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    When it Comes to Travel, the UAE and KSA Place High Importance on Premium Experiences

    • New research finds that airport lounges remain extremely popular in the region   • Loyalty rewards are considered the top payment card travel benefit   • There is a correlation between travel benefits and increased use of payment cards     17, AUGUST 2022: The travel ecosystem is already making a comeback after a disruptive event that has impacted every industry. Travellers are again taking to the skies for business, leisure, and even bleisure. UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows a 182% year-on-year rise in international tourism for the first quarter of 2022, with destinations worldwide welcoming an estimated 117 million international arrivals compared to 41 million in the first quarter of 2021.   Collinson, a global leader in traveller experiences, recently performed a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Double Daily Flights to Manila

    Additional daily service to commence on 30 October Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways is set to strengthen air connectivity between the UAE and the Philippines this winter with an additional daily service to Manila. A second daily flight will be established on 30 October, providing guests with a total 14 flights per week between Abu Dhabi and the Filipino capital. Both daily frequencies will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft in the skies. “As one of our biggest markets for point-to-point travel, Etihad is proud to offer our guests a greater choice of options and easier access between the UAE and Manila," said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Cargo. "Our double-daily service will provide the large Filipino ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Relaunches Route to Moscow

    08 August 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low fare national airline of the UAE, today announced it will resume its operation to Moscow, Russia. The flights will operate daily from 3 October 2022. Tickets are on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting as low as AED 359*.  Michael Berlouis, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said: “Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is operating a network of 34 destinations within a five-hour flight time radius of Abu Dhabi, providing ultra-low fares to a variety of diverse destinations. We support the UAE’s travel and tourism industry by enhancing connectivity both regionally and globally, in line with national regulations and policies.” Strategically located in the UAE, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi provides ultra-low fare, hassle-free and ......read more

    Summary of Weekly Real Estate Transactions for the Week Ending 05 August 2022

    Dubai:  The real estate and properties transactions valued at AED 5.3 billion in total during the week ending 05 August 2022. The sum of transactions was 2,247.  255 plots were sold for AED 1.24 billion, 1,510 apartments and villas were sold for AED 2.79 billion.  The top three transactions were a land in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid sold for AED 106.57 million, followed by a land that was sold for AED 90 million in Island 2, and a land sold for AED 106.57 million in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid in third place. Al Hebiah Fifth recorded the most transactions for this week by 130 sales transactions worth AED 310.91 million, followed by Jabal Ali First with 40 sales transactions worth AED 126.81 million, and Al Yufrah 2 with 26 sales transactions worth AED 31 million in third place.  The top ......read more

    June Air Cargo: Stable and Resilient

    03 August 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing healthy and stable performance.  Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 6.4% below June 2021 levels (-6.6% for international operations). This was an improvement on the year-on-year decline of 8.3% seen in May. Global demand for the first half-year was 4.3% below 2021 levels (-4.2% for international operations). Compared to pre-COVID levels (2019) half-year demand was up 2.2%.   • Capacity was 6.7% above June 2021 (+9.4% for international operations). This was an increase on the 2.7% year-on-year growth recorded in ......read more

    Etihad Airways Scales Up its Cargo Operations with Airbus New Generation A350F Freighter

    UAE - Abu Dhabi 3 August 2022:  Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow. The freighters will upgrade Etihad’s freight capacity by deploying the most efficient cargo aircraft available in the market. This order of the A350F sees the national carrier of the UAE expanding its relationship with Airbus, and adding to its existing order of the largest passenger version of A350-1000s, five of which have been delivered.  Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet. This additional ......read more

    Experience a New Full-Board Summer Staycation at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

