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Italy Opens a new Visa Application Centre in Bahrain

Italy Opens a new Visa Application Centre in the Kingdom of Bahrain in partnership with VFS Global The Italian Embassy in Bahrain today opened a new visa application centre in Manama in partnership wi...
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TIME Hotels appoints executive chef

TIME Hotels appoints executive chef to oversee two new F&B outlets Chef Adam Schorr marks his arrival at TIME Oak Hotel & Suites with the opening of Pranzo, a Mediterranean eatery, and Mugs &a...
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Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival

Artists and writers have been visiting Sun Moon Lake ever since the Qing Dynasty, inspired to create by its beautiful scenery. During the Japanese occupation, the Lake was listed as one of Taiwan’s ...
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GTA’s retail arm joins forces with Bedsonline

GTA’s retail arm joins forces with Bedsonline to establish the leading global platform for travel agents – Consolidated under the newly refreshed Bedsonline brand, GTA retail customers will mi...
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A secluded paradise awaits!

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts introduce their newest addition; OBLU SELECT at Sangeli Maldives The award-winning Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts Group present yet another exclusive experience throug...
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Maldives reports rise in Middle East visitor figures

Maldives reports significant rise in Middle East visitor figures with a 10.7% Increase during the first six months of 2018… Latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives show that the de...
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Trinco Blu by Cinnamon hosted the Sailing Regatta

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon hosted the annual Sailing Regatta for the 9th consecutive year Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts recently joined hands with the Royal Colombo Yacht Club (RCYC) to host the 9th conse...
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The first luxury Resort in the Maldives – OZEN by Atmosphere

Amidst the exotic turquoise hues of South Male Atoll lies the tranquil island of Maadhoo; home to the FIRST LUXURY ALL-INCLUSIVE Resort in the Maldives – OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo! Having op...
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Casting away concerns—the Travel Assurance way

As a veteran of the travel trade in the Sultanate of Oman, Dinesh Poojary, General Manager, Eihab Travels, has the inside track on the industry in the country. , a constituent company of the premier b...
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Adventure Travel gaining momentum

Adventure Travel gaining momentum Talking to Travel Bulletin Middle East, Chaitali Costa, Co-founder, ‘I love Adventures’, waxes eloquent about the surge and growing appetite for adventure travel,...
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hansgrohe transforms the hotel shower into an oasis of well-being

Check in and Relax Showering is wellness: hansgrohe ensures relaxation and provides a short break from the hectic pace and stress of work-related travel. In this way, an ideal day can begin with a ref...
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Artificial Intelligence: The Sky is The Limit

Artificial Intelligence: The Sky is The Limit Author: Graham Nichols, Managing Director, Amadeus Gulf In an industry with so much change, perhaps the one constant is that travel volumes show no sign o...
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The World’s Leading Travel Blogging Conference

The World’s Leading Travel Blogging Conference Coming to Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2018 TBEX (The Travel Blog Exchange), the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, content cre...
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ZTA appoints VFS Global to promote Zimbabwe

ZTA appoints VFS Global to promote Zimbabwe as a tourist destination in India and GCC region In a move to enhance destination awareness and foster market visibility, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZT...
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INDIA TOURISM, DUBAI

INDIA TOURISM, DUBAI 1. The Ministry of Tourism, under the “Incredible India” banner, would be showcasing the immense tourism potential of the country – business, leisure and medical value trave...
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MOBIKON EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

MOBIKON EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Restaurant solutions start-up aims to add more 2000 more customers in the region Mobikon, the leading AI-driven consumer engagement and predictive analy...
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Orlando First to Surpass 70 Million Annual Visitors

A New Record for U.S. Travel: Orlando First to Surpass 70 Million Annual Visitors – Solidifies Rank as America’s Most-Visited Destination – ORLANDO, Fla. – Tourism officials announ...
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Rove Hotels strengthens UAE portfolio

Rove Hotels has announced that it has reached a landmark first hotel management agreement in the UAE, with Mada’in Properties PJSC, to operate Rove Mina Seyahi. ...
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TAAI partners with TPConnects for TAAI-Connect initiative

The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has partnered with TPConnects to roll out its ‘Digital Travel India’ initiative - digitally empowering travel agents to compete in the global market p...
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Emirates’ one-off A380 touchdown in Beirut

Emirates A380 touched down in Beirut for a historic one-off service to Rafic Al Hariri International Airport. The service contributed to an aviation milestone for Lebanon and its hub airport. The land...
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Vistara introduces male cabin crew

Vistara introduced its first male cabin crew. The crew take to the skies following completion of a rigorous three-month safety and service training program to exacting standards of Tata and Singapore ...
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Park Inn by Radisson opens two hotels in Saudi Arabia

Park Inn by Radisson announced the opening of two new hotels in Saudi Arabia - Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Apartments Dammam Industrial City and Park Inn by Radisson Jubail Industrial City. ...
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RAK TDA boosts destination awareness

In an effort to promote tourism and create awareness of the destination amongst UAE students, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) organized a familiarisation trip for students of Ajm...
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Etihad Airways celebrates a decade of China service

Etihad Airways is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the airlines’ operations in the China market after it launched an Abu Dhabi to Beijing service in 2008, followed by Chengdu* in 2011, Shanghai i...
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Hotels to spend AED2.45 million by 2022

The average 300-room hotel in Dubai will be faced with a bill for AED2.45 million overcoming five years, as bandwidth capability is multiplied to meet rising guest demand as per figures calculated by ...
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Technology advancements at Dollar

Dollar has announced implementation of innovative concepts to enhance customer experience and satisfaction. At the forthcoming Arabian Travel Market, the Company will put the spotlight on paperless ca...
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Emirates boosts connectivity to Prague

Emirates announced it will add a second daily flight between Dubai and Prague, after steadily growing passenger numbers on the route during eight years since launch of operations in July 2010. ...
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Etihad Airways deploys Boeing 787 for Geneva

Etihad Airways launched its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route beginning with the summer schedule. Geneva is the second Swiss destination after Zurich served by Etihad Ai...
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AVANI Hotels partners with Al Fahim for Dubai property

AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced a new addition to its growing pipeline with the signing of AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences currently being developed in Dubai by ALFAHIM. ...
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Travelport inks an agreement with Air France KLM

Travelport and Air France KLM have signed an agreement for distribution of content through Travelport’s platform. Air France, KLM and HOP! content on Travelport’s platform will include rich conten...
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Bombay To Mumbai Café opens for business

Bombay To Mumbai Café opens for business at the Marco Polo Hotel, Deira. Formerly known simply as ‘The Bombay’, Bombay To Mumbai café has undergone a total makeover, from a refreshed menu to the...
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Hahn Air Lines to connect Palma de Mallorca

Effective May 2018, Hahn Air Lines will operate a weekly flight from Düsseldorf to Palma de Mallorca with one of its business jets, a Cessna Citation Sovereign. Flights to the new destination will be...
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Taj Dubai unveils ‘The Unlucky Cat’

The Taj Dubai announced the launch of a new bar concept – ‘The Unlucky Cat’ – located at Miss Tess. The low-lit, eclectically styled venue will transport guests to the hidden backstree...
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Global Village gears up for Liam Payne

Global Village is all set to host the live concert of international pop superstar Liam Payne. The concert will take place on 30 March 2018, from 9:00 pm at the Main Cultural Stage. The night will also...
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Mövenpick Hotels prepares for new global openings

