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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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    Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

    Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for ......read more

    Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

    • Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible ......read more

    VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    • Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

    - The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by ......read more

    SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

    The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 ......read more

    Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

    - Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

     Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s ......read more

    MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

    Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

     Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, ......read more

    flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai ......read more

    July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

    02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • ......read more

    KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

    One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE. ...read more

    Etihad and Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination Mark Emirati Women's Day With Chocolate Factory Launch

    • A new project with the Emirati Red Crescent to empower underprivileged women   Abu Dhabi, UAE – August 26, 2021:  Etihad is celebrating Emirati Women's Day with a series of events to highlight this year's theme, "Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years," in line with the UAE’s 50th anniversary year.   The airline announced a new collaboration with Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination to establish a chocolate factory for people of determination. Women from ZHO will be trained by Etihad’s ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft'

    August 26, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – ......read more

    Etihad Transports Manchester City Player Statues From Across the World to Manchester

    • Statues transported to the Etihad Stadium ahead of their installation later this week • Large scale creations of club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva were designed and built by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott  • Entire design and build process has been conducted remotely at Andy Scott’s studio in Philadelphia, USA • Carefully separated and packaged up, the statues were flown from Chicago to Frankfurt by Etihad Cargo and from then on by road to Manchester  • Etihad’s expertise in cargo transport and logistics key to ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    August 25, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – ......read more

    IATA Welcomes Latest Developments by Government of Saudi Arabia to Restore International Connectivity

    25 August 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further reopen borders and resume international air connectivity. Saudi Arabia has taken measures to ease travel restrictions to the Kingdom and enhance passenger facilitation with the necessary health protocols to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, by:   • Opening up the Kingdom for tourists  • Removing quarantine for vaccinated travelers  • Expanding the facilitation of religious traffic to the holy cities • ......read more

    Team UAE Fly for Gold With Etihad

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – August 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, hosted 32 members of the UAE Paralympic Committee on their journey to the 2020 Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, Japan.  The Olympic Games reached a spectacular finale on 8 August, and the excitement continues as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games open on 24 August. The biggest para sports event in the world returns to Japan 57 years after Tokyo 1964, with 1,400 athletes from 122 countries competing for 14 gold medals. Among the field, 12 athletes will represent the ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces UAE Golden Visas for Humanitarian Workers

     In the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee its foreign aid amounted to 320 billion dirhams in 201 countries   Dubai-UAE. 18 August 2021:    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today announced that the UAE would offer Golden Visas to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices. The announcement made by Sheikh Mohammed to provide long-term residence visas to humanitarian workers was made on World Humanitarian Day, ......read more

    Travel Recovery begins toTake Off

    - “Fear of Missing Out” and a “catch up” in business travel and bookings leads to short-term increase in business travel - Summer travel surge expected to continue for the rest of the year - Last minute vacations are driving leisure travel to a fast recovery - Travelers broadly comfortable with COVID Passports   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2021:  Almost 70% of global consumers plan to travel domestically within the next six months, yet less than 10% have booked their trips according to a new survey from consulting firm Oliver ......read more

    Airbus Celebrates the 1,000th Aircraft Covered by Flight Hour Services With Flyadeal

    ● flyadeal signed long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement with Airbus ● The agreement covers all of flyadeal’s A320 fleet including the 1,000th Airbus aircraft under FHS ● Airbus FHS provides fully integrated material services and helps enhance operational reliability     17, August 2021:  flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement to support its A320 fleet.   The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight ......read more

    National Geographic and MBRSC explore the UAE's historic ‘Hope Probe' Mission to Mars in highly anticipated ‘Reach for the Stars' Episode 3

    The latest episode of the limited docu-series is set to premiere on August 18th at 8:30PM UAE and 7:30PM KSA on the National Geographic Channel  Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, August 17, 2021: In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), National Geographic has announced the premiere of the long awaited third episode of ‘Reach for the Stars’. The episode gives viewers a front-seat ticket to the first Arab interplanetary mission – the Emirates’ globally acclaimed Emirates Mars Mission and its Mars Hope ......read more

