Dubai, UAE, 10 Dec 2017 – Emirates is spreading the festive joy with treats across all cabin classes this December. Customers travelling for the holidays will enjoy several Christmas specials both on the ground and on board from food to entertainment.
Festive menus are back
In addition to the regionally inspired cuisine served on board, Emirates is bringing back its Christmas menu with a more extensive offering of holiday favourites. Emirates’ seasonal menus are a key component of its dining offering and the Christmas menu is one of the main highlights.
The festive meals are available throughout December for customers travelling from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom and those travelling from the UK to Dubai.
Customers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy rolled turkey buffé ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017: The peak pre-Christmas travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday.
The combination of the festive season and schools breaking up for holidays means the period from 12 December to 5 January will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 1.25 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over this period.
To make sure that guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy season, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:
Early check-in is also available at the Dubai Travel Mall, and at the Al Ain and Abu Dhabi City Terminals. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours ......read more
Dubai residents can enjoy return flights to London for as little as 13,000 Avios
Dubai, UAE 10 December 2017: British Airways has announced a massive sale offering British Airways Executive Club members the chance to travel the world for half the number of Avios usually required.
Available for booking from today until December 17, the airline will offer World Traveller (long-haul economy) flights to Heathrow and onwards to 90 long-haul destinations for 50 per cent fewer Avios. This means that customers can book their return flight from Dubai to London using 13,000 Avios instead of 26,000.
Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “Booking reward flights has always been one of our members’ favourite ways to spend their Avios and ......read more
DP World, UAE Region is recognised as Terminal Operator of the Year and Most Automated Container Terminal of the Year
Sultan Bin Sulayem: Transport Arabia Excellence Awards can contribute to promote intra-region trade
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 December 2017: Global trade enabler DP World was recognized for its world leading business standards and practices when Its UAE Region won two awards at the Transport Arabia Excellence Awards 2017, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group, and Chairman of Dubai World.
DP World, UAE Region won the Terminal Operator of the Year Award, which cited the regional trade enabler for its consistently high levels of performance, commercial success and have shown a ......read more
Dubai – 9 December 2017: Dubai Customs was awarded “Best Customs Department in 2017” at the Excellence Transport Awards 2017, presented by Dubai Airports and held for the first time in Dubai on 4th December under the auspices of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.
The award was given to Dubai Customs in recognition to its efforts in facilitating passage and flow of passengers in airports and improving air cargo operations and procedures. By updating and continuous improving of customs systems and technologies at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, operational efficiency increased. The latest statistics revealed a 6.6% increase in passenger traffic ......read more
Additional year-round service between Abu Dhabi and Amman begins in March 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 7, 2017: Etihad Airways is launching a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Amman, effective 25 March 2018.
The double daily year-round schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Amman, with attractive timings of early afternoon and evening departures from the capital cities of the UAE and Jordan, respectively.
The additional flights, operated by an Airbus A320 with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy, will also improve connectivity over Abu Dhabi to a wider network of destinations across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Increasing ......read more
John Brauneis named Chief Executive of Raytheon Emirates
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Dec. 7, 2017) — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) marked its 30-year anniversary of partnership with the United Arab Emirates by announcing it has formed Raytheon Emirates, a new, wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated and headquartered in Abu Dhabi.
The creation of Raytheon Emirates supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 by forming an aerospace and defense business that fosters cyber-secure digital transformation, contributes to the nation’s economic diversification, and employs a highly-skilled, highly-productive Emirati workforce.
"The establishment of Raytheon Emirates is a strong step forward in our longstanding alliance with the United Arab Emirates,” said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Company Chairman and ......read more
To prepare and qualify Emirati Astronauts to reach the International Space Station
Dubai, UAE: 6th of December, 2017: UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE’s first Astronaut programme dedicated to selecting and training four Emirati Astronauts on various space missions so they can head to the International Space Station within the next five years.
His Highness said, “On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme, dedicated to training and sending four Emirati Astronauts into space. The people of the UAE will break barriers; there is no power strong enough to stand in the way of those who believe nothing is impossible.” He continued, “Our ambitious goals are ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 6th December 2017 – Students from across the UAE have participated in the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop during the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group - who inaugurated this year’s summit - the event represents one of the most prominent and important aviation and tourism events in the region.