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is gearing up for a year of significant portfolio expansion as it forges ahead with plans to open 11 new properties in nine countries by end of 2018. ...
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RAKTDA announces phase two of World’s Longest Zipline

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) announced that in response to visitor demand for the world’s longest zipline, they will open phase two to visitors in Q3 of 2018. ...
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Etihad Aviation Training re-launched in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group, has re-launched its aviation training organisation with the aim of becoming a comprehensive aviation training facility in the world. ...
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Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 looks to attract over 30,000 visitors

Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year from 10-13 April 2018. The four-day fair is scheduled to be held at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh ...
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Paris to get its Bvlgari hotel

Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts announced the agreement for a new hotel in Paris, scheduled to open in 2020. This new opening will follow Beijing and Dubai in 2017, Shanghai in 2018 and Moscow in 2020. ...
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Niyama Maldives gets accessible

In a recent development, the Maldives’ Dhaalu Airport is now welcoming private jets. In light of the current development, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is closer than ever and accessible 24 hours ...
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Rehlat partners with Sabre

Rehlat has renewed a long-term agreement with Sabre Corporation to continue using its technology to power its online platform. ...
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Park Inn by Radisson opens new property in Poland

Park Inn by Radisson announced the opening of a 168-room property in Katowice, Poland. This brings the group’s Polish portfolio to 15 hotels and over 3,100 rooms in operation or under developmen...
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Park Inn by Radisson expands in Saudi Arabia

Park Inn by Radisson will soon open its first hotel in Najran, Saudi Arabia. The 113-room hotel is located on King Saud Road in the Al Fahad District. This opening takes the group's Saudi portfolio to...
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Etihad Airways launches flights to Baku

Etihad Airways launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku. The route will be operated three times a week using a 136-seat Airbus A320, configured with 16 seats in Business C...
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A glimpse of Venetian cuisine at Bocca

Italian food aficionados can join chef de cuisine Leonardo Passone and his kitchen brigade at Bocca from 2 – 12 March 2018 on a culinary journey through Venice. The venue will also host a masquerade...
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Nowruz celebrations at Enigma at Palazzo Versace Dubai

Enigma, the Persian restaurant at Palazzo Versace Dubai will celebrate the Persian New Year – Nowruz – from 14 – 21 March 2018. Guests can enjoy a unique set menu priced at AED 350 per perso...
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Jumeirah to operate Al Wathba Desert Resort

Jumeirah announced an agreement with Abu Dhabi United Hospitality LLC to develop Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort in Abu Dhabi.  The property expected to welcome guests from September 2018. ...
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Emaar Hospitality launches Toko in Vida Downtown

Emaar Hospitality Group has further strengthened its lifestyle dining division with the addition of Toko in Vida Downtown, a contemporary Japanese dine-in that presents Izakaya dining. The new outlet ...
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Visit Orlando unveils new content for online TA training

Visit Orlando has unveiled new content for its Orlando Travel Academy - (orlandotravelacademy.com). Travel agents worldwide have an improved online training resource to help boost their knowledge and ...
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Marriott reinforces its commitment to KSA

Marriott International has reinforced its commitment to Saudi Vision 2030 at the inaugural Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC) 2018. Saudi Arabia represents the company’s second largest ...
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UAE and KSA continue to lead GCC luxury hospitality market

The UAE will continue to lead the GCC’s luxury hospitality segment to 2022, with 73% of existing luxury hotel stock and 61% of the region’s current luxury pipeline located in the country, accordin...
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Saudi tourism to benefit from mid-market hotels: Awadalla

According to new research by Colliers International, recent reforms in Saudi Arabia – and widespread investment in the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism industry – will drive growth in the mid-market...
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Travelport partners with ACI Worldwide

Travelport announced it has partnered with ACI Worldwide to offer an intelligent fraud control and settlement solution for its airline customers called Travelport Authorize Plus. The airline industry ...
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Turkish Airlines commences flights from Freetown

Turkish Airlines has expanded its Africa operations with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotono...
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo reopens

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is reopening for the 2018 season in early March. With the reopening, Grand Hotel Tremezzo has appointed Silvio Vettorello as General Manager. Silvio brings with him over 14 ye...
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Jeddah gets a taste of Sri Lanka

Jeddah played host to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau’s promotional roadshow in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The roadshow held at Radisson Blu witnessed a delegation of Sri Lanka Tourism official...
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Walt Disney Parks & Resorts showcase new attractions

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced several new attractions across Disneyland Paris, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World. ...
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Emirates boosts capacity to Lisbon

Emirates will resume a second daily service to Lisbon from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in F...
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FORM Hotel Dubai prepares for launch

FORM Hotel Dubai is preparing for its launch next month, when Smartotels Hospitality International Limited opens its flagship property. The new technology-driven design concept hotel will be showcased...
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Beirut gets its first Emirates A380

Emirates will operate for the first-time in Beirut’s Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history a special one-off A380 service on 29 March. The airline is working with the airport to test ope...
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Major international tourism drive by UK’s three largest cities

The UK’s three largest cities - London, Manchester and Birmingham - have formed an alliance to jointly promote the best of English tourism in three of the world’s fastest growing markets: China, I...
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Turkish Airlines to connect Freetown (Sierra Leone)

Turkish Airlines has boosted its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, C...
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Travelport showcases new products

Travelport unveiled its product roadmap to extend its content offering to airline customers using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard.  This ...
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Gevora Hotel tagged World’s Tallest Hotel

Gevora Hotel was inaugurated in the presence of the owners and dignitaries along with an official recognition and the title of the Tallest Hotel in the World from the Guinness World of Records. ...
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Think Strawberries inks India, UAE Representation for Visit Orlando

Think Strawberries has been appointed as the Sales, Media, Marketing and PR Representative in India and UAE for Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for Orlando, Florida. ...
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Emirates to connect Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

Effective 5 July 2018, Emirates will launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport, via Sao Paulo. ...
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Etihad Airways introduces new baggage policy

Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy tailored to varying customer requirements in the international markets it serves. ...
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Ascott targets to double its global portfolio by 2023

The Ascott Limited is ramping up its expansion with a target to double its portfolio to 160,000 units globally by 2023. ...
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Maldives Tourism welcomes its first visitor for 2018

Maldives tourism officials rung in the New Year welcoming the destination’s first visitor of 2018. ...
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Lanterns released for Taiwan Lantern Festival 2018

To celebrate the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac, a beagle-inspired handheld lantern for the 2018 Lantern Festival was unveiled, with long ears that ‘flap’ when the lantern moves and a speci...
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Millennium Hotels and Resorts to open Copthorne Kuwait City

Millennium Hotels and Resorts in its expansion strategy has announced the takeover of a 169-key property in Kuwait. The property is scheduled to open in February 2018 and will be operated as Copthorne...
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DTCM joins forces with Huawei CBG

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to unite efforts in positioning Dubai as a destination...
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Turkish Airlines charts out 2018 targets

Post wrapping up a successful 2017, Turkish Airlines has now set its targets for 2018 as the carrier will move its hub to the third airport of Istanbul. ...
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flyadeal to add Abha in February 2018

flyadeal will soon add Abha to its growing route network. The new destination will be the airline’s fifth destination from Jeddah and third from Riyadh...
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Travelport extends its merchandising lead to more airlines

