Tuesday 9 February 2016

Jumeirah Al Naseem appoints new GM

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, has welcomed Richard Alexander as its new general manager. A British national, Alexander has over 31 years’ experience in the luxury hotel and tourism industry. He returns to Jumeirah and Dubai after eigh


Melting Pot Restaurants comes to Saudi Arabia

The Melting Pot Restaurants, a leading polished casual dining franchise, has opened its first restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Melting Pot in Riyadh is located on Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Street, nicknamed Thalia Street in Riyadh - a street known for its dining, fashi


Elaf Group plans budget hotels in India

Saudi-based Elaf Group has announced plans to expand its services in India, targeting the Indian tourism market and the Indian Haj and Umrah pilgrimage sector, said a report. The announcement was recently made at a press conference in Jeddah on the sidelines of the Indian food festival


Westin opens first hotel in Doha

Hospitality giant Starwood Hotels and Resorts is expanding the presence of its Westin brand in the Middle East with the opening of its first hotel in Doha, Qatar, said a report. Starwood has opened the hotel with Ghanem Al Thani Holdings, further expanding the brand’s portf


Somali plane hit by bomb meant to kill all

A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane this week was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board, Somalia's minister for transport and aviation said on Saturday. One passenger died and two were injured in the explosion on the Airbus A321, operated by Soma


Jet Airways posts third straight profitable quarter

Jet Airways, India's second-biggest carrier by market share after privately held IndiGo, said it has registered its third consecutive profitable quarter posting a $71-million Q3 profit for the period ending December 31, 2015. The airline, 24 per cent owned by Abu Dhabi's


Streamlining ME airspace traffic 'will provide $16bn benefits'

The streamlining of traffic in the Middle East’s upper airspace would be a powerful catalyst to the region’s aviation sector, said an industry expert. An estimated $16.3 billion in economic benefits can be achieved in the Middle East over the next ten years by deliver


17 killed in hotel fire at Iraqi Kurdistan

A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region killed 17 people on Friday, the governor of Erbil told a local media network, and the hotel manager said they included foreigners. Governor Nawzad Hadi told Rudaw TV that 14 of the victims were not from the autonomou


Turkish Airlines seeks to boost flights to Iran

Turkish Airlines has asked Iran's aviation authority for permission to increase the number of its flights to Iran, the airline's general manager said on Friday, looking to benefit from the lifting of Western sanctions against its neighbour.   "We co


HalalTrip launches ‘Best 10 lists’ for Muslim travellers

HalalTrip, an online travel platform for Muslim tourists, has launched lists to help inspire travellers discover alternative experiences and destinations this year.   The ‘Best 10 lists’ cover a range of themes from family destinations, tech-free des

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