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    Renault of Arabian Automobiles Partners With Adcb, Presents Customers 72 Hours of Exceptional Deals

    • Discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000   Dubai, UAE, 09July 2020:   Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank customers now have 72 hours to take advantage of an exciting offer being presented by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. As part of a partnership with the bank, from Thursday 9th of July to Saturday 11th of July, customers will take advantage of spectacular offers that include discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000 on Renault’s lineup (T&C apply). Additionally, bank customers will also receive exclusive loan packages to further sweeten the deal.   Whether customers are looking ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces a New Codeshare Agreement With Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

    • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code from its global route network on to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural services to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sohag    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  July 09, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a codeshare agreement with Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Effective 9 July, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to the Egyptian city of Alexandria on 14 July, followed by the Nile city of Sohag the next day.    The new agreement enables guests to book Etihad flights in conjunction with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi services, connecting its global route network beyond the UAE capital to ......read more

    Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.   IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its stakeholders both in government and in the fuel industry. The world must “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis with attention focused on investment in carbon reduction technologies and in SAF, which will create jobs at this critical ......read more

    Etihad Airways Partners With Sitata to Launch Interactive Map With Covid-19 Information

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with Sitata, a Canadian travel risk management company, to launch an interactive travel map on etihad.com, the airline’s official website. Etihad Airways’ guests now have easy access to a comprehensive overview of the situation relating to COVID-19 at each destination in the airline’s network. The travel map uses advanced computer algorithms to detect new travel information globally, which is swiftly updated on its portal. The system also relies on announcements and updates published on official government websites and reputable media channels. The information is vetted by Sitata’s team of editors and continuously updated as and when new information is made available. This provides ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Wider Network of Flights as Uae Travel Restrictions Eased

    • 58 worldwide destinations to be served subject to lifting of international restrictions  • Stringent Etihad Wellness travel health and sanitisation programme in place so guests can fly with greater peace of mind     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways is gradually resuming services to more destinations across its global network. This follows the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents. All travel remains subject to the entry and health regulations set by the UAE authorities, and those at the end destination.    Throughout July and August, subject to the lifting of international restrictions and the re-opening of individual markets, the airline plans to fly to 58 ......read more

    First Scheduled Wizz Air Flight Lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    WIZZ AIR TO OPERATE TWO ROUTES TO ABU DHABI STARTING IN JULY, AND THREE MORE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 6 July 2020: Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi Airports have celebrated the arrival of Wizz Air’s first scheduled Wizz Air Hungary flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Marking a great milestone in Wizz Air’s history and further strengthening of Abu Dhabi’s connectivity and accessibility as a destination of choice for business and leisure travel, the first Budapest-Abu Dhabi flight landed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on 1 July 2020.   The inaugural Wizz Air route from Bucharest will be followed in September by flights from Sofia, Katowice and Cluj-Napoca. With these services, Wizz Air will connect these exciting European cities with Abu Dhabi and ......read more

    Strata Delivers 100 Shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

    Al Ain based company underscores its position as a reliable partner to fabricate full IBF package following assembly line success on the same component    Al Ain, UAE – 06 July, 2020: Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has successfully delivered 100 shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full First Article Inspection for the fabrication of six IBF components at its state-of-the-art facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, Strata now assumes fabrication and assembly duties in partnership with Airbus. To fully-automate the IBF manufacturing process, Strata will utilise Hot Drape Forming (HDF) and computer-controlled robotic Automated Tape Layup (ATL) machines, ......read more

