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Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network

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

Emirates to operate special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend Arabian Gulf Cup final

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.

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Dubai Wins Red Diamond Award for World's Greatest New Year's Celebration!

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

India Passport and Visa Application Centre launched in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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

International SOS and Control Risks Advise Pilgrims Worldwide Ahead of Hajj 2017

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

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has employed 25 Saudis

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

Tajawal launches Visa Checkout in KSA

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

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski conducting various charitable activities

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

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Doha, Qatar 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

The Chef Mesut Ozkan Presents Sultan Dinner Buffet at Tuğra Restaurant, Burj Rafal Kempinski Riyadh

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

Amadeus Saudi Arabia and AL TAYYAR Travel Group showcases their strong commitments during ATM

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

ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

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

NEWS FLASH!!! Day 3 at Riyadh Travel Fair 2017

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

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards

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

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 Opens Today with 270 Exhibitors from 55 countries

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, GM of the SCTH in Makkah Province, Jeddah opens The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia and Stone & Surface

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

With the aim of upgrading the Saudi tourism

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

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Expands Saudi Arabian Presence With New Riyadh Office

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

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 eyeing to target the millennial market

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

Sabre Technology Days in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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

Riyadh leads hotel development in Saudi Arabia with almost 50 projects

13th March 2017: Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s busiest city for hotel construction with almost 50 hotel projects underway, a new report has revealed. The 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, found that the Kingdom’s capital city is preparing to add 48 new properties to its already vast hotel portfolio. Riyadh leads the hotel boom closely followed by Jeddah. Across the country, the exclusive industry report reveals that 170 hotels and 60,395 rooms are currently in various stages of the construction pipeline.  Hilton is noted as one of the top hotel operators in the country. Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences is one of three new hotels the brand will bring to the Kingdom in 2017.  Kamel Ajami, Vice President Operations ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 to Showcase Medical Tourism Offerings

Riyadh, 19 March 2017 Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will for the first time, this year, shine a spotlight on medical tourism. Medical service providers, hotels, destinations, spas and wellness resorts from around the world will present their latest products, services and special offerings at the four day event, which will be held from the 7 – 10 April, 2017, at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During the event, presentations and workshops will be held for both medical tourism professionals and the general public alike, so that visitors will be able to learn more about the latest trends and developments in this growing market. Medical tourism is growing exponentially each year with an increasing number of patients choosing to ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 Edition Set To Be Saudi Arabia's Largest Travel and Tourism Event on Record

Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event expected to receive over 30,000 visitors Riyadh, 21 February 2017:  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcasing more than 250 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors. Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors for the ninth consecutive year, with the 2017 edition to be located at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from 7th – 10th April 2017. 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 edition will be the largest on record with an ......read more

Elaf Group's hotels in Holy cities offer new attractive Umrah packages

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 for its hotels in Jeddah for families to enjoy leisure and shopping break in the port city of Jeddah. The announcement is aimed at further strengthening the Elaf Group’s presence in Saudi Arabia’s booming tourism industry.  Saudi Arabia is working to broaden its travel, tourism and hospitality industries to generate more revenue and employment and increase their GDP contributions from 5.4 per cent to 5.7 per cent by 2020 in ......read more

Saudi tourism to reach $81 billion by 2026

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 contribute more than $81 billion to the country’s GDP by 2026, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council, as exhibitors prepare to showcase what the Kingdom has to offer at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is being held in the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 23-27 2017. This is being driven, in part, by domestic tourism - the number of local tourist trips inside Saudi Arabia, exceeded 47.5 ......read more

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Elaf Group sponsors STTIM, Riyadh 2015…

Jeddah, April 5, 2015 - Elaf Group of Companies, a pioneer in travel, tourism and hotel services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has sponsored the STTIM 2015 (Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market) under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh Province. Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of Elaf Group of Companies and a member of ......read more

Portugal joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centres in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

