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    Global Aerospace Summit 2022 hosted by Mubadala to return to Abu Dhabi

     Mubadala to host the sixth edition of the Summit  Digital Driven Resurgence will form the central theme of the Summit   New for 2022; a dedicated start-up programme, focus on technology and digitalization in addition to the newly formed Task Force and Future Propulsion Working Group   23 October 2021 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Aviation, aerospace, space and defense leaders from across the planet will meet in-person in Abu Dhabi for the return of the Global Aerospace Summit on 24 -26 May 2022.      The theme of the Summit, ‘Digital Driven Resurgence’, will showcase the rapid transformation that has happened across these sectors over recent years and the role of innovation and technology moving forward.  An increasing number of aerospace and ......read more

    Ain Dubai Lights Up Dubai's Skyline With Stunning Opening Show Celebration

    The world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding opened yesterday Thursday 21st October  Thousands joined the extravaganza at the Ain Dubai Plaza that bustled with fun-filled family activities, live DJ sets and a spectacular inaugural light, drone and fireworks show Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23,  October 2021 – The ultimate celebration destination is officially open! After much anticipation, Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding, celebrated its first visitors yesterday. The inaugural rotation took place at 2pm for eager guests who had pre-booked to experience a 38-minute rotation in the state-of-the-art cabins. The first rotation also included the lucky winners of the Ain Dubai treasure hunt around Bluewaters competition held earlier this ......read more

    Airblue Receives its First A321neo

    14, October 2021:  Airblue Limited, the private Islamabad-based airline, has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft. It marks an important step in Pakistan’s aviation journey, making Airblue the first operator of an Airbus neo aircraft in the country. The airline currently operates an all Airbus fleet of nine A320 Family aircraft.  Airblue’s A321neo, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is equipped with CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Currently Airblue operates domestic flights to Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan and to international destinations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The A321neo will enable the airline to further expand its network. The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce Airblue’s operating costs and will offer exceptional ......read more

    Expo 2020 Opens a New Era for Dubai's Tourism Industry

     Dubai Tourism, stakeholders and partners participate in symbolic opening of Expo 2020 Portal Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 13 October 2021:  In a reflection of the huge boost that Expo 2020 Dubai has given to global tourism recovery, key stakeholders and partners opened the doors to a new era for Dubai’s tourism industry at a ceremony marking the symbolic opening of the Expo 2020 entry Portal. His Excellency, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), flanked by a group of stakeholders and partners, participated in the opening of the Expo 2020’s towering entry Portal to the Sustainability district. The opening of the gates was accompanied by the playing of the Expo theme song ‘This is our time’ before the distinguished group of ......read more

    Germany Lifts Travel Restrictions for GCC Travellers

    The German National Tourist Office welcomes the decision of the German Federal Government to allow travel to Germany from Bahrain and the UAE, regardless of vaccination status  Based on a recommendation of the Council of the European Union, Germany has implemented and updated its entry restrictions Dubai, UAE – October 13, 2021:  The German Federal Government has included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the German safe list, reducing COVID-19 implemented restrictions for travellers. The news follows the previous inclusions of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to the list.   The reduction in restrictions applies to all travellers twelve years and above regardless of individual vaccination status, with visitors now able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of ......read more

    Etihad Raises US$1.2 Billion in First Sustainability-Linked ESG Loan in Global Aviation

    • Landmark finance transaction demonstrates UAE flag carrier’s ongoing commitment to sustainability • First sustainability-linked loan regionally to include environmental, social and governance metrics • Loan terms tied to targets to reduce CO2 emissions, increase corporate governance and promote female participation   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has raised US$1.2 billion in the first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in global aviation.   The transaction is the largest sustainable financing in the airline’s history and follows two innovative aviation financing deals – a first-of-a-kind sustainability-linked ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For Half-Term Break

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are ready to welcome a large volume of passengers over the half-term break.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad recommends visiting etihad.com/destinationguide to check the latest updates before the journey begins.   2. Verified to Fly? Visit ‘Manage my booking’ on etihad.com to share covid-related travel documents. Approval will be shared by email giving passengers confidence that all required documents are in place, and allowing fast-track airport check-in at the ‘Verified to Fly’ desks.   3. Check-in ......read more

    Emirates Mars Mission Unveils New Insights into Turbulent Martian Atmosphere

    New Observations Show Unexpected Behaviours in Mars’ Atmosphere as EMM Data Shared with Global Community Dubai-UAE: 9 October 2021:   The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, today released unique new images of Mars that challenge our existing conception of how the planet’s atmospheric gases behave and interact. Taken by the Mars Hope probe’s EMUS instrument, the observations show dramatic variations in the concentrations of both atomic oxygen and carbon monoxide in the dayside atmosphere of Mars. “These observations contain features that were completely unexpected and we believe will have far-reaching consequences for our existing models of the Martian atmosphere and our understanding of its behaviour. We simply hadn’t anticipated ......read more

