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    Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Doha

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 15 February 2021, Etihad Airways will recommence passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Doha, Qatar, subject to the applicable government approvals. The service will operate daily using an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “With ties between the UAE and Qatar restored, the restarting of passenger services between the two capitals will once again support the growth of trade and tourism between the two nations. “Adding a new destination to Etihad’s network during the COVID-19 pandemic is another step towards the gradual expansion of normal scheduled services to more cities across the airline’s global network.” To ......read more

    Etihad Airways Boosts Carbon Offset Programme

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 19, 2021:   Following the purchase of 80,000 tonnes of Carbon Offsets in November, Etihad Airways is expanding its offset programme in collaboration with Shell. Separately, the airline is also setting up a guest programme to allow guests to purchase additional voluntary offsets.  Shell’s nature-based carbon offsets Through its participation in Shell’s carbon credit programme, Etihad will expand its offset programme beyond the original Makame Savannah REDD project in Tanzania to include Peru’s Cordillera Azul National Park and Indonesia’s Katingan Mentaya Project, making Etihad’s efforts geographically diverse in the promotion of climate action.  Both the Katingan Mentaya and Cordillera Azul projects are certified by the Verified Carbon Standard and ......read more

    Emirates becomes one of the First Airlines in the World to trial IATA Travel Pass, a Digital Platform for COVID-19 Updates and Test Verification

    Dubai, UAE, 19 January 2021:  Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.   IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates passengers to create a 'digital passport' to verify their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination. They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. The new app will also enable travellers to manage all travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience.   Prior to a full roll out, Emirates will ......read more

    Etihad Airway Is One of the First Airlines Globally to Launch IATA Travel Pass

    United Arab Emirates -  January 19, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today announced a partnership to launch the IATA Travel Pass for Etihad Airways’ guests. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.  IATA Travel Pass will initially be offered to Etihad’s guests on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021. If successful, the pass will be extended to other destinations on the Etihad network. The IATA Travel Pass will enable Etihad’s guests to create a ‘digital passport’ to receive COVID test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey. Importantly, IATA ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Takes to the Skies for the First Time

    16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Yesterday marked the first time that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi took to the skies in the UAE. The eco-friendly aircraft, Airbus A321neo, departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12.30pm local time bound for Athens, Greece.  Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports greeted Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi as the plane prepared to depart. Photo 1: (Left) Shareef Al Hashmi, ADAC CEO and (right) Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s managing director, Kees Van Schaick mark the launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Photo 2: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Airports officials mark the first Wizz Air Abu Dhabi flight Photo 3: Passengers check in for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s first flight Photo 4: Passengers board the first flight for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s ......read more

    Cebu Pacific releases travel advisory on extension of entry restrictions for foreign nationals from January 16 to 31, 2021

    Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2021:  Due to the new COVID-19 variant, the Philippine government has extended the temporary ban for foreign nationals until January 31, 2021. During this period, only Filipino citizens will be accepted on flights from Dubai, Hong Kong, Nagoya (Japan), Singapore, and Seoul (South Korea).  Cebu Pacific (CEB) will not accept foreign nationals who originated from, transited via, or visited within 14 days prior to arrival in the Philippines, any of the 34 countries specified by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). The list of affected countries and complete details may be viewed here: http://bit.ly/IATFResoNo94_011521      •    Free rebooking within 90 days – waived rebooking fee and fare difference   •    Full travel fund, valid for two ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Commences Operations in Abu Dhabi

    16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: On the eve of its inaugural flight to Athens, Greece, the UAE’s new national airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, marked the occasion with a visit from the company’s Chairman, József Váradi. Váradi is one of the airline’s founders who established the company in 2003. The company’s Chairman, József Váradi said: “The launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recognises Abu Dhabi as a bold new frontier for ultra-low fare travel in the region. We most welcome the opportunity to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s efforts to provide a new segment of travel in the UAE in line with its socio-economic vision. We are looking forward to working in strategic partnership with our stakeholders in Abu Dhabi for the benefits of the country by opening up new travel options for ......read more

