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    Etihad Airways Announces First Nft Collection: Ey-Zero1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Increases Flight Frequencies across Expanding Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Expands Fast Self-Service Bag Drop Facilities as Travel Demand Surges

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – As travellers begin flying for the summer holidays, Etihad Airways is expanding its quick self-service bag drop facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The service provides a faster check-in experience and can accommodate a greater number of guests who will then be able to skip the queues.   Once checked-in online, the self-service facilities allow travellers to seamlessly retrieve their booking, print the bag-tag and process their bags in less than two minutes.   John Wright, VP Network, Airports & Cargo Operations, Etihad Airways, said: “With the removal of many travel restrictions, Etihad is expecting the number of travellers to soar for the summer holidays. To make the airport experience seamless for our guests, Etihad is offering more self-service options ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Three New Offers for Guests to Enjoy Their Stopover in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways is inviting guests for an unforgettable stopover in Abu Dhabi with three different offers that suit all tastes and budgets.   With the relaunch of Etihad Stopovers, travellers can benefit from 40% discounted prices at one of Abu Dhabi’s premium four-star and five-star hotels participating in this campaign, or from a one or two-nights complimentary stay in a three or four-star participating hotel*.    The third new option is Transit Connect, where the guests on eligible routes can book a complimentary hotel near Abu Dhabi International Airport if their flight connection time in Abu Dhabi is between 10 and 24 hours*.    Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Etihad Airways, said: “With the removal of the majority of ......read more

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

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

    Best Waterfront Communities in Dubai

    Around 7 million tourists visited Dubai in 2021, and around 85% of Dubai’s residents were born elsewhere. Why do people from other countries choose to move here? Fast development of the city, favorable investment climate, sunny weather — all of these are more than enough.    Moreover, Dubai is a coastal city, and this fact plays a huge role in its popularity as well. Living near the water helps improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and increase overall happiness. What are the best beachfront areas to live in Dubai? Find out in the article.    Emaar Beachfront One of the biggest development projects near the sea within Dubai city is the Emaar Beachfront  area. It is located on a separate peninsula near Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah. All residents can enjoy a private sandy beach ......read more

    Three Vital Pandemic Lessons for Governments to Restore Public Confidence

    21, June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to apply the lessons learned from the dismantling of global connectivity in response to COVID-19 to ensure that future global health threats can be effectively managed without closing borders. The World Health Organization (WHO) long advised that border closures are not an effective means of managing a global pandemic. Evidence observed during the pandemic proved the point. Most governments ignored this advice, acted in isolation from the industry and other governments, and put in place measures to restrict travel. This collapsed global air connectivity with massive negative economic and human consequences.    Moreover, the restart of global connectivity has been made more challenging because governments continue to ......read more

    Ensuring Safe Rollout of 5G Networks

    21 June 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services[i]. While IATA recognizes the economic importance of making spectrum available to support next generation commercial wireless telecommunications, maintaining current levels of safety of passengers, flight crews, and aircraft must continue to be one of governments’ highest priorities. The call came as the industry was meeting in Doha, Qatar at the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting.   “We must not repeat the recent experience in the United States, where the rollout of C-band spectrum 5G services created enormous disruption to aviation, owing to the potential risk of interference ......read more

    VFS Global Now Offers UK Electronic Visa Waiver Assistance in The Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    • Travellers to the UK from The Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can now apply for the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) • VFS Global now offers EVW assistance for applicants in six countries in the Middle East   Nationals of The Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can now apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) when travelling to the UK. Travellers can apply in advance from the comfort of their home, anywhere between three months and 48 hours prior to their intended date of travel, for the purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment.    Having extended to the two new locations, VFS Global now offers EVW assistance in six countries in the GCC - Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.    With an EVW, travellers visiting the UK for up to six months need ......read more

    2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards Winners Announced

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the third edition of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards.   Inspirational Role Model: Güliz Öztürk – CEO, Pegasus Airlines  High Flyer Award: Kanchana Gamage – Founder and Director, The Aviatrix Project  Diversity & Inclusion Team: airBaltic  “The IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and teams that are helping aviation to improve gender balance.  Determination to make this happen is a common denominator for this year’s winners. They are breaking barriers and helping to make aviation an equally attractive career choice for men and for women,” said Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief, Air Transport World and chair of the judging ......read more

