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
In the context of his belief concerning the importance of his roles in social responsibility
Riyadh, June 19, 2017: As part of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski initiatives during the holy month of Ramadan in supporting charitable activities in the community, the hotel has made an integrated volunteering campaign, including signing number of agreements, building partnerships and distributing food and beverages. The hotel staff interacted with this campaign in a remarkable way.
Prior to the beginning of the holy month, the hotel confirmed a cooperative partnership with the Orphan Charity Foundation (Ekhaa) and with Saudi Food Bank (Etaam) to be one of the participants in the Kempinski Ramadan Tent. Ekhaa seeks to apply all its potential to serve orphans, and to build distinguished relations with all concerned parties to contribute ......read more
May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB’s last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017.
“The entry of Cebu Pacific into these markets benefitted passengers with lower fares and more choices. Of late, other carriers have aggressively added more flights, which has resulted in substantial oversupply of seats and fares that are so low, hence making the routes ......read more
Turkish Vibes in the Heart of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh - 18 May 2017: In its eagerness to make everything new and distinctive, and its quest for continuous improvement and development, Burj Rafal Kempinski has recently added chef Mesut Ozkan to its list of employees - the master of chefs to luxurious hotels and restaurants, and the one who launched a new menu at Tuğra restaurant, adding his unique magical touches.
Chef Mesut has nine years' experience, spent between Four Seasons, Sheraton and Divan hotels in Turkey, and at Stephan Pyles restaurant in Dallas, Texas, in the United States, in addition to winning several gold medals from international cooking contests.
And about his experience at Burj Rafal Kempinski, chef Mesut said, "It is my great pleasure and honour to join the group of chefs of Burj Rafal ......read more
The strong network platform in Middle East
Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2017: Following their meeting on the margin of the Arab Travel Market Event (ATM) in Dubai to enhance their mutual relationship as partners, Al Tayyar Travel Group, one of the largest travel and tourism companies in the region, and Amadeus, one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for global travel industry, have dully signed a new partnership agreement.
The extended deal significantly boosts the strategic co-operation between the two parties and reaffirms Al Tayyar Travel Group’s commitment to expand their online business. To achieve this, Al Tayyar Travel Group will take advantage of Amadeus cutting-edge technology and cost customized solutions such as the Premium Online Support, 24/7 contact with Amadeus experts, ATC Shopper ......read more
FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER
GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™
New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM
Dubai, April 22, 2017: Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services.
Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 11 April 2017
The Kingdom of Bahrain promotes its new tourism identity under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours’
The Kingdom of Bahrain launched its new tourism identity under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours’ in a step to further develop the tourism sector as a main contributor to the national economy. The new brand embraces the country’s biggest asset, its people – their warmth and welcoming attitude. The Bahrain Tourism and Authority also has recently launched seven representative offices with an aim of increasing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s share of the international travel market. The offices are located in KSA, India, China, France, Germany, UK and Russia.
Sally Sedky, Marketing & Tourism Promotion Directorate says “It’s the culmination of our ......read more
Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience
Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 - Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region.
The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged in Dubai recently, after thousands of diners declared it the Gulf’s best Indian dining experience.
More than 1.1 million votes were cast to decide the winners of this year’s 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards, confirming that ......read more
RTF 2017 is the largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event in KSA to date
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – April 8, 2017: Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors for the ninth consecutive year, at Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh which will run from 7th – 10th April 2017.
The fair was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr. Majid A. Al-Hokair, Chairman of the Committee for Tourism and Entertainment Riyadh Chamber and Chairman of Board Directors for Riyadh International Conference and Exhibition Center.
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 2017 ......read more
MOHAMMAD A. AL-AMRI, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SAUDI COMMISSION FOR TOURISM & NATIONAL HERITAGE (SCTH) IN MAKKAH PROVINCE, JEDDAH OPENS THE HOTEL SHOW SAUDI ARABIA AND STONE & SURFACE SAUDI ARABIA 2017
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 5th April 2017: The fifth edition of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia and the inaugural Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia opened Tuesday (4th April 2017) Under the Patronage of Mohammad A. Al-Amri, General Manager of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) in Makkah Province, Jeddah.