    DUBAI, AUGUST 01, 2022: This Summer immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings of Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts that welcomes guests to enjoy an unforgettable new full-board experience, amidst a Polynesian paradise.    Maximize your precious vacation and put a date in your family’s diary to make lots of memories with a jam packed, full-board staycation, that everyone will get excited about. Available until 30th September, with Deluxe King Rooms starting at AED 790++ per night, guests can fully immerse themselves in the Polynesian spirit of ‘aloha.’ An additional guest can be bought along to join the fun for an extra fee of AED 200++ per person.   Every member of the family is invited to kick back and enjoy a sensational stay filled with delicious food and incredible experiences. From the ......read more

    The MBRSC Announces the Opening of Registration for SpaceOps 2023

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 29, July 2022 – The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBSRC) announced that registration for the 17th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2023) is now open. The conference, one of the world's leading and premier events in the space sector, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 6 to 10, with the underlying theme "Invest in Space to Serve Earth and Beyond." The event, the first of its kind in the Arab world, is hosted by the MBRSC in collaboration with the SpaceOps Organization. SpaceOps 2023 will bring together world-class scientists, practitioners, engineers, and leaders in the space industry to discuss the latest research, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovations in the space sector. The most recent advancements in robotics, human elements, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Soars to Record-Breaking First Half Profit as Transformation Pays Off

    Etihad flies past targets as EBITDA improves to US$ 691 million Etihad’s ‘Sustainable50’ Airbus A350 Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways today announced its financial and operating results for the first half of 2022, posting a record-breaking core operating profit of US$ 296 million (H1 2021: US$ 392 million loss). This result was achieved despite fuel costs increasing by almost 60% in comparison to the same period last year. Etihad carried 4.02 million passengers in H1 2022, over 3 million more than last year (H1 2021: 980,000), with an average seat load factor of 75%. Passenger loads increased consistently over the first six months, rising by 21.9 percentage points as travel demand recovered. The airline saw a strong boost in passenger volumes in February as Abu Dhabi further relaxed pandemic-related ......read more

    Renault Duster: Elevate Your Every Day, Energize Your Experience

    The Renault Duster needs no introduction. The SUV has been a popular choice for those seeking a well-performing yet stylish car. Effortlessly enhancing the everyday journeys of drivers across the globe, the Duster has created a niche for itself over the years.  The latest edition of the Renault Duster boasts an immaculate mix of great performance, unmatched design, and the same extraordinary appeal that it has always been associated with.  Envious design: The exteriors of the SUV are equally charming. Made to match the energy of all possible terrains you’ll ever drive, the stunningly athletic yet sophisticated lines, further accentuated by its iconic grille and lighting signature, make the Duster stand out.  A robust, modern design means you are captivated every time your eyes meet the new front end, roof ......read more

    SITA Unveils eVisa and ETA to Transform Borders and Boost Growth

    The digital solutions support safer, easier, and more secure travel with potential economic benefits 28 July 2022 – SITA today announced the launch of SITA eVisa and SITA Electronic Travel Authorization to meet the rapidly growing demand from governments for digital visa systems to stimulate national economies after COVID-19, strengthen security and improve the travel experience.  Governments globally are shifting to modern travel authorization solutions, like electronic visas and Electronic Travel Authorizations (ETAs). According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), traditional visas – applications made via a consulate or embassy – decreased from 77% in 2008 to 53% in 2018. There is a growing demand for digital travel solutions.  The advantages of digital authorization solutions include ......read more

    States Progress towards Long Term Aspirational Goal on Aviation Emissions

    26 July 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed progress by states towards a long-term aspirational goal (LTAG) of net-zero aviation carbon emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement’s temperature objectives. This is noted in the summary of discussions for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) High Level Meeting held in preparation for the 41st ICAO Assembly later this year. “The ICAO High Level Meeting’s support of a long term goal for states that is in line with the aviation sector’s net-zero by 2050 commitment is a step in the right direction. A formal agreement at the 41st ICAO Assembly would underpin a common approach by states to decarbonize aviation. That’s critical for the aviation industry. Knowing that government policies will ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches Competition with Free Tickets on a Mystery Flight to an Unknown Destination

