JA Ocean View Hotel at ‘The Walk’ JBR Dubai pays tribute with the return of its popular Emirati Village. From 23rd November to 3rd December guests and visitors will be able to partake in a host of fun-filled activities showcasing the pride of Emirati Culture. About the JA Ocean View Hotel Emirati Village  The traditional Majlis offers a truly authentic Arabian experience, where guests can watch local women bake fresh Arabic breads and a selection of Arabic sweets more

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