    Discover from a different perspective with a Boat Rental in Dubai

    Discover boat rentals in Dubai this winter  When we think about Dubai, many of us will associate the emirate with skyscrapers, 6-star hotels, and fantastic shopping. What often goes overlooked is that the entire city is stretched along the coast. A Boat Rental in Dubai is beginning to pick up in popularity due to how easy and accessible it is to rent a boat. As we can guess, Dubai is full of boat owners, which makes finding one to rent on a day-to-day basis extremely easy. Click&Boat, the leading boat rental platform, has everything from luxury yachts to rustic sailboats, and it offers a new perspective when visiting Dubai. It should be noted that whilst boats can be rented for an entire week vacation, they can also be rented for just a few hours - with or without a captain and crew. Sometimes we can get caught up in the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, is marking UAE Civil Aviation Day with a video featuring its young and talented Emirati workforce to support the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness of the aviation sector. The video consists of various professions in Etihad Aviation Group including pilots, doctors and engineers.  Today, 89 years ago, a pioneering journey began when the first aircraft carried passengers to the UAE, landing in Sharjah with four passengers on board. Since then, the UAE has commemorated Civil Aviation Day annually on the 5 October.  Commenting on this occasion, Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government International Communications, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways was established in 2003 ......read more

    Quote of H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC

    October 06, 2021:  We are proud of the announcement of the UAE’s new space mission, which will make us the first Arab country and the fourth country in the world to send a space mission to Venus and an asteroid belt. This mission, with its unprecedented scientific goals, will enhance the UAE's contribution to the scientific progress of humanity. The announcement also coincides with our upcoming celebration of the golden jubilee of the founding of the UAE, confirming our consistent approach to contribute to humankind under the vision of our wise leadership. The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the announcement reflects the ambition of the UAE and its people, which does not stop at any limit. The UAE has always aimed ......read more

    EY20 Sustainable Flight by Etihad Airways Now on Sale

    • Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight to operate on 23 October 2021 from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is inviting travellers to book its EY20 Sustainable Flight departing 23 October from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the latest anniversary of the Etihad Greenliner Programme.   The Etihad Greenliner Programme – now two years old following its inception in 2019 – uses Etihad’s Boeing 787 fleet as a test bed for sustainability improvements in partnership with organisations across the aviation industry. Back in October 2019, Etihad and Boeing signed a landmark agreement, pledging to work collaboratively on sustainable aviation solutions in both the R&D domain and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Host Global Cabin Crew Recruitment Drive as the Airline Recovers From Pandemic

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 04, 2021:    Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is hosting a major recruitment drive, seeking up to 1000 individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join the airline’s World Leading Cabin Crew. The international recruitment days will take place in 10 different cities across the UAE, Middle East and Europe, including Egypt, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.  Applicants interested in attending the recruitment days and joining the airline’s award-winning team of cabin crew should register in advance by visiting etihad.com/cabincrewrecruitment. Employees laid off due to the pandemic are welcome to apply through the airline’s alumni programme, which is currently advertising the ......read more

    Governments' Response to Delta Variant Slams August Domestic Traffic Demand

    2 October 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel decelerated in August compared to July, as government actions in response to concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant cut deeply into domestic travel demand.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to August 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in August 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 56.0% compared to August 2019. This marked a slowdown from July, when demand was 53.0% below July 2019 levels.   • This was entirely driven by domestic markets, which were down 32.2% compared to August 2019, ......read more

    Etihad Launches Flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar

    • Launch sale with return fares from AED 995 in Economy and AED 3995 in Business to celebrate Etihad’s new destinations   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 30, 2021:  Etihad Airways today announced three new quarantine-free destinations for the coming winter season. This November, the airline will begin flying to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, and the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. The new additions to Etihad’s network mean the UAE’s national carrier will be operating to 70 destinations across 47 countries.   Etihad Airways has launched a sale on fares to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar, valid until midnight on 6 October 2021. Available on a first come, first served basis, guests can enjoy return fares starting from AED 995 in Economy and AED ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo and ECS Group Celebrate One Year of Serving Lyon

    Since its first flight on 17SEP20, the leading international cargo airline, together with ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, has flown more than 5 million kilos out of Lyon, France Doha,  Qatar – September 29, 2021:  From zero to 211 flights in just 12 months: Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading cargo airline, and ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, celebrate their first year of air cargo services out of Lyon (LYS), France. Initially planned as a new Qatar Airways passenger service destination for the summer of 2020, prior to the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyon was instead subsequently set up from scratch and in record time as a highly successful cargo gateway. Four times a week, a flexible mix of passenger-to-cargo conversions (B777-300, A350-900, B787-9, ......read more