    Exciting competition for adventure seekers to #GetLostwithWizz on the airline’s first ever flight from the UAE to a mystery destination  25 July 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, today launches the ‘#GetLostwithWizz’ competition in the UAE. This unique competition encourages travellers to seize the moment, live life to the fullest and create unforgettable memories in a mystery destination in the vast and expanding Wizz Air Abu Dhabi network.  A Wizz Air plane full of adventure seekers will take flight to an undisclosed destination, where they will then spend the weekend ‘getting lost’ in a new experience. The flight will depart from  Abu Dhabi on Friday 26 August and return on Sunday 28 August 2022.  The competition ......read more

    Sharjah Airport witnesses 6 million passengers in first half of 2022

    Al Midfa: The figures reiterate the trust and confidence travelers place on Sharjah Airport Sharjah, 25July 2022: Sharjah Airport has witnessed a 142.74% rise in the passenger traffic during the first half of 2022, accounting for approximately 6 million travelers. This substantial growth from 2,449 million travelers in H1 2021 illustrates the confidence that customers have in the service and assistance provided by the airport. Additionally, the airport saw a considerable growth in the number of flights, with a total of 41,189 aircrafts operating in H1 compared to 21,709 in the same period of last year, registering an increase of 89.73%. Between January and June, Sharjah Airport handled over 96,000 tons of cargo, accounting for an increase of 50.39%, compared to 63,844 tons the previous year. H.E Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to Expand Its Ever-Growing Network with the Launch of Flights to Kuwait and the Maldives

    • Flights to Kuwait commence from 30 October and underpin Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s commitment to the Gulf Region • From 04 October, flights to the Maldives will begin, making the dream island paradise more accessible and affordable than ever • The routes will be operated onboard Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s newest Airbus aircraft, which is expected to join the national airline’s fleet later this year    21, July 2022 - Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, today announces it will launch two new routes from Abu Dhabi to the idyllic island paradise of the Maldives, and the airline’s fifth key destination in the Gulf, Kuwait. Tickets are on sale now on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting from just AED ......read more

    Etihad Airways Joins UAE's In-Country Value Program to boost Aviation's Contribution to the Industrial Sector

    Abu Dhabi, UAE -  20 July 2022 – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has become the country’s first airline to join the In-Country Value (ICV) Program. The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) is expanding the program’s scope to include new sectors like aviation as part of the national industrial strategy to sustain economic growth and raise the efficiency and competitiveness of the industrial sector. The In-Country Value Program, part of the UAE’s Projects of the 50, is a pillar of the national industrial strategy and benefits certified companies by increasing local demand for their products and services. By joining the ICV program, Etihad Airways will prioritize local suppliers and UAE companies in the procurement process. It will also encourage global ......read more

    Dubai Airports takes Customer Support to Another Level with the Launch of its Always-on Customer Contact Centre

    Dubai, UAE - 20 July 2022: People travelling through Dubai International (DXB) now have access to a new customer contact centre that provides always-on access to DXB customer service professionals anytime, anywhere, at their convenience on their channel of choice. The new contact centre blends live and technology-enabled services for travellers to access support via phone, email, live chat, social media on @DXB and @DubaiAirports platforms, as well as WhatsApp for business, which is coming soon.    Dubai Airports began testing the new integrated DXB service earlier this year to ensure seamless operations and guest support. The contact centre includes 24/7 bilingual support as well as the most updated and consistent information across all channels, including automated flight status check without having to speak to an ......read more

    Re-imagining yasisland.com's CX to Deliver a Connected Digital Destination

     Yasisland.com re-designed delivers a new benchmark for user experience and transformed customer experience [07/20/2022], Dubai, UAE – Yas Island Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations, has unveiled its new digital experience which puts the customer at the center. The new website delivers a new benchmark in user experience (UX), allowing holidaymakers to search, browse and book personalized and specially curated holiday packages with record-breaking speed. Powered by the global leader in Digital Experience Management, Sitecore, and award-winning Experience led digital agency Horizontal Digital, Yasisland.com delivers a digital experience out of this world.   Yas Island gave Horizontal, a Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner, the challenge of designing a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes First Airline to Partner with University of Cambridge Aviation Impact Accelerator

