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The 7th Arab Aviation Summit concluded successfully last week with more than 200 industry participants from 15 Arab countries attending the summit under the theme: “Time to Transform: Addressing sustainability challenges and opportunities for the regional aviation sector”. Adel Al Ali, Arab Aviation Summit Chairperson and Group Chief Executive…

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777 Freighter. It’s the first of two 777 Freighters, Turkish Airlines has on order for this year. The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900…

flydubai has announced the launch of two new European routes for next year: flights to Krakow will start on April 8, 2018, whereas flights to Catania will start on June 13, 2018. With these new flights, flydubai has become the first UAE carrier to operate direct flights to these destinations, offering weekly flights. Flights to Krakow will…

Premier Inn Ibn Battuta has recently scooped the Hotel of the Year Award, at the 3rd Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards ceremony, held in Dubai earlier this month. Premier Inn Ibn Battuta beat five other hotels to win the top prize in its category. Roudi Soubra, General Manager, Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall said: “Premier Inn Ibn Battuta…

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has announced 13 new properties scheduled to launch in the New Year. Sprawling across the globe, the new luxury lodgings offer a variety of original experiences. From Houston and Shanghai to Vienna and Charleston, each of these soon-to-open properties is an ideal addition to the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio.…

Travelport and Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism have announced a new global digital marketing campaign to increase tourism to the world's largest archipelago and fourth most populous country. The campaign, which is part of the Ministry’s “Wonderful Indonesia” international tourism marketing strategy, will deliver tailored online messaging…

Gulf Air is all set to host the Gulf Flight Safety Council’s (GFSC) annual summit which will be held in Bahrain this year. As an official carrier of the two-day event which will be held on December 10-11, 2017 at the ART Rotana Hotel & Resort, Gulf Air is committed to supporting and promoting the improvement of safety in the GCC region. Comprising…

Oman Air has added a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet on December 6, 2017. With the addition of this latest Dreamliner, Oman Air operates seven Boeing 787 Dreamliners aircraft. This aircraft will be utilised on Oman Air’s European and Far-Eastern sectors. The wide-body Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the advanced long-range…

Etihad Airways will soon launch four additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Malé route, taking frequency to Maldives to 11 services a week from June next year. The extra flights, effective June 15, 2018, will operate year-round and provide more travel options with an early morning arrival enabling guests to maximise their stay in the…

Dubai Airports have announced the appointment of Majed Al Joker as Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Majed Al Joker takes on responsibility for a new Corporate Affairs unit that comprises Dubai Airports’ Excellence Programmes and Government Relations, Corporate Resilience, Security and Legal departments. Prior to his promotion,…

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, aims to stop the illegal wildlife trade…

According to the latest data released by Arabian Travel Market, (ATM), visitors to the UK from KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain totalled 659,466 in 2016, which is an increase of 6.6%, amounting to almost 5,000 more visitors than the previous year. The UK welcomed over 350,000 visitors from the UAE; more than 150,000 from KSA; over 100,000 from…

Amadeus has inked a 10-year framework agreement for distribution services with 15 airlines from the Middle East & North Africa, negotiated and led by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO). The airlines participating in the framework agreement to date carried 110 million passengers in 2016, meaning that these airlines will serve over 1…

Gulf Air has collaborated with VFS Global to launch Bahrain Tourist Visa Service, available via visa.gulfair.com exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its network to Bahrain. Travellers with return Gulf Air tickets can now apply for a visa to Bahrain, online via visa.gulfair.com or by visiting their local Gulf Air sales office…

AccorHotels have signed a management agreement with Nakheel for the expansion of AccorHotels’ luxury brand, Raffles Hotels & Resorts. PALM360 is a two-tower development on Palm Jumeirah that will feature Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. The agreement was inked by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Sébastien Bazin,…

In a first of its kind in the region, AW Rostamani Shift Car Rental is set to add electric vehicles to its fleet, in a bid to drive mobility for sustainability concept. The company will pioneer the leasing and renting of electric cars with Renault Zoe that offers a 300 km run on a single charge. Commenting on the move, Ashish Nanda, Sr. General…

Park Inn by Radisson has announced the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Ataşehir. The new 127 room hotel is the sixth Park Inn by Radisson hotel to open in Turkey. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group now has a portfolio of 24 hotels and over 4,600 rooms in operation or under development in Turkey. “We are delighted to open Park Inn by…

The 18-hectare waterfront ‘Makers District’ on Reem Island will soon be buzzing with a new mixed-use project ‘Pixel’. Pixel’s seven towers incorporate residential apartments, co-working office space, F&B and retail to form an integral part of an exciting new neighbourhood and a unique urban living destination being built in the UAE capital.…

Travelport has launched an online PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance referral service to help its customers’ businesses achieve PCI DSS certification. With fraud and hacking in the travel industry on the rise, maintaining a set of security standards to combat this criminal activity is critical when dealing with…

Air Arabia has announced the addition of Asmara to its African network. Asmara will become the airline’s first destination in Eritrea, starting from 10 December 2017. The flight will operate once a week on Sundays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 22:00 hours, and arriving at Asmara International Airport (ASM) at 01:00 hours…

The 4th Hospitality Industry Forum organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) in Sharjah under the theme ‘Continuous Innovation,’ highlighted the robust expansion of the emirate’s tourism sector from 2016 to 2017. Local hospitality sector revenues witnessed a remarkable 7.8 percent increase during the first…

Sustainability initiatives by Dubai’s Armani Hotel have been recognised at the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards. Abdul Quddus Sheikh, Director of Engineering at Armani was honoured as ‘Sustainability Champion’ for demonstrating excellence in implementing and delivering sustainable development initiatives at the hotel. Under Abdul Quddus…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of a new resort located on one of the tropical island’s most beautiful unspoiled beaches - Boracay, Philippines. Overlooking the serene turquoise ocean at Punta Bunga Cove on the exclusive northwest coast, the 312-key Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay is a unique low-rise property with architecture…

Dubai Holding and Sevens Holding SPC have announced the signing of a management agreement for Jumeirah Group to operate a luxury hotel in Bahrain. The hotel, to be named Jumeirah Royal Saray - Bahrain, is scheduled to open February 27, 2018. The agreement marks Jumeirah Group’s entry into the Bahrain hospitality market. The Jumeirah Royal…

Jumeirah Beach Hotel is set to undergo a significant makeover next summer, starting from Mid-May to early October 2018. The hotel will stop receiving guests during this period to allow for the completion of a two-year renovation programme of the whole hotel. The hotel will relaunch in early October, in time for its 21st-anniversary celebrations…

Mauritius’ One&Only Le Saint Géran has started welcoming back guests, following a nine-month renovation and multi-million-dollar investment. Boasting the ultimate location on the north-eastern coast of the island, One&Only Le Saint Géran is setting new standards of ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean and beyond. The opening was marked by Philippe…

Six Senses Zighy Bay has expanded its popular Dibba Farm to make full use of the more than six-acre (2.5-hectare) property. In addition to growing plants, vegetables and greens, the resort has introduced livestock, including two milking cows and a herd of goats for cheese and yoghurt production, and a brood of laying chickens. Since its introduction…

Gulf Air has inked an agreement with Thales to equip the airline’s new, incoming 12 Airbus A320Neo and 17 A321Neo aircraft with a cockpit package of Thales avionics solutions including the TopFlight and Flight Management System (FMS). Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi said: “We are selecting the…

Oman Air has announced the third winner of its quarterly incentive scheme for travel agents in Oman. Tanveer Kazi of Marmul Travel & Tours was rewarded with a brand new Mini Cooper in recognition of his excellent sales in the third quarter of 2017. The car was presented to Kazi at the Oman Air HQ, by the Acting CEO, Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi.…

In a recent development, Royal Brunei Airlines has joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). PATA CEO Dr Mario Hardy said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Royal Brunei Airlines to the PATA family as our newest aviation member. I look forward to working with them as they seek to build both brand and business in the Asia Pacific…

The Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department, inaugurated the art exhibition A Touch of Heritage, which is being held at Manarat Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in celebration of the UAE’s 46th National Day. The exhibition…

Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as Business and Economy Class cabins, is now operational. The new Emirates cabins were unveiled for the first time at the Dubai Airshow last month. Following its debut, Emirates’ first 777-300ER with the new cabin products has now begun operating…

Staycations have always been very popular among UAE residents due to great options available all across the country. This was affirmed by the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority as Ras Al Khaimah witnessed a sharp rise in staycation guests as they flocked into the Emirate to celebrate the nation’s 46th anniversary. According…

flydubai's inaugural flight touched down today at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), marking the start of a new daily service from the carrier’s second point in Moscow. With operations to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO), flydubai is now offering 14 weekly flights to the Russian capital. The announcement sees flydubai expand its…

Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) is gearing up to launch a series of firework spectaculars off Ajman beaches over a two-month period beginning this Wednesday, 29 November until 25 January 2018. The firework displays will begin as part of the 46th National Day celebrations and will continue weekly every Thursday to add a thrill to weekend…

flydubai has announced the launch of two new seasonal destinations for next year: Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kutaisi, Georgia, forming a part of flydubai’s European network for the 2018 summer period. flydubai becomes the first carrier to operate direct flights to Dubrovnik from the UAE. Flights to the popular Croatian coastal city will operate…

To mark 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 December 10, 2017, for outbound travel between December 1, 2017, and June 10, 2018. Travellers in the UAE can look forward to excellent…

Emirates is expecting a higher than usual passenger traffic on its flights over the course of the upcoming National Day weekend. More than 113,000 passengers are expected to pass through Emirates’ Terminal 3 and three Concourses from Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, November 3, according to the latest booking figures. The busiest day is expected…

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…

Emaar Hospitality Group has achieved a milestone of 10,000 hotel rooms across its 11 operational hotels and 30 upcoming projects. Of the 10,000 rooms, over 2,500 are already operational at Emaar Hospitality Group’s 11 hotels in Dubai while more than 7,500 rooms are under development in hotel projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt,…

Lufthansa has revealed the concept for its brand-new Business Class section, accessible to Middle East passengers on regular routes for the first time in 2020, with the roll-out of the Boeing 777-9. The new seat is the key element of the service and comfort level in the cabin, which has been improved even further from the current model. Lufthansa…

Al Furjan Club, the latest dining and leisure complex in Nakheel’s hospitality expansion plan is now open for business, bringing a host of dining, sports and fitness facilities to the growing Al Furjan community. Al Furjan Club features The Glasshouse restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating for 150 people, a 25-metre lap pool, children’s…

Maldives’ recent participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) held in London, witnessed representation from 195 delegates from 70 companies across the Maldives tourism sector including Resorts, Hotels, Guest Houses, Travel Agencies, Associations and Airline Operators. The Maldives contingent was led by H.E. Mohamed Anil, Attorney General.…

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has accelerated its expansion plans in India by signing 12 new hotels in 2017. The signings add to Carlson Rezidor’s presence in India where it currently holds a portfolio of 140 hotels in operation and under development across 60 Indian cities, including 16 state capitals. The hotel group is actively pursuing opportunities…

flyadeal and Lufthansa Technik have signed a comprehensive four-year aircraft engineering services contract that covers the complete flyadeal A320 fleet. One of the major components of the agreement is the set-up of a new maintenance control centre. This will include a full Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) and aircraft…

SpiceJet has launched India’s first ever gift card in the domestic airline category. It allows customers to travel to destinations of their choice at a time convenient to them. The cards are valid for airfare as well as add-ons on SpiceJet. SpiceJet Gift cards allow customers a host of options to choose from. It comes with personalisation…

Majid Al Futtaim has announced that Mall of the Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates will be hosting the 12th Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale on Friday, December 8. The fundraising event is inviting everyone to experience fun-filled festive celebration and support a local good cause. With 2017 being the official Year of Giving…

Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 6.9 million passengers in October, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,865,296 in October compared to 6,420,208 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 6.9%. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen…

Al Zorah, a lifestyle and leisure destination in the UAE, nestled in the exotic setting of natural mangroves and breathtaking lagoons of Ajman, has expanded its portfolio of sporting activities to offer ultimate thrilling watersports experiences. The luxury destination will host several motorised and non-motorised sports including jet-skiing,…

Abu Dhabi has accelerated its growth in hotel guest arrivals during October with 418,883 guests checking into the emirate’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments, representing an 18 percent increase over the same month last year. The cumulative number of guest arrivals for the first ten months of 2017 has increased to reach more than 3.9 million,…

TCA Abu Dhabi has announced the full programme for the first-ever Dar Al Zain Festival to be held at Al Ain Convention Centre. Running between December 14-26, the festival will offer a unique experience for family members of all ages. The Al Ain Region will host an outdoor village that will be packed with live entertainment, craft stalls,…

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi have announced the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process. The new counter will grant both transit and arriving passengers, visas to Abu…

Philippine Department of Tourism in partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to host the biggest ‘Anilao Underwater Shootout’ in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions,” the Anilao Underwater Shootout is back for its fifth year from November 28 to December 2 in Mabini, Batangas. Co-organized by…

Oman Air is hiking the baggage allowance for the holiday season on flights from Muscat to India and the Philippines until December 15, 2017. Oman Air already offers an allowance of two bags per person weighing up to 30kg in total, but guests flying between Muscat and the following Indian cities can now take advantage of an increased allowance…

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is adding value to the hospitality sector’s environmental initiatives by implementing it’s Global ‘Go Green’ initiatives. In Dubai, the team is using the UAE Vision 2021 as inspiration, as they aim to make small changes to create a big impact. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President…

The Dubai Sustainable Tourism has awarded Novotel Suites Dubai Mall of Emirates hotel under 3 Star Category, as the Best Green Hotel in Dubai. AccorHotels’ was successful in implementing and engaging effective, sustainable operations and management, educating guests and employees about sustainable tourism practices, supporting cultural and…

The Embassy of Italy in Kuwait has launched a new Italy Visa Application Centre in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Travellers to Italy from Kuwait can now visit the new centre, managed by VFS Global staff, to submit their Italy visa applications and enrol their biometrics in a comfortable and secure environment. The new centre, which is centrally located…

Lurento has announced the launch of its service in the United Arab Emirates. Customers can now rent luxury and sports cars in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “Dubai is a leading location for luxury travellers and sports car enthusiasts alike. Our customers will have the opportunity to choose from a lot of models this holiday season, along with the best…

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) have announced the winners of the inaugural Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City last week. Comprising 17 different categories, the Awards recognise and celebrate the important work of Dubai’s hotels and tourism companies in advancing sustainability…

Al Maryah Island is all set to celebrate the UAE’s 46th National Day from December 1-2, with a colourful display of fireworks, live cultural performances and festive activities. Al Maryah Island’s Waterfront Promenade will be transformed to resemble the era of the union’s early days. Giving a traditional look and feel, the perimeter will…

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…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the Passenger Agency Conference (PAConf), composed of IATA's member airlines, adopted Resolutions for the full implementation of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) initiative. NewGen ISS represents the most extensive and ambitious modernisation of the IATA…

Jumeirah Vittaveli has opened the region’s first ice-rink, allowing guests to be carried away into a small winter wonderland of their own while being enveloped by the warmth of the tropics. Guests can take a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, then step off the white sandy beaches and into a pair of skates to glide over the resort’s…

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), an integral part of Jumeirah Group, has celebrated its 13th graduation ceremony at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. During 2017 a total of 78 students from 30 different countries received their degrees from EAHM. Of those graduates, 70 have completed undergraduate degrees, and eight have completed…

Czech Tourist Authority – CzechTourism has partnered with VFS Global to showcase the various tourist attractions and products to trade, tourism and business partners in the Middle East through road shows in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The ‘Czech Republic – Land of Stories’, the official promotion campaign of the Czech Republic, commenced…

Oman Air has recently signed an agreement with Thales on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow, to equip its B737 MAX fleet for developing its Inflight entertainment systems. Oman Air will depend on Thales’ advanced state-of-the-art AVANT IFE System to equip its B737 MAX fleet. This new aircraft will enter into service in January 2018.…

British Airways has marked the completion of 85 years of flying to the Middle East, first arriving in Kuwait during October 1932. British Airways now operates 93 flights a week between its hub at London Heathrow and the Middle East during its winter schedule. British Airways has confirmed that plans to roll out its new luxurious sleep proposition…

Virgin Holidays recently awarded Alpha Destination Management the 'Best DMC Worldwide' title at a glittering ceremony, held on the eve of World Travel Market (WTM) 2017 in London. Virgin Holidays is a leading UK Tour operator, and its annual awards programme has been running for over a decade. Alpha Destination Management was presented the trophy…

dnata's cargo operations, in partnership with Emirates Innovation Lab, IBM and flydubai Cargo, has created a new value proposition for cargo service delivery through the use of blockchain technology. This has added value by eliminating redundant data and improve visibility and transparency for all stakeholders. As a result, processes can be more…

Expedia Lodging Partner Services (LPS) hosted their annual Wanderlust summit in Dubai on November 22, 2017, at the Taj Hotel. Hosted by Johan Svanstrom, President of Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN), Ait Voncke, Vice President Europe Middle East Africa Market Management and Paula de Keijzer, Senior Director Market Management…

Gearing up to welcome visitors from across the world to Dubai for a festive winter break, Emaar Hospitality Group launched a range of more than 150 lifestyle experiences that meet the aspirations of all. With www.myfestivedubai.com, Emaar Hospitality Group is showcasing all the diverse experiences for this festival season that will ‘make…

Sundus Rotana Muscat was officially inaugurated by H.E. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mehrizi, Minister of Tourism in the presence of Mohammed bin Mahfoodh Al Ardhi, Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman and Selim El Zyr and Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC. The new hotel is the brand’s first property in Muscat and forms…

Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s edition in Prague. Dubai was named host city for the 57th ICCA Congress in 2014, following a successful bid for the event that was led by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre.…

Fujairah, home to the Al Hajar Mountains, pristine beachfronts and innovative gastronomic offerings is set to welcome the region’s first destination beach facility. Lava Beach Club, a new premier beach getaway is due to open to the public in December 2017. Spanning over 2,600 sq. m., Lava Beach Club will feature an 840 sq. m. free-form pool…

Jannah Hotels & Resorts has announced the addition of Jannah Place Villas Ras Al Khaimah to its collection of luxurious properties in the UAE. The property owned by the local investment company KAYinvest, has recently undergone a renovation which includes the refurbishment of 24 fully furnished villas as well as enhancements and developments of…

The A350-1000 has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than a year. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The EASA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed…

AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas has opened its doors on southern Thailand’s Gulf Coast. Hua Hin is known as a popular getaway for Bangkok residents and is historically a favourite with the Thai Royal family. Nestled in a tranquil spot on the coastline, AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas boasts natural tropical elements combined with contemporary design…

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the new "Marinas" at the Mina Rashid Marina, which will harbour 5,000 yachts and boats and will accommodate 20,000 in the next few years. It is expected to be a new world-class touristic maritime and entertainment attraction. The project, carried out by P&O, part of DP World,…

Travelport has inked a new agreement with My Holidays, the online arm of Regency Travel and Tours, Qatar. Under the agreement, My Holidays will utilize Travelport’s open platform and Universal API technology to connect to the widest choice of content to quickly respond to customers’ needs by providing the integrated, personalized travel experiences…

In a move to promote health and well-being among its guests, The Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding has rolled out a non-smoking policy. Under this new initiative, smoking is now strictly prohibited in all rooms. However, the hotel still has designated areas for smoking available to guests at the property,…

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery has celebrated the culmination of the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge with its own record-breaking challenge. The first holistic wellness resort brought together fellow yogis and health enthusiasts from all nations across the globe on November 18, 2017, on the scenic sands of the hotel and hosted a world record-breaking…

With the Oman Ministry of Tourism’s goal of creating 500,000 jobs in the hospitality sector by 2040, Six Senses Zighy Bay is redoubling efforts to create job opportunities, and support for careers, as well as partnering with businesses that directly support Omani enterprises, such as suppliers, farms and artisans. Aaron McGrath, the resort’s…

Dollar has returned successfully after its participation in World Travel Market (WTM) in London where the team introduced the new logo to business partners, general sales agents, customers and potential clients. Marwan Al Mulla, General Manager of Dollar for UAE and Oman and Dominic Hagerty, Head of Sales & Marketing attended the networking…

UAE-based developer Sweid & Sweid has partnered with hospitality brand Banyan Tree to develop and deliver the first Banyan Tree Residences in the Middle East. Located on a large island site where DMCC, the Montgomerie Golf Course, The Emirates Golf Course and Emirates Hills intersect on Al Telal Street, the elegant new residential tower will…

Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel was awarded the ‘Most Sustainable 5 Star City Hotel in Dubai’ title at the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards. The award recognizes those within the tourism sector, who effectively demonstrate good practices when it comes to reducing the company’s carbon footprint. In efforts to promote sustainability within…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to operate a new coastal resort property on Egypt’s North Coast, a popular leisure destination and growing commercial centre. The Swiss hospitality firm has signed an agreement with Cairo-based real estate company Arabia Investment & Tourist Development SAE, part of the Arabia Group, to manage the 300-key…

Italian Cuisine World Summit is the largest and one of its kind event promoting the country’s exquisite food and wholesome culture, outside of Italy. As the Italian Cuisine World Summit comes to town, it brings with it the highest quality of Italian design and dishes as well as experts in the field, including producers and restaurateurs. In conjunction…

Turkish Airlines has launched ‘Exclusive Drive’ private and luxury transfer service available for Business Class passengers who purchase flexible return tickets between select markets. Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Cairo, Karachi, Kuwait City, Lahore, Islamabad, Mumbai, Tehran, Tel Aviv to USA and Canada, or the return…

The grand opening of The Walk at Al Seef witnessed thousands coming together for the launch weekend. The Walk at Al Seef was completely transformed into a European winter market for the three-day festival, with pop-up stalls organised by La Loupe, a local retail collective, and live music performances along the walkways. Offering Abu Dhabi…

Leading the private aviation industry throughout the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s Sky Prime Aviation Services announces rapid growth for 2017 that places it as the largest private aviation operator in the Middle East since its inception in 2016. Now stepping strongly into its second year of operation despite global economic challenges, Sky Prime…

Adding to its expanding portfolio within Saudi Arabia, Cristal Group has entered into a management agreement with Bayat Company for Hotel Services to operate Bayat Suites by Cristal. The 47-keys property enjoys a superb location in the city of Muhayil in Asir Region that lies in the southwest of the country. Expected to open in December 2017, the…

Marking the 50th anniversary of its Bahrain-Paris route, Gulf Air, recently flew a number of GCC media representatives to Paris on a familiarisation trip jointly hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. With daily operations to the French capital, Gulf Air provides excellent connectivity between key cities in the GCC/MENA region and Paris with under 2-hour…

Oman Air has increased its frequency from Muscat to the port town of Duqm in central-eastern Oman in response to growing demand. Flights have increased in the winter schedule which came into effect on October 29. Oman Air now operates six flights a week on its 737-800 aircraft, instead of the five that it operated during the summer.…

According to the latest figures from Colliers International, around nine million Indians are expected to travel to the GCC by 2021, as destinations throughout the Middle East prepare to showcase their latest offering at Arabian Travel Market, which is being held at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25 2018. Reports from the UNWTO suggest…

To mark the 24th anniversary of its authentic Italian restaurant Casa Mia this month, Le Meridien Dubai will be rolling out a host of activities to celebrate Italian traditions in the coming week including the closing event of the Italian Festival Week. On November 25, the hotel will turn into a Venetian Carnival. In collaboration with the…

To celebrate Oman’ s 47th National Day, Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman has come up with a number of unique and exciting offers. Oman Air is running a special sale with up to 47% off its fares which is available to book until November 20 while the travel must be completed by May 31, 2018. The offer is valid from Muscat International…

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. Applicants can visit the new centres, operated by VFS Global, to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics. The Abu Dhabi centre, centrally located…

Over 27,000 people visited and experienced the full family of Emirates’ commercial, training and executive aircraft on display at the Dubai Airshow this year. The airline also welcomed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai as well as crown princes, sheikhs and…

Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) has completed delivery of its first set of A350-900 inboard flaps to Airbus. Airbus selected Strata to manufacture the A350-900 inboard flap in 2015. Located along the trailing edge of the wings, the inboard flaps are positioned next to the airplane’s body, enabling it to secure greater lift during the most critical…

Boeing and flydubai have inked a landmark agreement for 225 737 MAX airplanes worth $27 billion. The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order by a number of airplanes and total value from a Middle East carrier. Signed at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, the agreement includes a commitment of 175 MAX airplanes, and purchase rights for…

To mark the upcoming celebratory weekend of UAE’s 46th National Day, Ras Al Khaimah has unveiled an action-packed programme for the entire family. The build-up action starts on Tuesday, November 28 when Fursan Al Emarat takes to the skies over Ras Al Khaimah for a dazzling aerobatics display. For over 45 minutes, starting at 3.30pm, the squad…

Jet Airways has announced the return of mega offers for yet another three days this month, starting from November 15. The special fares will be applicable only on direct flights operated by Jet Airways for both one-way and return journeys. Under the three-day window, guests can avail special fares and plan their forthcoming travel during…

Abu Dhabi-based developer, Miral has embraced a major digital transformation project to create a seamlessly connected destination of world-class theme parks and attractions on Yas Island. The project will take visitors on a highly personalised digital journey, enhancing Yas Island’s destination appeal to global leisure and business travellers. The…

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defense has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow, takes the C295 order book past 200, underlining the type’s market leadership in its class. The aircraft will serve with the UAE Air Force replacing the existing CN235s still in operation.…

Slovenian Tourist Board has announced November as a month to celebrate the country’s rich food scene in the capital Ljubljana. Slovenia is one of Europe’s hottest gastronomic hotbed, offering the Tastes of Ljubljana, the Open Kitchen food market and numerous top quality restaurants, cafés and bars. This year Ljubljana hotels and organisers…

Marriott International and Landmark Africa Group have announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments. Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria…

Emirates Flight Training Academy has signed an agreement with TRU Simulation + Training Inc. to supply six new Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) with mini-motion systems for the Academy. The agreement was signed during the Dubai Air Show in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates…

With USD 939 million in 2017 Q3, Turkish Airlines has posted record net profit of all 3rd quarters in company history. The 9-monthly operating net profit is recorded as USD 956 million. The 3rd quarter marked a 23 percent increase in total revenues compared to the same period of 2016, reaching USD 3.6 billion. The 9-monthly average on total…

Emirates and Thales have inked a new agreement to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the next generation broadband in-flight connectivity using Inmarsat GX global network. The partnership will give Emirates customers best in class connectivity on its Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in 2020. Emirates and Thales already have an…

The UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kuwait during the Dubai International Air Show (DIA). The Memorandum of Understanding established a framework of cooperation in the aviation sector covering areas of training, exchange of expertise, knowledge and safety. The…

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has concluded its successful participation at the World Travel Market (WTM), which took place in London, UK from 6-8 November. The forum enabled Abu Dhabi and its partners to connect with key industry stakeholders and further promote the Emirate as a destination of distinction for tourists from across…

AVIAREPS has been appointed by Latvia’s Spare Travel, a luxury, customer-focused tour operator and Destination Management Company (DMC), as its representative in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Spare Travel’s international outreach programme provides customised, VIP travel solutions for Middle Eastern…

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has partnered with GEMS Westminster School in Ras Al Khaimah to launch ‘LITTLE HOTELIER’, a brand new educational project where children between the ages of eight and thirteen will have a unique opportunity to work in a five-star hotel for a day. The Little Hoteliers experience is available each month and available…

