Tuesday 27 January 2015

Currency shifts eating into fuel cost savings: Emirates

Dubai's Emirates airline expects currency fluctuations in Europe and Russia to limit the profitability boost from lower oil prices, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Emirates President Tim Clark was quoted this week as saying that the drop in oil prices -- down by about 60


Bawadi Mall gears up for surge in tourist numbers

Bawadi Mall, the ultimate shopping, dining, and leisure destination in Al Ain, UAE, plans to offer visitors a unique shopping experience this year. The mall aims to continue positioning itself as an all-round preferred destination as the city expects the number of tourists to reach 710


Dubai to offer medical tourism insurance to patients

Medical tourism insurance packages may soon be available for patients travelling to Dubai, UAE, for medical treatment, said a top health official. Essa Al Maidoor, director-general of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said that the authority is presently studying outbound insurance for


New abra service launches in Abu Dhabi

A new water taxi service using a traditional wooden abra has been launched to connect two of Abu Dhabi’s prime waterfront tourist destinations. Operating on weekends to begin with, the 25-minute journey will run one return trip every hour, starting from the Souk Qaryat Al Beri Ma


Jeddah tourist numbers up 70pc

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah city has witnessed a 70 per cent increase in the number of tourists with the festivals and activities drawing huge crowds to the historical city. With the ease online bookings, hotels and hotel accommodations have also recorded an increase of 75 per cent, sa


Dubai takes top spot for international passenger traffic

Dubai International Airport (DXB), one of the busiest airports in the Middle East, has secured the number one position for international passenger traffic in the world. Passenger numbers for 2014 totalled 70,475,636, up 6.1 per cent from 66,431,533 recorded in 2013. This followed robus


Etihad New York flights hit by winter storm

The severe winter storm in the US northeast has affected Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and New York, the airline has announced. Etihad Airways' flight EY103 from Abu Dhabi to New York today (January 27) has been cancelled due to the winter storm. As a consequence,


Flydubai plane shot at; UAE bans flights to Baghdad

The UAE aviation authority has issued a ban on flights to the Iraqi capital Baghdad after shots were fired at a flydubai flight which landed at Baghdad International Airport from Dubai, UAE, on Monday. The plane was carrying 154 passenger and no one was hurt. The plane's fuse


Qatar Airways receives top honour from Skift

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the country, was named “Best Economy Long-Haul Experience” by SKIFT - a leading world travel trends and information provider. The study, which included all major international airlines, was a comprehensive evaluation of the user experi


Mideast hotel occupancy up 3.9pc in December

The Middle East/Africa region witnessed a 3.9 per cent increase in hotel occupancy levels in December last year to 61.9 per cent compared with the same period in 2013, a report released by global hotel data provider STR Global said. The region also reported a 3.2-per cent increase in a

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