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    Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers

    Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2020:  In line with directives issued by the Philippine government, Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, is making it compulsory for all passengers—including travellers flying the Dubai-Manila route—to wear face shields throughout the entire flight, effective August 15, 2020.   This is on top of the mandatory use of face masks upon entering the Dubai airport terminal until arrival of passengers at their destination.  CEB also continues to implement enhanced bio-security preventive measures to keep all passengers and personnel safe. These safety measures include daily extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for all aircraft and facilities, rapid antibody testing for all frontliners and crew members, and contactless flight procedures. These are ......read more

    Etihad Airways Reports Strong Start to 2020 With Second Quarter Heavily Impacted by COVID-19

    • Record Q1 performance – showing a 34% year-on-year improvement  • 3.5 million passengers carried • 71% seat load factor  • Operating revenues US$ 1.7 billion  • Cargo revenues improved by US$ 130 million (37%) to US$ 0.49 billion • 27% reduction in direct operating costs to US$ 1.9 billion  • 21% reduction in general and administrative expenses to US$ 0.40 billion • Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) reduced by 53% to 23.69 billion     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – August 06, 2020:  Etihad Airways (Etihad), has provided details of its half-year (H1: January-June) 2020 performance, which saw a strong start to the year, with the airline progressing well ahead of its transformation plan targets. This included its ......read more

    UPS Releases 2Q 2020 Earnings

    •       Consolidated Average Daily Volume Surged to Record 20.9% Growth •       2Q20 Diluted EPS of $2.03, Up 4.6%; Adjusted* Diluted EPS up 8.7% to $2.13 •       YTD Cash from Operations of $5.9B; Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $3.9B   Dubai – August 05, 2020 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019.  Net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, 8.8% above the same period in 2019.  Operating profit was $2.2 billion, and adjusted operating profit was $2.3 billion, up 7.4% compared to last year’s second quarter.     Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 and adjusted ......read more

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 Postponed for the 2nd Time this Year

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2021 scheduled for 15 – 18, March 2021     5th of August 2020:  Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 has been postponed for the 2nd time in 2020 due to the Covid–19 pandemic. The decision was made in the interest of public health and safety by officials at ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company, the company responsible for organizing the annual travel fair.   Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 was initially scheduled to be held last March, with the date then postponed to September 2020.    Riyadh Travel Fair is planning to return in 2021, with dates fixed for 15-18 March, 2021.   Said Mr. Bandar Al-Quraini, General Manager of ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company: "While our travel partners and visiting public were looking extremely forward to another ......read more

    Leadership Succession for IATA's Customer, Financial and Digital Services

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 04, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), based in Geneva and effective 1 March 2021. At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire.  “Over the past 16 years Aleks has driven some of the most critical elements of IATA’s operations, while leading major transformational projects for the airline industry. This includes IATA’s financial settlement products, which securely processed $457 billion of industry money in 2019, during a time of tremendous innovation in financial technology. And he delivered critical flagship ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Microbebarrier™ Face Protection for Premium Passengers

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  August 04, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched innovative new protective wear for First and Business class guests. As part of its new health and hygiene programme, Etihad Wellness, premium passengers will receive a snood style facemask for use throughout their journey and beyond.  The soft reusable snood has been treated with MicrobeBARRIER™ fabric treatment, a broad spectrum antimicrobial treatment, laboratory tested and proven to reduce the presence of germs in fabrics. With this long-lasting protective layer, the snoods are washable and reusable, making them environmentally friendly. Travellers can choose to wear the snood around their neck like a scarf and when in close proximity to others, pull it up over their mouth and nose to ......read more

    MBRSC Releases 0.7 Meter Satellite Image “Mosaic” Captured by KhalifaSat

    • Currently “Mosaic” images of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been released • “Mosaic” images of all other Emirates will be released in due course     Dubai, UAE, 04, August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the completion of an updated map of the Abu Dhabi and Dubai using the UAE's first high-resolution satellite image “Mosaic”, captured by KhalifaSat. The system captures a matrix of individual digital images to create a single high-resolution picture of the UAE’s terrain. This imaging system by MBRSC will provide a comprehensive view of the UAE’s topography, using remote sensing systems, image processing, geographic information systems and artificial intelligence. While the service currently provides detailed high-resolution ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Advisory: Suspension of Domestic Passenger Flights to/from Manila – Aug 4 to 18, 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  in line with the announcement of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, and continued community quarantine over the rest of the country.   CEB will continue to operate the following domestic flights:   • Clark-Cebu-Clark, every Tuesday  • Cebu-Davao-Cebu, every Tuesday   CEB also intends to operate the following international flights:   Frequency 5J 18 Manila-Dubai Every Sunday 5J 19 Dubai-Manila Every Monday 5J 194 Manila-Seoul (Incheon) Every Thursday 5J 5059 Tokyo (Narita)-Manila Every Wednesday / Saturday (Starting Aug 8)  5J 817 Osaka-Manila Every Friday (Starting Aug 6) 5J 807 Manila-Singapore Every Thursday / ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Mounts More International Flights From August 1

