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    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day with this image of Kuwait Towers taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was launched to space in October 2018. It has 5 patents and seven space innovations making it the most advanced satellite of its category in the world. KhalifaSat provides images with specifications that meet the highest international standards in space images. These high-resolution detailed images help organisations in government and private sectors get accurate data which allow them to monitor environmental changes, detect the effects of global warming, ensure responsible urban planning and management, and aid relief efforts at times of natural disasters. This will contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals ......read more

    Anadolujet Will Fly You to Abroad at Prices Starting at 1 USD

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2020:   Turkish Airlines’ successful brand AnadoluJet will offer the opportunity to fly to abroad at prices starting at 1 USD with its new international flights starting on 29 March 2020 from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Ankara Esenboğa airports.  Adding Germany, Austria, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, Holland, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its flight network, carrier will be flying to 21 countries. Passengers who wish to take advantage of the discount that is available for a limited number of seats will be able to fly at prices starting at 1 USD* before taxes between 29 March – 24 October 2020 for tickets purchased from all sales channels until 1 March 2020. While ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Increases Its Tourism Focused International Flights

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2020: As the airline that flies to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines directly contributes to tourism both locally and globally with its ever-improving fleet and service quality. Flag carrier will be operating 98 flights every week from 26 international destinations to Turkey’s favorite tourism spots such as Antalya, İzmir, Dalaman and Bodum during the Summer 2020. Turkish Airlines which contributed greatly to the record number of tourists coming to Turkey during 2019 will increase its support during 2020 as well. In line with this support and direct tourism endeavor, the weekly frequency of direct flights from international destinations to Turkey’s tourism centers will be increased by 18% this year compared to 2019. Commenting on the “Direct Tourism ......read more

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries to Showcase Opportunities Within KSA Defence Sector at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    24 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will showcase opportunities for growth and development within the Kingdom’s defence sector at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.   SAMI is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in supporting efforts to localise more than 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030. The Kingdom is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide. This position ......read more

    Houbara Flies Transonic at UMEX2020 with Next-Generation Banshee Aerial Target

    Abu Dhabi 23 February: The UAE’s Houbara Defence company will today unveil new additions to their portfolio at UMEX, Abu Dhabi’s Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX).  The Next Generation (NG) Banshee is an aerial target used for training, capable of speeds of up to 250m per second and reaching heights of over 12,000 metres.  This complements the range of autonomous and unmanned vehicles Houbara is presenting at the show, including the supersonic missile target, the Rattler, capable of speeds exceeding Mach 2.4, and specifically designed to replicate the threat posed by anti-ship or ballistic missiles. Houbara Defence was established two years ago as a joint venture between Middle East General Enterprises (MGE) and the UK’s QinetiQ plc, a specialist in technology and sophisticated defence solutions, ......read more

    AnadoluJet Serves UAE and Beyond with its New International Flights

    10 weekly flights from Istanbul to Dubai will offer fliers affordability and ideal connectivity to the world.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020: Turkish Airlines’ AnadoluJet brand goes global on March 29 with the launch of new international flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Ankara Esenboğa Airport. The expansion was announced during the pre-launch event held at Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai, with attendance of over 50 representatives from 25 agencies, including Dnata Travel, Kanoo Travel, BCD Travel, and Orient Travel Services.   Set to carry its service quality abroad, the airline’s expanded flight network will include ten weekly flights to Dubai at affordable fares. The service will be available from AED 890 between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport ......read more

    Genetec Introduces Security Center for Airports to Unify Airport Security and Operations

    Enables security operators and ground personnel to work in unison to secure airports, optimize terminal operations, and build a smoother passenger experience   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020:  Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence today announced Security Center for Airports, a new solution designed to help airports of all sizes manage and optimize their security and airport terminal operations. Available immediately, Security Center for Airports enables security managers, control room operators, terminal and ground handling staff as well as passenger experience managers to work together using a single unified product tailored to their unique needs. Security Center for Airports empowers customers to ......read more

    Airlines and Posts Cooperate Globally for a Sustainable and Reliable Cross-border Airmail Network

    18 February 2020 (Geneva) –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.   “International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will again operate a daily scheduled flight between the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 14 May to 23 May to meet increased demand during the busy religious travel period. The flights, which will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, have been timed to offer customers in Al Ain with convenient departures in both directions. The unique service, first launched last year, demonstrates Etihad’s commitment to the culturally and strategically important ‘Oasis City’, which is home to a large proportion of the airline’s national customer base, and its ......read more