Under the umberella of the Airbus Foundation, the initiative is committed to encouraging students to better understand and embrace innovative technology. It is also aimed at igniting a passion in the younger generation that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and ......read more
Operating Margins Squeezed by Rising Costs
Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts global industry net profit to rise to $38.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the $34.5 billion expected net profit in 2017 (revised from a $31.4 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2018 performance include:
A slight decline in the operating margin to 8.1% (down from 8.3% in 2017)
An improvement in net margin to 4.7% (up from 4.6% in 2017)
A rise in overall revenues to $824 billion (+9.4% on 2017 revenues of $754 billion)
A rise in passenger numbers to 4.3 billion (+6.0% on the 4.1 billion passengers in 2017)
A rise in cargo carried to 62.5 million tonnes (+4.5% on the 59.9 million tonnes in 2017)
Slower growth for both passenger (+6.0% in 2018, +7.5% in ......read more
Turkish Airlines signs the “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” pledging for zero-tolerance regarding the illegal wildlife trade.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 5 December, 2017: The “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline companies so far.
The declaration, also signed by institutions such as ACI, AFRAA, AASA and London Heathrow Airport, is aiming to stop the illegal wildlife trade of tusk, rhino horn, tortoise shell etc. as well as increasing passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.
The declaration was approved ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9% in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slowdown from the 9.2% annual growth recorded in September 2017 but still exceeded the average annual growth rate of 3.2% over the past decade.
Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.7% year-on-year in October. This was the 15th consecutive month in which demand growth outstripped capacity growth, which is positive for load factors, yields, and financial performance.
While cargo demand remains strong, several indicators show that we may have passed the growth peak. The inventory-to-sales ratio in the US is tracking ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.2% compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.
October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance.
“As expected, the recent severe weather in the Americas region had only a temporary impact on the healthy travel demand we have seen this year, and we remain on course for another year of above-trend growth,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017: Armani Hotel Dubai’s sustainability initiatives have been recognised at the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards with Abdul Quddus Sheikh, Director of Engineering, honoured as ‘Sustainability Champion’ for demonstrating excellence in implementing and delivering sustainable development initiatives at the hotel.
Under Abdul Quddus Sheikh’s leadership, Armani Hotel Dubai achieved impressive results in energy and water savings in addition to reducing its carbon footprint, and reinforced responsible environmental practices as an organisation-wide commitment.
The recognition follows Armani Hotel Dubai winning its first Green Globe Certification, a strong testament to its commitment to be a socially and environmentally responsible hotel operator that is focused on ......read more
Dubai, U.A.E., 29th November 2017- To celebrate the UAE’s 46th National Day, Emirates is offering travellers special fares to 46 destinations and a bonus Skywards miles offer when they avail the special fares. The offers are valid for booking until 10th December 2017, for outbound travel between 1 December 2017 and 10 June 2018.
Travellers in the UAE can look forward to excellent fares to 46 destinations across the globe in Economy Class and Business Class in celebration of National Day. Special fares in Economy Class start from as low as AED 835 return to Kuwait, AED 905 return to Kochin; AED 945 return fares to Karachi; AED 1,275 to Jeddah; AED 2,235 to Istanbul; AED 2,245 to Bangkok; AED 2,735 to London; AED 3,125 to Cape Town; AED 3,735 to New York and AED 5,605 to Brisbane, amongst other exciting destinations. ......read more
Emirates Airline Signs Multi-Year Subscription
Dubai, UAE, 28 November 2017 (Geneva) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions.
“For almost 60 years IATA’s DGR has been helping the industry safely transport air cargo. The DGR for eFB places the most comprehensive resource on the carriage of dangerous goods into the cockpit in a format that will assist the flight deck crew in making timely operational safety checks and decisions,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and ......read more
Are you planning for a trip to Dubai? Well you made the right choice!! But it is recommended to have an idea of the famous destinations to visit Dubai before planning the trip so that you don’t miss out the gems of the places which is worth the penny that you saved for such trips. It is always a smart decision to get acquainted to the places before visiting any tourist destinations like Dubai along with making the best use of Latest Indian Deals.