Riyadh, 01 April 2015: The Embassy of Portugal in Riyadh has outsourced its visa application process to VFS Global. People who want to apply for Schengen visas to Portugal can now do this at the centre managed by VFS Global in Riyadh. While VFS Global will accept visa applications, the Embassy will continue to make the assessment and decisions regarding all visas. Soon this service will be ......read more

Saudi Arabia is Priority Market for Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel…

The world's largest oil and gas company is the target of a major sales push by the Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel which is sending a team to participate in the Aramco Travel Show taking place in Jeddah from April 7th. The event provides an excellent platform to showcase the facilities of the hotel to an audience that includes the 57,000 employees of the Saudi Arabian conglomerate, as well as ......read more

Biman Bangladesh Airlines now offers daily flights to and from Jeddah…

March 26, 2015 -Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Biman), the National flag carrier of Bangladesh, has announced that it will now be offering daily flights from Jeddah to Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet starting March 30, 2015. The additional flights (BG 036) will be on Sundays and Mondays, which will complement Biman’s existing five weekly flights (B777-300ER) from Jeddah. In line with this new ......read more

Anjum Hotel Makkah to participate as strategic partner at the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment ...…

March 25, 2015: Anjum Hotel Makkah has revealed its participation as a strategic partner for the eighth edition of the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM), one of the leading tourism projects approved by the National Tourism Strategy and implemented by the Saudi Commission for tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), which will be held from March 29 to April 3, 2015 at the Riyadh ......read more

Grand Millennium Dubai to Showcase New Developments at Arabian Travel Market…

The Grand Millennium Dubai will be on show at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in the emirate this May to reinforce its position as a city hotel catering superbly to leisure and business visitors, both from the GCC region and overseas. According to General Manager Peter Mansourian, while business was extremely dynamic and profitable in 2014, increased competition in the hotel sector in ......read more

ADNEC to Host Inaugural Edition of Apex Middle East Conference…

Event to Run from 24-25 March and Convene Aviation Industry Leaders Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 March, 2015 – The aviation industry’s top trendsetters and most influential players from around the globe are set to converge at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) to participate in the inaugural edition of Apex Middle East Conference 2015. Taking place from 24 to 25 March, the ......read more

Oman's Ministry of Tourism holds the first road show for 2015 in Saudi Arabia…

March 10, 2015: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism held its first road show in 2015 in Saudi Arabia in line with its intensified campaign to promote the Sultanate’s main tourist attractions in the Kingdom. In collaboration with national airline Oman Air, the Ministry’s road show covered three major Saudi cities, namely the capital Al Riyadh; Al Khobar in the eastern province; and ......read more

Thair Abud makes Dubai stopover en route to walking pilgrimage to Makkah…

01 March 2015 - Thair Abud made a stopover in Dubai en route to his walking pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abud, who is performing his pilgrimage in tribute to a Nithir (Offering) he made to help his sister’s brave fight against cancer, arrived from a long trek from Bandarbas to Dubai and he will be going to Makkah after his brief stopover in the ......read more

Saudi travel and tourism companies rolls out attractive summer packages to Europe, US, Africa and ...…

February 26, 2015 - In preparation for the coming summer vacation season, tourism and travel companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have already started to roll out their latest line of attractive travel packages to favorite tourism destinations like the United States (US), Europe, Africa and even across nearby GCC countries. Looking to address the demand for travel requests from its ......read more

Record growth in production of commercial aircrafts fuelled by growing passenger travel demand in ...…

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Oman's Ministry of Tourism targets more Saudi tourists via participation at 2015 JTTX…

February 4, 2015: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism will highlight the Sultanate’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage at the 5th Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX) in Saudi Arabia as part of its efforts to attract more visitors from and strengthen its industry foothold in the Kingdom, one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism markets. The exhibition, one ......read more

Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan tops list of countries issued with Umrah visas for 1436 H…

January 21, 2015 - Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan were ranked as the top countries that received the largest number of Umrah visas during Rabi-ul-Awal 1436 AH—showing a total of 1.63 million visas issued. Aside from the three, other countries included in the list were GCC and Arab countries like Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey among others. In line with this, ......read more

