14 November 2018: Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for October, reached 83.4% load factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, the growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.
According to the October 2018 Traffic Results;
The passenger growth trend continued in October, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 5% reaching 6.5 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to 83.4%.
In October 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points, while international Load Factor increased by 3 points to 83.2%, and domestic Load Factor reached to ......read more
Codeshare to cover 41 destinations on the two carriers’ networks
Etihad Airways Engineering to provide select maintenance services for SAUDIA fleet at Abu Dhabi hub
Discussions taking place to explore commercial cargo joint opportunities
Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programmes
October 22, 2018: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi national flag carrier, Saudia, have announced a new codeshare partnership, providing customers with access to more than 40 leisure and business destinations in the home markets and across the world.
In addition to the codeshare agreement, the two carriers also announced plans for greater commercial cooperation in other fields, including frequent flyer programme benefits, cargo, and ......read more
October 13, 2018: A Saudi delegation from the customs of King Abdul Azziz International Airport in Jeddah highly applauded the high advanced level Dubai Customs has reached. During their visit to the Passenger Operations Department in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, the Saudi visitors expressed admiration and willingness to benefit from the knowledge and experience Dubai Customs has in this field.
Customs Director General at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Bandar Al-Rahili, said they are visiting Dubai International Airport to learn about the best practices applied by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and facilitate their arrivals and departures.
The visitors toured the sections of the Passenger Operations Department and viewed the latest technologies and devices used in thwarting smuggling ......read more
MEBAA Conference Jeddah Highlights Industry Opportunities
Saudi Arabia, 05 September, 2018: The MEBAA Conference Jeddah took place yesterday at the Jeddah Hilton, and brought together the business aviation industry from the region. Speaking at the event, Captain Bander Khaldi, Managing Director, National Aviation Academy, said that Saudi Arabia will require 8800 pilots and 11700 technicians by 2024 due to attrition replacement and fleet growth. During his presentation, he described the development plans for the academy, with a focus on how it will aim to meet the country’s need.
This followed a keynote speech from Dr Sami Alsrisari, Deputy Assistant President, Aviation Standards and Director, Safety and Risk, General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). “It’s an honour to be part of the MEBAA Conference ......read more
Reliable secure communication infrastructure has contributed to a fearless stay of more than two million pilgrims at the holy sites in Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Dubai, UAE – 2 September 2018: Together with the telecom companies STC Specialized and House of Invention International (HOI) in Saudi Arabia, Airbus has supplied secure communication infrastructure to the security staff protecting this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
“Our reliable critical communication infrastructure plays a vital role in making sure that the government’s security personnel could fully perform their security tasks. STC Specialized has put their trust in us and we look forward to forging similar collaboration with them in the near future,” said Selim Bouri, Vice-President and Head of Middle ......read more
5 August 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports is hosting delegates candidates from the Royal Saudi Air Force at the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) for a series of selected aviation training sessions. The trainee will benefit from knowledge-sharing exercises covering areas related to safety and security, forming part of the close cooperation between the aviation sectors and industries of both countries.
Sultan Al Mansoori, Acting General Manager GCAS said: “This training session, held at our Regional Centre of Excellence, is an important step in bolstering our aviation ties with our peers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The selection of GCAS as the training provider for the Royal Saudi Air Force demonstrates its position as a leading regional aviation training institution, and Abu Dhabi’s ......read more
Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talent and ventures from the aerospace and aviation sector
Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018: The winners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative have been announced today at a ceremony held under the patronage and attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.
In line with the Saudi Vision 2030, ‘Entaliq in KSA’ in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines is an initiative that empowers entrepreneurial talent from the aerospace sector.
A day before the closing ......read more
Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr.Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talents and ventures from the aerospace sector in Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh, KSA – 04 July, 2018: Airbus has announced that the closing ceremony of ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative, held in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines, will take place on 9th July 2018, at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.
The ceremony will be held under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
The top 10 finalists will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to ......read more
Saudi Arabia, June 25, 2018: Millennium Hotels and Resorts have furthered their expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of Millennium Madinah Airport. Designed to provide pilgrims and visitors a luxurious accommodation in the city, the 5-star property features 227 magnificent rooms and is located at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport.
