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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 centre 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, ...

Doha - Perth : Qatar Airways increases frequencies

Doha - Perth : Qatar Airways increases frequencies

Qatar Airways will be increasing the capacity on its Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300. The increase in capacity will go into effect on October 1 of this year.

Qatar Airways cargo adds second frequency to Delhi

Qatar Airways cargo adds second frequency to Delhi

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo started operating its second freighter service to Delhi, India, over Ramadan on 22 July.

Tourist numbers down: Visitors staying away from the Middle East

Tourist numbers down: Visitors staying away from the Middle East

Continuing unrest in the Middle East kept tourism numbers dropped in the first four months of 2014, reported The United Nation’s World Tourism Organization.

Emirates and ebola: Airline slogan "Connector of People" may become a scary scenario

Abuja becomes Emirates' 2nd destination in Nigeria while Abuja prepares for Ebola Emirates and ebola: Airline slogan "Connector of People" may become a scary scenario

Emirates, the Dubai airline with more A380s than any other carrier in the world, is one of the global airlines also flying into the region hit by the deadly virus ebola.

Gulf Air increases services to Kuwait

Gulf Air increases services to Kuwait

MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain - The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, will increase its flights between Bahrain and Kuwait from 40 to 42 flights per week.

First airline to introduce Audio Description soundtracks for movies

Emirates innovates with inflight entertainment for the visually impaired First airline to introduce Audio Description soundtracks for movies

Emirates, the global connector of people and places, continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description (AD) on movies for visually-impaired customers ...

Abu Dhabi Tourism Police: High-quality services to Eid tourists

Abu Dhabi Tourism Police: High-quality services to Eid tourists

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The Tourism Police Section at Abu Dhabi Police intensified efforts to provide high-quality services to visitors of Abu Dhabi’s tourist areas and landmarks ...

France and Britain order citizens in Libya to leave now

Tripolis airport gun battle kills more than 50 officers this weekend France and Britain order citizens in Libya to leave now

Tripolis International Airport remains under gun fire with over 50 Libyan fighters dead in the exchanges. This weekend was one of the worst outbreaks of violence since Gaddafi's ouster.

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 ...

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