Sunday 21 December 2014

Online passport renewal service launched in Bahrain

An online passport renewal service was launched on December 11 by Bahrain’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) in conjunction with the e-Government Authority. Bahrainis can now apply for passport renewals and enquire about their passport application status


Celebrity Cruises to homeport in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCL), a leading cruise operator, will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in the UAE capital on a homeport basis from November 2016. Celebrity Constellation will be the premium brand’s first ship to make the Abu Dhabi Cruise Termi


Emirates raps Airbus over A380 termination hint

The head of Dubai's Emirates issued a furious reaction to a public suggestion by Airbus that it might discontinue the A380 superjumbo and told Reuters it was ready to invest massively in an upgraded version if the planemaker went ahead with it. Tim Clark, president of Emirate


Air Berlin ‘still European despite Etihad stake’

Air Berlin is still a European airline despite the 29 per cent stake held by Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways, Germany's transport ministry said on Thursday, meaning that in German eyes it should keep its European operating licence. The German air transport authorit


UAE tourist numbers seen growing at 4pc per year

A total of 17 million tourists visited the UAE in 2013, and this number is expected to rise further with an annual growth rate of 4 per cent till 2023, a report said. The overall economic impact of the sector is estimated at Dh122.6 billion ($33.3 billion), a 4.5 per cent increas


Flydubai announces three new routes

Dubai-based flydubai has announced the addition of three new routes, commencing in the first quarter of 2015. Flights to Chennai (India), Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Nejran (Saudi Arabia) will commence next year, further expanding the carrier’s footprint to 89 destinations in 46 co


Etihad, SAA to launch Johannesburg flights

UAE carrier Etihad Airways and South African Airways (SAA) have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership with the launch of a daily service between Johannesburg (South Africa) and Abu Dhabi (UAE) next year. The new service, commencing on March 29, 2015, will complemen


Etihad’s investment in US supports 200,000 jobs

A decade of orders by UAE carrier Etihad Airways for new Boeing aircraft is supporting more than 200,000 American jobs, said James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer. Since 2006 the airline has introduced or placed orders for 115 wide-bodied Boeing aircraf


GCC tourists to Turkey up 39pc

Turkey has witnessed the number of GCC visitors reach 211,241 from January to October, marking a 39 per cent increase from the same period in 2013. Turkey proved to be a popular choice for GCC tourists during the Eid Al Adha holiday in October, as the country attracted 22,322 visitors

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