Elaf's successful marketing tour finishes in Malaysia and Indonesia…

December 16, 2014: The Elaf Group of Companies recently capped off its successful marketing tour which aimed at recognizing the significant contributions made by its agents in Malaysia and Indonesia. The marketing tour, which started in November this year, was directed to increasing more awareness on the diverse tour package offerings of the Elaf Group of Companies. According to the ......read more

Bahrain to invest over USD2bn in international airport expansion and logistics infrastructure ...…

14th of December, 2014 - Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is set for a major overhaul during the next five years as it moves to upgrade its facilities and expand passenger capacity through an airport modernisation program. The work will involve a "comprehensive" redevelopment of Bahrain's International Airport to boost passenger and cargo capacity. The cost of the upgrade has ......read more

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings Sponsors Saudi Aramco Invitational Golf Tournament…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings was among one of the key sponsors of the prestigious Saudi Aramco Invitational Golf Tournament (SAIT). Hosted by Rolling Hills Golf Course in Dhahran, KSA, recently the tournament featured the region's finest golfers. It turned out to be a keenly contested competition with Othman Al-Mulla winning the top prize. HMH CEO Laurent A. Voivenel, said, ......read more

Anjum Hotel Makkah recognizes contributions of strategic partners in Egypt…

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Etihad Airways carries UAE football fans to Riyadh for crucial Gulf Cup of Nations Tie…

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has provided a special charter flight to carry UAE fans to Riyadh to watch the national football team in action against Iraq tonight in the Gulf Cup of Nations. More than 200 fans boarded the A330 aircraft in Dubai this afternoon, bound for the Saudi capital, to watch the team play in their crucial match at the King Fahd ......read more

HMH Signs 5-Star ‘Coral Al Madina Hotel' in KSA with Mobarak Hotels Group…

With the Understanding to Manage Four Other Properties in Madina Expanding its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings has entered into a management agreement with Mobarak Hotels Group for operating Coral Al Madina Hotel. The announcement was made by Al Sheikh Mohamed Ebrahim Abdulrahim, Chairman of Mobarak Hotels Group and Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO ......read more

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Anjum Hotel Makkah contributes to tourism for religious goals…

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Elaf Group pursues Saudi Tourism awareness through Turkey and Jordan exhibitions…

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Over 50,000 pilgrims checked-in at Anjum Hotel Makkah during 1435 hajj season…

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13.23 billion Riyal of new business generated for the global travel industry at the preceding WTM…

October 27, 2014: The 2013 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, successfully resulted in the generation of over SAR 13.23 billion worth of new businesses for the global travel industry. The positive response affirms the event’s role as a strategic platform for travel and tourism based-businesses, organizations and government agencies to ......read more

HMH Appoints New GM At Coral Al Khobar Hotel in KSA…

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Millennium targets GCC families with winter weekend package…

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Cebu Pacific launches first destination in KSA…

October 19, 2014 -- The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) now flies thrice weekly, non-stop flights between Riyadh and Manila, Philippines. CEB is the only low-cost carrier flying between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Philippines. CEB’s flights from Riyadh to Manila depart at 12:45am (Riyadh time) and arrive in Manila at 3:40pm (Manila time) every ......read more

Arab International Forum in Morocco to open up new opportunities for Saudi tourism industry…

October 16, 2014: The Elaf Group of Companies is widely recognized for its significant contributions towards the efforts to promote tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company is particularly cited for its continuing move to participate across well-known and leading tourism-based exhibitions and conferences—presenting its wide range of travel packages and offers while also throwing ......read more

Sharjah Container Terminal receives ‘UASC Ajman' on maiden call…

New Service connects Sharjah to Oman, India and Pakistan Sharjah, UAE; September 17, 2014: Gulftainer, the largest independent, privately owned, terminal operating and logistics company in the world, welcomed at the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) the UASC Ajman on its maiden call on UASC’s Gulf India Service. The new service will connect Sharjah with Sohar in Oman, Mundra in India and ......read more