     Following Dubai-Manila-Dubai flight restart, operations in Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka resume Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  Following the restart of its once-a-week flights between Manila and Dubai in mid-July, Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, resumes flights between Manila and key Asian destinations beginning August 1. CEB has begun its twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) one-way flights from Tokyo (Narita) to Manila on August 1. Twice weekly (Thursday and Saturday) flights between Manila and Singapore are set to begin on August 6; whilst the twice weekly service (Wednesday and Friday) between Manila and Taipei will begin on August 7. One-way flights to Manila from Seoul (Incheon) every Thursday are scheduled to begin on August 6; whilst ......read more

    IATA Calls for a Harmonized Approach to Restart Aviation in the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent application of these biosafety measures along with unnecessary border constraints are deterring passengers and suppressing the resumption of air travel in the Middle East.  “We are starting to see some governments in the Middle East open their borders to regional and international air travel. This is good news but those flying for the first time since the lifting of restrictions face an array of different types of biosafety ......read more

    Recovery Delayed as International Travel Remains Locked Down

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected. In the base case scenario:   • Global passenger traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected.  • The recovery in short haul travel is still expected to happen faster than for long haul travel. As a result, passenger numbers will recover faster than traffic measured in RPKs. Recovery to pre-COVID-19 levels, however, will also slide by a year from 2022 to 2023. For 2020, global passenger numbers (enplanements) are expected to decline by 55% compared to 2019, worsened from the April forecast of ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in June showing improvement, but at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 20.1% year-on-year drop recorded in May.  • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 34.1% in June ( 33.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. This was on par with the 34.8% year-on-year drop in May.  • Belly capacity for international air cargo shrank by 70% in June compared to the ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Celebrates Eid Al Adha with AED79 Seat Sale

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 28, 2020:    Highlights    • UAE-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and residents can now plan their next travel to the Philippines as Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, holds a AED79 seat sale in time for the celebration of Eid Al Adha    • The seat sale, which will run from July 28 until July 31, allows travellers to book Dubai-Manila flights for as low as AED79, for travel between November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Even better, bookings made during this seat sale promo come with free unlimited rebooking    • These sale flights may be rebooked an unlimited number of times, without any fee, and only with minimal fare difference, should the passenger have a change in travel plans or an ......read more

    Hope Probe Team Touch Down at Abu Dhabi International Airport for Hero's Return

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 25 July 2020: Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the return of UAE Space Agency delegation, participating in Emirates Mars Mission launch when they landed on home soil after a flight from Haneda International Airport in Japan. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports were on the tarmac to welcome the team back into the UAE, following the successful launch of the Hope Probe on 20 July 2020 from the Tanegashima launch pad in Japan. Speaking on the return of the team into the UAE, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: “The successful development and launch of the Hope Probe is the result of our visionary leadership’s commitment to empowering our talented youth, investing in aerospace technology, and realising the ambition of our nation’s late ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Strengthen Strategic Partnership With Maintenance Support for Boeing 787 Fleet

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 22, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed agreements with Boeing Global Services for the provision of maintenance support on its fleet of Boeing 787s.   These agreements are part of the strategic partnership between Etihad and Boeing signed in November 2019, in line with Etihad’s ongoing commitment to achieve excellence in all aspects of operational reliability, maintenance, and on-board experience.    Key to the agreements is a Component Services Program for more than 300 operational critical parts for Etihad’s 787 fleet; a landing gear exchange programme including Aircraft on Ground (AOG) coverage; as well as high value airframe components and digital products to optimise Etihad’s maintenance ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Dubai-Manila, Manila-Dubai Passenger Guidelines