Thousands of hospitality and construction industry professionals are anticipated to attend the co-located trade shows, taking place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events until Thursday (04th to 06th April 2017; 4-11pm).
“We are honoured that Mohammad A. Al-Amri, General Manager of the SCTH in ......read more
Saudi Travel & Tourism Investment Market have witnessed the signing of a media agreement between the Tourist Routes and Eye of Riyadh
Riyadh, March 30, 2017
In a remarkable strategic step, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage represented by the Tourism Routes Program, signed a media cooperation agreement with Eye of Riyadh by the aim of marketing the program, raising the national awareness about it and contributing to support the tourism sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in accordance with the vision of 2030 aiming at upgrading this sector to the highest levels of what contribute supporting the economic development of the country.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Abdullah Mataen, the General Supervisor of Tourism Routes Project in the commission, clarified that one of the most important objectives of the ......read more
The region’s fastest growing tourism destination registered 71 per cent growth in Saudi visitor numbers year-to-date
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 29 March 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new representation office in the country’s capital, Riyadh.
Marking its sixth international representation office, the Riyadh opening will support the tourism body’s promotional activities and trade partnerships to penetrate the Kingdom’s high potential outbound market. A team of dedicated trade promotion, MICE and business development staff will manage various in-market promotions and initiatives to drive ......read more
Exhibitors to showcase their latest offers and packages to cater to young travellers
Riyadh, 28 March 2017: Why not explore the world instead of lying on the couch? This year, Riyadh Travel Fair the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide platform to trade visitors and the general public on youth travel options. Tour operators, tourism associations and destinations will be showcasing their latest products and innovations at the four day event, which will be held from the 7 – 10 April, 2017, at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Exhibitors will be presenting digital innovations such as Virtual Reality (VR) goggles, information on new youth travel destinations, events and festivals. Attending RTF 2017 will instantly transport you all over the world with ......read more
Saudi travel agencies receive unique view on latest innovations and technologies in the travel sector
Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- March 21, 2017 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) the leading technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, launched its 2017 Technology Day series in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, offering a unique view into the top technology trends and innovations impacting the travel industry and what Sabre is investing in for the future.
The series started off with two dedicated sessions for travel companies in Riyadh, which were offered the opportunity to hear and discuss trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the future of travel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region, including the important role of online, mobile, and personalization. Other sessions ......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
UAE mega-projects in development include Dubai-I (2017) world’s largest Ferris wheel to rival the London Eye, the new Louvre (Paris) and Guggenheim (New York) museums in Abu Dhabi (2017), Dubai Pearl (2018) featuring MGM Grand and Bellagio made famous by the Las Vegas strip, Dream Island (2018) in Ras Al Khaimah promoted as a ‘mini Ibiza’ and 10 major new theme parks ......read more
Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines al Salamah in Jeddah open for bookings today
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14th July 2015 – CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), officially announces today that Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines Al Salamah, all located in Jeddah, are open for bookings today.
Mr Vincent ......read more
This summer, the Collection of Villages across Europe will offer Middle Eastern guests ‘seven star’ service in celebration of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This period will encompass special events, exclusive offers, an unrivalled hospitality experience and – as always – leading luxury shopping destinations.
With guests looking to enjoy a period of celebration and ......read more
International hospitality firm reveals plans to open Mövenpick Hotel Heraa Jeddah in 2019, its fourth property in the city and 14th kingdom wide.
Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 8 July 2015: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is consolidating its Saudi Arabia expansion plans by adding a fourth property in the kingdom’s thriving city of Jeddah.