Honeywell and Gulf Air have signed an agreement that sees the airline purchase Honeywell Auxiliary Power Units for its new, incoming fleet of 29 Airbus 320/321neo aircraft. Under the agreement, Honeywell will also provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services helping Gulf Air achieve greater cost predictability for future maintenance while reducing…

Boeing has reported that over the next 20 years the Middle East will see significant demand for commercial airline pilots, technicians and cabin crew, accounting for 10 percent of the overall global need for pilots and technicians and 12 percent of cabin crew. The 2017 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel…

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. hosted a tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital at the Dubai Airshow. FedEx has supported Orbis for more than 30 years to achieve its vision of a world in which no one is needlessly visually-impaired. The tour was led by Taarek Hinedi, Vice President of FedEx Express Middle East and Africa Operations,…

Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 25 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017 by Dr. Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft…

With winter just around the corner and the holiday season fast-approaching, this is an ideal time to plan your next holiday destination. Porto Montenegro, a luxurious superyacht marina located on the shores of the Adriatic on the UNESCO protected Boka Bay has compiled a list that states why Montenegro is an undiscovered gem where east Europe meets…

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is offering its guests flying to 47 international destinations an option to connect onto its Wifi service to experience the airline’s onboard connectivity. On six of these routes, to Los Angeles, Washington, New York, London Heathrow, Manchester and Dubai, passengers in Guest Class (Economy) can access complimentary…

Boeing and ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) have finalized an order for 20 additional 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, doubling the lessor's order book for the MAX airplane. Kuwait-based ALAFCO, a global provider of commercial aircraft leasing products, now has 40 737 MAXs on order. The deal, valued at $2.2 billion…

Boeing presented its 2017 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the region during the Dubai Airshow that predicts the airlines in the Middle East will need 3,350 new airplanes over the next 20 years. This is estimated at a whopping $730 billion. "Traffic growth in the Middle East is expected to grow at 5.6 percent annually during the next 20 years,"…

Located in the thriving Business Bay district, Renaissance Downtown Hotel boasts 298 guestrooms, including 65 sprawling suites. Led by the renowned interior firm WA International, the hotel's design sets the stage to inspire a sense of spontaneous discovery at every turn: from the dynamic art installation of Dubai's cityscape that takes…

Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden is all set to unveil a host of new and exciting attractions when it reopens for a six-month period, promising a full bloom in fun and celebrations. One of the most striking concepts to be unveiled this year will be a ‘Sunflower Lovers Theme’. The new theme will feature varieties…

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced that the UAE nationals, holding diplomatic, private and regular passports can make visa-free visits to the Republic of Tajikistan. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs, said that the ministry received a diplomatic memorandum from Tajikistan's…

Radisson Blu has opened its first hotel in Ajman, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new hotel is located just a few minutes from the city center and close to the Hamriyah Free Zone. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman is accessible through the main highways connecting Ajman to Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The hotel is located in a new and upcoming area,…

Deer Jet has appointed Dubai-based strategic partner, UAS International Trip Support (UAS), as the exclusive global charter management company for the Deer Jet brand. The company will now manage a fleet of 90 aircrafts including the world’s first 787 ‘Dream Jet’, currently being showcased at the Dubai Airshow. Deer Jet has selected the best…

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd has announced its leasing division, DAE Capital, and Gulf Air have signed an aircraft lease agreement for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to enter the Gulf carrier’s fleet in 2018. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s Chief Executive Officer, Firoz Tarapore said: “We are pleased to be…

Air Arabia has signed a lease agreement for six Airbus A321neo Long Range aircraft with the Los Angeles based Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL) (ALC) on the sidelines of Dubai Airshow. These additional aircraft will join Air Arabia’s fleet starting 2019 and will help the airline serve its existing network as well as enter longer range routes in the…

Emirates Flight Training Academy was inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the Dubai Airshow. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said: “The Emirates Flight Training Academy is designed to be one of the most advanced flight training facilities…

Jetex Flight Support has announced its appointment for the operation and management of the first-ever Fixed-base Operators (FBOs) in Oman. Awarded by the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), the agreement will see Jetex develop two new FBOs at Muscat International Airport (MCT/OOMS) and Salalah International Airport (SLL/OOSA) respectively.…

Dubai Airshow 2017 opened yesterday with a magnificent fly-past: where for the first time, two Emirates wide body aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER and A380 performed a flying display together. The aircraft were closely followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan. Both the Emirates 777-300ER and A380 flying display aircraft were decorated with…

Visitors at the Louvre Abu Dhabi were recently treated to a low-level fly-by of the Jean Nouvel designed museum by one of Etihad Airways’ flagship Airbus A380 aircraft. Sporting the airline’s ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery, the aircraft chosen for the display now also features Louvre Abu Dhabi’s official logo on each of its four engines, to promote…

Gulf Air today announced the appointment of Krešimir Kučko as the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, effective from November 12, 2017. H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors welcomed Kučko to his new post: “On behalf of the airline’s Board of Directors and executive management team I welcome Kučko…

Gulf Air and CFM International have signed an agreement for the purchase of 58 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft and an additional 7 spare engines to support the operation. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $1.9 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term service agreement. The aircraft order…

Wendy’s Middle East, operated by Alghanim Industries has recently opened its fourth store in Kuwait, located at The Avenues Mall food court. In celebration of the opening day, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place with Wendy while the Frosty Man mascots kept the little ones entertained. Customers who visited enjoyed free creamy Frosty ice creams…

Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) have announced an order for five more 787-8 Dreamliners and a commitment to purchase two large freighters. The agreement, announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show, is valued at about $1.9 billion at current list prices. The freighter commitment will be finalized at a later time. Azerbaijan Airlines also…

Airbus Defence and Space is showcasing its new C295 Armed ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance) version at the Dubai Airshow. A C295 is exhibited on static display flanked by a wide range of weapons which have been selected to be integrated onto this versatile platform. The company has signed a series of agreements with air-to-surface…

RateHawk has appointed AVIAREPS as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in GCC including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The appointment intends to expand its sales and client support network to travel agents in the Middle East region seeking convenient and competitive hotel booking solutions. As part of…

Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) to introduce a suite of products and services to the Middle East, relating to the manufacturing, development and maintenance, repair and overhaul of aerospace products across the region. The MoU was signed by…

Thailand is all set to host its first-ever Air Race 1 World Cup title which will take place from November 17 – 19, 2017. This makes Thailand the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to host the largest air race and fastest motorsport competition in the world. Thailand hosted test games in 2016 in preparation for the World Cup 2017.…

Emirates surprised Dubai Airshow spectators and avid aviation enthusiasts with a special fly-past along the Dubai World Centre (DWC) runway in front of stands and the large static display. The special fly-past is the first time two Emirates wide body aircraft – the Boeing 777-300ER and A380 have performed a flying display together. The aircraft…

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert was officially flagged yesterday in the presence of esteemed dignitaries and hospitality leaders. With the newest addition, The Ritz-Carlton brand expands its portfolio across the UAE to four properties. The flagging ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi,…

Jetex Flight Support has announced plans to build its aircraft hangar at the Jetex FBO Terminal near Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South Aviation District. Set to be operational by 2019, the new development, encompassing 20,000m2, will feature an air-conditioned hangar fully equipped to accommodate the parking and maintenance needs of…

Emirates announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners at the Dubai Airshow 2017 that commenced today. In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman…

Boeing will showcase a range of products and services for the first time at this year’s Dubai Airshow. This includes the 787-10 Dreamliner, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft simulator, flydubai’s 737 MAX and Emirates’ 777-300ER (Extended Range). Boeing’s extensive presence at the show underscores the company’s commitment to the Middle East…

flydubai has showcased its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 at the Dubai Airshow today. This is the first aircraft to be delivered from the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East in the 2013 edition of the show. The new aircraft, bearing the UAE registration mark A6-MAX, is the first of 76 aircraft on order from Boeing;…

Oman Air has announced the soft opening of its new call centres in Bucharest, Romania, besides the current one operates in Oman and the two launched recently in India and Malaysia. The new call centre will operate 24 hours on a daily basis one week after the soft opening. The new call centre, which will be managed by call centre experts Interglobe…

The rapidly developing adventure tourism product portfolio of Ras Al Khaimah is fast shaping up as a millennials magnet. Addressing a BBC panel debate on the travel patterns of affluent millennials, held in London to coincide with the World Travel Market (WTM), Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA),…

Emirates has unveiled completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new First Class private suites. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites takes luxury and privacy to the next level. Offering up to 40 square feet…

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan hosted an exclusive meeting on tourism advancement at Ritz Carlton Hotel Bahrain welcoming over 50 specialists in travel trade industry. The guests included deputy CEO Gulf Air Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, dignitaries, leaders of travel industry and media representatives. The event was organized…

According to the 2017 Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), the fleet size of all operators (including non UAE carriers) serving the UAE is projected to almost treble to 2,100 aircraft by 2036. The report foresees that 1,090 single aisle aircraft and 1,010 twin aisle and very large aircraft will be serving the UAE market in the next two decades.…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has forayed into Northern Thailand with the opening of the brand’s first property in the kingdom’s cultural capital, Chiang Mai. The 266 rooms Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai opened its doors to guests on November 7, 2017 marking another milestone in the hospitality company’s Asian expansion strategy and growing…

The Emirates Group has announced its half-year results for 2017-18. The Group saw steady revenue growth and a rebound on profitability compared to the same period last year, in spite of the continuing downward pressure on margins, a rise in oil prices, and other challenges for the airline and travel industry. The Emirates Group revenue was AED 49.4…

The fourth annual Oman Air Media Awards was announced during the World Travel Market, held at London. Craig West was named the Overall Winner and winner of Airline Portrait for his article, "Serving Oman" in Airliner World. The other winners for this year’s Media Award are: Andrew Eames for the Best Print Article: 'Bedouins and breakfast'…

Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Markland Blaiklock as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Blaiklock will be responsible for steering the continued expansion of Centara, which aims to double both its revenues and number of properties over the next five years. Blaiklock returns to Centara in an expanded…

The third and final day of WTM London 2017 featured packed halls, numerous business meetings and insightful seminars and presentations. Responsible tourism was the key theme for the final day, with World Responsible Tourism Day, the largest day of responsible tourism in the world taking place. WTM London has championed the cause of responsible tourism…

The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of France Emmanuel Macron, opened the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name…

On the occasion of Oman’s 47th National Day, Emirates is offering travellers in Oman a host of special promotions to some of its most popular destinations. The offers are valid for booking in Economy Class and Business Class until Nov 18, 2017, for outbound travel between November 21, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The special fares in Economy…

British Airways’ Chief executive Alex Cruz pledged that the airline’s new £4.5bn investment programme would improve the flying experience for all customers including those in the Middle East. He announced that the £4.5bn investment over the next five years would include: • 72 new aircraft, including four new types for the airline: the Airbus…

In a special partnership with PressReader, the Cathay Pacific app now allows customers to gain access to PressReader 48 hours before departure. This means all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon customers can download full issues of their favourite publications to their own smart phones or tablets for free. PressReader’s 7,000-strong library…

Arabian Adventures has curated a selection of excursions in response to the changing needs of customers and the launch of new attractions in the UAE. From visiting remote wadis and canyons to getting first hand insights into conservation efforts and Dubai’s evolving food culture, the new 2017/18 tours, safaris and attractions from Arabian Adventures…

Etihad Airways has honoured key stakeholders in Nepal to mark a decade of partnership and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of scheduled flights between‎ Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu. Diplomats and government and aviation officials were joined by corporate and travel industry partners, along with local media and the airline’s Kathmandu-based…

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement for Radisson Blu Resort Maldives with Chang Hua Holdings. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, the property is one of the most anticipated new developments in Maldives in addition to being the first Radisson Blu resort in the market. Located in the…

Hospitality Management Holding (HMH) has announced the completion of renovation at the Coral Al Ahsa Hotel in Saudi Arabia. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “The renovation was necessary in view of the growing demand for the hotel. As part of the upgrade, we have added 36 new guestrooms at the hotel taking its total inventory of rooms to…

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ME200, ME201 and ME204) has won Best Stand Design at World Travel Market London 2017. The winning space successfully blends old and new elements of the city and features include a woman weaving a carpet and a virtual reality buggy ride for visitors to try. “It really shows the breadth of the…

flyadeal, Saudi Arabia’s new Low Fare Airline, flew its first flight to Dammam landing at King Fahd International Airport. The new flight from Jeddah non-stop to Dammam is part of flyadeal’s expansion plan across the Kingdom, serving key gateway cities. Chairman of flyadeal, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser commented on the…

Oman Air announced the soft opening of its new call centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia beside the current one operates in Oman and the recently launched one in India. The newly opened call centre, which will be managed by call centre experts Interglobe Technologies, will provide support in Thai, Malay, Bahasa, Tagalog, Chinese (Mandarin &…

According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Turkey is in the top 10 of the world’s meeting and congress destinations. The country ranks eighteenth globally as a growing destination for MICE tourism. The city of Istanbul ranks eighth on the global leaderboard because it is a bridge between East and West. Both in terms…

Airbus is set to showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems at the Dubai Airshow, to be held November 12-16, 2017. In the static display areas, a plethora of Airbus’ real operational and development aircraft will be available to…

Yas Island has unveiled an exciting line-up of action-packed events on Yas Island for the first half of 2018, with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Flash Entertainment. With a planned event every week until Ramadan, culminating in a spectacular 3-day Eid Al Fitr celebration and Eid fireworks show, Yas Island’s new event line-up…

The Embassy of Malaysia in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of Malaysia in Dubai have launched two new One Stop Centres (OSC) providing Malaysia visa services in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Both centres, managed by VFS Global in partnership with S5 Systems and Megan Gayabina, are centrally located in main commercial districts of the cities. The Abu…

Rose Park Hotel – Al Barsha has officially opened its doors in Dubai. The 4 Star hotel is the newest addition to the portfolio managed by Rose International Hotels Management. "We are excited to bring the robust and elegant Rose Park Hotel – Al Barsha to Dubai’s travel and tourism landscape," says Thameem Razick, Director of Sales & Marketing…

According to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a total of 11.58 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first nine months of 2017. This is a 7.5 per cent increase over the same period last year. India retained top spot on Dubai’s list of source markets…

According to the latest Q3 2017 data released by the Expedia group, international mobile business into the UAE has increased significantly compared to the same period last year. Data shows travellers from the United States leading with almost 35% of room night demand made via mobile or tablet - almost a 60% year-on-year increase compared…

Dubai is all set to celebrate the 23rd edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), from December 26 to January 27, 2018. DSF as always provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy a rewarding shopping experience, as well as even more chances to win prizes and entertainment for all the family. Organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment…

Al Tayer Travel Agency have appointed as the exclusive general sales agent (GSA) in GCC for ERM Tours & Safaris, a luxury tour operator delivering world-class African experiences. Commenting on the announcement of the partnership, Barry Hurter, CEO of ERM Tours & Safaris said: ‘This partnership represents a strategic milestone for our company.…

To capitalize on the initial success of the ongoing partnership between Emirates and flydubai, the international carriers have announced the inclusion of 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes sought-after destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and…

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has marked its official grand opening yesterday. The opening ceremony witnessed attendance from HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, who was also the guest of honour. This is the brand’s first property in Kuwait. Representing Four Seasons and welcoming His Highness to the…

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has stepped up its presence in Singapore by securing contracts to manage two properties strategically located in the Central Business District (CBD) and near the Ophir-Rochor Corridor, the city’s new growth area and extension of the CBD. Both properties will operate under the Citadines brand, Ascott’s fastest growing…

Emirates has confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline’s Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1st December 2017. Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private…

Gulf Air has officially launched one of the airline’s anticipated initiatives “Gulf Air Holidays”, offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide across its network available via holidays.gulfair.com. The airline has partnered with online travel booking company “Ezeego1.com” who are…

Jumeirah Group has announced an exclusive offer all Nationals and residents staying Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in Dubai that entitles them free passes to Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR). As part of the exclusive offer, guests from the UAE who book to stay at any of the Jumeirah hotels and resorts from now till December 21s, will receive complimentary…

Air Arabia has announced strong financial results for the third quarter of this year ending September 30, 2017. The airline has continued to deliver solid and sustained operational and financial performance. Air Arabia’s financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2017, exceeded analysts’ expectations and registered a net…

The idyllic Mediterranean island of Cyprus has firmly positioned itself as a popular getaway location for travellers from across the Gulf region posting double-digit growth from GCC countries during the first nine months of the year. New figures from Statistical Service of the Ministry of Finance revealed that overall visitor arrivals during…

Kerzner International Holdings Limited (Kerzner), has entered into a partnership agreement with Dolphin Capital Partners and Dolphin Capital Investors, for the development of One&Only Kéa Island resort in Greece, inclusive of long-term management. Situated in a 65-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades, this…

Over 100 experts gathered at the Amadeus Fly by Digital Summit in Dubai, UAE to share best practices and insights from around the globe regarding digital business transformations. This year’s conference focused on supporting industry players to attract, showcase, sell and service travellers in the region as more and more commerce moves into…

Emirates is all set to reinstate its second daily service to Lagos and resume operations to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, with four weekly flights from December 15, 2017. Similar to the current daily service between Dubai and Lagos, the added frequencies to Lagos will be operated with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, offering eight private…


Imagine Abu Dhabi - Al Ain in 15 minutes. Abu Dhabi - Dubai in 12 minutes. Well, this will soon be a reality as HyperloopTT is bringing the ultra high-speed transport system to life. “It is coming, and it is real,” confirms Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), ahead of…

TIME Hotels is set to unveil its first resort at WTM London with the launch of TIME Beach Villas Resort in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a midmarket contemporary development on the upper west side of the city. Due to open its doors in December 2017, the TIME Beach Villas Resort will comprise of 61 units with detailed Arabic architecture encompassing…

Dubai has once again emerged victorious by winning four awards at the World Travel Awards 2017. Dubai’s tourism sector demonstrated industry excellence with wins across four different categories. Dubai was recognised as the Middle East's Leading Destination for the record 20th time, winning in this category since the inception of the awards. The city…

TCA Abu Dhabi is launching an incentive scheme to develop content and programme collaboration with the private sector to build on the already established annual calendar of vibrant and diverse events and drive inbound tourism growth. Already home to more than 800 events including spectacles such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix,…

Marriott International, Inc. has enhanced the job search and application experience with the launch of MC – the Marriott Careers chatbot for Facebook Messenger. Powered by data-driven logic and specialised algorithms, the hospitality industry's first virtual assistant for job seekers creates a more personalised and efficient experience while…

Oman Air Cargo has launched its new 100% Cloud-based Cargo ERP Solution, implemented by SmartKargo, the world’s most advanced cargo management platform for airlines, ground handlers, sales agents, and regulators. Oman Air chose the state-of-the-art solution to maximise the potential of its Cargo business leveraging the solution’s advanced,…

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has been recognised as the Top Hotels in the Middle East at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610…

Dubai Airports has been acknowledged as the 'Best Employer Brand - Public Sector', at the LinkedIn MENA Talent Awards in Dubai. Meshari Al Bannai, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Dubai Airports, said, "This award from the world’s largest social network of professionals validates Dubai Airports’ leadership in the…

As the nation’s favourite adventure hub Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) is all set to reopen on November 1, Ras Al Khaimah is anticipating its busiest outdoor activity season. Since launching in November last year, the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata has already gained top Trip Advisor ranking among the emirate’s attractions, welcoming…

In the continued effort to achieve the vision of “UAE Centennial Plan 2071”, Emirates airline and a consortium of industry partners are coming together to build the world’s first sector-wide Experimental (X) Lab to co-create the next era of human transportation at Area 2071. The Aviation X-Lab is a historic effort to host…

Jet Airways will open a crisp three-day window offering its guests off-peak fares for their travel this winter, on its flights from all cities in the Gulf to destinations in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Far East. The fare offer accords a discount* of 12 percent on both Premiere and Economy tickets, booked online on jetairways.com…

Alpha Destination Management has signed an exclusive agreement with Expedia, to operate the Expedia Local Expert program in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The agreement will be effective from October 1, 2017. Expedia Local Expert allows us to build the perfect activity itinerary for travellers with an insider’s perspective and local know-how…

Starting from November 29, flydubai will launch its new daily flights to Sheremetyevo International that increases the airline’s frequency to the Russian capital with the existing service to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO).…

The 22nd edition of Global Village is set to open on November 1, 2017, and will continue until April 7, 2018. Last year, the event ended with a record-breaking attendance of 5.6 million guests over its 159 days of operation. Global Village general admission tickets are priced at Dh15 per person. During the season, the tickets are…

Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is offering its guests an opportunity to have a goldfish in their room as part of a trial on the benefits of the classic childhood pet helping guests to practice mindfulness. Guests checking into The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina can now request a goldfish for the duration of their…

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai recently hosted a culinary evening in support of ‘Road to Awareness’, Marriott International’s annual associate fundraising campaign. The event took place in the Starlight Ballroom and was hosted by Dubai Eye’s Tom Urquhart, who led a raffle draw and auction. The total amount raised during…

ASGC has commenced work on the highly-anticipated expansion of The Dubai Mall, a project that will see additional retail space added to the world’s most visited shopping and entertainment destination with over 80 million visitors annually. Following the issuance of initial permits in August 2017, ASGC has started works that will lead…

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has signed Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan to continue its expansion in Saudi Arabia. The announcement was made by Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International. Featuring 210 keys, the upscale 4-star property is…

Up in the mountains of Shan state, in the east of Myanmar is getting ready for a spectacular balloon festival to be held between 29 October and 3 November 2017. The event will see the launch of 393 traditional made paper balloons. In a remote field in the mountains in mysterious Shan state in Myanmar, a yearly tradition is about to become…

Turkish Cargo has been awarded the “Overall Carrier of the Year” prize in the Customer’s Choice category at the 33rd annual Payload Asia Awards, organised by the Payload Asia Group and aimed at honouring the carriers for their excellence in the air cargo industry. Awarded with the contribution of the readers, air cargo…

NEST co-working space, Dubai’s first fully integrated workspace located within the new TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, in the heart of Barsha is all set to open next week. The line-up for the Grand Opening Week, scheduled from October 29 to November 2 was revealed today. To mark its opening, NEST has curated a diverse series of interactive…

Abu Dhabi Airports’ VIP Terminal has recently taken delivery of five new BMW M760Li individual vehicles from Abu Dhabi Motors. This has doubled the current fleet of luxury vehicles at the VIP Terminal in Abu Dhabi International Airport to ten luxury BMW’s in addition to a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Dan Cappell, Acting Chief Commercial…

Gulf Aviation Training Event, the dedicated aviation training conference to be held at Dubai Airshow has announced its speaker line up for the event. Attendees will hear from industry leaders on November 13, 2017, who will share knowledge and lead panels designed to help drive aviation training in the region into the future. Following a…

The W Hotel in association with D3, SAE and Dubai Knowledge Park are set to host first of its kind electronic music and audiovisual art festival ‘Mutek’, this winter from November 16-18, 2017. The musical landscape of Dubai will witness a whole new take on the electronic music scene for the first time, with the arrival of Mutek.…

Belfast & the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has been named the number one region in the world for travellers in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 is a collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said: “It…

Emirates has partnered with Seeing Machines, an industry leader in computer vision-based technologies, to use advanced gaze-tracking technology to understand better how pilots interact and monitor instruments during certain identified real-time procedures that could potentially pose safety risks. The findings will enable Emirates to enhance training…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has bestowed Lufthansa with the "Fast Travel Platinum Award" for its mobile self-service solutions. With the "Fast Travel Program", IATA pursues the goal of making passengers' journeys more enjoyable. In particular, the trip is to be made easier for the guest and waiting times are to be…

Dubai Airports has confirmed the presence of global superstar Jennifer Lopez among the special guests for the gala dinner during Dubai Airshow. Famed for her spectacular international shows, Latino flare and endless hit singles over almost two decades, JLo is sure to wow the 3500 guests attending the exclusive evening hosted by Dubai Airports…

Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (TCA Abu Dhabi) is all set to launch the new edition of the Traditional Handicrafts Festival in Al Ain for its fourth edition from November 1 to November 18. The festival will showcase the UAE’s heritage with a series of competitions, performances and activities. Under the patronage of HH…

Baros Maldives has been acclaimed as the Resort Hotel of the Year 2017 by Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) at the brand’s International Conference in California. The annual awards are presented as the result of voting by discerning guests who are members of SLH’s loyalty programme and by luxury travel agents. Baros…

DP World is gearing up to take on the increasing influx of holidaymakers with the start of the 2017-18 cruise tourism season. It is expecting at least 115 luxury cruise ships from 22 ocean-sailing cruise lines to berth at Mina Rashid’s Dubai Cruise Terminal facilities over the coming season. The Dubai Cruise Terminal, operated by DP World,…

Dubai Tourism has stepped up its efforts to cement and enhance the emirate’s position as the "Cruise Hub of the Region". Dubai Tourism exhibited at Seatrade Europe, held in Hamburg last month. It exhibited under the Cruise Arabia banner, which brings together the tourism authorities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain on a unified stand with…

Boeing and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have formally announced a deal for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, during a ceremony at the White House. The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, is worth $13.8 billion at current list prices. The value of this sales transaction will sustain thousands of U.S. suppliers and more than 70,000 direct…

MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales for its second world cruise, setting sail in 2020 onboard MSC Magnifica. MSC Voyagers Club members can begin booking, and all other passengers can book beginning November 23. Setting sail in 2020 for a 116-night journey, MSC World Cruise boasts a new itinerary that includes more exotic, bucket-list…

Sabre Corporation has developed first AI-powered business intelligence solutions for the hospitality industry to help maximise total hotel revenue. SynXis Analytics Cloud is Sabre's new data and analytics platform built from the ground up for the hospitality industry. Leveraging artificial intelligence, SynXis Analytics Cloud identifies…

The Ministry of Interior, represented by officers and experts concerned with e-passport codes, have upgraded the digital code of the UAE e-passport according to the new standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, which include the highest international security specifications. Colonel Khaled Al Taie, Director of the…

Gulf Air recently held a Breast Cancer Awareness workshop at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters, marking Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event was attended by Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Maher Salman Al Musallam and the Gulf Air staff. The Breast Cancer Awareness workshop included a breast cancer detection screening service…

Langham Place, New York was recently recognized as the #1 Hotel in New York City with a score of 98.22 at the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. As a result of this distinction, The Langham in New York is also #2 of The 10 Best Hotels in the U.S. and #30 out of 50 of The Best Hotels in the World. Langham Hotels & Resorts properties…

Back in October 2007, Emirates became the first airline to link Brazil and the Gulf region with non-stop flights between Sao Paulo and Dubai. Serving the two main cities in Brazil daily – São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Emirates, has carried over 2 million passengers in 10 years of service to Brazil. The number of passengers carried annually…

Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG) was awarded the ‘Aircraft Management Service Provider of the Year 2017’ title at the 11th annual Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai. This is a third consecutive year win for EAG. The company also marked its 10th anniversary this year. Commenting on the win, Paras Dhamecha, Managing…

Dubai Airports, Dubai International (DXB), and Dubai World Central, has signed an agreement with Union Insurance Company to provide life insurance solutions to Dubai Airports employees. The policy provides over 3000 staff members with around-the-clock worldwide coverage whether the employee is on or off duty. Ann-Marie Campbell, Executive…

Boeing and Air India recently celebrated the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for India’s national carrier. "Boeing airplanes are, and always have been, the foundation of Air India's fleet, providing us with the very best in economics, fuel efficiency, flexibility and…

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a recently held ceremony in Mauritius. The Mauritian airline based airline has chosen a very comfortable two class layout with a total of 326 seats comprising 28 in Business Class and 298 in Economy Class. …