    Mehmet Tevfik Nane New Chair of the IATA Board

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Pegasus Airlines Vice-Chairperson of the Board (Managing Director) Mehmet Tevfik Nane has assumed his duties as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Doha, Qatar on 21 June. Nane is the 80th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since 2019. He succeeds JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes, who will continue to serve on the BoG. “I’m honored to take on this position at a time when the industry is emerging from our worst downturn. In addition to maintaining momentum toward re-opening the globe to travel and commerce, we have a very full agenda over the next 12 months. This includes achieving agreement at the ICAO Assembly on a Long ......read more

    Exploring Dubai and Key Activities to Do There

    Considering that most of the city of Dubai was built in the last 50 years, the city has become home to record-breaking constructions and known worldwide as a glitzy and glamorous playground for the elite millionaires that you see in high end establishments or that you see spending their cash in world famous casino resorts around the world. Whilst gambling venues are banned, people can still experience the virtual side of it when they visit 777 casino or the excitement of camel racing and enormous shopping malls that coexist with souks and sand.  While there are hotels that are dripping in luxury, stunning skyscrapers that seem to defy gravity, and Instagram-worthy scenery everywhere you look, Dubai has a lot more to offer. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and vast empty desert, visiting Dubai means getting to know a city that ......read more

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

    20 June 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upgrade to its outlook for the airline industry’s 2022 financial performance as the pace of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis quickens. Forecast highlights include:   • Industry losses are expected to reduce to -$9.7 billion (improved from the October 2021 forecast for an $11.6 billion loss) for a net loss margin of -1.2%. That is a huge improvement from losses of $137.7 billion (-36.0% net margin) in 2020 and $42.1 billion (-8.3% net margin) in 2021.  • Industry-wide profitability in 2023 appears within reach with North America already expected to deliver an $8.8 billion profit in 2022. • Efficiency gains and improving yields are helping airlines to reduce losses even with rising labor and fuel costs (the latter ......read more

    Etihad Airways Returns to London Heathrow Terminal 4

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has confirmed it will return to London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 from 22 June 2022. Etihad is returning to Terminal 4 following a temporary home at Terminals 2 & 3 during the pandemic. Transport connections including the London Underground and Heathrow Express will also reopen.   The Etihad Lounge will also re-open for Etihad’s First and Business class guests, as well as Etihad Guest Platinum and Gold members. The lounge has separate areas for relaxing and dining, as well as a children’s playroom to entertain Etihad’s ‘Little VIPs’.  Etihad has also confirmed that from July to September 2022 it is increasing its current four daily flights from London Heathrow to five daily flights. Also from July, ......read more

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

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced that leaders of the global aviation industry are gathering in Doha, Qatar, for the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS), with Qatar Airways as the host airline. The event (19-21 June) attracts the industry’s most senior leaders from among IATA’s 290 member airlines, as well as leading government officials, strategic partners, equipment suppliers, and media.  “In a few days, Doha will become the aviation capital of the world. The last time we met in Doha, in 2014, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first airline flight. This year’s AGM is another momentous occasion: Airlines are simultaneously recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, setting the path to achieving net zero carbon emissions by ......read more

    Pay with Visa, fly with Qatar Airways and win FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package thanks to Visa and Qatar Airways

    Get up to 12% savings on your Qatar Airways flight along with a chance to win a complimentary FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package  13 lucky winners will win a trip of a lifetime to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™  The promotion will run for flights booked and travelled by 31st August 2022 15 June 2022  DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways passengers who are Visa cardholders in Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Pakistan are being rewarded with the chance to win special savings and prizes, including a fantastic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package thanks to Visa and Qatar Airways. The package includes match tickets along with 3-4 nights of hotel accommodation in Qatar. Some of the packages offered as prizes include airline tickets to / from Qatar. In time for making travel plans for this summer, ......read more

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

    The fifth-generation SUV combines cutting-edge interiors with the latest tech innovations  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2022 – Al Majid Motors, the exclusive dealer for KIA in the UAE, has announced the launch of the all-new Sportage. The fifth-generation Kia Sportage combines cutting-edge interiors with the latest tech innovations to ring in a new era for one of the brand’s most sought-after models. Equipped with a comprehensive redesign the 2023 Kia Sportage takes the identity to the next level while paying homage to its rich heritage.  The arrival of Kia Sportage in the UAE brings in a new offering of the brand with its new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’ which inspires every aspect of the SUV’s appearance. Sportage’s exterior epitomises contrast with its bold, ......read more