The 300-key Mövenpick Hotel ......read more
Dubai Cruise Market Crosses 500,000 Visitor Mark Due to Enhanced Services at Seaports, according to GDRFA
DUBAI, 6 July 2015: Middle East governments should consider easing restrictions on travelling between states to boost the region’s tourism industry and support the fast-developing yachting and cruise market, says Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of the UAE-based yacht and ......read more
July 5, 2015 - Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group of Companies, cited the significant role played by local travel and tourism organizations and associations in the move to further develop the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) travel and tourism industry. Mahfouz pointed out that the presence of these organizations can largely contribute to many of the planned programs and ......read more
Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2015: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions, formally launched their visa application service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new service at the Schengen Visa Application Centre is aimed at ......read more
Summer in St. Moritz
St. Moritz is one of the most tradition-steeped holiday resorts around. Even its name is protected as a quality brand and all over the world it is equated with style, elegance and class. Beautifully located in the inspiring Engadin valley, St. Moritz celebrates the picture-book beauty of summer and winter in high style – with its inimitable cosmopolitan ......read more
June 14, 2015 - Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels poised to receive the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr by offering many special deals and activities that will add joy to guests from residents and foreign people coming to perform Ummrah during the holy month.
In this regard, Ziad Bin Mahfouz, President of Elaf Group of Companies for Travel and Tourism, said: "As ......read more
4 June 2015: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Tourism Malaysia today signed a global partnership agreement to boost inbound tourism to Malaysia by leveraging the airline’s global passenger network.
Under the agreement, Etihad Airways and Tourism Malaysia will put into effect a range of joint marketing activities targeting Malaysia’s ......read more
Flynas, an award winning leading low cost airline of Saudi Arabia has set new standards to in-flight safety, by adding Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene, to protect passengers from any known threats from dangerous viruses, including Ebola, Avian Influenza, and MERS.
In a region where MERS cases are on the rapid rise, and with over 1,000 cases reported to ......read more
May, 2015: Glee Hospitality Solutions, a brand specialising in creating, developing and operating innovative restaurant concepts in the UAE and the GCC region today announced their proud participation in the 3rd annual The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia. The show was organized in Jeddah from 3rd to 5th May 2015. Glee Hospitality Solutions participated in The Hotel Show with a view to make its presence ......read more
UAE – Dubai, 5 May 2015: His Highness Faisal S.A. Al Faisal, Prince of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of Alternative Tech Commercial Ltd, visited Global Innovations' stand at the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition (ATM) and met with Mr. Kabir Ali Baig, CEO and Founder of Global Innovations.
Mr. Baig leads the Global Innovations team in introducing its Enterprise Software Solution, ......read more
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today unveiled a codeshare agreement that offers travellers enhanced connections on their respective networks.
The agreement heralds an era of closer cooperation between the two airlines which, in subsequent months, will include reciprocal frequent flyer programmes, ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (May 4, 2015) – Hyatt announced today at the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) exhibition in Dubai that it continues to spotlight the burgeoning Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) market with new hotels across several of its brands -- from the bold and dramatic Grand Hyatt to the upscaleHyatt Place and Hyatt House brands.
At least ninenew Hyatt-branded hotelsare ......read more
May 04, 2015 - The Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels is participating at this year’s edition of the Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East region’s leading annual travel trade exhibition, which is being held from May 4 to May 7, 2015 in Dubai. During the show, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group, is expected to throw the spotlight on its hotels located ......read more
An action-packed event sends its winners packing.
Geneva Tourism takes VIP women from the GCC to Geneva.
Geneva Tourism, one of Switzerland’s official tourist boards, held an exclusive event called ‘Geneva, more than you can imagine’. The event was an occasion for the elite women from the GCC to connect with each other, while exploring the beauty of Geneva.
Geneva has ......read more
Middle East’s largest travel trade event showcasing 2,700 exhibitors, 64 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions, and the return of the UNWTO Ministerial Forum set to welcome an anticipated 23,000 visitors
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors tomorrow (Monday 4th May) for four days of ......read more
Dubai, UAE – 3 May 2015: Global Innovations, a Dubai-based Travel and Tourism Technology company is now an exclusive distributor of Vertical Booking products designed for all types of hotel and hotel chains. This agreement is a step that will further strengthen Global Innovations’ unprecedented growth in the GCC market following the successful launch of its own ERP software solution, ......read more