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    Abu Dhabi Strengthens Russian Trade and Tourism Links With First Flight to Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport and Introduction of Daily 787 Flights

    • Etihad moves to Russia’s largest, newest terminal and increases daily flight capacity, growing trade, tourism and economic ties between the two countries   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 06, 2021:  Exactly 13 years after it first connected Abu Dhabi to Moscow, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, launched its inaugural flight to the new state-of-the-art International Terminal C at Moscow Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport (SVO).     Operated by a 787 Dreamliner, Flight EY63 departed Abu Dhabi International Airport at 9.35am and landed in Moscow at  2.25pm on 2 December, where it was greeted with a welcoming ceremony including and a delegation of government ministers, the UAE Ambassador to Russia and senior SVO ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches New Promotion as Part of UAE Golden Jubilee and National Day Celebrations

    - 10,000 seats available for 99 AED each on selected flights from Abu Dhabi   04 December 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline is continuing its celebrations of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and National Day by launching a new promotion. The airline is offering tickets for 99 AED each for 10,000 available seats on selected flights from Abu Dhabi. The discount flights are now on sale on www.wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app (also available in Arabic).    His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declared 2021 as ‘The Year of the 50th’ to commemorate 50 years since the nation’s founding in 1971. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is committed to help drive a bold new frontier for the travel and tourism industry ......read more

    Is Dubai Safe? Warnings Travelers Need to Know

    Towering skyscrapers rising high into the skies add a lovely touch of glamour, coupled with a sparkling coastline, making Dubai a tourist hotspot. People from far and wide have made Dubai their home, and the city is marching into an exciting future. However, there are rules that tourists should follow. Additionally, every country has issues with fraudsters, and many individuals could try to take advantage of curious foreigners. For instance, scammers could attempt to tempt you with fake gold or counterfeit luxury products. In other cases, you might encounter things like broken taxi meters, leading to you overpaying for services. So, do be careful and go through our guide on how you can stay safe in this marvelous city. How Safe Dubai Is Yes, Dubai is a bit of a conservative city to be in. However, despite that, you'll ......read more

    Maharashtra Aims to Increase Medical and Wellness Tourists from UAE and the Gulf

    Maharashtra Unlimited @ Dubai   Dubai - November 22, 2021: The Indian state of Maharashtra’s Directorate of Tourism and Medical Value Travel Council of India (MVTCI) have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE and Oman in the Gulf to bring the West Indian state’s wellness and healthcare tourism offerings to citizens and residents in these countries.   Maharashtra is showcasing its culture and tourism potential, in addition to trade and commerce, as part of the presence in the India pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai. The state government aims to explore long-term collaborations with organisations in the UAE and the region in the areas of business, investment, trade, and medical tourism. The state, home to the best clinical outcomes in India, is positioned itself as the national ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates the UAE National Day with Special 50% Promotion

    The airline will also launch a social media photo competition where the winners will receive a free return flight to a destination of their choice 22 November 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline, has announced it will offer a special 50% discount on its flights to all destinations to celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee anniversary. The 50% discount flights are now on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app (also available in Arabic).  The airline is also launching a UAE National Day social media photo competition, the 50 best entrants will win a free return flight to a destination of their choice on the national carrier’ network. To enter the social media competition, entrants must take a photo of a UAE landmark and submit it using ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Expands Air Services to the Russian Federation

    • Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes Aeroflot, the largest carrier in the Russian Federation, operating flights from and to Moscow     22, November, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) announced new services connecting the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, to the Russian capital, Moscow, through new weekly flights by Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, at Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Starting November 2021, Aeroflot started to operate three flights weekly from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO).    Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome Aeroflot amongst our growing list of international carriers. These developments are an honest reflection of Abu Dhabi’s ......read more

    Go Green this Black Friday Cathay Pacific Offers Complimentary Carbon Offset

    With the sustainable Black Friday deals, flyers can avail up to 15 percent off popular destinations all while doubling their carbon offset while travelling   UAE: From the iconic jade colour on Cathay Pacific’s livery, to the airline’s wide-range of sustainability initiatives, Cathay Pacific is proud to be green and make a difference to global climate change.  To complement Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday flight deals, the premium airline is launching Green Friday, an initiative to offset carbon emissions for every flight purchased between 19 - 29 November for travel from 10 January through October 2022. Green Friday: Flight deals and complimentary carbon offsetting Cathay Pacific will be extending its Green Friday promotion globally, allowing passengers to benefit with exclusive flight offers, ......read more