Situated 30 minutes drive from the center of Al Madinah al-Munawwarah, the “City of Prophet” and second holiest city in Islam after Makkah, Millennium Madinah Airport has also been designed for business ¬ – with four distinguished meeting spaces hosting up to 75 guests.
Divided into categories such as Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Club Room and Executive Suite; the hotel features 227 rooms dressed in rich furnishings, warm colours ......read more
Initial Saudi Group wins Riyadh Airport FM Contract
Saudi Arabia, June 5, 2018: This month, leading KSA Facilities Management heavyweight, Initial Saudi Group announced that they have won the FM Cleaning contract for Riyadh Airport, despite stiff competition from at least five other FM companies. Initial Saudi Group have been appointed to take on the responsibility of all cleaning and janitorial services for Riyadh Airport, which comprises of three terminals (T1, T2 and T5 as well as two principal administration and support buildings and possibly a further two terminals that are currently under renovation, to be added later.
Riyadh Airport is the second largest airport after Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is considered as the air gateway for the Kingdom. There are approximately 40 Airlines that use the ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 23, 2018: Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has awarded a 10-year contract to Serco for the provision of fire and rescue services at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems.
DACO CEO, Mr.Turki Al Jawini, said, “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Serco through this new contract. By combining Serco’s expertise as a globally recognised fire and rescue service provider with Dammam Airports Company’s ambition, our objective is to serve as one of the effective enablers in the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector in line with Vision 2030. The collaboration will also help us contribute to the growth of the Eastern ......read more
Airline selects SITA for cloud support for its 200 offices worldwide across 60 countries
JEDDAH – 30 April 2018 – Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has selected SITA to support its strategic expansion plans by introducing modern, world-class IT infrastructure across 200 of the airline’s offices located in 100 cities and airports in 60 countries.
The solution will support the airline’s global IT infrastructure which connects all SAUDIA outstations with its headquarters and various data centers worldwide.
SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, will introduce its unique ATI Cloud solution, which will allow SAUDIA to manage and distribute its business applications, information and business services on-demand, anywhere in the world. The ......read more
- Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event opens with 300 exhibitors from 55 countries –
(Riyadh, 11 April 2018) – Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, opened its doors for the tenth consecutive year in Riyadh yesterday evening, April 10, 2018, with more than 300 exhibitors from 55 countries.
The fair, organised by ASAS Exhibition and Conference Organizing Company, is being held at Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, from April 10 to 13, 2018.
The fair was inaugurated by Mr. Hamad Ali Alshowair, Vice chairman of the board of directors of Riyadh chamber.
The four-day event will become the focus of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, ministerial discussions and the recognition of twelve months of ......read more
Results for 2017
Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion
Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent
Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo)
Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion
Unit costs further reduced
60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share
Outlook for 2018
Stable unit revenue development expected
Unit costs to be further reduced by 1 to 2 percent
Higher fuel costs of some EUR 700 million expected to be largely compensated by improved operating performance
Adjusted EBIT for the year expected to be only slightly below its record in
“Our endeavors of the past few years are paying off. Our modernization has a sustainable impact. We have achieved the best result in the history ......read more
Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event expected to receive over 30,000 visitors
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 11 March 2018: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcasing more than 270 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors.
Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors for the tenth consecutive year, with the 2018 edition to be located at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from 10th– 13th April 2018. The four day event will become the focus of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, ministerial discussions and the recognition of twelve months of the tourism industry’s achievements.
The 2018 edition will be the largest ......read more
Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018: Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace industry.
The workshop, held at Airbus offices in Riyadh, was attended by 15 young innovators. During the session a number of aviation experts shared their insights and experiences with the Saudi entrepreneurs. The event was attended by key partners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme including TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, Altran, Qotuf, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Aviation Australia ......read more
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 18, 2018 – Global technology leader Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will be showcasing its advanced portfolio of defense, energy and technology capabilities at The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements & Capabilities (AFED), taking place in Riyadh from 25 February-3 March.
A security partner to the Kingdom for over fifty years, Lockheed Martin is seeking new collaborations with local suppliers to promote Saudi Arabia’s flourishing industrial ecosystem.