La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa, Paris was recently recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as the #1 hotel in the world. The results were announced during the 30th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Discreetly hidden behind a curtain of trees on Avenue Gabriel in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, the Jacques Garcia designed…

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has welcomed four new hotels in four brand new destinations this October. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai, Orania in Berlin, Paseo 206 Boutique Hotel La Habana in Cuba and Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney. Located on a private, custom-made island on the Dubai waterfront, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai…

Travellers from the GCC is one such market which likes to experiment with their destinations. This is one of the reasons why Morocco is gearing up to tap the Arab tourists by boosting tourism in the country. The country expects an influx of tourists and travellers from the GCC region and the Middle East in the upcoming year. To create awareness…

Millennium Hotels and Resorts have announced a partnership with non-profit organisation Al Jalila Foundation to foster health care research and education. The partnership aims to raise funds for children’s medical education and research through a series of fundraising activities across the Group’s current portfolio of 32 hotels.…

Etihad Airways and Alibaba’s Tmall and Alitrip has launched a specially branded aircraft livery for the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017. Five aircraft emblazoned with this special 11.11 exterior will depart from Abu Dhabi travelling to four destinations in Greater China - Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong. In the coming month, these…

Turkish Airlines has unveiled a new package for its Business Class passengers who have a transfer time of seven or more hours in Istanbul. Titled ‘The Istanbul Bosphorus Experience’, the new program enables its transfer passengers to closely experience the beauty of Istanbul and the Bosphorus, before continuing their trip to their target…

Turkish Airlines has signed a new agreement with Enterprise Holdings, a leading car rental providers in the world to extend its services after the flight. According to this agreement, Turkish Airlines’ passengers will continue to receive the high-quality service, offered during their whole flight process, on the ground as well when they rent…

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC), a leading developer in the Middle East have announced plans for a new Four Seasons hotel in the Holy City of Makkah (also known as Mecca) as part of the Jabal Omar integrated real estate development. Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will be the company's second location in Saudi…

Holidayme has bagged two prominent awards in a week. This young startup was recently ranked Number #3 among the top start up’s in the Arab World by Forbes ME. Moving from last year’s position of 5, only in UAE to number 3 in the entire Arabian landscape. The company was also conferred with the ‘Online Business of the Year Award’…

Dubai Culture has highlighted its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the UAE’s growing heritage scene by taking part in an event at Dubai Mall. The event was designed to celebrate the country's rich history by reaching out to the community via a range of engaging heritage workshops and cultural activities. The event, which took…

To strengthen the visitor experience at the Etihad Museum, The Dubai Museums Company and Dubai Culture have launched a new museum shop in partnership with At the Top, Burj Khalifa. The shop invites visitors to discover a range of merchandise inspired by the museum and its brand identity. As part of the partnership, At the Top, Burj Khalifa…

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, under the guidance of H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General, celebrated a special event to mark the contribution and dedication of the UAE’s Air Traffic Controllers. Air Traffic Controllers in the UAE are responsible for safely and efficiently guiding aircraft through UAE skies from…

The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly MSN1795, an A330-900 variant has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. The aircraft was powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. Till date, 12 customers have placed orders…

In a recent development, Nakheel has opened Seafood Kitchen, a new fish market-style restaurant at Jebel Ali Village in Dubai. Serving seafood daily with an Asian twist, Seafood Kitchen is the latest addition to Nakheel Hospitality’s collection of clubs and restaurants across Dubai. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating for…

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, will host the Annual Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival for the 10th year in a row on October 27-28, 2017 to celebrate its highly successful decade-long presence in the hotel. The spectators and guests can enjoy watching the race along its 1km stretch of beach, while also enjoying a range of fun activities…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ Oman has recently revealed plans to operate its third property in the Sultanate’s capital, Muscat. The company has inked an agreement with Oman’s Golden Group of Companies to manage the 370-key Mövenpick Hotel Muscat Airport, part of a new upscale mixed-use project under development near…

Jannah Burj Al Sarab was recognized as both UAE’s leading Hotel Residences and Abu Dhabi’s leading Hotel Residences at the World Travel Awards, Middle East. The awards will be presented at a glittering award ceremony attended by eminent industry leaders and VIPs from across the Middle East at the World Travel Awards Middle East…

Oman Air has launched new competitions to celebrate World Tourism Day and the Hindu festival of Diwali. As part of its promotion for World Tourism Day, Oman Air had launched a ‘Winning Smiles’ social media competition that ran until October 11 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To enter the competition, participants had…

Airport Solutions Dubai, part of the Airport Solutions Global Series, will take place November 14-15, during the Dubai Airshow. Relaunched for 2017 by Dubai Airshow, the conference and pavilion will bring together the entire buying chain of the airport industry, from operators and designers to airlines and solution providers, creating the ideal…

During the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the signing of four new properties, which includes the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Southeast Asia. The four new resorts are: Kimpton Bali InterContinental Sapa Resort

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has recently issued a warning to UAE nationals and residents about travelling to Madagascar, following the country’s report on an alarming increase in cases of pneumonia. The Ministry also encouraged those who need to travel to Madagascar to take extra precautionary measures during their trip,…

Emirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, will receive its 100th A380 aircraft on 3rd November. Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet. Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East,…

To captivate the connoisseurs throughout the world, the city of Alba will be bringing their annual World Alba White Truffle Auction to the GCC for the first time in its 18-year history next month. The Italian Industry and Commerce (IICUAE), in partnership with the Italian Restaurant Consulting (IRC) and Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre,…

After clocking record arrivals in the first nine months of this year (Jan-Sep), Ras Al Khaimah is edging closer to its 900,000 visitor target for 2017. The latest results released by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) show nine-month growth in key categories including arrivals, hotel occupancy, guest nights and length…

On December 7, 2017, UAE will witness a ground-breaking and historic moment. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that it will implement one of the largest airspace changes the region has ever seen. Specifically, the date will signal the completion of the UAE Airspace Restructuring Project (UAE ARP), which will see the Emirates…

Rotana and SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia (SCSA), a leading investment manager, have announced the opening of the Centro Waha Riyadh Hotel. This is the second hospitality project to be developed courtesy of the sharia compliant SHUAA Saudi Hospitality Fund I and under the Centro by Rotana brand in the Saudi market. The new hotel includes 290…

Rotana has been named the Best Employer in Iraq and Lebanon at the Aon Best Employers – Middle East awards 2017. The award coincides with the brand’s completion of 25 years in the business, 55 operating properties in 21 cities across 13 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Now in its 17th year, the Aon awards…

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the addition of three hotels to its African portfolio. The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African portfolio to a tally of 80 hotels and over 17,200 rooms in operation and under development. Radisson Blu Bishoftu, Ethiopia: The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya,…

Gulf Air gave Russian lifestyle and travel media representatives the opportunity to visit and explore Bahrain with a familiarisation trip jointly hosted by the airline and Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, a 5-star luxury seafront property located in the Kingdom’s capital. During the visit, media representatives experienced Gulf Air’s…

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced the winners of the Dubai Tourism Futurism Competition, launched in partnership with GITEX Future Stars. The competition, held for the first time this year, featured two key categories – hospitality services and visitor experience – for which over…

Etihad Airways is testing a new hand baggage-only ‘Deal Fare’ on two key routes for bookings between October 18 and December 18. This will allow travellers to purchase lower cost seats in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required. The trial fare includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available…

Emirates’ Cabin Crew recently surprised and delighted residents of all ages in the heart of Dubai, marking the start of Diwali. Emirates’ crew spread festive joy by distributing traditional sweet treats and confections under the twinkling festive lights of Bur Dubai. Emirates’ Cabin Crew gave out hundreds of decorated boxes…

The first edition of the Travel Tech ME Congress concluded at Marriot Al Jaddaf in Dubai, UAE where over 100 technology experts, travel agents, airline operators and airport officials came together to provide a forum for exchange of the current technologies in tourism. Organised by Verve Management, the two-day congress started yesterday with Diego…

With just a month away from the biggest aviation extravaganza in the region, Dubai Airshow will witness 1200 exhibitors, including around 100 taking part for the first time at the event. A host of new features shall entice the visitors in addition to the appearance of industry heavyweights and niche companies. The Dubai Airshow takes place from November…

Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche has stepped up its preparation for Q4 2017 opening through participation in road shows organised by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), global exhibitions, and travel workshops. The soon-to-open hotel joined the ATDD road shows in Scandinavia and covered three countries including Denmark, Norway and…

Address Residences Jumeirah Resort + Spa, strategically located on the last available plot to be built on Jumeirah Beach Walk skyline, has awarded its main construction contract to Multiplex Constructions LLC. Multiplex has commenced mobilisation for the construction of the mixed-use 77-storey twin tower development with an effective built-up…

Louvre Abu Dhabi has signed an exclusive platinum partnership with Etihad Airways in a ceremony took place under the museum’s spectacular dome and its ‘Rain of Light’ effect. The iconic landmark is due to open on November 11. As a Platinum partner, Etihad will work closely with Louvre Abu Dhabi on areas of brand partnership, marketing,…

IBS Software (IBS) has been selected by Etihad Airways for implementing its cargo management solution, iCargo. The multi-million dollar, multi-year contract was signed in Abu Dhabi last week. The engagement will see iCargo system manage the airline's air cargo sales and operations worldwide, automating its network-wide booking, pricing and capacity…

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that Riyada International Hotels & Resorts, master franchisor of the Ramada brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Concept Towers Real Estate Limited, have agreed to develop a brand-new Ramada hotel centrally located in Riyadh. The 189-room Ramada Riyadh King Fahd Road will become the 11th Ramada in the country,…

The Sultanate of Oman is gearing up to host the Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture on the December 11-12 this year at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The second edition of this international conference which is specialized in the field of cultural tourism is one of the most important activities of the…

The InterContinental Dubai Festival City is set to launch two distinct and bespoke hospitality packages aimed at elevating the stay of its guests to a new level and providing one-of-a-kind experiences for fashion and motor enthusiasts. The new offerings entitled ‘The Haute Couture Life’ and ‘The Connoisseur Life’,…

According to the Airbus Global Market Forecast, the fleet size of operators in the Middle East will be more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades. The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by 2036, for replacement of 520 older generation aircraft, and 2,070 aircraft for growth, 730 are expected to remain…

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah has been awarded its first Safehotels Certificate by Safehotels Alliance AB. Safehotels Alliance AB is the originator of The Global Hotel Security Standard that provides independently verified security and safety certification for hotels and meeting venues with regards to hotel facilities and safety services process,…

More than two billion people around the world have accessibility needs due to disability and age. A new global study released by Amadeus reveals that most of their needs are not being fully catered for by either the travel industry or the public sector, with accessible travel far from becoming something that millions of travellers can take for granted.…

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is set to launch a promotional roadshow that will see a delegation of Sri Lanka Tourism officials, as well as Sri Lanka’s leading hotels and tourism stakeholders, to visit the cities of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. This is a part of an ongoing effort to develop the number of tourists visiting the emerald…

Taj Safaris is set to celebrate its twelfth season through India’s first and only wildlife circuit with the re-opening of Madhya Pradesh’s National Parks. Taj Safaris’ four lodges in India - Mahua Kothi in Bandavgarh National Park, Baghvan in Pench National Park, Banjaar Tola in Kanha National Park, Pashan Garh in Panna…

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled a bus on-demand service via a smart app branded (MVMANT), the first app of its kind in the region. The service enables customers to order a bus to take them from homes to their intended destinations. The launch of this app is part of RTA’s efforts to keep pace with the Smart City initiative…

Kempinski Hotels is all set to add new destinations to its Middle East and Africa portfolio in the coming months and throughout 2018. With two openings in the pipeline and additional projects underway in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Africa, Kempinski is making significant investments in prestige properties in the region to satisfy…

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) participated in the GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2017, organised by the Sharjah eGovernment under the slogan "History and Communication". SCTDA showcased the latest applications for smartphones at this year’s event, highlighting Sharjah's new Mobile App, Virtual Reality, which enables visitors…

Sharjah International Airport achieved a 3.29% growth in passenger traffic during the first nine months of 2017. The total number of passengers that passed through Sharjah International Airport in the first nine months of 2017 grew to 8.611 million passengers, up from 8.336 million during the corresponding period last year. The airport handled…

Emirates is set to delight its customers by offering special Diwali delicacies across all classes during the week of Diwali celebrations, from October 16- 22, 2017, on all on flights to India from Dubai. The classic sweets associated with Diwali are blended with colours and flavours with traditional Indian culinary elements, like the nostalgic…

To inspire travel and promote its extensive network of global destinations including its home and hub, Dubai, Emirates has launched a US$15 million campaign. Backed by the iconic soundtrack “Don’t stop me now” by British rock band Queen, the ad spot utilises clever camera work that seamlessly transitions between key destinations…

The fortieth anniversary of a fruitful archaeological partnership between the UAE and France will be celebrated at an upcoming exhibition held at Sharjah Archaeology Museum with the support of UNESCO. Entitled 40 Years of Archaeological Cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and France, this unique exhibition will feature more than 100 objects…

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau and a division of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing is participating at IMEX America, a leading exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, currently being held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, USA. DBE has been joined by 10 co-exhibitors,…

'Responsible Tourism' has been announced as the official theme for the Arabian Travel Market, ATM, 2018 show, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 22 to 25April, 2018. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said, "The GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets on a global scale and is a resource-intensive…

World Travel Market London will hold two dedicated conference sessions focused on the Asia and China markets on November 6 and 8, 2017. This year, the two themed conference sessions will be on “Responsible Tourism in China” and “Redefining the travel experience – A viewpoint from Asia and China”. Each session…

Etihad Airways will soon launch scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan, effective 2 March 2018. The decision to add the destination to its network is owing to the growing demand for flights between the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan. The service will be operated three times a week…

Sharjah international Airport has welcomed the first Russian Airline flight from Saint Petersburg and Ekaterinburg in Russia, as two flights weekly are due to land from October 2017 until March 2018. The Boeing 737-800 aircrafts will touch down every Sunday and Thursday at Sharjah International Airport. A reception was held for the aircraft…

marhaba has announced special offers on its Silver and Family packages to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Customers can enjoy 10 %off on the popular Meet & Assist service in the Silver and Family category between October 12-22, 2017. The offers can be booked their official website using the promotional code DIWALI2017. The…

Cycling enthusiasts are in for a treat as Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa has launched the ultimate cycling experience with former pro Andreas Klöden, one of Germany’s most successful professional cyclists. The event takes place from December 7 – 10, 2017, with rolling hills and inclines along scenic roads through…

According to the latest special market report on Airbnb by Chestertons MENA, the revenue of Airbnb in Dubai between August 2015 and August 2017 has increased by 421% to top US$3.3million in August 2017, with listings nearly tripling to 3,249. The relaxation of rules, effectively making it possible for home owners and tenants to cut out the…

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has introduced its innovative Hospitality Sustainability Board Game to all hotels under the Jumeirah Group to further enhance efforts to position Dubai as the world’s leading sustainable tourism destination. The Board Game is an important awareness tool of the Dubai…

To lure passengers flying between Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s new Low Fare Airline, flyadeal has launched everyday low fares offers to customers across Saudi Arabia. One-way fares start from SAR 98 which also includes one cabin bag that weighs up to 10kg. The offer is valid for travel until March 24 2018. Sudeep Ghai, the Chief…

Emirates and Qantas have announced additional network changes under the joint partnership which will provide customers with greater year round frequency and more services between Australia and New Zealand. From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service.…

Yas Marina Circuit has revealed its most comprehensive events calendar to date, featuring a staggering 420 events and activities over the next 12 months. For the first time, Yas Marina Circuit has passed the milestone 400 figure while beating the record of 377 activities and events in 2016-17. Many of the upcoming activities will centre around the…

Marriott International has announced further expansion plans in Africa with seven new hotel signings at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali, Rwanda. The company is targeting over 200 hotels with 37,000 rooms open or in the pipeline by 2022, equating to around $8.5 billion of capital investment by its real estate partners,…

AccorHotels has signed an agreement to acquire Gekko, a major player in the business travel hotel reservation segment. Through this acquisition, AccorHotels aims to enhance its entire customer service experience offered to business travelers. The transaction, which values Gekko at €100 million, will have an accretive effect on AccorHotels’…

Travel Counsellors UAE has unveiled its top outbound travel trends for 2017. The insights provide an in-depth view into the key booking patterns and destination preferences of its discerning customers. Halal tourism and accessible travel have been identified as key growth markets by the Dubai-based branch of global homeworking company, Travel…

Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector, led by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is continuing its series of international promotions and conventions ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cruise season with a four-city regional travel trade roadshow in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 – 12 October 2017. Showcasing the Emirate’s…

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has signed a management agreement with Kingston Holdings International Limited to develop a new Holiday Inn & Suites in Dubai Business Bay. The signing will complement IHG’s hotel pipeline in the area, which includes a Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and an InterContinental Residences. Expected to…

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won a new A319neo order from an Asian customer. The customer is trading up from a traditional business jet. This brings the total orders from the new and existing customers to nine – three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo - for the new ACJ320 family. Customers include Acropolis Aviation, Comlux, K5 Aviation and undisclosed…

Hospitality Management Holding (HMH) has signed the management agreement to operate the Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel. The 5-star property (formerly the Auris Plaza Hotel) is located in the heart of Al Barsha within walking distance from the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. It features 337 rooms equipped with world-class facilities. Brett Schafer,…

Malindo Air has entered into a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines that enables both carriers to tap into new markets and offer their passengers more travel options. This cooperation allows the passengers to benefit from the networks of both carriers and travel between two countries with ideal connectivity beyond Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur.…

Steeped in history and natural beauty, the idyllic European island of Cyprus boasts a number of scenic drives weaving across the country, making for a memorable and picture-perfect self-drive holiday, or long weekend break. Travellers from across the GCC can reach Cyprus in three-four hours, starting their driving tour of the island’s…

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing two new properties in Dubai: Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residences Dubai Business Bay. In partnership with API Hotels & Resorts, both the properties are located in Dubai’s Business Bay area to strengthen IHG’s presence in this emerging business…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa has received a special recognition at the 10th cycle of the 2017 Arabia CSR Awards in Hospitality sector. The function was attended by General Manager, Juergen Doerr and Director of Engineering, Mohamed Macki represent the five star luxury resort. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa supports…

Airbnb is the latest hospitality sector organisation to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Airbnb to the PATA family. With more than four million Airbnb listings worldwide it impossible to ignore the impact that the sharing economy is having upon the travel and…

To further expand its footprint in Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will soon open its first property in Abidjan. The construction is already underway for Mövenpick Hotel Abidjan, a 160-key upscale hotel. The first stone was laid on October 7, with an opening date scheduled in 2020. The announcement was made in a ceremony that heralded…

Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island recently hosted the UAE’s hottest bi-annual beach music festival ‘Destination Dawn’ that attracted thousands of party-goers from across the country and wider region. Event headliners R3HAB, one of Holland’s hottest music exports, Dutch duo BassJackers, and Russian trio Swanky Tunes,…

To lure more international visitors around the world to Philippines, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) has launched “Bring Home A Friend” (BHAF) program. The new campaign aims to encourage all Filipinos residing in the Philippines and abroad to help promote Philippines to their foreign friends as their next holiday destination.…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is bringing the best of “bistro” and “gastronomy” to its restaurants around the world in its latest “Bistronomie” food promotion, which runs from October 20 to November 20, 2017. Taking inspiration from a trend that started in France two decades ago and has now become…

Formally opened by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Desert Palm has undergone a major rebranding, with a change in its name. It will now be known as as Desert Palm Dubai and is independently operated. The 160-acre private estate was originally created as a haven for owner Ali Albwardy’s…

JA Manafaru, part of Dubai based, international hospitality group JA Resorts & Hotels, was bestowed with two awards at the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards in the Indian Ocean category for the third year in a row. The hospitality group’s 5-star Maldives property won Best Resort in the Hotel & Resort Maldives category…

DAMAC Properties has recently announced that its hotel apartment projects in New Dubai and Dubai South are more than 80 percent sold out. Demand continues to rise for its hotel apartment projects as Expo 2020 nears and investors look to secure units ahead of the surge in visitors. A small number of units remain across the four projects which include…

DAMAC Properties has recently announced that its hotel apartment projects in New Dubai and Dubai South are more than 80 percent sold out. Demand continues to rise for its hotel apartment projects as Expo 2020 nears and investors look to secure units ahead of the surge in visitors. A small number of units remain across the four projects which include…

Slovenia has regained its position in the list of the world’s top green destinations awarded by Global Green Events in Rimini, Italy and Cascais, Portugal. Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and the thermal resort Podcetrtek are ranked on the list, together with the group Slovenia Green Destinations. Global Green Destinations Day and Greenfest…

AVSEC Global 2017’ international aviation security symposium in Dubai was opened by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline delivered the opening address. Other keynote speakers included Lord Callanan, UK minister for aviation as well as Mr…

Deliveroo has launched a new platform named ‘Deliveroo Editions’. The first-of-its-kind kitchen concept in Dubai, Deliveroo Editions makes it possible for restaurants to reach customers in areas beyond their current range of access without having a high street premise. Located in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Dubai’s…

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the first dedicated business aviation airport in the region has officially launched today the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Air Expo in response to huge demand from key industry professionals to participate. Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 will be held from February 26-28, 2018, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week,…

With an aim to upgrade air transport sector in a collaboration with the UAE, the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications has signed a MOU agreement with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) after a successful round of negotiations hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain. HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted five priorities which must be addressed in order for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa noted that aviation currently…

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to launch a host of new smart services at Gitex Technology Week which will commence from today at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The services to be featured during the show will include Dubai Integrated Mobility Transport Platform (branded as S’hail), Smart Pedestrian Crossing Signal, two-seater…

To further strengthen its operations in Dubai, Air Arabia has opened a new sales office in addition to a city terminal check-in services in Dubai. The new office is located at Emaar Towers in Deira and will be open from Saturday to Thursday, 09:00 am to 10:00 pm. The sales and city check-in office will be able to assist customers with booking…

Etihad Museum has scooped top honours at The Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2017 in London by bagging the coveted ‘Best New Museum in the Middle East and Africa’ award. It was also named the first runner-up in the ‘Best Museum Architecture of the Year’ category. The prestigious award was received by Dubai Culture,…

Dubai Duty Free is the presenting sponsor at The Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) for the fourth year, which got underway at the Irish Film Institute (IFI). Screen tourism to Ireland is a growing trend according to the island of Ireland’s marketing body, Tourism Ireland. Between 65,000 to 75,000 travellers from the GCC visited Ireland…

Dubai based, International hospitality group JA Resorts & Hotels’ Seychelles property, JA Enchanted Island Resort was awarded TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the third consecutive year. Based on consistently high guest reviews over a 12-month period, TripAdvisor Centre of Excellence is awarded to accommodations,…

Travelport has recently announced the first 1000 hotels offering Travelport negotiated corporate-friendly rates to the company’s corporate travel agency customers. Located in 48 countries, participating hotels in the Travelport Exclusive Rates program will offer negotiated rates with at least one element exclusive to the Travelport Travel…

Boeing has rolled out the first 787-10 Dreamliner built for Singapore Airlines at its Final Assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. The aircraft will now undergo the painting of the airline's livery and begin its system checks, fueling, and engine runs. Singapore Airlines is due to take delivery of its first 787-10 in the first half…

AVANI Hotels & Resorts is all set to establish its footprint in North Africa with the opening of two properties in Tunisia. Scheduled to open soon, AVANI Les Berges Du Lac, Tunis Suites will be located in Les Berges du Lac II while AVANI Gammarth Tunis Resort & Spa, located 20 minutes away from Tunis Airport will open in 2021. AVANI…

With effect from September 8, 2017, Airborne International was appointed as the GSSA for Oman Air Cargo in the UK & Ireland. Oman Air currently operates two daily direct A330 services ex London Heathrow and one daily direct A330 service ex Manchester to Muscat with onward connections available across the Middle East, Asia & Africa.…

At the Top, Burj Khalifa, one of Dubai’s most popular attractions has launched a series of immersive technology experience to make the visitors’ journey to the top, a memorable one. The reception area of At the Top, Burj Khalifa, located in the lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall has undergone a major makeover with multiple technological…

Five Guys has partnered with Deliveroo to strengthen its food deliveries around Dubai. As Deliveroo’s newest restaurant partner, Five Guys will be delivering its fresh, juicy burgers and freshly baked buns. The deliveries will be restricted to Dubai Marina, JLT, and Downtown areas. Anis Harb, General Manager of Deliveroo GCC, commented:…

Dubai Parks and Resorts has been awarded two prestigious accolades at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards for 2017. The gala event held last week at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah in Dubai saw LEGOLAND Water Park win the award for Best Water Park, and Lapita Hotel the award for the Best Family Hotel. Ahmad Hussain Bin Essa, General…

Etihad Airways has announced the change in timing of the flight departing from Abu Dhabi to Medina with effect from February 1, 2018. The current overnight departure from Abu Dhabi will be replaced by a mid-morning flight offering an attractive schedule for travellers flying between the UAE’s capital city and Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, the venue host of the Oman Triathlon has announced that professional athlete and two-time full Ironman champion Pedro Gomes has signed up for the Triathlon, to be held on Friday, October 20, 2017. The unique triathlon starts at 06.30am along a hilly course over the sprint distance. The aquatic…

As the region’s largest and longest-standing hospitality event, The Hotel Show came to an end, forecasters have revealed that 2018 is expected to be hugely eventful for the UAE’s hospitality industry with no less than 83 new hotels set to open. Our team at Travelwebme ventured around the show to explore innovative products and services…

The Galaxy Note8 which was recently introduced by Samsung Gulf has partnered with Marriott International Middle East & Africa and Cleartrip to provide exclusive rewards to its users in the region. The Galaxy Note8 will be preloaded Samsung Members app for travel, UAE local activities, hotel stays, food and beverage and spa treatments. …

Mabi Rajbhandari, a Guest Relations Executive from Palazzo Versace Dubai has won the UAE’s Receptionist of the Year Award 2017 at a gala ceremony held in Dubai at Sheraton Dubai Creek. The event was organized by the local chapter of the Amicale Internationale des Sous Directeurs et Chefs de Réception des Grand Hôtels (AICR). …

Nakheel and Thai hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts have announced the official formation of the joint venture company by signing a management agreement to develop a 600-room beachfront resort and waterpark at Dubai’s Deira Islands. The joint venture, cemented by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Centara Chairman of the Board, Suthikiati…

The second edition of Baku Shopping Festival is set to be a month long affair with various activities, great deals, discounts, offers, and prizes throughout many of the city’s shopping spots. Shoppers and families can enjoy a jam-packed set of events, set to kick off on October 15. The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau under the Ministry…

Emirates Airline, in collaboration with the Airbus Foundation and the NGO Welthungerhilfe is bringing emergency shelter items from Hamburg, Germany, to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai, UAE. The aircraft, which is the 98th A380 to join the airline’s fleet, carried 1,020 tarpaulins and ropes required…

SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has started operating daily flights between Muscat and Dubai International Airport (DXB). The new route will complement SalamAir’s current flight to Al Maktoum International Airport until October 28 when the airline has set plans re-route all flights to DXB. SalamAir will be operating daily morning…

Gulf Air has recently entered into a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines, with effect from November 1, 2017. The agreement will expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of both airlines with jointly operated double daily flights between Bahrain and Istanbul. The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul…

In accordance with the new partnership between Emirates and flydubai, Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents. The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer greater frequency and easier access to more global destinations with the advantage of connecting baggage to the final destination. Passengers…