    Strong International Traffic Propels Continuing Air Travel Recovery

    13 June 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that air travel resumed its strong recovery trend in April, despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China. This was driven primarily by international demand.    Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019. • Total demand for air travel in April 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 78.7% compared to April 2021 and slightly ahead of March 2022’s 76.0% year-over-year increase.  • April domestic air travel was down 1.0% ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE – June 9, 2022: The Northern runway rehabilitation programme at Dubai International (DXB) has surpassed its midway point on schedule paving the way for the reopening of the runway on June 22, operator Dubai Airports has announced. Since May 9. more than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people have been working on-site. around the clock at DXB to complete the project. The essential work involves resurfacing the entire 4.5km long Northern runway, strengthening the wider runway strip, as well as reinforcing the paving on key taxiway entries and exits, and repairing drainage infrastructure. Aeronautical ground lighting, navigational aids and meteorological equipment are also being replaced, and a navigation aids substation is being relocated –as the Southern runway maintains operations at the world’s busiest ......read more

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

    SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property reduces the cost and time to trace missing property 9 June 2022 – SITA has signed an exclusive agreement with UKi Media & Events to trace and repatriate lost items at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo, the world’s biggest airport exhibition being held in Paris from 15-17 June.   Using SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property, attendees will be able to use their mobile device to register any missing items, which are automatically matched with found items, dramatically reducing the time and cost of repatriating lost items. Every year more than 10,000 people from 130 countries visit the exhibition, with hundreds of personal items being left behind or lost.  SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property, was launched in 2021 to solve a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Wins at the Apex Passenger Choice Awards 2022

    • Winner of the Passenger Choice Best Inflight Entertainment in the Middle East award    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has been recognised in the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Passenger Choice Awards in a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland last night. The UAE’s national airline took home the 2022 Passenger Choice Award® for Best Entertainment in the Middle East.   On Etihad’s E-BOX entertainment offering, guests will find over 200 movies, more than 350 TV shows, 15 radio channels and 800 albums in a variety of genres and languages. Video and audio content is supplemented with a wide variety of games as well as seven channels of Live TV featuring global news channels and sport.   On the airline’s newest A350 aircraft, the latest ......read more

    Fall in Air Cargo Demand in line with Expectations

    09 June 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released April 2022 data for global air cargo markets showing a drop in demand and contraction in capacity. The effects of Omicron in Asia and the Russia–Ukraine war continue to create a challenging operating backdrop that is driving the decline.   Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 11.2% compared to April 2021 (-10.6% for international operations). Global demand is down 1% compared to April 2019. • Capacity was 2% below 2021 (+1.2% for international operations). Both global capacity and international capacity decreased slightly in April compared to March. ......read more

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

    New commitments in carbon neutrality and diversity, and supporting communities during the pandemic   The Cathay Pacific Group has released its comprehensive annual Sustainable Development Report that addresses its commitment and progress in the areas of environmental, social and governance, which are of great importance to its stakeholders, and towards its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.    Regional General Manager, South Asia Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), Rakesh Raicar said, “We continue to ramp up our efforts to fight climate change and have made specific tangible progress towards supporting and prioritising our sustainability issues which are communicated in our 2021 Sustainable Development Report. This includes supporting our communities around the world by transporting essential aid ......read more

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

    Airlines have a once in a generation opportunity to restructure, innovate and expand, said James Hogan today in a keynote address to the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi.   “The global pandemic has been the biggest systemic shock in the history of aviation,” he said. “But that does give a unique opportunity for airlines that can move fast to respond to the situation.   “Smart operators will treat this as a ‘blank sheet of paper’ moment, looking to reinvent processes, products and mind-sets.  There is a huge opportunity in front of us for airlines to create a golden age of innovation and service.”   Speaking on the topic of ‘The renewal of the commercial aviation sector’, Mr Hogan identified five levers that can re-shape the future of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Re-Opens Terminal 2 at AUH as Passenger Volumes Increase

    23 May 2022 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: As passenger volumes, routes and airlines increase, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has recently re-opened Terminal 2 where 5 airline partners are now operating over 50 weekly flights bringing the total number of airlines operating from all terminals at AUH to 26. Further ramp up at this terminal is scheduled during May with the addition of 21 weekly flights. Retail and Duty-Free services are also being reintroduced offering passengers a full range of choice before their flight.