    Hope Probe: Raising Ambitions, Inspiring Nations

    Dubai, UAE, 05 July 2020:  In a nod to the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe’s” countdown to its launch and the fulfillment of an Arab-Islamic dream, a photo of the mission’s logo onboard the International Space Station (ISS) was shared by Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori on his social media accounts. The mission’s logo will now travel to Mars onboard the first inter-planetary Arab-Islamic probe.  Ever since the UAE was established, the Late Sheikh Zayed has always inspired his countrymen to aim for the stars. Keeping the promise of the Founding Father of the UAE, the Emirati youth set out on the ambitious target of literally reaching for the stars, a dream that some considered distant. But, after Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori launched into space last year, it doesn’t seem so ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Governments to Bear Costs of Public Health Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne by governments. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and broader economy has halted aviation at global level, leading to multi-billion losses in revenue and traffic.  As the industry begins to restart and plan for a long-term, sustained recovery, the health and safety of passengers and staff remains the foremost priority for airports and airlines. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), through the Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), has resolved to partner with its Member States, international and regional ......read more

    Quotes from MBRSC and UAE Astronauts on H.H tweet today upon the "Arab Space Talent" Programme"

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre: “Through the passion and ambition of the UAE’s youth and the visionary policies of the wise leadership of our nation, we have realised the Arab dream of exploring Mars. The announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, to launch a programme for Arab youth to join the UAE in training for space programme and its related technologies is a confirmation of the leadership’s belief in the capabilities of Arabs. The new programme will support the young minds and give impetus to investing in advancing scientific and human development.” “The UAE is leading the Arab movement ......read more

    Quarantine Measures Threaten Aviation Restart in Africa & the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases.   Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.     “It is critical that AME governments implement alternatives to quarantine measures. AME has the highest number of countries in the world with government-imposed quarantine measures ......read more

    IATA Welcomes ICAO Council Decision on CORSIA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use 2019 as a baseline for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). In 2022, the ICAO Assembly will consider if further amendments are necessary to address the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme.  Airlines are committed to reducing net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. This commitment is unchanged. CORSIA is a vital step in that direction, enabling carbon-neutral growth that will stabilize net emissions from international aviation at 2019 levels (580 million tonnes of carbon). Originally, the CORSIA baseline calculation was agreed to be ......read more

    Search for the Stars as UAE Residents' ‘Space' Interest Goes Into Orbit Ahead of Historic Mars Mission

    Online searches for ‘space’, ‘Emirati astronaut’, and ‘NASA’ see substantial increases over the past year   Dubai, UAE – 01 July, 2020:  As the UAE readies to embrace history as the first Arab country to launch an unmanned, interplanetary satellite to Mars, the nation’s residents’ interest in space and related topics has gone into orbit, according to historical back-data collected by SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. Originally announced in 2014, the Emirates Mars Mission - also known as the Hope Mars Mission - has sparked considerable interest among UAE residents over the past 12 months, with searches for the mission increasing by 85 per cent between May 2019 and May 2020. Similar online search growth extends across related terms and ......read more

    May Air Cargo Shows Slight Pickup Amid Continuing Capacity Crunch

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 30, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in May showing a slight improvement in the air cargo market. But capacity remains unable to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft that have been parked.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 20.3% in May (-21.5% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is an improvement from the 25.6% year-on-year drop recorded in April.  • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 34.7% in May (-32.2% for international operations) compared to the previous year, a slight deceleration from the 41.6% year-on-year drop in ......read more

    Global Industry Veteran Rosa Tahmaseb Appointed Secretary-General of MENALAC

    Industry veteran Rosa Tahmaseb will be the new Secretary-General for the Middle East North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC) as the industry starts to gear up for re-opening of numerous venues across the region.        Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 29, 2020:   The Board of the Middle East and North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC), the leisure and entertainment industry council representing the Middle East’s growing leisure attractions sector, has appointed Rosa Tahmaseb as new Secretary-General, effective from June 2020.   Rosa Tahmaseb, an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience brings with her a wide range of expertise in the leisure, attractions and events industries. Rosa’s varied experience includes having worked for both Operators as well ......read more