Runway refurbishment to help Dubai airport ‘absorb' traffic growth…

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed: Ready to reap the benefits of the remarkable achievement  Mohammed Ahli:  Air traffic growing between five to seven per cent annually DCAA employees surge 15 per cent; 28 per cent increase in Emiratisation    40 new airlines taking to skies in 11 countries Dubai, September 10, 2014: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai ......read more

Etihad Rail signs MoU with GIBCA Crusher…

-- Rail to effect enhanced supply chain for aggregates supplier -- Abu Dhabi, UAE, 7 September, 2014: Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GIBCA Crushing and Quarry Operations Limited (GIBCA Crusher). The agreement willensure the efficient delivery of raw materialsto distribution ......read more

Swiss Pass SuperStar Program announces winners for May & June 2014…

The six-month-long incentive Program, Swiss Pass SuperStar, by Switzerland Tourism, in collaboration with Rail Europe and Swiss Travel System, received an overwhelming response with 6 winners in the first 2 months, May & June, winning 3 prizes every month. The program, launched in GCC markets (U.A.E – SAUDI ARABIA - QATAR – BAHRAIN – OMAN – KUWAIT) May – ......read more

Starwood Hotels & Resorts rewards loyal guests with Special Ramadan Offer…

SPG Members Enjoying Iftar or Suhoors at One of the 60 Participating Hotels will Receive a Discount of Up to 30% and Earn Starpoints DUBAI, UAE – 29 June, 2014 – To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today a special offer for members of its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) loyalty ......read more

Salalah Rotana Resort Q&A with Omer Kaddouri, Rotana's President & CEO…

Why did Rotana choose Salalah for their first hotel in Oman? Oman has always been a key growth market for us to expand into. We pride ourselves in identifying new and upcoming travel destinations people wish to visit and Salalah is growing in popularity. The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is an exciting one for us, not only does it take us one step closer to reaching our ultimate vision but it ......read more

Excellence is at the heart Dubai's vision to be the global aviation hub…

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed: Place strong emphasis on utilizing and adopting smart technologies to ensure seamless passenger experience in airports  Mohammed Ahli: Aviation is UAE economy’s strategic pillar, without which tourism and trade cannot flourish Dubai, June 11, 2014: The June edition of Via Dubai, the official bi-lingual newsletter of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has ......read more

2nd Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) opens in Dubai; crucial aviation issues under the spotlight…

Airports have to enhance their competitiveness  ME airlines to invest $450 billion for 2525 new aircraft by 2030  160 per cent increase in regional airlines fleet by 2030  UAE airspace to have 1.62 million aircraft movements in 2030 UAE aims top ranking for airport quality in Global   Competitiveness Report by 2020 Effective decision-making key to UAE’s aviation ......read more

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed opens Airport Show-2014…

250 exhibitors from 39 countries at the B2B event  12,600 square metres gross exhibition space 105 Hosted Buyers from 19 countries    Six country pavilions features 66 companies 40 new technologies and products to be unveiled 50 exhibitors for the debut Travel Catering Expo (TCE)  H.H. Sheikh Ahmed: We will continue to invest in the expansion of our aviation ......read more

Airport Show-2014 ready to take off in Dubai on Sunday…

12,600 square metres gross exhibition space 250 exhibitors from 39 countries  105 Hosted Buyers from 19 countries  Six country pavilions to feature 66 companies B2B event to unveil 30 new technologies  GALF to be addressed by 30 industry stalwarts Travel Catering Expo makes debut with 50 exhibitors H.H.Sheikh Ahmed: Airport Show promotes the ongoing success of the thriving ......read more

ValuStrat's JV with Hilco brings world-class industrial asset disposal services to the Middle East…