    • UAE’s national airline leading the industry in sustainable aviation through academic and industrial synergy   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have announced they are the first airline to join the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), an international group of practitioners and academia convened by the University of Cambridge. The airline joins Boeing and Rolls-Royce who also announced their commitment to partner with AIA to accelerate their work towards net zero aviation and provide in-depth technical and policy expertise.   The announcement took place at the Aerospace Global Forum (AGF) on the opening day of Farnborough Airshow. The AGF is a brand-new platform at the Airshow aimed at driving immediate action towards net zero aviation. The AIA ......read more

    5 Things to know if you're Planning a Long Weekend in Qatar

    What’s not to love about a long weekend? An extra day off after your busy weekly schedule of appointments, meetings and commitments just to reset and relax. For the well-heeled traveller, it’s a perfect opportunity to change scenes, explore new places and make friends with new faces. With a few long weekends on the horizon, here are five things you should know if you’re planning one in Qatar:    1. Flights If you’re the jet-set type, there are a number of daily flights to choose from. Just hop onto a plane and find yourself in a different country potentially in as little as 70 minutes!   UAE to Qatar - average 1 hour 5 minutes  18 daily direct flights connecting three of the UAE’s major cities 6x daily flights from Dubai  6x daily flights from ......read more

    Looking for Amazing Desert Safari? Book with Us!

    Tour Info: Desert Safari Desert Safari is one exciting activity you should add to your bucket list if you’re looking for real adventure. But there’s more to it than just the thrilling roller coaster ride and the dune bashing. You will also get to enjoy a multitude of activities once you reach the desert camp where you can also experience a true Arabian spirit. The safari journey starts by picking you up from your hotel in the afternoon and going straight to the destination. An experienced safari driver will drive you through the exciting desert to experience a breathtaking drive in the sand dunes plus a scary dune bashing. A few stops for photo snap shots are absolutely a must if you don’t want to miss the beautiful sunset. The tour will continue with more fun activities that awaits you in the camp ......read more

    Etihad Airways Named Airline Ratings ‘Environmental Airline of the Year 2022'

    • The UAE’s national airline leading the world in sustainable aviation, ahead of COP 28 next year   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been named ‘Environmental Airline of the Year 2022’ in the annual Airline Ratings awards. The ranking recognises Etihad’s industry-leading strategy to improve aviation sustainability for both the airline itself and the entire industry.   The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change chose the UAE as host for COP 28 which will take place in 2023. Etihad’s achievement is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s own commitment to work with the international community to accelerate global efforts to address climate change and environmental protection and create a more sustainable economic ......read more

    Shurooq Unveils New Adventure Project Adjacent to Al Soueifa Mountain, Khorfakkan

    Project featuring zipline, giant swing, and dry-slide and hiking tracks, targets mountain adventurers and hiking enthusiasts   Sharjah, 14 July 2022:  Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has revealed details of the authority’s exciting adventure project coming up in the Eastern area of Khorfakkan, overlooking the serene Luluyah Beach.  Shurooq’s Acting CEO unveiled the details of the adventure project, which is being developed adjacent to the spectacular Soueifa mountain in Khorfakkan, during a live phone call to the Al Khat Al Mubasher radio show on Wednesday (July 13).    Featuring a host of adventure activities and sports, the upcoming project comprises a zipline, giant swing, a dry-slide track, hiking tracks, ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Announces Resumption of Dubai Route

    Hong Kong’s home airline will resume direct flights from Dubai to Hong Kong on 2 October July 14, 2022: Cathay Pacific will resume non-stop flights between Dubai and Hong Kong from 2 October, enabling passengers to rediscover the people, places, and experiences that matter the most. The airline will operate three flights per week on Monday, Friday and Saturday, providing travellers with direct access to Hong Kong in addition to seamless connections to onward destinations including the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. All flights will depart from Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport and can be booked on the Cathay Pacific website.   Flight Schedule* Day of the ......read more