During AFED, Lockheed Martin will engage with key local customers and demonstrate its long-term commitment to the realization of Saudi Vision 2030. The American aerospace giant will highlight its aviation, space and defense technologies, as well as cutting-edge systems and solutions at the exhibition hosted by The ......read more
Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share
Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017: Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.
FY2017 Financial Highlights:
Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016
Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016
Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation reserve that were reclassified to Statement of Income)
FY2017 Operational and Business Highlights
Route Expansion: 3 new destinations launched (Doha, Baku, and Hyderabad, India)
Load factor: 73.9%, up 6.7% from FY2016
Aircraft utilization: ......read more
Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa
Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018
Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.
Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend their summer closer to nature, immersed in the city’s scenic surroundings and rich cultural heritage.
The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at ......read more
Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018: As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup. The UAE team will face Oman in the final match which will be held this Friday, 5 January.
Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.
The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been teasing will be an incredible laser and water show unlike anything ever seen before.
Upwards of 1.5 million people are expected to converge on Downtown Dubai to experience "Light Up 2018" which is free to the public and will be replacing ......read more
Indians in Saudi Arabia and travellers to India can now avail of seamless passport application/renewal and visa application services at new centre
A new India Passport and Visa Application Centre was launched in Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by the Embassy of India in Riyadh and the Consulate General of India in Jeddah to provide residents of Jubail and Indian citizens residing in and around the city with greater accessibility to visa application and passport application facilities. The new centre is centrally located at Al Khater Business Centre 2, situated in the main commercial district of the port city of Jubail in KSA.
At the new centre, travellers to India can submit their visa applications, and the Indian community can experience proficient passport application and renewal services. ......read more
Health and safety tips for those travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2017: International SOS and Control Risks has issued the latest guidance to Muslims travelling from all over the world to attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month. Close to 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca between August 30 and September 4, with many also travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage.
Hundreds of thousands of travellers have already arrived in Saudi Arabia, and local authorities and transportation hubs have been preparing for the busy period ahead. All members heading to Saudi Arabia, whether for Hajj, business or personal travel should expect generalised travel disruption throughout the country.
James ......read more
In recognition of the adoption of the Saudisation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, 26 July 2017: In recognition of the importance of Saudisation, and seeking to provide opportunities for Saudi citizens, and according to Saudi Vision 2030 to reduce unemployment rates among the Saudi youth, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has employed 25 Saudis in the hospitality, food, beverage and housekeeping departments.
Mr Juan Uribe, General Manager of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, explained that the general policy of the hotel is based on the investment of human skills and employing these skills in the right places, which directly contributes to the development of all departments and makes them able to meet our guests' requirements in a way that expresses our leading brand.
From his side, Mr Nawaf Al-Subaie, Human Resources Manager, ......read more
Special offer on all flight and hotel bookings can be redeemed by registered users, who choose to pay with Visa Checkout on tajawal.sa until August 18th, 2017
Dubai, UAE - 20 July 2017: After successful implementation across its tajawal.ae domain in January 2017, tajawal, the Dubai-based online travel-booking site, has further collaborated with Visa to provide Visa Checkout to its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As the first online travel agency in the MENA region to integrate Visa Checkout on their website earlier this year, tajawal is now rolling out the service across multiple markets to provide users in the region with the most convenient booking process possible.
Visa Checkout offers cardholders a simple and secure digital payment method that allows for registered users to complete their purchase ......read more
February 19, 2017 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has launched attractive Umrah packages for all its properties in Holy City of Makkah to enable a growing number of religious travelers to take advantage of the pleasant weather to perform the pilgrimage. In addition, it has also announced affordable travel packages ......read more
New leisure facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at over 7.5% per year until 2020
61,224 hotel rooms currently in the pipeline to meet projected demand from domestic and religious tourism
Arabian Travel Market to showcase the best of the Kingdom’s tourist attractions
Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2017: Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 10, 2017: Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017.
