Initial Saudi Group wins Riyadh Airport FM Contract
Saudi Arabia, June 5, 2018: This month, leading KSA Facilities Management heavyweight, Initial Saudi Group announced that they have won the FM Cleaning contract for Riyadh Airport, despite stiff competition from at least five other FM companies. Initial Saudi Group have been appointed to take on the responsibility of all cleaning and janitorial services for Riyadh Airport, which comprises of three terminals (T1, T2 and T5 as well as two principal administration and support buildings and possibly a further two terminals that are currently under renovation, to be added later.
Riyadh Airport is the second largest airport after Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is considered as the air gateway for the Kingdom. There are approximately 40 Airlines that use the ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 23, 2018: Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has awarded a 10-year contract to Serco for the provision of fire and rescue services at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems.
DACO CEO, Mr.Turki Al Jawini, said, “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Serco through this new contract. By combining Serco’s expertise as a globally recognised fire and rescue service provider with Dammam Airports Company’s ambition, our objective is to serve as one of the effective enablers in the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector in line with Vision 2030. The collaboration will also help us contribute to the growth of the Eastern ......read more
Airline selects SITA for cloud support for its 200 offices worldwide across 60 countries
JEDDAH – 30 April 2018 – Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has selected SITA to support its strategic expansion plans by introducing modern, world-class IT infrastructure across 200 of the airline’s offices located in 100 cities and airports in 60 countries.
The solution will support the airline’s global IT infrastructure which connects all SAUDIA outstations with its headquarters and various data centers worldwide.
SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, will introduce its unique ATI Cloud solution, which will allow SAUDIA to manage and distribute its business applications, information and business services on-demand, anywhere in the world. The ......read more
- Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event opens with 300 exhibitors from 55 countries –
(Riyadh, 11 April 2018) – Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, opened its doors for the tenth consecutive year in Riyadh yesterday evening, April 10, 2018, with more than 300 exhibitors from 55 countries.
The fair, organised by ASAS Exhibition and Conference Organizing Company, is being held at Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, from April 10 to 13, 2018.
The fair was inaugurated by Mr. Hamad Ali Alshowair, Vice chairman of the board of directors of Riyadh chamber.
The four-day event will become the focus of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, ministerial discussions and the recognition of twelve months of ......read more
Results for 2017
Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion
Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent
Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo)
Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion
Unit costs further reduced
60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share
Outlook for 2018
Stable unit revenue development expected
Unit costs to be further reduced by 1 to 2 percent
Higher fuel costs of some EUR 700 million expected to be largely compensated by improved operating performance
Adjusted EBIT for the year expected to be only slightly below its record in
“Our endeavors of the past few years are paying off. Our modernization has a sustainable impact. We have achieved the best result in the history ......read more
Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event expected to receive over 30,000 visitors
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 11 March 2018: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcasing more than 270 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors.
Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors for the tenth consecutive year, with the 2018 edition to be located at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from 10th– 13th April 2018. The four day event will become the focus of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, ministerial discussions and the recognition of twelve months of the tourism industry’s achievements.
The 2018 edition will be the largest ......read more
Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018: Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace industry.
The workshop, held at Airbus offices in Riyadh, was attended by 15 young innovators. During the session a number of aviation experts shared their insights and experiences with the Saudi entrepreneurs. The event was attended by key partners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme including TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, Altran, Qotuf, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Aviation Australia ......read more
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 18, 2018 – Global technology leader Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will be showcasing its advanced portfolio of defense, energy and technology capabilities at The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements & Capabilities (AFED), taking place in Riyadh from 25 February-3 March.
A security partner to the Kingdom for over fifty years, Lockheed Martin is seeking new collaborations with local suppliers to promote Saudi Arabia’s flourishing industrial ecosystem.
During AFED, Lockheed Martin will engage with key local customers and demonstrate its long-term commitment to the realization of Saudi Vision 2030. The American aerospace giant will highlight its aviation, space and defense technologies, as well as cutting-edge systems and solutions at the exhibition hosted by The ......read more
Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share
Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017: Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.
FY2017 Financial Highlights:
Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016
Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016
Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation reserve that were reclassified to Statement of Income)
FY2017 Operational and Business Highlights
Route Expansion: 3 new destinations launched (Doha, Baku, and Hyderabad, India)
Load factor: 73.9%, up 6.7% from FY2016
Aircraft utilization: ......read more
Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa
Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018
Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.
Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend their summer closer to nature, immersed in the city’s scenic surroundings and rich cultural heritage.
The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at ......read more
Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018: As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup. The UAE team will face Oman in the final match which will be held this Friday, 5 January.
Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.
The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been teasing will be an incredible laser and water show unlike anything ever seen before.
Upwards of 1.5 million people are expected to converge on Downtown Dubai to experience "Light Up 2018" which is free to the public and will be replacing ......read more
Indians in Saudi Arabia and travellers to India can now avail of seamless passport application/renewal and visa application services at new centre
A new India Passport and Visa Application Centre was launched in Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by the Embassy of India in Riyadh and the Consulate General of India in Jeddah to provide residents of Jubail and Indian citizens residing in and around the city with greater accessibility to visa application and passport application facilities. The new centre is centrally located at Al Khater Business Centre 2, situated in the main commercial district of the port city of Jubail in KSA.
At the new centre, travellers to India can submit their visa applications, and the Indian community can experience proficient passport application and renewal services. ......read more
Health and safety tips for those travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2017: International SOS and Control Risks has issued the latest guidance to Muslims travelling from all over the world to attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month. Close to 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca between August 30 and September 4, with many also travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage.
Hundreds of thousands of travellers have already arrived in Saudi Arabia, and local authorities and transportation hubs have been preparing for the busy period ahead. All members heading to Saudi Arabia, whether for Hajj, business or personal travel should expect generalised travel disruption throughout the country.
James ......read more
In recognition of the adoption of the Saudisation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, 26 July 2017: In recognition of the importance of Saudisation, and seeking to provide opportunities for Saudi citizens, and according to Saudi Vision 2030 to reduce unemployment rates among the Saudi youth, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has employed 25 Saudis in the hospitality, food, beverage and housekeeping departments.
Mr Juan Uribe, General Manager of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, explained that the general policy of the hotel is based on the investment of human skills and employing these skills in the right places, which directly contributes to the development of all departments and makes them able to meet our guests' requirements in a way that expresses our leading brand.
From his side, Mr Nawaf Al-Subaie, Human Resources Manager, ......read more
Special offer on all flight and hotel bookings can be redeemed by registered users, who choose to pay with Visa Checkout on tajawal.sa until August 18th, 2017
Dubai, UAE - 20 July 2017: After successful implementation across its tajawal.ae domain in January 2017, tajawal, the Dubai-based online travel-booking site, has further collaborated with Visa to provide Visa Checkout to its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As the first online travel agency in the MENA region to integrate Visa Checkout on their website earlier this year, tajawal is now rolling out the service across multiple markets to provide users in the region with the most convenient booking process possible.
Visa Checkout offers cardholders a simple and secure digital payment method that allows for registered users to complete their purchase ......read more
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
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
A conversion project, estimated at US$8 million, funded by existing cash and debt facilities.
April 28 2015: Action Hotels, a leading owner, developer and asset manager of branded three- and four-star hotels in the Middle East and Australia, announced the addition of a three-star hotel in Saudi Arabia's capital city, Riyadh.
The 130-bedroom property is in a prime location on Olaya ......read more
Abu Dhabi, October 20th & 21st, 2015 The Aviation Conference 2015 is taking place with a motive to highlight opportunities that are there with the aviation industry to contribute towards the environment with carbon-neutral growth. There will also be discussion on how the aviation industry can be shaped with promotion of bio fuels. AFCC will discuss the ways that may help turn the challenges ......read more
April 13, 2015 : Oman Ministry of Tourism is participating at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2015, that is taking place from April 14 to 17, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, the KSA to strengthen the Sultanate’s status as one of the region’s top tourist destinations for Saudi Nationals. During their presence at the event, the Ministry is throwing the spotlight on the diverse appeal of ......read more
HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings will be present in the Saudi capital to take part in Riyadh Travel Fair from 14th to 17th April, 2015. Seventh year in running, the exhibition is considered to be one of the largest tourism events in Saudi Arabia attracting leading international and regional travel and tourism companies.
According to industry reports Saudi Arabia is expected to be the ......read more
HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings is the hospitality sponsor for Saudi Aramco's 2015 Oilman's Golf Tournament which will be hosted by Rolling Hills Golf Club in Dhahran on 10th April. The tournament is being organised to promote and bolster the business relations between the various contracting entities who work with Saudi Aramco by bringing together top executives on the golf ......read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - 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
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
Targeted seasonal offering to capitalise on regional preferences as 68% of GCC leisure travellers opt for family-centric vacations; launch of new Millennium Executive Apartments concept timely as industry experts predict rise in intra-regional travel to visit family members
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) has launched its 2014 winter campaign with a special ......read more
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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
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
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