Tuesday 26 May 2015

Free WiFi on way at tourism hubs in Bahrain

Free WiFi will be rolled out at some of the most popular tourist hubs in Manama, Bahrain. The Capital Trustees Board yesterday approved the creation of WiFi 'hotspots' in all tourist zones including the old Manama Suq, the restaurant area of Adliya, major public parks an


New UK visa system for Bahrain applicants on way

Changes to the UK visa system for Bahrain-based applicants looking for a long-stay visa will come into effect from the end of this month. Starting May 31, all non-European Economic Area nationals travelling to the UK for more than six months will have to obtain a Biometric Reside


'No new landing rights for Gulf carriers in Schiphol'

Air carriers from the Gulf states will not be given new landing rights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, a senior official was quoted as saying. The tough decision stems from the threat faced by region’s national carriers due to the massive growth of Emirates, Etihad and Qat


Air Arabia expands City Terminal Check-in network to Dubai

Low-cost carrier Air Arabia has expanded its popular City Terminal Check-in network with the opening of a new facility at the Al Ghurair Centre in Dubai, UAE. City Terminal Check-ins were created in 2012 to provide Air Arabia passengers increased convenience and flexibility by en


Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain wins top award

Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain, a unit of the leading serviced residence owner The Ascott Limited, has been awarded ‘Best Serviced Apartment Provider Bahrain 2015’ by Business Destinations Travel Awards. Unique in travel accolade platforms, Business Destinations Travel Awards no


Oman Air’s Sindbad Gold members receive new privileges

Oman Air, the national carrier of the country, has announced the addition of two more privileges for Gold members of its Sindbad frequent flyer programme. Since May 1, Gold members are being granted access to Oman Air’s exclusive Business Class check-in area at Muscat Inter


Flydubai plans fourth destination in Pakistan

Dubai-based flydubai has announced direct flights to Quetta in Pakistan - its fourth destination in the country - commencing on June 11. Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai, said: "We have been flying to Pakistan since 2010, and we have seen a consistent demand f


Qatar Airways to launch A350 services to Germany

Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of Qatar, has expanded its A350 services to Germany, with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on its Doha-Munich route. Commencing October 1, the Doha-based airline will be launching the A350 XWB to Munich alongside its existing Boeing 787 D


Abu Dhabi International upgrades baggage handling systems

Abu Dhabi Airports (AUH) has successfully completed the installation and renovation of Baggage Handling Systems at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, carried out by Abu Dhabi Airports’ subcontractor Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions. The state-of-the-art baggage handling systems wa


Visitor numbers up 15pc at ATM

The Arabian Travel Market 2015 (ATM) , which concluded earlier this month in Dubai, UAE, witnessed more than 26,000 visitors at the event, representing a 15 per cent increase on 2014 figures. The region’s leading travel trade exhibition also welcomed several new initiatives this

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