    H.E. Mohammed Al Bowardi to Demonstrate Importance of Bilateral Ties in Defense Industry at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    16 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: His Excellency (H.E.) Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE’s Minister of State for Defense will focus on regional defense industry challenges and opportunities during his keynote speech at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defense industries.  H.E. will speak on the impact of collaboration and strategic partnership in ensuring peace and prosperity both regionally and globally. This year’s Summit will include an increasing focus on the defense sector with EDGE recently announcing its role as joint partner for the event. EDGE, the newly established advanced technology group for defense and beyond, has joined Mubadala ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor in January Reached 80.6%, While the Number of International Passengers Increased by 10%.

    Turkish Airlines, which has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for January, recorded 80.6% load factor in this month while its number of international passengers increased with double-digit percentages.   Commenting on the announced numbers, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated, “Our performance during January indicates that we are on point to reach our 2020 goals. The increase in our international passenger numbers once again demonstrates that we are successfully maintaining the course on our goal to be the preferred brand of the globe. As the flag carrier airline, we will continue to greet our passengers with Turkish hospitality on their flights while continuing to enhance our service quality and improve our performance every ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Closes With Spectacular Finale in Aid of Dubai Cares Refugee Programme

    • Event brings to an end six days of literary entertainment celebrating words in every form • Sessions live-streamed to almost 100,000 students throughout UAE • Desert Stanzas honoured by Royal visit • Record number of Emirati authors showcased in programme     Dubai, 10 February 2020:   The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature drew to a rousing finale today with a session featuring an exceptional night of music, poetry and readings in support of Dubai Cares’ programmes for child refugees across the region. The event capped six days of literary entertainment featuring a record-breaking 206 authors from 43 countries and a strong contingent of home-grown talent, the largest number ever featured at the festival.   The Festival’s opening event, Desert ......read more

    Winner of 2020 Montegrappa Writing Prize is Announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

    Dubai, UAE, 8 February 2020:   The winners of the Montegrappa Writing Prize, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, have been announced today. Recognised as one of the most successful writing competitions in the region, the competition has a proven track record in finding new writing talent, producing nine published authors in the last six years. This year’s first place went to Stacey Siebritz for The Leap. The runners up were:   Nassma Al Bahrani: The Stars Among Us Celina Teague: The Uncoming of Age Michael Lynes: Blood Libel Priyanka Pradhan: Stories from the Himalayas   All entries were judged by international literary agent Luigi Bonomi, founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA) and literary agent for several previous ......read more

    Cozmo Travel Celebrates 10th Anniversary With a New Brand Identity

    The new identity reflects Cozmo’s strategy to align its diversified service portfolio and cater to its growing customers base around the world.   DUBAI – February 6, 2020:   Cozmo Travel, the leading travel management company in the region, today unveiled its new Corporate Logo and Brand Identity that reflect its futuristic growth vision in the UAE and across the region.   The new identity upgrade, which coincides with Cozmo’s tenth anniversary celebrations, aims at supporting the company’s strategy by aligning its diversified service portfolio and in return providing added value to its customers around the world.    Cozmo Travel unveiled the new identity on the occasion of opening its 37th branch of the UAE located in Karama, Dubai.   Mr. Jamal ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Invites You to ‘Step on Earth' at the Super Bowl LIV

    The global airline celebrates humanity’s spirit of exploration in a new commercial inspired by the Moon landing in 1969.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 05, 2020:   Turkish Airlines has launched a new commercial which explores the humanity’s spirit of exploration, inspired by the world-changing Moon landing in 1969. “Step on Earth” brings back the sense of wonder and adventure felt as 600 million people around the world watched the humanity land on the Moon. The 30-second commercial was viewed in the third quarter of the Super Bowl LIV held this year in Miami, and resulted in the victory of Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 31-20, defeating San Francisco 49ers.   Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines challenges the statistic that over a ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequencies to Athens During Busy Summer Period

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will increase frequencies on its popular Abu Dhabi to Athens route during the busy summer peak months. The additional overnight service will be operated between 8 July and 31 August by an Airbus A320 configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy. The extra frequency complements the daily two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner morning daytime service between the two capitals. Abu Dhabi – Athens schedule effective 8 July 2020 (all timings are local):  Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Aircraft Frequency EY 91 Abu ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Renews WFS Global Handling Framework