    Air Cargo Up 7.7% in August Versus Pre-COVID Levels; Capacity Lagging Demand

    29, September 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released August 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend but pressure on capacity is rising.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to August 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 7.7% compared to August 2019 (8.6% for international operations). Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. • The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to July, which saw demand increase 8.8% (against pre-COVID-19 levels). • Cargo capacity ......read more

    Top 7 Holiday Destinations to Visit in Dubai

    Our big blue planet encompasses pristine beaches, historic monuments, forests, and countless treasures. You can even explore eye-glittering places like waterfalls, mysterious islands, and museums. We understand that you want to add all of them to your bucket list. It is challenging to plan and segregate the places to travel with your life partner, friends, and family members. Due to the global pandemic, Coronavirus, the government had imposed travel restrictions to some extent. Now the time has changed. Everything is new normal. If you are a travel freak and willing to explore new places in Dubai as a refreshment, we are here to help you out. When planning such long trips, you may need to be aware of the places before you visit and know the famous restaurants, malls, flight booking, etc. It's not everyone's cup of tea to ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Collaborate with Global Aerospace Entities to Support Startups

     VISTA pitch competitions will be held in partnership with government and industry stakeholders including Etihad Airways, MBRSC, AWS and Boeing Applied Innovation  Startups will be offered a chance to pitch solutions that support the host partners’ initiatives in a bid to compete for exclusive prizes   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27, September 2021: Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to host pitch competitions in partnership with major local and global aerospace entities, including Etihad Airways, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Boeing Applied Innovation. The partnerships aim to provide disruptive startups with an opportunity to showcase their innovative technologies and creative ideas, in support of initiatives launched by the aerospace ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Flights to Seychelles

    • Five weekly flights from October with extra services over school holidays • Etihad Airways launches sale to Seychelles from AED 1,795 return   Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 26, 2021:  Etihad Airways will be operating more flights to Seychelles from October to provide leisure holidaymakers and families with convenient travel options to the tropical paradise.   The national airline of the UAE will upgrade its Seychelles service from four to five weekly flights from 7 October, as well as operate seven additional services between 15 and 24 October to coincide with the half-term holidays. These additional flights have been scheduled to provide families with younger children with more travel options during the school break.   Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Sales and ......read more

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines Launch Code Shares, enabling more Choice for Travellers

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.  “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfil their travel dreams”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We also welcome Turkish ......read more

    Airbus to Deliver U.S.- Completed Commercial Aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Sept. 23, 2021 – Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector. Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus. “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Exponential Abu Dhabi – With Complimentary Expo 2020 Tickets for All Guests

    • From Abu Dhabi to Expo 2020 Dubai in less than an hour • Abu Dhabi welcomes fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving all of its guests travelling into or via Abu Dhabi a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai, the biggest cultural gathering in the world. The spectacular event, taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, will welcome the world to the UAE. Visitors can enjoy a visit to Expo and also explore the incredible tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and the rest of the country has to offer. The special promotion under the “Exponential Abu Dhabi” campaign starts today and will run until 31 March 2022.   Expo 2020 is just a 45-minute drive from Abu ......read more

    Touristic Enterprises Company Reveals its New Strategy to Usher in the New Golden Age of Tourism in Kuwait

    Announces redevelopment plans for 11 projects following the approval of a 250 million KWD capital increase from the Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait- 22 September 2021: Today, the Chief Executive Officer of the Touristic Enterprises Company, Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Marzouq and members of the leadership team revealed the company’s new strategy to become a world-class provider of leisure and entertainment experiences in Kuwait. Speaking at the press conference at Kuwait Towers, Mr. Al-Marzouq outlined the company’s path forward to revive the golden era of tourism in Kuwait and become one of the leading developers and operators of family entertainment experiences in the region. This is the most ambitious transformation in the company’s 40+ year history, which laid out concrete plans for the redevelopment of 11 ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Talabat Team Up To Explore a Range of Exciting New Initiatives

    • Region’s leading food delivery platform talabat joins the Etihad Guest ‘Miles on the Go’ loyalty programme • The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas, and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 21, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and talabat, the region's leading food delivery and q-commerce platform, have signed a region-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives that will benefit both Etihad Airways and talabat customers and employees.   The MoU, signed today at Etihad Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez, heralds the start of ......read more

    Etihad Guest Members to Boost Their Miles With a New Programme Feature, Enabled by Points International

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 20, 2021:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has launched a new programme feature, MilesBooster, powered by global leader in loyalty commerce, Points (NASDAQ: PCOM) (TSX:PTS). MilesBooster lets members multiply miles they have earned from almost any activity - from previous flights or even non-travel related expenditures such as credit card transactions and everyday purchases. Members have the option to double or triple miles earned in the past 12 months when they pay a special mileage rate. Those who take advantage of this new benefit can boost up to 150,000 miles a year depending on their tier status. Kim Hardaker, Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Etihad Airways, said: “Thanks to this innovative new ......read more

    Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre Launched in Kuwait City

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centre has started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   September 20, 2021:  The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has signed a contract for the establishment of the first Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre in the State of Kuwait.   The centre has started to accept passport renewal requests on appointment basis from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   This is the first time The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has outsourced its passport renewal process in the State of Kuwait. Prior ......read more

    Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

    Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for Season 26 from October 26th 2021.    Capturing and inspiring the imagination of children is something that is very important to Global Village. From the now renowned Kids Theatre to the many edutainment attractions and the Kids area ......read more

    Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

    • Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible discounts.   Located in the lower ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Etihad’s stand is giving customers an exclusive taste of what to expect when flying with Etihad. The stand is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends ......read more

    VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    • Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, providing ease, convenience and ensuring they do not have to visit a Visa Application Centre.   Mr. Mohaimeed Saleh Al Salem, Chairman of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Regional Head – KSA, ......read more

    Etihad Enhances Verified to Fly Service to Make Travel Easier

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has upgraded its innovative Verified to Fly service to offer a more streamlined and personalised service through its website, etihad.com.  This upgrade makes the process quicker and easier for Etihad’s guests to ensure they have all the required COVID-related documents before leaving for the airport. Seven days ahead of travel, all guests will receive a personalised email informing them of the documents required for their destination. These travel documents can now be uploaded directly to the ‘Manage my Booking’ page of etihad.com, up to 72 hours before departure. The new website functionality replaces the email upload system which was launched by the airline in May 2021. The new upload process guides travellers through the process of ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

    - The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.   The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee ......read more

    SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

    The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 and 2020. SITA’s UN recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program has been key to lowering the company’s emissions with initiatives designed to create sustainable and energy-efficient workplaces and reduce internal business ......read more

    Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

    - Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the role of new technologies in revolutionising air travel, major changes happening in the cargo sector, global advancements in sustainability and autonomous transportation, in addition to new space services, satellite connectivity and much ......read more

    Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

     Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s cabin crew gave a hero’s welcome to the champions as they travelled with the airline.   On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the delegation was greeted by His Excellency Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National ......read more

    MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

    Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be added to the Emirates Lunar Mission’s science programme. The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars, and is funded by the ICT fund of the telecommunications ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

     Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, effective from Sunday 05 September 2021.   Before boarding to Abu Dhabi, all travellers must show a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure. All travellers must take a free-of-charge PCR test on arrival at Abu Dhabi ......read more

    flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai inbound booking itinerary, a one-way ticket to Dubai or any connecting flydubai flight via Dubai. The complimentary 1-Day Ticket is offered to all passengers who are eligible for the promotion whether they are travelling in Business Class or Economy ......read more

    July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

    02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in July 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 53.1% compared to July 2019. This is a significant improvement from June when demand was 60% below June 2019 levels.   • ......read more

    KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

    One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE.

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    04 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis:   • 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019 • Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year • International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared ......read more

    SITA and Crown Prince Foundation Sign MOU, Opening the Door to New Career Opportunities in Jordan

    The agreement covers internships, apprenticeships, and graduate placements  04, August 2021:  Global aviation IT company, SITA, and the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help improve the career opportunities for students and young professionals in Jordan. Apprenticeships, internships, and graduate programs form part of the three-year agreement.   With nearly 70% of the population below 30 years of age, the MOU will help young Jordanians develop new skills and grow new career opportunities in the information ......read more

    Air Cargo Posts Strongest First Half-Year Growth Since 2017

    1 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets for June showing a 9.9% improvement on pre-COVID-19 performance (June 2019). This pushed first half-year air cargo growth to 8%, its strongest first half performance since 2017 (when the industry posted 10.2% year-on-year growth).  As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to June 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global ......read more

    June Air Travel Recovery Continues to Disappoint

    August 01, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to June 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in ......read more

    Airbus Reports Half-Year (H1) 2021 Results

    • 297 commercial aircraft delivered in H1 2021 • H1 financials reflect deliveries as well as continued efforts on cost containment and competitiveness • Revenues € 24.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 2.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 2.7 billion; EPS (reported) 2.84 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 2.1 billion • Focus on securing A320 Family ramp-up and transforming the industrial value chain • Board of Directors approval for A350 freighter derivative  • 2021 guidance updated   29 ......read more

    Etihad Rolls Out IATA Travel Pass To Seven Cities Following Successful Trials

    Now available on key routes to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia Abu Dhabi, UAE – July 28, 2021:   Following successful trials, Etihad Airways has expanded IATA Travel Pass on flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network as it continues to implement digital solutions to simplify the travel experience in the wake of the pandemic. IATA Travel Pass is available for guests on all Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York and Singapore and offers the convenience of a one-stop platform for managing ......read more

