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Hamas leader: No ceasefire with Israel

Hamas militant: My way or the highway Hamas leader: No ceasefire with Israel

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said that the truce with Israel is not possible until the blockade of the Gaza Strip is completely lifted.

Qatar Tourism launches GCC-wide Eid promotion campaign

Qatar Tourism launches GCC-wide Eid promotion campaign

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has launched a GCC-wide advertising campaign to promote events and activities taking place in Qatar during Eid in an effort to attract regional ...

Gulf Air receives first A330 retrofitted aircraft

Gulf Air receives first A330 retrofitted aircraft

MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain - Gulf Air,the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, received its first retrofitted A330 aircraft at Bahrain International Airporttoday, arriving from Canada.

Emirates A380 says “Namaste Mumbai”

Airline marks first A380 service connecting Dubai and India Emirates A380 says “Namaste Mumbai”

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai.

High-caliber industry executives join Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre team

Appointed: Gillian Taylor as OCEC’s Director of Business Development High-caliber industry executives join Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre team

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) continues to attract a high level of experienced industry professionals to its team as it prepares for opening in 2016.

Saudi Arabia: 14 million visitors in 2014

Saudi Arabia: 14 million visitors in 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Hamad Al AL-Sheikh, Vice President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) for Marketing and Programs, said that a number of foreign tourists who visited ...

Tourism during Ramadan to Qatar: A true authentic Qatar visitors  experience

Tourism during Ramadan to Qatar: A true authentic Qatar visitors experience

To encourage the hospitality industry to boost their Ramadan activities this year and enhance the quality of their services, the Qatar Tourism Authority has launched a program to award the hotels ...

Rapid expansion of Intercontinental Hotel Group in Abu Dhabi

Rapid expansion of Intercontinental Hotel Group in Abu Dhabi

The Intercontinental Group is building two new hotels in Abu Dhabi as part of its expansion in the UAE market, a company executive has said.

Tunisia and tourism: Important industry but numbers are down

Tunisia and tourism: Important industry but numbers are down

The tourist arrivals into the North African country Tunisia from January to July 10, 2014 reached some 2.83 million tourists, registering a drop of -1.4% compared with the same period of 2013 and ...

MH17 versus Iran Air 655 - a different kind of view

MH17 versus Iran Air 655 - a different kind of view

Canadian non-profit research organization "Global Research" published this story comparing Iran Air 655 with MH 17. ETN is publishing this article with a "different view" without further editing. ...

Earthquake in Cairo

Earthquake in Cairo

eTN has received information from several readers in Cairo, Egypt.
The city was shaken by an earthquake about an hour ago shortly before midnight Friday Cairo time.

Tripolis Libya airport attack kills 30

Tripolis Libya airport attack kills 30

Attacks on the main international airport in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli have left 30 people dead on Wednesday, medical sources say.

Emirates launches world¹s shortest A380 flight

Emirates launches world¹s shortest A380 flight

DUBAI, UAE - Emirates has launched a new A380 service to Kuwait, the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight.

UNWTO welcomes new Law on Antiquities and Heritage in Saudi Arabia

UNWTO welcomes new Law on Antiquities and Heritage in Saudi Arabia

UNWTO welcomes the new Saudi legislation aimed at protecting the country’s antiquities and heritage as well as to give the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) the mandate to ...

What is next? Air Malta and Etihad Airways

What is next? Air Malta and Etihad Airways

Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their codeshare agreement to provide travelers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia.

Dubai: A second home for Indians

Dubai: A second home for Indians

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai's largest expat community is made up of Indians – nearly 1.5 million according to the Indian Consulate.

Qatar executive promotes private jet flights for Umrah

Qatar executive promotes private jet flights for Umrah

DOHA, Qatar – In time with Ramadan, Qatar Executive – Qatar Airways’ business jet division – is promoting to travellers the option of using one of its private jets to fly to Jeddah or ...

Will the war affect Kurdistan tourism?