    Etihad Airways on Path to Recovery as Operations Grow

    • Network capacity at 16.4 billion ASKs and expanding monthly • One million passengers carried in first half of 2021  • Strong cargo results as tonnage increases by 44% and revenue by 56%  • EBITDA turns positive with continuous focus on cost control • First airline in the world with 100% of operating crew vaccinated • Sustainability at the core of airline’s recovery   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 10, 2021:  Etihad Airways has announced operating and financial results for the first half of 2021, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Partners with GANS to Provide Air Navigation Services

    The company will provide end-to-end air navigation services for Abu Dhabi Airports, including the safe take-off, landing, and taxiing of aircraft.   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 09 August 2021: Abu Dhabi Airports, the owner and operator of the emirate’s five airports, has signed a contract with Global Air Navigation Services (GANS) for the provision of air navigation services. GANS will provide services at Abu Dhabi Airports’ five airports, as part of a long-term strategic partnership.   The scope of the contract comprises end-to-end air navigation services, ......read more

    Iraqi Airways Launches New Flights from Baghdad to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 0, August 2021: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has welcomed two new weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The inaugural flight, operated by Iraqi Airways using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on Saturday 7 August at 17:00 Local Time (LT).  Iraqi Airways will start by operating one flight per week and will then increase its number flights to two per week. Flights will be operating on both Saturdays and Tuesdays, upon the recovery of the travel demand.  Francois Bourienne, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Ramps Up UK Passenger Flights

    • Etihad flights to depart Abu Dhabi for London three times daily and Manchester daily • Passengers vaccinated in the UK, Europe and US travel quarantine-free • Passengers vaccinated elsewhere and those unvaccinated to undergo 10-day home quarantine    United Arab Emirates – Auggust 07, 2021:  Following the United Arab Emirates being added to the UK Amber List, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights to London and Manchester from 8 August.    Unvaccinated guests travelling from the UAE will be required to have a negative PCR ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Announces Dubai to Manila Special Commercial Flights for August 2021

     CEB confirms Dubai-Manila special commercial flights on August 11 & 18      Dubai, UAE - 05 August 2021:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, confirms special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila this August, as well as additional flights to other key Asian destinations as it rebuilds international operations.    The Bayanihan (a Filipino word that best describes uniting as a community) flights or special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila are scheduled on August 11 and 18, or two ......read more

    Airline Industry Statistics Confirm 2020 Was Worst Year on Record

    04 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis:   • 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019 • Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year • International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared ......read more

    SITA and Crown Prince Foundation Sign MOU, Opening the Door to New Career Opportunities in Jordan

    The agreement covers internships, apprenticeships, and graduate placements  04, August 2021:  Global aviation IT company, SITA, and the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help improve the career opportunities for students and young professionals in Jordan. Apprenticeships, internships, and graduate programs form part of the three-year agreement.   With nearly 70% of the population below 30 years of age, the MOU will help young Jordanians develop new skills and grow new career opportunities in the information ......read more

    Air Cargo Posts Strongest First Half-Year Growth Since 2017

    1 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets for June showing a 9.9% improvement on pre-COVID-19 performance (June 2019). This pushed first half-year air cargo growth to 8%, its strongest first half performance since 2017 (when the industry posted 10.2% year-on-year growth).  As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to June 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global ......read more

    June Air Travel Recovery Continues to Disappoint

    August 01, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to June 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in ......read more

    Airbus Reports Half-Year (H1) 2021 Results

    • 297 commercial aircraft delivered in H1 2021 • H1 financials reflect deliveries as well as continued efforts on cost containment and competitiveness • Revenues € 24.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 2.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 2.7 billion; EPS (reported) 2.84 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 2.1 billion • Focus on securing A320 Family ramp-up and transforming the industrial value chain • Board of Directors approval for A350 freighter derivative  • 2021 guidance updated   29 ......read more