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Dubai Mall is one of the favourite destinations in Dubai for shopping and entertainment. It is one of the favourite hot spot during DSF (Dubai shopping festival). Moreover the place is famous for indoor games like ice-skating, bowling and ......read more
On the Occasion of UAE National Day
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 27 November 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Old Corniche will be the setting for a special performance by the Al Fursan aerial display team on the 28th of November 2017 at 3:50PM. The display performances will include an array of breath-taking aerial manoeuvres that include ‘corsair loop’, ‘swan right barrel roll’, ‘flag cross’ as well as the signature ‘UAE DNA’.
The “Al Fursan” (The Knights) are the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team. The team flies Aermacchi MB-339A jet trainer aircraft.
New Visa Counter to issue transit and tourist visas to arrival and layover travellers in 30 minutes
96-hour transit visa a chance to explore Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, 27th November 2017: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, announced today the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process and grant both transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes. The new service, located at the Terminal 3 transit area at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), includes activation of the new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all nationalities travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The launch of the new ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 November 2017: The winners of the inaugural Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Comprising 17 different categories, the Awards recognise and celebrate the important work of Dubai’s hotels and tourism companies in advancing sustainability within the emirate’s tourism industry.
Held at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City last week, the awards ceremony was attended by His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, His Excellency, Mr Ahmad Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Carbon, Engineer Nagib Mohammed Saleh, Head of Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism ......read more
Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Aviation Safety Culture (I-ASC) survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and building a strong safety culture in compliance with the recently upgraded standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ICAO safety management SARPS are contained in Annex 19, Safety Management, of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. In July 2016, Annex 19 was amended to strengthen safety management SARPs by requiring airlines to develop and promote a positive Safety Culture. This requirement must be met by November 2019.
“Safe operations are underpinned by a safety-centric culture. I-ASC enables airlines to benchmark their ......read more
Geneva to join Zurich as carrier’s fifth European Dreamliner destination
Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 20, 2017: Etihad Airways’ flights to and from Switzerland will become an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner operation with the aircraft being deployed on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route, effective 25 March 2018.
The Dreamliner flights to Geneva will complement the airline’s existing 787 Dreamliner scheduled services connecting Abu Dhabi and Zurich, becoming the fifth European city to be served by the carrier’s rapidly growing fleet of next generation aircraft.
Etihad Airways currently operates daily flights between the UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and both Geneva and Zurich.
Introduction of the 787 Dreamliner will also see a scheduling change ......read more
With broadband connectivity, customers will have more than the cabin to roam when the seat belt sign is turned off
Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017: The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for inflight connectivity. This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We have been listening to our customers who have told us that staying connected inflight is important to them. Our passengers will soon be able to not only roam around the cabin when the fasten seat belt sign comes off – the whole internet awaits at 35,000 feet.
“We envisage that by 2020, all of our ......read more
Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017: Residents of the United Arab Emirates can now apply for visas to Finland at the new Finland Visa Application Centres launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by the Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi,on 16 November 2017. Applicants can visit the new centres, operatedby VFS Global,to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics.
The Abu Dhabi centre, centrally located at Shining Tower on Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street,was inaugurated by H.E. Ms.Riitta Swan, Ambassadorof Finland to the United Arab Emirates on 16 November 2017. The centre in Dubai is located at the Wafi Mall.
Services at the ......read more
19th November 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Healthpoint, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, as its preferred healthcare partner. Healthpoint will provide premium medical services to Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff and their families, and facilitate cooperation between both parties on other areas of potential collaboration.
The MOU was signed by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, and Dr. Mai Al Jaber, Deputy Medical Director at Healthpoint, at Abu Dhabi Airports’ headquarters.
As part of the new MOU, Healthpoint will be providing its multi-specialty services to Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees, ensuring staff and their families receive the high-quality ......read more
13 Airport Specialists Exhibiting on the French Pavilion
United Arab Emirates, 7th May 2017: Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy will gather 13 companies on the French pavilion at Airport Show Dubai. The tradeshow is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and CEO of Emirates.
With an airport infrastructures and equipment market expected to reach $100 billion by 2020, 250 million passengers planned for ......read more
Guest Experience in the Middle East report reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s place in top spot for UAE
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 6 May 2017: Abu Dhabi has maintained its position as the number one destination in the UAE for guest satisfaction in a report by travel and hotel data specialist organisation, Olery.