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    Zamzam.com signs MoU with AlBirr Society in KSA

    The agreement will see the online portal provide IT development services to the charitable association Riyadh, KSA, 19 April 2022: Zamzam.com, the online portal facilitating Umrah booking services in the region, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AlBirr Charitable Society in Makkah Al Mukarramah. The MoU aims to help develop the Information Technology Unit at the association and was signed by the CEO of Zamzam.com, Mr. Omar Siraj Akbar, and Mr. Hisham Abderrahman Shilly, Vice Chairman of the Board of the AlBirr Charitable Society in Makkah Al Mukarramah. As part of its commitment to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to provide support to the society, and within the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  initiatives, Zamzam.com joins hands with the first charitable association in ......read more

    Zamzam.com: First OTA Platform to Launch B2C Visa Services to Customers

    Zamzam.com launches B2C options to its portal A seamless booking experience with exclusive packages and services available directly to travelers ​ Riyadh, KSA, 12 April 2022: Planning an Umrah trip could quickly turn into a daunting task given the many aspects that are involved. From booking flights and accommodations to ground transfers, the entire process could prove to be more than one person can handle. With this in mind, Zamzam.com, an online platform for Umrah travels, in joint venture with TBO.COM, one of the leading global travel distributions platforms in the world, is proud to announce that Zamzam.com is now the first OTA platform that offers B2C visa services directly to consumers. Curated and carefully designed packages that meet the needs of pilgrims coming from all over the country the wider GCC ......read more

    Air Premia selects ECS Group as its GSA

    Globe Air Cargo (GAC) Korea, a subsidiary of ECS Group, is proud to serve as GSA to Korea’s young and ambitious hybrid service carrier, Air Premia, in its home market. There is a Korean proverb: “bogi joeun tteogi meokgido jota” which translates literally into “good-looking tteok [rice cake] tastes good”, and means “if it looks good, it’ll likely taste good.” Take ECS Group’s newest subsidiary, Seoul-based GAC Korea, and match it with Air Premia, the first Korean hybrid service carrier (HSC) with a serious interest in air cargo, and the result is a very promising tteok. Both companies share the same drive and corporate values that point to a long and successful business partnership, and both operate out of Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, Korea. In accordance with the ......read more

    Emirates Group Announces 2021-22 Results

    Group records annual loss of AED 3.8 billion (US$ 1.0 billion) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impact, a significant improvement from last year with dnata returning to profitability   • Group revenue of AED 66.2 billion (US$ 18.1 billion) increased by 86% with strong customer demand as worldwide travel restrictions ease • Ends year with an improved and strong cash balance of AED 25.8 billion (US$ 7.0 billion) Emirates reports a significantly reduced loss of AED 3.9 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) compared with AED 20.3 billion (US$ 5.5 billion) loss in the previous year • Revenue up 91% to AED 59.2 billion (US$ 16.1 billion), as airline expanded global capacity and reinstated more passenger flights • Airline capacity increased by 47% to 36.4 billion ATKMs, with final five A380 aircraft added to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Unveils New Sustainability-Driven Economy Experience

    • Elevated experience for guests with high-quality, design-led products • Fully reusable dining equipment reduces waste  • Eliminates single-use plastic from meal trays • Closed loop recycling creates a circular economy of all reusable plastic   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled its new Economy class soft furnishings and tableware which will be launched on board in the fourth quarter of the year. The new products have been designed with sustainability and improved guest experience as primary objectives. The announcement was made on the opening day of the Arabian Travel Market, a trade event for the travel and tourism industry taking place this week in Dubai.    The Economy class experience will be upgraded with ......read more

    Dubai Airports makes Final Arrangements ahead of Northern Runway Closure

    Passengers urged to confirm flight information with their airlines in advance     Dubai, UAE – May 9, 2022:  Dubai Airports has confirmed that the Northern Runway Rehabilitation project at Dubai International (DXB) is ready to commence from today, May 9 until June 22, 2022.    The essential works being carried out will see the world’s busiest international airport’s operations reduce to a one runway operation. To minimise disruption to our guests more than 1,000 flights per week are scheduled to arrive and depart from Dubai World Central (DWC) during the 45-day period,  with the majority of those flights being operated by flydubai, Spice Jet and Indigo.    As always, Dubai Airports is working with the airlines, control authorities, commercial and service ......read more

    flydubai Records Exceptional Performance in the First Quarter of 2022 and Prepares for a Busy Summer

    flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers between 01 January and 31 March this year, an increase of 114% compared to 2021 The carrier has grown its network to more than 100 destinations exceeding pre-pandemic levels New aircraft deliveries in 2022 support flydubai’s growing network and operations Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 09, May 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has recorded an exceptional performance in the First Quarter of 2022, building on the momentum from the tremendous performance in 2021. The carrier’s growing network and added capacity on its existing routes have been supported by new aircraft deliveries since the start of the year. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “Dubai has demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges presented ......read more