JV offers region’s first comprehensive value assessment and asset sale proposition Dubai, UAE, May 6 2014 – Dubai-based ValuStrat, a leading strategy consulting and valuation firm, which recently entered into a joint venture agreement with Hilco Industrial, the world’s largest, most experienced multi-class industrial asset services company, has brought to the Middle East a ......read more

flynas Delivers First Class IT Operations and Support with Nexthink…

IT analytics enables airline to better understand application usage; limiting downtime or critical service interruptions that could affect passengers UAE– May 7, 2014: flynas, a Saudi Arabian airline and a subsidiary of National Air Services, today announced deploying Nexthink’s solution to get better visibility of its infrastructure; in order to streamline its IT operations and ......read more

Akbar Travel signs agreement with Sabre at Arabian Travel Market…

Dubai, UAE: Bahrain-headquartered travel technology company Sabre Travel Network Middle East (Sabre or STNME) has recently signed an agreement with Akbar Travel on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Akbar Travel is one of the leading travel agencies in India which is now rapidly expanding its business across the Middle East. Akbar Travel is set to ......read more

PAYFORT to enable the region's travel and hospitality industry to harness the benefits of Online ...…

Company specialists to introduce PAYFORT’s full suite of innovative payment solutions designed for the travel and hospitality industry at the Arabian Travel Market Dubai – 05 May 2014 – PAYFORT, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world, announced today the reaffirmation of its strategy towards helping the travel and hospitality industry in the MENA region ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport prepares to welcome new Air Arabia hub…

• Start of operations anticipated to boost tourism sector • Eight routes initially offered from RAK International Airport Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; April 15, 2014: Air Arabia, the newly designated carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, today joined the emirate’s tourism and aviation authorities to announce the operational details of its soon to open hub at RAK International Airport, ......read more

Etihad Airways announces strong first quarter with positive growth over previous year…

•    Total revenues up 27 per cent to US$1.4 billion during first quarter of 2014  •    Double-digit growth in passenger numbers to 3.2 million between January and March •    Available Seat Kilometres up from 15.9 billion in Q1 2013 to 19.2 billion in Q1 2014 •    Etihad Cargo achieves 26 per cent revenue ......read more

Research Reveals Saudi Arabia is Host to the Largest Fleet of Business Jets in the Middle East…

A total of 164 business jets are based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 45 of which have been added since the year 2000. Compared with the Middle East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia currently represents 35% of all registered jets in the region. Riyadh, 10 April 2014: A new report on business aviation in Saudi Arabia was revealed at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBAC) in Riyadh by ......read more

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia to discuss space commercialization at the Abu Dhabi Global Aerospace Summit…

4 April, 2014- Abu Dhabi, UAE: It was announced today that leading aviation, industry and education figures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will participate at Abu Dhabi’s second Global Aerospace Summit. Among the attendees are H.H. Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud, Vice President of King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) and Sulaiman Abdullah ......read more

British Airways Launches New Aircraft and Daily Flights from Jeddah…

Saudi Arabia, April 1, 2014:  British Airways bolstered its commitment to Saudi Arabia with the introduction of a Boeing 777-200 on its Jeddah route. The aircraft, complete with the airline’s award winning First class cabin, touched down at King Abdulaziz International Airport yesterday morning.   Jeddah customers will also benefit from an increased flight schedule with daily ......read more

Makkah confident in steady business growth with convenient room occupancy rates…

March 6, 2014: The city of Makkah Al Mukarramah has expressed confidence in continuing to enjoy steady business growth—further bolstered with the thriving presence of convenient room occupancy rates. In fact, the city has witnessed an influx of new hotels, including leading hotel brands, offering more hotel rooms to meet the demand for pilgrims coming to visit Makkah for their annual Hajj ......read more

Alpen Capital predicts strong growth for the GCC Aviation sector…

Dubai, March 3, 2014: Alpen Capital today announced the publication of its GCC Aviation Industry Report which provides a perspective of the GCC aviation sector by presenting the current industry status, key market dynamics, and scope for future growth. It examines the key sub-segments of the aviation market by identifying fundamental growth drivers, significant challenges, and recent trends. ......read more

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