Travelport confirmed that over 250 airlines now benefit from Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising tool. Launched in 2014, Rich Content and Branding allows network airlines and low-co...
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Copthorne Hotel Dubai witnesses robust MICE growth

Copthorne Hotel Dubai is witnessing robust growth in its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector, with a 12% increase in bookings in 2017. To accelerate further growth and rece...
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IntercityHotel expands into Saudi Arabia

The IntercityHotel brand is continuing its expansion on the Arabian Peninsula. The IntercityHotel Riyadh Malaz will open for business before end of the year...
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Jumeirah Group launches Zabeel House by JumeirahTM

Jumeirah Group announced the launch of Zabeel House by Jumeirah. This second brand from Jumeirah Group, which already operates the Stay Different brand...
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Four Seasons continues global expansion

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is kick-starting the New Year with a list of openings planned, including the company’s first stand-alone residential project. “Our singular focus is on luxury lifes...
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Tourism from China to GCC markets to grow by 2021

Recent statistics released by Colliers International reported that Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21% to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually. ...
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GSHA expects continued Indian visitors influx to Dubai

Golden Sands Hotel Apartments (GSHA) witnessed an increase of 10% in visitor’s arrival from India in 2017 and is expecting to double the growth this year. ...
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Punctuality on the cards for Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways posted its best operational on-time performance (OTP) results since 2009. In 2017, the airline recorded network punctuality of 82% for flight departures and 86% for arrivals. ...
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RAKTDA targets Nordic markets

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has increased its focus on the Nordic markets. ...
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Aloft Palm Jumeirah debuts in Dubai

Marriott International announced the opening of the design-led Aloft Palm Jumeirah. This is the first Aloft to open in Dubai.  ...
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Emirates boosts A380 fleet with US$ 16 billion deal

Emirates announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. ...
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Turkish Airlines’ offers mobile app discount

Turkish Airlines will offer a 15% discount on its all domestic and international flights for passengers booking through their mobile app. ...
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Minor Hotels forays into Lebanon

Minor Hotels will debut its Oaks brand in Lebanon later this year. The group signed a management agreement with Allied Investment Group to operate Oaks Beirut. ...
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Safeen Tourism takes on Celebrity Cruises

Safeen Tourism which has been representing Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises will add Celebrity Cruises to its portfolio. ...
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Turkish Airlines close 2017 with a 9.3% growth

Turkish Airlines closed the last year on a successful note with an increase in the number of passengers at 9.3% and carried 68.6 million passengers compared to 2016....
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4th edition of Shop Bahrain gets underway

The fourth edition of the Bahrain Shopping Festival ‘Shop Bahrain’ got underway under the patronage of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, HE Zayed Bin Rashid Al Zayani. ...
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Emirates rolls out its new marketing campaign

Emirates launched its new marketing campaign to promote travel on its economy class. ...
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Banyan Tree debuts in Malaysia

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Malaysia’s first Banyan Tree resort – Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. The new property is scheduled to open in June 2018. Occupying the ...
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Airbnb launches a flexible payment option

Airbnb in a bid to make group travel seamless is offering guests a flexible payment option – pay less up front. Guests can now easily split payments with friends or family. Prior to this initiative,...
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Global Village count crosses more than 2.4 million guests

Global Village announced a new record of more than 2.4 million guest entries over the two-month period since its opening on 1 November 2017. ...
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Conrad Hotels open in Bengaluru

Conrad Hotels & Resorts announced a further expansion in India with the opening of Conrad Bengaluru. The new property is owned by Prestige Group and managed by Hilton. ...
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Emaar bags Ctrip certification

Four premium luxury properties under Emaar Hospitality Group have been certified for the ‘Chinese Preferred Hotel’ certification from Ctrip in recognition of their extensive and full offering to C...
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Jumeirah Group to enter new markets in 2018

Jumeirah Group announced widespread expansion plans for 2018 which will see the brand enter three new markets and open further properties in the UAE and China.  ...
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Philippine DOT charts 11.54% increase in tourists

Tourist arrivals in the Philippines grew by almost 12% in the first 10 months of this year compared to 2016, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported. ...
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Ministry of Tourism of Oman launches new promotional portal

The Ministry of Tourism launched a new promotional website portal – www.experienceoman.om - which serves as a one-stop-shop for all Oman Tourism-related information. ...
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Condor Airlines commences winter service to KL in 2018

Malaysia Airports and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) announced that Condor Airlines, from Germany, will soon commence its Frankfurt-Kuala Lumpur route during the Northern Winter i...
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Constance Hotels expands presence in Zanzibar

Constance Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in the island of Pemba, Zanzibar. The hotel group now operates its eighth hotel, the Constance Aiyana. The five-star property boasts 30 villas ...
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flydubai increases its Europe connectivity

flydubai has announced the launch of two new European routes for next year. The Krakow route will commence on 8 April 2018 and flights to Catania will start on 13 June 2018. ...
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Etihad Airways boosts Maldives frequency for summer 2018

Etihad Airways has added four additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Malé route, taking frequency to the Maldives to 11 services a week from June 2018. ...
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GCC visitors on an increase to UK in 2016

Visitors to the UK from KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain totaled 659,466 in 2016, an increase of 6.6%, amounting to almost 5,000 more visitors than the previous year. This data was released by Arabian Tra...
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Air Arabia expands in Africa

Air Arabia announced the addition of Asmara as its first destination in Eritrea, starting from 10 December 2017. ...
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Turkish Airlines on board with UFW

The ‘United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)’ which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline compan...
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One&Only Le Saint Géran opens post renovation

The One&Only Le Saint Géran welcomed guests following a nine-month renovation and multi-million-dollar investment. The property is setting new standards of ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean and be...
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Basma Group, ARADA partner with Minor Hotels

Basma Group and ARADA have inked a management agreement with Minor Hotels to launch the Anantara Sharjah Resort....
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Amadeus inks partnership with 15 MENA carriers

15 airlines from the Middle East & North Africa have entered into a 10-year framework agreement with Amadeus for distribution services, negotiated and led by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO)...
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Travel Counsellors UAE launches ‘New Route to Entry’

Travel Counsellors UAE launched a new ‘route to entry’ for industry professionals looking to establish their own home-based travel business....
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Indian outbound to GCC expected to increase by 2021

Around nine million Indians are expected to travel to the GCC by 2021, according to latest figures from Colliers International. ...
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Slovenia’s gastronomy journey

The Slovenian Tourist Board has declared the full month of November as a month to celebrate the country’s food scene in the capital Ljubljana. The country is one of Europe’s gastronomic hotbed, of...
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Emaar Hospitality Group launches Apple Pay

Emaar Hospitality Group launched the addition of Apple Pay, underlining the organisation’s focus on leveraging the latest in digital technology. The new service is available for guests across all th...
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Ajman welcomes the first Radisson Blu

The first Radisson Blu hotel opened its doors for business in Ajman. The new property offers seven diverse restaurants and bars to experience. ...
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Turkish Airlines announces winter festival

Turkish Airlines announced its winter festival fares promotions for the month of November. Passengers from the UAE can book a ticket to cities such as London, Rome, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague, Budapest...
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No-smoking policy at Coral Beach Resort Sharjah

The Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding rolled-out a non-smoking policy to promote health and well-being. ...
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Etihad Airways celebrates a decade of service to Nepal

Etihad Airways is celebrating 10 years of scheduled flights to Nepal. The airline recognised key stakeholders in the decade-long partnership. ...
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Emirates’ Boeing 777 First Class to debut in Europe