    Etihad Airways Performs 42 Ecoflights Including 22 Contrail Flights over Five Days

    ● Flights were operated in commemoration of Earth Day as part of Etihad’s efforts to raise industry awareness and participation in the drive for aviation decarbonisation   ● EcoFlights tested a range of operational efficiencies and technologies, while contrail flights tested prevention systems with SATAVIA ● Flight tests included the first sustainability focused EcoFlights ever performed on an A350     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 05, 2022:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has successfully performed the world’s most intensive sustainable flight testing programme, operating 42 flights over a five-day period to test operational efficiencies, technology and procedures that will reduce carbon ......read more

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    Global Village's First-Ever Happiness Street Fest brings Amazing acts from across the Globe to the Heart of Wonder

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    Air Cargo Growth Continues in January but at a Slower Pace

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    2022 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards Open for Nominations

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    Dubai Airports Launches Women's Network to Connect and Empower its Female Professionals

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    Five Iconic Pieces of Dubai Architecture

    Dubai is one of the most beautiful and luxurious cities on the planet. It is almost unbelievable that this towering, sprawling metropolis was once a tiny fishing village. Today, it is the home to the tallest building in the world, has the second-most five-star hotels, and is one of the most popular destinations for Hollywood A-listers and elite sports stars to visit and enjoy some rest and recuperation. Dubai has it all. This fantastic city had a population of only 1,200 in 1822, but that number has exploded to more than 3.5 million today. The rapid growth and vast investment in Dubai ......read more

    Enchanting Sabah 2020

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    IATA Releases 2021 Airline Safety Performance

    3,  March 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released 2021 safety performance data for the commercial airline industry showing strong improvement in several areas compared to both 2020 and to the five years 2017-2021. Highlights include: •         Reductions in the total number of accidents, the all-accident rate and fatalities. •         IATA members and airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry (which includes all IATA members) experienced zero fatal accidents last ......read more

    Airbus to Showcase Innovation and Highlight its Commitment towards Localisation at Saudi Arabia's World Defense Show

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    Air Passenger Numbers to Recover in 2024

    2, March 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects overall traveler numbers to reach 4.0 billion in 2024 (counting multi-sector connecting trips as one passenger), exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels (103% of the 2019 total). Expectations for the shape of the near-term recovery have shifted slightly, reflecting the evolution of government-imposed travel restrictions in some markets. The overall picture presented in the latest update to IATA’s long-term forecast, however, is unchanged from what was expected in November, prior to the Omicron ......read more

    Etihad Airways' Transformation Continues to Deliver Results with 41% Improvement on Pre-Covid Performance

    • 3.5 million passengers carried in 2021    • Significant improvement in EBITDA driven by strong H2 performance    • Core operating loss reduced to US$ 476 million   • Cargo revenues increase by 49% to all-time high of US$ 1.73 billion   • Sustainability at core of recovery strategy   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways today announced its business results for 2021, recording a strong recovery in passenger operations along with a significant improvement in financial performance, ......read more

    Etihad's Testing Requirements are Changing

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    Etihad Airways Launches the Etihad Mangrove Forest in Collaboration with Environment abu Dhabi

    Part of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Programme, Etihad Mangrove Forest to be first planting programme to establish carbon absorbing forests in every country Etihad operates    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Following two years of intensive research and development, innovation and transformation through its Greenliner programme to tackle aviation decarbonisation, Etihad Airways in collaboration with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi has launched the Etihad Mangrove Forest to provide guests, corporate accounts and partners the ability to adopt mangroves in Abu Dhabi to ......read more

    Sharjah Airport celebrates Kuwait National Day with Kuwaiti travelers

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    Qiddiya Announces SAR 2.8 Billion Construction Contract to Build Saudi's First and Region's Largest Water Theme Park

    The park will feature 22 rides and attractions including 9 world firsts   24, February 2022: Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) announced the award of a SAR 2.8 billion ($750 million) contract to build Saudi Arabia’s first and the region’s largest water theme park. The contract was awarded to ALEC Saudi Arabia Engineering & Contracting and El Seif Engineering Contracting, in a joint venture between the two companies. The Qiddiya Water Theme Park will be one of the key entertainment attractions at Qiddiya, the future capital of Entertainment, Sports and ......read more

    A Decade of Barrier-Free Tourism: GNTB Spotlights International Inclusivity at the Annual Accessible Tourism Day

