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New owner for British Airways and Iberia: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways announces 9.99% or $1.7 billion acquisition in European airline group New owner for British Airways and Iberia: Qatar Airways

As part of efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties initiated through codeshare agreements with IAG as well as its membership of the oneworld alliance, Qatar Airways ...

Gulf Air cuts final ties with Kenya

Gulf Air cuts final ties with Kenya

By Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome, Ph.D., eTN Africa Correspondent

Following the departure just over a year ago from the Bahrain – Nairobi route, Gulf Air has now put in motion their final exit from Kenya, as they will be leaving the IATA BSP scheme (Billing ...

Emirates spreads the love of cricket around the world with specially-dressed A380 aircraft

Emirates spreads the love of cricket around the world with specially-dressed A380 aircraft

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will ...

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi welcomes new Executive Chef

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi welcomes new Executive Chef

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi further strengthens the renowned quality of its restaurants with the appointment of Christophe Gavois as Executive Chef.

APEX to give members behind-the-scenes look at Etihad Innovation Centre

APEX to give members behind-the-scenes look at Etihad Innovation Centre

NEW YORK, NY – The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is heading to the birthplace of luxurious air travel in order to give members a first-hand look at the future of the passenger ...

Passenger aircraft under gunfire during airport descent

Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Sharjah’s Air Arabia suspend flights to Baghdad Passenger aircraft under gunfire during airport descent

Dubai-based Flydubai, Emirates Airlines, Sharjah’s Air Arabia, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways suspended flights from Dubai to Baghdad in compliance with security guidance from the UAE’s ...

6,000 new jobs for UAE nationals by Etihad Airways

6,000 new jobs for UAE nationals by Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has announced plans to substantially boost the number of UAE nationals employed in the airline as part of its award-winning UAE national development strategy.

First Wedding Expo in Ajman, the Northern Emirates

First Wedding Expo in Ajman, the Northern Emirates

The Ajman Palace Hotel is all set to host the biggest hotel wedding exhibition in the Northern Emirates under the Kind Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi.

North America - India: Etihad changes connectivity

North America - India: Etihad changes connectivity

Etihad Airways has announced a number of schedule changes to the airline’s flights between its Abu Dhabi hub and Chicago, New York, and Toronto, which will start on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Queen Mary 2's port call to Oman’s tourist status

Queen Mary 2's port call to Oman’s tourist status

Muscat: One of the world's largest cruise liners, Queen Mary 2, will visit Oman on Tuesday, according to the cruise liner's local spokesman.

Jeddah tourism up 70 percent

Jeddah tourism up 70 percent

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The influx of tourists to Jeddah has increased by 70 percent with the festivals and activities drawing huge crowds to the historical city.

Qatar Airways named 'Best Economy Long-Haul Experience'

Qatar Airways named 'Best Economy Long-Haul Experience'

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways was named “Best Economy Long-Haul Experience” by SKIFT, a recognised leader in world travel trends and information.

Etihad Airways introduces new cargo management system

Etihad Airways introduces new cargo management system

Etihad Cargo, the freight division of United Arab Emirates' (UAE) flag carrier, Etihad Airways, successfully cut over to a new cargo management system on January 18, 2015 to provide its customers ...

Background: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died, long live King  Salman

Background: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died, long live King Salman

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel retains Green Globe award

Jumeirah Beach Hotel retains Green Globe award

LOS ANGELES, California - Jumeirah Beach Hotel, part of Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has retained its Green Globe Certification (GGC) for a ...

A.C. Milan takes off in Dubai on the Emirates A380

Michelangelo Albertazzi and Michael Essien turn Captain and First Officer A.C. Milan takes off in Dubai on the Emirates A380

The A.C. Milan team flew on the iconic Emirates A380 from Milan to Dubai to participate in their much-anticipated clash against Real Madrid C.F. in last month’s Dubai Football Challenge.

Travel tech in focus at ATM as online bookings grow to 31%

YouGov survey of 22,600 MENA residents reveals regional online bookings grow to 31% up 10% year-on-year Travel tech in focus at ATM as online bookings grow to 31%

Technology in the travel industry will come into focus at Arabian Travel Market this year, with the four-day event set to highlight tech growth within the industry, as online travel bookings in ...