    Airbus forecasts 3,020 New Aircraft Deliveries to Airlines in the Middle East by 2040

    Dubai, 18 November 2021 –  Airlines operating in the Middle East region will require 3,020 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries by 2040, according to the 2021 Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) launched at the Dubai Airshow 2021. This will bring the total fleet to 3,210 from a 2019 fleet baseline of 1,300 aircraft. During this period, the fleet in the region will transition to new generation types such as the A220, A320neo family, A330neo and A350 bringing significant efficiency improvement and a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions per passenger. Growth is driven by the forecast 2.3% CAGR increase in GDP between now and 2040. Aviation and tourism will continue to be key growth sectors for the Middle East and drive GDP growth.  Airbus forecasts that air traffic in the Middle East will achieve ......read more

    Akasa Air Orders 72 Fuel-Efficient 737 MAX Airplanes to Launch Service in Fast-Growing Indian Market

    - New Indian carrier’s order valued at nearly $9 billion, includes 737-8 and high-capacity 737-8-200    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 17, 2021 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Akasa Air, a brand of SNV Aviation, today announced the new Indian carrier has ordered (72) 737 MAX airplanes to build its fleet. Valued at nearly $9 billion at list prices, the order is a key endorsement of the 737 family’s capability to serve the rapidly growing Indian market.   At the 2021 Dubai Airshow, Akasa Air CEO Vinay Dube said, “We are delighted to partner with Boeing for our first airplane order and thank them for their trust and confidence in Akasa Air’s business plan and leadership team. We believe that the new 737 MAX airplane will support our aim of running not just a cost-efficient, reliable and ......read more

    Qatar Airways Renews Sponsorship with Qatar Football Association for Two More Seasons

    The World’s Best Airline extends its commitment to supporting the current champions of Asia, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qatar Airways Holidays offers international football fans tailor-made packages for once-in-a-lifetime experience during the upcoming FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ 16 November 2021 - DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways signed today a partnership agreement with Qatar Football Association (QFA), demonstrating its commitment as the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions.  The contract renewal will see the country’s national carrier partner with QFA for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, ahead of the much-anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. To commemorate this partnership, both Qatar Airways GCEO, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and Sheikh Hamad bin ......read more

    Air Tanzania Announces Order for Boeing Freighter and Passenger Jets

    - Order for 787 Dreamliner, 767 Freighter and two 737 MAX airplanes - Passenger and freighter models will boost airline’s capability in Africa and beyond   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2021 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the United Republic of Tanzania today announced an order for a 787-8 Dreamliner, a 767-300 Freighter and two 737 MAX jets at the 2021 Dubai Airshow. The airplanes will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national flag-carrier of Tanzania, to expand service from the country to new markets across Africa, Asia and Europe. The order, valued at more than $726 million at list prices, was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.   “Our flagship 787 Dreamliner is popular with our passengers, providing unrivalled in-flight comfort and ultra-efficiency for our ......read more

    Sky One FZE Purchases Three 777-300s from Boeing Capital Corporation

    Dubai, United, Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2021:   Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] wholly owned subsidiary Boeing Capital Corporation and Sky One FZE today announced a sales agreement for three 777-300 airplanes at the Dubai Airshow. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Sky One FZE is a privately held aircraft leasing company based in the United Arab Emirates. Sky One FZE has a diverse business portfolio, namely dry and wet leasing, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services, pilot training, operations, Air Operator’s Certificate management as well as spares and logistics. The firm has a strong focus on growing airlines in Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States and India. Sky One FZE Chief Executive Officer Charles Szar said, “With the addition of three 777-300s powered by Rolls Royce engines to our ......read more

    29 Italian Companies at the Dubai Air Show

    Italian aviation and aerospace exports to the UAE reached Euro 79 million in 2020 Dubai, UAE; 14th November 2021: Italy aviation and aerospace industry, a sector with a turnover of Euro 17 billion in 2020 and employing over 230,000 staff, returns stronger than ever at Dubai Airshow with 29 companies participating, more than double the 2019 edition. Italy occupies a leading position in the international context, being the 4th producer in Europe and 7th in the world when it comes to aerospace, defence and security equipments production. Taking place at DWC airport until Thursday 18th November, this year Dubai Airshow will be ‘futuristic’ with major focus on new technologies and showcasing the latest developments in mobility, aviation and space. Alongside the exhibition, the brand new conference stage, Tech Xplore, will ......read more

