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Etihad Airways to operate scheduled flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during busy Ramadan period

UAE national airline demonstrates commitment to Abu Dhabi’s second largest city with 10 scheduled services   May 09, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will operate a daily scheduled flight between the oasis city of Al Ain in the UAE and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 26 May to 4 June to meet increased demand during the busy travel period.   The flights will be operated by an Airbus A330, and have been conveniently timed to offer customers in Al Ain with afternoon departures in both directions.   Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government and International Affairs, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are very pleased to offer these special flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during ......read more

Turkish Airlines records impressive Q1 passenger growth in the Middle East

2019 will see Turkish Airlines expand its extensive flight network with the introduction of 13 new routes including Sharjah and Marrakech which started operations in early April Turkey’s national carrier served a total of 1.58 million passengers in the Middle East during Q1 2019, rising by 2.5 percent since the same period in 2018  The airline also carried a total of 41.698 tons of mail in cargo in the Middle East, which witnessed a 5.8 percent increase since last year    May 7, 2019: Turkish Airlines, one of the world's most prominent airline companies, is concluding another quarter of significant achievements across its fleet and network. This includes Q1 year-on-year passenger growth in the Middle East, the recent inauguration of two new routes, and the announcement of 10 other international ......read more

New Visa Application Centers Open in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah for Visas to Ireland

 Visa Application Center inaugurated in Riyadh by His Excellency, Mr. Gerard McCoy, Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia    May 02, 2019:  Citizens and expatriate residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for visas to Ireland at the new visa application centers jointly launched by the Embassy of Ireland in Saudi Arabia and VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.   With the launch of three new centers in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah, applicants can submit their visa applications at the VFS Global centers without having to visit the Embassy of Ireland. The new centers provide outbound travellers from Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah a very convenient visa application platform, ensuring ......read more

Amazing Day 3 for Global Innovations at ATM 2019

Day 3 of the Arabian Travel Market 2019 ended with tremendous success,  as expected the day 3 also attracted innumerable travel enthusiast's from the globe to the largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 seems promising and would see huge crowd on it's last day tomorrow. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, had the opportunity to attract a large crowd towards their stand with striking automation travel solutions for all travel segments. Today Global Innovations welcomed visitors from countries like Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Zambia, Russia and several GCC countries. Most of the travel companies from Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Zambia seemed very promising towards Global innovation's comprehensive product "Tasspro" ......read more

Second Day of Global Innovations Attracts Innumerable Travel Enthusiasts from Different Regions at ATM 2019

April 30, 2019:  The Arabian Travel Market 2019 embarked with tremendous success on its second day. It attracted innumerable travel enthusiasts from different regions of the world to this largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 is gaining traction each day with an increased in number of visitors each day. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, kicked off striking with intact rebranding and revamped travel solutions for all travel segments. Global Innovations seized enormous response as it welcomed countless visitors from different countries like the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, UK, Nigeria, Zambia, Russia and several Asian countries. Most of the travel companies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt showed keen interest in Global ......read more

Successful Day 1 For Global Innovations At ATM 2019.

April 28 2019: Travel trade professionals from across the globe arrived in Dubai to witness the region’s leading travel industry event "Arabian Travel market 2019" which kicked off successfully.  ATM 2019’s first business day engagements showed promising outcomes with travel trade professionals who showed a renewed interest in Global Innovations, one of the Exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry. During these meetings, a variety of topics were discussed including talks on airline connectivity in Tasspro and how Itinerary is a complete enterprise software solution which is being used by the majority of DMCs to power their business. Global Innovations, with its recent rebranding and end to end technology solutions, had an exceptional response as it welcomed countless visitors from different countries ......read more

A Re-branded Global Innovations is thrilled to announce the launch of a new product at the upcoming ATM 2019

The new product, TassPro, will be an exceptional point of sale solution for travel agencies Global Innovations, with its state-of-the-art IT services, is all set to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019. The ATM is a leading international event focused on the travel and tourism industry. Envisaged with a goal, Global Innovations is dedicated to serve with strategy-inspired Travel Technology Solutions for the automation of the tourism trade. They strongly believe that “continuous improvement is the only means of achieving excellence”, this has led to them constantly improving, innovating and improvising its offerings, thereby adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of the travel and tourism industry. Until 2016, from the time of inception, automation of inbound tourism with “ITINERARY” (DMC ......read more