Emirates confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1 December 20...
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Meeting Point Emirates makes Germany more accessible

Meeting Point Emirates welcomed its first arrivals from Leipzig to Al Maktoum Airport (DWC). This is in line with its distinctive charter program which is the first and only service....
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Citymax Hotels unveils new brand identity

Citymax Hotels announced the launch of its new brand identity that is being rolled out in phases across the group’s portfolio of hotels. As part of the project, in addition to a new brand image, all...
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Four Seasons hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya opens for business

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was the guest of honour on at the grand official opening ceremony of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in Kuwait. The ...
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International Tourism on the rise

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first-time ever ...
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Al Tayer appointed GSA for ERM Tours and Safaris

Al Tayer Travel Agency has been appointed the exclusive general sales agent (GSA) in GCC for ERM Tours & Safaris in South and East Africa. ...
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Coral Al Ahsa hotel expands facilities

HMH – Hospitality Management Holding announced the completion of renovation at the Coral Al Ahsa Hotel in Saudi Arabia. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said: “The renovation was necessary in view of...
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Emirates, flydubai announce new code-share destinations

Emirates along with flydubai announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes destinations such as Za...
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Etihad Airways takes on Apple Pay

Etihad Airways is now providing its customers Apple Pay. Available on the Etihad Airways mobile app, Apple Pay allows customers to pay securely with just a touch of a finger....
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Swiss-Belhotel International continues KSA expansion

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has signed the Swiss-Belhotel and Suites Jazan. The announcement was made by Laurent A Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle Eas...
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Lufthansa recognised by IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recognised Lufthansa’s efforts in pioneering in the field of digital services and especially for the mobile self-service solutions. With the ...
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Cleartrip enables Apple Pay

Cleartrip announced the integration of Apple Pay on its mobile application. With the launch of Apple’s digital wallet in the UAE, Cleartrip customers can now have a quicker and safer way to check ou...
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AVANI to introduce first villa concept in 2018

AVANI Hotels & Resorts catering to the millennial-minded travellers will be introducing its first villa concept with the opening of the AVANI Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas in September 20...
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Tourism Malaysia, Al-Rais Travel launch travel packages

Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE HE Syed Mohd Hasrin officially launched ‘Explore & Discover Malaysia’ packages in cooperation with Al–Rais Travel in Dubai...
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Hyatt Riyadh Olaya paves the way for future openings in KSA

The Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has welcomed a high number of guests since its opening in January 2017. Developed by Mohammed A Al-Swailem Co for commercial investment, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya is th...
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Etihad Airways trials hand baggage ‘Deal Fare’

Etihad Airways is trialing a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ on two routes this winter season. As per the deal, the airline is allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in economy class, if no...
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Sri Lanka targets GCC tourists with regional roadshows

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will kick off the promotional roadshow that will witness a delegation of Sri Lanka Tourism officials, as well as hoteliers and tourism stakeholders, visit the ci...
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Sabre inks agreement with ITL World

ITL World has signed a new agreement with Sabre Corporation.  Under the new agreement, Sabre’s technology will enable the TMC to continue fuelling its global expansion strategy.  ...
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Copthorne Hotel Dubai begins refurbishment

Copthorne Hotel Dubai has begun enhancement work at the Horizon Health Club and the Gazebo Terrace. The AED one million refurbishment programme will transform the gym and health club into a modern fac...
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Oman prepares for second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference

The Sultanate of Oman is gearing up to host the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture on the 11-12 December 2017 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. ...
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Meliá Hotels expands Argentina presence

Melia Hotels International announced the opening of the Meliá Iguazu, the only hotel located in the heart of Iguazu National Park in Argentina. The hotel is the only hotel with views of the famous ...
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Outbound Travel Trends revealed by Travel Counsellors

Travel Counsellors UAE has revealed its top outbound travel trends for 2017, providing insight into the key booking patterns and destination preferences of its customers. ...
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Radisson Blu to add its third hotel to Ethiopia

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group adds another Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in Bishoftu. The newly announced property will open in 2020. Carlson Rezidor is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Abab...
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Carlson Rezidor Group accelerates Africa growth

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has accelerated its growth in Africa with six hotel openings and the addition of three hotels to its portfolio this year. The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African ...
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Airbnb gains traction in Dubai

A recent market report conducted by Chestertons MENA outlined the growth of Airbnb in Dubai between August 2015 and August 2017. Revenues for properties listed on the online marketplace and hospitalit...
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SalamAir expands Dubai operations

SalamAir commenced operations with daily flights between Oman and Dubai International Airport.  The new route will complement the airline’s current flight to Al Maktoum International Airport until ...
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Golden Sands apartments unveils revamped website

Golden Sands Hotel Apartments recently unveiled its redesigned website www.goldensandsdubai.com. The new user-friendly website features an upgraded design, booking engine and much more. ...
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Symphony Style hotel charts out sustainable initiatives

In a bid to focus on responsible business strategies, Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait has adopted environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods of operation. As part of the commitment to responsible bu...
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GCAA inks agreement with Bahrain

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) inked a MoU with the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications' objective to upgrad...
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Marriott International boosts Africa expansion

Marriott International has announced further expansion plans in Africa with seven new hotel signings. The company is targeting over 200 hotels with 37,000 rooms open or in the pipeline by 2022...
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Al Geziry Consultancy to represent Banyan Tree Hotels

The Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has appointed Mohamed Al Geziry Consultancy to conduct the group’s public relations activities within the Arabian Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Sau...
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Mövenpick Hotels expands into Abidjan

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced it’s Africa expansion strategy with construction work on the 160-key Mövenpick Hotel Abidjan now underway. ...
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Anantara Angkor unveils presidential suites

The Anantara Ankor Resort has unveiled the premier all-suite retreat, post an extensive renovation. The 39-room boutique resort has also showcased its presidential suites - Henri Mouhot and Anantara E...
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Oman Tourism launches global advertising campaign

Oman Tourism has launched a global advertising campaign on television and other digital platforms. The campaign captures the essence of Oman at different levels and highlights diverse aspects of the d...
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Rotana inks partnership with ConnecME Education

Rotana signed a strategic partnership with ConnecME Education to become the company’s regional hotel partner. The agreement was signed in the presence of Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Mo...
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Le Méridien Hub unveiled

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, the latest property within the Marriott portfolio underwent an extensive renovation plan. The property will showcase `Le Meriden Hub'. ...
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Emaar Hospitality implements Oracle OPERA across Rove Hotels

Emaar Hospitality Group is undergoing an organisation-wide digital transformation with the implementation of Oracle OPERA across its Rove Hotels. ...
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Laurent puts the spotlight on Dubai’s mid-market sector

Laurent A Voivenel of Swiss-Belhotel International highlights the booming mid-market in Dubai and its ongoing effect on four-star and five-star operators at the Hotel Show in Dubai...
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GCAA partners with Indra

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Spanish company Indra Sistemas (Indra) signed a contract to develop a new air traffic management system for Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. ...
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MEVP invests in Wego

Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) has invested in Wego, in exchange for an equity ownership. The company is investing in Wego as part of the company’s latest equity round alongside MBC Group (Midd...
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The new-look Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai announced the re-opening of the renovated Huddle Sports Bar & Grill. The venue got a new look and feel with latest entertainment equipment. Some of the new additions includ...
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SmartHOTEL gets SmartCONNECT for PMS