    Children Fly Free With Etihad Airways

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.14 January 2021 – Adults who book their next flight to Abu Dhabi or Dubai with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, can take their children for free.  With every adult ticket booked before 28 January 2021, for travel until 30 September 2021, up to two children will travel free – so two adults can bring four children, free. Fares to Abu Dhabi and Dubai start from just GBP 299 in Economy class.  To give guests peace of mind and to offer an extra level of reassurance to travel, Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before departure, and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.  Abu Dhabi is a diverse destination with desertscapes, fabulous beaches and warm, clear waters. The modern, cosmopolitan capital city ......read more

    Jordan - Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Statement from UPS

    United Arab Emirates -  January 14, 2021:   UPS (NYSE:UPS) announces the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jordan, supporting the country’s fight against the pandemic.    UPS has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight since February 2020, and has also supported in distributing millions of diagnostic test kits and biological samples for COVID-19.   Dr. Wael Hayajneh, Secretary General of the Health Ministry for epidemiological affairs and the official in charge of the COVID-19 crisis said: “Today, the Government of Jordan has started its Covid-19 inoculation program, targeting 20-25% of the population according to priority groups, in line with WHO guidelines. The arrival of the vaccine earlier this week was a significant and landmark moment in our nation’s ......read more

    IATA Welcomes the Resumption of Air Connectivity between Key Nations in the Middle East'

    United Arab Emirates -  January 10, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which will shorten flight times and provide essential air links to families and businesses across the region.  “The reopening of airspace with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt is welcome news for the region, passengers and the aviation industry during these very difficult times. It will permit the resumption of direct flights between these countries and Qatar, eliminating complex transit travel ......read more

    IATA Welcomes the Resumption of Air Connectivity between Key Nations in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates -  January 09, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which will shorten flight times and provide essential air links to families and businesses across the region.   “The reopening of airspace with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt is welcome news for the region, passengers and the aviation industry during these very difficult times. It will permit the resumption of direct flights between these countries and Qatar, eliminating complex transit travel ......read more

    Roma Proves the Pace of the Hunter to Go 5th Overall, as Loeb Suffers Suspension Damage

    STAGE SIX: AL QAISUMAH TO HA’IL DISTANCE: 517KM (170KM ROAD / 347KM SPECIAL STAGE)       Driver Stage Ranking Stage time Difference to 1st General Ranking Overall time Difference to 1st NANI ROMA 7th 03:58:00 +19:33 5th 23:50:58 +1:36:55 SEBASTIEN LOEB TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC   United Arab Emirates -  January 09, 2021:   Stage six of the Dakar Rally was all about desert driving and charting a course across a sea of dunes. The route from Al Qaisumah ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches New Year's Sale

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging residents to celebrate the start of the New Year with the launch of its New Year’s Sale – get two tickets for the price of one.  To give guests peace of mind and to offer an extra level of reassurance to travel, Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before departure, and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.  Travellers can jet off any time before 15 June 2021, and lay back and relax at a luxury resort, explore ancient architecture or spend the weekend discovering a new city. Fares from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul start from just AED 1,790, Dublin from AED 3,830 and Toronto from AED 5,790. The sale extends across all of ......read more

    Roma and Loeb Put Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Top Ten After Dakar Rally Desert Stage

    STAGE TWO: BISHA TO WADI AD-DAWASIR   DISTANCE: 685KM (228KM ROAD / 457KM SPECIAL STAGE)   Driver Stage Stage Difference to General Overall Difference Ranking time 1st Ranking time to 1st NANI ROMA 16th 04:38:32 +35:18 10th 07:59:13 +41:55 SEBASTIEN 6th 04:20:07 +16:53 7th 07:53:58 +36:40 LOEB     United Arab Emirates -  January 05, 2021:   Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) took on the Saudi Arabian desert for stage two of the Dakar Rally 2021. Nani Roma and Sebastien Loeb had the chance to put the BRX Hunter to the test across vast stretches of open desert and rolling sand dunes for large portions of the stage. The two drivers set out from Bisha, with 685km of driving (228km road and 457km special stage) to contest, as they raced towards Wadi Ad-Dawasir.   After a ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ports Hits 2020 Targets in Bid to Drive Global Trade and Logistics Industry

    Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansion, and Growth Achieved Despite Greatest Trade and Logistics Challenge in Recent Memory   Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 31, 2020: In facing the extraordinary challenge of a once in a generation pandemic, Abu Dhabi Ports has weathered 2020 particularly well, continuing to grow and expand its overall capacity and capabilities and emerge stronger than ever before. With the advent of COVID-19, the company successfully raised its profile worldwide as a responsible player in the trade and logistics sector with the Horns of Hope campaign. This innovative initiative reached more than 260 million people in over 23 countries and involved leading global and regional organisations, such as the International Maritime Organisation and the Arab Sea Ports Federation. In tandem, Abu Dhabi Ports’ ......read more

    Emirates Takes A380 Experience to New Heights, Unveils Premium Economy Plus Enhancements Across All Cabins

    Dubai, UAE, 30 December 2020:   Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveil of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.   Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: "The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or adjust due to pandemic precautions, and introduce new offerings and enhancements. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience."   The airline received its newest ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees Pick Up in Private and Business Jet Activity

    Dubai, UAE - December 29, 2020:  Following the easing of air travel restrictions, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has seen private and business jet activity pick up at its fully integrated facility at Dubai South. The increased activity in private and business aircraft movement is a result of the opening up of the economy and the various tourism-related initiatives undertaken by the government that has helped Dubai bounce back faster than other cities around the world. The increase in aircraft movement was also a result of the strengthening business activity across the GCC, Asia and Europe and a growing number of premium commercial passengers flying on private jets due to health and safety concerns.  DCAF has seen increased activity across business functions including Charter, Ground Handling, Maintenance, Repair and ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Resumes Flights from United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates -  December 28, 2020:   Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, has resumed flights from the United Arab Emirates. As the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, flag carrier recommenced its operations from Dubai, scheduling seven flights per week with wide body aircrafts. Operations from Abu Dhabi will be resumed starting from 2 January with four weekly flights as well. Turkish Airlines will connect passengers via Istanbul Airport to more than 200 international flights, while providing its passengers peace of mind and safe travel experience with new precautions in place. More information about the airline’s updated flight plan is available here. Having worked with government officials and relevant national and international ......read more

    Etihad Airways Welcomes the Reopening of Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE - December 23, 2020:   Following an announcement by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee, effective 24 December 2020, entry restrictions into Abu Dhabi will be relaxed. International tourists, residents and travellers from selected destinations, flying with Etihad Airways, will be allowed to enter the emirate without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.  The list of countries eligible for entry without quarantine, referred to as ‘green’ countries, will be reviewed by the Department of Health on a two-week rolling basis. Travellers from ‘green’ countries will need to self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result. Those entering the Emirate from countries not on the ‘green’ list will be subject to a reduced quarantine period of 10 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Updates Travel Rules for Passengers Departing the UK

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 22, 2020:  Following an announcement by the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, effective 24 December 2020, Etihad Airways requires all guests flying from the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours validity of their flight departure time.    Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before travelling and again on arrival into Abu Dhabi, ensuring peace of mind for all on board.   PCR tests must be conducted at a government accredited medical facility. Suggested facilities can be found at etihad.com.    As many COVID-19 PCR test certificates do not currently show the date and time the test was taken, guests are required to show evidence of this at check-in, for ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-futtaim Provides Exclusive on-site Express COVID-19 Testing for Passengers

    Service which is offered in partnership with HealthHub provides greater convenience and privacy for VVIP customers    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2020:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim’s (DCAF) customers arriving at its ultra-luxury FBO at Dubai South will now have the added convenience of taking the express Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at its VIP lounge.  DCAF has partnered with Al-Futtaim’s HealthHub, an integrated healthcare provider, to offer this exclusive service – a first from an FBO in the UAE.  The express COVID-19 tests are provided upon request and are conducted in a dedicated VIP lounge providing complete privacy, comfort and convenience for passengers arriving in the UAE. Test results are provided within 6-12 hours for a fee of $150 (AED 550).  DCAF is also offering ......read more

    IATA Unveils Key Design Elements of IATA Travel Pass

    United Arab Emirates -  December 20, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.   “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both travelers and governments can trust. And it is being built with data security, convenience and verification as top priorities,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director ......read more