The report’s findings highlight Abu Dhabi’s leading position among cities in the Arabian Gulf, with the overall Guest Experience Index™ registering an 82.8 score, up from 82.2 from the 2016 report.
As such, Abu Dhabi provides one of ......read more
May 2, 2017—The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB), works hand-in-hand with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to exempt Filipino expats from paying the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), or the Terminal Fee, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Filipino expats flying with Cebu Pacific to their job site do not need to pay NAIA Terminal Fee, which is worth around AED 40.
Passengers who booked through CEB’s ticketing offices or travel agencies have to present valid documents at the time of purchase. For bookings ......read more
Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives will offer contemporary elegance in Noonu Atoll.
BANGKOK, Thailand, 27 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the exclusive northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.
The contemporary ......read more
The number of books per capital in Turkey was 8.5 in 2016; most acclaimed Turkish literary works displayed in Abu Dhabi Book Fair
With 2,312 literary works being sold in 66 countries and translated into 59 languages, Turkey’s literary industry has become the world’s 11th largest publishing market. Some of these literary works will be displayed at Abu Dhabi’s upcoming International Book Fair, along with many other international counterparts.
“Turkey has always been a center for culture and the arts,” said Mr. Hamdi Tursucu, Turkish Ministry of Culture and ......read more
After years of tough competition with Online Travel Agents (OTAs), traditional agencies are re-gaining popularity as travellers seek out bespoke service and specialist advice over discounted deals
27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Traditional travel agencies have an opportunity to re-capture the market share previously lost to OTAs by converging operations to digital and social media platforms, delegates at the Arabian Travel Market 2017 Digital Transformation Summit have learned.
Addressing the summit on 25 April, 2017, Benjo Van Laar Hoven, Chief Executive Officer, ......read more
DCTCM outlines plans to combine Dubai’s rich cultural and latest attractions to build on Q1 2017 visitor numbers of 4.57 million
27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: GCC countries must marry the very latest attractions with their rich cultural offerings to maximise their tourism potential, according to panellists at the latest seminar session at Arabian Travel Market, entitled ‘The Real Deal: Why selling local experiences matters’.
Moderated by Karen Osman, Managing Director of Travel Ink, the discussion involved Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce ......read more
Dubai, April 26, 2017: Tourism can be a key driver of the growth and economic diversification for the Middle East and North Africa region concluded the 2017 Ministerial Forum organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. Yet, maximizing the power of the sector requires increased regional cooperation, prioritization of tourism in the national agendas and building resilience and sustainability (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April, ......read more
From the 1980s into the future – Amadeus discussed the past, present and future of travel at Arabian Travel Market
Dubai, UAE, 26 April: Amadeus celebrated its 30 year anniversary and showcased innovative solutions, at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). As one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, Amadeus has been a driving force in the sector’s innovation for 30 years and has a strong vision for the future.
Founded in 1987, Amadeus has been committed to delivering the most innovative solutions for the ......read more
26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and strategic partner Jet Airways, India’s full-service premium international carrier, have signed a ground breaking agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state.
The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond. It is the first time an Indian state has signed a tourism collaboration agreement with ......read more
Airline targets 25% growth from GCC countries this year
26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets.
SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
With increasing ......read more
Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, aims to increase its hospitality inventory of rooms by 51% in 2020. Carlton Hotel Management is targeting to add 683 new rooms over the next three years that will take its total count to 2000 rooms from the current 1317. Out of the existing keys in operation, 1142 rooms are in Dubai, 85 in Jordan and 90 in the Czech Republic.
With an aggressive expansion strategy, Carlton Hotel Management has quickly emerged as a major player in the hospitality sector with a total investment of over AED 2.2 billion in various hotel ......read more
26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Vice Chairman of Alitalia, said: “We deeply regret the Alitalia staff vote outcome, which means that all parties will lose: Alitalia’s employees, its customers and its shareholders, and ultimately also Italy, for which Alitalia is an ambassador all over the world.
“Alitalia’s shareholders, including Etihad Airways, have provided vast amounts of financial and commercial support during the past three years. Jointly with the Italian ......read more
HMH – Hospitality Management Holding unveiled today at the Arabian Travel Market ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ – a new 5-star hotel brand designed for luxury seekers.