    Malaysia Airlines Signs Five-Year Deal with SITA to Boost Connectivity across Its Global Operations

    Fast, secure, and reliable connectivity will support the carrier’s post-pandemic recovery    14 July 2022 – Malaysia Airlines has renewed its partnership with SITA for a comprehensive upgrade that will link its global operations to its hub in Kuala Lumpur with fast, secure, and reliable network connectivity.   As part of the five-year agreement, Malaysia Airlines will leverage SITA Connect, specifically designed for the air transport industry, to meet the airline’s needs in and outside airports. SITA Connect will lower connectivity costs, improve the quality of service, enable ease of access to new features and applications, and facilitate their passengers' check-in process worldwide, benefiting from SITA's global presence at over 650 airports across 220 countries and ......read more

    Saudia Wins Top Sustainability Award for Customer Engagement

    Sustainability In The Air Lab’ saw us asking people who experienced our operations first hand, staff and guests, for their opinions and ideas. Airline a finalist in five categories in the SkyTeam Sustainable Flight ChallengeSAUDIA, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was announced as the winner of the customer engagement category in the SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge.E This follows SAUDIA running the world’s first in-flight sustainability lab on a Jeddah to Madrid flight to crowd-source ideas from guests. The sustainability lab was staged on May 12th on SV 227 from Jeddah to Madrid onboard a SAUDIA 787-9 Dreamliner, which was also the world’s longest carbon net-positive flight. The lab was run in partnership with SimpliFlying, global leaders in helping airlines build brand ......read more

    Women Underwater Enthusiasts Ready to be Inspired by Kandima Maldives this International Women's Dive Day

    13th July 2022:  International Women’s Dive Day, celebrated this year on 16th July, has grown into the most celebrated day of diving dedicated to women divers around the world. Kandima being Maldives’ most game-changing lifestyle resort, aims to encourage more and more women to dive and involve in underwater experiences. This International Women’s Dive Day, Kandima hosts the record-holding female free diver, May Leethanachai, for an ultra-kool 2- day workshop and fun dive sessions for our guests at Kandima’s state-of-the-art water sports and dive centre Aquaholics!  May’s journey is not only inspiring, but she has proved to be a leader paving the way for other women divers from across the world. She is not only a certified PADI instructor and a member of FMCG for the past 11 years, but also a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Partners with Junk Kouture

    The World Final of Junk Kouture 2022 hosted at Etihad Arena on 11 January 2023  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates announces its partnership with Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable youth fashion competition.     Junk Kouture’s partnership with Etihad Airways will see an exciting offering across multiple communication channels, joining the sustainability goals and efforts of both companies. As part of the agreement, Etihad will provide flights to all competing teams in Junk Kouture across five international markets. Locally, Etihad will donate obsolete aircraft items such as old seat covers, carpets, cabin crew uniforms and life vests to UAE schools participating in Junk Kouture for upcycling and use in their ......read more

    Pack Your Bags and Gather Your Closest Girlfriends for the Ultimate “Girls' Getaway” to Milaidhoo

    Fun-filled tropical island escape to refresh, reset and recharge  Luxury boutique island resort Milaidhoo Maldives has launched the ultimate “GIRLS’ GETAWAY” experience. Offering barefoot living at its absolute best, Milaidhoo is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with your best friends. From the moment you step onto the jetty at Milaidhoo, dreams of a tropical paradise become reality. The tiny island surrounded by endless turquoise sea has a deeply intimate feeling – luxurious yet informal, vibrant and welcoming, private and comfortable, transporting you to another world and instantly putting your soul at ease. Created for those wishing to indulge themselves with their group of closest girlfriends, the Milaidhoo “Girls’ Getaway” experience is for women who want to gather ......read more

