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    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Signs MoU with General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments

    Entities to collaborate to provide tours of Abu Dhabi’s historic mosques Abu Dhabi, 19 January 2019:  To promote cultural tourism in Abu Dhabi and showcase Islamic heritage and Abu Dhabi’s mosques and their stages of development and growth to tourists, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) to organise tours of historic and iconic mosques in the emirate. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two government entities to provide the immersive experiences to tourists and residents alike will also serve to strengthen the cultural exchange between the two partners.  The agreement was signed by H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, and H.E. Mohammed Saeed Al ......read more

    Emirates to operate scheduled A380 service to Amman

    Airline to operate largest commercial aircraft in the world for four month period during summer peak Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2019:   Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman between 01 June and 26 October 2019, in response to increased demand for travel during the summer period. This adjustment will see the airline operate one of its three daily flights on the route (EK 903/904) with its flagship A380. This will be the first time that Emirates will operate a scheduled A380 service to Amman, following the historic one-off A380 flight operated in September 2016. Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Gulf, Middle East & Iran commented on the A380 deployment to Amman:  “Jordan has been a strategically important market in this region for Emirates for a ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018.

    January 14, 2019:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2% load factor in that month. Growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines at the end of the year as well.    According to the December 2018 Traffic Results;  Total number of passengers carried went up by 1% reaching 5.5 million passengers, and the load factor went up to 80.2%.  In December 2018, total load factor improved by 0,5 points, while international load factor increased by 0,5 points to 80%, domestic load factor reached to 84%. International-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers) went up by 3% approximately, while the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports sponsors the UAE Sport Talent Fund

    As part of its commitment to social responsibility   13 January 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports took part in sponsoring the UAE Sport Talent Fund, which was launched in December 2018 by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Sports (GAS), Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ sponsorship of the UAE Sport Talent Fund demonstrated the company’s commitment to social responsibility, and its ongoing support of community engagement programs. Through its donation, Abu Dhabi Airports supports developing and refining the abilities of the UAE athletes, so they can achieve their aspirational targets in the sports sector on a global level.      Mohammed Al Katheeri, Senior Vice President of Strategy and ......read more

    Revamped agenda in 2019 for GALF

    Blockchain, AI and Remote ATC Towers under the spotlight 517 million passengers in the Middle East by 2036 ME smart airports market worth US$850 million in 2019 MEA blockchain spending to be US$307 million by 2021   Dubai, January 13, 2019:   The Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) is one of the world’s most influential knowledge-sharing platforms for the airports industry. A new revamped agenda for its seventh edition in Dubai in 2019 hosts an engaging line-up of speakers and the agenda reflects the changing aviation landscape and future technologies. Key airport industry decision makers will flock to Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (DICEC) for the three day forum (29 April – 1 May) taking place alongside the 19th edition of Airport Show.  Airport Show ......read more

    Choose to Start the Year Right With Etihad's Global Sale

    Travellers choosing to make a fresh start this year can begin anywhere with Etihad Global Sale Economy flights to London start from AED2,343; Business fares from AED12,969 Special fares available for travel from 18 January to 27 November 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start 2019 right and travel in style with the launch of its Global Sale.   With the New Year comes resolutions. To eat better, relax more, indulge your mind, be more cultured, spend more time with family, settle into a good book, and travel far.    Etihad Airways invites consumers to make choices about how they travel, and to journey on their own terms. That’s why no matter your New Year’s resolution, Etihad Airways wants ......read more

    Airbus achieves new commercial aircraft delivery record in 2018

    Deliveries total 800 aircraft, 11 percent higher than in 2017 Net orders total 747, backlog increases to 7,577 aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2019:  Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. Deliveries were 11 percent higher than the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017. For the 16th year in a row now, Airbus has increased the number of commercial aircraft deliveries on an annual basis.   In total, the 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries comprise: 20 A220s (since it became part of the Airbus family in July 2018); 626 A320 Family (vs 558 in 2017), of which 386 were A320neo Family (vs 181 NEOs in 2017); 49 A330s (vs 67 in 2017) including the first three A330neo in ......read more