    Boeing to Open Three New Freighter Conversion Lines; Takes Order for Eleven 737-800BCF

    - New conversion lines to open at KF Aerospace in Canada and at Boeing's London Gatwick MRO in the United Kingdom - Icelease orders eleven 737-800BCF; will be launch customer for new conversion line at London Gatwick MRO facility - 737-800BCF now has more than 200 orders and commitments from 19 customers   United Arab Emirates, Nov. 14, 2021 – As global demand for freighters continues to soar, Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced plans to add three conversion lines for the market-leading 737-800BCF across North America and Europe. The company also signed a firm order with Icelease for eleven of the freighters as the launch customer for one of the new conversion lines.   In 2022, the company will open one conversion line at Boeing's London Gatwick Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Set to Welcome more than 85,000 Visitors for Biggest Edition of the Event in History

            13 new countries to be represented at this year’s Dubai Airshow  Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 14, November 2021: The world is set to witness the launch of the much-anticipated Dubai Airshow 2021 on Sunday, 14 November, which is expected to be the biggest edition of the event since it began in 1989. The Airshow will run until Thursday, 18 November, bringing the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries together for what promises to be the most extraordinary experience in the history of air shows. This year, the event will welcome more exhibitors than ever before, including over 370 new exhibitors, and representatives from almost 150 countries. There will be civil and military delegations from more than 140 countries and the event will feature 20 country pavilions, including ......read more

    flydubai Participates at the Dubai Airshow with One of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

      flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, is participating at the Dubai Airshow for the seventh time, joining the static aircraft display with one of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Saturday, November 13, 2021 — The Airshow, which is held from 14 to 18 November, will give visitors the opportunity to experience the airline’s interior and onboard product. In addition, flydubai has unveiled a new livery design feature in celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary and it will take part in the official formation flight at the Dubai Airshow. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we are delighted to be back at the Dubai Airshow, especially during this historic year in which we celebrate our nation’s 50th anniversary. As travel begins to open up and the world begins to connect ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 to Welcome General Public to Watch the World's Most Incredible Aircraft from Skyview Grandstand

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 11 November 2021:  Dubai Airshow 2021, set to be the biggest Airshow held in the UAE to date, will welcome members of the general public, families and children to witness the daily flying display from the purpose-built Skyview Grandstand, at Dubai World Central, Al Maktoum International Airport, the home of the Airshow, taking place from 14-18 November. The flying teams include Al Fursan, the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team; Russian Knights by the Russian Air Force; Surya Kiran, the aerobatics demonstration team of the Indian Air Force; Sarang, the helicopter air display team of the Indian Air Force; and the Saudi Falcons, a BAE Hawk-equipped Royal Saudi Air Force aerobatic team. Timothy Hawes, managing director at Tarsus Middle East commented: “We are looking ......read more

    Etihad Airways Showcases Abu Dhabi's Racing Scene In UAE 50 Celebrations

    • Third phase of Etihad’s year-long celebration of the UAE’s golden jubilee year launches today titled ‘Hosting the World’ • First of three videos sees female Emirati racing driver Amna Al Qubaisi challenge motorsport expert and YouTuber Sam Fane at Yas Marina Circuit   Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 11, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today launched the third phase of its golden jubilee celebrations. In a series of videos launched over the next three weeks, Etihad will bring together experts from the fields of Formula 1, Music and Fashion from around the world, with their Emirati counterpart, hosted in the UAE.   In the launch video, the first Emirati female racing driver, Amna Al Qubaisi, shows off Abu Dhabi’s credentials as ......read more

    Why yacht rentals in Dubai are the best way to spend your vacation...

    Dubai is an incredible place, but the endless skyscrapers, shopping centers, and activities can make us forget that it’s a coastal place. Visiting Dubai’s urban areas is a great experience, but there’s another side to Dubai that can be explored on the waters. Yacht rentals are one way to see Dubai from the outside - to take a step back and admire the city skyline from where you can really see it. Being a wealthy coastal place, there are, of course, plenty of marinas and places to moor a boat - and also many boats that can be rented out. Whether it’s for an afternoon or a whole month, Nautal easily facilitates renting motorboats, bareboat, sailboats, and luxury yachts. For example, many people are not even aware of the World Islands; a cluster of artificial islands that were created to represent the world ......read more

    Finnair Complements Turku and Tampere Flight Connections with Bus Connections to Lower the CO2 Footprint of the Route as of Summer 2022