    Highlights:    • Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has issued passenger guidelines for those flying between Dubai and Manila to ensure smooth travel    • Passengers flying from Dubai to Manila have to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test upon arrival, follow mandatory quarantine procedures, and register on the Electronic-Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) system of the Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Immigration Arrival and Health Declaration Form, and OASIS Online Registration—for registered OFW passengers    • Passengers flying from Manila to Dubai have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test certificate no more than 96 hours before departure, present a valid health insurance that can be used in the United Arab ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Extend Partnership With Sustainability-focused Ecodemonstrator Testing

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — July 20, 2020:   Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator programme to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019.  The ecoDemonstrator programme utilises commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to accelerate technology development that will make commercial aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. The 2020 program will be the first to use a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. It will leverage the Etihad Greenliner programme as part of the broader Etihad-Boeing Strategic Partnership to test cutting-edge technologies and explore “blue sky” opportunities to improve airspace ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Shanghai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 20, 2020:   Effective 27 July, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Shanghai, China. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring Business and Economy cabins.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the resumption of scheduled services to China, as we gradually return to more destinations on our global network, supporting the recovery of economic and social activities worldwide. Our priority now is to build the network back up on markets that have opened up and to provide a secure and hygienic flying environment across the entire guest journey.   “The restarting of passenger ......read more

    Quote from H.E Khalifa Al Mansour, ADX Chief Executive, on the Emirate “Hope Mars” Space Mission

    Abu Dhabi – July 20th  2020:   “With the Emirate “Hope Mars” Mission launched to space today, this is the Arab world’s first inter-planetary mission that is taking off for a seven-month journey to study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere. By building up the Emirati capabilities in the field of interplanetary exploration, we are pushing our limits to make new discoveries. Our young nation is creating a brand-new industry that is transforming our science community. “Hope Mars” is opening new frontiers of possibility for our youth and inspire them to pursue space science.   “Hope Mars” will enter the Red Planet’ orbit in 2021 and it will coincide with our nation 50th anniversary. By prioritizing such an ambitious advanced agenda, the mission put our ......read more

    Euronews Speaks to UAE Minister for Advanced Sciences Ahead of Mars Mission Launch

    After a six-year long project, the Emirates Mars Mission is set to take off into space on Friday   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 July 2020:  Ahead of its live broadcast from inside the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center later this week, Europe’s number one international news channel, Euronews, spoke to Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister for Advanced Sciences in the United Arab Emirates about how the Mars Hope Mission team are feeling before the anticipated launch, how the country’s investment in scientific investigation and innovation will have an effect on the future, and how collaboration and risk taking has propelled the project forward.  Commenting on how the UAE Mars Mission team are feeling ahead of the launch which will make history for the Arab world yet again she said: ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Destinations to Its Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 15, 2020:   Etihad Airways has expanded its hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ which allows travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required, to include destinations across Europe and Asia.     The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and was initially only available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan. Throughout July and August 2020, Etihad is introducing the ‘Deal Fare’ on new routes including: Belarus, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Turkey.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: ......read more

    Condor Boosts Fuel Economy with SITA's eWAS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 14, 2020:   German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraft domain of expertise – which includes the provision of eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch applications – brings several major benefits for the popular holiday airline. As severe weather events become more frequent and intense, eWAS Pilot delivers both forecasts and satellite-based observation data, enabling Condor’s crews to avoid the avoidable and create more economic, intelligent and flexible flight plans. Through enhanced route optimization, Condor is further ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its passengers, pilots and crews, as well as addressing demands to lessen ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Announces Initial Network of 6 Routes

    FIRST 2 BASED AIRCRAFT STARTING ON 1 OCTOBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 12 July 2020: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates announced today that it will base two state-of-the-art brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft and start 6 highly anticipated routes from Abu Dhabi on 1 October 2020. Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as AED 129 **.   Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has just received national carrier status from the UAE government subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.  The highly refined and efficient low fare – low cost business model of Wizz Air Abu ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches ‘Al Watani', A New Local Content Programme for Suppliers

    • Suppliers based in the UAE and international businesses with a local presence can now register • Eligible suppliers will be awarded a ‘Local Content Partner’ certificate from Etihad Aviation Group, valid for two years • Certified suppliers will be deemed strategic partners across the supply chain in the local market    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Etihad Aviation Group is proud to announce the launch of Al Watani programme, a new local content programme for suppliers who would like to partner with the national airline of the UAE to provide their products and services.  Vendors across the supply chain are encouraged to join the Al Watani programme provided they fulfil its application criteria. To be eligible, suppliers must demonstrate their active ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Special Passenger Services to and From Abu Dhabi to Six Destinations in India