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    Etihad Airways Announces Summer Routes

    • New flights to Greece’s largest island, Crete, set to commence on 15 June 2022 • Popular routes to Malaga, Santorini and Zanzibar will also return for summer   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Travellers with Etihad Airways can look forward to a new destination this summer, along with the return of popular seasonal routes to Europe and the Indian Ocean.   Starting 15 June 2022, Etihad Airways will launch a seasonal twice-per-week service to Crete, the largest island in Greece. The flights are set to be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft and ......read more

    Embratur Higlights Luxury Travel Destinations in Brazil

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    Fourth Quarter Surge at Abu Dhabi International Boosts Passenger Traffic to 5.26 Million in 2021

    Traffic expected to double in 2022 16 February 2022 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports released its 2021 passenger traffic results today which confirm Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed 5.26 million guests in 2021 thanks to a fourth quarter surge that saw 2.43 million, which equates to 46% of the full year’s passenger numbers, pass through the UAE capital’s hub. Full year figures reveal that 5,262,376 passengers were served compared to 5,570,176 in 2020 representing a drop of 5.5% as the airport and the industry continued to experience ......read more

    New Generation A350F Freighter to Join Etihad Airways Fleet

    Dubai, 16 February 2022 – Etihad Airways’ has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for seven A350F freighters to add to its existing fleet of five A350-1000 passenger versions. The announcement was made at the Singapore Airshow 2022. Etihad has also selected Airbus’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet. “Etihad is delighted to extend our relationship with Airbus to include this remarkable aircraft as part of our freighter fleet for the future,” said Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. “As our cargo ......read more

    Jaguar TCS Racing Frustrated After Scoring No Points in Mexico City

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    Enjoy the Best of Global Village With the All-New Wonder Bundles

    Great value tailored bundles for kids, families and thrill-seekers now available at Global Village  Dubai, UAE, February 10, 2022: There’s so much to do and see at Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment. So to make life easy, Global Village has designed the perfect bundle of Wonder for Kids, Families and Thrill-seekers. The new “Wonder Bundles” are great value for money with over 30% discount on a night to remember with friends or family.  The Wonder Bundle for Kids ......read more

    Kerala Offers Huge Investment Avenues in Tourism Sector: Minister Mohamed Riyas

    Minister leads delegation to Dubai Expo to showcase Kerala Tourism Dubai, Feb 08, 2022: As tourism in Kerala is set to bounce back from the covid-induced crisis, the state offers high investment opportunities in travel and hospitality sector with the government unveiling several ambitious projects to tap its potential as an extended tourist haven, Tourism Minister  Mr P A Mohamed Riyas said.   Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr Riyas said the state is keen to partner with UAE based investors and Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) in scripting a new story of ......read more

    UPS Releases 4Q 2021 Earnings

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    Etihad Airways Awarded IATA Environmental Assessment Stage 2 Accreditation

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    Strong December Performance Contributes to Stellar Year for Air Cargo in 2021, Year-on-year Demand up 18.7%

    26, January 2022:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that full-year demand for air cargo increased by 6.9% in 2021, compared to 2019 (pre-covid levels) and 18.7% compared to 2020 following a strong performance in December 2021. This was the second biggest improvement in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990 (behind 2010’s 20.6% gain), outpacing the 9.8% rise in global goods trade by 8.9 percentage points.   As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 ......read more

    Etihad Guest and Talabat Expand Partnership to Offset Carbon Emissions

    • Etihad Guest members using the talabat app in the UAE can now contribute to offsetting carbon emissions through the Miles on the Go programme.   • This initiative is part of a wider collaboration between Etihad and talabat, which was announced last year. • Etihad is the first airline in the world to reward its guests for adopting more sustainable practices in the air and on the ground.   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and talabat, the region’s leading food, and q-commerce delivery ......read more

    Etihad Expands Green Loyalty Offering With Corporate Programme to Reward Organisations and Their Staff for Making Sustainable Choices

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    Airbus SLC Set to Showcase latest Portfolio of Communication Products at INTERSEC 2022

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    Stellar Q3 Helps TCS Hit $25 Bn in Annual Revenue

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    Iraqi Airways Receives its First A220-300

    08, January 2022 – Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 aircraft from Mirabel, Canada. Upon entry into service, Iraqi Airways will become one of the first airlines to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.  With the A220, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance. Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 features a modern and highly comfortable dual-class cabin that seats 132 passengers; 12 in business class and 120 in economy class. The state of the ......read more

    DAE Acquired 41 Aircraft, sold 30 Aircraft, and Signed 200 Lease Transactions in 2021

    Dubai, U.A.E. 05, January 2022 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd today announced its business transactions update for the full year 2021 for its aircraft leasing division, DAE Capital:   Business Transactions Update – Full Year 2021:  • Number of aircraft acquired: 41 (owned: 18; managed: 23) • Number of aircraft sold: 30 (owned: 20; managed: 10) • Lease agreements, extensions and amendments signed: 200 (owned: 167; managed: 33) • Number of new servicing agreements: 4 covering 7 aircraft   • Fleet Size ......read more

    How to diversify your income in Dubai?

