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Airport food: Is it any better than airline food?

Can travelers get global cuisine at an airport? Airport food: Is it any better than airline food?

DOHA, Qatar – Airline food. We all love to whine about it – or the lack of it. But what about airports?

Flights spike to this desert metropolis

Travel agents booking more flights Flights spike to this desert metropolis

SINGAPORE – Travel agents across the region have been booking more flights to this desert metropolis than ever before, generating a 73% spike in volumes just in Q1 this year.

Qatar Airways: B787 service to capital Vienna

Qatar Airways: B787 service to capital Vienna

VIENNA, Austria – Qatar Airways, the award-winning, five-star airline, has introduced its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the Vienna route, starting September 1, 2014.

Etihad Airways to screen all Ireland Final Live

Etihad Airways to screen all Ireland Final Live

Thousands of passengers flying with Etihad Airways on Sunday 7 September will be able to enjoy every moment of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary, ...

Arabian Travel Market to focus on $140 billion family travel market

Arabian Travel Market to focus on $140 billion family travel market

A special industry theme for Arabian Travel Market 2015 (ATM) will focus on t he family travel segment as new figures reveal annual average growth of 4.75% will value the market at $180 billion by ...

Hurghada, Egypt: 42 injured in tour bus accident

Hurghada, Egypt: 42 injured in tour bus accident

Hurghada is one of Egypt's top tourist destinations. However, it has seen a decline in visitors since the 2011 uprising that has led to political and civil unrest.

El-Damaty: Egypt's tourism revenue plunged 95 percent since 2011

El-Damaty: Egypt's tourism revenue plunged 95 percent since 2011

CAIRO, Egypt - Revenues from ancient Egyptian monuments such as the pyramids have fallen by 95% since Egypt's 2011 revolution, the country's antiquities minister has said.

Doha hotels record a 13.8% rise in RevPAR during July

Doha hotels record a 13.8% rise in RevPAR during July

Doha experienced a 5.5 percentage point growth in occupancy to 47.6 percent in July, driving a 13.8 percent growth in RevPAR to US$95.91.

Hotel rates in Abu Dhabi continue rebound as demand strengthens

Hotel rates in Abu Dhabi continue rebound as demand strengthens

Average room rates in Abu Dhabi increased by 5.1 percent in July to US$114.10, driven by a 4.5 percent growth in RevPAR to US$57.36.

Cairo hotels continue to see green shoots as demand rises 8.7 percent

Cairo hotels continue to see green shoots as demand rises 8.7 percent

The hotel market in the Egyptian capital experienced continuation of growth in July with increases in all key performance indicators.

Banqueting demand helps boost Riyadh hotel profits

Banqueting demand helps boost Riyadh hotel profits

The Riyadh hotel market experienced mixed results during the month of July with a reduction in rate and occupancy impacting RevPAR levels, however food and beverage and banqueting demand boosted ...

Dubai hotels barely break even as occupancy levels plummet to 50.3 percent

Dubai hotels barely break even as occupancy levels plummet to 50.3 percent

The Dubai hotel market saw occupancy levels fall to 50.3 percent in July as overall demand within the city reduced due the summer heat and impact of Ramadan, according to the latest HotStats ...

Jeppesen appointed by Gulf Air to provide FliteDeck Pro on iPad

New EFB service contract transitions airline navigation data and documents to iPad Jeppesen appointed by Gulf Air to provide FliteDeck Pro on iPad

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation, recently signed a new three-year service contract with Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, to provide the airline with Jeppesen ...

Etihad Airways launches new ambulance service

Etihad Airways launches new ambulance service

An ambulance service for Etihad Airways began operations in Abu Dhabi today, as part of the airline’s commitment to provide world-class medical emergency response for its employees.

Etihad Airways opened new contact center

Etihad Airways opened new contact center

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has completed the final phase in the development of its Al Ain contact center facility, with the opening of a second contact ...

Iranian tourists kidnapped, raped in Dubai

Iranian tourists kidnapped, raped in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Two female tourists were kidnapped by three drug-affected men, one of whom raped one of the women, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday.