Tony Douglas has been appointed as the new Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, who will join the company in January 2018. This was confirmed by the Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group. Douglas joins Etihad from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support…

sbe has announced the opening of Mondrian Doha, marking the luxury hotel brand’s first property in the Middle East. To celebrate, Mondrian Doha will set the stage for its black-tie grand opening celebration in late October. The hotel offers lifestyle luxury with 270 rooms, designed in collaboration with world-renowned Dutch designer…

According to the 2017 Mastercard Global Destination Cities, Index Abu Dhabi has been named the fastest growing destination city in the Middle East and Africa. The UAE Capital ranked fourth globally as a leading destination city with a projected increase of 4.5% in visitor figures, as well as the fourth fastest growing destination city out of 132…

Maximus Air has provided vital humanitarian relief to Barbados in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage when it swept across the Caribbean and several US states in early September this year. The airline sent three relief flights to the area between the 15th and 21st September to provide relief cargo for those who were…

Jet Airways is luring flyers by offering guests discounted fares on its direct flights from cities in Gulf to destinations of the airline in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Far East. Jet Airways is offering guests a discount of 12 % on fares, applicable on Premiere and Economy class tickets booked online between October 03…

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul was recently awarded the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Turkey's Leading Conference Hotel’ at the 24th Annual Europe Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul’s General Manager, Bozkurt Atabek was presented…

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hertz Corporation, has appointed Discover the World and InterGlobe Air Transport Limited (IGAT) as General Sales Agents (GSAs) for Vietnam and selected India markets respectively. The GSAs will promote Hertz's products and services around the globe to domestic travel…

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has announced the appointment of Jeff Wilkinson as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary company, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (Joramco). Jeff was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering based in Abu Dhabi responsible for several core business functions including…

Gulf Air is all set to introduce daily flights to Istanbul effective from November 2017. The increase is in direct response to passenger demand. Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, said: “Gulf Air’s Istanbul route performance to date has been promising with consistently strong passenger…

Emirates will soon introduce three additional flights per week to the Swedish capital, complementing its existing schedule with effect from December 8, 2017. The new scheduled flights will be added to meet the growing demand for travel on the route, particularly during the winter season. The introduction of the three additional flights on…

Oman Air was awarded for the second year in row as “Best Airline in Europe, Middle East and Africa” within the Seven Stars Luxury Lifestyle and Hospitality Awards 2017. The ceremony took place last Saturday September 23, 2017 during an official ceremony and gala dinner at “The Ecali Club” in Athens, Greece and was…

Dubai International, DXB, continues to witness high rise in passenger traffic as it again welcomed 8.2 million passengers in the month of August. The figures were released in the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports. Boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of…

flyadeal, Saudi Arabia’s new low fare airline made its inaugural journey from Jeddah to Riyadh on Saudi’s National Day. This was followed by a press conference in Riyadh before the aircraft flew back to Jeddah. The inaugural event was hosted by the Chairman of flyadeal and Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation,…

The new Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Paul Kavanagh along with businessman Gerald Lawless (Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Head of Hospitality and Tourism at Dubai Holding) hosted an exclusive event for Ireland’s top travel providers in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and Dubai on Monday. The Tourism Ireland travel, trade and media…

In a special arrangement for Overseas Filipinos (OFs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), passengers can now pay the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC), commonly known as ‘Terminal Fee’, right at the point of booking. They are no longer need to queue up at the counters when they book their flights with Cebu Pacific. Integration…

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has officially launched the "Japan Official Travel App," its tourism app for iOS and Android devices. The app is aimed at international tourists travelling to Japan and offers information on tourism destinations nationwide, including rural areas, transport information and essential information,…

Boeing projects a demand for 4,210 new airplanes, valued at $650 billion, over the next 20 years in Southeast Asia. The company recently presented it's Southeast Asia Current Market Outlook (CMO) during a briefing at Boeing's regional headquarters in Singapore. The annual report forecasts the region will continue its strong annual traffic…

Carnival Corporation & plc has inked an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build a new cruise ship for the company's Cunard brand. The new ship for Cunard will be built at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery date in 2022. The as-yet-unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria…

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury brand have announced the signing of a management agreement with Ithaafushi Investments Pvt. Ltd for the brand’s first new-build resort in the Maldives. Located in the exclusive South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will be the second hotel in the Maldives for Hilton, adding…

wi-Q Technologies, a cloud-based mobile ordering solution provider and Atlantis, The Palm have bagged the title for Best Use of Technology at The Middle East Hospitality Awards. Atlantis, The Palm partnered with wi-Q Technologies to launch the ambitious project in February 2017, which has witnessed tremendous success till date. The site…

The two Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Oman have announced the renewals of the Safehotels certifications. Park Inn Muscat has secured its premium level certification for three years in a row and Park Inn Duqm has achieved an upgrade from basic to premium level for this year. A Safehotels Alliance’s certification affirms a hotel’s focus…

Emirates is all set to increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Tunis from six to seven a week with effect from October 30, 2017. The additional Dubai – Tunis flight will be operated every Monday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The added flight will give passengers in Tunis greater access to Emirates’…

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is all set to launch brands ‘Le Meriden Hub’ - a concept that was rolled out at Le Meridien branded hotels worldwide in 2014. In line with its extensive renovation plan, the new project will welcome guests from September 27. Guests will witness the witness major transformation…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the theme for the 2017 Africa and Middle East Aviation and Aeropolitical Affairs Day will be “Disrupting through Innovation.” “Disruptive changes create disruptive opportunities. Anticipating, preparing for and identifying how new technologies such as blockchain,…

As part of the Ajman Tourism Development Department's (ATDD) "People of Determination" Initiative, a selection of candidates who participated in the initiative, have been successfully employed. The initiative is in line with the ATDD’s CSR plans and programmes, through which the department aims to fulfill its responsibility towards the community,…

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has successfully concluded its participation at the 23rd International Trade Fair for Travel and Tourism, also known as the ‘Leisure Moscow Fair,’. The event took place at the Expocentre Fairgrounds in Moscow. This is the 15th year that the SCTDA has been participating in…

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inked an agreement with Dubai Airports in a move to collaboratively join efforts to promote Smart Dubai, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai The agreement aims at unifying the energies and resources, exchanging…

With the region’s largest and longest-standing hospitality event ‘The Hotel Show’, successfully, forecasters have revealed that 2018 is expected to be hugely eventful for the UAE’s hospitality industry with no less than 83 new hotels set to open. The latest Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction report by has identified…

Emaar Properties is all set to develop brand new waterfront residences new hotel project at Dubai Harbour, sprawling 10 million sq ft of area. Emaar’s residences and hotel development will have a waterfront location in Dubai Harbour, between the Jumeirah Beach Residences and The Palm Jumeirah. Emaar’s hospitality project will…

In a recent development, Hahn Air Systems has inked an agreement with the Indonesian low-cost airline, Citilink Indonesia that enables Citilink Indonesia to offer its flights to travel agencies worldwide. It will be available under the reservation code H1 without the airline required to have its own direct GDS interface. Citilink Indonesia,…

In a move aimed at bringing greater efficiency in visa processing services for residents of Kuwait, the Embassy of Italy in the State of Kuwait recently signed a contract with VFS Global to launch a proficiently managed and modern Italy Visa Application Centre in Kuwait City. VFS Global won the 4-year contract after participating in an official…

The first edition of GulfHost Innovation Awards which recognises food and beverage companies leading industry innovation announced the winners at a glittering ceremony at the Armani Hotel on the opening day of leading trade exhibition GulfHost. Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the awards were judged by an independent panel of industry…

To capitalize on the growing midscale hospitality segment in the Maldives, AccorHotels have launched its midscale brand Mercure Maldives Kooddoo that is all set to welcome savvy travellers to the island renowned for its lush greenery and pristine beaches. Located in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Mercure is conveniently situated adjacent to Kooddoo…

Rove Hotels, part of Emaar Hospitality Group have implemented Oracle OPERA, the globally operated property management system across all its properties. The implementation comes as a part of the group’s digital transformation. The OPERA Multi Property solution will enable a more efficiently streamlined Property Management System that…

With an aim to lure holiday seekers, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has launched a novel 360° Virtual Tour, complete with motion pictures, action shots, and 360° video content, adding life to the resort’s imagery for prospective guests. Intrepid travelers can now visit the hotel’s website to access the virtual tour which…

Global innovators within the snack and confectionary industry were rewarded for their cutting-edge innovation, at the yummex Middle East Innovation Awards, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The awards recognised the international innovation of sweets, snacks and chocolates at the 11th edition of trade show yummex Middle East, organised…

The resorts of One&Only Royal Mirage- The Residence & Spa, The Palace, and the Arabian Court have been featured within the top 10 most favoured places to stay amongst 550 hotels listed for Dubai on Trip Advisor. The Residence & Spa has continuously clinched the numero uno position for the past year alone, while the exclusive One&Only…

With travellers across the Middle East looking for new tourist attractions around the globe, Germany has emerged to be one of the favourites, especially among the GCC nationals. This was highlighted during a press conference held by The German National Tourist Office at Radisson Blu hotel in Dubai Media City to showcase the efforts channelized towards…

Oman Air has recently won the Golden Excellence Medal for social responsibility at the 12th session of the Arabic Organisation for Social Responsibility (ROSR). This award recognises Oman Air’s contribution through its sustainable initiatives launched as a part of its ongoing CSR strategy. The award ceremony of ROSR was held at Savoy…

Maldives has received ‘The Islands With The Best Places To Stay’ award at the Condé Nast Traveller’s 2017 Readers’ Travel Awards at the concluded annual awards ceremony was held at the Ham Yard Hotel in central London on September 4, 2017. The prestigious award was accepted by the Maldives Ambassador to the UK, H.E.…

In a major development, MEVP, a venture capital firm in the region has announced a strategic partnership with WEGO. MEVP have invested in Wego, in exchange for an equity ownership. Investment in…

A special night for the maritime industry, ‘TheSeatrade Maritime Awards’ Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa will be held October 9 at the Madinat Jumeirah to celebrate excellence in maritime sea trade. The finalists of this year’s awards have now been announced, who represented some of the most respected names in the…

The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) recently organised its third Annual Conference in Ras Al Khaimah where nearly 170 travel partners from India participated in the event. The event took place from September 13-16, 2017 at Hilton Al Hamra, Convention Centre. OTOAI’s annual conference provided the opportunity for travel…

Five star luxury Bürgenstock Hotel, in Switzerland is all set to welcome guests, especially from the Middle East after renovation. The newly built hotel, with its modern architecture and contemporary design, boasts 102 rooms and suites with a particular emphasis on stunning luxury. In Switzerland, tourism from Gulf countries represents US$…

The largest hotel and food service event in region is all set to take the hospitality industry across the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian sub-continent by storm as Dubai International Hospitality Week finally opens today. Running until 20th September at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), DIHW brings together over 2,000 exhibitors from across…

Union Properties is all set to further diversify its operations and revenue sources by opening two new fully-owned subsidiary companies: Union Malls and Al Etihad Hotel Management. Announcing the news at Cityscape Global 2017, Nasser Butti Omair bin Yousef, Chairman of Union Properties, said: “Guided by a new management team, masterplan…

Middle East Airlines has extended its partnership with Amadeus with a new contract for an extended suite of Amadeus solutions. The move will enable Middle East Airlines to deliver seamless passenger experience in a more cost-effective manner. The extended partnership comes as Middle East Airlines aims to increase its commercial agility while…

marhaba, part of dnata has expanded internationally with the opening of its first airport lounge in Australia. The spacious Melbourne lounge features comfortable seating for 200 guests, a quiet zone for relaxation, shower facilities and buffet cuisine from around the globe. Hudson Coffee is also on site in the lounge, preparing fresh coffee from…

Boeing recently held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the construction of a manufacturing and research building in Sheffield. The new 6,200 square metre facility, which is the company’s first European manufacturing plant, is being built at a site on the Sheffield Business Park. Due open in late 2018, the facility will manufacture…

Gulf Air has announced a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Swiss-Belhotel International, allowing Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn 200 loyalty miles for every night’s stay at participating Swiss-Belhotel properties spread across 23 countries worldwide. The agreement is effective from September 1,…

Radisson RED Cape Town has opened its door in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District in Cape Town . Radisson RED is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s global hotel and lifestyle brand that appeals to tech-savvy guests with a millennial mindset. “Radisson RED is a completely new and different hotel concept. It…

Japanese architectural and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei, in partnership with Pioneer Group has been looking forward to bring the unique YES apart-hotels brand to the UAE. Showcasing developments in Moscow and St Petersburg to potential new partners, investors, developers and operators, at Cityscape Global this week, both Nikken and Pioneer are…

Emirates will soon introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney effective from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally. The new service will be operated by Emirates’ A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound…

Several real estate projects from the GCC, South America and Asia were recently recognised as best in class at the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, announced during a gala dinner. With more than 300 initial submissions received, a total of 44 projects representing local and international projects from 17 countries were shortlisted…

The first ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ in the Middle East was launched at the centrally located WAFI Mall in Dubai. The new visa application cente by VFS Global will make China visa application facilities more accessible to residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The centre was inaugurated by Li Lingbing, Consul…

Airbus has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) to provide geospatial solutions that will enhance the promotion of properties in the Emirate. Under the terms of the agreement, Airbus and the DLD will explore the development of a pioneering solution consisting of a high definition virtual 3D navigation experience…

With an intent to expand its footprint globally within the B2B sector, Ezeego1, an online travel marketplace in India has launched operations in the Middle East. Dubai, being the headquarter and global base of the company will cater to different markets across the Middle East and Africa. Ezeego1 promises to offer robust technology and innovative…

In a first of its kind initiative, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has partnered with Whatsapp to start a unique test for a new service on WhatsApp. KLM now offers her customers around the world booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding pass, flight status updates and asking questions in 10 different languages on WhatsApp via the official WhatsApp…

Two Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Oman collaborated with Special Centre for Autism in Muscat where fun activities with the Park Inn hotels staff and the centre were organised. The team was welcomed by the head of the center Dr. Ali, faculty staff and students. The hotel employees and the centre organized a painting and planting trees activities…

Gulf Air will increase its Moscow service from 4 weekly to daily flights with a new operating schedule that will come into effect in the last week of October. This will coincide with the airline’s 3-year anniversary of direct, nonstop service to/from Domodedovo International Airport in the Russian capital. Commenting on this latest…

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has announced the appointment of Cyril Zammit as Expert to the Office of The Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. With his extensive experience in the design sector, Zammit will be responsible for providing the Authority with industry insights that go toward further strengthening Dubai’s…

Dubai Airports was bestowed with three awards at the Business Continuity Institute Middle East Awards 2017 at a ceremony held in Dubai recently. Dubai Airports won the award in the Most Effective Recovery category for exceptional crisis response through team work, effective planning and efficient processes. Majed Al Joker, Senior Vice President…

The 16th edition of Cityscape Global has officially opened today at the Dubai World Trade Centre and will run until September 13. It will host almost 300 exhibitors including the UAE’s major real estate developers Dubai Holding, Nakheel, Meydan, Meraas, Dubai South, DAMAC, Aldar Properties, as well as other local and international exhibitors…

Musafir.com has unveiled its new Arabic app , enabling travellers to manage their travel plans on the go and in real time. The app is set to launch immediately on iOS and android platforms. The app,offers a range of features allowing customers to personalize their travel experience. These include a sub-second search on flights, express checkouts…

Leveraging the code-share agreement with Etihad Airways, Airbaltic is set to strengthen its UAE network with the launch of a direct service between the Latvian capital Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017. The four times weekly service will depart from Abu Dhabi at 9:45 am, providing travellers from the U.A.E. and surrounding Gulf countries…

The Board of Directors at SalamAir has appointed Captain Mohamed Ahmed as Chief Executive Officer effective October 2nd 2017. Captain Mohamed Ahmed will be leading SalamAir through its next phase of development focusing on driving efficiency, performance and customer satisfaction. With an illustrious career 30 years, Captain Mohamed Ahmed…

Five Japanese tourism boards from Osaka, Mie, Nara, Wakayama and the city of Kobe is all set to jointly conduct a series of travel agent workshops and travel industry leader events in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. This is a part of an effort to lure from the UAE and Gulf Countries to visit the Kansai Region of Japan. The 15 member strong…

WayBlazer, an artificial intelligence company has partnered with Fareportal to use of WayBlazer's comprehensive AI platform to drive more contextually relevant search results for website visitors across CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com. "We are extremely pleased with the results we've seen using WayBlazer's technology," said Fareportal Founder…

The Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has appointed Abdul Khaliq Saeed as the new Chief Executive Officer for Etihad Airways Engineering, replacing Jeff Wilkinson, who is leaving the post after 11 years with the company. Saeed brings over 35 years of international maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry experience, and joins Etihad Airways…

ViaSat Inc. Have confirmed that their airline partner, EL AL Israel Airlines, has selected the ViaSat in-flight internet system to power the Airline's high-speed onboard Wi-Fi experience across all of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. EL AL Israel Airlines recently announced the purchase of 16 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft as…

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts have launched The St. Regis Astana, marking the debut of the brand in Kazakhstan. Developed by MG Holding, The St. Regis Astana seamlessly blends glamour, unparalleled luxury and bespoke St. Regis service with the local traditions, art and architecture of Kazakhstan. “The country’s rich history…

RAKTDA has collaborated with the world's leading zip line operator, Toro Verde, to create the emirate's flagship multi-million dollar tourism product. The zip line in Ras Al Khaima which is due to open in November this year is all set to break the current Guinness world record zip line of 2,200 metres held by 'The Monster' in Puerto Rico. This site…

Oman Air has entered into a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways (KQ) covering services between Muscat and Nairobi. The new partnership will allow seamless connectivity to Kenya Airways customers in accessing Muscat directly from Nairobi. Oman Air launched its flights to Nairobi in March this year.On the Nairobi – Muscat route, KQ will place…

Ras Al Khaimah’s hotels and resorts, in line with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) have engaged their concierge teams in a two-day extensive training programme to enhance the quality of services provided by hotels across the northern emirate. Organised by RAKTDA, the Concierge Training Programme welcomed more than…

CharterClick.com, an up-and-coming real time online booking portal, focusing exclusively on marine leisure transportation, is launching its first European division in Cyprus. By adding a real time aspect to a long-proven formula of booking tickets and services online, CharterClick completely eliminates a need for any enquiries before the boat or…

On November 11 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum of its kind in the Arab world will open its door to the visitors. It is a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. The opening celebrations will include a wide range of public programmes, including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and…

Blaze Burgers has forays into Dubai after opening up an outlet at The Walk, JBR, in Dubai. After Bahrain, Blaze Burgers is setting out to conquer taste buds in Dubai with a menu that offers a choice of premium burger patties. Blaze. Burger aficionados watching the waistline can opt for a lettuce wrap instead of bread to opt for low-carb…

Azerbaijan has simplified the process of obtaining Visas, with applicants being able to obtain visas to Azerbaijan within 3 hours, be it a weekend or a holiday. The decision comes as a positive gift to the visitors in GCC who love the country for its proximity and wish to visit more often on different purposes beyond its exquisite nature…

British Airways has introduced a new service called Premium Transfer Drive at Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight. The new scheme applies to customers travelling on a UK domestic flight, who are connecting on to either a short-haul flight in Club Europe, a long-haul…

Cathay Pacific has undertaken a management change in the region, in line with its global vision to make the airline more competitive by improving the speed and quality of decision-making and putting a greater focus on its customers. As part of its renewed focus, Dubai will become the airline’s regional hub for all passenger and cargo operations…

Cebu Pacific has recently launched its all-new inflight meal selection, in partnership with Miascor Catering, a joint business venture between Miascor Holdings and Gate Gourmet. Starting September 2017, all domestic and international flights of Cebu Pacific will be offering a fresh selection of pre-ordered meals, including 12 new dishes. …

Maldives, a destination historically conceived as a honeymooner’s heaven has been recently witnessing a significant paradigm shift. Not only is the island nation promoting Maldives as an ultimate holiday destination for families across the globe, but the kind of experience this mystical paradise has to offer is indeed beyond imagination. According…

Alef Group has launched the first phase of Sharjah's first pedestrian community, Al Mamsha, worth AED 3 billion. Sharjah-based developer has set up a sales centre dedicated to the new development at Hilton Hotel, Sharjah. Al Mamsha, Sharjah’s first fully walkable community, with ample sidewalks and walkways complemented by plenty of…

Nakheel is all set to unveil a diverse range of projects collectively worth more than AED3.2 billion at Cityscape Global 2017. Nakheel will launch six new residential, retail and hospitality developments at four of its communities in Dubai including its world-famous flagship master development, Palm Jumeirah. Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid…

Emaar Hospitality Group has announced its expansion to South Asia with a hotel management contract to operate Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa, a picturesque beachfront resort set on a private island in the Indian Ocean, only 20 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. Scheduled to be operational in 2020, Address Madivaru…

Sharjah’s hospitality sector revenues witnessed a remarkable 7.8 per cent increase during the first half of 2017 compared with the previous year, with its value reaching AED 372 million as announced bby the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). SCTDA reported a massive 70 per cent occupancy rate from January…

The world’s longest and highest zip line, situated in Ras Al Khaimah will officially open on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, in December. This was confirmed by as Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA). The exact length of the zip line will remain a closely-guarded secret until the multi-million dollar adventure…

In partnership with regional content provider ICFLIX, Dubai International (DXB) has taken another huge stride towards enhancing the passenger experience where passengers will now be able to enjoy free movies and TV shows before their flights. The initiative combines DXB’s free Wi-Fi experience, ‘Wow-Fi’, with ICFLIX’s…

With an intent to strengthen its Latin American network, Etihad Airways and Aerolíneas Argentinas have launched a new codeshare partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways customers will be able to enjoy convenient connections via Rome and Madrid to Buenos Aires (EZE) and onwards to nine other popular Argentinian destinations –…

To celebrate Emirati Women's Day, Emirates’ multi-national employees came together today to share - in one word - what they felt were stand-out qualities of Emirati women. Expressed in 19 languages and highlighting a variety of inspiring traits, the one-minute video that was released on Emirates’ social media platforms today encapsulates…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has launched a 45-day promotional push at the UAE-Saudi Arabia border with a selection of hotels, resorts and attractions. Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is set to capitalise on an unprecedented surge in tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia and neighbouring GCC countries during the summer and…

flydubai has today announced its Half-Year Results for the 2017 financial year. It has reported a total revenue of AED 2.5 billion (USD 689 million) an increase of 9.9% compared to the first six months of last year and a loss of AED 142.5 million (USD 38.8 million). Historically, the trend for the second half has been stronger than the first half.…

Wataniya Airways, Kuwait’s newest airline launched its inaugural GCC flight to Bahrain, making it the first country in the region it has flown to since its July launch. The flight from Kuwait International Airport was received at BIA by a BAC delegation led by Chief Commercial Officer, Ayman Zainal. "This inaugural flight is the beginning…

Al Zorah, nestled on the natural peninsula of Ajman, is ramping up the tourism appeal of the destination with the launch of Kayak Tours through its natural mangroves and lagoons soon. The tour will expose visitors to one of the region’s most prized natural mangroves. It has also been declared as a Wetland of International Importance by the…

Gursha Dubai located in Palm Jumeirah, has launched its cultural show evenings at the restaurant. Eskista Weekends will showcase the diverse traditional dancing styles of Ethiopia, usually presented by three females and a single male artist. The Ethiopian eatery aims to introduce and promote Ethiopian and African culinary cultures in the…

Tavisca Solutions will be organizing the Technxt Meetup in their Pune office, in Viman Nagar on September 9, 2017. This Meetup is powered by Amazon Web Services, while Tavisca Solutions are the venue partners. Technxt is a key initiative of the engineering group at tavisca, bringing technology experts, enthusiast and real life case studies…

Radisson Blu has announced the opening of two new hotels in Saudi Arabia: Buraidah and Jeddah. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Buraidah is easily accessible from the Northern Ring Road and overlooks the city center, which is a mere 5km away. It enjoys a prime location near to Al Qassim industrial city and 25km from the regional Prince Naif International…

Turkey has recently witnessed a splurge of tourists from the Middle East. This was confirmed by the data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office in Dubai. According to the new data, 1,226,665 Middle East travellers landed in Turkey between January and June 2017. During the same period, travel to Turkey has grown…

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced its Sharjah Summer Grand Discounts campaign which is scheduled to be launched this Tuesday in the Emirate. SCCI is conducting the campaign for the first time as part of the Sharjah Summer Offers activities. The campaign includes unprecedented discounts of up to 80% on top brands and various…

TIME Hotels has achieved Green Key status for all of its hotels and hotel apartments across the hospitality groups’ entire portfolio. A leading international standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry, the Green Key award is a voluntary eco-label that represents…

Dubai Airports will soon be launching ‘Aspiring Women’s Programme’ aimed at female Emirati managers and designed to develop high-performing Emirati women into the company’s future leaders. This was announced during an event held on the 3rd Emirati Women’s Day. The nine-month programme will provide Emirati Women…

Gulf Air recently launched a new codeshare agreement with Oman Air that will enable the airlines’ combined frequencies between Bahrain and Muscat increase to 6 daily flights. This new codeshare provides customers with additional frequencies on the popular route while also giving passengers to Bahrain enhanced flight connectivity possibilities…

Yas Mall recently hosted a Thai Festival, paying homage to rich cultural heritage of Thailand, to the delight of its residents. The event was held in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Dubai and the Middle East. The Thai Festival was inaugurated by H.E. Komate Kamalanavin, Ambassador of…

dnata has recently ramped up its recycling programme for its fleet of 12,000 units of GSE (Ground Services Equipment) in both of its Dubai hubs (DXB and DWC). Since the launch of the recycling programme this year, over 80 units of GSE have been renewed at the GSE maintenance base, reducing waste generated from GSE by 110 tonnes while passing…

Travel experts Lonely Planet has recently released a list of top coolest neighbourhoods in the world that includes the trendier parts of New York, Lisbon and Florence. Grabbing a position in the list is our very own neighbourhood ‘Business Bay’. Lonely Planet has included the waterfront leisure destination in its list of the globe's…

EL AL Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation have taken delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. EL AL leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation. The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv today following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing's factory…

MakeMyTrip has signed an agreement with Travelport’s distributor for India, InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), for the use of Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform. Under the agreement, MakeMyTrip can expand the use of Travelport’s technology from the Ibibo Group to MakeMyTrip’s other primary distribution channels…

RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has entered into an agreement with the Al Habtoor Group (Hospitality Division) whereby the DTC will deploy and operate limousines for hotel guests of the Group. The step conforms to RTA’s strategic drive of boosting the cooperation with the private sector.The CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation, Dr Yousef…

Sharjah International Airport Authority recently organised a special event for “Hajj Season” to provide a number of resources to facilitate the pilgrims’ travel procedures, including the allocation of smart gates and a special platform to check their passports. The “Hajj Season” event was organised in cooperation with…

Thailand Live Gastronomy, a unique culinary festival that showcases the Gastronomy of Thailand will be held from August 25-27 at Bangkok’s shopping and dining venues, Siam Square. Presented with a tagline ‘Flavours to the World’, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the ‘Thailand Live Gastronomy’ festival…

flyadeal has taken delivery of its first aircraft and the first of eight Airbus A320ceo aircraft, becoming the newest operator of the Airbus A320 Family. While the deal was announced in 2016, flyadeal will commence operations on September 23, 2017, on the national day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, serving domestic markets initially before expanding…

