Etihad adds second flight to Jordan

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 8 December 2017: Etihad Airways will launch a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Amman, effective 25 March 2018.

The double daily year-round schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Amman, with attractive timings of late morning and evening departures from the capital cities of the UAE and Jordan, respectively.

The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320 with 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy, will also improve connectivity over Abu Dhabi to a wider network of destinations across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Read more

Dubai set for second Raffles

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

CANNES, France,7 December 2017: AccorHotels signed a management agreement with Dubai-based master developer, Nakheel, to brand a new-build hotel in Dubai as  a Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

The signing ceremony was held, earlier this week,  at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes.

Nakheel is developing PALM360, a twin-tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah. It will feature the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. Read more

Qatar’s lucky draw on Facebook

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, Travel Deals

DOHA, 30 November 2017: Qatar Airways has launched a social media competition with a top prize of two  business class tickets to any destination in its network, to help celebrate the final draw for the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The draw takes place 1 December, at the State Kremlin Palace in the heart of Moscow, Russia.

The competition kicks off a series of activities planned by the airline over the coming months in the run-up to the start of next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup across Russia. Read more

Egypt mourns victims of massacre

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

CAIRO, 27 November 2017: Egypt mourned at the weekend as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed.

The army said warplanes had struck militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation.

According to the state prosecution, up to 30 militants in camouflage flying the Islamic State group’s black banner had surrounded the mosque and massacred the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers. Read more

Flydubai spends a bundle with Boeing

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 17 November 2017: Boeing on Wednesday announced an order from Gulf airline flydubai for 225 medium-haul 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of USD27 billion, hailing it as the “largest-ever single-aisle jet order” from a Middle East carrier.

The announcement, made at the Dubai Air Show, came just hours after rival Airbus said it had secured the biggest-ever order in its history to supply 430 medium-haul A320s to US investment firm Indigo Partners at a catalogue price of USD49.5 billion (42 billion euros).

The rival US and European manufacturers are engaged in a fierce battle for the medium-haul market, the world’s largest by volume, both offering re-engined versions of their top-selling models that promise a 15% reduction in fuel production. Read more

Airbus lands biggest contract

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

PARIS, 17 November 2017: Airbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of USD49.5 billion (42 billion euros).

“An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable,” said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy.

“But it’s particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do.” Read more

Emirates orders Dreamliners

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

Singapore, 14 November 2017 – Emirates, announced at the weekend it has made a USD15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

The order signed during the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Emirates is now evaluating engine options for its Dreamliner order. Aircraft deliveries will begin 2022. Read more

Wedding planners to meet in Dubai

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

BANGALORE, 14 November 2017: Now heading for its 5th edition, Exotic Wedding Planning Conference (EWPC) will convene in Dubai, 29 to 30 April 2018.

Over the last four editions, this event has attracted wedding planners, worldwide, to share insights and creative ideas on various aspects of wedding planning to inspire, network ad explore new markets.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing supports the event  to draw luxury weddings to Dubai. Read more

Emirates’ flying bedrooms

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Middle east

SINGAPORE, 13 November 2017: Emirates unveiled brand new cabins for its Boeing 777 fleet, at the weekend with refreshed interiors across all classes.

At the core of the remake is the new first class private suite with floor to ceiling sliding doors and design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The suites offer up to 40 square feet of personal space each in a 1-1-1 configuration. Read more

Fly by marks Louvre opening

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 13 November 2017: Hundreds of visitors attended the official public opening celebrations of the Louvre Abu Dhabi at the weekend.

They were treated to a low fly-by by one of Etihad Airways’  Airbus A380 aircraft.

Sporting the airline’s ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery, the aircraft chosen for the display now also features Louvre Abu Dhabi’s official logo on each of its four engines, to promote the opening of the institution. Read more

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