Positioning Dubai as must-experience tourism destination

Dubai targets family travel and tourism Positioning Dubai as must-experience tourism destination

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) commented: "Our strategy continues to be ...

Qatar Airways expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia

DOHA, Qatar – As a further demonstration of its commitment to expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia, Qatar Airways will be launching an additional daily flight to Madinah from October 26, ...

Even more FUNKY, even more RETRO, even more ECLECTIC

Tourists and Expats in Dubai: Reopening of an old comfortable drinking spot Even more FUNKY, even more RETRO, even more ECLECTIC

Keeping interests and requirements of our guests at heart, the refurbishment of The Q bar is an impressive change to what was an old comfortable drinking spot of regulars.

Nineteen dead: Egypt tour bus accident

Nineteen dead: Egypt tour bus accident

On Friday, a collision between two tour busses servicing the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh killed 33 people and injured 41.

Dubai wins 2015 IDA Annual Meeting

Dubai wins 2015 IDA Annual Meeting

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai was successful in winning the bid to host the 2015 International Dragon Award Meeting (2015 IDA Annual Meeting).

Qatar Airways: Doha to Dubai route

Qatar Airways: Doha to Dubai route

Effective October 26, Qatar Airways will be increasing frequency on its very popular Doha – Dubai routes with additional daily flights to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World ...

Dubai waiter acquitted of tourist rape

Dubai waiter acquitted of tourist rape

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A waiter accused of raping a tourist he had promised to help find work was acquitted on Sunday.

Chinese tourism to Dubai surges

Chinese tourism to Dubai surges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai’s hotels welcomed more than 5.8 million tourists in the first half of 2014, up around one per cent compared to the same period last year, according to stats ...

Jeddah Summer Festival: 750,000 visitors and potential tourism investors

Jeddah Summer Festival: 750,000 visitors and potential tourism investors

Jeddah’s summer festival attracted more than 750,000 guests to this Saudi Arabian city this year, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tripoli International Airport under full control by Libyan Islamist fighters

Tripoli International Airport under full control by Libyan Islamist fighters

International and domestic air travel to Libya's capital Tripoli was halted since July 13 due to heavy fighting.

Sharjah’s beach resorts welcome 180,000 international visitors

Sharjah’s beach resorts welcome 180,000 international visitors

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates - Hotels and beach resorts across Sharjah have been witnessing a heavy turnout of international tourists and visitors, with over 180,000 vacation-goers visiting the ...

25 dead, 50 injured in South Sinai bus crash

25 dead, 50 injured in South Sinai bus crash

CAIRO, Egypt - Twenty-five people were killed and more than 50 were injured as a result of the bus collision in the south of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt on Friday.

Movenpick Hotel Doha sets standard in Middle East

Movenpick Hotel Doha sets standard in Middle East

LOS ANGELES, California - Committed to sustainable environments, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel and resort chain in the world.

Dubai: World's most visited city by 2020

Dubai: World's most visited city by 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - HE Helal Saeed Almarri is a man with a mission: to attract 20 million visitors to the emirate by 2020, and trebling the economic contribution tourism makes to the ...

United Arab Emirates denies entry to "world's most pierced man"

United Arab Emirates denies entry to "world's most pierced man"

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Rolf Buccholz, the world's most pierced man has been denied entry into the United Arab Emirates for a show at a Dubai hotel due to "security reasons", a local daily ...

World's second tallest tower will open for visitors after Hajj

World's second tallest tower will open for visitors after Hajj

The Makkah Clock Tower, the second tallest tower in the world, will open for visitors after Hajj 2014, according to officials.

Tourists will have to buy tickets to visit the tower top.

UAE tourism to Egypt on the rise

UAE tourism to Egypt on the rise

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Outbound travel from the UAE to Egypt is rising slightly as holidaymakers feel a little more safe about visiting the destination that has been mired in conflict the ...

Qatar Airways' Al Mourjan showcases one-of-a-kind lounge design

Qatar Airways' Al Mourjan showcases one-of-a-kind lounge design

DOHA, Qatar – The recently opened Al Mourjan Business Lounge for Qatar Airways’ Premium passengers at Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s new world-class gateway to the world, ...