SmartHOTEL, a gold partner level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of the SmartCONNECT for PMS with Oracle Hospitality OPERA 5.5. The SmartCO...
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marhaba expands to Australia

marhaba has opened its first airport lounge in Melbourne, Australia. The lounge features seating for 200 guests, a relaxation quiet zone, shower facilities and buffet cuisine.   ...
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Emaar showcases the ‘Address Harbour Point’

Emaar Hospitality Group has highlighted the locational advantage of its Address Harbour Point project. The new mega-development is in the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour and just 10 minutes from Dubai In...
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Regional outbound spend to touch US$110 billion by 2025

The MICE Arabia and Luxury Travel Congress which is scheduled to take place from 27-28 February 2018 have put the spotlight on the tremendous potential of the Middle East outbound travel market. The s...
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GCAA launches a performance measurement e-system

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) launched an e-system for performance measurement, supporting decision-making, enhancing customer service, and providing information through smart devices....
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Ezeego1 extends global B2B reach to MEA

Ezeego1 has forayed into the Middle East market with an aim to expand its global footprint in the B2B travel space. ...
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VFS Global opens first Chinese Visa Application Service centre

The first-ever ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ in the Middle East was launched at WAFI Mall in Dubai....
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Sabre charts out key future trends

Sabre Corporation released its latest technology forecast, Sabre Labs’ 2017 Radar Report. The report evaluates nine key technologies with an outsized impact on the travel landscape...
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Middle East Airlines extends partnership with Amadeus

Middle East Airlines has extended its partnership with Amadeus choosing to boost its services by employing innovations across the business operations. ...
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Emirates boosts services to Australia

Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services....
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MakeMyTrip partners with Travelport

MakeMyTrip has signed an agreement with Travelport’s distributor for India - InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), for the use of Travelport’s travel commerce platform. ...
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VFS Global acquires TT Services

VFS Global has completed the acquisition of TT Services, a provider of integrated visa processing solutions. The latter is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates 51 application centers in mo...
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CWT highlights study on business travellers

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) conducted a new study on business travellers, wherein they are bringing more devices, and feel more productive as they are on the road conducting business. ...
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Qantas to increase capacity of Airbus A380 fleet

Qantas unveiled plans to increase the capacity of its 12 Airbus A380s. The multi-million dollar upgrade will see a change in seat mix on the super jumbos to meet increased customer demand for premium ...
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KSA witnesses rise in pilgrims

The number of pilgrims arriving via air, land and sea entry points reached 1.07 million, an increase of 204,302, or a 24% increase compared to the same period last year. The numbers of pilgrims arrivi...
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flyadeal prepares for launch with first aircraft delivery

flyadeal, the newly established low-fare airline in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has taken delivery of its first aircraft and the first of eight Airbus A320ceos. ...
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Avani debuts in Maldives

Avani Hotels & Resorts announced the development of its first resort in the Maldives – AVANI Fares Maldives Resort. The new property is scheduled to open by Q4 of 2019. The untouched 12.4-he...
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flydubai performance dips for H1 2017

The financial results announced for flydubai’s half-year results for 2017 state that the airline witnessed a dip of AED 142.5 million (US$ 38.8 million) for the period ending 30 June 2017....
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Melbourne titled seventh time ‘world’s most liveable city’

Melbourne’s has been titled ‘world’s most liveable city’ for the seventh year by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual Liveability Index...
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Emirates to deploy extra flights for Hajj season

Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah to help facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj ...
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Dubai welcomes world’s largest TRYP by Wyndham

Wyndham Hotel Group announced the opening of the world’s largest TRYP by Wyndham Dubai at Al Thanayah – 1, Barsha Heights in Dubai ...
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EAG puts the spotlight on Emirati women

In an effort to support and celebrate the third annual Emirati Women’s day, Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) held a series of events. The theme ‘Women are partners in giving’ was highlighted, in line...
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Thailand looks to tap into Gastronomy tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised the ‘Thailand Live Gastronomy’ festival as part of strategies to put greater emphasis on Gastronomy Tourism. This is considered as an important pa...
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Slovenia attains two more heritage sites by UNESCO

In a recent development at the 41st session of World Heritage Committee in Krakow (Poland), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has inscribed 63 new areas of ...
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Mohammed bin Rashid tours Airbus Plant in Hamburg

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tours the Airbus Plant in Hamburg. ...
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Haneda Airport welcomes Star Wars ANA kids lounge

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) opened an airport lounge designed for children at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Star Wars ANA kids lounge is located inside the ANA Lounge in Terminal 2. ...
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Ethiopian Airlines refurbishes Boeing 767-300ER fleet

Ethiopian Airlines is refurbishing its Boeing 767-300ER fleet. As part of the refurbishment, the aircraft are fitted with full flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine...
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GACA inks agreement with Uber

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has entered into an agreement with Uber for dedicated Uber pick-up and drop-off locations. ...
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Coral Beach Resort introduces ‘Côté Jardin’

Coral Beach Resort Sharjah unveiled a brand new international all-day-dining restaurant ‘Côté Jardin’. The concept has been defined around French Savoir vivre. The artworks created for the terra...
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Emirates deploys one-off A380 to Colombo

Emirates deployed a one-off A380 aircraft on its SriLanka route. The aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake helping Sri Lanka and the airport achieve an aviation milest...
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Alibaba Group, Marriott International enter into JV

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Marriott International Inc have entered into a joint venture to redefine travel experience for Chinese consumers traveling abroad and domestically every year. Drawing on ...
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Air Arabia Q2 performance touches AED 158 million profit

Air Arabia posted strong financial results for Q2 of 2017. The results exceeded analysts’ expectations and registered a net profit of AED 158 million, an increase of 21% ...
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Emirates rolls out special Eid fares

Emirates has rolled out special fares to attract customers looking to getaway this Eid. Promotional bookings are offered to select destinations across the network. ...
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The rise of Activacation

Hotels.com recently released new data revealing a new wave of young travellers who are swapping beaches for action-packed, celebrity-inspired fitness getaways. ...
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First Central Hotel Suites goes paperless

First Central Hotel Suites has now made all its marketing material available online. The hotel aims to significantly reduce usage and wastage of paper as well as printing requirements with this campai...
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Events on the rise in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Events Licensing System (ELS) has witnessed a 19.5% growth in total applications between Q1 and Q2. ...
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Ajwa Hotel Sultanamet opens for business

The first hotel in the Ajwa brand - the five-star boutique Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet opened its doors for guests in the heart of the Old City. ...
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Cyprus eyeing increased Gulf visitors

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) reported that the Mediterranean island is readying for a significant influx of GCC visitors during the forthcoming Eid Al Adha break. ...
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Etihad Airways deploys Boeing 787 on Seoul route

Etihad Airways introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi to Seoul. The two-class 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A340-600 aircraft previously operated on the...
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Open day at Emirates Aviation University

Emirates Aviation University will be hosting two open days. This new opportunity will provide prospective students and respective parents insight into the variety of courses on offer along with the op...
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Royal welcome for Ghana delegation

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group welcomed a VIP delegation from Ghana. ...
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Sustainability tops JW Marriott Marquis Dubai agenda

The Emirates-owned JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has sustainability on its top agenda with participation in the Food Bank scheme and much more...
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Emaar Hospitality partners with GHS