    4 Memorable Holiday Ideas For Eid-Al-Adha

    When it comes to holidays, Eid-al-Adha is the most important time for all Muslims. In the Middle East, this is actually the holiday everyone waits for all along the year. There isn't any happier occasion for Muslim families to get together and share their time, holiday meals, and free-time activities. Probably, this year you want to spend your Eid-al-Adha time more than ever because of last year's Covid-19 pandamic. We want to give you a few holiday ideas to catch so you can make this time an unforgettable lifelong event to create sweet memories for you and your special ......read more

    Dubai's Best Activities for Summer 2021

    The world is beginning to open back up and that means people are looking for places to travel immediately. Those heading to warmer climates might wonder what there is to do in Dubai this summer, and if there are any open attractions at all. What kind of activities are there to do in Dubai this summer?     Visitors from around the world are in luck: Dubai is a great place for summer surprises, hence the name of its special summer events. But where to start? Visit the malls first and foremost. Each of the most popular malls and hotels this year will offer great events, but ......read more

    Al Ain International Airport welcomes two new weekly flights operated by Nile Air

    Al Ain International Airport to connect with Cairo International Airport through scheduled flights by Nile Air every Monday and Friday   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 July 2021: Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, has welcomed two new weekly flights between Al Ain and Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The inaugural flight, operated by Nile Air landed at Al Ain International Airport on Monday, July 12 at 21:15 Local Time (LT). Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome two new weekly ......read more

    7 Stunning Things You Can Only Do In Dubai

    The evergreen cultural influx that you can breathe in Dubai is something unique in the entire world. This city in the heart of the Middle East isn't only made of luxury malls and extraordinary city lights overnight. It's an all-inclusive place where you can enjoy art, shopping at all levels, visit futuristic neighborhoods, and plan a trip to the desert. In a city where fresh-water fountains seem to appear and disappear beyond each corner of its giant buildings, it may not sound a good idea to go exploring the desert region. But Dubai is made of this, as well. The desert on the edge ......read more

    7 Unique Adventure Sports You Can Try In Dubai

    Not all places can boast the same high-level kinds of activities to do for both locals and tourists as Dubai. This wonderful city in the heart of the Middle East shines bright like a diamond in a black mine. Surrounded by huge desert regions, Dubai is the capital of anything that is thought to be impossible out there. So, are you still wondering why millions of tourists want to visit this destination every year? We want to offer you a quick overview of the most representative activities that can make your vacation experience not unique but even incredible. It's what everyone tells ......read more

    Tax is Not the Answer to Aviation Sustainability

    15, July 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernization of air traffic management.  “Aviation is committed to decarbonization as a global industry. We don’t need persuading, or punitive measures like taxes to motivate change. In fact, ......read more

    IATA Calls on States to Follow WHO Guidance on Cross-Border Travel

    July 15, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to COVID-19 and international travel. It will be presented to the WHO COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday 15 July.   Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:   • Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit • Remove ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For the Peak Eid Holidays

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 13, 2021:  With Etihad’s newest destinations - Mykonos and Santorini in the Greek Islands, and Malaga in Spain - opening last week, and travel restrictions around the world continuing to ease, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are geared up to welcome a large volume of passengers over the Eid holidays.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Chauffeur Service to and From Dubai for Economy Guests

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is offering free private airport transfers to and from Dubai for guests travelling in Economy to select destinations. Tickets must be booked by 11 August for travel by 30 September 2021. Travellers will also earn double Etihad Guest Miles on their flight too.  Guests travelling to Dubai do not need to quarantine on arrival and can travel easily from Abu Dhabi International Airport, using Etihad’s complimentary transfer services to Dubai. During the promotion, guests ......read more

    May Air Cargo 9.4% Above Pre-COVID Levels

    08, July 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend.   As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to May 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9.4% compared to May 2019. Seasonally adjusted demand rose by 0.4% month-on-month in May, the 13th ......read more

    Women in Aviation (WIA) in Dubai Awards Scholarships to Rising Stars

    Awards are the first of their kind in the MENA region Winners get scholarships worth over US$50,000  Recognition in aviation and aerospace domains Gender diversity in the aviation industry recognised  Dubai, July 6, 2021:  The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter’s General Assembly, held as a co-located event of the 20th edition of the Airport Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has awarded scholarships worth over US$50,000 and honoured women who are helping the aviation industry gain gender diversity. For the first time, an ......read more

    Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Set to Steal the Show at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

    • Goodwood Festival of Speed dynamic debut of the highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar • V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition to also make Goodwood debut from the Supercar Paddock  • Return to Formula One marked with celebratory ‘Aston Martin Moment’ • Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll will drive AMR21 F1® car on Saturday   July 06, 2021:  Following the cancellation of last year’s show, Aston Martin are looking forward to exciting the crowds this week at Goodwood Festival of ......read more