Dubai business events honor Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors

Dubai business events honor Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors

Twenty eight high-profile individuals and organizations were honored by Dubai’s government yesterday for their ongoing efforts to attract and host international conferences in the city, further ...

Qatar Airways: Freighter service to Ahmedbad

Qatar Airways Cargo to be only International Carrier to Operate Dedicated Freighters Qatar Airways: Freighter service to Ahmedbad

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo is continuing its expansion program in India with the launch of the seventh freighter destination in the country.

Air Arabia CEO: Petra Airline purchase funded with own capital

Air Arabia CEO: Petra Airline purchase funded with own capital

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates - Adel Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said on Sunday that the airline’s latest acquisition of stakes in Jordan’s Petra Airlines was fully funded by ...

UAE targets 500,000 medical tourists a year by 2020

UAE targets 500,000 medical tourists a year by 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Hospitals are introducing advanced surgeries in a bid to attract medical tourists to the Emirates.

Interest in superyachts grows among Middle East’s ultra wealthy

Interest in superyachts grows among Middle East’s ultra wealthy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The 23rd edition of Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will run from Mar 3-7, reinforcing Dubai’s status as one of ...

World’s latest and most advanced passenger jet on its way to Frankfurt

World’s latest and most advanced passenger jet on its way to Frankfurt

By Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome, Ph.D., eTN Africa Correspondent

Qatar Airways’ flight QR 67 from Doha to Frankfurt has taken off with a full load of passengers on board at 0807 hours local time and was given an ETA for Frankfurt at 1157 hours local time, ...

Hilton expands in Saudi Arabia

Hilton expands in Saudi Arabia

A new Hilton Garden Inn in Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu City will join the six properties of Hilton Worldwide’s mid-scale brand already under development in the kingdom, the group announced in ...

New openings: Dubai's smart new hotel brand for the modern traveler

New openings: Dubai's smart new hotel brand for the modern traveler

Modern, cosmopolitan, smart, and cultural, the essence of Dubai's identity finds an unmatched expression in a contemporary new mid-market lifestyle hotel brand, Rove Hotels that will roll out 10 ...

Emirates to Airbus: Design a A380Neo or forget our orders

Qatar Airways Demand: Put new Rolls Royce Trent XWB Engine under the wing of the Airbus A350XWB Emirates to Airbus: Design a A380Neo or forget our orders

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, Ph.D., eTN Africa Correspondent

When Emirates’ a few weeks ago raised the stakes, telling Airbus to either develop an A380Neo or forget about future orders, tongues went wagging instantly about the challenge served to Airbus ...

Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi in March

Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi in March

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The Abu Dhabi Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference (in affiliation with World Federation for Neuro-Rehabilitation Congress) will take place in Abu Dhabi from March ...

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel in Dubai welcomes new Manager

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel in Dubai welcomes new Manager

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai has appointed a new Revenue and Reservations Manager.

Jordan: Medical tourism generated over $1.4 billion in 2014

Jordan: Medical tourism generated over $1.4 billion in 2014

AMMAN, Jordan — A total of 250,000 patients from abroad came to Jordan for treatment in 2014, a number that is almost similar to the year before, according to the Private Hospitals Association ...

Emirates takes off to 10 new A380 destinations in 2014

Emirates takes off to 10 new A380 destinations in 2014

DUBAI, UAE – Emirates, a global connector of people and places, marked a record launch of 10 new A380 routes in 2014 and today has released a "mash-up" video that shows the iconic aircraft ...

Dubai ups the cost of single entry tourist visa, eliminates option to extend

Dubai ups the cost of single entry tourist visa, eliminates option to extend

Tourist visas issued in Dubai have just become costlier and non-extendable.

Qatar Airways reveals five-star on-board entertainment in 2015

Qatar Airways reveals five-star on-board entertainment in 2015

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways, has announced an exciting schedule of five-star inflight entertainment for its passengers on board its flights during January 2015.

US Border control in Abu Dhabi on all Etihad United States-bound flights

US Border control in Abu Dhabi on all Etihad United States-bound flights

Air travelers on all Etihad Airways flights to the United States from this week will be able to experience the benefits of arriving in the US having pre-cleared US Customs and Border Protection at ...