Oman: Dress code for tourists

Oman: Dress code for tourists

Enforcing Oman dress codes on tourists and other visitors may be a big blow to this country's travel and tourism industry.

Old Syrian City of Homs: Religious event pledges coexistence and amity

Old Syrian City of Homs: Religious event pledges coexistence and amity

A ceremony was held Friday at Um az-Zinnar church (Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt) in the Old Syrian City of Homs to return the venerated relic that is supposed to be a section of the belt of ...

Saudi Airlines flies high by improving its business intelligence with Microsoft

Saudi Airlines flies high by improving its business intelligence with Microsoft

REDMOND, WA - Saudi Airlines, among the largest airlines in the Middle East, has implemented a business intelligence (BI) solution with Microsoft Corp.

Jordan Tourism Board  first to launch live chat feature in Middle East

Jordan Tourism Board first to launch live chat feature in Middle East

Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) is pleased to announce the launch of its Virtual Visitor Center and online chat feature, two new user-friendly developments provide visitors with useful tools for ...

Qatar Airways continues network frequency increase

Qatar Airways continues network frequency increase

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to the popular cities of Tehran, Islamabad and Muscat.

Qatar Airways: Three popular destinations

Qatar Airways: Three popular destinations

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to the popular cities of Tehran, Islamabad and Muscat.

Hot outside, but perishable products, chilled meat make it through Dubai airport

Hot outside, but perishable products, chilled meat make it through Dubai airport

This summer, Emirates SkyCargo is carrying thousands of tons of temperature-sensitive commodities to all corners of the globe through its international hub of Dubai.

Saudi Arabia: “Umrah-plus” tourism program begins after Haj

Saudi Arabia: “Umrah-plus” tourism program begins after Haj

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The “Umrah-plus” tourism program, which will allow pilgrims to visit the Kingdom’s tourist resorts, will be implemented following the end of the upcoming Haj season, ...

Oman popular with British and Irish tourists

Oman popular with British and Irish tourists

The number of tourists from the UK and Ireland visiting Oman has witnessed good growth in the past decade.

Tourism program to trace Holy Family’s steps through Egypt

Tourism program to trace Holy Family’s steps through Egypt

Egypt and it's tourism industry had been going through a tremendous hardship - some say it's about to be considered destroyed.

Oman nationals: Not interested in tourism - or a new opportunity?

Oman nationals: Not interested in tourism - or a new opportunity?

Lack of interest among Oman nationals to work in the travel and tourism industry, unprofessional taxi drivers and difficulties at Oman immigration are among the key challenges facing the growth of ...

Oman identifies challenges facing tourism industry

Oman identifies challenges facing tourism industry

MUSCAT, Oman - Omanisation, lack of interest among nationals to work in the industry, unprofessional taxi drivers and difficulties at immigration checkpoints are among the key challenges facing ...

All Erbil flights suspended by Etihad

Iraq flights All Erbil flights suspended by Etihad

The decision to suspend the four flights a week passenger service to Erbil in Iraq by Etihad Airways follows advice regarding the possibility of a deteriorating security situation in the region as ...

Emirates boosts connectivity to Morocco

Emirates boosts connectivity to Morocco

DUBAI, UAE - Emirates, a global connector of people and places, will step up services to Morocco with a second daily flight, boosting the service to 14 weekly flights beginning September 1, ...

Hamad International Airport unveils Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Hamad International Airport unveils Al Mourjan Business Lounge

DOHA, Qatar - Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s state-of-the-art gateway to the world, has unveiled its new Al Mourjan Business Lounge for Qatar Airways’ Premium passengers.

What are the busiest airport destinations from and to Abu Dhabi?

Fullest routes from and to Abu Dhabi on Etihad What are the busiest airport destinations from and to Abu Dhabi?

On Saturday, August 2, 46,572 passengers boarded Abu-Dhabi based airline flights, with 45,981 flying on Sunday, August 3; 44,443 passengers on Friday, August 1; and 44,331 passengers on Thursday, ...

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