    Solid but Moderating Passenger Demand in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy but moderating global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2% compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8% over the year-ago period, and load factor dipped 0.4 percentage point to 80.0%. It was only the third time in two years that load factor fell on a year-to-year basis.    “Traffic is solid. But there are clear signs that growth is moderating in line with the slowing global economy. We still expect 6% demand growth this year. But trade tensions, protective tariffs and Brexit are all uncertainties that overhang the industry,” said Alexandre de Juniac, ......read more

    First 14 airlines confirmed for inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa forum

    Regional airlines add 58 new routes across the GCC in 2018 Almost 50% of new UAE routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations in Europe; with Russia claiming the second largest share of new flights Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May.    Senior network planning teams from Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia, Air Asia, EgyptAir, flyadeal, Ethiopian Airlines, Global Airways, Atlas Global, Germania, Mahan Air, Royal Air Maroc and Titan Airways will attend the inaugural route development forum.    Throughout 2018, GCC airlines have added 58 new flight ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Flat in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3% year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand.    While international e-commerce continues to grow, overall demand faced significant headwinds:  Signs of weakness in global economic activity; A contraction in export order books in all major exporting ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Releases AED250 Million in Bank Guarantees of Tourism Companies to Boost Investment in Ecosystem

    As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism exempts over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy Move part of efforts to support the government’s economic stimulus programme aimed at lowering cost of doing business and making the emirate more attractive to investors DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 8 January 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million in bank guarantees that have been furnished by tourism-related service providers, following the waiver of this prerequisite regulatory requirement to start a travel and tour business in the emirate. The new deregulatory measure allows for instant liquidity to be ......read more

    19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019

    January 08, 2019:  British Airways’ new year’s resolution is to provide its customers with even more quality and choice in every cabin on every route -  with a £6.5bn investment and 19 great reasons to look forward to flying with the airline in 2019.    Here are some of the reasons to fly with British Airways this year: The January sale – on now. Bag a bargain to dozens of top global destinations. Do it now, before everyone else does.  New routes. Customers can try out the airline’s new routes to Charleston y’all, with Pittsburgh, Osaka, Kos and Corsica, Ljubljana, Montpellier, among others. It’s the airline’s most extensive route network in more than a decade.    New aircraft. Customers can fly on one of the carrier’s 15 plush new ......read more

    The Most Beautiful Beaches of Dubai

    Caption: Dubai has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world     January 07, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: Dubai might be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it isn’t just the cosmopolitan cityscape that brings the tourists to town. The beaches of Dubai are equally as extravagant and luxurious as the rest of this magnificent city. The combination of the warm azure waters of the Arabian Gulf with the soft, gleaming white sands of the coastline means that Dubai is a must-see for new and seasoned travellers alike.    There is a selection of beaches to choose from, but it is worth remembering that a portion of the coastline is dedicated to private beaches for luxury beachfront resorts. The public beaches are equally as appealing, with one of them featuring the Burj Al Arab, one of the most ......read more

    Kalima Reading Club Organises Panel Discussion On La Rochefoucauld's ‘Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims'

    Abu Dhabi, 06 January 2019:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) Kalima Reading Club organised a panel discussion on ‘Reflections: Or Sentences and Moral Maxims’ by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, which was attended by a number of writers, intellectuals and DCT Abu Dhabi employees. The session featured researcher and writer Sheikha Al-Jabri, poet Salem Bou Jamhour, writer and storyteller Bassima Younes, novelist Ali Abu Alreesh, and poet Mira Al-Qasim, examining La Rochefoucauld’s 17th century text from each of their perspectives. They also discussed the author’s personality and the circumstances surrounding him at the time he wrote the book. The session kicked off with a speech by Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Director of the Publishing Department at DCT Abu ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport rolls out ‘Super-Fi' internet connectivity

    Super-Fi sees upload and download speeds of up to 200mbps per user, among the fastest airport internet services available in the world Move comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to customer experience and digitalization strategies  30 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its airport-wide roll out of ‘Super-Fi’ that will increase internet upload and download speeds to a maximum of 200 mbps per user at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).    The Super-Fi internet access, which is among the fastest airport Wi-Fi services in the world, has been installed and tested throughout all three terminals. It will now provide millions of travelers with improved online connectivity.   Internet access is free for public use throughout AUH ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit to host largest gathering of heads of civil aviation authorities