    November 04, 2021:  Finnair will resume flights to two of its domestic destinations, Turku and Tampere, where flight connections have been on hold since spring 2020 due to the pandemic. Finnair will complement the flight connections to Turku and Tampere with a new type of bus connection, to reduce the CO2 footprint of these routes. The routes are among the shortest in Finnair network, although they have been operated with energy-efficient ATR aircraft, their emissions load per passenger is clearly heavier than on other routes.   “Turku and Tampere are an important part of our network. Traveling on these routes focuses on international exchange travel, and we want to continue to offer the best range of connections to customers in the regions.” says Perttu Jolma, VP, Traffic Planning at ......read more

    #Together: Global Village Kicks off a Month-Long Celebration for the UAE Golden Jubilee

    • Global Village partners with Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award to celebrate 50 Years of Togetherness  • Two photography competitions call for inspiring images taken at Global Village showcasing the spirit of diversity and community to mark the UAE’s 50th National Day   Dubai, UAE, 3 November 2021: Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, attractions and entertainment, begins its month-long UAE National Day celebrations on the 50th Flag Day of our Nation.    Partnering with Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), Global Village launches the 50 Years of Togetherness photography contest. The prestigious competition is designed to create a ......read more

    Analog Mission Sirius 2021 Crew

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC): Saleh AlAmeri will begin the first UAE Analog Mission as the primary analog astronaut on November 4. The 8-month mission is part of SIRIUS-21 and will take place in an isolated environment in Moscow along with participants from the USA and Russia.

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    Dubai Garden Glow Season 7 Kicks Off

    Dubai, 1 November 2021:  Dubai Garden Glow, the world’s largest unique theme park, will kick start its seventh season on the first of November with many more new concepts and attractions of glow-in-dark garden. After the whopping success of the previous six seasons, this year’s theme is ‘Glowing Safari,’ where the visitor can be enthralled by wildlife that have been recreated innovatively. It will be a unique Safari trek in the Glow Park with incandescent animals all around, a colorful flower valley with dynamic, moving blossoms, and a glittering butterfly trail using 10 million energy saving bulbs.  The Glow Park, a neon wonderland, will take the visitor from an information age to an entertainment age. The whole garden has been constituted manually and fabricated with handmade lights. The unique, ......read more

    HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: Dubai Airshow 2021 Set to Reconnect the Aviation, Aerospace, Space and Defence Industries

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum led a press conference ahead of Dubai Airshow 2021 highlighting it as one of the most important events of the year     Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 01 November 2021: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group emphasized the importance of Dubai Airshow 2021 during a press conference held in Dubai today. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed described the event as an opportunity to reconnect the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.    H.H said: “Based on the number of new participant countries and exhibitors added this year, Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to be bigger and better than the 2019 event. The event will ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Offers Impossible Low Fares to Its GCC Destinations for AED 29

    5,000 seats to Muscat and Bahrain to be released for limited time offer 1 November 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a UAE national airline, has today unveiled a limited time offer on flights to Muscat and Bahrain for only AED 29*. The offer is now live on wizzair.com and can be availed on a first come first serve basis until all 5,000 seats are purchased. Muscat and Bahrain are amongst some of the latest additions to the Wizz Air Abu Dhabi route network. The two destinations are part of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s mission to increase connectivity and affordable travel options within the GCC. The flights to both Muscat and Bahrain are operated three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  

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    Etihad Airways Announces Flights to Holy City of Medina

     Three weekly Medina flights starting 27 November 2021   Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 31, 2021:  Etihad Airways has announced the launch of flights to the holy city of Medina from 27 November 2021.   Medina will be served three times weekly from Abu Dhabi using a modern two-class Airbus A321.   Fatma Al Mehairi, Vice President Sales UAE at Etihad Airways, said: “We look forward to reconnecting Abu Dhabi with Medina, a city of enormous historic and religious significance for Muslims around the world. Our flights will support the growing demand for religious travel and strengthen the existing air links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a key travel market for Etihad Airways.”   The service has been timed to provide religious, leisure and business travellers in the UAE and ......read more

    Etihad Airways' Sustainable Flight Reduces Carbon Emissions by 72%

    • Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight flew from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi on Saturday 23 October leveraging the learnings and efficiencies developed over the last two years • Using a combination of sustainable aviation fuel and operational efficiencies the Sustainable Flight reduced CO2 emissions by 39,000kg and fuel burn by 1,800kg   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 28, October:  Etihad Airways operated its most sustainable flight ever, leveraging the learnings and efficiencies developed over the last two years of its comprehensive sustainability programme to reduce carbon emissions (CO2) by 72% in absolute terms compared to the equivalent flight operated in 2019.     The London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi flight is part of the Etihad Greenliner Programme – a two-year ......read more