    International Travel Drives May Air Traffic Recovery

    12 July 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger data for May 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel accelerated heading into the busy Northern Hemisphere summer travel season.    Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019. • Total traffic in May 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 83.1% compared to May 2021, largely driven by the strong recovery in international traffic. Global traffic is now at 68.7% of pre-crisis levels.    • Domestic traffic for ......read more

    May Air Cargo Buoyed by Easing of Omicron Restrictions in China

    12 July 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2022 data for global air cargo markets showing that the easing of Omicron restrictions in China helped to alleviate supply chain constraints and contributed a performance improvement in May.    Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 8.3% below May 2021 levels (-8.1% for international operations). This was an improvement on the year-on-year decline of 9.1% seen in April.  • Capacity was 2.7% above May 2021 (+5.7% for international operations). This more than offset the 0.7% year-on-year drop in April. Capacity expanded in all regions with ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces First Nft Collection: Ey-Zero1

    NFT collection of 3D aircraft models will provide owners with benefits and support procurement of sustainable fuel    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the upcoming release of the airline’s first non-fungible token (NFT) collection, ‘EY-ZERO1’.   The utility-driven series features ten highly detailed 3D aircraft models, each one showcasing a unique Etihad Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery. A total of 2003 limited-edition collectibles, symbolising the year when Etihad Airways was established, will go on sale at 6pm UAE time on 21 July. The collectibles include Etihad’s Manchester City FC and Greenliner-themed aircraft, among others. "We're excited to launch our first NFT collection, EY-ZERO1, ......read more

    Etihad Airways ‘Sustainable 50' A350 Makes Inaugural Flight to New York

    • From today, all Etihad New York and Chicago flights will be operated by the airline’s new A350 fleet, providing best-in-class inflight service • The ‘Sustainable50’ programme drives operational efficiencies and supports Etihad’s decarbonisation efforts   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways celebrated the arrival of its new Airbus A350-1000 in the United States following the inaugural commercial flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on 30 June. The aircraft, which accommodates 371 passengers, is one of five new Airbus A350s to join Etihad’s fleet this year.   From today, all Etihad flights servicing New York and Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be operated by the ......read more

    Research Shows Pent-up Demand for Air Travel, with Passengers Embracing Mobile and Touchless Technologies

    Passengers embrace IT for convenient and seamless air travel, as the air transport industry continues to digitalize the journey’s steps   30 June 2022 – SITA’s 2022 Passenger IT Insights research, published today, highlights pent-up demand for both business and leisure travel emerging from the pandemic, with passengers further embracing mobile and touchless technologies to make the journey as convenient and seamless as possible. The survey reveals an increase in passenger use of mobile devices for booking, on board the airplane, and for bag collection in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2020, while automated gates saw increases in adoption for identity control, boarding, and border control. The results clearly reflect the accelerated digitalization of air travel since the outbreak of the pandemic and ......read more

    Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub Set New Records with 200,000 Visitors and Confirm Season 5 Opening Dates this September

     Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub upcoming season will welcome visitors 15 September 2022  A new multipurpose adventure ropes course for both children and adults to be added to the destination’s wide range of activities   Open through summer 2022: Hatta Kayak, and the hiking and biking trails  Season 4 witnessed 200,000 visitors from 125 nationalities and an increase of 32 percent in the number of partners from the Hatta local community    Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2022: Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with operations across hospitality, leisure and entertainment, announced that Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub Season 5 will commence on 15 September 2022, following a successful extended Season 4 that welcomed more than 200,000 visitors from 125 nationalities ......read more

    Dubai Airports Announces Successful Completion of DXB's Northern Runway Rehabilitation Programme