Making the announcement, Mr. Brett Schafer, Chief Executive Officer of Faisal Holding, stated, “We are proud to launch ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ that is a fantastic addition to our impressive portfolio of existing brands serving varied market segments. Reflecting the highest level of service, attention to detail and refinement, Bahi has been conceptualised to provide both business and ......read more
The region’s largest low-cost carrier will support Sheraa’s initiatives through mentorship and funding new businesses that cater to the industry
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2017: Coming on the heels of its successful inaugural accelerator showcase day, Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates - is making swift progress to expand the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs. The latest addition comes in the form of a collaboration with Air Arabia, the Middle East and North ......read more
RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar highlights commitment to continue emirate’s drive towards sustainable tourism during the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum 2017
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 25 April 2017: Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has reaffirmed the emirate’s commitment in promoting a sustainable tourism industry during this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organization and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the ......read more
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tours ATM, the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event as it celebrates 24 years of industry milestones
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by dignitaries including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group; and His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai's Department of ......read more
Boost in services to Middle East & Asia Pacific
25 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets.
SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
With increasing demand ......read more
New programme offers baby essentials on-demand, healthy children’s menus, family-friendly services, locally-inspired activities and special room discounts
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched “Mövenpick Family” a new global programme designed to take all the stress - and sometimes distress - out of holidays, leaving parents to focus on what really matters — creating family memories that will last a lifetime.
The new Family Programme available in all Mövenpick properties ......read more
• Chinese outbound tourism market currently growing 6.7% year-on-year; India experiencing average growth of 7%
• Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up 15% in 2016
• Oman has seen an increase of 60% in Indian visitors over the last five years
• Over half-a-million Chinese tourists visited Dubai in 2016
24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to ......read more
Dubai maintains the strong growth in visitation since the start of 2017 from key feeder markets across the world, with standout performance from China, Russia and India
Dubai, UAE; 24 April 2017: Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double ......read more
RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND JEBEL JAIS VIA FERRATA AS PART OF EXPERIENTIAL TOURISM PUSH AT ATM
Due to popular demand for experiential tourism products in the Middle East, the UAE’s only commercial Via Ferrata’s inaugural season will extend until the end of May, re-opening in October with a renovated product and increased capacity
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 24 April 2017: Due to popular demand, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is investing in the expansion of the its highly-successful Jebel Jais Via ......read more
24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data.
“Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the ......read more
Dubai, April 23, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27).
The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian ......read more
Focus on growing ‘Halal Tourism’ trade with new standards for hotels to better serve Muslim travelers, at Dubai’s ATM exhibition
Dubai – The Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in the UAE has confirmed its participation at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai this month with a 750 meter-square stand.
The announcement comes as Turkey sets its focus on ‘Halal Tourism’ as the country introduces new Halal standards for hotels to better server Muslim travelers.
“According to recent studies[i], by 2020, more than 160 million Muslim tourists are ......read more
Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event
Dubai, April 23, 2017: Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase.
Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year ......read more
HMH - Hospitality Management Holding is all set for a strong presence at Arabian Travel Market 2017 (ATM).
Mr Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “We have a number of strategic announcements lined up for ATM this year that is the MENA region's largest B2B travel and tourism show. It gives us the perfect opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with the global travel trade. Twenty-three years in the running, ATM 2017 promises to be bigger and better bringing together travel professionals from 86 countries and regions to Dubai, and we are proud to be part of it ......read more
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New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM
Dubai, April 22, 2017: Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services.
Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together ......read more
Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services
Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe
Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation
Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali
Dubai, April 22, 2017: Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin ......read more
Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017
Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time
Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate.
The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at ......read more
The Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will be leading a delegation of 142 Malaysian sellers from 71organizations to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), scheduled from April 24 to 27, 2017 in Dubai.
The Malaysian delegation will comprise a concoction of different hotels, resorts, travel agents, tourism product owners, and Malaysian states tourism offices representatives. During the 4-day event, they will be highlighting their respective tourism products and services that are tailored carefully to cater for the Middle Eastern ......read more
Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI), a global hotel management company with over three decades of strong track record, has a number of strategic announcements lined up for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) taking place in Dubai from 24 to 27 April, 2017. With over 3500 rooms under development in key markets such as Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain, the group has emerged as a major player in the region’s hospitality sector.
Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “We have more than 17 hotels under development in the Middle East, in addition to our ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments ......read more
Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors
Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017: Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions.
Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over ......read more
Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options.
With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network.
Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from ......read more
13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is ......read more
- World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two
12 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and ......read more
Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards
DCAA to implement online system for employee requests
Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety ......read more
Dubai, U.A.E., 12 April 2017 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. reported financial results for full year 2016.
Total Revenue: US$417.8 million (AED 1,534 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 22% from US$341.7 million (AED 1,255 million) for full year 2015.
Net Income from Continuing Operations: US$124.9 million (AED 459 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 323% from US$29.5 million (AED 108 million) for full year 2015.
Total Net Income: US$199.0 million (AED 731 million) for full year 2016, a decrease of 67% from US$610.4 million (AED 2,241 million) for full ......read more
12 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) discussed today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and prominent aviation analyst Alan Peaford spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material.
The US and UK electronics bans ......read more
Twice-launched rocket successfully delivers communications satellite
Sharjah-UAE: 11 April, 2017 – Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the first stage of the relaunched Falcon 9 rocket at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, operated by the company’s US arm, GT USA, on 4 April 2017.
Marking the first time that SpaceX has launched and landed a reused booster, the event is being hailed as a breakthrough for the space industry, as it could reduce the cost of space travel in the long run.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 ......read more
Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience
Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 - Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region.
The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged ......read more
- World Aviation Safety Summit to analyse airspace designs and ATC security’s impact on safety
- How to handle complex geopolitical environments to also be a key focus at the Summit
11 April 2017 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Improvements to air traffic management (ATM) and airspace design will be critical points of debate at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), to be held in Dubai this April. Next generation ATM technology will be analysed, as well as airspace design planning and how to minimise ......read more
Free inflight Wi-Fi to U.S. bound passengers from Istanbul who hand in their tablets or laptops at the boarding gate
Dubai, UAE; 9 April 2017: Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline for six consecutive years according to recent Skytrax results, presents adjustments in order to further ensure a pleasant travel to the United States. Turkish Airlines now extends Business Class free on-board internet services to economy passengers in exchange for their tablets or laptops while boarding their flights to the United States.
For passengers that prefer not to stow their ......read more
More than 470 RPAS operators registered by Sanad Academy
DCAA registers more than 800 RPAS operators
Including Hobbyists, Commercial, Professionals and Government operators.
DUBAI, April 9, 2017: Sanad Academy, UAE’s first RPAS training academy, along with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and representation from Ministry of Defense, hosted the first ever of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), “All About Drones” awareness initiative for the general public. The event was attended by more than 100 hobbyists, professional and commercial ......read more
9 April 2017 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a second month of strong demand growth to begin 2017.
Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted because February 2016 was a leap month. Adjusting for the one fewer day this year, the underlying growth rate was estimated at 8.6%, just under January’s increase of 8.9%. Monthly capacity (available seat ......read more
Abdullah Ahli: The Sustainable Autonomous House introduces a new concept for sustainable houses for future cities
MBRSC’s Sustainable Autonomous House is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany as the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate
April 05, 2017. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Sustainable Energy Program Section team at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre held a workshop entitled "New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities" at the first edition of The Future Cities Show 2017, held from 2nd to 4th April. During the ......read more
- World Aviation Safety Summit in Dubai to address challenges drones present to aviation safety
3 April 2017 – Dubai, UAE: As drones continue to increase in number and popularity around the world, the aviation industry is working to address the challenges they bring and ensure safety is maintained. This will be one of a number of topics that will be under examination at the World Aviation Safety Summit, which will take place in Dubai on 11 and 12 April this year.
Each month, pilots and air traffic controllers report more than 100 drone sightings to ......read more
Middle East carriers reported the strongest annual traffic growth of any region globally for the fifth year running in 2016
Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General His Excellency Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser to head aviation seminar programme at Arabian Travel Market
US ban on electronic devices could affect over 15,000 passengers daily
Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumponomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Middle East passenger growth in 2017 with an annual increase of more than 6.3%, according to estimates from the International ......read more
Dubai - UAE, 02 April 2017: Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar City to check on the project’s progress this week.
The facility is a world first, demonstrating the use of seawater and natural fertiliser from aquaculture to grow plant biomass which can be converted into aviation fuel. It is the flagship project of the ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Research ......read more