    UK Visa Services Resume in Four Countries in the Middle East From 28 June 2020

    • Travellers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, can submit their visa applications at the UK Visa Application Centres from 28 June 2020   • Optional Priority Visa, Super Priority Visa, and Walk-in services will not be offered initially   • As part of health precautions, prior appointment is mandatory; customers may be required to undergo temperature checks, wear facemasks and maintain physical distancing.     From 28 June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa Application Centres in Bahrain (Manama), Kuwait (Kuwait City), Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh), and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).   As part of health precautions, only customers with a prior appointment may visit ......read more

    UAE's First-Ever Fully Sponsored Flight to India

    185 Indians to fly to Cochin on 3rd July 2020 in a chartered flight arranged by  J&J Marketing L.L.C. Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 28, 2020:   The COVID-19 outbreak has left thousands of Indians stranded since its outbreak at the end of 2019. With commercial aviation difficulty, cancellations and dilemma, a good number of Indians were left with little to no alternatives to return to their home country. A trip with certainty and safety to return home comes with a fully sponsored repatriation flight which is made possible, thanks to the efforts and coordination between Mr. Jiji & team and the Government bodies.   Mr. Jiji Varghese, Managing Director of J&J Marketing L.L.C. Dubai, the leading market distributor in the stationery industry with over a network of 20 countries is pleased ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected. “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies. We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected.   “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies. We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Conducts 51,000 COVID-19 Tests

    Abu Dhabi - June 23, 2020:   A total of 51,100 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Abu Dhabi International Airport covering passengers, airline crew members and employees of the airport since the first week of February in the wake of the global spread of the pandemic. As part of the extensive health and safety measures implemented across the facility, Abu Dhabi International Airport partnered with Pure Health, the largest laboratory operator in the GCC, which managed the massive COVID-19 screening initiative covering the 24/7 operations at the airport.  During the period of various restrictions and the suspension of passenger flight services, the airport remained open for vital cargo operations serving capacity-constrained markets, special repatriation flights and facilitating global humanitarian relief ......read more

    Kleindienst Group Announces the Construction of a 1-km ‘Raining Street' at the Heart of Europe in Dubai

    Year-round rainfall will ensure 27 degree temperature during hot summer season at the Raining Street Boulevard that will enthrall local and international tourists with year-round European festivals, street cafe, casual dining restaurants, retail outlets, fashion and souvenir shops       Date: Dubai, UAE; June 23, 2020   Key Highlights   1. The world’s first climate-controlled Raining Street will offer year-round rainfall at the Heart of Europe when it opens later this year!   2. An engineering marvel, the Raining Street will offer year-round rainfall that will reduce the temperature to 27 degree Celsius during the summer season providing enough cooling.   3. It will also host as many as 51 year-round European festivals that will enthrall local and international ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Was the Busiest Operator in the Eurocontrol Area After Restarting Domestic and International Flights

    Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in Eurocontrol area for the first time an airline has that number since 24 March 2020   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 21, 2020:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, was reported as the busiest operator in Europe last week after successfully restarting domestic and international passenger operations. On 17 June 2020, Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in Eurocontrol area for the first time an airline has that number since 24 March 2020. EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated to supporting European aviation. They confirmed that Turkey’s national flag carrier operated 359 flights during the first week of June from its home at Istanbul Airport. On 14th June three aircraft were able to take off simultaneously with the ......read more

    35th Anniversary of the Iconic Mission of HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 20, 2020:   Emirati astronauts, Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi have shared photos on their respective social media platforms, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic mission of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who became the first Arab to reach space on 17th June 1985. When I was a child, learning about H.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud’s inspiring journey into space made me believe that truly sky is the limit. On the anniversary of his flight into space, we are reminded that no dream is small and if pursued with passion and persistence we can achieve it. Hazzaa AlMansoori, Emirati Astronaut  35 years since H.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud made us believe that it is possible to dream, chase and make history. Thank you for making us ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Athens