Will the war affect Kurdistan tourism?

In the first 8 months of 2013, approximately 2.2 million tourists visited the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, a figure similar to the whole of the previous year.

After Tel Aviv, also Tripolis International Airport is under rocket attack

After Tel Aviv, also Tripolis International Airport is under rocket attack

After Tel Aviv in Israel came under rocket attack, a second Middle East airport reported heavy gunfire and an explosion.

Qatar Airways introduces one-stop QMICE solutions for event organizers

Qatar Airways introduces one-stop QMICE solutions for event organizers

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has introduced QMICE, a new and easy one-stop solution for meeting and incentive planners and conference organizers who are looking to simplify and streamline their ...

Etihad Cargo: Adding Hanoi, Vietnam

Etihad Cargo: Adding Hanoi, Vietnam

Etihad Cargo, the freight division of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has started freighter flights between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

Tourism stakeholders have 6 months to pay the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity

Tourism stakeholders have 6 months to pay the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity

Egypt's travel and tourism industry is in trouble. Extremely low occupancy rates and travel warnings are bringing many stakeholders in Egypt to the brink of bankruptcy.

2014 Farnborough Air Show: Qatar Airways  A350

2014 Farnborough Air Show: Qatar Airways A350

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways is preparing to have a strong presence at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show, taking place this week in Southern England, when it will fly the A350 aircraft with Qatar ...

13th among the top 50 Berliners, transportation and the Egyptian Prime Minister decided

13th among the top 50 Berliners, transportation and the Egyptian Prime Minister decided

What has the Berlin Main Train Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) to do with a real Egyptian patriot and upcoming transport issues in Egypt?

Palestinian tourism industry: Support Gaza’s right to life

Palestinian tourism industry: Support Gaza’s right to life

By Yusef Daher, special to eTN, Palestine

Known leaders of the Palestine travel and tourism industry asked eTN to publish this open letter from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine.

Upcoming six new destinations for Etihad Airways

Upcoming six new destinations for Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch six new routes in the first half of 2015, offering even more choice and improved connections for travelers ...

Landmark agreement between Etihad and Philippine Airlines

Landmark agreement between Etihad and Philippine Airlines

Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines (PAL) today announced a strategic partnership agreement that marks a new era of cooperation between the flag carriers.

Boeing, Emirates finalize order for 150 777Xs

World's largest 777 operator builds on airplane's success Boeing, Emirates finalize order for 150 777Xs

Boeing and Emirates Airlines have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices.

Etihad Airways strengthens revenue with soaring passenger and cargo volumes

Etihad Airways strengthens revenue with soaring passenger and cargo volumes

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has reported double-digit growth in passenger and cargo volumes during the first half of 2014, marking its strongest-ever ...

Etihad Airways partners with Google

Etihad Airways partners with Google

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a partnership with Google to make it more convenient for travelers to view the airline’s flight schedules and ...

Gulf Air recognized with IT Security achievement at GISEC

Gulf Air recognized with IT Security achievement at GISEC

MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain - Gulf Air , Bahrain's national carrier, was recently recognized at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) awards, winning in the Best Data Loss ...

Oman: Significant increase in the number of visitors

Oman: Significant increase in the number of visitors

MUSCAT, Oman - The outlook for Oman’s tourism industry looks bright as hotels and airport data show a significant increase in the number of visitors this year.

Saudi Arabia to set up tourist information centers across the country

Saudi Arabia to set up tourist information centers across the country

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has signed a SR11.9 million contract to set up tourist information centers across the country that provide ...

City Sightseeing Worldwide: Next destination – Kingdom of Bahrain

City Sightseeing Worldwide: Next destination – Kingdom of Bahrain

The Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Her Excellency Sheikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, and the President and CEO of City Sightseeing Worldwide, Enrique Ybarra ...

Etihad Airways: Next phase for India growth plan

Etihad Airways: Next phase for India growth plan

Etihad Airways, thenational airline of the United Arab Emirates, will provide travellers with even more connections between India, the UAE and other key markets around the world, following a major ...