With 63 new areas of ancient and primeval beech forest in 10 countries inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) onto the World Heritage List, two Slovenian sites made it to the list. Two areas in Slovenia: the Krokar virgin forest and the Snežnik-Ždrocle forest reserve were added to the World Heritage…

Maikoya Osaka recently introduced the world's first geisha themed cafe and restaurant in Osaka. Visitors can meet and chat with an apprentice geisha, any time of the year. The building was constructed on a property where an actual geisha house stood until the mid-1980s. Located in Shinmachi, Maikoya Osaka is at the center of an area that served…

Delta Air Lines' latest innovative test program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) allows customers to video chat from the airport with a specialist. Delta is first U.S. airline to offer video chat with Reservations team. Five interactive digital screens with individual receivers are now featured at the redesigned Delta…

Fiji was recently bestowed with an award at the 29th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, held at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas for being named the ‘Hottest Destination’ for 2017. This was announced by International luxury travel network Virtuoso. The award recognises Fiji as the destination with the highest year over year growth…

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, affiliated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, has released 360-degree virtual reality videos via the CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO Website. This Japan travel website introduces recommended locations in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions of Japan as well as Tokyo. The new virtual tour videos offer future tourists…

The Dubai Mall has launched a brand-new feature to its dedicated app. The wayfinding App makes it easier than ever to navigate around the mall. Available on both IOS and Android devices, users can simply input the store or F&B outlet they’re looking for and be seamlessly guided through the mall with ease, with the technology behind the…

Emaar Hospitality Group have announced the roll-out of its 28th upcoming hotel project – Address Fashion Avenue, located directly opposite the iconic Burj Khalifa and linked to the Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall that is currently being expanded. Address Fashion Avenue, featuring the 167-room Address Fashion Avenue hotel and Address…

COYA Dubai’s exclusive Member’s Club has reopened following a renovation. Members can now indulge in first class benefits and private events exclusively designed for The Member’s Club. With an intent to create an avenue for those who have an appreciation for music, arts, supreme cigars, stellar food and beverages, while…

According to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, Dubai International (DXB) has recorded its busiest month on record for passenger traffic in July with over 8 million passengers. Passenger numbers in July totalled 8,065,789 compared to 7,616,792 handled in July 2016, a robust growth of 5.9 per cent. DXB welcomed…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is inviting guests and residents to help families in need around the world through the launch of its 2017 ‘Kilo of Kindness’ charity drive. This global campaign, which marks the UN International Day of Charity on 5 September asks for donations of food, clothing and educational supplies to help support…

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is commemorating the third annual Emirati Women’s Day with a series of events to highlight this year’s theme. Women are partners in giving, in line with the UAE’s 2017 Year of Giving initiative. With a strong workforce of 36 per cent, 26,000 women work at EAG alongside men in what are traditionally…

National holidays and long weekends witness a surge in travellers from the UAE, looking for a quick a getaway with friends and family. With the upcoming Eid Al Adha break on the horizon, Lufthansa has revealed its list of the top 5 most popular destinations among UAE residents, looking to travel during the auspicious occasion. Topping the…

Effective from September 1, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) will be introducing a new baggage policy across its major airports including, Muscat International, Salalah and Suhar. According to the new policy, passengers will no longer be allowed to check in round and irregular shaped luggage such as items wrapped in blankets, linen or tied…

A first for the Indian travel industry, Yatra Online Inc. has launched a 'Smart Watch Wear App' for Android devices. The app gives users access to the booking flow of flights, hotels, buses, trains, homestays, activities and cabs. The app is currently available on the Android Play store. The application is designed to be user-friendly,…

Wyndham Worldwide has announced the executive leadership appointments for the new, publicly traded pure-play hotel company to be created by the recently announced 2018 spin-off from Wyndham Worldwide. As previously announced, Geoff Ballotti, current CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, will continue to lead the hotel company as President and CEO.…

Since the beginning of Hajj season, 1,151,010 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj rituals. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), this accounts for an increase of 228,704 pilgrims, i.e. a rise of 25% as compared to the same period last year. The figures were issued by the Directorate General of Passports. …

In partnership with Meraas, Emaar Properties have announced the launch of ‘Dubai Hills Mall,’ a family retail district located in the heart of Dubai Hills Estate, the 11 million sq m planned green oasis set in easy proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and Downtown Dubai. Scheduled to open late-2019, Dubai Hills Mall…

More than 100 human resources experts from Dubai’s hospitality sector attended the 2nd DCT HR Forum organised recently by the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT). The Forum was designed to provide recruitment and training specialists in hotels the opportunity to get a better understanding of UAE’s labour laws and find solutions to various…

Royal Caribbean International has partnered with actress and avid traveller Shay Mitchell to be the brand's Adventurist ? an adventure adviser and storyteller for the cruise line. In addition to embarking on journeys with the brand and sharing her experiences, Shay will collaborate with Royal Caribbean experts to develop a series of destination…

Gulf Air recently hosted an event for the airline’s top travel trade partners in Tripoli, Lebanon facilitating greater networking between Gulf Air representatives and trade partners. It also served as a forum for information exchange about the airline’s latest news and developments. Welcomed by Gulf Air’s Country Manager…

Gulf Air and Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest carrier, have entered into a codeshare partnership to strengthen their respective networks across Europe and the Middle East. Specifically, travellers can now codeshare on flights from Bahrain, via Athens, to and from the European cities of Brussels and Rome while travellers from Geneva, Milan…

Omni Air International has entered into agreement with ePlane to utilize its newly developed e-commerce platform for selling and purchasing aviation parts. The ePlane e-commerce platform is an independent free marketplace, enabling easy transactions between buyers and sellers. Omni Air will list its surplus inventory for sale on ePlane.

2017 has been a promising year for RAK International Airport as it has witnessed continuous growth with respect to all passengers, movements and cargo tonnage records since the airport’s original inauguration have now been surpassed. Charter flights have been running throughout the summer for the first time as Ras Al Khaimah moves…

Saudi Arabian Airlines have been unable to schedule its flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha due to lack of permission from Qatari authorities, said Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Saleh Al-Jasser. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Al-Jasser said that that Qatari authorities have…

Millions of visitors armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting…

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has today completed the previously announced acquisition of the AWAS group of companies. The acquisition of AWAS propels DAE into the top tier of global aircraft lessors. DAE will now conduct its aircraft leasing business using the DAE Capital brand name. DAE Capital now features: · An…

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the opening of the world’s largest TRYP by Wyndham Dubai at Al Thanayah – 1, Barsha Heights, Dubai. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai is located in the city’s Barsha Heights district, and will offer guests access to the best the city has to offer. The hotel is contemporary in design and boasts 650…

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd has announced the addition of eight new members to its collection of over 375 independent, luxury hotels. Of these, six are also new to the hospitality scene in 2017. Spanning the globe from Canada to Spain to Korea, these distinguished properties offer varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive…

Emaar Hospitality Group has recently launched an innovative service culture programme that aims to transform every touch point of the guest journey into a genuine lifestyle experience. The new ‘service culture programme’ focuses on employees, and includes a series of workshops and training sessions to inculcate the ‘service…

Saray Spa at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was recently declared winner of the ‘Best Male Spa’ award at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017. To celebrate, the spa has designed a results- focused treatment menu especially for men. The Saray Spa team has designed a new menu featuring in demand treatments for men in Dubai. Created with…

Baros Maldives is on an all time high as thirteen chefs from the property have won the highest total of medals and awards at the Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives (FHAM) – International Culinary Challenge and Exhibition 2017 held in the capital, Male’, in August. The event is held annually for island chefs to demonstrate their skills…

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has recently appointed new members for its Food, Beverage and Entertainment Team. Sebastian Nohse, Director of Culinary at sister property, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, will now also lead the strategic direction for Food & Beverage at Dubai Marriott Harbour. Sebastian will be supported by an influx…

Dubai Tourism is providing an alternative option for students by offering specialisation in vocational training for the Emirate’s thriving tourism and hospitality sectors. The vocational courses offered by DCT have been designed to provide a middle ground between on-the-job training and a purely theoretical degree. Students will learn…

To facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading to and from Saudi Arabia for Hajj, Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah. Emirates will be operating 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina from August 17 until 11 September to help serve the 2 million pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy…

Continuing its endeavour of offering exceptional value, Jet Airways, India’s leading full-service, premier international airline, today announces a 7-day extension to the Freedom Sale due to high demand. The special offer will allow guests to avail discounted fares to the tune of up to 30 percent on base fares on flights originating…

An Emirates A380 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake today, helping Sri Lanka and the airport achieve an aviation milestone. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Transport & Aviation Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva M.P. was at the airport to greet H.E. Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazhim Al-Mulla, UAE Ambassador…

Hotels and desert camps in Dubai have just one more month to enter the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards. Part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative, the awards will recognise hotels and individuals who are adopting tangible measures to contribute to enhanced sustainability within the Emirate’s tourism sector. Establishments…

Turkish Airlines’ has introduced designed baby packs in order to make its cross-continental flights more comfortable for the families who fly with their babies (0-2 ages), as of August 2017. The baby packs, offered within specially designed bags, include a diaper changing mat, disposable baby bib, rash cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo,…

Saudi Arabia has launched a programme to facilitate arrival procedures of pilgrims travelling from international airports outside the Kingdom. The General Directorate of Passports has assigned a number of employees to Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia to oversee entry procedures for pilgrims travelling from the Malaysian capital prior to…

Male’ is the capital city of the Maldives and the seat of the executive, legislature and judicial branches of the government of the Maldives. Male’ is also the financial and commercial capital of the country. Accordingly major government offices, banks and businesses are based on Male’. Male’ city is one of the most…

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced its “Aon Global Best Employer” accreditation by Aon Hewitt. The acclaimed accolade comes in the company’s first year of participation in the global survey and is complemented by country-level accreditation in 46 out of the 64 countries assessed by the professional services firm,…

The Airbus plant in the German Province of Hamburg recently got a royal visit from the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Director General of Dubai Protocol…

Fairmont The Palm, luxury family resort on Palm Jumeirah will soon appoint a resident Santa for the upcoming festive season. To make the selection all the more fun, the resort has launched global social media competition, where one lucky person will win the opportunity of a life time to become Fairmont’s resident Santa. Fairmont The…

Yatra Online has introduced a new feature called 'Xplore', aimed at optimizing traveller budgets. With a user friendly, easy to navigate and visually appealing design, Xplore aims to revolutionize and simplify the user experience while enabling a traveller plan a trip within a stipulated budget. Yatra's CEO and Co-founder Dhruv Shringi…

Radisson Blu has recently unveiled ‘The Art of Weddings’, a campaign created exclusively for the Indian market. Building on the brand’s global ‘Something Blu, A Wedding of a Kind’ concept, the initiative will run across all of India’s 34 Radisson Blu hotels. Aimed at establishing the brand as the venue…

Miami International Airport (MIA) has become the first airport in the world to bring the convenience of Mobile Passport Control, the fast entry process into the USA, into its own airport app experience. US citizens and Canadian visitors arriving into Miami can now use the MIA Airport Official app to submit details to US Customs and Border Protection…

Gulf Air recently hosted dinner events for the airline’s top corporate clients in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The events were hosted by Gulf Air Country Manager in Abu Dhabi, Madina Abdulla Albalushi and Gulf Air’s Senior Manager Sales, Saad Al Qinni respectively. At both events, Gulf Air representatives shared news of the airline’s…

With its latest ongoing global destination campaign titled ‘Your Extraordinary Story’, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is taking huge strides in the United States of America (USA) with respect to major international promotions. The campaign promotes Abu Dhabi as a location with a wealth of stories to share,…

The board of directors at Boeing has elected Caroline B. Kennedy as its new member. Kennedy, 59, served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017 and is an author and attorney. "Ambassador Kennedy brings to the Boeing board professional, diplomatic and global perspectives that are highly valued in our rapidly evolving and increasingly…

Paul Gregorowitsch, The Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air recently visited Delhi, Zurich and Kuala Lumpur - some of the airline’s top destinations. CEO interacted with the airline’s key stakeholders from trade, media and government partners as well as Oman Air personnel, highlighting the importance of these regions to the…

Hilton Abu Dhabi will be hosting a week-long Malaysian food festival at its all-day dining restaurant La Terrazza from August 25-31, 2017. Diners in the capital can sample authentic Malaysian dishes at La Terrazza from 6.30pm until 11pm with the special dinner menu designed by Chef Salim Hj Pawi, the hotel’s guest chef for the season.…

Abu Dhabi Airports has been awarded the UAE’s first Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS) certification from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), for Sir Bani Yas Airport. AFIS is provided at airfields where flight information is required, but where the aircraft traffic does not warrant having a full Air Traffic Control…

Travelport has inked an agreement with First Diana Travel which will see the leading Lebanese agency access Travelport’s travel content. By connecting to the Travelport platform, First Diana will have access to searching and booking services from more than 400 airlines, including low cost and network carriers, more than 650,000 hotel…

According to Dubai Customs statistics, over 12 million passengers were rendered streamlined customs services by the Dubai International Airport during H1 2017. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 processed roughly 18 million luggage items transited through the airport from 39,000 flights during the first half of 2017. The department also reported 360…

According to a statement released by the Acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Ahmed Al Shamsi, London, Bombay, Delhi and Manila were the top destinations for travellers through Abu Dhabi International Airport in June, with air traffic to London increasing by 6 percent, and Delhi-bound travellers up by 11 percent compared…

Emirates is all set to increase capacity on its services to Egypt from October 29, 2017. It with be launching four additional scheduled flights every week to Cairo. The four new flights will increase the number of frequencies between the two cities to three each day, and take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 21. …

Address Marassi Beach Resort, the second hotel project by Emaar Hospitality Group in Egypt is located at the idyllic waterfront location by the Mediterranean Sea, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay. An integral part of Marassi, Address Marassi Beach Resort was unveiled earlier this year at the Arabian Travel Market in…

Nakheel has awarded four contracts collectively worth more than AED 430 million for Deira Islands. The 15.3 square kilometre waterfront city is currently under construction in Dubai. The contracts, covering islands A and B of the four-island development, are for a sewage treatment plant, a district cooling plant, a substation and piling work for…

To recognise the efforts of its top agents in the Western Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf Air recently organised a dinner event. Hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Jeddah, Zubair Ahmed Muhammed, key members from travel trade industry attended the event. Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf…

Lonely Planet has announced the launch of Trips by Lonely Planet, an interactive self-publishing content platform offering the modern traveller an enjoyable, easy way to discover and share their experiences. Leveraging its expansive and reliable travel expertise, Lonely Planet developed a highly immersive mobile platform designed to help adventurous…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is gearing to present a vast range of upcoming initiatives, events and activities to welcome residents of Saudi Arabia to experience the emirate’s unique heritage, culture and traditions throughout the course of 2017. According to TCA Abu Dhabi Director General, His Excellency…

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Marriott International, Inc. have announced the establishment of a joint venture to redefine the travel experience for the hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers travelling abroad and domestically every year. The joint venture will leverage Marriott International's global portfolio of brands to revolutionize…

The ENTERTAINER has unveiled its new B2B travel platform, ‘ENTERTAINER go’. The novel platform will enable the company to expand its travel offerings globally. The app is fully customisable and may be white labelled, cobranded or even embedded into any businesses’ existing app. With a massive reach of 160 destinations across…

Jet Airways has announced celebratory special fares for its guests travelling on the airline’s international network to India, in commemoration of India’s 70th Independence Day. The eight-day Independence Day special offer will allow guests to avail discounted fares to the tune of up to 30 percent on base fares on flights originating…

Organised by the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, the 4th annual Liwa Ajman Dates Festival successfully concluded at the Emirates Hospitality Centre on Friday, August 4. Now in its fourth year, the festival…

Oman Air has launched its third daily flight on its popular Muscat to Mumbai route. Launched on 1 August this year, the two hour 50 minutes flight departs Muscat at 22.40 hrs and arrives in Mumbai at 03.00hrs. The return flight leaves Mumbai at 04.05 hrs and reaches Muscat at 05.15 hrs. Oman Air already has two daily return flights between…

Emirates has commenced promotional bookings to select destinations across Emirates’ network made between 7 August to 19 August for travel until 13 December 2017 start from AED 910 for Eid Al Aadha. Emirates customers will be able to book return Economy Class flights from Dubai to a wide range of destinations start at AED 910 to Mumbai,…

According to the financial results for the second quarter of this year ending June 30, 2017, Air Arabia has exceeded analysts’ expectations and registered a net profit of AED 158 million, an increase of 21 per cent compared to the AED 131 million reported for the same period last year. The company’s turnover for the second quarter of…

The Noodle House is undergoing its biggest brand re-launch since it opened in 2002. Its flagship Souk Madinat Jumeirah outlet which reopens on August 13 will offer a completely expansive new menu inspired by Asia’s most popular taste hot-spots. From the vibrant hawker stands of Singapore to the bustling street markets of Jakarta, The…

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group was recently recognised as the ‘Best Business-Friendly Hotel Chain Award’ for its India operations at Today’s Traveller Awards 2017. “I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of my team. This recognition is a testimony to our service standards and amenities that ensure our guests…

With an intent to boost travel and tourism in the country, the new Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the Hon. Professor Dr. Numan Kurtulmus has announced his strategic vision. The strategy is channelized towards improving relationships between countries and cultures. As Turkey's tourism begins to recover in 2017, Kurtulmus has…

Park Inn by Radisson Muscat was recently certified among the best rated hotels in HolidayCheck. HolidayCheck, a European hotel review platform awarded the hotel HolidayCheck ‘Quality Selection Certificate’ for the year 2017 in accordance with the positive reviews posted by the guests on the HolidayCheck customer review portal. …

Holidayme announced the appointment of Olivier Dombey as its Chief Commercial Officer to spearhead the firm’s entire non-air global supply channel commercial and operational development. Globally, Olivier will focus on fast tracking the expansion of Holidayme product line diversity by, sourcing out and contracting the right products,…

In a recent development, M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced a franchise partnership with Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East this year. This is the brand’s first expansion outside Australia. 400 Gradi, a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant, is the creation of Chef Johnny…

If you are yet to finalize a destination to celebrate Eid Al Adha festivities, you might as well consider Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) to spend quality time with family and friends. Eid Al Adha, being a family affair, Ras Al Khaimah is leaving no stone unturned to ensure families head down to the emirate to celebrate the special occasion without…

Six Senses Laamu recognizes the ecological importance of sea grass habitats and pledges to play a more active role in the conservation of sea grass beds around the resort island and in the Laamu Atoll. Laamu Atoll has one of the highest densities of sea grass in the Maldives which supports a huge diversity and abundance of marine animals.…

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s Old City, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet is first hotel to open within the Ajwa brand. The hotel aims to offer guests a unique opportunity to experience the rich past of Turkey, in a sophisticated and stylish modern setting. Being an artistic masterpiece, the property combines some of the most exquisite…

Airbus witnessed a strong performance in July by logging orders for four jetliners from its A330 and A350 XWB widebody families. It also delivered 47 aircraft from across its current-production single-aisle and widebody product lines during the month. The new business in July involved three A330-200s for International Airlines Group, along…

The whole world was awestruck when Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the concept of ‘Dubai Air Taxi a driverless flying car’ or ‘Autonomous Unmanned Air System Taxi’. Dubai Air Taxi would become part of Dubai’s Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy, bringing eco-friendly and faster modes of transportation…

Deliveroo has recently announced its exclusive partnership with Wagamama. With Deliveroo, Wagamama will now be delivering to a total of sixteen new areas across Dubai. Anis Harb, General Manager of Deliveroo GCC, commented: “We are delighted to be welcoming Wagamama to our platform. We strive to work with popular partners to constantly…

In a major partnership between Etihad Airways and Sydney Opera House, passengers on Etihad Airways will now be able to listen to two of the Sydney Opera House’s most popular podcasts – ‘This Kid Life’ and ‘It’s A Long Story’. It’s A Long Story unpacks the influences and ‘big’ moments…

Oman Air has announced a free sale codeshare agreement with Royal Jordanian on flights between Muscat and Beirut via Amman and vice versa. Under the terms of the agreement, effective from June 15, the flights are operated by Royal Jordanian and marketed by both carriers. This new agreement will offer guests more options when it comes to…

Women’s Journey Thailand 2017 Campaign recently hosted a gala welcome reception for fifty-six women women celebrities and bloggers across the world at Nai Lert Heritage House in the heart of Bangkok. Organised for the second year by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event was presided over by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister…

Elite Hospitality Group from the Kingdom of Bahrain has recently reported a significant increase in scores and online presence on TrustYou platform. It has also witnessed a notable improvement in operations and overall reputation. As one of the key accomplishments, the hotel group managed to increase the number of Google reviews by an impressive…

Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Seoul. The new two-class 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A340-600 aircraft previously operated on the route, and features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class…

Gulf Air has announced the appointment of Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, as its Deputy Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors. Captain. Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi boosts an illustrious career of over 37 years with experience encompassing various aviation related positions. He also holds an MBA in Aviation Management…

Emirates’ newly revamped A380 Onboard Lounge has made its operational debut on a flight to Kuala Lumpur, marking the 9th anniversary of the airline’s A380 service. The Onboard Lounge was first introduced on August 1, 2008 and has since become a mainstay of Emirates’ double decker aircraft. Now in its 9th year, the Emirates…

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has revealed that the Mediterranean island is gearing for a significant influx of visitors from across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during the forthcoming Eid Al Adha celebrations in September. Taking place during Eid Al Adha, a travelling interactive installation – the 2017 Musical Minutes!…

Feast Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai was recently awarded the Best Eclectic/International Cuisine in the Middle East. The winners were judged through a public voting process which proceeded over a period of a month with key parameters being evaluated including culinary excellence and memorable experience from outstanding…

Antarctica is slowly emerging as one of the most sought after destinations for UAE’s cruise travellers, who are always on the search for something exotic and different. To address the needs of the UAE travellers, ‘The Q Experiences’ has announced a trip to Antarctica on a luxury cruise. Starting on December 9, 2017, an 11-day curated…

Jazeera Airways has revealed its second quarter financial results, reporting an operating profit of KD2.2 million, up 22.9% from the same period last year, and a net profit of KD2.3 million, reflecting a growth of 18.1% from the same period last year. Jazeera Airways’ positive results were driven by higher utilization, improved network planning,…

Emaar Hospitality Group has announced Vida Dubai Mall as its new hotel project that will be linked directly to The Dubai Mall and with direct views of Burj Khalifa. Being the tenth upcoming project within the UAE and international markets by Vida Hotels and Resorts, the upscale lifestyle hotel and serviced residences will cater to business executives,…

Zulekha Healthcare Group has partnered with Air Arabia as its preferred medical tourism partner for its India-based hospital, Alexis Multispeciality Hospital. The collaboration was marked with the launch of an exclusive healthcare kiosk for medical tourists at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah in the presence of Founder and Chairperson, Dr. Zulekha Daud,…

To drive and bolster the start-up culture and eco-system within the travel and tourism industry, Dubai Tourism has partnered with Gitex to launch ‘Travel and Tourism Start-up competition at the GITEX Technology Week to be held in October 8-12, 2017. Through this competition, Dubai Tourism is inviting start-ups operating in the travel…

Saudi Arabia is all set to undertake an international tourism project titled the ‘Red Sea Project’ which will be built in one of the world s most beautiful and diverse natural spots. This will be developed in cooperation with the world’s largest hotel companies. Resorts will be constructed on more than 50 natural islands between…

Gulf Air has joined Saudi Arabian telecommunications services company Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) as its newest Neqaty program partner. The initiative will enhance the diversity of the program's partnership base. Through this new partnership with Gulf Air, Mobily customers can now redeem their points for Gulf Air FalconFlyer miles when the…

Emirates Airlines and Group recently welcomed a VIP delegation from Ghana. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum accompanied by Adnan Kazim, DSVP Strategic Planning, RO and Aeropolitical Affairs, Emirates and Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ SVP, Commercial (Africa) interacted with Ghanaian Minister Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Aviation,…

The SPA at Palazzo Versace Dubai has been recognised as the Continental Winner for the Best Luxury Emerging Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017 held recently in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Awards judging criteria is based upon service excellence. The SPA at Palazzo Versace Dubai has seven treatment rooms, a spa suite, a nail studio and two…

Emirates has been recognised in the Future Travel Experience Airline Passenger Experience Power List 2017. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer was ranked in the top 5 global airline executives for his leadership in directing the airline’s consistent delivery of superior services on the ground,…

Majid Al Futtaim has partnered with Al Jazira Club to develop the first-ever City Centre mall in the UAE capital - City Centre Al Jazira. Construction on the AED 1.4 billion City Centre Al Jazira, strategically located between the Airport Road and Al Muroor Road in the heart of Abu Dhabi, is set to begin in October 2017 and is scheduled for completion…

The Eid Al Fitr festivities triggered a 30 percent increase in the number of hotel guest arrivals in Abu Dhabi as compared to the to the same month in 2016. In the first six months of 2017, the emirate welcomed more than 2.25 million guests to its 165 hotels and hotel apartments – an increase of 7% over the first half of last year.…

flydubai celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 737 MAX 8, making it the first carrier in the Middle East region to operate Boeing's newest single-aisle airplane. It is first of 75 737 MAX airplanes that the airline will be adding to their all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s. "We are delighted to receive our first Boeing 737…

Address Dubai Mall, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa, and linked directly to The Dubai Mall has won two awards at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017. The hotel was bestowed with ‘Best Spa Manager’ and ‘Luxury Day Spa’ award at the global event. From bespoke furnishings to restaurant…

To drive and bolster the start-up culture and eco-system within the travel and tourism industry, Dubai Tourism has partnered with Gitex to launch ‘Dubai Tourism competition’ at the GITEX Technology Week to be held in October 8-12, 2017. Through this competition, Dubai Tourism is inviting start-ups operating in the travel and…

With an intent to explore wider destinations and improve connectivity, Oman Air has entered inot a code-share partnership with Malaysia Airlines with immediate effect. Oman Air’s passengers who currently…

Marriott International is set to expand and strengthen its Sales and Marketing Leadership Team for Middle East and Africa. This new initiative comes on the heels of the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the fast progressing integration of the two companies. The revamped Brand, Marketing, Sales and Consumer…

According to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, passenger numbers at Dubai World Central (DWC) grew by more than 35 per cent in the first half of the year. DWC welcomed 554,993 passengers in the first half of 2017 compared to 410,278 passengers during the first six months last year, a growth of 35.3 per cent. The first…

Haitham Mattar, the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has been appointed as the Middle East representative for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation affiliate members’ board. He has also been named a full-time advisory board member of the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international platform that brings…

According to the exhibitors at the 5th Annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT), there has been sharp rise in the MICE arrivals from the lucrative outbound Indian travel market, according to exhibitors. To further boost this market, the Indian MICE & luxury travel industry is set to take place on August 1-2, 2017 at Andaz Delhi in…

Emaar Hospitality Group has partnered with Global Hospitality Services (GHS) to access its global network to expand its brand reach and customer base in key segments of the market. Global Hospitality Services will showcase Emaar Hospitality Group to leisure and corporate segments in key strategic markets underlining its service standards and innovative…

In a recent report titled ‘Sabre Labs’ 2017 Radar Report’ released by Sabre, the company has evaluated nine key technologies with an outsized impact on the travel landscape, looking at what’s happening today and what to expect for tomorrow. “We are in the midst of increasingly rapid and dramatic technological…

Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its largest property in the world, Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport. Owned by Urban Civic Plc and managed by Interstate, the 357-room hotel is the third airport hotel to join the Hampton family in the UK this year, marking another milestone in Hilton’s airport journey.…