    Aviation industry is one of key drivers behind growth in various economic sectors  Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori: Aviation Sector is a key pillar to the National Economy and the summit is a good chance to hold partnerships.    Organised by GCAA under the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in the Aviation Sector”, GIAS 2019 will take place on January 28 & 29, 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. GIAS 2019 to see the largest gathering of ministers of aviation and transportation and heads of civil aviation authorities from around the world. Al Suwaidi: “The participation of aviation ministers and heads of civil aviation authorities and airline companies and businessmen is a testament of the importance of GIAS and of the UAE’s leading ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Launches Heritage Pulses Programme

    Programme offers various educational and entertaining family activities through 10 January Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 December 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is currently overseeing its initiative Heritage Pulses (Nabadat Torathiah) in all branches of its affiliated libraries across the emirate. Having launched in mid-December, and running until 10 January 2019, the program brings together the traditional heritage of the UAE with modern aspects of the country, through various educational and fun activities for families and participants of all ages. Heritage Pulses’ various events are designed to introduce the general public to the heritage of the UAE and its integral role in the formation of an Emirati national identity. The programme aims to instill pride, particularly ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and India's IndiGo announce a Codeshare Agreement.

    Turkish Airlines and IndiGo to leverage their respective networks to maximize travel opportunities for the traveling public. Dubai, UAE, December 26, 2018:  A member of Star Alliance, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, and India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo today announced a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement. The signed codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement between the two carriers, the effectiveness of which is subject to receipt by Turkish Airlines and IndiGo of all necessary Board and regulatory approvals, will enable both carriers to provide more flexibility of choice to their respective customers to fly on sectors between India, Istanbul and beyond.   This is the first codeshare agreement for IndiGo as part of its international expansion strategy. Through this cooperation, Turkish ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting

    The workshop held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies brought together more than 35 airport HR professionals from key Asia Pacific airports  26th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and 13th December. The three-day event, was an opportunity for Airport HR professionals to reflect on the successes of 2018, and look forward to 2019’s opportunities.  The event brought together over 35 airport HR professionals from 15 Airports to Abu Dhabi Airport’s facilities in the capital, allowing them to discuss emerging HR trends, new technologies and case studies.  The meeting provided attendees with human capital ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Hong Kong Service

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 23, 2018:   Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled service from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, effective 31 March 2019. The two-class aircraft will replace the Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently operating the route   The new 787-9 Dreamliner service to Hong Kong will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in each direction, and an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.   Timetable   Boeing 787 schedule to Hong Kong effective 31 March ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi launches a new annual season on Abu Dhabi's calendar, the Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season

    More Than 650 Outlets Sign Up for Spectacular New Code Red Sale Campaign Across Abu Dhabi Special offers for shopping, hospitality, events, dining and more will take place across the UAE capital from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019 Abu Dhabi, 23 December 2018 –   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the imminent launch of its Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season, a new annual retail and shopping season which will run across the capital. Taking place from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019, visitors and residents alike will have the chance to enjoy ‘Really Awesome Deals’ throughout the city, with incredible offers from dozens of retailers in malls and shopping centres, restaurants, events and hotels across the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Corporate Club won the First-Ever GT Tested Reader Survey Award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers”.

    The global airline also received two awards for “Best Airline for Business Class” and “Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents” for the second consecutive year. Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, is the recipient of three 2018 GT Tested Reader Survey awards by Global Traveler magazine, including the first-ever award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers” for its prestigious Turkish Airlines Corporate Club program. In addition, the global airline was awarded “Best Airline for Business Travelers” and “Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents” for the second consecutive year. This is the 15th year of the magazine’s survey, which polled more than 22,000 ......read more

    Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of highly anticipated AFC Cup 2019

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 has flown the iconic AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the much-anticipated AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy travelled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai. The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the Official Airline and Partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 2002, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events. ......read more

    The Five Reasons You Really Need Travel Insurance

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  AXA, one of the largest international players in the GCC and the no. 1 global insurance brand for the 10th consecutive year, has some helpful advice for people looking to travel over the next few days.   Passport, tickets and money are the three things on any traveler’s checklist, but the need for travel insurance is frequently overlooked and it is probably one of the most important things to consider before you leave the country.   Despite what you might have heard, travel insurance is remarkably inexpensive.  AXA is keen to create more transparency across the insurance market and is encouraging prospective customers to do a little homework to ensure they buy the most appropriate level of cover before taking a trip.    The following are their top 5 ......read more