    Frankfurt and Madrid added to existing station portfolio in Europe, the United States and Asia  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has renewed its global cargo handling agreements with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler, with Frankfurt and Madrid joining six existing gateways in Europe, Asia and the United States. The three-year framework extension will see WFS continue to provide Etihad Cargo with warehouse and cargo handling services at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the United States, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), as well as key European gateways at London Heathrow (LHR), Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and ......read more

    Airport Show to Highlight Rapid Transformation of Airports Globally to Handle 22 Billion People by 2040

    UAE’s aviation investments to exceed AED1 trillion by 2040 Middle East and Africa projects valued at US$196 billion US$1.5 trillion for airport infrastructure up to 2030 Airport investment plans by 50‭ ‬countries totals US$355‭ ‬billion  ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Dubai, February 3, 2020: Airports across the world are now in the midst of being decongested, expanded and modernised with an impressive bouquet of facilities designed to make them sleek and classy.  The Middle East, Africa and Asia regions are seeing an unprecedented boom in airport construction and development as they inch towards bringing about a quantitative and qualitative ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Landed Dubai International

    The world’s largest and award-winning network of independent airport lounge expands footprint  in the Middle East, joining existing locations in Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Riyadh and Salalah Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service     Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:     1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East    Special features:  Four Family Suites, dedicated Playroom, “First-class” enclosed private napping space, cigar lounge, male and female prayer ......read more

    Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi among top 20 ‘most dynamic cities', says JLL

    JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers   January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.  Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new insights into 130 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe. With Dubai (14th) ranking in the top 20 for the first time in three years, the Emirate continues to be the major business hub in the Middle East, with more than half of ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Training First in Mid-east to Secure Key European Approval to Train Boeing 777, 787 Pilots

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 21, 2020:   Etihad Aviation Training, the specialist training division of Etihad Aviation Group, has become the first aviation company in the Middle East to gain approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to train Boeing 777 and 787 pilots for European operators and carriers elsewhere which adopt Europe’s air safety standards. The approval to train pilots for these two wide-bodied Boeing aircraft types expands the global capabilities of Etihad Aviation Training, which in 2018 also became the first Middle Eastern aerospace business to gain EASA designation as an Approved Training Organisation for pilots of Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Captain Paolo La Cava, Vice President and Managing Director of Etihad Aviation Training, said continuing growth in global ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai Creates a Lasting Impression for Travellers Departing Dubai International

    Comprehensive range of services to serve individual, business and family travellers          Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai city skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service   Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:   1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East  Special features:  Four Family Suites, dedicated Playroom, “first-class” enclosed private napping space, cigar lounge, male and female prayer rooms    Glocal cuisine freshly prepared at live kitchen includes Arabic, Asian and ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Extends Registration for Second Batch of UAE Astronaut Programme Until March 31st

    Dubai, UAE – 20 January 2020:  Given the huge turnout for registration in the 2nd batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) extended the deadline for application submission until March 31st. The extension aims to provide Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions the opportunity to enroll in the programme.   Since announcing it last December, registration for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme had a huge interest from male and female Emiratis of all ages, specialties and sectors, thanks to the great impact of “Zayed Ambition” mission, the first Emirati manned space mission, by Hazzaa AlMansoori to the International Space Station.    MBRSC pointed that applicants to the 2nd batch of the UAE Astronaut ......read more

    ETIHAD GUEST AND AIR MILES MIDDLE EAST PARTNER TO OFFER MORE WAYS TO EARN GUEST MILES

    16 January 2020 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Air Miles Middle East, owned and operated by Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a loyalty and travel consolidator, have announced a new reward initiative which enables Air Miles Middle East members to exchange Air Miles into Etihad Guest Miles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Etihad Airways said: “We are constantly exploring new collaborations that provide added value to travellers. By partnering with the Air Miles Middle East programme, we are proud to yet again introduce more benefits to our mutual members by offering access to Etihad Guest’s inspiring range of travel and lifestyle rewards.”    When applying for Etihad Guest Miles transfer, Air ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Easyjet Enter Into New Partnership

    • Customers now have easy access to the Etihad and easyJet networks through joint gateways across Europe • This partnership becomes Etihad’s first use of the transformational New Distribution Capability platform     Abu Dhabi, January 14, 2020:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately.   The partnership follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll out programme ......read more

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    Oman reveals participation at ITB Berlin in March 2020