The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The new daily ......read more
January 05, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has recently seen growth spikes in the tourism sector of Saudi Arabia during the Umrah season and the recent celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday. This was evident in the increase of occupancy rate in hotel rooms across the country, signifying marked ......read more
December 21, 2016 – In support of the Saudi government’s efforts to boost the domestic travel and tourism sector in line with the country’s economic diversification scheme, Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has recently entered into a strategic lease partnership agreement with Al Aqeeq Real Estate Development to rent the Al Majeedi Residential Center situated in front ......read more
December 12, 2016 - Rail Europe, the worldwide leader in train tickets and rail passes' distribution, has expanded its strong sales network across the region by appointing One of the largest & leading Travel & Hospitality conglomerate in Saudi Arabia, Elaf Travel Tourism Company, as their GSA partner. Elaf Group is a leader in travel and tour operations in the kingdom with a history ......read more
Saudi Arabian VVIP largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s and Amac Aerospace for fleet Cabin Connectivity services
Largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Go Direct Cabin Connectivity services for its New A319 and A330
Sky Prime selects AMAC Aerospace to install KA, KU Satellite ......read more
November 7, 2016- The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, recently concluded its strategic series of marketing tours in key countries across the continents to promote the rich culture and most popular tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. The marketing tour had designated stop overs in Istanbul, Turkey, Cairo, Egypt. Casablanca, ......read more
New additions to the brand’s LVX collection include three properties across Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; brings total Middle East portfolio to 22 hotels
Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2016: Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, continues to expand its Middle East portfolio ......read more
Five-star Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech features 503 rooms and Morocco’s largest congress centre – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is very proud to open this landmark hotel.
Dubai, UAE, 22 October 2016: Morocco welcomes the arrival of a significant new hotel with the opening of Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, following a US$100 ......read more
RAKTDA and Emirates Airline organized joint travel trade roadshow in Jeddah and Riyadh
Saudi visitors to Ras Al Khaimah during September increased 39 per cent, compared to September 2015
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 12th October 2016: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and plans, initiates and drives ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2016: As the wedding industry continues to grow in the Middle East, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced a new initiative to establish the hospitality company as a premium choice for both weddings and honeymoons.
For every USD 5,000 spent on a wedding at participating hotels in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, ......read more
Rehlat goes foodie way for this annual survey of airline’s with best in-flight food service for both domestic and international airlines. Our experts took opinion from our esteemed clients on what exactly is served on their flight and how much they actually like it.
It was obvious but Emirates topped the list for best food and beverages. It was given huge thumps up for both domestic and ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 September 2016 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today opened the doors to the Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah, a unique European-style property in one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities.
The 228-room property, which marks the Swiss hospitality firm’s third hotel in Jeddah and 11th in the Kingdom, seamlessly blends a classical ......read more
September 26, 2016 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will be showcasing Saudi Arabia’s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries in the month of October 2016. The Group will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight ......read more
Dubai, UAE, September 22, 2016: Have just 48 hours to get the most out of London and the surrounding region? Don’t fear, we’re here to help. From the best tea shops and art-deco hotels London has to offer to the perfect spots for enjoying some of the best countryside scenery in the whole of England, our guide will ensure that you don’t miss out.
Within easy ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2016: The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council MENA is pleased to announce the launch of the 8th Edition of FTTH Council MENA Conference taking place from 7th to 9th November at The Regency hotel, Kuwait, under the patronage of HE Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait. Prysmian Group, ......read more
Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2016: Families come together from far and near to celebrate the joyous festival of Eid Al Adha in their own special way. Whether you have your heart set on a relaxed beach holiday, a quick getaway within the UAE or a staycation in one of Dubai’s top family resorts, JA Resorts & Hotels has exactly what you’re looking for. Experience a fun filled holiday ......read more
August 14, 2016- Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in ......read more
International Terminal D delivers a high-end, convenient shopping experience
Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2016: Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics are bringing new luxury beauty options to customers traveling through International Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The three stores—all of which are part of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. brand ......read more
With two million travellers forecasted to go through Dubai International Airport this summer, Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) and Maritime & Mercantile International (MMI) is encouraging travellers to arrive early for a relaxed travel experience and to ensure the time to visit their brand new venues including giraffe, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, The Draft House, Pret A Manger, The Noodle ......read more
June 26, 2016 - With the number of Umrah visas issued by embassies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year reaching 5.67 million with more than 5 million already having entered the Kingdom, hospitality experts and local travel operators are seeing a surge in travel bookings to Makkah and Madinah in 2016 and are expecting a further increase over the coming weeks towards the end of ......read more
June 15, 2016 - The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Bulgaria has recently signed an Agreement of Cooperation with ID Global Company, a diversified commercial conglomerate with direct investments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Middle East, Asia and Europe, to represent Bulgaria's Ministry of Tourism and promote its tourism industry and policies in the Kingdom.