    • Special flights to and from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights to six Indian gateways. The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai.    All eligible passengers travelling from India to Abu Dhabi must possess the relevant UAE entry approvals set by the government of Abu Dhabi. Passengers travelling to India must adhere to guidelines set by the government of India, and are also requested to arrive at Abu Dhabi Airport a minimum ......read more

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    Sharjah assures top-level safety of residents and tourists visiting the emirate's tourism establishments through ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism' stamp

    SCTDA implements the initiative in line with ‘Safe Travels’ stamp launched by the World Travel and Tourism Council July 27, 2020: To assure tourists that Sharjah’s travel and tourism establishments are looking after their health and safety, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp, a mark of assurance given to all establishments in Sharjah which fully adhere to the public health protocols and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The stamp follows the measures set out by ......read more

    Travellers Should ‘Wear to Care' in the New Normal says WTTC

    Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available July 11, 2020:  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling. As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them. The advice from WTTC in favour ......read more

    Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Dubai route starting July 12

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2020:   Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag-carrier, will resume its flights from Manila to Dubai (5J 18) every Sunday at 6:55 PM (Philippine Standard Time), and Dubai to Manila (5J 19) every Monday at 3:30 AM (UAE Standard Time), beginning July 12, 2020.   In line with the safety measures implemented by the Dubai government, passengers traveling to the emirate are required to obtain travel and health insurance coverage before arrival, as required by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Guests without valid health insurance may be ......read more

    Middle East Airlines (MEA) Receives its First Airbus A321neo

    #MiddleEastAirlines #Airbus #A321neo     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020:  Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines (MEA) has received its first A321neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany. The delivery is the first of nine aircraft to be delivered in the coming months.   The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce MEA’s operating costs. The airline’s A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines and is configured in a comfortable two-class layout ......read more

    Renault of Arabian Automobiles Partners With Adcb, Presents Customers 72 Hours of Exceptional Deals

    • Discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000   Dubai, UAE, 09July 2020:   Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank customers now have 72 hours to take advantage of an exciting offer being presented by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. As part of a partnership with the bank, from Thursday 9th of July to Saturday 11th of July, customers will take advantage of spectacular offers that include discounted prices; free ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces a New Codeshare Agreement With Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

    • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code from its global route network on to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural services to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sohag    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  July 09, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a codeshare agreement with Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Effective 9 July, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to the Egyptian city of Alexandria ......read more

    Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.   IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Partners With Sitata to Launch Interactive Map With Covid-19 Information

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with Sitata, a Canadian travel risk management company, to launch an interactive travel map on etihad.com, the airline’s official website. Etihad Airways’ guests now have easy access to a comprehensive overview of the situation relating to COVID-19 at each destination in the airline’s network. The travel map uses advanced computer algorithms to detect new travel information globally, which is swiftly updated on its portal. The system also relies on ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Wider Network of Flights as Uae Travel Restrictions Eased

    • 58 worldwide destinations to be served subject to lifting of international restrictions  • Stringent Etihad Wellness travel health and sanitisation programme in place so guests can fly with greater peace of mind     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways is gradually resuming services to more destinations across its global network. This follows the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents. All travel remains subject to the entry and health ......read more

    First Scheduled Wizz Air Flight Lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    WIZZ AIR TO OPERATE TWO ROUTES TO ABU DHABI STARTING IN JULY, AND THREE MORE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 6 July 2020: Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi Airports have celebrated the arrival of Wizz Air’s first scheduled Wizz Air Hungary flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Marking a great milestone in Wizz Air’s history and further strengthening of Abu Dhabi’s connectivity and accessibility as a destination of choice for business and leisure travel, the first Budapest-Abu Dhabi flight landed in the capital of the United Arab ......read more

    Strata Delivers 100 Shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

    Al Ain based company underscores its position as a reliable partner to fabricate full IBF package following assembly line success on the same component    Al Ain, UAE – 06 July, 2020: Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has successfully delivered 100 shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full First Article Inspection for the fabrication of six IBF components at its state-of-the-art facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace ......read more

    Hope Probe: Raising Ambitions, Inspiring Nations

    Dubai, UAE, 05 July 2020:  In a nod to the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe’s” countdown to its launch and the fulfillment of an Arab-Islamic dream, a photo of the mission’s logo onboard the International Space Station (ISS) was shared by Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori on his social media accounts. The mission’s logo will now travel to Mars onboard the first inter-planetary Arab-Islamic probe.  Ever since the UAE was established, the Late Sheikh Zayed has always inspired his countrymen to aim for the stars. Keeping the promise of the Founding ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Governments to Bear Costs of Public Health Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne by governments. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and broader economy has halted aviation at global level, leading to multi-billion losses in revenue and traffic.  As the industry begins to restart and plan for a long-term, sustained recovery, the health and safety of passengers and ......read more