Emaar Hospitality Group has partnered with Global Hospitality Services (GHS) to expand its brand reach and customer base in key segments of the market. Global Hospitality Services will showcase Emaar ...
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Etihad Airways profits dip

Etihad Airways reported net loss of US$ 1.87 billion on US$8.36 billion in revenues as one-off impairment charges and fuel hedging losses weighed against a solid performance of the core airline. ...
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Hampton by Hilton London Stansted airport opens

Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand announced the opening of its largest property in the world, Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport. The property is owned by Urban Civic Plc and managed by Inters...
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Etihad deploys Boeing 787 on Beirut route

Etihad Airways has deployed the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi to Beirut. The new two-class 787-9 provides an increase of 125 seats per flight....
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TCA Abu Dhabi conducts three-city US road show

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) conducted a three-city roadshow to the United States to help create more awareness....
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DNA 2.0 joins Jazz Bar & Dining

The Jazz Bar & Dining at the Hilton Abu Dhabi welcomed the all-new band – DNA 2.0. The band is led by David Howard, who has been performing at Jazz Bar & Dining for more than a year. DNA 2.0...
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Emirates Group Security to host AVSEC Global Symposium

Emirates Group Security will bring together global experts in aviation security for a three day symposium on aviation security in Dubai. ...
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Azerbaijan Tourism on a high

Azerbaijan welcomed an overall number of 1,199,667 foreign citizens, 24.5% more people compared to 2016. The UAE and Saudi Arabia drove volumes and set the stage for a healthy first half of 2017. ...
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Buddha-Bar Beach forays into Abu Dhabi

Buddha-Bar Beach will open later this year at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. The day-to-night destination will be the fourth globally and the first one to be as a permanent destinat...
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Slovenia showcase adventure activities for GCC families

Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) wants to provide its visitors with a green, active and healthy holiday destination while putting the spotlight on some new adventure activities ...
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Green Globe certification for Armani Hotel Dubai

The Armani Hotel Dubai has been awarded its first Green Globe certification. General manager, Mark Kirby said: “The certification for Armani Hotel Dubai is a strong testament to our commitment to be...
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flydubai expands its Russia network

flydubai has added three destinations to its Russian network, bringing total connectivity to 10 points in the country. This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh and resu...
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TAT to put the spotlight on Destination Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held their annual TAT Action Plan meeting for 2018, which covers both international and domestic tourism. ...
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New menu for Bocca

A new a la carte menu has been launched at Bocca, the Italian restaurant at Hilton Abu Dhabi. In addition to chef Leonardo Passone’s signature dishes, the new menu features a selection of antipasti,...
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Colombo to welcome one-off Emirates A380

The Emirates A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 14 August 2017 to celebrate the airport’s resurfaced runway. ...
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TCA Abu Dhabi launches global ‘Extraordinary City Story’

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Manchester City Football Club have launched a new season-long campaign....
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Deutsche Hospitality inks partnership with GBI AG

Deutsche Hospitality and GBI AG are launching a comprehensive programme of cooperation for the development of new hotel locations. The main emphasis is on IntercityHotel and Jaz in the City brands. Th...
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Bürgenstock Resort to re-open for business in August

The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is scheduled to re-open on 28 August 2017, following a nine-year, US$ 569 million construction project.  This historic hideaway has been restored as an exclusive ...
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DoubleTree by Hilton opens Bay Square

Dubai welcomed another Hilton property. The DoubleTree by Hilton announced opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay. The hotel features 238 guest rooms and suítes, all views of the...
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Emirates expands Sudan network

Emirates announced that it will increase frequency of flights between Dubai and Khartoum from five to seven a week. The new increased frequency will commence from 8 August 2017. ...
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Emirates, flydubai strengthen partnership

Emirates and flydubai announced an extensive partnership which will see both airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. ...
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Rotana welcomes 225 million guests in 25 years

Rotana marked a historic milestone as the hospitality Group completes 25 years of supporting tourism and hospitality growth in the region. ...
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Global destinations welcomed 369 tourists from Jan-Apr 2017

Recent statistics shared by the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer state that destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in first four months of 2017. This is 2...
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Swiss-Belhotel expands in Jordan

Swiss-Belhotel International announced opening of the Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba. This is the Group’s first five-star in Jordan following completion of the hotel’s rebranding. ...
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Sabre creates an AI-powered chatbot

Sabre Corporation announced development of an AI-powered chatbot that leverages Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Cognitive Services. These are a set of tools that organizations can use to add int...
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Leslie Thng takes over as new Vistara CEO

Leslie Thng has been appointed chief executive officer for Vistara by the Board of Vistara (TATA SIA Airlines Ltd) and two promoters of the company – Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. He will su...
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Cathay Pacific – Al Noor get creative

Cathay Pacific in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities initiated an interactive painting project with students of the non-profit organisation. During the activity led...
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Etihad Holidays on expansion mode

Etihad Holidays has launched operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain offering a wide range of package holiday options. The move follows successful introduction of Etihad Airways’ holida...
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Oman promotes mountain tourism

Oman is getting ready to welcome GCC with its naturally-blessed terrain. In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism is looking to promote the mountains - including luxury stays, hiking and exploring rura...
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Emirates expands inflight Wi-Fi offering

Emirates has expanded its free inflight Wi-Fi service with rates to suit all flyers. All Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can have free unlimited Wi-Fi during their flight, regardless of th...
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Get fit at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has further enhanced its well being experience for guests. The hotel has an addition of a boot camp, jogging track and yoga area which complement the resort’s ...
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Abu Dhabi Summer Season showcases global talent

Abu Dhabi witnessed a showcase of outstanding talents across a wide number of dance genres, at ‘Talents around the World’ which returns for this year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season....
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US$ 100 million refurbishment plan for Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis announced an extensive refurbishment programme across Atlantis, The Palm. This will also include expansion with the brands second property - The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences - also lo...
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British Airways partners with The White Company

British Airways announced a partnership with luxury lifestyle brand - The White Company. The British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s GBP 400 mill...
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Brussels to get increased Emirates connectivity

Emirates will introduce an additional daily flight to Brussels, complementing the existing schedule and providing a double-daily service from 29 October 2017. The new scheduled flight will be added to...
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Turkish Airlines ends electronic ban

The electronic ban concerning electronic devices that was implemented on US arrival flights has ended for Turkish Airlines passengers. Travelling to New York John F Kennedy International Airport from ...
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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay opens

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay opened for business post a two-year renovation. The Imperial and Royal Villas have a complete transformation while preserving the authentic ambience of its...
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RAK offers a view from the top

Ras Al Khaimah has launched a new observation deck close to the summit of Jebel Jais in a bid to strengthen its focus on the adventure segment. The Jebel Jais Observation Deck will boast several viewi...
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TAT showcases Women’s Journey Thailand campaign

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is bringing back the Women’s Journey Thailand campaign. The campaign will highlight and offer women travellers a huge range of activities, special deals, disc...
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Abu Dhabi to host FIFA Club World Cup mobile roadshows

Abu Dhabi will play host to two mobile roadshows celebrating the 14th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. The road shows will take place  at Bawadi Mall in Al Ain from 6-8 July 2017 and return from 3...
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Emirates connects to Hanoi

Emirates commenced daily direct flights from Dubai to Hanoi saving approximately 2hrs 30mins of travel time. The new non-stop service is operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-300ER with 42 s...
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Jumeirah celebrates World Sea Turtle day