The company ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, May 28, 2016: The recently held Rotana Annual Conference at Park Rotana Abu Dabhi for the company executives served great news for Centro Sharjah. Mr Michael Kasch, General Manager was awarded ‘Manager of the Year’ in the company wide award ceremony.
Mr. Michael Kasch, is a veteran in hospitality services and has been in the hospitality arena for over 2 ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 23, 2016: The Saudi-based national airline, flynas, is increasing capacity between their home country and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah.
Effective on 23 June, flynas will add a second daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, increasing its combined offer with Etihad Airways to four daily services. Also on 23 June, flynas will ......read more
Employees of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ graduated from the in-house programme, which helps them prepare for the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 19 May, 2016: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is delighted to announce that 200 of the company’s Saudi employees successfully graduated ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 18, 2016: The 4th annual Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 opened Tuesday (17th May 2016) Under the Patronage of His Highness Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Tourism Committee in Jeddah, who was accompanied by Mohammad A. Al-Amri, General Manager, Jeddah and Makkah Province at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage ......read more
Saudi Arabia, 12th May 2016: Details of the inaugural Saudi Arabia Hospitality Awards (2017) will be announced by organisers’ dmg events at The Hotel Show in Jeddah this month.
The launch will take place during the second day of the annual The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia (18th May 2016), where representatives from hotels and restaurants throughout Saudi Arabia will have the chance to ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 11, 2016: Ramzi R. Solh, CEO of Commercial Development at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), is the latest addition to the line-up for the 2nd annual Vision Conference, Saudi Arabia.
The conference is a key feature of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, from 17-19th May 2016 featuring a range of industry experts exploring the Kingdom’s booming hospitality ......read more
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair have introduced a new Self Service Bag Drop facility at Hong Kong International Airport that will further enhance the airport experience for passengers of the two airlines.
Self Service Bag Drop allows passengers to check in baggage by themselves. The self-service process includes printing the baggage tag, tagging the luggage and dispatching the luggage. ......read more
Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2016: Independent five-star luxury hotel operator, Shaza Hotels unveiled their forthcoming projects and plans at this year’s editions of the Arabian Travel Market ( ATM; 25th-28thApril) and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC; 26th – 28th April). The first hotel chain to infuse Arabian cultures and values in a contemporary and luxurious ......read more
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurates ATM 2016; the Middle East’s largest travel and tourism event celebrates 23 years of industry milestones
Dubai, UAE, April 26, 2016: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 today, ......read more
March 15, 2016- Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has organized the Moroccan Food Festival at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel (Red Sea Mall) in Saudi Arabia. Launched under the theme ‘Food Festival that Brings You the Best & Diverse Moroccan Cuisine,’ the event was inaugurated by Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels, Elaf Group in the presence of Elaf’s senior officials like Mohammed Bin ......read more
Saudi Arabia, February 18, 2016: A record 47,431 rooms and 124 hotel projects are currently under development in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.
The majority of projects are in the final construction and pre-opening stages with 52 projects and almost 20,000 rooms set to open to the public throughout the Kingdom this year, says the new report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS commissioned ......read more
Saudi Arabia 2 February 2016: One&Only, the award-winning collection of ultra-luxury resorts, is delighted to announce a Middle East Roadshow starting next week hosted by a selection of Senior Executives from the brand. The roadshow will give One&Only Senior Executives the opportunity to meet with key agents, operators and trade partners in Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi ......read more
Welcome to Vienna! The city of the most enthralling history and lifestyle that will make you fall in love over and over again
Over the years, Vienna has maintained a high-quality of living and is named as one of the most liveable cities in the world (ranked no. 2 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 Global Liveability Ranking) not only for its efficient and stable political ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, January 18, 2016: Having previous held key managerial positions with world renowned hospitality brands, Mr Michael Kasch has been with Rotana since 2011. The most integral driving force behind hotel operations at Centro Sharjah for the last two years, he gives us here extensive insight into current trends transforming the tourism & hospitality sector of Sharjah.