    Quotes from MBRSC and UAE Astronauts on H.H tweet today upon the "Arab Space Talent" Programme"

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre: “Through the passion and ambition of the UAE’s youth and the visionary policies of the wise leadership of our nation, we have realised the Arab dream of exploring Mars. The announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, to launch a programme for Arab youth to join the UAE in training for space programme and its related technologies is a ......read more

    Quarantine Measures Threaten Aviation Restart in Africa & the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases.   Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in ......read more

    IATA Welcomes ICAO Council Decision on CORSIA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use 2019 as a baseline for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). In 2022, the ICAO Assembly will consider if further amendments are necessary to address the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme.  Airlines are committed to reducing net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. This commitment is ......read more

    Search for the Stars as UAE Residents' ‘Space' Interest Goes Into Orbit Ahead of Historic Mars Mission

    Online searches for ‘space’, ‘Emirati astronaut’, and ‘NASA’ see substantial increases over the past year   Dubai, UAE – 01 July, 2020:  As the UAE readies to embrace history as the first Arab country to launch an unmanned, interplanetary satellite to Mars, the nation’s residents’ interest in space and related topics has gone into orbit, according to historical back-data collected by SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. Originally announced in 2014, the Emirates Mars Mission - also known as the Hope Mars ......read more

    May Air Cargo Shows Slight Pickup Amid Continuing Capacity Crunch

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 30, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in May showing a slight improvement in the air cargo market. But capacity remains unable to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft that have been parked.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 20.3% in May (-21.5% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is an improvement from the 25.6% year-on-year drop recorded in ......read more

    Global Industry Veteran Rosa Tahmaseb Appointed Secretary-General of MENALAC

    Industry veteran Rosa Tahmaseb will be the new Secretary-General for the Middle East North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC) as the industry starts to gear up for re-opening of numerous venues across the region.        Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 29, 2020:   The Board of the Middle East and North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC), the leisure and entertainment industry council representing the Middle East’s growing leisure attractions sector, has appointed Rosa Tahmaseb as new Secretary-General, effective from June ......read more

    UK Visa Services Resume in Four Countries in the Middle East From 28 June 2020

    • Travellers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, can submit their visa applications at the UK Visa Application Centres from 28 June 2020   • Optional Priority Visa, Super Priority Visa, and Walk-in services will not be offered initially   • As part of health precautions, prior appointment is mandatory; customers may be required to undergo temperature checks, wear facemasks and maintain physical distancing.     From 28 June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa ......read more

    UAE's First-Ever Fully Sponsored Flight to India

    185 Indians to fly to Cochin on 3rd July 2020 in a chartered flight arranged by  J&J Marketing L.L.C. Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 28, 2020:   The COVID-19 outbreak has left thousands of Indians stranded since its outbreak at the end of 2019. With commercial aviation difficulty, cancellations and dilemma, a good number of Indians were left with little to no alternatives to return to their home country. A trip with certainty and safety to return home comes with a fully sponsored repatriation flight which is made possible, thanks to the efforts and ......read more

    Oman welcomes over 3.5 million visitors in 2019

    283,000 cruise ship tourists recorded last year, up 46.63 per cent compared to 2018 Key projects help diversify Oman's tourism offerings to meet demand for unique experiences Hotel apartments increased by 14.5 per cent in 2019 Strategic partnerships with Ministry of Tourism help drive more growth and development for the sector June 28, 2020: The Sultanate of Oman welcomed more than 3.5 million tourists in 2019, which reflected an 8.14 per cent increase as compared to the number of visits registered in 2018. The growth can be attributed to the continuing efforts made by the ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected. “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected.   “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy ......read more

    Sharjah to see a 50 % return to activities in Tourism and Hospitality sector

    Return made possible through the comprehensive implementation of preventive measures to limit spread of COVID-19 June 24, 2020: The Sharjah Government has announced the resumption of the second phase of its recovery efforts, activating different sectors and activities by 50 per cent in the emirate. The move is in line with the directives issued by the Sharjah Executive Council and its orders to implement preventive measures designed to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the gradual return of ......read more

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