    This future-proofing project is a key pillar in Dubai Airports’ strategic growth plans, ensuring its ongoing commitment to passenger care and operational excellence  The first aircraft touched down on the newly refurbished tarmac on June 22nd, marking the official reopening following 45 days of extensive rehabilitation to improve safety, efficiency and capacity well into the future   Dubai, UAE – June 30, 2022: Dubai Airports has announced the successful on-time completion of Dubai International’s (DXB) northern runway project, following 45 days of extensive rehabilitation works from May 9 to June 22.    On June 22nd, an Emirates A380 bound for Amman, Jordan was the first aircraft to depart from the new runway and shortly after, an Emirates A380 arriving from Sydney, Australia ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Increases Flight Frequencies across Expanding Network

    The national airline enhances connectivity in the UAE and shares love of travel with more convenient flight times this summer 28, June 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has announced additional flights from Abu Dhabi to capitalise on the increasing demand for travel. Providing hassle-free, affordable travel for tourists and residents in both the UAE and throughout the region, flight capacities are being extended to both Bahrain and Muscat, Oman to operate daily from July 3. The airline will also be operating to Santorini, Greece three times a week in July on Monday, Thursday and Friday.  Strategically located in the UAE, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi provides ultra-low fare, hassle-free and efficient travel options to Alexandria (Egypt), Amman (Jordan), Aqaba (Jordan), Athens ......read more

    Dubai Airports' Hajj Committee Finalises Preparations for Hajj Travellers from DXB

    First flight for Hajj pilgrims scheduled to depart Dubai for Madinah on 30 June Dubai, United Arab Emirates – June 27, 2021: The Hajj Committee at Dubai Airports has announced that it has finalised preparations to ensure a smooth and seamless airport experience for customers who will be travelling for the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj to Saudi Arabia in the coming days and weeks.  Dubai Airports’ Hajj Committee which comprises representatives from key service partners including Dubai Police, the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Customs, Dubai Health Authority, flydubai, Emirates, Saudi Airlines and flynas among others – met recently to put the final measures in place across DXB’s terminals. According to the Committee the operator has earmarked dedicated counters ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Direct Passenger Flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing

    • This route is the first regular direct international passenger flight to resume for Beijing under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council, in response to Covid-19   • The resumption of the direct air link between the two capitals is another achievement of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and China   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will resume direct passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing from 29 June 2022, becoming the first regular direct international passenger flight to recommence for Beijing, under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.    The airline will operate a weekly flight on a Boeing ......read more

    Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road and Saudi Tourism Authority Host Tour Operators from East Europe to Visit the Kingdom for the First Time

    June 24, 2022 - Riyadh, KSA: Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road recently welcomed tour operators from East Europe as part of the Saudi Tourism Authority’s first familiarization trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In an aim to establish further business ventures and attract international travelers, the familiarization trip allowed participants from ten tourism agencies from across Eastern Europe. Participants experienced Riyadh’s rich culture and hospitality firsthand while discovering the city's diverse landscape and unique offerings.  The two-day itinerary included an in-depth personal hotel tour and sight inspection of the facilities and amenities by Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road’s General Manager, Mahmood Omar, and Director of Sales, Bashar Naji, followed by a trip ......read more

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    Wizz Air Introduces New Routes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Europe and the UAE

    Enhanced global connectivity brings our incredible Low Fares to Saudi Arabia in support of KSA’s Vision 2030, supporting rapidly expanding tourism and aviation sectors within the Kingdom 22 June 2022, Budapest, Hungary: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most sustainable airline, is launching exciting new routes from Dammam, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to Rome, Vienna and Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi route will be operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s joint venture airline with ADQ. Launching in September 2022, the new destinations are the first step towards a ......read more

    Best Waterfront Communities in Dubai

    Around 7 million tourists visited Dubai in 2021, and around 85% of Dubai’s residents were born elsewhere. Why do people from other countries choose to move here? Fast development of the city, favorable investment climate, sunny weather — all of these are more than enough.    Moreover, Dubai is a coastal city, and this fact plays a huge role in its popularity as well. Living near the water helps improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and increase overall happiness. What are the best beachfront areas to live in Dubai? Find out in the article.    Emaar ......read more