    Sultanate is first country in the Middle East to be named as partner of world's largest travel forum February 16, 2020: The Sultanate of Oman has revealed that it has been named as the official partner of ITB Berlin 2020, the world's leading travel trade show, which will take place from March 4 to March 8, 2020 in Berlin. Oman is the first country from the Middle East to be named as partner for this global event. The official Oman delegation is set to be headed by H.E. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, and will be accompanied by over 50 tourism related companies, ......read more

    Top Adventurous Things to Do This Year in Dubai

    If you live for the thrills and cannot wait to take on a new adventure, Dubai is the perfect place to try out some of the craziest ideas. Plan a trip to this fabulous destination as soon as possible and you will not be disappointed by the wide offer of activities waiting for you at every corner. Here are some that will make any adrenaline junkie excited.   Dune bashing   If you love speed, Dubai is the perfect place to test your driving skills with a twist - instead of changing speeds on a highway, you will be facing the winds and the dunes of the desert. After all, the ......read more

    Tips for Tourists Visiting Dubai During Ramadan

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    A Great Hatta Experience

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    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Gulf Air as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has inked a new partnership with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further enhancing benefits for its members.  The partnership expands on the codeshare agreement between the two airlines and provides further cooperation between the frequent flyer programmes, Etihad Guest and Falconflyer. This allows members to earn and redeem miles reciprocally on all flights across both networks. In both cases, the number of miles earned ......read more

    Student Travelers Welcome Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai

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    Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

    08 January 2020 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.  Despite the decline in demand, November’s performance was the best in eight months, with the slowest year-on-year rate of contraction recorded since March 2019. In part, November’s outcome reflects the growing importance of ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

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    Turkish Airlines added Xi'an, the starting point of the historical Silk Road, to its flight network

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    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to the UAE capital

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    Emirates to provide fast-track Tikram services to its customers

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    Emirates to bring its crowd-puller flagship A380 to the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020

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    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES NEW SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO MALAGA

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    Etihad Airways And Kuwait Airways Launch New Codeshare Partnership

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    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority and the EPAA organises an environmental initiative at El Mentether

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    Abu Dhabi Airports awards top industry partners at annual celebration ceremony in Abu Dhabi

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    Jazeera Airways launches its first-ever direct service from Kuwait to Al Ain International Airport

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    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 54% by 2023, says latest ATM report

    • 2.2 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2023 with CAGR growth of 4.8% • Total Chinese tourism spend in GCC estimated to reach US$3.48 billion by 2023    The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 54% from 1.4 million in 2018 to 2.2 million in 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.8%, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020.   As destinations from across the globe prepare to showcase their latest offering at ATM 2020, which is being held at Dubai World Trade ......read more

    The UAE's First Astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri Talks to Euronews About What's Next for the UAE's Space Mission

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17th December 2019:   Two months since making history as the first UAE astronaut to travel to space, Hazza Al Mansouri spoke to Europe’s number one international news channel, Euronews about what’s next for the UAE and space travel.  Following his trip to the International Space Station, Hazza Al Mansouri now focuses his attention to the UAE’s Hope Mission, which is set to reach Mars on the UAE’s 50th anniversary, making it the ninth country to touch down on the planet.  Hazza Al Mansouri is also working on the ......read more

    Airports of the Future: 10 Predictions for the Next Decade

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, today unveils 10 bold predictions about the technology shaping how passengers will move through the airport of the future, based on unique insights, driving industry forces and emerging technologies.    The airport experience has morphed dramatically in the past 10 years with the introduction of biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking. And there is much more to come.    The next decade will witness an exponentially ......read more

    Future Passenger Experience in the spotlight at Airport Show 2020

    375 companies from 94 countries expected in the B2B show Co-located events: GALF, ATC Forum and Airport Security  2 new conferences added  US$750 billion global airport investments until 2025 Emerging economies to account for 60% of air traffic by 2040   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   Titans of the aviation industry from across the world will assemble in Dubai in mid-June next year to debate topics related to the future passenger experience as the widest range of newest technologies and innovations are showcased at the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes new services from Jazeera Airways at Al Ain International Airport

     The flight was received by His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan  Jazeera Airways to operate three flights a week to Al Ain International Airport from Kuwait International Airport     14 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to announce that Al Ain International Airport (AAN) has welcomed Jazeera Airways new services from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) to Al Ain.   The flight was received by H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive ......read more

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