Monday 19 March 2018

RJ to resume Erbil, Sulaymaniyah flights

Royal Jordanian (RJ), the flag carrier of the kingdom, will resume its scheduled flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq from Amman from April 1. RJ passengers on these routes will enjoy the added benefit of reduced round-trip fares, at JD280 ($384), in an offer valid


Emirates closes $600 million sukuk

Dubai-based international airline Emirates has announced the execution of a $600 million sukuk (Islamic finance issuance). The issuance received a good response from both local and international investors. The issuance of the Trust Certificates, in the principal am


Meliá Hotels welcomes new managing director

Meliá Hotels International has appointed François Kassab as managing director for the Middle East and Africa.   After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and Marketing from Lycee Hôtelier De Saint–Quentin En Yvelines and a m


'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal' to open at Royal Atlantis Resort

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences announces, ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ as the first named restaurant to open within the property in 2019. The multi award-winning restaurant, with locations in London and Melbourne, will be the third outpost of the culinary


Ruge named GM of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh has welcomed Christian Ruge as the property's new general manager. Christian Ruge, who brings 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry, began his career with InterContinental Frankfurt in Germany, followed by various leadership p


Travelport, Airtrade Holland BV sign tech deal

Travelport today announced a new multi-year technology and content agreement with Airtrade Holland BV, a Dutch leader in the field of Travel Fulfillment and Travel Technology.   Under the new agreement, Airtrade will utilise Travelport’s open platform and Universal API


Dubai to get a taste of underwater driving experience

Sub Sea Systems, a world leader in innovative products for the marine tourism industry, will debut its latest creation, Aquaticar, at the 2018 Deal trade show in Dubai this April. Aquaticar is the world’s first underwater driving experience. Adventurers age 5 and up can dri


Louvre Abu Dhabi unveils new social space

Louvre Abu Dhabi today unveiled Art Lounge, a modern roof-top lounge bar at the world-renowned art museum in Saadiyat Cultural District. Manuel Rabaté, director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted to open the Art Lounge at this leading location. We belie


Abu Dhabi eyes 5.5m hotel guests in 2018

Abu Dhabi is becoming increasingly competitive as a regional and international destination as it targets 5.5 million hotel guests in 2018, said a report citing a top official of Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi. The UAE capital welcomed 4.8 million tourists in 2017, w


Oman tourism arrivals to increase 13pc to 2021

Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 per cent between 2018 and 2021, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25. Commissioned by ATM, the Coll

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