    MBRSC Picks SpaceX for MBZ-SAT Launch

    The MBZ-SAT will be launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission is scheduled to be launched no earlier than 2023.   UAE - 28, October 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it has selected SpaceX as launch provider to deliver MBZ-SAT, the most advanced commercial satellite in the region in the field of high-resolution satellite imagery, into space. The second Emirati satellite to be fully developed and built by a team of Emirati engineers after the KhalifaSat will be launched on board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. MBZ-SAT will be scheduled for launch toward the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024. Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. Yousuf ......read more

    UNOOSA and Airbus pick African Team to Fly “Free” Climate Monitoring Payload on the International Space Station

    27, October 2021 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space have selected the winner of their joint opportunity for a free one year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The climate mission supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will fly on Bartolomeo, the Airbus external payload hosting platform. The winning ‘ClimCam’ team consists of specialists from different fields and symbolizes the power of international cooperation, bringing together researchers from three institutions: the Egyptian Space Agency, the Kenyan Space Agency, and the Uganda National Space Programme within the Ugandan Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Jointly, the team will develop a remote sensing camera system to monitor weather, floods, and impacts of ......read more

    MBRSC Signs MoU with Italy's TAS-I and ALTEC to Identify Opportunities for Space Collaboration

    UAE - 27, October 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy’s Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) and the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company (ALTEC) to identify opportunities to study and develop solutions for space and planetary exploration systems. The MoU was signed by Salem AlMarri, Deputy Director General, MBRSC, Massimo Claudio, Managing Director, TAS-I and Vincenzo Giorgo, CEO, ALTEC on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s premier space event, being held at the World Trade Centre in Dubai.  The preliminary areas of cooperation identified include interplanetary missions development, rover system design and integration, advanced terrestrial analogous systems, higher education activities ......read more

    Airbus, Air Liquide and ispace Europe launch EURO2MOON, a non-profit European platform to explore future uses of natural lunar resources

    The European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) announces its intention to join this organization as the first non-founding member   Dubai - 27, October 2021 – In a contex of increased momentum around space exploration, Airbus Defence and Space, Air Liquide and ispace Europe have announced the joint creation of EURO2MOON.  This non-profit organisation will be dedicated to promoting a better use of lunar natural resources, while accelerating the cis-lunar economy and federating industrial efforts across Europe.  Bringing in complementary expertise from public and private partners, EURO2MOON will focus on topics related to the exploration of the lunar surface and the utilization of its resources in a commercial and sustainable way. Topics to be addressed will also include long duration ......read more

    Key Players from Italy's Aerospace, Defence and Security Industry Present at the International Astronautical Congress 2021

    Specialised skills, investment and collaboration have resulted to Italy becoming a long-standing trade partner to the UAE    Dubai, UAE -  26, October 2021: Italy’s aerospace, defence and security industry turnover reached Euro 17 billion in 2020, whilst employing 230,000 staff, firmly placing the country as the 4th largest producer in Europe and 7th largest in the world.  Advancements in technology and investment in R&D will be Italy’s key exhibiting factors at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021 (IAC), taking place from 25 to 29 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year’s exhibition theme is ‘Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind’ and marks a momentous year for the UAE, as the country has been chosen as the first ......read more

    States Must Deliver on Commitments to Restore Global Connectivity

    24, October 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to use the commitments reached at the ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19 (HLCC) to make real progress towards restoring global air connectivity.   States attending the ICAO HLCC declared their commitment to 14 measures which, if acted upon, would enable airlines to meet the demands of consumers worldwide for a revival of air travel. In particular, two commitments need the most urgent action by governments. These are:   • ‘We commit to taking effective measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by international air travel, in particular through the implementation of the ICAO CART guidelines, and encourage the harmonization of Member States’ ......read more

    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

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    November 17, 2021- Under the umbrella of the Saudi General Civil Aviation Authority, Dammam Airports Company (DACO) is participating in the Dubai Airshow 2021 along with other national entities from the civil aviation sector. The event is being held alongside Expo 2020 Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from November 14 to 18 at the Dubai World Central International Airport. Through its participation in this important exhibition, DACO advances its projects related to building, ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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). ......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 ......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 ......read more

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