    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 81% by 2022 says ATM report

    2.9 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2022 Saudi Arabia to experience highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, with a projected CAGR of 33% between 2018 and 2022 25% of delegates, exhibitors and attendees were interested in doing business with China at Arabian Travel Market 2018 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   The latest research from Colliers International, in partnership with ATM 2019, reveals that the GCC countries currently attract just 1% of China’s total outbound market, however positive trends ......read more

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    Tips and tricks to get the cheapest flight deals to Dubai in 2019

    January 01, 2019 - Dubai, UE:   Planning a holiday for 2019 will give you something to look forward to, especially during the colder months or rainy weekends. Dubai is a top destination to visit if you are looking for some sun, as there are beaches, wide expanses of desert and sand dunes to explore and relax in. For those wanting a city break, they can enjoy what the glittering skyline has to offer.   Once you have decided when you will go on holiday and sized up some places to stay, all that’s left to do is book the flights. With prices seeming like they are ......read more

    CNN speaks to the CEO of The Emirates Group as Dubai Intl Airport welcomes its one billionth customer

    Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2018:  As Dubai International (DXB) welcomes its one billionth international customer, CNN’s John Defterios spoke to H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum –Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of The Emirates Group.   During the interview with Defterios, Al Maktoum discussed the crucial role customers have played in helping Dubai International reach their goal, saying “It’s always about the customers. The more you please your customers, they will come again and again.”   Al Maktoum also commented on the US Federal ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route.   The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 ......read more

    Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

    Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018 -   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit Links Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in Aviation Industry

    The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and remarkable increase in demands for air transport, as the world’s safest mode of transportation, in addition to its reasonable costs. Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit ......read more

    Emirates to operate A380 to Glasgow

    Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Emirates today announced it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will operate on a scheduled basis to Scotland. The larger capacity A380 will replace Emirates’ current twice daily Boeing 777 service between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April until 31 May 2019, during which time Dubai Airports plan to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works, and the single runway operations require ......read more

    Read the Fine Print Before Buying Travel Insurance, UAE Residents Urged as New Year Holidays Beckon

    Budget Policies Leave Holidaymakers Short on Cover in an Emergency Expats Have Specific Concerns for Medical Terms and Conditions Take Special Care When Buying ‘Added Extra’ Insurance Online Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  UAE residents are being urged to check the fine print on their travel insurance before flying abroad during the New Year period, with some policies potentially leaving them short on cover in an emergency.   Paul Brierley of Nexus Insurance Brokers says gaps in provision are especially problematic when travel insurance is offered as an ......read more

    Emirates unveils new Real Madrid A380 decal

    Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team ......read more

    Dubai Adds Spanish Cruise Line to Its Homeporting Roster

    Pullmantur Cruise Line makes regional debut with maiden call of Horizon  Dubai, UAE; 16 December 2018:   Dubai Tourism alongside its public and private sector partners welcomed cruise ship Horizon into Dubai, marking the debut of Pullmantur Cruise Lines in the region. To commemorate the occasion, a traditional ‘Plaques and Keys Exchange’ ceremony was hosted on board in the presence of the President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruises and the ship’s captain, as well as key industry stakeholders. Reaffirming Dubai’s position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the ......read more

    Cathay Pacific expands its Japan network with new route to Ishikawa Prefecture from April 2019

    “Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of ......read more

    How to spend your leisure time in Dubai

    If you are planning a rich vacation abroad, chockfull of exciting adventures, memorable nights, fun-filled days, and enough photos to fill your cameras to bursting, then Dubai is sure to be on your list of prospective destinations. Now, you are on your vacation and have landed in Dubai. After checking into the hotel, what do you do next? Where do you go? Or if you don’t want to move from your comfortable bed and don’t want to sleep either, what do you do? For one, you could hit a Beach. Dubai beaches are famous for scenic eateries, beachside bars, latest fashion boutiques, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least ......read more

    Cautious Optimism Extends into 2019 Airlines Heading for A Decade in the Black

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by ......read more

    Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new ......read more

    Air India Express launches its new route to Kannur from Abu Dhabi International Airport

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Highlights Importance of Digital Maturity and Revenue Management in Hospitality Sector

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report ......read more

    New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Becomes First Transport Hub to Harvest Energy and Data from Passengers' Footsteps in Middle East

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications ......read more

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