    With the new year just around the corner, many people are searching for opportunities to make some extra money and diversify their income. Diversifying your income means that you can earn money from your day job and other sources simultaneously. Here we have outlined some of the opportunities of making extra money and taking your first steps in diversifying your income. Why not rent out a room or house on Airbnb? Do you have a spare room or home that you could rent out to tourists? Renting out a property presents an excellent opportunity to earn extra money and fast. Although it could ......read more

    Tata Communications and Zain KSA to bring Smart City Solutions to Saudi Arabia

    Dubai, UAE, 4th January 2022 – Tata Communications, a global digital ecosystem enabler, and Zain KSA, a pioneering mobile telecommunications and digital services provider that is committed to supporting innovation and spearheading the next-generation’s technological revolution in the Middle East, today announced they have entered a strategic engagement to fuel digital transformation journeys of enterprises and government organisations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). With this collaboration the combined ecosystems will deliver solutions and platforms to remodel cities with ......read more

    Free Wi-Fi and television screens on labors buses in the UAE.

    For the first time in the world, the UAE has made history by installing free Wi-Fi and television screens on labors buses. The project was initiated by World Star Holding, a leading UAE-based company, to alleviate mental stress among workers. Haseena Nishad, Managing Director, World Star Holding, told in the news conference that, during the commute to and from the construction sites, workers can make video calls to their families on the bus and enjoy music videos played on television screens, and this would help transform them into better workers. This solves the problem of not having ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates Significant Milestones in Its First Operational Year

    - The UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline contributed to the fast recovery of the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector  - Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launched more than 34 destinations during 2021 - The airline operated more than 1,080 flights since its launch in January 2021 with 506 flights taking place in the fourth quarter of the year   January 03,  Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline, the joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings plc, today announced its outstanding operational results for ......read more

    Shurooq's “Al Hira Beach” to Feature a Pro Skatepark by Kota in Sharjah

    ● The new skatepark is announced as part of a partnership between Shurooq and 4-time world scooter rider champion Dakota Schuetz ● The new park will be called “KOTA Skatepark” and will feature different ramps for all levels and a pump track special for kids   Sharjah, UAE:  January 02, 2022 - The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announces the development of Sharjah’s newest pro skatepark attraction which will be part of its much anticipated and upcoming beach destination, Al Hira Beach.   Scheduled for ......read more

    Fireworks displays, overnight camping, dining experiences, and much more – These Sharjah Destinations are all set to celebrate New Year's Eve

    A spectacular 10-minutes long firework show will light up the skies of Al Majaz Waterfront and Khorfakkan Beach, with the count down to the New Year Sharjah, 25December2021 : The family-friendly and popular destinations from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) are all set to celebrate New Year’s Eve. From Fireworks displays to amazing dining experiences to adventure overnight camping, each destination has specially curated events for welcoming the New Year, on 31 December. Like in the previous years, a 10-minute long fabulous fireworks show will light up the ......read more

    ADQ and Etihad Unveil Plans to Grow Abu Dhabi's Aviation Ecosystem

    • ADQ to establish integrated aviation support services company, ushering in a new wave of growth for the industry • Etihad Airways to divest several entities to ADQ’s new company and to ADNEC • Upon successful completion, the transaction will enable Etihad Airways to accelerate its transformation as air travel continues to recover   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways and ADQ, one of the region's largest holding companies, today announced a proposed transaction that will support the ongoing transformation of ......read more

    UAE-Bahrain Nanosatellite Light-1 Arrives at International Space Station

    •         Light-1’s mission team includes 23 students from Khalifa University and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) •         Nanosatellite was carried onboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that took off  from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US •         The Light-1 satellite, thanks to its innovative technology, might be the pathfinder of future and larger missions targeting gamma-rays   Abu Dhabi - 22 December 2021:  The UAE-Bahrain joint ......read more

