Wednesday 2 December 2015

New online Umrah hotel booking saves 15pc

Around 250,000 Umrah pilgrims, who booked hotel rooms in Makkah and Madinah via a new online system have saved up to 15 per cent in reservations, a report said. The “Sijjil” electronic system also helps in solving the problems of hotels in Makkah, Abdullah Qadi, deput


Rotana to open 14 properties by 2016-end

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, a leading hospitality management group, is set to continue its ambitious expansion with the opening of 14 properties before the end of 2016. With flourishing development being made in its growth strategy, Rotana is further strengthening its pr


Lufthansa signs pay deal with services union

Deutsche Lufthansa, Germany’s national carrier, on Saturday signed an agreement with services union Verdi on pay for about 33,000 ground personnel, the union and the airline said. Germany's largest airline agreed a pay increase for its ground personnel and for staff at


Radisson Blu Jizan names new GM

Radisson Blu, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, has appointed Najib Ghosheh as the new general manager for its newest 150-room resort, Radisson Blu Resort, Jizan, overlooking the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. A Spanish citizen with Jordanian origins, Ghosheh has over 20 y


Etihad 'grid girls' set for Abu Dhabi F1

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways said members of its cabin crew will add style and glamour to this Sunday’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when they walk out in front of a worldwide audience of motor-racing enthusiasts at the Yas Marina Circuit. Etihad Air


Sweden halts flights to Iraq over safety issues

Sweden has suspended all flights to northern Iraq because of concerns about increased military activity in the area, the country's transport agency said on Friday. Iraq closed its northern airspace for at least 48 hours earlier this week because of military traffic from Russi


Online, mobile 'key drivers of ME travel industry growth'

Online and mobile are key drivers of the growth of the Middle East's travel industry, with travel companies seeking sustainable growth needing to invest for their future.    It was one of many insights and tips shared by executives from Sabre Corporatio


Etihad wins Ultratravel award for 'Best First Class'

Etihad Airways has won the award for 'Best First Class' at the annual Ultratravel Middle East Awards (ULTRAs) ceremony, which was held recently at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai, UAE.   The award is another major accolade for the UAE national a


Emirates ops contribute $848m to India GDP

Emirates contribution to the Indian economy is estimated to be over $848 million annually, supporting over 86,000 Indian jobs and generating almost US$1.7 billion in Foreign Exchange Earnings, said a study. According to the results of an economic impact study by Dubai-based Emirates an


Etihad Airways wins Ultratravel award

UAE’s Etihad Airways has received the coveted award for Best First Class at the annual Ultratravel Middle East Awards (Ultras) ceremony, which was held last night (November 25) at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. The award is another major accolade for the UAE nati

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