Emirates to deploy its latest Boeing 777-300ER to Riyadh and Kuwait

Game-changing, fully-enclosed First Class private suites to debut for first time in the GCC April 14, 2019:  In a move to offer a range of experiences and greater choice for its customers travelling for business and leisure, Emirates will be operating its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer' First Class suites from Dubai to Riyadh starting from 16 April  2019 and Kuwait starting from 1 June 2019. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be the first countries in the Middle East and GCC to be served by the latest Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft featuring fully -enclosed private suites inspired by luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz. Deploying the newest Boeing 777 to both Riyadh and ......read more

Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes  Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent aviation industry players as the ongoing efforts to develop airport facilities and infrastructure picks up the pace ahead of plans to privatize the 27 existing airports.  Leading the companies participating in terms of biggest stand size will be Dammam Airports Company (DACO) which operates and manages King Fahd Airport and its ......read more

Saudi tourism sector worth over $70 billion in 2019

New leisure and tourism facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at 8% per year until 2023, says new Arabian Travel Market report 33% of delegates, exhibitors and visitors to Arabian Travel Market interested in doing business with the Kingdom Dubai, UAE, April 10, 2019:  Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute $70.9 billion (SAR 263.1 billion) in total to the country’s GDP in 2019, 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 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.    According to data from ATM’s research partner Colliers, international arrivals to Saudi Arabia are expected to increase ......read more

British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

[03 April 2019):   British Airways has announced it will fly from Dammam to London Heathrow from December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.  The route is the first ever direct flight from Dammam to London Heathrow, with flights departing daily. The service will launch as a daily ‘tag’ service via Bahrain. Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and landing in Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.  Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia that British Airways flies to, with the airline already serving Riyadh and Jeddah with non-stop daily flights. This daily direct flight between Dammam and London Heathrow will cut journey times by three hours or more because passengers will no longer need to either drive to Bahrain ......read more

Saudi Strengths at Dubai Airshow

SAMI, GACA and Many More to Exhibit at Dubai Airshow  Dubai, UAE. 17 March 2019:   Saudi Arabia continues to demonstrate its growing strength in the aerospace industry with participation of its biggest players in the Dubai Airshow in November this year. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) are the latest to announce participation joining the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who will also be attending the event for the first time. Other Saudi companies attending the Dubai Airshow include GDC Middle East, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC), Saudi Aerospace Company (SAC) and Saudia Aerospace & Engineering Industries (SAEI). SAMI is a military industry company, launched in May 2017 to act as a sustainable platform to provide ......read more

More than 3000 people visit Emirates A380 at first Saudi International Airshow

DUBAI, U.A.E., 14 March 2019: The Emirates A380 drew in more than 3000 visitors in two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The Emirates A380 was the largest commercial aircraft on display at the milestone event. The aircraft received a royal visit from HRH Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Saudi Space Agency. HRH was received by Adel Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates, who took him through the flagship aircraft’s signature design details and latest onboard products.     The A380 that was on display from 12-13 March was open to both trade visitors and the general public. The Emirates A380 on display featured 14 luxurious First Class suites, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class. Guests ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2019 Edition Set To Be Saudi Arabia's Largest Travel and Tourism

Event on Record   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14 March 2019:   The eleventh Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2019, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry show, will be held from March 28-30 at Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel. It is expected to provide business networking opportunities, seminars, ministerial discussions, and highlight the tourism industry’s achievements of the past 12 months. Additionally, the fair will provide a great opportunity for the general public to gain first-hand information on the latest tourist offerings and special deals from around the world. The 2019 edition will be the biggest one to date, with an increase in both the number of exhibitors and expected higher visitor numbers. Over 300 exhibitors representing more than 55 countries will take part this year.  “Last year the RTF ......read more

The Emirates A380 to take centre stage at the Saudi International Airshow

DUBAI, U.A.E., 23 February 2019: Emirates will be showcasing its flagship Airbus A380 for two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The popular double-decker aircraft will be on display on March 12th and 13th at Al Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, giving visitors the opportunity to tour its interior and experience its award-winning products across all classes, including Emirates’ refreshed OnBoard Lounge. The airshow is the first international aviation and aerospace exhibition of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates airline said: “Emirates is proud to be part of the Saudi International Airshow, a milestone event which will help connect the global aviation and aerospace industry to the Kingdom of Saudi ......read more

Turkish Airlines introduces its new The LEGO® Movie 2 Inflight Safety Video, before moving its monumental new home base, Istanbul Airport.

14th February 2019 Turkish Airlines, flying passengers to more global destinations than any other airline, preparing for a brand new journey set to be started with its move to its new state-of-the-art home base, Istanbul Airport, continues its partnership with The LEGO® Movie franchise with the recent digital debut, of a new fun and original safety video. It stars characters from the latest big-screen animated LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie 2, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters worldwide beginning February 8, 2019.  Back in August 2018, Turkish Airlines debuted the first-ever LEGO passenger safety video, which was also inspired by the LEGO Movie franchise.  The video topped the viral charts with 20 million views in just one month and then brought home the gold at the 2018 Clio Entertainment Awards. In tandem ......read more

Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018.