Saudi Arabia: New tourist city will create 2000 jobs, investment opportunities

Saudi Arabia: New tourist city will create 2000 jobs, investment opportunities

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - An investor in the tourist city in Al-Wajh governorate, which is among the first five tourist cities to be approved by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs recently, ...

Cafe in Lebanon scene of a suicide terror attack

Cafe in Lebanon scene of a suicide terror attack

A suicide bomb attack on a cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon, on January 10 killed at least seven people and wounded 36 others, the army said.

Oman emerges as major destination for Gulf tourists

Oman emerges as major destination for Gulf tourists

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman has emerged as a major destination among GCC travelers for short breaks, registering a 17 percent increase in GCC citizen numbers in the first three quarter of 2014, said a ...

Qatar Airways Chief: No more need for first class?

Qatar Airways to Etihad: Buy a villa on the ground instead on Etihad in the sky Qatar Airways Chief: No more need for first class?

By Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome, Ph.D., eTN Africa Correspondent

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is getting back to Etihad Airways about Etihad's widely-published revolutionary Residence in the Sky.

A380 Dubai-Manchester twice a day

A380 Dubai-Manchester twice a day

Emirates has announced that as of February 1, 2015, its EK019/020 service between Dubai International Airport and Manchester Airport, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will be replaced with an ...

Qatar Airways inaugurates A350 XWB into the fleet at Doha ceremony

Qatar Airways inaugurates A350 XWB into the fleet at Doha ceremony

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr.

Riyadh to host 8th Global Competitiveness Forum

Riyadh to host 8th Global Competitiveness Forum

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - This year's theme 'Competitive Governments' draws together an impressive group of over 50 speakers from 22 different countries to discuss the positive impact national ...

Air Arabia buys into Petra Airlines, plans new hub in Amman

Air Arabia buys into Petra Airlines, plans new hub in Amman

Air Arabia has bought a 49 per centstake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines as the group plans to develop a new hub in Amman that gives it access to the European low-cost travel market.

Oman should tap immense potential of 'halal tourism'

Oman should tap immense potential of 'halal tourism'

MUSCAT, Oman - Sultanate of Oman, one of the most astonishing tourist destinations in the Middle East region, has to tap the immense potential of 'halal tourism', which is one of the fastest ...

Air Miles Middle East agrees multi-year partnership extension with HSBC

Air Miles Middle East agrees multi-year partnership extension with HSBC

DUBAI, UAE - Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, today announced agreement of a multi-year extension with founding partner HSBC for its participation in the Air Miles program in the ...

Chaos onboard Etihad Airways planes and Abu Dhabi International Airport

Fog: Stuck on a runway for 13 hours - passenger died on an Etihad flight Chaos onboard Etihad Airways planes and Abu Dhabi International Airport

Etihad Airways teams in Abu Dhabi and across its global network are continuing to work around the clock to restore the airline’s flight schedule to normal following Saturday’s severe fog ...

Oman: Tourists flock to pristine Qantab

Oman: Tourists flock to pristine Qantab

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman's virgin landscapes, pristine beaches and pleasant climate continue to attract local and foreign tourists.

Etihad Airways operational disruption at Abu Dhabi Airport

Etihad Airways operational disruption at Abu Dhabi Airport

Etihad Airways is expecting to restore its normal schedule within 24 hours after severe fog disrupted flight operations yesterday.

ISIS: Is Lebanon next?

ISIS: Is Lebanon next?

Islamic State militants in Qalamoun on the Syrian-Lebanese border are seeking control of nearby Lebanese villages to support their fighting positions, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said, Reuters ...

Fog again disrupts flights at Abu Dhabi Airport

Fog again disrupts flights at Abu Dhabi Airport

Following a closure at 2:30 am due to severe fog, Eithad Airways diverted seven inbound flights to three other airports in the UAE – to Dubai World Central, Al Ain and Al Bateen.

New travel and tourism associations launched in Saudi Arabia

New travel and tourism associations launched in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched three travel and tourism associations on the sidelines of its recently concluded annual staff meeting.

Gender seating segregation on airlines

Air passengers seating areas by gender: A unique way to travel Gender seating segregation on airlines

Saudia, the national airline for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, may be planning to introduce gender segregation aboard its flights following complaints from passengers who refused to have random ...

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