Dubai Customs represented by the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai’s airports has entered into a service level agreement (SLA) with Emirates Airlines. The purpose of the SLA is to ensure higher standard of performance, maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and staff, and provide high quality service for the carrier and…

Lanseria International Airport has invested in SITA’s self-service technology that will add new convenience for passengers while providing improved common-use functionality for airlines. Using SITA’s self-service systems, passengers will now be able to quickly check-in and drop their bags before proceeding directly to the gate without…

According to the 2016 financial results announced by Etihad Airways, the airline has recorded a net loss of US$ 1.87 billion on US$ 8.36 billion in revenues as one-off impairment charges and fuel hedging losses weighed against a solid performance of the core airline. The core airline business achieved steady passenger revenues of US$ 4.9…

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort was recently recognised in two of the top categories at the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards ceremony. The event was held at Hanoi. The private island resort’s Iridium Spa was presented with the ‘Best Luxury Boutique Spa’ award along with the ‘Best Luxury Wellness Spa’ award…

WTM London has finally opened registration for its 2017 edition. WTM London 2017, which takes place between November 6-8, 2017 is poised to be the most successful yet. The new-look three-day format, introduced last year, has been universally well received from all participant groups. It is anticipated exhibitors will be able to conduct…

Blaze Burgers has recently introduced its gourmet offerings to The Walk, JBR, in Dubai. After Bahrain, Blaze Burgers is setting out to conquer taste buds in Dubai with a menu that caters to carnivores through a choice of premium burger patties. Blaze Burgers is about doing the basics right, and serves the right way with delicious premium…

As a fast emerging tourism player, Azerbaijan is sharpening its tourism target in the GCC, while endeavoring to advance the rising luxury shopping segment, with new and impressive developments. The clear-cut determination of the country’s Representative Office in GCC is bearing rich fruits, as the country saw a massive growth in the number…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TA Abu Dhabi) has embarked upon a whirlwind three-city roadshow to the United States to help create more awareness about the emirate and encourage even more US visitors to experience the destination. The delegation, led by the Authority, was in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, hosted meetings…

Inflight broadband is changing the airline industry and revolutionising passengers’ expectations of the onboard experience. That is the conclusion from the third annual global Inflight Connectivity Survey, published by Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, in association with market research…

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) surpassed 43 million in the first half of 2017, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. DXB handled a total of 43,054,268 passengers during the first half, up 6.3 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2016 when the airport welcomed 40,507,251 passengers.…

AlJeel Capital has inked an exclusive UAE franchise agreement with Shakey’s, a popular American brand and leading pizza restaurant’s chain in the Philippines to cater to Filipino population in the region. AlJeel Capital’s CEO, Firas Hurieh said, “A large population from the Philippines made the UAE and particularly…

With an intent to attract international tourists in the country, Oman has launched a new eVisa service. Tourists planning to visit Oman can apply online for visas by submitting their applications at https://evisa.rop.gov.om/. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed…

Yas Marina’s annual Boat Festival is all set to return this October, with an expanded concept celebrating the best of #LifeatSea. Scheduled to take place on October 20-21, the two-day nautical themed spectacular will shine a light on all things boating, right from new and second-hand boats to water sports equipment. Following the…

Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, to Beirut, Lebanon. The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Lebanese capital. The Boeing 787-9 features Etihad Airways’ next-generation…

Keeping true to its promise as a green, active and healthy holiday destination, Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) introduces a new and exciting holiday idea perfect for GCC and Middle Eastern families looking for an adrenaline-packed holiday destination this summer and beyond. Family bonds are best strengthened in unspoilt nature and through…

Armani Hotel Dubai has been awarded its first Green Globe certification in recognition of its efforts to operate sustainably. The hotel had recently undertaken several green initiatives right from recycling materials and reducing food wastage to supporting environmental campaigns. These initiatives were conducted in collaboration with not only their…

flynas will soon flights between Beirut and Riyadh later this year. Flynas will operate 4 weekly flights, connecting King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, with services starting on November 1, 2017 and operating on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays. Bandar Al Mohanna, Group…

Going on vacation should be an exciting and stress-free time, but sometimes when you have kids with you, it can be the opposite. Especially until everyone has settled down and acclimated to their new surroundings. A research conducted by Booking.com across 18,000 people from 25 countries worldwide shows how parents cope up in those make-or-break…

Buddha-Bar Beach is set to open later this year at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, bringing Pan-Asian cuisine, cocktails, and unforgettable music to the capital. The day-to-night destination will be the fourth of its kind in the world and the first one to be as a permanent destination. ‘Seasonal’ venues appeared…

AccorHotels have inked an agreement with Al Ghurair for the rebranding of a landmark property, consisting of 428 rooms and 192 apartments located at Al Ghurair Centre Complex. Both properties will be managed as part of the Group’s upper-upscale Swissôtel & Swissôtel Living portfolio, representing the brand’s…

Yatra Online, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement, through its subsidiary, Yatra Online Private Limited, under which it will acquire Air Travel Bureau Ltd. ("ATB"), which is India's largest independent corporate travel services provider with Gross Bookings of INR 15 Billion generated through a diverse client base of over 400 large and medium…

THAI Smile Airways has recently introduced the Lucknow, India--Bangkok route, offering four exclusive direct flights a week using the original flight schedules. The WE333 Bangkok--Lucknow route operates four flights per week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 pm to 00.20 am. The WE334 Lucknow--Bangkok also operates four flights…

NXT-ID, Inc. a security, authentication and payment technology company has issued an update following the recent WorldVentures BootCamp Miami event. Several leaders from WorldVentures talked about the latest updates to the flye smart card, discussing its innovation in travel and payment technology to an audience of over 10,000 DreamTrips…

Jet Airways has collaborated with Discover the World to provide sales and marketing in Switzerland. "Discover is delighted to partner with Jet Airways for the first time," said Jenny Adams, CEO of Discover the World. "Our team in Switzerland, headed by Director Richard Gugerli, will expand the airline's visibility, helping to increase its…

Singapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to get more mileage out of flights on company business. The new corporate travel programme is designed to reward both corporates and employees when they fly with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. Corporates will…

The aviation industry in the Middle East seems bright as the demand for aviation professionals across a spectrum of roles is expected to be very high over the next 20 years. According to 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook released by Boeing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has projected a demand of 63,000 new pilots, 66,000 technicians and 96,000 cabin…

flydubai has announced the addition of three destinations to its Russian network, bringing its presence in the country to ten destinations. This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh and resume services to Ufa. Flights from Dubai to Makhachkala and Voronezh will operate twice a week, starting October 31, 2017…

Travelling in Turkey is definitely a relief, especially for younger people after travelling through Europe this summer. Turkey is a vast country covering an area 783,356 square kilometres to the southeast of Europe. It is a country where a couple could get by on $100 per day. This includes eating delicious food, accommodation, internal and public…

Gulf Air recently honoured the airline’s top travel trade partners for their contribution, performance and continued support in 2016, presenting awards to agents as an acknowledgement and in recognition of their constant high level of commitment towards Gulf Air’s operations. The airline also recognized its most productive travel…

Travelport has extended its partnership with car rental and ground transportation technology specialist, Mobacar, to deliver innovation in car distribution. The alliance builds on Travelport’s Beyond Air portfolio and enhances the breadth and quality of ground transport services content provided to travel agency customers. …

Emirates recently hosted Shaesta Waiz for a Boeing 777 simulator challenge in its home base of Dubai. Waiz is the founder and pilot of Dreams Soar, Inc. (DSI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower young females to become the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and aviation professionals,…

The Sultanate of Oman is arguably one of the most preferred holiday destinations by the GCC residents today. The picturesque mountains, luxurious stay, adventurous activities such as hiking as well Omani culture contribute majorly to the rise of tourism in the country. In an exclusive interview with Travelwebme.com, Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of…

SpiceJet has recently launched its first brand store for its newly unveiled e-commerce retail venture – ‘SpiceStyle’ at Galleria, Gurgaon. Besides offering the end-customers the opportunity to ‘look and feel’, the store will function as a premium channel to offer the latest in fashion and lifestyle across 12 different…

Royal Jordanian (RJ) has been chosen as the official carrier for the singers, poets and members of music bands for the Jerash Festival for culture and arts. The company has been the festival’s key partner and official carrier since it was first launched in 1981; both are national organizations that project Jordanian culture and tourism…

Expedia, Inc. has recently amended their policies pertaining to activities involving certain wildlife animal interactions. According to the new announcement, these activities will no longer be bookable on its online travel sites. After consulting with industry-leading wildlife and animal protection groups, Expedia will undertake a thorough…

Dusit International has recently signed a hotel management agreement with Al Manzil Hospitality Group to operate the dusitD2 Seef Bahrain, a contemporary leisure and business hotel. The hotel scheduled to open in Manama next year. The new hotel will be the company’s first hotel in Bahrain. The dusitD2 Seef Bahrain is located near…

The latest air traffic movement figures for the month of June was recently announced by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans). The figures reveal a total volume of 41,589 movements in Dubai & Northern Emirates’ airspace According to report,…

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced that Australia has extended the SmartGate service in its airports to arriving and departing Emiratis who hold ordinary passports The citizens of UAE can choose to clear their arrival and departure by using the SmartGate services, provided they get a pre-arrival…

Two Hilton Seychelles resorts have won coveted titles at World Travel Awards 2017. For the second year in a row, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa has been awarded the title of Seychelles' Leading Hotel Suite for its two-bedroom presidential villa. Gregory Thierion, General Manager said: “We are proud of the presidential…

After a decade in the making, Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled for inauguration before the end of 2017. This was confirmed by His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority during an interview with CNN’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will play a considerable…

With the 2017/18 Premier League football season fast approaching, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Manchester City Football Club launched a new season-long campaign that which gives fans the chance to create their own extraordinary story on a trip to the UAE capital by sharing their own extraordinary memories and stories…

Online travel-booking site tajawal has partnered with Visa to provide Visa Checkout to its customers in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Visa Checkout offers cardholders a simple and secure digital payment method that allows for registered users to complete their purchase at the click of a button. By logging into their Visa Checkout account, payment…

The Bahrain International Airshow 2018 set to be held November 14th-16th, 2018 has confirmed the participation of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). At a signing ceremony, UAC confirmed that all its subsidiary companies would participate in the show including Sukhoi, Ilyushin, Tupolev and Irkut. Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation…

Promising a month full of fun and entertainment activities, Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017 has officially kick-started and will run all the way till August 20. With an array of shows across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, hotels and malls, the fun event is set to lure visitors through a series of promotions and offers. Several live…

Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is all set to re-open its doors on August 28 2017, following a nine-year, US$ 569 million construction project that has seen the historic hideaway restored as an exclusive destination for health, leisure and culture tourists from the GCC countries as well as MICE and business travellers. Switzerland…

In a major move, Jet Airways has announced the expansion of its domestic network during this monsoon by introducing 14 new direct, non-stop flights to emerging cities in domestic India. This augmentation of domestic services between these cities is a result of the rising demand for aviation services between these fast-growing cities, reflecting…

Emirates’ A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, on Monday August 14 as the airline joins local authorities in the celebration of the airport’s resurfaced runway. The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers…

Travelport has recently launched Travelport Resolve, a new product for airlines that puts the traveller first, automating the sourcing and distribution of hotel rooms, air rebooking and meal and transport needs into a single, seamless and paperless experience when flight are cancelled or delayed. Travelport Resolve enables airlines to react to disruptions…

Sabre Corporation has announced the first-ever global distribution system (GDS) partnership with the Lion Group full service Indonesia-based airline subsidiary, Batik Air. As Batik Air’s first GDS partner, Sabre’s network aims to boost the airline’s growth by expanding their reach and providing new distribution channels. …

Turkish Airlines has inaugurated its direct flights to Phuket, the carrier’s 300th destination. The airline has started four weekly flights to Phuket as on July 17. The inaugural flight from Istanbul landed at 8.55am in the Phuket International Airport (HKT) and was welcomed by the customary water cannon salutes in a formal ceremony.…

Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens against travelling to Venezuela owing to the security situations in the country. According to Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Director-General of Public Relations and Information Directorate at Ministry of Interior, Major General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Mara'oul, said that the Ministry has received a report…

Maldives was bestowed with multiple titles including Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination at the recently concluded 24th Annual Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards (WTA) held at the beautiful five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Maldives.…

Hotel Indigo on Seminyak Beach recently opened its door to the public. The new 289-room hotel gracing Seminyak’s Mesari Beach draws inspiration from the flavours, culture and character of its surrounding local neighbourhood, the vibrant and lively Seminyak district. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach promises an authentic fusion of…

The move to increase frequency of flights between Dubai and Khartoum from five to seven a week starting 8 August 2017 will give more connection options passengers. Offering a total of over 700 additional seats each way per week, the two new flights will enhance connectivity from most cities in the Middle East, Asia and Americas. As with…

DoubleTree by Hilton has opened its first hotel in Business Bay. With 238 spacious guest rooms and suítes, it features floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai or Bay Square. DoubleTree by Hilton is located on the low rise community square of Bay Square which is surrounded by shops, cafes and…

Rotana is offering a range of themed discounts for the guests to commorate the brand’s 25th anniversary. With 25% off room rates and dining experiences, guests can enjoy these offers until 3 September 2017. With Rotana’s Summer Rate promotion, guests can enjoy a 25% discount on the best available rates on rooms. Members…

Endorsed by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), DUBAI International Hospitality Week is set to take place from September 18-20. It includes six co-located trade shows: GulfHost, owned and organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC); The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show, owned and organised by dmg events; and…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is all set to organize this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season running from July 20 to August 20. TCA Abu Dhabi recently held a networking meeting with partners and stakeholders at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island to help drive the success of the event. Representatives from the…

Oman Air flight WY 283, a Boeing 737 – 800 flying from Muscat to Bangalore experienced a technical glitch on takeoff yesterday, returned safely to its home base, Muscat. Passengers were immediately evacuated. According to Oman News Agency, ONA, the flight took off from Muscat at 10:25 hrs local time with 154 passengers, three infants…

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. has recently renewed its global partnership with Lufthansa to provide convenience and exclusive benefits for Lufthansa’s passengers renting a Hertz vehicle at any location around the world. Lufthansa customers will continue to enjoy attractive car rental offers from Hertz while accessing special discounts…

Travelport recently unveiled a new retail product for hotels ‘Hotel Retail’ that gives agents an expert tool to deliver a personalised customer experience enabling increased hotel attachment rates within one simplified workflow. Hotel Retail gives ‘power users’ the speed and flexibility of cryptic commands, enabling bookings…

Radisson Blu has forayed into Chad by opening its first hotel in N’Djamena. This latest addition brings Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s African presence to 42 hotels with more than 16,200 rooms in operation and under development. Located on the shore of the Chari River, the Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena is situated in the…

Emirates and flydubai have entered into an agreement to offer customers multiple travel options for passengers. According to the new partnership, both airlines will continue to be managed independently but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth. The innovative partnership goes beyond…

The UAE pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, managed and supervised by the National Media Council (NMC), has witnessed widespread interest from a broad range of international VIP’s and visitors since its opening on 10 June, reaching 150,000 during its first month. The UAE pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, which is being held under the theme…

Holidayme.com is consolidating its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as its next growth market following the country’s rapidly growing tourism sector, which has primarily been driven by rising tourist numbers in the last few years. Holidayme, which began its operation in the Middle East in 2014, plans to shore up its popularity…

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has inked an agreement with Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which takes the group’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia to 36 hotels in operation and under development, with six hotels in Riyadh alone. Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa will open in Q1 2019. The hotel’s…

Abu Dhabi has been named the second-best city in the world to live, work and do business in, overtaking both London and Paris and moving up two places since the last Ipsos City Index. More than 18,000 people, aged between 16 and 64, in 26 countries worldwide were interviewed for the Index, with New York maintaining the overall world number one spot.…

Dubai Holding has signed an agreement to develop Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel. Managed by Jumeirah Group, the five-star hotel is walking distance from the Holy Mosque and comprises four towers with stunning views of Masjid-al-Haram. The Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel will include 1,033 guest rooms along with 93 villas and will feature…

Emirates has launched its 41st dedicated lounge located at Boston Logan International Airport. The lounge, which marked a soft opening in April 2017, is now open to Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer program. As part of its ongoing commitment…

Emirates will soon launch daily flights twice between Dubai and Moscow, operated by the airline’s A380. Commencing October 1, 2017, the double daily Airbus A380 service will significantly boost seat capacity to and from Russia in order to meet customer demand. It will also allow multiple A380 to A380 connections to a wide range of leisure…

La Perle, the region’s first state-of-the-art aqua theatre is gearing up for its grand opening in August. Home to 130 cast and crew, the venue is the only theatre of its kind and calibre in the world. The show, produced by cultural creative company Dragone, directed by legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by Al Habtoor…

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has revealed Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s hotels reported a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year. In addition to double-digit year-on-year growth in guest…

Even before its launch, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel has become a member of the esteemed Healing Hotels of the World. The invite-only ‘club’ is the world’s leading authority in luxury-end ‘Healing’ destinations and resorts specializing in the field of holistic health. As a member of Healing Hotels…

Dubai based low cost carrier, flydubai has announced the resignation of Mukesh Sodani, Chief Financial Officer. He had served the airline for six and a half years. He will take up a new position at a Dubai-based holding company. Mukesh Sodani will leave flydubai over the summer. The process to recruit a new CFO is currently underway. Ghaith…

Oman Air has been named as the winner of the ’Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East’ award at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017 - voted for by air travellers based on their own experiences. The award was presented at a ceremony held at the recent Paris Air Show. It recognises the commitment of Oman Air’s…

Dubai Airports employees and various airport-based organisations came together last week to discuss, ideate and develop futuristic concepts and solutions for Dubai’s airports at the 10X Hack Week hosted by the airport operator in Dubai International’s Terminal 3. Concepts and prototypes presented at the 10X Hack Week ranged from modular…

The 13th edition of the Liwa Date Festival will be held from the July 19-29 in the city of Liwa in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi. This was announced by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee. Over the years, the Liwa Date Festival, which is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy…

Reema Baroudi – Director of PR, Marketing & Communications has received the IHG India, Middle East & Africa Marketing Excellence Award, presented during the IHG Commercial workshop that was held in Doha during May 2017. Reema has been with InterContinental Hotels Group for the past 16 years, having started her career at InterContinental…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth…

Air Arabia has launched its inaugural flight to Sohar, making it the first international flight to commence operations at the Sohar Airport. The Air Arabia flight will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 08:00 hours, and arriving at Sohar International Airport…

Wendy’s has recently launched its new restaurant in the Fahaheel area opposite Al Kout Mall. This stand-alone venue that can fit up to 32 seated diners is now open. Located opposite Al Kout Mall, it is the ideal location for shoppers to take a break and enjoy food at the restaurant. All meals from Wendy’s are made with…

Halal Expo Dubai 2017 is the largest and most comprehensive Business-to-Business (B2B) halal exposition in the Middle East for the US$2.3 trillion global halal industry. The event, which attracted participation from 13 countries in its previous edition and registered 3,700 trade visitors from 40 countries, expect larger trade participation where…

The A350-1000 test aircraft, MSN065 successfully completed the hot weather tests at the Al Ain International airport recently. The tests which took place from 4 to 7 July, involved the aircraft undergo extreme weather conditions at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. The objective of the tests is to check systems behaviour with a focus…

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has further enhanced its wellbeing experience for guests, with the addition of a boot camp, jogging track and yoga area. They complement the resort’s health complex, which also features ZARA Spa Tala Bay and an extensive fitness centre. The comprehensive wellbeing centre, a first amongst…

Etihad Holidays has launched operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to provide a wide choice of package holiday options to travellers in the four countries. The move follows the successful introduction of Etihad Airways’ holiday division in the UAE, UK, Germany, India and North America. Darren Peisley, Managing Director…

Emirates has expanded its popular free inflight Wi-Fi service with generous rates for all flyers. Effective immediately, all Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can enjoy free unlimited Wi-Fi during their Emirates flight, regardless of their class of travel. This privilege also applies to all Emirates Skywards members travelling in First…

The second La Petite Maison in the UAE is set to open soon in Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island, bringing French-Mediterranean cuisine influenced by Ligurian Italy to gastronomes in the capital. La Petite Maison Abu Dhabi will transport diners to the rolling hills of vineyards and olive trees with its delicate ambiance and meticulously…

Campbell Gray Hotels’ flagship luxury property has unveiled the latest additions to its MICE and business offerings as part of its recently completed expansion project. The new facilities aim to cement the property as the city’s ultimate destination, not just for leisure but also for business and conferences. The new spaces…

In a recent development, Travelport has been recognised as the Best Global Distribution System in the Middle East at this year’s Arabian Travel Awards, gala ceremony in Dubai. Matthew Powell, Travelport’s Managing Director, Middle East and South Asia commented: “We are delighted with this recognition of our industry-leading…

The Arabia’s Wildlife Centre has announced that over 100,000 people of different nationalities from within the country and abroad, visited the facility during the first half of 2017. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah said, "The Arabia’s Wildlife Centre is the Arab world’s…

Dubai based hospitality group JA Resorts & Hotels’ has won in three categories at this year’s World Travel Awards 2017 held in Maldives on Saturday, 8 July 2017. The group’s Maldives property, JA Manafaru, won both Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel Suite for the Royal Island Suites as well as Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite,…

According to Euromonitor International, the hospitality industry in the GCC is set to be worth $36.7 billion by 2020. With a number of global events that include Expo 2020 Dubai scheduled to draw millions of visitors to the region, the industry is in critical need of a dedicated hospitality and foodservice platform to support its development. …

Oman is gearing up to welcome GCC visitors this summer season. With its naturally-blessed terrain, the Ministry of Tourism, Oman is looking to promote the picturesque mountains of Oman - including luxury stays, hiking and exploring rural villages in the mountains. Located a few hours drive from Muscat, Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar make…

Bahrain is set to welcome international hotel brand Park Regis with the launch of the nation’s first Park Regis Hotel in the Juffair district of Manama in the last quarter of 2017. With 164 guest rooms, six food and beverage outlets including a 1000 capacity ballroom, swimming pool and gym, this upscale hotel The hotel consists of…

Since Smart Gates was first rolled out at Sharjah Airport Authority in October 2016, it has proved to be extremely popular among passengers. To further raise awareness regarding the Smart Gates, a campaign has been launch aiming to provide travellers with the required information to register and use the Smart Gates. It also highlights the importance…

Thomas Cook and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority have extended their major co-operative marketing agreement which aims to raise the profile of the UAE emirate as a premier leisure destination for European tourists. The partnership, which started in 2016, enters its second phase in August 2017 and seeks to further develop Ras Al Khaimah…

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has been bestowed with 7 international industry and media accolades in the first half of 2017. Restaurants and bars at the JW Marriott Marquis continue to be the most highly awarded segment; with 6 accolades received from renowned publications such as Food & Travel Arabia, Time Out Dubai and Shortlist.…

According to the recent figures of tourist numbers and overnight hotel stay by the Hamburg Tourism Board, Hamburg is turning out to be a popular spot for tourists from the GCC region. The latest source market report has also revealed that Arab Gulf states are one of the most dynamic markets for Hamburg. The inflow of GCC tourists into Hamburg…

Emirates Airlines has announced that the ban on its flights from Dubai have been lifted with immediate effect. In a statement released, an Emirates spokesperson said, "Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the US. Emirates has been working hard in coordination…

A new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels, is scheduled to open in the summer at DP World Limassol port. The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square meters. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling capability,…

As the Kareef season approaches the southern parts of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air, the national airline for the Sultanate of Oman, is catering for the increased demand by adding to its frequency and capacity between Muscat and Salalah. This latest schedule development enabled as many Oman Air guests as possible to get away and enjoy…

Emirates airline has officially commenced daily direct flights from Dubai to Hanoi, Vietnam on July 1, providing Emirates’ passengers from Dubai and other destinations across Europe another seamless route to Vietnam. Passengers travelling to Hanoi will no longer stop in Yangon, saving approximately 2hrs30mins of travel time. The first…

flydubai has designed new uniform designs to be worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff across the flydubai network; including Pilots, Cabin Crew, Training, Engineering and Maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. This is the carrier’s first uniform redesign since its first flight took…

Owing to growing travel demand from Dubai to Belgian capital Brussels, Emirates will soon introduce an additional daily flight to Brussels, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing a double-daily service to customers. The service will commence from October 29, 2017. The second daily flight, offering additional cargo…

Air Arabia has launched its inaugural flight to Trabzon, expanding the airline’s network in Turkey. The flight will operate five times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the flight will depart Sharjah International Airport at 21:45, and arrive at Trabzon International Airport…

In a recent development, Atlantis has announced an extensive refurbishment programme across Atlantis, The Palm. The group is also expanding the brand’s second property, The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residencies also located on The Palm. Atlantis, The Palm has also declared its results during the first five months of 2017, which saw…

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. have announced the resignation of Osama Fattaleh, the Chief Executive Officer of Joramco. His permanent replacement will be announced in due course. Amjad Korshlow, Chief Financial Officer of Joramco will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer till a permanent replacement is named. Joramco Chairman…

The 2nd edition of AccessAbilities Expo will be held between November 7-9, 2017. The event is the Middle East’s first dedicated exhibition for the products, services and technologies related to the disabilities and rehabilitation sectors, with more than 40 centres and authorities concerned with people with determination participation. AccessAbilities…

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is all geared to bring back the Women’s Journey Thailand campaign with all the highlights and offers to entice women travellers from around the world to enjoy a huge range of activities, special deals, discounts and privileges in Thailand throughout the month of August. According to the latest…

Arabtec Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arabtec Holding has been awarded the main contract to build the national pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The company squared off against three local and international companies in the final round with nine companies bidding initially. Further, world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava has…

Cityland Group have announced a major financing milestone for the USD 330 Million flagship retail project - Cityland Mall from a consortium of banks consisting of Emirates NBD as the lead bank and Burgan Bank from Kuwait. The loan, which totals USD 142.74 million in value, will be utilized for covering the ongoing project cost in terms…

Oman Air has decided to continue its baggage offer that was introduced for the holy month of Ramadan due to a positive response and demand from passengers. Guests travelling in economy class will continue to be able to travel with two bags (with a combined weight of up to 30kg in total) at no extra charge. Guests wanting to travel with…

The Ramadan Night’s Exhibition concluded with 78% year-on-year growth rate as it attracted 108,569 visitors compared to 60,915 visitors in 2016. Organised by Expo Centre Sharjah in observance of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, the 16-day exhibition was held as part of the 28th Sharjah Ramadan Festival, under the support of the Sharjah Chamber of…

World Travel Awards (WTA) has touched down in the Maldives, as the finishing touches are put together in preparation of the Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017. The prestigious event will take place on July 8 at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, with hospitality leaders from across the region expected to attend to discover who among them has been voted…

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference is all set to welcome the Culinary Compass initiative for the second year running, where guests have the chance to experience every cuisine from around the world under one roof. Whether it be taking a trip to Thailand and dining at Sukhothai or going dolce vita at Casa Mia, when guests dine in any one of…

Etihad Aviation Group’s (EAG) treasury team has yet again been acknowledged for airline treasury management excellence with four key accolades at the 2017 Adam Smith Awards presented by Treasury Today magazine. For the third consecutive year, Etihad Aviation Group has been recognised by the leading publication for its ongoing commitment to…

In a recent development, an AirAsia flight from Australia to Malaysia was diverted and forced to land in Brisbane because an engine was damaged during take-off by what was thought to be a bird strike. AirAsia X Flight D7207 was carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew when it took off from the Gold Coast tourist hub in northern Queensland state…

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Summer Season, organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, will feature a range of family entertainment shows, promotional events and awards by hotels and shopping centres, as well as tourist attractions in the emirate. To be held from July 20 to August 20, the event is expected to attract visitors…

Dubai International welcomed 6.8 million customers during May, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today. In May 2017 passenger numbers at DXB rose 1.9 per cent to 6,850,052 compared to 6,721,995 recorded in May 2016. During the first five months of 2017, DXB welcomed 36,969,594 passengers, a year on…

With an intend to nurture qualified and well-trained staff, ProVenue has created a software as a service (SAAS) solution for the hospitality industry, which is aimed at supporting human capital systems, both mega hotel chains and standalone venues. ProVenue is a comprehensive learning management system created by hospitality professionals…

Yas Island has successfully concluded its Eid al-Fitr festive period with a record-total of 500,000 local visitors and international tourists to the island, according to Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi. The island hotel occupancy rates saw an impressive increase of 11 percent from last year over the Eid period. The…

Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai's second airport, has added one more name to its list of airlines and destinations with the arrival of Int'Air Iles airline from the island nation of Comoros. The inaugural flight was given a traditional welcome with a water salute. Int'Air Iles will operate one weekly flight between the two destinations.