January 14, 2019:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2% load factor in that month. 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 at the end of the year as well.    According to the December 2018 Traffic Results;  Total number of passengers carried went up by 1% reaching 5.5 million passengers, and the load factor went up to 80.2%.  In December 2018, total load factor improved by 0,5 points, while international load factor increased by 0,5 points to 80%, domestic load factor reached to 84%. International-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers) went up by 3% approximately, while the ......read more

19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019

January 08, 2019:  British Airways’ new year’s resolution is to provide its customers with even more quality and choice in every cabin on every route -  with a £6.5bn investment and 19 great reasons to look forward to flying with the airline in 2019.    Here are some of the reasons to fly with British Airways this year: The January sale – on now. Bag a bargain to dozens of top global destinations. Do it now, before everyone else does.  New routes. Customers can try out the airline’s new routes to Charleston y’all, with Pittsburgh, Osaka, Kos and Corsica, Ljubljana, Montpellier, among others. It’s the airline’s most extensive route network in more than a decade.    New aircraft. Customers can fly on one of the carrier’s 15 plush new ......read more

Fresh island breeze in Switzerland? Get to know the most surprising experiences in Switzerland from Lakefront fun in summers to alpine wonderland in winter!

IMAGES: https://we.tl/t-riYunpUUUZ   December 06, 2018:  Charm, atmosphere and pure relaxation are guaranteed when visiting Switzerland.  Enjoy the Mediterranean flair in Summer while Island hopping in Ascona-Locarno, create your very own watch in Geneva or challenge your taste buds by tasting over 30 different kind of chocolates in Zurich. During the colder months, visit Switzerland to indulge in world-class skiing and the ultimate spa experiences set in true winter wonderlands.   ISLAND FEELING IN ASCONA-LOCARNO   Enjoy stunningly beautiful Brissago Islands on Lake Maggiore with their diverse botanical gardens. Easy to reach by boat from Ascona or Locarno, the islands feature exotic flowers and plants as well as a gourmet restaurant set in a historical villa. The perfect base to discover ......read more

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

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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

Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrates 50th anniversary of Flying to Dubai…

Under the patronage of His Highness Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al Saud President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Saudia; Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrates 50th anniversary of Flying to Dubai Dubai, UAE February 18, 2014:Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) will celebrate the golden jubilee of its operation to Dubai on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). A ceremony ......read more

Eurofighter Typhoon Marks Delivery of 400th Aircraft…

• 400th Eurofighter Typhoon goes to German Air Force • Aircraft now established as reliable and proven backbone of six Air Forces • Over 210,000 flying hours achieved worldwide The 400th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered to the Programme's worldwide customer base. The German Air Force took delivery of the 400th aircraft on Wednesday 4th December 2013 ......read more

Final countdown to 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show begins…

Fun-filled UAE National Day weekend for families on-the-ground and in-the-air Abu Dhabi, UAE. November 28, 2013:  Four elite military teams, seven daredevil aerobatic teams, two solo fighter-jet displays, a jet school bus and the famous indigenous Fazza skydiving team are all set to thrill and excite visitors to the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture ......read more

545,376 Egyptian pilgrims visit Makkah & Madina …

Jeddah, November 20, 2012 /- The Saudi government regulated the number of pilgrims during this Ummrah and Hajj season this year due to large-scale construction works at Makkah and Madina. The move was motivated by the government's intention to ensure optimal conditions for a more manageable number. Nevertheless, the Egyptian pilgrims registered a high turnout of 545,376.  Yousef Abdul ......read more

Blast from the past at Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2013…

BAE Systems to display World War II Spitfire Abu Dhabi, UAE. November 14, 2013: BAE Systems, silver sponsor of the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, will be bringing a World War II Spitfire aircraft to the event – the biggest sporting extravaganza in Abu Dhabi's Oasis City - adding retro-glamour to the sky high line up at the Al Ain International Airport from November 30-December 2. The ......read more

The Red Arrows to Loop in to ‘Oasis City' at 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show…

World's premier aerobatic team to enthrall visitors over UAE's 42nd National Day weekend Abu Dhabi, UAE. October 30, 2013: November 30 will be a red letter day in Al Ain as the world's most famous aerobatic display team, The Red Arrows, performs a thrilling display for the 10th edition of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu ......read more

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