    Jebel Jais – Pushing Ras Al Khaimah's Tourist Sector to New Heights

    July 03, 2021: Ensuring the future of the Hajar Mountains’ native flora and fauna is a key consideration as the Emirate launches new and exciting adventure attractions at the UAE’s highest peak      There can be no better symbol for the tourism aspirations of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah than Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the UAE. Reaching almost two kilometers in height, this imposing feature stands out against the impressive contours of the Hajar Mountains and - thanks to a new focus in tourism - has come to represent Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitions ......read more

    SITA Launches a Revitalized Portfolio to Meet the Industry's Changing Demands

    Five priority areas have been identified as critical to rebuilding air travel post-COVID   UAE – 1 July 2021:  Your Runway to Success, published today by SITA, sets out five critical areas for the air transport industry’s rebuild in the next 18 months and highlights SITA’s remodeled solutions to tackle the major challenges facing air travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Over the past 12 months, COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the aviation industry financially and operationally. IATA estimates a net loss for the airline industry of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends ‘Verified to Fly' Travel Document Initiative Globally

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 30, 2021:   Etihad Airways has extended its ‘Verified To Fly’ travel document initiative, enabling travellers to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport, to routes across its global network.  Available for the vast majority of Etihad flights, to use the Verified to Fly service passengers sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and following the simple instructions to upload and submit their travel documents. Guests will receive confirmation once their documents have been approved in line ......read more

    United Airlines Orders 70 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    Premium single-aisle aircraft positions airline for growth    UAE, 29 June 2021 - United Airlines has placed an order for 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft, positioning the airline to grow its presence in the single-aisle market in alignment with its “United Next” initiative.  The new order complements existing orders from United for 50 A321XLR aircraft, bringing the total commitment from the airline to 120 A321 aircraft.  Another reason the A321neo is in such high demand globally is that the aircraft provides superior environmental performance with the ......read more

    IATA Launches Self Registration Portal for IATA Travel Pass Lab Network

    29, June 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a self-registration portal to make it easier for COVID-19 testing labs to join the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network.  IATA’s Lab Network provides a list of eligible lab locations around the globe so that travelers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test prior to travel.  The newly launched portal provides a one-stop-shop for labs to self-register to be included in the Network.  Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility *criteria* ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cargo Rise to the Top Amid Pandemic

    June 29, 2021:  Although the aviation industry took a hard hit in 2020 and suffered its heaviest losses to date, Turkish Airlines distinguished itself with relatively good business performance. According to CAPA (Centre for Aviation, part of the Aviation Week Network) Turkish Airlines established itself as the busiest aircraft carrier in Europe during the pandemic, and one of the top five airlines in the world. This was achieved by a series of agile steps to maintain liquidity, keep costs at a manageable level and adapt to the “new normal”.  Turkish Airlines ......read more

    Elegant Places in Dubai and Abu Dhabi To Watch Euros 2020 in Style

    The much-anticipated summer tournament promises much action this year, and the exciting fixtures already have fans frenzied. Fans are also coming back to the stadiums after an unusual year of football. The atmosphere at the Euros will indeed be electrifying. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, football fanatics have the chance to follow the competition from the best venues in the city. Here are a few outlets to consider. Dubai   Perry and Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse  The spacious venue has long anticipated the Euros and has an accommodative set up for football ......read more

    MBRSC Collaborates with CNES on the Emirates Lunar Mission

    •         Under the French-Emirati cooperation initiative, the French space agency will provide MBRSC with CASPEX cameras for the Rashid Rover. •         The cameras will provide high resolution images in full HD.   Dubai, UAE, 21 June 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it has partnered with French space agency, CNES for the Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this new French-Emirati cooperation initiative, CNES will provide MBRSC with two optical cameras (CASPEX) for the Rashid rover, which ......read more

    Wizz Air Launches Paperless Flight Deck With Its New Electronic Flight Bag

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 June 2021: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest-growing airline, today announces the launch of its new Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a technical solution that will replace all printed onboard manuals and materials with iPads for pilots. The new system brings increased efficiency to all aspects of flight planning. It builds on the airline’s broader sustainability commitments by significantly reducing paper use and fuel consumption.  Under the new EFB system, every Wizz Air pilot will receive an iPad. The devices will be equipped with the relevant documents, ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Offers Even Lower Fares for Selected Flights Through Mobile App Sale

    18, June 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is offering 15% discount on ticket fares for selected flights purchased on the mobile app, which is also available in Arabic. The even lower than usual fares will be for specific flights operating until 31 October 2021. Flights will need to be purchased through the mobile app before 18 June 23:59 CET time.  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi offers discounted PCR tests in the UAE capital. Everyone on board of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi flights will have been tested prior to boarding and approved to travel in line ......read more