    Popular Indian title ICL started operation in Dubai

    December 17, 2020:  Under the mother brand name of india's popular Non Banking Financial Sector "ICl FINCORP', Dubai witnessed the launching of its Tourism firm ICL TOURS AND TRAVELS LLC by KG Anil Kumar, its Chairman & Maniging Director. KG Anilkumar mentioned that the ICL FONCORP group has plans in pipeline to expand its verticals in UAE and other Gulf Countries including NBFC offices, Travel & Tours firms, Fashion wear ceners, Medical care and Health Laboratories etc. As part of the inaugural ceremony in Dubai Oudh Metha Office outlet, ICL Tours and Travels decided to give away some gifts to the customers as they get one visit visa free when booking for two dubai visit visas. Similar way ICL Tours and Travels LLC Dubai id offering some special surprises on air ticket booking also, the management ......read more

    Etihad Airways Wins Big at the Aviation Business Awards

    • Etihad Airways wins ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’  • Etihad Engineering wins inaugural ‘Pride of Aviation Award’ • Etihad Aviation Training named ‘Training Provider of the Year’   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 17, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, took home three awards following last night’s Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai. The airline collected the ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’, while its training division Etihad Aviation Training was named ‘Training Provider of the Year’. Etihad Engineering was also recognised with the inaugural “Pride of Aviation” award.   The coveted award for ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’ was ......read more

    IATA Renews Call on Governments to Consider Aviation Workers as Essential for Vaccination

    United Arab Emirates -  December 16, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call on governments to ensure that employees in the aviation sector are considered as essential workers during the impending COVID-19 vaccine campaign, once health care workers and vulnerable groups have been protected. IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) had unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect. “We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are considered as essential when vaccine roll-out plans are developed. The transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines has already begun, and as calculations show, it will require the equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747 freighter aircraft for global distribution. It is ......read more

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    Etihad Inaugurates Pioneering 2020 Ecodemonstrator Aircraft Into Service

    • 2020 ecoDemonstrator enters service after year of sustainability initiatives following launch of Etihad Greenliner Program in November 2019 at The Dubai Airshow • Despite impact of Covid19 on global aviation, Etihad implemented key sustainability initiatives in 2020, including:  o January 2020: Flagship Greenliner aircraft enters service o January 2020: Operated 787 EcoFlight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels with optimised routing; minimum single use plastics; and other fuel efficiency initiatives o January 2020: Announced minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by ......read more

    Al Nahda Centre, the Ultra Modern Facility to Get Your Visas Stamped or Renewed in Two Hours Is Open to Serve the Public

    Sub Title: First in the Region, Just Two hours turnaround time to finish complete visa stamping & emirates id process.   Say good bye to the regular visa stamping process which takes long ques and a minimum of 4 days waiting period. Head over to Al Nahda Centre in Al Qusais, Dubai and opt for the service of your choice. As part of DHA’s continuous emphasis on improving the Visa related services, Al Nahda Centre is equipped with highly customized services especially the fast-track facility which enables the general public to complete the whole visa stamping, visa renewal ......read more

    Al Futtaim Lexus launches All-New Lexus IS in UAE

    • New model features bold exterior styling, athletic silhouette and sophisticated performance • Comes with 10.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility • Now available at Lexus showrooms across the UAE, the new Lexus IS incorporates state-of-the-art technologies including the latest Lexus Safety System+ • Al Futtaim Lexus customers will get a complimentary three-year service package when opting for the all-new 2021 Lexus IS models   Dubai, UAE – 10 December 2020 - Striking a perfect balance ......read more

    Cebu Pacific announces resumption of daily Dubai-Manila flights starting December 14, adopts multi-layered safety initiatives to boost travel confidence

    Increase in frequency coincides with Cebu Pacific’s ‘Juan Love’ campaign to help create sustainable local tourism in the new normal To continue inspiring everyone to travel again, CEB launches its trademark sale today for as low as AED1 one-way base fare starting December 10 until December 12   Dubai, UAE, December 9, 2020: Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has announced today in a virtual press conference that it is resuming its daily flights from Dubai to Manila starting December 14, 2020. This increase in frequency ......read more

    Best Practices for COVID-19 Market Stimulation

    - View the COVID-19 Government Action for Market Stimulation presentation   United Arab Emirates -  December 09, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to add market stimulation measures to the support they are giving to keep aviation financially viable. Such measures would encourage travel while systematic testing protocols enable a safe re-opening of borders.  • Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have helped airlines survive the crisis with approximately $173 billion in various forms of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches First Aircraft Carbon Offset Programme in Middle East