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) has collaborated with the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall. The collaboration has witnessed the release of 40 endangered sea turtles into ...
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TCA Abu Dhabi welcomes French Ambassador

The French Ambassador to the UAE, HE Ludovic Pouille was welcomed by chairman and director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). The meeting was held at TCA’s Abu Dhabi h...
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IHG expands Africa presence

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of its Holiday Inn in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The franchised property, owned by African Sun Limited, features 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meetin...
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Ramada Hotels launch Gest Happiness Committee

In an effort to improve overall guest experience and ratings on review websites, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman launched the Guest Happiness Committee. ...
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RARE re-opens at Desert Palm

RARE re-opened with its grilled specialties and South American flair, with chef’s hand selected ingredients combined with artisanal precision to create cuts of chargrilled meats and fresh seafood co...
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TCA Abu Dhabi inks MoU with General Command of the Armed Forces

The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces. The MoU secures co-operation and establish ele...
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TVS Travels renews partnership with Sabre

TVS Travels in Kuwait has reaffirmed its business relationship with Sabre Corporation to support its global growth, drive operational efficiencies and achieve a higher level of customer satisfaction. ...
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Overview of Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017

This year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017 will kick off from 20 July until 20 August 2017. The month-long event will have entertaining shows and theatrical performances, themed-mall activations, prom...
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Crystal Lagoons expands presence in Egypt

Crystal Lagoons has strengthened its presence in the Egypt market with the opening of its new regional office in Cairo. Patented in 190 countries worldwide, Crystal Lagoons is now involved in projects...
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Etihad Airways welcomes electronic ban lift to US

Etihad Airways welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following successful validation of...
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Emirates touches down in Phnom Penh

Emirates expanded its presence in Southeast Asia with launch of a new daily linked service from Dubai to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, via Yangon in Myanmar. This new service is operated with a Boeing 777 a...
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Mövenpick Hotels sign first hotel in Danang

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts signed its sixth property in the country. The new property will be located in the coastal city of Danang and is in partnership with Vicoland Group Joint Stock Company. The ...
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Royal Caribbean’s showcases its royal suite class

As Royal Caribbean’s latest liner, the Symphony of the Seas departs her dry dock to commence fit-out ready for her 2018 maiden voyage, the company showcases its Royal Suite Class. This is a personal...
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2 mn hotel guests for Abu Dhabi

Recent statistics reported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) state that the emirate for the period January to May, 2017 recorded nearly two million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,4...
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Etihad Airways’ Dreamliner connects Beijing

The Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. The inaugural flight was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Abu Dhabi, attended...
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Celebrity Cruises showcases Eden

Celebrity Cruises has revealed a unique feature on its newest ship - Celebrity Edge - which debuts next year. Eden, is a unique venue where design is fused into every element, including cuisine served...
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Sharjah rolls out its 1st summer campaign

The first Sharjah Summer campaign was launched to coincide with the Eid holidays. The campaign displays a huge package of diverse activities and entertainment targeted at children and families. There ...
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Etihad Airways connects to Paris with Airbus A380

Etihad Airways has introduced the Airbus A380 aircraft on one of its two daily services between Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The new service has been introduced early to meet seasonal demand...
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Nice welcomes Emirates A380

The Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport welcomed the inaugural Emirates A380 service. The double-decker has replaced existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route. This new service will bring the ...
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The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel targets wellness

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is aiming to be the first holistic well-being resort in the Middle East. The new property is scheduled for soft launch in summer 2017 and has recently signed...
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Mövenpick Hotels adds a new property in Basel

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open its sixth hotel in Switzerland. The five-star 264-room hotel is designed by Matteo Thun and is scheduled to open in 2019. The total room capacity will also in...
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Cleartrip goes local

Cleartrip has officially launched an Arabic-language website to support its GCC market expansion efforts. The portal will provide its users in the region localized browsing and booking capability. ...
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Ascott expands Lyf brand in Asia

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured contracts to manage its first three properties under its brand- lyf - in its two key markets – China and Singapore. The new brand lyf signifies a new way of ...
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Flydubai relaunches Tanzania service

flydubai announced the reaunch of flights to Kilimanjaro effective 29 October 2017. The relaunched service to the carrier’s third point in Tanzania, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will see f...
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Emaar announces Rove Trade Centre

Rove Hotels unveiled its fourth hotel Rove Trade Centre which joins the portfolio of three other operational properties under Rove Hotels – Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre and Rove Healthcare City. ...
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Emaar Hospitality Group, JODC bring the Address hotel to Makkah

Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) announced the selection of Emaar Hospitality Group’s brand Address Hotels + Resorts to manage a flagship hospitality project in Makkah. This also marks the firs...
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Steigenberger Alcazar-Sharm El Sheikh opens for business

The Steigenberger Alcazar-Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt opened its doors for business. The new property features 610 rooms with 99 of them swim up rooms with direct access to the pool. There are also 12 ju...
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IHG inks exclusive agreement with Bukhamseen Group

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed an exclusive agreement with Bukhamseen Group Holding Company, a Kuwaiti business conglomerate, to build and operate IHG hotels exclusively in Kuwait. ...
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First graduates of ‘Dubai Way’ announced

the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), an institution established by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) announced the first graduates of its interactive training progr...
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Travelport inks multi-year agreement with Mezoon International

Travelport announced a new multi-year agreement with Mezoon International Travel & Tours (MITT), via Travelport’s distributor in Oman. ...
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TCA Abu Dhabi records 1.6 million guests for Jan – Apr 2017

New figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) reported that the emirate welcomed 1.6 million guest arrivals year to end of April 2017. This is a seven percent growth compared ...
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HMH Hotels on growth track

Hotels operated by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding in UAE have recorded a positive year-to-date performance. The Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel recorded a 23% growth in revenue, while Coral Beach Reso...
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Emirates partners with BMW Group

Emirates has partnered with BMW Group to provide luxury automobiles for its complimentary chauffeur-drive service for business class passengers in the UAE. ...
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Etihad Airways boosts A380 service to New York JFK

Etihad Airways will boost services to New York JFK with the addition of a second Airbus A380. The new aircraft will be deployed on the second daily service which means all 14 weekly flights between th...
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La Compagnie signs Interline Agreement with Hahn Air

Hahn Air has signed a new Interline Electronic Ticketing Agreement (IET) with La Compagnie. The French boutique airline’s flights are now available on Hahn Air’s HR-169 ticket to travel agents usi...
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Emirates touches down in Croatia

Emirates’ recently took off its inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight from Dubai to touch down in Zagreb. The inaugural flight was welcomed with a water cannon salute and traditional Croatian folk dance...
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Emaar Hospitality Group launches Dubai’s virtual tours

Emaar Hospitality Group has introduced 360 degree virtual tours of its hotels in Dubai. Each tour will provide all features of the hotel in details. From exteriors to interior, whether it is the lobby...
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Paris Air Show 2017 to have bigger Airbus presence

The forthcoming Paris Air Show scheduled to take place from 19 – 25 June 2017 will witness Airbus showcase range of innovative technologies, products and services. ...
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Deutsche Hospitality opens third property in Tunisia

Deutsche Hospitality signed an agreement for a new property in Tunisia. From November 2017, guests will be welcomed at the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet. The hotel chain f...
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Qatar Airways partners with Monacair

Qatar Airways and Monacair have partnered for a direct service which will commence on 4 July 2017. Qatar Airways’ passengers arriving in Nice on board the newly-launched direct service will have the...
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IHG expands in KSA