As we ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, December 21, 2015: Take a step back into true holiday enchantment and get entertained by Centro Sharjah’s Christmastide and meet Father Christmas himself. Join us for a lovely time of merry making and experience the magic of Christmas festivities and relive these priceless moments!
We’ve got fantastic plans to keep you entertained with lots of seasonal ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, December 10, 2015: Colleagues from Centro Sharjah Hotel joined the Clean Up UAE campaign organised by Emirates Environmental Group as part of the Hotel’s social responsibility initiative.
The Clean Up UAE campaign brings together people from all walks of life and creates awareness as well as advocates the cause of sustainable living. The Sharjah version of the ......read more
‘1001 Nights to Transform Air Transport in the Middle East’
30 November 2015 (Jeddah) – Speaking at the AACO Annual General Meeting today, Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlined some key short-term objectives for aviation in the Middle East.
Full speech can be read here.
“As a region, the Middle ......read more
4th OIC Halal Middle East to be held from 8 to 10 December at Expo Centre Sharjah
Sharjah, 29 November 2015 : The 4th OIC Halal Middle East exhibition, which will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 8 to 10, is launching a new vertical targeting the halal tourism segment – Halal Tourism Middle East 2015.
To be held as part of Halal Middle East, the Halal Tourism Middle East ......read more
Share seasonal moments to treasure and feast on delicious gourmet treats for the whole family
Dubai UAE, November 16, 2015: Soneva Resorts and Residences, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has unveiled its Christmas and New Year’s Eve Programmes 2015/2016 for its two properties; Soneva Fushi (Maldives) and Soneva Kiri (Thailand).
Soneva’s ‘Ever So ......read more
Dubai Air Show, Dubai, November 12, 2015 – Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Philippine flag carrier, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pratt & Whitney to power its order of 15 firm plus 15 purchase right A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
“We pride ourselves on ......read more
Dubai, October 31, 2015: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expanding its Saudi Arabian network through a new five-times-per-week service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi operated by its codeshare partner flynas.
Commencing on 16 December 2015, the new flynas service will complement Etihad Airways’ existing 13 weekly flights between Abu ......read more
October 20, 2015 - The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will launch its series of strategic marketing tours to select countries across continents in a bid to further boost Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism industry. During its stopovers in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Tunis in Tunisia, and the United Kingdom starting October of this ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 17, 2015: If your travels have been weighing heavily on your budget recently, you may not be travelling smart. You don’t always have to pay with cash for your flights; you can also pay with your miles. This method of buying a flight ticket in the UAE was also the topic of one of our previous articles, but the primary goal of this article is to show you how to earn ......read more
Incredibly, Dubai is still classified as part of an emerging economy, as are most cities and nations in the Middle East. This does a huge disservice to these countries, both in terms of the natural resources at their disposal and the regeneration that has engulfed the Middle East as a whole during the course of the last decade in particular.
This particularly applies to Dubai, ......read more
Every year the hospitality industry sees $8.6 billion worth of non-refundable hotel room cancellations. The numbers are astounding, and if you have ever made such a cancellation you know how they eat into your wallet.
When you are planning a holiday or even a business trip, like most people, you too may be looking for the best deal. Often this means that you end up booking cheaper, ......read more
Bharat Book Bureau provides the report, on “Saudi Arabia Tyre Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”. In 2014, the country’s central region accounted for the largest share in the tyre market, followed by western, eastern, southern and northern region of Saudi Arabia. ......read more
Whether summer or winter is your favourite time of year to travel, make sure you keep in mind something that is often overlooked: how to protect yourself from fraud or theft when travelling abroad.
With the upcoming Eid holidays, traveling without cash is by far the safest way to travel, so don’t forget these five pointers to protect yourself:
• Check that your ......read more