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 18, 2020:  Effective 24 June, Etihad Airways will recommence flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Greece. The twice-weekly schedule will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.   The flights will connect guests travelling to and from Athens with key destinations in Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi.   The addition of Athens increases the total number of international flights being flown by Etihad throughout June to 25 destinations, with plans to significantly increase the number of scheduled flights around the world, as international travel restrictions are lifted.      Athens schedule, effective 24 June (all times local)   Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Frequency   EY  91 ......read more

    ICAO, IATA, ACI Asia-Pacific Urge Governments in the Middle East to Implement Global Guidance for the Safe Restart of Aviation

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific are joining the International Civil Aviation Organization Middle East (ICAO MID) in urging the governments in the Middle East region to rapidly implement ICAO’s global guidelines for restoring air connectivity to ensure the safe and harmonized restart of aviation in the region. These guidelines are contained in Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, which was approved by the ICAO Council on 1 June 2020.    “Air connectivity is critical to economic and sustainable development in the Middle East, effective recovery of air transport in the region is essential to support the economy post COVID-19.  The key principles, ......read more

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    Oman welcomes over 3.5 million visitors in 2019

    283,000 cruise ship tourists recorded last year, up 46.63 per cent compared to 2018 Key projects help diversify Oman's tourism offerings to meet demand for unique experiences Hotel apartments increased by 14.5 per cent in 2019 Strategic partnerships with Ministry of Tourism help drive more growth and development for the sector June 28, 2020: The Sultanate of Oman welcomed more than 3.5 million tourists in 2019, which reflected an 8.14 per cent increase as compared to the number of visits registered in 2018. The growth can be attributed to the continuing efforts made by the ......read more

    Sharjah to see a 50 % return to activities in Tourism and Hospitality sector

    Return made possible through the comprehensive implementation of preventive measures to limit spread of COVID-19 June 24, 2020: The Sharjah Government has announced the resumption of the second phase of its recovery efforts, activating different sectors and activities by 50 per cent in the emirate. The move is in line with the directives issued by the Sharjah Executive Council and its orders to implement preventive measures designed to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the gradual return of ......read more

    Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released criteria for the use of COVID-19 testing in the travel process. Should governments choose to introduce COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving from countries considered as high risk, testing must deliver results fast, be able to be conducted at scale, and operate to very high rates of accuracy. Additionally, testing must be cost-effective and not create an economic or logistical barrier to travel.   The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) published ......read more

    Continued Government Relief Measures Needed to get Airlines Through the Winter

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry faces a hard winter and called on governments around the world to continue providing relief measures as the COVID-19 crisis continues.   Airlines are expected to post a loss of $84.3 billion in 2020 and government financial relief is a lifeline to many airlines. The bulk of airlines make their money in the northern summer season, while the winter season, even in the best of times, is a struggle to remain profitable. For example, the 2019 net ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Manchester City Unveil Bespoke Kit Ahead of English Premier League Return

    UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 15:00 (GST) 16 JUNE 2020   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 16, 2020:   Etihad Airways, together with its partner Manchester City, have unveiled a bespoke match-day jersey in recognition of the global efforts to begin recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Etihad is dedicating the front of shirt space, ordinarily bearing the Etihad logo, to the ‘Cityzens Giving For Recovery’ campaign, City Football Group and Manchester City’s 12-month campaign aimed at helping communities get back on their feet.  The ......read more

    Etihad Credit Insurance and Bpifrance Join Hands to Enhance Trade and Economic Cooperation

    • The Agreement includes the exploration of mutual opportunities for insurance, reinsurance, co-insurance services for export of goods, investments and services to assist and support insured exporters • The Cooperation Agreement between the two Governments export credit agencies will generate potential trade opportunities that will benefit both countries     Dubai, UAE, June, 15th, 2020 – Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal Export Credit Company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bpifrance Assurance Export, the French Export ......read more