During the period from January to May, 2017, Abu Dhabi has recorded nearly 2 million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,436). This is a 4% growth compared to the same period in 2016, figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show. Domestic visitors accounted for more than 600,000 hotel guests across the emirate’s…

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has taken its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Beijing. Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time yesterday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am today. To celebrate the milestone event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, the Embassy…

Airbus has integrated its group structure with its largest division, Commercial Aircraft. Following a reorganisation announced in September 2016, Airbus will benefit from a simpler structure that enables faster decision-making, less bureaucracy, greater collaboration and increased efficiency. This structure will also facilitate the digitalization…

TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews…

Club CarlsonSM, the global rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will offer members an opportunity to earn a free Friday stay or 10,000 bonus Gold Points for every two stays completed. “We are delighted to extend such a rewarding promotion to our members during the busiest travel season of the year,” said Alissa Montbriand,…

Emirates recently expanded its presence in Southeast Asia with the launch of a new daily linked service from Dubai to Phnom Penh (PHN) in Cambodia, via Yangon in Myanmar. This new service, operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft, broadens the airline’s network in Southeast Asia to 13 cities in eight countries. It will offer more choices and convenience…

Ras Al Khaimah is upping the ante in its quest to be the Middle East’s adventure tourism capital with a new observation deck close to the summit of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, which rises 1,934 metres above sea level. Being developed by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which manages, regulates and…

Michelin has created a road trip guide to one of the world's most scenic and cultural destinations: Switzerland. Michelin has announced the newest title in its famed Green Guides collection, Grand Tour of Switzerland. The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a journey assembled by Michelin's expert cartography and travel editing team, in conjunction…

Nirvana Travel and Tourism has announced the launch of its sister company Dana Al Bahar, Abu Dhabi’s prime luxury yacht company which provides high-end marine tourism services in the United Arab Emirates. Ala Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Nirvana Travel & Tourism said, “Establishing Dana Al Bahar, Nirvana Travel &…

Etihad Airways has launched its A380 flight on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Featuring the ‘The Residence’, the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. Paris…

Sabre Corporation has launched its new FareNabber API today at Sabre's TTX innovation conference in Las Vegas, which will empower travel companies and developers to create a smarter, more personalized experience for consumers when shopping for airfares. The newest API in Sabre’s platform, FareNabber gives developers, OTAs and agents…

Boeing has launched its third major business unit alongside Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security. This new dedicated services business focuses on the needs of government, space and commercial customers worldwide. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg announced the formation of Global Services in November…

Gulf Air recently hosted key members of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s travel trade industry at a networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Dammam, Hamed…

Travelex has partnered with Heathrow to launch VAT Refund by Appointment, a new service for customers reclaiming their tax when leaving the UK. Customers flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 can now book private refund appointments for a fast, efficient service at a time convenient to them. John Rayment, UK Commercial Director, Travelex explains:…

Hahn Air has announced the start of an interline partnership with Mauritania Airlines International (L6). This agreement enables the national flag carrier of Mauritania to tap into new markets where they are not a member of the local Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP). Thereby, Mauritania Airlines International expands its commercial reach to over…

Emirates has operated its inaugural A380 service to Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, marking the introduction of the iconic double-decker on the route. Passengers on the flight represented travellers from countries across Africa, Australasia, the Middle East and South Asia. Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this…

Dubai Airports recently welcomed Badr Airlines’, the inaugural flight from Khartoum, Sudan to Dubai International Terminal 2 with a traditional water salute recently. Badr Airlines will offer a wide choice for the thousands of passengers travelling between the two destinations with three weekly flights.

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels is all set to lure kids with an ‘Ke Kau’ Summer Camp. Enthralling little explorers at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, this South-Pacific themed, adventure-packed summer camp will capture children’s imagination with Hawaiian fitness routines, Polynesian arts and…

Two new initiatives that streamline the check-in and immigration checks at departure will be implemented soon at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. Travellers can look forward to a smooth airport experience. Involving biometric technology and new automated border control gates, these two projects will be launched immediately, with…

The 2016/2017 Dubai Cruise season officially concluded with the departure of the season’s final ship, the C.S. Sea Princess, from Port Rashid recently. After a stopover in Dubai, the luxury ship’s only port of call in the GCC, the C.S. Sea Princess continued her voyage to Aqaba as part of a 104-nights round trip around the world. …

In collaboration with Dubai Parks, Wyndham Dubai Marina is offering incredible deals for everyone, including summer staycation and access to the popular Dubai Parks. Guests can take advantage of the summer special, with prices starting from as low as AED 250 per night, making Wyndham the ideal choice for a city break. The offer is valid…

‘handy’ is an innovative smartphone provided as a complimentary amenity in hotel rooms. It is integrated with hotel services and offer travellers unlimited connectivity on the go, free of charge international calls as well as tailored travel guides. The hand-held device helps deliver hassle-free travels and meets a growing demand for…

The Maldives exudes a distinct charm that allures luxury seeker. With an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, it continues to be the favourite spot for lovers, families and newly wedded couples. It offers the best of marine life and the state of the art facilities to pander to the diverse needs of tourists. Since, tourism is one of the essential…

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is all geared up to launch its luxury yachting and cruises. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement.…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is all set to expand further in Vietnam with the signing of its sixth property in the country. Situated in the coastal city of Danang, the new property involves a partnership with Vicoland Group Joint Stock Company to build a 150-room hotel and 354 branded residences, which are scheduled to open in Q3, 2019. …

With an intent to lure Chinese visitors, Assistant Director of Sales, Azel Casianan from Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai went on a special sales mission to China last month. As part of the 2017 Dubai China Roadshow organised by The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Azel visited Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou to…

Boeing has successfully concluded its participation at Paris Air Show with a series of important announcements and multi-billion dollar orders and commitments for commercial airplanes and commercial and defence services.…

Syria’s 3D replica of the historic Palmyra Arch of Triumph made its fourth stop in the Italian city of Arona, Sicily on the sidelines of the G7 summit. It attracted over two million spectators in just two days. The Palmyra Arch of Triumph will be on display until July 30, 2017. Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and Italian Culture Minister…

Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) has announced three, special one-off concerts as part of the six week extravaganza of sales. Walid Al Shami will perform at Dubai Festival City Mall on July 1, the official first…

Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines recently announced a new codeshare partnership, which came into effect from June 22, 2017. This increases the number of codeshare agreements operated by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 53. Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its 'CZ' code on Etihad Airways’ daily services…

Etihad Airways is all set to unveil a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback. The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub and…

Star Alliance was recently bagged the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliance’s Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the…

Gulf Air recently launched highly anticipated direct 3 weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi. A celebratory event took place at Bahrain International Airport with The Georgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman H.E. George Janjgava joining Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs officials,…

Etihad Airways is all set to increase its capacity from the Abu Dhabi hub to key markets of Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat in order to cater to the peak season between June and September. Additional services to Dammam will be deployed around the year. Extra flights and the deployment of bigger aircraft in the Middle East and…

Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. Linda…

Providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy, Airbus announced $39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion. A320 Family…

flynas, received a Skytrax award for Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East for 2017. The award ceremony was held in the French capital, Paris, during the International Paris Air Show. CEO of flynas Paul Byrne said, “It is the magnificent teamwork and care of our guests that is being recognized here today. The same teamwork that…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to add a new modern integrated beach and golf resort to its portfolio of 16 hotels and river cruisers.The group has inked an agreement with Galalah Co. For Touristic Investments S.A.E. to manage the 214-key Mövenpick Hotel El Ein Bay, its second property in the desirable coastal area of…

In a move to lure Arabic visitors, Munich Airport will offer Arabic-speaking personal shopping assistants on request in Terminal 2. The facility will be available from July 24 to September 10, 2017. The personal assistants will serve as a mediator to bridge any cultural or language gaps between passengers and the personnel serving them…

Emirates has bagged the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017. The airline also picked up the award for Best First Class Comfort Amenities.   Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, ice, was launched in 2003 and has continually led the industry…

Every era witnesses a new invention or discovery that glorifies the pioneers of that particular generation. When an invention benefits the whole of mankind, it is deemed as iconic. Similar is the curious case of Hyperloop. Over the past years, a lot has been heard about this futuristic technology. Though the concept is still at a nascent stage,…

Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines has announced a commitment for four 787-8 Dreamliners worth $918 million at 2017 Paris Air Show. "The decision to order additional 787 Dreamliners represents significant growth opportunities for Azerbaijan Airlines," said Jahangir Askerov, president of AZAL. "As one of the leading CIS carriers, we look forward…

Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing has entered into a new 10-year service contract with Turkish Airlines. The agreement includes both paper and digital Jeppesen charts, FliteDeck Pro, electronic flight bag (EFB) services, NavData digital navigation services, Airport Moving Map capabilities, e-Link digital chart library services and Receiver Autonomous…

AirWayBill, the peer-to-peer shipping platform has allied with Careem to be its official transportation partner in the Middle East and support carriers in getting their items to recipients, quickly and more efficiently. While terms and conditions do apply, users can avail of up to US$15 off their rides from the airport, when they’re connected…

With an intent to establish its footprint in Jeddah, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has unveiled Spectrums Residence, its fourth property managed in the city, complementing Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah. The new 69-unit residence is located on Prince Sultan Road in the Al Salamah district, in the north of Jeddah,…

In collaboration with Palantir Technologies. Airbus has launched a new aviation data platform. Skywise aims to become the single platform of reference used by all major aviation players to improve their operational performance and business results and to support their own digital transformation. Skywise is already improving industrial operations…

Seven Tides has sold out its DUKES Dubai Sky Collection apartments’ completely, just a month after the luxury properties were launched. The mix of 60 studio and one bedroom properties is the final phase of hotel apartments at the Palm Jumeirah development, located on the 16th and 17th floors of the building, with penthouse views overlooking…

Turkish Airlines has bagged four awards this year at the Skytrax World Airline Awards - “Best Airline in Southern Europe”, “Best Business Class Onboard Catering”, “World’s Best Business Class Lounge”, and “Best Business Class Dining Lounge”. The results of 2017 World Airline Awards were announced…

An AED 1.7 billion worth new community project is all set to be constructed at Meydon One, by Azizi Developments. Site preparation for the construction has already commenced at the location. The first phase of 18 mid-rise residential buildings will comprise of 2,273 units, a mega integrated retail district surrounded by lush greenery in…

Oregano is all geared up for the launch of their first restaurant in Abu Dhabi at Al Forsan Village Town Square. The ambience at Oregano is that of a casual Italian restaurant with interiors that will invoke the desire to take a stroll on the streets of Italy whilst gorging on their traditional food. Wooden seating in a dimly lit set up…

Etihad Museum is all set to allure visitors his holiday season. It is offering visitors an exclusive experience that will allow them to discover Union House. Union House served as the birthplace of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. It is one of the most famous buildings in Dubai and a well-known landmark throughout the UAE. The two historic building…

Etihad Airways has been given a top rating by London’s Heathrow Airport for its emissions and night-time noise performance during the first three months of 2017. The “Fly Quiet and Clean” League Table, the first of its kind to be produced by the airport, placed the UAE’s national airline among the top carriers for…

Shellebration, the Emirates’ leading seafood festival is back, setting sail on its three-month culinary journey from July 7, 2017. Visiting the shores of six European regions, the gastronomic excursion is set to explore the cultural culinary elements of each destination, encompassing seafood favourites and celebrating the traditional produce…

Boeing has launch of the 737 MAX 10 as the newest member of the 737 MAX family at the ongoing 2017 Paris Air Show. The 737 MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced. The airplane has gained wide market acceptance with more than 240 orders and commitments secured from more than 10 customers worldwide.…

According to a survey conducted on travel habits by YouGov on behalf of Emirates Leisure Retail and Dubai Airports, over 67 per cent of UAE travellers say their holidays start by the time they reach the airport Building on this insight, Dubai Airports and Emirates Leisure Retail has launched a joint initiative Early Birds Have More Fun…

Expanding on its successful 2016 introduction of the A330neo and A350, Airbus announced the addition of A320 to the Airspace family. The brand DNA is based on a consistent range of strong cabin product elements which provide both tangible benefits to passengers and differentiation to airlines. The A320 will not only share common cockpit ergonomics…

Aviall, a subsidiary of Boeing has signed multi-year consumables and expendables aircraft parts supply chain program agreement with Etihad Airways Engineering. The agreement expands Aviall's offerings to include full supply chain spectrum support, including forecasting, planning, advanced provisioning and supply chain administration.…

Boeing has inked a memorandum of understanding SpiceJet for 40 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, valued at $4.7 billion at current list prices, is split evenly between 20 new orders for the 737 MAX 10 and conversions of 20 of the low-cost carrier's 737 MAX 8 airplanes from its existing order to 737 MAX 10s. "As a Boeing 737 operator and…

Marriott International, Inc. has topped the Hotelier Middle East Salary 2017 and been voted the best hotelier to work for by Middle East and North Africa hoteliers. The hotel operator topped the list for the first time with nearly 50% of surveyed respondents stating they would like to work for Marriott International. The survey attracted…

Park Inn by Radisson has forayed into the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia with the opening in Makkah Al Naseem. Mark Willis, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said “We believe the Park Inn by Radisson brand is entering this important segment at a very opportune time…

Travelport has launched a new mobile product for airlines, dubbed as Travelport Fusion. The product has been developed in response to the growing need for all airlines to meet the expectations of today’s mobile-first customer. Several surveys have revealed that people prefer making travel bookings on their mobiles globally. This highlights…

Crystal Lagoons, the multinational water innovation company is in discussion with several prominent real estate developers in Jordan in a bid to increase the number of the crystal-clear lagoons in the country’s Aqaba and Dead Sea areas. The cutting-edge technology is already making a huge impact in the Middle East and Africa, including…

Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has witnessed record number of visitors, exceeding last year’s count during the Holy Month. More than 5,000 guests have packed Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by RAKTDA during the first two weeks of Ramadan, offering them an authentic Arabian experience with traditional…

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has appointed South Africa Managing Director Andrew Stark to oversee the international travel company’s interests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Andrew now manages three countries including South Africa and Namibia. Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has announced that it will be including the…

With the summer holidays setting in from the next weekend along with the Eid break, passenger traffic at the airports are expected to rise. Emirates is expecting higher than usual passenger traffic on its flights this upcoming weekend, starting from Wednesday 21st June as travellers journey out for their summer holidays and Eid breaks. Over 106,000…

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has recently secured contracts to manage its first three properties under its latest brand, lyf, a new co-living concept in its two key markets – China and Singapore. Ascott hopes to capture the booming millennial market and shape the future of travel. Signifying a new way of living and collaborating as…

UAE and Japan has recently signed the two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), on easing travel for the UAE citizens to Japan without a pre-entry visa requirement. This was confirmed by Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. This came during the…

The new headquarters of the UAE Embassy in Oslo was inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the presence of Norwegian Foreign Minister Borgi Brende. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and his Norwegian counterpart unveiled the commemorative plaque on the inauguration of the…

Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced the launch of special summer packages where guests can enjoy a stay at the Lapita Hotel combined with multi-park tickets to its three theme parks and waterpark: MOTIONGATE, Bollywood Park, LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Water Park. The packages are valid until September 30, 2017 and can be booked online.

flydubai is all set to commence flights to Kilimanjaro from October 29. The relaunched service to the carrier’s third point in Tanzania, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will see flydubai’s network in Africa expand to 12 destinations. flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger…

To cope up with the demand from travellers during the summer, flydubai has launched three seasonal routes in addition to its popular summer destinations for passengers from Dubai and across the region. Batumi in Georgia, Qabala in Azerbaijan and Tivat in Montenegro will operate from June to September 2017, offering popular seaside resorts, beautiful…

SAUDIA has released its summer plan, outlining the preeminent operational aspects during the upcoming peak season starting from June 24 to September 16. The plan shows a record increase in the number of flights and seating capacity both internationally and domestically, to prepare for the dramatic increase in the demand for air travel in the summer…

Yas Island, is set to unveil its summer season with the launch of the annual spend and win ‘Say Yas’ campaign. Running from June 24 to September 9, this year’s Eid-to-Eid extravaganza will welcome a record number of visitors from Saudi Arabia, after welcoming 27 million visitors from across the globe last year. Travellers…

Wall Street Exchange has launched a reloadable multi-currency Visa prepaid card, powered by Najm, the financial arm of Majid Al Futtaim enabling customers to lock in a favourable currency rate before travel, thereby saving them from being affected by any currency fluctuations. The multi-currency card holders can carry multiple currencies of their…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is all set to open its flagship hotel in Basel’s city centre in 2019 Located in the heart of the city, next to the SBB railway station, the hotel can easily be accessed from several European cities. The 19-storey building is designed by renowned architects Miller & Maranta, while the “Timeless…

Oman Air has announced the first winner of its new incentive scheme for travel agents in Oman. Sumith K.P. of Travel City travel agency was rewarded with a Mini Cooper in recognition of his excellent sales in the first quarter of 2017. The car was presented to Sumith K.P. by Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch. The new incentive scheme for Oman…

Rove Hotels has unveiled its fourth hotel, with a focus on the fast-growing meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism sector of Dubai. The home-grown Dubai hotel brand continues to offer strong value for business and leisure travellers. Rove Trade Centre joins the portfolio of three other operational properties under Rove…

Rehlat has partnered with Fetchr to bring exclusive offers for its customers. customized services. The collaboration will allow every Rehlat customer to receive one FREE Fetchr delivery which they can be utilized to send any package on both the Fetchr app and web. Bader Al-Roudan, AVP-Head, Business Development & Alliances of Rehlat…

In a recent development, Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport (FMG), was elected as the president of Airport Council International (ACI), the umbrella organization of Europe's international airports.. Dr. Kerkloh has served on the board of ACI Europe for several years. ACI Europe represents the interests of more than 500…

Beijing Capital Airlines (JD) joins Hahn Air’s network of 300 air, rail and shuttle partners. The Chinese carrier signed an Interline Electronic Ticketing Agreement (IET) with the German scheduled airline and leading provider of distribution and ticketing services and can now sell its flights even in markets where it is not participating in…

In a recent development, easyJet has taken delivery of its first A320neo, which is also the airline’s 300th A320 Family aircraft, at a ceremony in Toulouse. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Gaël Méheust, CFM international CEO, Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and other senior executives were present at the event. The aircraft, powered…

Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the successful close of its best-ever cruise season at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal with the maiden call of Princess Cruise Lines’ Majestic Princess. The company recorded booming growth for the year with a 40% increase in vessel calls and 48% overall increase in passengers to Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas from last year.…

Flynas, Saudi Airlines’ low cost subsidiary has welcomed the Saudi staff working at Qatar Airways to join them. A tweet by the airline was posted yesterday which stated ‘Welcomes Saudi employees working on Qatar Airways Airbus A320, and invites anyone with the desire to join flynas and work among its crew’. The move has…

Starting July 4, 2017, Air Arabia will commence flights to Hargeisa, its new newest African destination. It will fly to Hargeisa, Somaliland twice a week i .e Tuesdays and Fridays. It will depart from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 03:45 hours and arrive Hargeisa Egal International Airport (HGA) at 06:15 local time. The return flight…

In a recent development, Nakheel has released a tender for construction of the Nad Al Sheba Mall. The new, 1.4 million sq.ft. mall will be located at the Nad Al Sheba area of Dubai. The construction of the AED 16 billion project is expected to commence the last quarter of 2017 while it is schedule to be completed in 2020.

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has announced the launch of its upcoming season 2017-2018: A Legendary Season. With the ROHM completing six years on October 12, 2017, the seventh edition will feature an array of world class productions, encompassing different genres such as opera, concerts, family & education, Arab performances, world music,…

In line with the strategic operational partnership between Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines announced back in May, Emirates SkyCargo has commenced its first scheduled weekly freighter service to Luxembourg yesterday. Boeing 777 freighter aircraft will be operated on this route by Emirates SkyCargo, benefitting a cargo capacity of more than…

Emaar Hospitality Group’s premium luxury hotel brand Address Hotels + Resorts has been chosen by Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) to manage its hospitality project based in Makkah. This agreement has enabled Address Hotels + Resorts to set its first foot print in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Scheduled for opening in 2019, The…

As per the new International Meetings Statistics Report published by Union of International Associations (UIA), Dubai has been ranked one among the top 10 destinations for international meetings in the world. Around 1,157 cities were ranked globally in the report in accordance with the total international meetings held during the year.…

Royal Wings will soon start operating direct regular flights between King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai as of June 15, 2017. A subsidiary of Royal Jordanian, Royal Wings has plans to transfer its operations from Amman to Aqaba to boost air transportation and tourism in the port city. …

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has stated that it is committed to its decision issued on 10/9/1438 H, corresponding to 5/6/2017, banning all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the State of Qatar from landing at the State's airports or transiting its sovereign airspace. The statement added that the decision…

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the number of weekly flights between the two countries to 86. As confirmed by Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, a meeting was held in Riyadh to discuss issues of air…

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recently announced the introduction of a liberalised online Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility for the public, especially foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria. Such an initiative will give an impetus to foreign investors especially from the Middle East, states Jamie Simmonds, Chief Executive Officer at…

The Spa at Address Boulevard, located in the brand-new Address Boulevard hotel, is a world away from the stresses and strains of modern life. The new luxury lifestyle city resort of the Address Hotels + Resorts portfolio is underlined by contemporary, elegant design and furnishings, warm and attentive service, and enviable settings that further…

VFS TasHeel International, an enterprise mandated with managing and administrating the visa application process on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has launched its global CSR programme, INVOLVE, which will predominantly encourage employees of the company to devote volunteering time for humanitarian causes. …

Turkish Airlines have revealed its latest traffic results for the period April-May 2017. The statistics show interesting and positive figures for the airline. During the period of April-May 2017, total capacity increased by 2.7%. The total passengers carried increased by 6.2%, while passengers carried in international lines increased by…

Sabre Corporation has opened a new office in Ankara, Turkey. The regional office will support Sabre’s Travel Network business, a global travel marketplace processing more than $120 billion of travel transactions. The new Ankara office will provide dedicated local support to travel and tourism customers in and around the country’s…

Hotelbeds Group and Tourico Holidays have finally come to an agreement to bring Tourico Holidays under the umbrella of Hotelbeds Group. While the integration process is fully completed, both businesses will continue to operate as normal. Integration plans are already under development to combine the two in different stages. In the go forward,…

In the spirit of Ramadan and the Year of Giving, Dubai Airports and Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, have extended their long-standing collaboration by signing a three-year Memorandum of Understanding designed to enhance cooperation, increase awareness among the travelling public and boost funding in support…

VFS Global has launched special offers providing visa applicants to ease their travel woes during Ramadan. It has extended its working hours to special discounts. Ramadan special offers for VFS Global applicants (applicable from 25 May to 28 June 2017) include: 1. Extended working hours at the Visa Application Centre in…

In a recent development, Eagle Hills has announced plans to build its second 5-star hotel in Fujairah in a bid to attract tourists and investment into the Northern Emirates. Located centrally in ‘Eagle Hills Fujairah Beach,’ the new ‘Palace Fujairah Beach,’ is a premium luxury hotel to be managed by Address Hotels + Resorts.…

Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand has been selected by Dubai Airports to plan and schedule its fixed resources at Dubai International and Dubai World Central. The Quintiq solution will automate the planning process for airport stands, gates, baggage belts and check-in counters to increase overall efficiency, reliability and passenger satisfaction.…

Maher Salman Al Musallam, the CEO of Gulf Air was resigned from his position. His resignation was accepted by the Board of Directors of Gulf Air. There was no specific reason released in the statement issued by Gulf Air. Maher Salman Al Musallam joined Gulf Air as the Deputy CEO after completing his 35 year career with the Royal Bahraini…

Musafir.com has inked a new regional GCC agreement with Amadeus to further enhance its e-commerce offering. In accordance with the agreement, Amadeus shall render Musafir.com with its industry-leading business intelligence technologies and access to global travel content through the Amadeus system, for the benefit of the portal’s customers…

In accordance with its expansion plans in the Middle East, Man’oushe Street, a Middle Eastern eatery that serves traditional, home-styled street food, has strategically aligned a new master franchise agreement with Al Rajhi Group to open 25 new branches in Riyadh. Two of the branches will open by year end. Khalid Abdullah Al Rajhi,…

The Coffee Club, one of Australia’s home-grown café group has become one of a kind coffee joint to offer UTZ certified coffee. UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The Coffee Club is now open at Times Square Mall, Riverland at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and Dubai…

Meraas has launched a new app titled ‘Sizzling Summer’ for the residents of Dubai. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. The app is packed with deals and discounts that can be redeemed in participating outlets at Meraas destinations, which include City Walk,…

Coffee Planet has recently signed a franchise agreement with HB Brands, founded by Hamdan Al Bader for its newly-designed coffee outlets. The ten-year agreement will result in the opening of 70 outlets across The Kingdom and will enable customers to enjoy Arabica speciality coffee.The agreement was signed in Dubai in the presence of Robert Jones,…

The world’s passenger aircraft fleet above 100 seats is set to more than double in the next 20 years to over 40,000 planes as traffic is set to grow at 4.4 percent per year, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2017-2036. Over this period, increasing numbers of first time flyers, rising disposable income spent…

The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and OnBoard International have joined hands to provide in-flight TV reports, broadcast by DFF’s Future Monitor, onboard Arab and international flights operated by major regional and international airlines. The in-flight scientific content will be available onboard flights to many Arab and international…

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) had increased the amount of entertainment programs available onboard its aircraft, offering 1800 hours of movies, television shows, games and music options. With the increased variety of content, guests flying with SAUDIA can view movies in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. A wide selection…

The UAE pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana was inaugurated yesterday by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2017 Astana makes Kazakhstan the fourth Asian country to host a world expo after Japan, South Korea and China. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum was accompanied…

According to IRNA, the Managing Director of Iran Air has confirmed that seven commercial airplanes will be added to the airline’s fleet by the year end. Farhad Parvaresh, Managing Director of Iran Air said in a interview with American Magazine Airways, “We are going “to receive another five ATRs until the end of 2017,…

Aseman Airline has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing to purchase 30 Boeing 737. Minister of Cooperative, Labor and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei and Head of Civil Aviation Organization Ali Abedzadeh recently attended the signing ceremony. According to the MoU, Aseman is to receive 30 Boeing 737 in the first phase and then…