Oman: 22 projects to encourage investment in tourism sector

Oman: 22 projects to encourage investment in tourism sector

MUSCAT, Oman - The Ministry of Tourism placed 22 locations for investment in the tourism sector in the Sultanate as part of its efforts to encourage investment in tourist and service facilities, ...

OAG: A350/Dreamliner choice could impact up to 88 percent of Emirates flights

OAG: A350/Dreamliner choice could impact up to 88 percent of Emirates flights

LUTON, England - As Airbus and Boeing go head-to-head in negotiations for Emirates outstanding order of 70 extra-widebodied aircraft, aviation intelligence expert OAG reveals the critical ...

Etihad Airways and Air New Zealand agree on maintenance deal

Etihad Airways and Air New Zealand agree on maintenance deal

Codeshare partners Etihad Airways and Air New Zealand have signed a wide-ranging agreement to provide reciprocal line maintenance services in Melbourne, Australia, and Los Angeles in the USA.

Boom time for Oman's four and five star hotels

Boom time for Oman's four and five star hotels

MUSCAT, Oman - It's a boom time for hospitality industry here as the total number of guests in Oman's four and five star hotels grew by 23.8 percent by the end of April 2014 to 266,314, compared ...

Qatar Tourism Authority welcomes first-ever graduating tour guides

Qatar Tourism Authority welcomes first-ever graduating tour guides

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) held a graduation ceremony today to felicitate 15 trainees who successfully completed the "Tour Guide License Program." His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed ...

Ramadan began: Should western tourists still travel to Islamic countries?

Ramadan began: Should western tourists still travel to Islamic countries?

Tourists from all over the world travel to Islamic countries including the UAE, Egypt, Oman, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia.

Jazeera Airways inaugurates four exclusive gates in Kuwait

Jazeera Airways inaugurates four exclusive gates in Kuwait

Jazeera Airways Group Chairman, Marwan Boodai, said, “This latest investment in dedicated gates compliments a series of other investments in the Jazeera Airways’ value offering in the air, ...

Bahrain ranked first among Arab countries in UN eGovernment Survey 2014

Bahrain ranked amongst Top 8 countries on the Global Web Index Bahrain ranked first among Arab countries in UN eGovernment Survey 2014

MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain - The Kingdom of Bahrain has achieved an advanced rank in the UN eGovernment Survey 2014 on the eGovernment readiness and quality of eServices, were it was rated at the ...

Emirates offers Iftar service this Ramadan

Emirates offers Iftar service this Ramadan

Emirates has introduced several initiatives to ensure the well-being and comfort of its customers observing the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

New Mobile boarding passes on Etihad Airways

New Mobile boarding passes on Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has introduced mobile boarding passes on select routes for guests using its mobile online check-in facility.

Suicide bomber blows himself up at Beirut hotel

Suicide bomber blows himself up at Beirut hotel

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the fourth floor of the hotel in downtown Beirut.

Etihad Airways investment in  Alitalia is a go

Important Etihad Airways – Alitalia Statement Etihad Airways investment in Alitalia is a go

This may change the airline and tourism industry in Europe and beyond.

Cairo subway and Heliopolis courthouse under terror attack

Cairo subway and Heliopolis courthouse under terror attack

Four subway stations in the center and the northern part of Egypt's capital Cairo were under attack by a homemade bomb this morning.

217 trainees graduate from Etihad Airways career development program in Abu Dhabi

217 trainees graduate from Etihad Airways career development program in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways welcomed the latest group of graduates from its innovative development program to join divisions across the airline as pilots, managers, contact centre staff and technical ...

Bahrain Airport Company to Host First Ever Routes MENA Event

Bahrain Airport Company to Host First Ever Routes MENA Event

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced today that it will host the first ever Routes MENA in the Kingdom of Bahrain in November 2015.

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