    Gambling, Alcohol, and the Law - What visitors to Dubai should know

    Although the pandemic hit Dubai’s tourism just as much as anywhere else in the world, there was a steady year-on-year increase in visitor numbers until 2020.  In 2018 there were nearly 16 million visitors which was an increase of one million from 2016. The official number now stands at around 16.7 million tourists visiting Dubai every year. The large majority of these visits are safe and enjoyable, however, there are some laws that tourists may not be aware of before they arrive.  Whether you are visiting Thailand, the USA, China, or Dubai, it is always a good idea not ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Awarded ISAGO Registration

    - Abu Dhabi Airports’ Ground Handling service provider, Munawala, awarded IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration - Registration is a reflection of Munawala’s exceptional safety and security performance across Al Ain International Airport   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 June 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Munawala Ground Services (Munawala), Abu Dhabi Airports’ Ground Handling service provider, the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration, marking its commitment to safety and ......read more

    Flydubai and Alhosn Partner to make Travel more Convenient

    June 16, 2021:  flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it has partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for contact tracing and health testing related to COVID-19, to provide passengers with digital verification of COVID-19 medical records while travelling from the UAE. flydubai becomes the first airline to partner with Alhosn to offer this service to its passengers. flydubai passengers, who are citizens, residents and visitors of the UAE, can now use the Alhosn app at check-in without having to present a printed copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result when ......read more

    Travel Quarantine-Free With Etihad Airways From AED 995

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Until 24 June 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched reduced and flexible fares to quarantine-free destinations globally.  Whether travellers are looking for a short city break or a week relaxing on the beach, it’s time to see the world from a new perspective. Make up for lost time and reclaim the summer.   With limited or no quarantine when travellers fly to and from Etihad’s sale destinations, experience a Spanish fiesta with fares from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona from AED 1,995 ......read more

    Travel Secrets: Top 5 Useful Applications for Those Who Are Going to Relax in the UAE

    Now, when traveling, few people get by with a simple map and guidebook. Often tourists think over routes to the smallest detail, buy tickets to museums, book hotels in advance and online. But it also happens that there is no time for this organization, let's say you have found a new hobby - using TonyBet log in to try more and more new games. In this case, modern irreplaceable assistants come to the rescue - applications. We present to you a selection of the most useful apps for tourists traveling to the UAE.   We Call a Taxi The first application that will be needed ......read more

    Business Aviation at Dubai Airshow 2021: A Thriving Industry Despite the Challenges

    - Business aviation is one of the few industries that saw growth despite the impact of COVID-19   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 13 June 2021: Dubai Airshow is set to highlight the growth in business aviation and provide a platform for industry experts to shape the future of the industry with the deployment of ground-breaking technologies. Business aviation is one of the key sectors that will be represented at the event, with 30% of the attendance being involved in that part of the industry.    Key names in business aviation that will be taking part in Dubai ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Announces Updated List of “Green List” Destinations (Effective from 13 June 2021)

    13, June 2021, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has issued the updated list of ‘Green List’ destinations. Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.   Countries, regions, and territories included within the ‘Green List’ will be regularly updated based on international development. Inclusion in the list is subject to strict ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Celebrates Philippine Independence Day with Special AED1 Seat Sale for Dubai-Manila Flights

    • As a special treat for UAE-based Filipinos and other residents this Independence Day, Cebu Pacific launches a three-day airfare deal for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED1 one-way base fare    • The promo runs from June 12 until June 14, 2021, and covers the travel period from November 1, 2021 until March 26, 2022     Dubai, UAE, 12 June 2021:     As the Philippines commemorates its 123rd Independence Day, the country’s largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), launched a special seat sale that gives ......read more

    Yahsat and Airbus Complete Preliminary Design Review of Next Generation Satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 09 June 2021:  Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the leading global satellite operator wholly-owned by Mubadala, and Airbus today announced the realisation of a key milestone in the construction of the Thuraya 4-NGS next generation mobile telecommunications system, the successful completion of its Preliminary Design Review (PDR).  Thuraya 4-NGS is part of a transformational programme delivering a comprehensive, new L-band ecosystem with the upgrade of Thuraya’s space and ground, and user (products and solutions) segments. Complemented by a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces New Summer Routes to Mykonos, Santorini and Malaga

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 06, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch seasonal flights to Greece’s most popular islands, Mykonos and Santorini, and the famous southern Spanish city of Malaga in Andalusia.  Mykonos will operate between 8 July and 11 September 2021 and Santorini between 9 July and 12 September 2021. Both destinations will benefit from a twice weekly direct service on an Airbus A320.  With a safe travel corridor established between the UAE and Greece, fully vaccinated individuals now have more ......read more