Qatar Airways had organised three flights last night to bring passengers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Qatar. All have successfully reached Doha. The passengers arrived safely home in Qatar yesterday via Muscat. The flights, chartered on Oman Air, departed King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah at 16:00, 22:00 and 23:00…

AAirbus is al set to showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems at the Paris Air Show, to be held from June 19-25, 2017. There will be a new Digital Exhibition zone at the Airbus pavilion (located at the end of Chalet Row…

Cebu Pacific has placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo to meet ongoing strong growth on its domestic and regional network. The latest contract comes on top of an existing order for 32 A321neo. The aircraft will start joining the carrier’s fleet next year. Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO said, “The aircraft…

SIAE (International Paris Air Show) and GIFAS (the French Aerospace Industries Association) is gearing up to open Paris Air Lab doors from June 19–25, 2017. The event will host an innovation-centred exhibition where the aeronautics, digital and aerospace sectors come together. Special attraction this year will be Starburst Accelerator…

Qantas is all set to host the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Syndey, Australia from June 3-5, 2018. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO said, “Sydney is an excellent choice to become the capital of the global air transport industry in June 2018. I am confident that Qantas…

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) became the latest airline to receive the highest level of certification for its digital merchandizing of the airline’s onboard product and features available to travel retailers. The certificate was awarded to SAUDIA during the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico from June, 4-6. Saudi Arabian…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is all set to celebrate Global Wellness Day on Saturday 10 June with a day of activities to focus and support on the importance of lifestyle changes and a social media initiative to share wellness tips and spread the word on wellbeing. The day will begin with an uplifting complimentary gentle Pilates…

Maldivian eco-resort Gili Lankanfushi has announced an innovative new marine biology centre, set to open on June 8, World Oceans Day. Gili Veshi, which translates as Gili Environment in the local Dhivehi language, will become the island’s primary marine research facility and the central hub for all sustainability and conservation issues, as…

Qatar Airways has arranged charter flight for passengers from Jeddah, KSA, to Kuwait on Wednesday 7th June 2017. They will then be transported on a connecting Qatar Airways flight from Kuwait to Doha, Qatar. Flight details are: KU1782 departing Jeddah 19:15 local time (16:15 UTC 7th June). The airline has advised the passengers…

Cebu Pacific Air has recorded a 2.6% growth in number of passengers in April and will increase the frequency and capacity of selected domestic and international flights starting next month. The airline will increase its flights’ frequencies and capacities to Cebu, Davao, and Hong Kong, starting July 4, 2017, following the delivery…

Emirates has partnered with BMW Group to provide a fleet of luxury automobiles for its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service for Business Class passengers in the UAE. The new fleet, featuring BMW 520i Touring cars, are being rolled out progressively from now until the end of the year, as the previous fleet of cars are retired. This fleet…

Boeing has confirmed that a 737 MAX 9 flight test airplane will participate in the flying display at the Paris Air Show, which will be held from June 19-25 at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. The 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight in April, while Boeing and Malindo Air celebrated the first delivery of the 737 MAX 8 last month. The 737 MAX is…

Armenia is fast proving to be a popular destination for GCC families, especially Indian citizens living in the Gulf, thanks to the latest visa-on-arrival policy that the country implemented earlier this year. Armenia appeals to a wide spectrum of holiday-goers, from thrill seeking adventurers to those looking for more family-orientated…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, as the Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cancun, Mexico. Goh is the 76th Chair of the IATA BoG, and the third CEO of Singapore…

ONYX Hospitality Group has announced plans to open a new 406-room OZO hotel on a site adjacent to the existing Ocean Tower of Amari Pattaya. As part of a USD100 million investment to redevelop the iconic North Pattaya site, the Group will also launch a new premium all-suites Amari wing on the location where the Garden Wing of Amari Pattaya once…

Due to the suspension of air transport to and from Qatar by UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and Maldives, Iran has opened up its airspace for Qatari flights, as confirmed by Managing Director of Iranian Airports and Air Navigation Company Rahmatollah Mahabadi according to IRNA. He announced on Tuesday that air traffic increased between 100 to…

Etihad Cargo and Royal Air Maroc Cargo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where both airlines will cooperate in a number of areas including network development, freighter deployment and increasing traffic on several trade lanes over the next nine months. The MOU was signed at Royal Air Maroc’s headquarters in Casablanca…

Gourmet Gulf has launched the #RamadanWishes fundraising campaign across its seven restaurant brands in association with Make-A-Wish UAE. The campaign will unite some of the UAE’s restaurants—Azkadenya, California Pizza Kitchen, Dalloyau, Panda Express, Texas De Brazil, The Hummingbird Bakery and Yo! Sushi to raise more than AED 150,000…

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered, private flight service provider has suspended all flights to and from Doha with immediate effect and until further notice after a number of Arab states, including the UAE, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed land, air and sea routes. His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of Royal…

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has launched a dedicated Arabic website exclusively catering to its Arabic guests. The new website (www.ascottmea.com) is available in both Arabic and English. It offers property information and promotions along with an array of areas to explore such as ‘Ascott Social’ with guest blogs, events at the properties,…

Atlantis has collaborated With Mastercard to offer residents up to 40% off across the Resort to ‘Stay and Play’ this summer. Atlantis, The Palm and MasterCard are giving Dubai residents are offering 25-40% off rooms and suites, as well as up to 40% off Aquaventure Waterpark, Dolphin Bay, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, spa and dining.…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernization and transformation of the air cargo industry. The resolution builds on the momentum created by the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). …

A Qatar Airways Cargo Airbus A330 freighter recently touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport marking the start of freighter services to the carrier’s second airport in London. Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates freighters to London’s Stansted Airport and also transports cargo on passenger flights to and from Birmingham,…

In a first-ever collaboration with Brazil-based Embraer, Boeing is building and delivering new jetliners that will reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent, reducing solid waste sent to landfills by almost 20 percent, and advancing promising environmental technologies. Boeing has released its 2017 Environment Report which highlights…

TripAdvisor has once again recognized Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, managed by HMH, as the best hotel in Sharjah out of 79 hotels in the emirate based on guest reviews. The resort won the top spot in TripAdvisor 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards that was given to less than 1% of all accommodations listed on TripAdvisor this year. Haytham…

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR has bagged the Most Accommodating Resort Hotel in Dubai at the recently concluded UAE Business Awards, organised by MEA Markets magazine. Samer Rafie, Hotel Manager said: “I would like to congratulate my team at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR for this accomplishment. The team will continue to deliver…

Gulf Air has suspended its multiple daily service between Bahrain and Doha yesterday until further notice. The last Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Doha (GF530) departed at 20:55 on 5 June and the last Gulf Air flight from Doha to Bahrain (GF531) departed at 22:40 on 5 June (all times local). A dedicated customer services team from the Gulf Air 24-hour…

Travelport has entered into a new multi-year agreement with Mezoon International Travel & Tours (MITT), via Travelport’s distributor in Oman which will see one of the largest travel agencies in the Sultanate of Oman, and an affiliate of BCD Travel, access Travelport’s travel content. By connecting to the Travelport platform,…

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi is gearing up to celebrate Global Wellness Day by hosting a range of activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. A not-for-profit initiative, Global Wellness Day is organised internationally on the second Saturday of June every year as a day dedicated to living well. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri…

Six Senses Zil Pasyon has won the Editor’s Award for Best New Hotel in the World by Ultratravel, the luxury travel pages of the UK’s Daily Telegraph. The award was presented at the annual ULTRAS Dinner Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards at the Savoy in London. Attending the 2017 ULTRAS Gala Dinner were Sarah, Duchess of York,…

Emaar Hospitality Group has recently introduced a panoramic, 360 virtual tours of its hotels in Dubai. The 360 virtual tours, captured in high-definition photographs and videos, offer visitors the opportunity to experience the unique value propositions of each hotel, discover its myriad facets and make an informed decision – be it for booking…

With 14 million passengers a year expected by 2020, Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has merged forces with Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system for Bahrain International Airport. The Airport Modernization Programme was launched in 2015 with an overall aim to elevate Bahrain International…

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman recently hosted a special Iftar for more than 150 labourers. Instead of distributing packed Iftar meals, the hotel’s charity committee and food and beverage team prepared a full banquet set up, complete with traditional Ramadan dates and juices, starters, main course, fruits and desserts. The Iftar was held…

Geneva has been nominated by the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA), for the 2017 European’s Leading Destination Award as well as the European’s Leading City Break Destination Award - regarded as the “Tourism Oscars” in the industry. The winners are determined by an online vote cast carried out by hundreds of…

The UAE s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has warned citizens about travelling to the United Kingdom, following recent terrorist attacks. Ahmed Al Ham Al Dhaheri, MoFAIC's Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs, said the warning has been issued due to the UAE's concern about the safety of its citizens…

In an unprecedented move, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have cut off all relations with Qatar, accusing Qatar of backing terrorism. This has led the three nations to cease all transportation including territorial, aerial and maritime movements. Bahrain has withdrawn its diplomatic mission from Doha and has given all members of the Qatari…

Emirates’ inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight from Dubai touched down in Zagreb to a water cannon salute and traditional Croatian folk dancers, with more than 350 passengers on board. Travelling on the flight EK129 was Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer; Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’…

Sarin Monish from Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has bagged the prestigious ‘Leading F&B Manager’ trophy at the Leaders in Hospitality Awards, presented by Rikan and organised by BNC Publishing in Dubai last week. With more than 300 people in attendance, the event was a celebration of excellence and innovation in the hospitality…

Etihad Airways has announced that its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft will commence its second daily service between the UAE capital and New York JFK. All 14 weekly flights between the two cities are now operated with the double-decker aircraft. The superjumbo has replaced a three-class Boeing 777-300ER previously operating one of the airline’s…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Cancun, Mexico for the Association’s 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will feature keynote addresses on Monday by Mr. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s Minister of Communications…

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Emirates showcased an environmentally friendly aircraft cleaning technique that has enabled the airline to save millions of litres of water every year. In this endeavour, Emirates uses the ‘aircraft drywash’ technique to clean its aircraft. As indicated by the name, little or no water is involved…

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced today the opening of Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall. The hotel’s connection to Alandalus Mall makes it an attractive location for families as well as transit guests to Makkah. The hotel is linked to the most important and vital roads to the south, west and east, including King Abdullah…

Gulf Air in partnership with the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) and Voyager Ltd, Gulf Air’s General Sales Agent (GSA) in Georgia, recently hosted key members of Bahrain’s travel trade industry at the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s upcoming route launch to Tbilisi on June 22…

Turkish Airlines took deliver of its 30th Boeing 777-300ER during a special event at its base at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. It is the first aircraft to feature seats by Turkish Seats Industries (TSI), a complete Turkish brand through a close collaboration with Boeing. TSI, the first locally aircraft seat producer in Turkey, which is a joint venture…

Etihad Airways will soon boost its European Dreamliner network with the deployment of Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Amsterdam and Madrid. The 299-seat Dreamliners will be introduced on year-round scheduled services to Amsterdam from September 1, and to Madrid, effective October 1, joining Düsseldorf and Zurich as the airline’s other European…

Emirates’ has announced that it will showcase its new First Class product at the Dubai Air Show to be held in November. Making its debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature 6 private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the existing 8 private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777…

The Philippines is all set to host top tourism officials from 156 countries for the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics next month. In addition to the government representatives from 156 member countries, expected in attendance will be more than 1,500 affiliate members representing…

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has been voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ and ‘Best Hotel in the Middle East’ at The Telegraph’s ULTRA awards in London. The property has been awarded the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ title fifth time in a row while it has been named ‘Best Hotel in the Middle East’ eleventh…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched its global ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign, inviting guests to take advantage of discounts of up to 30 per cent on room rates at more than 80 hotels and resorts globally. The firm’s Summer 2017 promotion, which applies to bookings of two nights or more, also offers guests…

Hala Azzam, Gulf Air Manager Emergency Response Planning, recently chaired the annual Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee held in Muscat this month. The two-day event was attended by emergency response planning managers from AACO member airlines that have signed the emergency response…

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is set to become one of the largest hotel operators in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with the announcement of two iconic hotels in the Holy City. The recent signing of a management agreement between the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and esteemed Saudi company Al Majd Al Arabiah was announced comprising a total of 2,850 rooms.…

Dubai International (DXB) welcomed more than 7.6 million passengers in April according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today. Passenger numbers reached 7,622,946 in April, up 9.2 per cent compared to 6,979,063* recorded during the same month in 2016. Following four months of robust growth, the year to date…

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan (26 May – 24 June), Oman Air, the national carrier for the Sultanate of Oman, has reintroduced its signature Iftar boxes on select flights to and from the Gulf region. The boxes are available in all cabin classes and feature a new design that incorporates the traditional Ramadan symbol of the night…

Oman Air announced the introduction of a new baggage offer for the holy month of Ramadan. Guests travelling in economy classes during Ramadan will be able to travel with two bags (weighing up to 30kg in total) for no extra charge. The same offer will also apply for Oman Air guests who book their flights during Ramadan for travel after the holy month.…

Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways reached a significant milestone by reaching five million members. This was celebrated by gifting 500,000 Miles and an upgrade to Gold status to the milestone member, Rashid Al Shehhi. Al Shehhi joined Etihad Guest while applying for an ADIB credit card. Guests can earn miles on everyday…

Emirates has made three key management movements within its commercial and cargo operations team in the Middle East. All of the appointments will be effective from 1 June 2017. In the UAE, Emirates has appointed Abbas A Haji as Vice President Hub Operations for SkyCargo. In his new role, Abbas will be managing Emirates SkyCargo’s…

Crystal Lagoons has entered into a contract with Egyptian real estate developer, Tatweer Misr, to bring beachfront living to the US$117 million Fouka Bay development in Ras Al Hekmah. This is the second contract Crystal Lagoons has signed with Tatweer Misir. This project will turn each house into a waterfront home. In addition to enhancing…

At a glittering gala held recently at Grosvenor House Hotel in London for the 60th Anniversary of the British Safety Council, Dubai Duty Free was recently announced as one of the winners of the International Safety held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London for the 60th Anniversary of the British Safety Council. Dubai Duty Free was…

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai has introduced a special offer whereby on staying at the hotel for one night or more during Ramadan, the guests are entitled to a complimentary Suhour and Iftar. The deal applies to rooms, suites and apartments of all sizes; prices starting at just AED 600 for one night in a Deluxe Room. With a three-bedroom…

Al Ain’s celebration of Emirati cultural heritage has successfully concluded after an initial five month run. Activities that included poetry, music, tours, and an international equestrian show drew more than 230,000 visitors over its initial five-month run. Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), events at…

Sharjah Airport Authority recently rewarded the top three winners of the “Because We Care” Customer Feedback Questionnaire Programme. The winners were among the passengers and airport users who responded to the Questionnaire Programme, which is an innovative tool for the authority to communicate with customers and passengers and gain…

Dadabhai Travel has been appointed as the exclusive sales agent in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE for the sales of the Official Hospitality Programme of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. With operations in Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Dadabhai will provide residents of the…

SITA has launched the first payment solution which addresses the need for airlines to be able to accept payments securely at airports when using a shared IT infrastructure. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service enables payment transactions by multiple airlines on a single payment terminal. Importantly, this is possible with any, and all,…

Turkish Airlines has launched new flights from various cities in the Middle East and Germany to key Turkish touristic destinations. The airline will launch direct flights between some of the most attractive cities of Turkey such as Bodrum, Antalya and Trabzon and the Middle East, beginning from June 2017. Turkish Airlines will continue to offer…

Turkish Airlines has entered into new agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The agreement will allow members of Department of Homeland Security trusted traveller program to experience TSA Pre expedited screening at airport security checkpoints in the United States. Light jackets, shoes, and belts may remain on. …

Gulf Air held its first Board of Directors meeting following the appointment of its new members and under the Chairmanship of H.E. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. The meeting focused on a broad spectrum of internal business matters. H.E. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and…

Gulf Air recently hosted key members of the Sultanate of Oman’s travel trade industry at a dinner and networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Muscat, Ahmed Ali Ramadhan.…

Emirates was awarded the “Best Airline in the World” and “Best Middle Eastern Airline” at the ULTRAS 2017 Awards held at Savoy hotel, London. The readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine casted their votes in their annual survey. Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates airline, received the awards at the…

Etihad Airways was officially handed the Airbus A380 by Airbus at its Hamburg Finkenwerder plant in Germany where employees of both companies came together to mark the occasion before commencing its delivery flight to Abu Dhabi. The airline’s double-decker A380s are the most customised aircraft of their kind in commercial service…

Expedia.com has announced new offers where members save on bookings across the world. It will benefit to travellers by gaining additional savings with Member Pricing on Things to Do. Currently, signing up to receive promotional email or becoming an Expedia.com member will unlock Member Pricing on over 70,000 hotels. Now, travelers looking to add…

Boeing has recently completed a series of upgrades that substantially enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi Arabia’s E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Among the enhancements to improve radar capabilities and reduce repair time for the airborne surveillance fleet are systems that increase the original…

Disney's Animal Kingdom has recently unveiled ‘Pandora’, a world out of this world of massive mountains floating in the sky, rainforests pulsing light and breathtaking flights for explorers soaring above an alien moon on the backs of great winged banshees. When it opens to the public on May 27, Pandora – The World of Avatar will…

Vistara recently welcomed its first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, making it the 14th aircraft in the airline’s growing fleet. Apart from the technical advancements that come with the A320neo, Vistara has tailored several changes in the new aircraft to meet the evolving choices of air travellers.…

Travelport and Treebo Hotels in India have announced a new partnership where Treebo Hotels will join over 650,000 unique hotel properties available through Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform and its distributor in India, ITQ. Headquartered in Bangalore, Treebo Hotels operate across over 34 Indian cities, and has become a key player in the…

Gulf Air recently honoured the airline’s most productive travel agent in Abu Dhabi for 2016: Infinity Travel. Gulf Air Country Manager Abu Dhabi Madina Al Balushi presented an award to Infinity Travel Business Development Manager Razi Koya and his team for their contribution to the airline’s business throughout the year and in promoting…

Emirates is all set to fly daily between Dubai and Zagreb, expanding the airline’s network and further strengthening ties between the UAE and Croatia. Croatia is the airline’s 39th destination in Europe. Both business and leisure travellers from around the Emirates network will be able to enjoy the airline’s three-class…

Emirates has launched its “Together” initiative in collaboration with key partners such as Dubai Customs, Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Police, and Dubai Airports. The initiative aims to improve traveller experience at the airline’s Dubai International airport hub, focussing…

Hotbrands International (HBI) has recently introduced a unique loyalty programme that will reward its patrons on three different levels. Dubbed as Gastronaut, patrons can reach the different stages of Earth, Moon and Sun while receiving even better rewards as they move through the levels. The loyalty programme stretches over six of the HBI brands,…

The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in France has declared that French passports holders travelling to Saudi Arabia are eligible for multiple-entry visit visas valid for up to four years. The government fee for this new category of visit visa is yet to be confirmed. Visitors to Saudi Arabia typically apply for a commercial or work visit visas which…

Hilton Abu Dhabi has partnered with Advantage Sports UAE to host fitness classes from June 4th - 10th, 2017 as part of Global Wellness. In a proactive initiative to encourage residents in the capital to live a healthy lifestyle, the five-star hotel offers a range of wellness activities at Hiltonia Beach Club for a full week. Global Wellness…

Dubai Airports has recently launched its artDXB initiative, which seeks to engage and entertain passengers by showcasing local and international art to the millions of passengers who travel through Dubai International every month, in collaboration with Mawaheb from Beautiful People, a Dubai-based art studio for adults with special needs. …

800 DEGREES NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA has recently launched its very first outlet in Qatar at Doha Festival City. Anthony Carron and two members from the franchise board of 800 DEGREES inaugurated the new branch alongside franchise owner Manish Jeswani. The joint offers a wide selection of bases, including the 95% gluten-free base, and the choicest…

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has been bestowed with the Special Prize Exterior’ award under the category Hotels in Africa and West Asia, 2017 at the PRIX VERSAILLES award ceremony this month. The newly-opened St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort unveils a new dimension of innovative design and tropical luxury in one of the world’s…

Hotels.com and Standard Chartered have entered into a three-year global strategic alliance that offers Standard Chartered credit cardholders in five countries up to 12% off on hotel bookings around the world on Hotels.com. The alliance will cover the UAE, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Hotels.com offers hundreds of thousands of properties…

Leading hotel booking website Hotels.com have revealed a list of 26 hotels in the UAE that are the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots for the Loved by Guests Awards 2017. The hotel guests are the adjudicators. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras AL Khaimah all topped the list of award-winning cities in the UAE, with travellers being able to check…

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has recently recruited a team of switched-on Generation Y employees and entrepreneurs to closely collaborate with the hospitality firm’s executive team as it looks to glean fresh ideas on how to attract Millennial guests and talent. In a move that signals the Swiss hotel group’s progressive…

In line with its environmental conservation efforts, the Tourism Development & Investment Company, TDIC, yesterday observed the World Turtle Day by releasing a dozen rehabilitated Hawksbill turtles back to the sea. The released marine creatures were rehabilitated at a special centre on Sir Bani Yas Island. The event took place at Saadiyat…

Additional security checks were applied to a Virgin Atlantic aircraft in Dubai on Tuesday. Dubai Airports said in a statement that the flight was delayed whilst additional security checks were carried out in close cooperation with Dubai Police and the airline, following which the aircraft was cleared for departure.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi has launched a new Visa Application Centre in the emirate. The new centre will bring enhanced accessibility and greater convenience to residents of the UAE who plan to travel to the Netherlands and need a visa. Applicants can visit the centre in Abu Dhabi, managed by VFS Global, to submit…

Oman Air recently extended its support to promote Omani products and enterprises in a seminar held in cooperation with Oman trading platform “Taiseer”. The seminar held at Oman Tourism College was specifically organised for small and medium enterprises and the main focus was on supporting and developing Omani products. The event was…

Smartotels Hospitality LLC, FORM Hotel will soon be integrating an advanced proprietary enterprise application system - HotOIL (Hotel Operational Intelligence Layer) designed and developed by Smartotels with MKG Group. FORM will use HotOIL integrating high-value operations workflow algorithms enabling data-driven decisions to deliver on…

Expedia, Inc. has recently entered into a definitive agreement with SilverRail Technologies where it will acquire a majority stake in SilverRail. "Rail is ready for an online revolution, and we're ready to be a part of it. Rail's shift online is one of the fastest growing areas of innovation in the $1.3 trillion travel market, and SilverRail…

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has been named among the top five companies to work for in Asia in Great Place to Work’s annual ‘Best Workplaces in Asia 2017’ list. Ranked fifth in this year’s coveted list, IHG has been recognised for showing commitment to creating a great work environment where colleagues trust the people…

Al Hamra Group is set to soon complete its first phase of its AED 390 million expansion of Manar Mall. After completion, the Gross Leasable Area (GLA) will increase from just over 300,000 sqft. to nearly 600,000 sqft., over two levels, and will add another 80 retail destinations to increase the total number of retail outlets to 164 providing a wide…

Crowngate International recently broke ground on its latest project in the UAE - the AVANI Resort on Al Marjan Island, located at the heart of Ras Al Khaimah. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, Managing Director of Al Marjan Island LLC, and Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.…

SITA Lab has recently unveiled KATE, an intelligent check-in kiosk that will autonomously move to busy or congested areas in the airport as needed, promising to relegate check-in queues to the past. Using various data sources including flight and passenger flow information – KATE can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required…

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim has recently announced that its second hangar located at Dubai South is on course for completion before the end of the year. The 6,800sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle…

According to recent statistics, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year. This represented a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million. Key highlights: • Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%,…

Boeing has announced several defences and commercial agreements with Saudi Arabia to create or sustain thousands of jobs in both the United States and Saudi Arabia. U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were joined by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad…

Etihad Airways will deploy Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner will operate from July 1 on one of its twice-daily services from Abu Dhabi to Paris. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380…

Emirates will soon introduce a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham, beginning October 29, 2017. Flight EK39/40, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380, adding to the existing daily A380 already operating on the route. Following the suspension of one of its…

Emirates is introducing special fares for passengers in Kuwait to fly across destinations across Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and the United States. The offer is applicable when travelling in Economy Class or Business Class during the upcoming summer season. The offer is valid for booking until June 3, 2017 for outbound travel between…

Emirates Airlines will soon provide its all-A380 service on its Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) services on its Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) services. This is scheduled to take place when it upgrades the second daily flights, EK308/EK309 on its PEK route and EK304/305 on its PVG route, replacing the current Boeing 777-300ER operations. …

Dubai Business Events (DBE) has been showcasing Dubai’s dynamic business events offering at IMEX, which has been taking place this week in Frankfurt. DBE has brought a total of 27 stakeholders and partners to the global events industry exhibition, which has been running 16-18 May, including Emirates, Dubai World Trade Centre and Jumeirah…

INJAZ Bahrain recently held its 2017 National Company Competition and Annual Appreciation Ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel where Gulf Air was honoured for its support in developing Signlent – the first instant messaging mobile application in the region exclusively designed to serve the hard of hearing. The application was jointly created…

EDM, provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors has been awarded the contract by Jet2.com to manufacture a B737 Door Trainer. The Door Trainer will be used to train the UK airline’s cabin crew to become proficient in the safe operation of B737 aircraft doors including procedures for normal, abnormal and emergency…

Gulf Air has announced the appointment of its new Board of Directors which, chaired by H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, is composed of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Dr Dawood Nassif Dawood, Mr. Jameel Ali Al Matrook, Mr. Essa Mohamed Najibi, Mr. Jean-Christophe Durand and Mr. Jassim Hassan…

Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) recently celebrated the International Museum Day. The ceremony took place at the Ajman Museum and was attended by a number of Emirati heritage enthusiasts, Government officials as well as museum visitors, consisting of residents and tourists. The celebration included a number of heritage activities…

Etihad Airways has won two prestigious awards at the 12th edition of INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards in a ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager. …

The World Economic Forum has selected Royal Jordanian to be the official carrier of the forum participants for the ninth time ever since its first meeting in Jordan held in 1995. RJ President/CEO Captain Suleiman Obeidat expressed the airline’s satisfaction with being the official carrier and a WEF sponsor for the 9th time, which is…

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has established the ‘Dubai Museums Company’. The new company has been established as part of the Authority’s mandates to support Dubai’s vision of becoming a regional and global focal point for diverse cultural exchange, to manage and oversee the Emirate’s museums,…

The new facility at Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) has become fully operational in the Aviation District at Dubai South. In the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and chairman of the Emirates Group, H.E .Khalifa Al Zaffin Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and…

Dubai Duty Free was recently named one of the thirty Most Admired Companies in the GCC based on a report released by ITP Publishing’s Arabian Business Magazine. Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as one of the most admired companies in the GCC, along…

Premier Inn Dubai Ibn Battuta Mall, has been shortlisted for 'Leading New Hotel' at the prestigious Leaders in Hospitality Awards to be held on May 17, 2017. Roudi Soubra, General Manager of the Premier Inn Dubai Ibn Battuta said, "I am delighted with the hotel's performance since opening; occupancy is averaging over 94%, which shows how…

Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the trio of loyalty programs from Marriott International, Inc. are offering new opportunities for members to earn unlimited bonus points to fuel their travel passions, in three unique ways: Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Infinite Points: Up to 4,000 Marriott Rewards…

Smiths Detection announced the launch of its Checkpoint.Evoplus solution at the 17th edition of the Airport Show taking place from 15-17 May 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Checkpoint.Evoplus is an advanced screening and management platform - a networking software which integrates independent components…