    Emirates Flights to Now Operate at Full Capacity to Brisbane and to be Restored to 100 Percent to Perth from February 2022

    • Emirates services to Brisbane open to fully vaccinated passengers who meet eligibility requirements • Additional capacity set to meet high travel demand for flights from Dubai to Brisbane, effective today; capacity to return to 100 per cent on flights to Perth from 5 February 2022 • Airline expects healthy demand for inbound travel to Brisbane and Perth as Australians look to return home   Dubai, UAE – 16 December 2021:  Emirates is increasing its capacity on flights from Dubai to Brisbane commencing today (16 December), in line with the easing of ......read more

    MBRSC Collaborates with Scientific Partners on the Emirates Lunar Mission

    • The science programme of the mission will be developed by MBRSC in partnership with local and international entities, institutions and agencies. •The collaboration will support data collection and calibration strategies as well as data analysis. •MBRSC’s Emirates Lunar Mission team will develop and build the Rashid rover and its scientific instrumentation, while the partners will support the development of the instruments and analysis of data.   UAE, 15 December 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it has partnered with ......read more

    Brazil Gets Ready for Halal Tourism

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 15 2021: Brazil is increasingly attentive to the needs of Muslim tourists visiting the country, aiming at offering a great experience, while respecting their culture.  It is the so-called halal tourism, which has had high attention from the authorities and the tourist industry. This month, Embratur (Brazilian Tourist Board) participated in the 1st edition of the Global Halal Brazil Business Forum, held by the Árab-Brasileira Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Muslim Associations of Brazil (Fambras Halal) Embratur's Manager, ......read more

    To be attributed to a flydubai Spokesperson

    “flydubai is pleased to restart flights to Hargeisa from 18 December following a temporary suspension of flights for operational reasons. We look forward to working closely with the Somaliland Civil Aviation and Airports Authority and other regulatory authorities to provide a convenient option for travel to Dubai and beyond with a three-times weekly service.” ...read more

    VFS Global becomes one of the First Private Companies to Change its Working Week in line with New UAE Government Decision

    December 09, 2021:  VFS Global, the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has announced that beginning 1 January 2022, the company will follow all UAE federal government departments in adopting the new weekend of Saturday-Sunday for its headquarters in Dubai.  The UAE is the first nation worldwide to introduce a working week shorter than the global five-day week, a decision approved as part of efforts to boost work-life balance and enhance social well-being and business continuity. VFS Global ......read more

    Follow WHO Advice: Rescind Travel Bans

    09 December 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to follow World Health Organization (WHO) advice and immediately rescind travel bans that were introduced in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Public health organizations, including the WHO, have advised against travel curbs to contain the spread of Omicron.   WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant states that: “Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Strengthens Russian Trade and Tourism Links With First Flight to Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport and Introduction of Daily 787 Flights

    • Etihad moves to Russia’s largest, newest terminal and increases daily flight capacity, growing trade, tourism and economic ties between the two countries   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 06, 2021:  Exactly 13 years after it first connected Abu Dhabi to Moscow, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, launched its inaugural flight to the new state-of-the-art International Terminal C at Moscow Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport (SVO).     Operated by a 787 Dreamliner, Flight EY63 ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches New Promotion as Part of UAE Golden Jubilee and National Day Celebrations

    - 10,000 seats available for 99 AED each on selected flights from Abu Dhabi   04 December 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline is continuing its celebrations of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and National Day by launching a new promotion. The airline is offering tickets for 99 AED each for 10,000 available seats on selected flights from Abu Dhabi. The discount flights are now on sale on www.wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app (also available in Arabic).    His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ......read more

    Maharashtra Aims to Increase Medical and Wellness Tourists from UAE and the Gulf

    Maharashtra Unlimited @ Dubai   Dubai - November 22, 2021: The Indian state of Maharashtra’s Directorate of Tourism and Medical Value Travel Council of India (MVTCI) have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE and Oman in the Gulf to bring the West Indian state’s wellness and healthcare tourism offerings to citizens and residents in these countries.   Maharashtra is showcasing its culture and tourism potential, in addition to trade and commerce, as part of the presence in the India pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai. The state government ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates the UAE National Day with Special 50% Promotion

    The airline will also launch a social media photo competition where the winners will receive a free return flight to a destination of their choice 22 November 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline, has announced it will offer a special 50% discount on its flights to all destinations to celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee anniversary. The 50% discount flights are now on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app (also available in Arabic).  The airline is also launching a UAE National Day social media photo ......read more

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