Thursday 24 April 2014

London police assure city is safe for Arabs

London police have reassured Arab visitors to the city that they are safe in the UK capital following a gang attack on an Emirati couple this week. The couple were attacked with guns, knives and hammers when the gang raided their holiday flat in the city. The attac


Sri Lanka deports tourist for her Buddha tattoo

Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island's main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is very sensitive about it


It's official: New Doha airport to open next week

Qatar's new Hamad International Airport, a key part of its plans to become a regional aviation hub, will open to passenger traffic next week after construction delays of more than a year, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said. Initially budget airlines will operate


'No Umrah cancellations due to Mers'

Saudi Arabia's Haj Ministry denied any cancellation of Umrah reservations in the wake of the Mers virus attacks in the kingdom, an official was quoted as saying. Abdullah Marghalani, undersecretary at the Haj Ministry, said in an Arab News report that the Saudi Health Ministr


Etihad-Alitalia deal: Union ready for talks

An Italian union said that it is willing to enter negotiations to help to meet conditions set by Etihad Airways for investing in Alitalia after talks between the airlines stalled over debt and job cuts. Loss-making Alitalia was kept afloat by a government-engineered 500 million e


Top decision-makers to attend Travel Catering Expo

Key decision-makers from 21 airport operators, civil aviation authorities, airlines and flight caterers from nine countries will take part in the inaugural Travel Catering Expo (TCE) in Dubai next month. The event is co-located with the 2014 editions of the Airport Show and Globa


Four Seasons soars with first branded jet

The sky is literally the new limit as Four Seasons continues to reimagine luxury hospitality with the introduction of the Four Seasons Jet, the industry’s first fully branded private jet experience. With Four Seasons on the fuselage and the iconic Four Seasons logo on the t


Kuwait Tourism launches family summer offer

Kuwait Tourism Services, a major tour operator dedicated to promote tourism into the country, has launched a summer promotion for GCC nationals and residents that offers special rates for stays in any of its associated hotels. Entitled “Family Summer Kuwait 2014”, the


Abu Dhabi air passenger numbers top 4.5m

A record 4.56 million passengers used the Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first quarter (Q1) of 2014, as against 3.96 million during the same period last year, reflecting an increase of 15.1 per cent, a report said. A total of 35,844 aircraft movements were recorded, r


Etihad appoints new GM for Cyprus

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Abdelrahman Abdullah Al Madhloum Al Suwaidi as its new general manager for Cyprus. Al Suwaidi will lead the further development of Etihad Airways’ commercial strategy in Cyprus, ensuring the con

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