    Three Vital Pandemic Lessons for Governments to Restore Public Confidence

    21, June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to apply the lessons learned from the dismantling of global connectivity in response to COVID-19 to ensure that future global health threats can be effectively managed without closing borders. The World Health Organization (WHO) long advised that border closures are not an effective means of managing a global pandemic. Evidence observed during the pandemic proved the point. Most governments ignored this advice, acted in isolation from the industry and other governments, and put in place ......read more

    Ensuring Safe Rollout of 5G Networks

    21 June 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services[i]. While IATA recognizes the economic importance of making spectrum available to support next generation commercial wireless telecommunications, maintaining current levels of safety of passengers, flight crews, and aircraft must continue to be one of governments’ highest priorities. The call came as the industry was meeting in Doha, Qatar at the ......read more

    2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards Winners Announced

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the third edition of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards.   Inspirational Role Model: Güliz Öztürk – CEO, Pegasus Airlines  High Flyer Award: Kanchana Gamage – Founder and Director, The Aviatrix Project  Diversity & Inclusion Team: airBaltic  “The IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and teams that are helping aviation to improve gender balance.  Determination to make this happen is a common ......read more

    Mehmet Tevfik Nane New Chair of the IATA Board

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Pegasus Airlines Vice-Chairperson of the Board (Managing Director) Mehmet Tevfik Nane has assumed his duties as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Doha, Qatar on 21 June. Nane is the 80th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since 2019. He succeeds JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes, who will continue to serve on the BoG. “I’m honored to take on this position at a time when the ......read more

    Exploring Dubai and Key Activities to Do There

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    Travel Recovery Rebuilding Airline Profitability -Resilient Industry Cuts Losses to $9.7 billion

    20 June 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upgrade to its outlook for the airline industry’s 2022 financial performance as the pace of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis quickens. Forecast highlights include:   • Industry losses are expected to reduce to -$9.7 billion (improved from the October 2021 forecast for an $11.6 billion loss) for a net loss margin of -1.2%. That is a huge improvement from losses of $137.7 billion (-36.0% net margin) in 2020 and $42.1 billion (-8.3% net margin) in 2021.  • Industry-wide profitability ......read more

    Etihad Airways Returns to London Heathrow Terminal 4

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    Aviation Leaders Assemble in Doha for IATA's 78th AGM

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced that leaders of the global aviation industry are gathering in Doha, Qatar, for the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS), with Qatar Airways as the host airline. The event (19-21 June) attracts the industry’s most senior leaders from among IATA’s 290 member airlines, as well as leading government officials, strategic partners, equipment suppliers, and media.  “In a few days, Doha will become the aviation capital of the world. The last time we met in Doha, in 2014, ......read more

    All-New Kia Sportage Arrives in the UAE at Al Majid Motors

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    Strong International Traffic Propels Continuing Air Travel Recovery

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    DXB's Northern Runway Rehabilitation Programme on Track for Completion on June 22

    Dubai, UAE – June 9, 2022: The Northern runway rehabilitation programme at Dubai International (DXB) has surpassed its midway point on schedule paving the way for the reopening of the runway on June 22, operator Dubai Airports has announced. Since May 9. more than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people have been working on-site. around the clock at DXB to complete the project. The essential work involves resurfacing the entire 4.5km long Northern runway, strengthening the wider runway strip, as well as reinforcing the paving on key taxiway entries and exits, and repairing drainage ......read more

    SITA to Deploy Airline Technology to Manage Repatriation of Lost Items at Passenger Terminal Expo 2022

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    Etihad Airways Wins at the Apex Passenger Choice Awards 2022

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    Fall in Air Cargo Demand in line with Expectations

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    Cathay Pacific Releases its 2021 Sustainability Report on the Occasion of World Environment Day

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    Airlines' ‘Blank Sheet of Paper' Moment Is Biggest Opportunity for a Generation

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    Zamzam.com signs MoU with AlBirr Society in KSA

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