    The Heart of Europe one the Safest Islands in the World with 0 Corona Cases

    The set of 6 treasure islands gets ready to offer the best of Europe in an experiential holiday and entertainment retreat     Date: Dubai, UAE; June 14, 2020   Key Highlights 1. The US$5 billion mega sustainable tourism project will host more than 4,000 guest rooms and suites offering a wide array of services in different settings.   2. More than 1,200 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are working full time within a healthy and safe environment.   3. Developer Kleindienst Group prepares to open the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Operates Goodwill Flight To Costa Rica

    UAE national airline’s first ever flight to the Central American country operated via the Dominican Republic         Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 14, 2020:  Etihad Airways yesterday operated its first ever flight from Abu Dhabi to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. The goodwill flight transported Costa Rican citizens returning home, and humanitarian aid from the Government of the United Arab Emirates, to help Costa Rica in its fight against COVID-19.    The Boeing 787-9 was also carrying Dominican nationals returning ......read more

    IATA Interactive Map Gives Travelers Latest COVID-19 Restrictions with Real-time Alerts Available

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travelers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country. The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic situation with respect to COVID-19, Timatic is updated more than 200 times per day to provide accurate travel restrictions specific to the current pandemic, based on one’s citizenship and ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Aldar Retail Sign Major Partnership Agreement

    • Iconic Abu Dhabi brands sign major agreement allowing Etihad Guest members to earn and spend miles with their Visa cards while shopping at Yas Mall, Al Jimi Mall and World Trade Center  • The partnership supports the capital’s quest to become a leading leisure and tourism hub • Etihad Guest also allows members to earn Tier Miles towards their next tier on both earn and spend transactions within the three malls.      June 11, 2020 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Aldar ......read more

    Etihad Travel Voucher – Buy Now and Receive 50% Cash Bonus

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 10, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start planning their next trip, once travel restrictions ease, with the launch of ‘Etihad Travel Voucher’.    Guests who purchase an Etihad Travel Voucher between 10 and 24 June 2020 will receive an extra 50% cash value for future travel from 1 August 2020 onwards.  Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Now, more than ever, we want to give the world something to look forward to. ......read more

    Etihad Engineering Expands Operations as Airlines Bring Forward Maintenance Schedules

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  June 10, 2020: Etihad Engineering, the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has been expanding its operations in aircraft maintenance and parking, to meet the new requirements of airline operators as fleets have been grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MRO provider continues to adapt to the ever-changing market needs and leverages its one-stop-shop service to cater to an increase in parking requirements and opportunistic maintenance. Operators from around the world have worked closely with the MRO to bring forward ......read more

    Industry Losses to Top $84 Billion in 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 10, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%. Revenues will fall 50% to $419 billion from $838 billion in 2019. In 2021, losses are expected to be cut to $15.8 billion as revenues rise to $598 billion.   “Financially, 2020 will go down as the worst year in the history of aviation. On average, every day of this year will add $230 million to industry ......read more

    Majority of G.C.C. Travel Agents Envisage a Return to International Travel by August/September

    Intra-Middle East travel demand as a region expected to perform best, with The Maldives ranked as number 1 standalone destination for expected demand   09, June 2020 – In a survey conducted by AVIAREPS of 94 of the Gulf Countries (G.C.C.) leading outbound travel agencies, demand for outbound travel from the G.C.C. is expected to return from August/September 2020, with a majority of travel agencies to commence promoting their travel offerings from July through to September 2020. Most promotional offerings will take the form of full travel packages that include air, ......read more

    Swiss-Belhotel International Launches Global Initiative ‘WeReassure'

    As the lockdown for COVID-19 begins to ease in different parts of the world, Swiss-Belhotel International has rolled out a special initiative ‘WeReassure’ to welcome back guests across its hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “WeReassure is our promise towards the well-being of our guests and our staff by maintaining hygiene and safety standards across all our branded hotels. A 64-page document has been rolled out to our hotels on the standards of the ......read more