    Etihad Rolls Out IATA Travel Pass To Seven Cities Following Successful Trials

    Now available on key routes to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia Abu Dhabi, UAE – July 28, 2021:   Following successful trials, Etihad Airways has expanded IATA Travel Pass on flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network as it continues to implement digital solutions to simplify the travel experience in the wake of the pandemic. IATA Travel Pass is available for guests on all Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York and Singapore and offers the convenience of a one-stop platform for managing ......read more

    4 Memorable Holiday Ideas For Eid-Al-Adha

    When it comes to holidays, Eid-al-Adha is the most important time for all Muslims. In the Middle East, this is actually the holiday everyone waits for all along the year. There isn't any happier occasion for Muslim families to get together and share their time, holiday meals, and free-time activities. Probably, this year you want to spend your Eid-al-Adha time more than ever because of last year's Covid-19 pandamic. We want to give you a few holiday ideas to catch so you can make this time an unforgettable lifelong event to create sweet memories for you and your special ......read more

    Dubai's Best Activities for Summer 2021

    The world is beginning to open back up and that means people are looking for places to travel immediately. Those heading to warmer climates might wonder what there is to do in Dubai this summer, and if there are any open attractions at all. What kind of activities are there to do in Dubai this summer?     Visitors from around the world are in luck: Dubai is a great place for summer surprises, hence the name of its special summer events. But where to start? Visit the malls first and foremost. Each of the most popular malls and hotels this year will offer great events, but ......read more

    Al Ain International Airport welcomes two new weekly flights operated by Nile Air

    Al Ain International Airport to connect with Cairo International Airport through scheduled flights by Nile Air every Monday and Friday   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 July 2021: Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, has welcomed two new weekly flights between Al Ain and Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The inaugural flight, operated by Nile Air landed at Al Ain International Airport on Monday, July 12 at 21:15 Local Time (LT). Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome two new weekly ......read more

    7 Stunning Things You Can Only Do In Dubai

    The evergreen cultural influx that you can breathe in Dubai is something unique in the entire world. This city in the heart of the Middle East isn't only made of luxury malls and extraordinary city lights overnight. It's an all-inclusive place where you can enjoy art, shopping at all levels, visit futuristic neighborhoods, and plan a trip to the desert. In a city where fresh-water fountains seem to appear and disappear beyond each corner of its giant buildings, it may not sound a good idea to go exploring the desert region. But Dubai is made of this, as well. The desert on the edge ......read more

    7 Unique Adventure Sports You Can Try In Dubai

    Not all places can boast the same high-level kinds of activities to do for both locals and tourists as Dubai. This wonderful city in the heart of the Middle East shines bright like a diamond in a black mine. Surrounded by huge desert regions, Dubai is the capital of anything that is thought to be impossible out there. So, are you still wondering why millions of tourists want to visit this destination every year? We want to offer you a quick overview of the most representative activities that can make your vacation experience not unique but even incredible. It's what everyone tells ......read more

    Tax is Not the Answer to Aviation Sustainability

    15, July 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernization of air traffic management.  “Aviation is committed to decarbonization as a global industry. We don’t need persuading, or punitive measures like taxes to motivate change. In fact, ......read more

    IATA Calls on States to Follow WHO Guidance on Cross-Border Travel

    July 15, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to COVID-19 and international travel. It will be presented to the WHO COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday 15 July.   Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:   • Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit • Remove ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For the Peak Eid Holidays

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 13, 2021:  With Etihad’s newest destinations - Mykonos and Santorini in the Greek Islands, and Malaga in Spain - opening last week, and travel restrictions around the world continuing to ease, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are geared up to welcome a large volume of passengers over the Eid holidays.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Chauffeur Service to and From Dubai for Economy Guests