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has committed to purchasing carbon offsets, to completely neutralise the CO2 emissions of its flagship “Greenliner” 787-10 aircraft for a full year of operations in 2021. The initiative is the start of the airline’s journey to reduce CO2 emissions to 50 percent of 2019 levels by 2035, and to achieve full net zero emissions by 2050 – a first for any airline in the Gulf and one of the first to set a target of this scale in the industry. Separately the airline will ......read more

    States Urged to Follow Global Guidelines on Crew Testing

    United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) jointly called on governments to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) guidelines to exempt crews from COVID-19 testing that is applied to air travelers. The CART guidelines specifically recommend that crew members should not be subject to screening or restrictions applicable to other travelers. Furthermore, according to CART, health ......read more

    Etihad Becomes First Airline to Join UK's Leading Digital Aviation Research Project'

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, due to open next year at Cranfield University in the UK.    As the first airline to join the DARTeC consortium and a leading industry innovator, Etihad’s expertise across the fundamental fields of sustainability, operational efficiency, safety and improved passenger experience will lend valuable insight and real-world operational ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues at a Slower Pace in October

    United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released October data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand continued to improve but at a slower pace than the previous month and remains below previous year levels.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 6.2% below previous-year levels in October (-7.5% for international operations). That is an improvement from the 7.8% year-on-year drop recorded in September. However, the pace of recovery in October was slower than ......read more

    Etihad Becomes First Airline to Join UK's Leading Digital Aviation Research project

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 07, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, due to open next year at Cranfield University in the UK.    As the first airline to join the DARTeC consortium and a leading industry innovator, Etihad’s expertise across the fundamental fields of sustainability, operational efficiency, safety and improved passenger experience will lend valuable insight and real-world operational capability to the ......read more

    Complete Care for Your Complete Peace of Mind

    Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 insurance to all passengers so they can travel knowing they’re covered   United Arab Emirates -  December 07, 2020:  Cathay Pacific is helping customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited to provide free COVID-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly with us.    Customers who fly with Cathay Pacific from 7th December 2020 to 28 February 2021 will be covered for medical expenses related to a COVID-19 diagnosis incurred whilst overseas. Cathay ......read more

    Emirates Welcomes its First of Three A380s to be Delivered in December

    Delivery flight partially powered by sustainable aviation fuel Emirates welcomes its first of three A380s to be delivered in December     Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  December 07, 2020:  Emirates has welcomed MSN A6-EVL, its 116th A380 as the first of three A380s to join its fleet in 2020. The aircraft arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning, powered by a blend of conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel. Emirates is scheduled to receive two more A380 aircraft later this month, one of which will feature its long-awaited signature ......read more

    VFS Global begins Processing of Applications at India Consular Application Centres in Six US Cities

    • Effective 04 November 2020, Indian diaspora and other customers across the United States can submit applications for OCI, passport, renunciation of Indian citizenship, and GEP verification services at any one of VFS Global’s centres in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston • Last month, VFS Global was appointed as the exclusive service provider for the Government of India for visa, OCI, passport, renunciation of Indian citizenship, and Global Entry Programme (GEP) verification services in the United States • VFS Global manages 44 ......read more

    Launch Success for UAE's FalconEye Satellite

    FalconEye will offer unprecedented Earth observation capability to UAE Government and economy    United Arab Emirates -  December 03, 2020:  The Earth observation satellite FalconEye was successfully launched last night from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket.   Owned and operated by the United Arab Emirates, FalconEye was developed by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractors. The FalconEye system will support the needs of the UAE’s Armed Forces. The satellite ......read more

    A look back at how Dubai's partnership with the European Tour has driven tourism in the region

    It has been 31 years since the European Tour first came to Dubai for the Dubai Desert Classic in 1989. 67-year-old Mark James was the inaugural winner of an event that many were sure would just be a once-off, after all, how could golf in Dubai survive? Indeed, a distance of 8000kms separated Dubai from the birthplace of golf, Scotland, and you couldn't imagine a more contrasting landscape. Well, here we are in 2020 having witnessed three prosperous decades of collaboration between Dubai and the European Tour. It does, now with the benefit of hindsight, look like an inspired ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Commence Direct Services From Beijing to Abu Dhabi