    Your Guide to Quarantine-Free and Easy Travel Options With Etihad Airways

    • Germany, Spain and USA added to Abu Dhabi ‘green list’ • Italy lifts quarantine on arrival  • Bahrain, Greece and Seychelles welcome fully vaccinated travellers  • Verified to Fly and Home Check-in services make travel even easier   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 01, 2021:  Following the latest update to Abu Dhabi’s ‘green list’ and the UAE’s recent announcement of safe travel corridors, Etihad Airways guides travellers on the best way to enjoy hassle-free travel.    New ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Releases Annual Sustainable Development Report 2020 Encapsulating its Key Developments and Priorities

    Safety, Carbon Offsetting, Sustainability in operations and Biodiversity are some focus areas in which the airline has achieved significant progress   The Cathay Pacific Group recently released its 2020 Sustainable Development Report that summarises the initiatives that were brought about by the pandemic including new safety measures and policies introduced to support its customers and employees through the global health crisis. The report also points at the progress made in reducing carbon footprint, along with measures taken to tackle operational sustainability ......read more

    Smart Technology will Define Future Airports, says SIRA Chief

    No place for traditional airports without advanced smart technologies Future technologies will enhance airport security Dubai, May 26, 2021:  There will be no place for traditional airports to operate without advanced and smart technologies in the future which stresses the absolute necessity for airports of the future to enhance security and facilities enabled with smart devices, said Major General Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, Chief Executive Officer, Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA). Delivering the keynote speech on Future Technologies Enhancing Airport Security at the ......read more

    Airport Show's 20th Edition Opens in Dubai on a High Optimism Note

    Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed: The overwhelming response to the Airport Show indicates the aviation world’s strong confidence in Dubai and its global efforts DXB continues to innovate to remain an ideal destination in the future Thani Alzaffin: The aviation industry will regain the lost momentum soon Ali Al Midfa: The Show enhances cooperation in the aviation industry Ibrahim Ahli: Dubai constantly upgrades safety and security systems A renewed sense of optimism in the airport industry after unprecedented upheavals and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic Dubai, May 24, 2021: His ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Announces Updated List of “Green List” Destinations (Effective from 23 May 2021)

    23 May 2021, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has issued the updated list of ‘Green List’ destinations. Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.   Countries, regions, and territories included within the ‘Green List’ will be regularly updated based on international development. Inclusion in the list is subject to strict ......read more

    Emirates Post Care Society and VFS Global Distributes Gifts to Children of Inmates of Penal and Reform Institutions

    • Distribution drive provided clothing items for over 100 children from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah    May 23, 2021: To mark the season of giving, the Emirates Post Care Society joined hands with VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, to provide gifts to over 100 children of inmates of penal and reform institutions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.   Under the charity program, the children went on a shopping trip and were able to select clothing items as per ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudia Solidify Relationship With Reciprocal Earn and Burn Partnership

    May 19, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier, SAUDIA, announced a new reciprocal loyalty agreement, expanding on the existing codeshare deal between the two airlines. Members of the Etihad Guest and ALFURSAN programmes can now earn and redeem miles on flights across both carriers’ networks. Loyalty programme members from both airlines will also be able to earn Tier Miles and Tier Segments, helping them progress to the next tier level faster. In addition, members will be able to earn ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport accredited by ACI for its Health and Safety Measures

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 May 2021:  Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has successfully received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI), as a testament of its implementation of extensive health and safety measures in response to the global pandemic.  The accreditation reflects the quality of the Airport’s measures, which align with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (ICAO CART), as well as industry best practices. The accreditation is based on ......read more

    A First-Time Traveler's Guide to Dubai

    Dubai, referred to as the city of gold, is famous for offering the extremes of almost everything you can imagine. If you’ve been scouring the internet gleaming for as much information as you can before hopping on to the next flight to Dubai, this first-time traveler’s guide can come in handy. From the vast desert to the blue sea and from the tallest building in the world to the jaw-dropping malls, you must soak in as much of this world as possible. With excellent restaurants serving cuisines from all over the globe to the sunny beaches, Dubai is full of excitement at every ......read more

    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Rapid Increase in Private Jets Movements in Q1 2021

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2021:  Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South announced that private jets movements continued their impressive growth in 2021 with a 336% increase in Q1 2021, reaching 4,904 compared to 1,460 in Q1 2020 and 1,676 in Q1 2019.   Aircraft movements include the four FBOs operating at MBRAH, which are Jetex Executive Aviation, Jet Aviation, DC Aviation and ExecuJet Middle East.  Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “Our private jets movements at the VIP Terminal in MBRAH have been increasing steadily ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Reaches All Time High in March, up 4.4% Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

    05 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels (March 2019) with demand up 4.4%. March demand reached the highest level recorded since the series began in 1990. Month-on-month demand also increased albeit at a slower pace than the previous month with volumes up 0.4% in March over February 2021 levels.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless ......read more

    March Domestic Demand Sees Upsurge but International Travel Still Largely Shutdown

    5 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021).    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to ......read more

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