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall. The property will comprise of 164 suites offering a mix of studios, one and two bedroom suites. ...
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Etihad Guest, Red Crescent come together for Ramadan campaign

To celebrate the Year of Giving, Etihad Guest launched a special Ramadan campaign with Emirates Red Crescent to provide thousands of meals to families and children in need in Somalia....
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Movenpick Hotels rolls out its global summer campaign

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts launched its global ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign. The campaign offers its guests discounts of up to 30% on room rates at more than 80 hotels and resorts globally....
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Etihad Airways expands Boeing 787 Europe network

Etihad Airways has announced plans to boost its European Dreamliner network with deployment of Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Amsterdam and Madrid....
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Emirates’ targets November for unveiling new first class

Emirates Airline will showcase its new first class product at the Dubai Air Show in November 2017. Making its debut on-board a Boeing 777-300ER, the new first class cabin will feature six private suit...
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Wego list key Ramadan travel destinations

Wego.ae has examined emerging Ramadan destinations for families, couples and singles, and suggests some new and exciting destinations. ...
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Crystal Lagoons inks 12th Egypt project

Crystal Lagoons signed a contract with Egyptian real estate developer, Tatweer Misr, to bring beachfront living to the US$117 million Fouka Bay development in Ras Al Hekmah. ...
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New direct flights from Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines launched new flights from various cities in the Middle East and Germany to key Turkish destinations....
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6th UNWTO conference in the Philippines

The Philippines to host the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) conference on tourism statistics. The conference will be held from 21 – 24 June 2017 at the Marriot Ho...
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QDF unveils ‘Maison De Parfum’ pavilion

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) unveiled the ‘Maison de Parfum’ pavilion by Dior, featuring a private perfume collection at Hamad International Airport (HIA)...
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A bigger and better QSF 2017

The Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) 2017 will run from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha...
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Swiss-Belhotel Intl, Omniyat inks agreement

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) entered into a management agreement with Omniyat Real Estate to operate two properties in Kuwait. ...
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Premium concierge service launched by Emirates World Club

Emirates World Club was launched to offer customized solutions for travellers and UAE elite residents. ...
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Vistara welcomes first Airbus A320neo

Vistara took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse. ...
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Emirates prepares for Zagreb launch

Emirates is preparing for the launch of its scheduled daily flight between Dubai and Zagreb. ...
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TCA Abu Dhabi showcase Emirati culture at inaugural Ramadan evening

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) launched the inaugural edition of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan evenings....
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Hilton expands KSA portfolio

Hilton opened the doors of Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel. This is the 12th Hilton hotel in Saudi Arabia. ...
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Gallery Café now open

Adliya’s stylish new complex Gallery 21 recently welcomed opening of Gallery Café, the eatery merging urban influence and local traditions. The outlet offers breakfast through to late night dining ...
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Sabre revamps GetThere

Sabre Corporation is taking GetThere to the next level with the launch of a fast, design-led mobile experience. ...
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The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah opens for business

The Oberoi Group has announced a further expansion in the UAE market with the opening of The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah....
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TIME Hotels debuts in Qatar

Qatar will soon welcome TIME Hotel Managements new four-star hotel - TIME Rako...
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AccorHotels rebranding exercise in Dubai

In a recent development, AccorHotels announced the extensive conversion and rebranding of a former Sheikh Zayed Road landmark...
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GCC economies attract international conferences / convention players

A number of conferences and conventions are moving away from Europe and the US, towards the GCC...
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Tunisia to get a new Four Seasons property

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts along with Mabrouk Group, Tunisia’s preeminent investment group, will introduce a new luxury experience with the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in late 2017. The...
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Search and shop in less than three seconds

Recent studies by Google state that 40% of consumers will leave a site, if a page takes longer than three seconds to load on a mobile, with 79% unlikely to return. In line with the emerging trends, We...
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Women-dedicated floor at DUKES Dubai

The recently inaugurated DUKES Dubai, a five-star hotel and residences on Palm Jumeirah announced an exclusive area dedicated to women travellers – the Duchess Floor. The floor located on the third ...
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Travelport puts the spotlight on Middle East’s demand for personalization

Travelport is planning to put the spotlight at the forthcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on how travel tech is allowing airlines and travel agents to meet Middle East travellers’ demands, and grow...
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Air Arabia to showcase ‘Invest in Sharjah’

The ‘Invest in Sharjah’ brand is taking to the air following an agreement between Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) and Air Arabia. As per the agreement, Air Arabia will place decals of the ...
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Abu Dhabi gets its first KidZania

Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar) has partnered with Emaar Entertainment to have Yas Mall welcome Abu Dhabi’s first KidZania, the children’s edutainment centre. The new addition will support Yas M...
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Turkish Airlines announces promotional offers to the Black Sea region

Turkish Airlines will now look to promote the Black Sea region with promotional offers.  The offer includes various countries from the GCC, to five different Turkish cities such as Trabzon, Ordu-Gire...
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Emirates’ showcases new A380 on-board lounge

Emirates will debut its new A380 on-board lounge at the forthcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM).  The airline will also showcase its Boeing 777 business class seat, along with other products such as ...
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Across Borders Travel takes over Phoenix International

The concept of mergers is gaining momentum in the travel fraternity. One of the recent players to join the game is Across Borders Travel (ABT) who have taken over the reins from Phoenix International....
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Steigenberger Hotel Riverside Bangkok scheduled for 2019 opening

Deutsche Hospitality has announced plans to enter Thailand with its first property in Bangkok. The hospitality company signed an agreement for its first five-star Steigenberger Hotel Riverside. The pr...
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AccorHotels continues its Africa expansion

AccorHotels announced the signing of a hotel management agreement (HMA) with New Mauritius Hotels Limited. The agreement will see AccorHotels re-launch the existing property under the Fairmont Hotels ...
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Conrad Hotels & Resorts debuts in Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled its newest property Conrad Bora Bora Nui. This is the destination’s first five-star resort to debut in 10 years. The beach-front property features 114 r...
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Golf tourism in Dubai to get a boost

In a bid to give a much needed boost to the Golf sector in Dubai, a new website was recently unveiled to enhance awareness. The portal convenes – for the first time in one place – everythi...
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Qatar Airways renews sponsorship agreement with Al-Ahli Saudi FC

Qatar Airways recently renewed its sponsorship agreement with football club Al-Ahli Saudi FC. Subsequently, the airline also announced that it will be the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA...
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Four Seasons hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya gears up for business

The all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has confirmed arrivals as of 1 September 2017.  The property will look at targeting international business travellers, weekend getaways and local...
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Hilton expands Marhaba service

In a bid to cater exclusively to its Middle Eastern and Muslim guests, Hilton this summer doubles number of properties offering its Marhaba service. Middle East continues to be one of the world’s fa...
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Regional boost for ATM 2017 visitor numbers

Recent statistics revealed by the management of Arabian Travel Market state that a 10% increase is witnessed from visitors in the GCC and an increase of seven percent from international visitors. This...
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Entertainment line-up for Abu Dhabi Summer Season

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) recently announced the programme of this year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. The season will be held from 20 July to 20 August 2017. ...
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New technologies cut waiting time at Dubai airports

New technologies like Smart Gate and the new service enabling the use of Emirates ID have brought down passenger waiting time at Dubai International. As per recent statistics, the wait time has droppe...