    MBRSC Vows Analytical Studies for Scientific Community and Government Entities

    The scientific platform provides in-depth scientific analytical reports of the environment for government entities  • The platform is the first of its kind in the region  • In the first phase, 20 analytical reports on different environmental phenomena will be made available on the platform • The platform makes use of the Centre’s advanced tools and technology   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 06, 2020:    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the launch of a scientific interactive platform that will provide ......read more

    After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick

    June 04, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand in April (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), plunged 94.3% compared to April 2019, as the COVID-19-related travel restrictions virtually shut down domestic and international air travel. This is a rate of decline never seen in the history of IATA’s traffic series, which dates back to 1990.  More recently, figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on 21 April ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Offer Special Transfer Flights Connecting Key Cities on Its Global Network

    • New transfer connections linking 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 04, 2020:  Effective 10 June, Etihad Airways will link 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi. The new transfer services will make it possible for those travelling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect easily through the UAE capital onwards to key global destinations.   Etihad recently launched links from Melbourne and Sydney to London Heathrow, allowing direct transfer ......read more

    Air Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs), fell by 27.7% in April compared to the previous year (-29.5% for international markets). • Global capacity, measured in ......read more

    VFS Global Reopens Turkey Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    • The centre to restart operations from 01 June 2020 • Accepts visa applications for all available categories     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03 2020:   Under the directives received from the Embassy of Turkey in the United Arab Emirates, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has reopened its Turkey Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai enforcing strict health and safety guidelines.    Restarting from 01 June 2020, the ......read more

    Urgent Implementation of ICAO COVID-19 Guidelines Needed

    2 June 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity.    Today, the ICAO Council approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Takeoff). This is an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis.  “The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A ......read more

    Kleindienst Group's Floating Seahorse Villas Are Setting Sail to Welcome Guests in the Fourth Quarter of 2020

    Kleindienst Group offers a rewarding investment and an enriching lifestyle with 100% return on investment in 12 years in sustainable settings       Date: Dubai, UAE; June 2, 2020    Key Highlights   1. Floating Seahorse villas are a timeless innovation and offer breath-taking views of marine life and beautiful coral reefs from underwater bedroom.  2. More than 1,200 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are working full time with a healthy and safe environment.  3. The value of the Floating ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Health and Hygiene Programme Championed by New Wellness Ambassadors

    • ‘Etihad Wellness’ highlights the stringent measures in place for healthy flying • As an industry first, Wellness Ambassadors will provide greater level of customer care and reassurance   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 01, 2020:   Etihad Airways has launched ‘Etihad Wellness’, an expanded and more comprehensive health and hygiene programme and customer guide. This builds on the stringent measures already put in place by the airline to deal with COVID-19. The programme will be championed by the introduction of specially ......read more

    DTTAG New Executive Committee to Manage Post Covid 19 Return to Normalcy of Travel

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2020:  The Dubai Travel and Tour Agents Group (DTTAG) has been restructured with the appointment of Mr. Asim Arshad, CEO of Orient Travel, as the president of the group along with Mr. Sumit Acharya, Managing Director of BCD Travel, as the Vice President. The Group has also revamped the executive committee to include industry stalwarts from leading travel agencies, namely Mr. Jamal Abdulnazer, CEO of Cozmo Travel; Mr. Aubrey Heldt, General Manager of Kanoo Travel; Mr. Savio Vaz, Vice President of Dnata Travel; Mr. Nasir Khan, CEO of Al Nabooda ......read more

    WTTC Launches Safe Travels Protocols for Aviation, Airports, MICE and Tour Operators

    New measures help to rebuild confidence for travellers Latest protocols aid the reopening of Travel & Tourism sector   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 30, 2020:   The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the second phase of measures to rebuild global consumer confidence to encourage the return of travelling.   The latest protocols are designed to drive the return of safe travel and enable industries, namely tour operators and convention centres, meetings and events to thrive once again.   Detailed discussions took place with ......read more

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