    • Non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond now from two gateways in China - Shanghai and Beijing  • Convenient connections from China to 20 destinations via Abu Dhabi  • From Wellness Ambassadors to inclusive COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover, Etihad is doing everything to provide a secure and hygienic environment across the entire guest journey    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will commence another service from China, with flights from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, from 7 December. The ......read more

    SCTDA, UAE Youth Hostel and Sharjah Archaeology Authority collaborate to help improve youth tourism services and preserve traditional hostels

    H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa: “We are committed to working together to develop and enhance the quality of tourism facilities in Sharjah and preserve historical edifices that reflect the emirate’s rich history” November 29, 2020- The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Youth Hostel Association and the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, with the aim of enhancing the guidelines, standards and mechanisms in managing youth hostels and improving the quality of services provided to the youth ......read more

    Genesis Luxury Flagship SUV the GV80 Debuts in the Middle East & Africa

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 26, 2020 – Today, Genesis Middle East & Africa HQs officially launched The GV80, its first sport-utility vehicle.  The “G” in the GV80 marque represents Genesis and the "v" means versatility that only a Genesis SUV can offer. The production GV80 realizes the vision of the GV80 Concept first shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Athletic Elegance Takes New Shape   The GV80 SUV joins the lineup alongside the G70, The All-new G80 and G90 sedans with more than a common thread of design ......read more

    International Air Connectivity Crisis Threatens Global Economic Recovery

    United Arab Emirates -  November 26, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data revealing that the COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international connectivity, shaking up the rankings of the world’s most connected cities.  • London, the world’s number one most connected city in September 2019, has seen a 67% decline in connectivity. By September 2020, it had fallen to number eight.    • Shanghai is now the top ranked city for connectivity with the top four most connected cities all in ......read more

    Why the United Arab Emirates is a Must-Visit Destination for Motorsports Fans

    Throughout the past decade, the number of tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates has continued to rise. According to data from Statista, the country recorded international tourism figures of approximately 21 million people in 2017, which was 6.9 million more than in 2012. There are numerous reasons why the UAE is becoming a go-to holiday destination among globe-trotting travelers. Aside from the rich architectural history, entertainment possibilities, and shopping opportunities, the region boasts an action-packed motorsports pedigree.    Since its early days, the ......read more

    Deep Losses Continue Into 2021

    - View the Economic Performance of the Airline Industry Report - View the Outlook for Air Transport and the Airline Industry presentation - View the Industry Statistics Fact sheet   United Arab Emirates -  November 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a revised outlook for airline industry performance in 2020 and 2021. Deep industry losses will continue into 2021, even though performance is expected to improve over the period of the forecast.  • A net loss of $118.5 billion is expected for 2020 (deeper than the ......read more

    IATA AGM Calls for Governments to Support Safe and Sustainable Industry Restart

    United Arab Emirates -  November 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution re-confirming the airlines’ unwavering commitment to safely and sustainably re-connect the planet. The resolution called on governments to:   • Ensure the industry’s viability with continued financial and regulatory support, • Aid the industry in reaching its 2050 goal of cutting emissions to half of 2005 levels while exploring pathways to net zero carbon emissions through ......read more

    Steps Forward for Testing to Reopen Borders Without Quarantine

    United Arab Emirates -  November 24, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the publication of the Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This document provides governments a risk-based assessment tool for using testing programs that could alleviate quarantine requirements.  It is a critical output produced by the ICAO Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). CAPSCA brings together the ......read more

    IATA Travel Pass Key to Reopening Borders Safely

    United Arab Emirates -  November 23, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders.  Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travelers without quarantine measures. IATA Travel Pass will manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and ......read more

    El Al Israel Airlines and Etihad Airways to Explore Greater Cooperation Following MOU Signing

    MOU scope includes provision for: • Joint codeshare services  • Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programmes • Cooperation in the fields of Engineering and Cargo services in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates/Tel Aviv, Israel - EL AL Israel Airlines, the national airline of Israel, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a virtual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).   The wide-ranging MOU ......read more

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