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Turkish Airlines reached 83.4% Load Factor in October

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

Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Announce Codeshare Partnership and Further Cooperation

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

Jeddah Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs' experience in facilitating travel and maintaining security

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

Saudi Arabia Requires 8800 Pilots by 2024

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

Airbus and STC Specialized team up to make the Hajj 2018 safer

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

Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Hosts Royal Saudi Air Force

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

Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

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

Airbus to reveal winners of the second edition of ‘Entaliq in KSA'

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

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Expands Further in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Millennium Madinah Airport

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

Facilities Management in Aviation

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

Dammam Airports Company and Serco Middle East sign contract to provide Fire and Rescue Services at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam

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

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Expands Network Infrastructure Worldwide

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

10th Riyadh Travel Fair Opens Today

- 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

Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history

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 2017 “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

Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 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, 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

Airbus inspires young Saudi innovators during ‘Entaliq in KSA' workshop

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

Lockheed Martin Highlights Expanding Saudi footprint at AFED

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

Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

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 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

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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 ...…

2015 global aerospace and defense industry to grow around 3 percent Deloitte report signals continued strength of commercial aerospace from rising passenger travel demand and production of next generation fuel-efficient aircrafts 18 February, 2015 - Revenue and earnings growth in the commercial aerospace sector is expected to be a bright spot and driving force behind the global ......read more

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…

Jeddah - 21 November 2014 -Anjum Hotel Makkah, one of the renowned Anjum Hotels owned and developed by Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Co. (ALJREIC), recently held an honorary ceremony for its strategic partners in hospitality and tourism industries in Egypt as part of its strong commitment to reinforce its existing cooperation with the local sectors. Held on November 19, 2014, the ......read more

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

Elaf Group set to participate in Egyptian and Algerian editions of the Arab International Forum for ...…

Novembe 12,2014: The Elaf Group of Companies has revealed its participation at the coming Egyptian and Algerian editions of the Arab International Forum for Exhibitions. The move, which follows after their successful participation in the forum’s recent edition in Morocco, demonstrates the group’s continued commitment in bolstering tourism exchange between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ......read more

Anjum Hotel Makkah contributes to tourism for religious goals…

Jeddah - 11 Nov 2014- Anjum Hotel Makkah, the largest hotel in the Middle East exhibited its services at the Hajj and Ummrah exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.  “Anjum” aims to offer its prestigious and sophisticated services to pilgrims coming to Makkah from Turkey as well as other countries in the world. The overall “Anjum” project after the next few years will provide ......read more

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

Nov 5, 2014 Elaf Group, led by President Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, will head a team of Hajj and Ummrah, Hotels and Travel and tourism executives at the Hilton Istanbul from November 7 to 8, 2014 and at the Grand Hyatt Amman from November 11 to 12, 2014. During the participation at the two very important events, the Elaf delegation will be focusing on increasing the level of awareness on the strategic ......read more

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

Jeddah, 4 November 2014 – The 2014 Hajj season was expected to achieve positive results across the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madina. The latest statistics from the Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry reveal a successful season across all hotels where a record number of pilgrims were hosted by key industry players in both cities.  During this year’s Hajj season, Anjum ......read more

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…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings has appointed Michel Mandrea as the New General Manager of Coral Al Khobar Hotel located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Making the announcement, HMH CEO Laurent A. Voivenel, said, "With over four decades of extensive all-round global experience in hospitality, Michel was the perfect candidate for this post. Having worked in the Middle East ......read more

Gulf Air wins Middle East Football Tournament for…

Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots UAE hosted by GCAA Dubai, UAE: The Middle East Football Tournament for Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots (MECAP), organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in cooperation with Al Ahli Football Club (Al Ahli FC), ended on Monday, 20 October. Ten teams from various airports and aviation companies in the Middle East took part in the competition ......read more

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