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is offering free private airport transfers to and from Dubai for guests travelling in Economy to select destinations. Tickets must be booked by 11 August for travel by 30 September 2021. Travellers will also earn double Etihad Guest Miles on their flight too.  Guests travelling to Dubai do not need to quarantine on arrival and can travel easily from Abu Dhabi International Airport, using Etihad’s complimentary transfer services to Dubai. During the promotion, guests ......read more

    May Air Cargo 9.4% Above Pre-COVID Levels

    08, July 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend.   As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to May 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9.4% compared to May 2019. Seasonally adjusted demand rose by 0.4% month-on-month in May, the 13th ......read more

    Women in Aviation (WIA) in Dubai Awards Scholarships to Rising Stars

    Awards are the first of their kind in the MENA region Winners get scholarships worth over US$50,000  Recognition in aviation and aerospace domains Gender diversity in the aviation industry recognised  Dubai, July 6, 2021:  The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter’s General Assembly, held as a co-located event of the 20th edition of the Airport Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has awarded scholarships worth over US$50,000 and honoured women who are helping the aviation industry gain gender diversity. For the first time, an ......read more

    Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Set to Steal the Show at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

    • Goodwood Festival of Speed dynamic debut of the highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar • V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition to also make Goodwood debut from the Supercar Paddock  • Return to Formula One marked with celebratory ‘Aston Martin Moment’ • Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll will drive AMR21 F1® car on Saturday   July 06, 2021:  Following the cancellation of last year’s show, Aston Martin are looking forward to exciting the crowds this week at Goodwood Festival of ......read more

    Jebel Jais – Pushing Ras Al Khaimah's Tourist Sector to New Heights

    July 03, 2021: Ensuring the future of the Hajar Mountains’ native flora and fauna is a key consideration as the Emirate launches new and exciting adventure attractions at the UAE’s highest peak      There can be no better symbol for the tourism aspirations of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah than Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the UAE. Reaching almost two kilometers in height, this imposing feature stands out against the impressive contours of the Hajar Mountains and - thanks to a new focus in tourism - has come to represent Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitions ......read more

    SITA Launches a Revitalized Portfolio to Meet the Industry's Changing Demands

    Five priority areas have been identified as critical to rebuilding air travel post-COVID   UAE – 1 July 2021:  Your Runway to Success, published today by SITA, sets out five critical areas for the air transport industry’s rebuild in the next 18 months and highlights SITA’s remodeled solutions to tackle the major challenges facing air travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Over the past 12 months, COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the aviation industry financially and operationally. IATA estimates a net loss for the airline industry of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends ‘Verified to Fly' Travel Document Initiative Globally

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 30, 2021:   Etihad Airways has extended its ‘Verified To Fly’ travel document initiative, enabling travellers to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport, to routes across its global network.  Available for the vast majority of Etihad flights, to use the Verified to Fly service passengers sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and following the simple instructions to upload and submit their travel documents. Guests will receive confirmation once their documents have been approved in line ......read more

    United Airlines Orders 70 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    Premium single-aisle aircraft positions airline for growth    UAE, 29 June 2021 - United Airlines has placed an order for 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft, positioning the airline to grow its presence in the single-aisle market in alignment with its “United Next” initiative.  The new order complements existing orders from United for 50 A321XLR aircraft, bringing the total commitment from the airline to 120 A321 aircraft.  Another reason the A321neo is in such high demand globally is that the aircraft provides superior environmental performance with the ......read more

    IATA Launches Self Registration Portal for IATA Travel Pass Lab Network

    29, June 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a self-registration portal to make it easier for COVID-19 testing labs to join the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network.  IATA’s Lab Network provides a list of eligible lab locations around the globe so that travelers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test prior to travel.  The newly launched portal provides a one-stop-shop for labs to self-register to be included in the Network.  Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility *criteria* ......read more

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