• Future Hospitality Summit will welcome a comprehensive line-up of hospitality and government leaders, industry captains, founders, change-makers, insight experts, and media, on 26-27 October.
• The jam-packed line-up includes Arne Sorenson (Marriott International), Arnold W. Donald (Carnival Corporation), Gloria Guevara (WTTC), Alexandre de Juniac (IATA), Geoffrey JW Kent (Abercrombie & Kent), and more.
Riyadh, KSA - October 11, 2020: uture Hospitality Summit (FHS)– the hybrid virtual conference developed to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry – has revealed its exciting line-up of special-guest speakers, as it gets ready to bring the hospitality world together, live from Riyadh and around the world, on 26 and 27 of ......read more
• Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centres have started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Saturday between 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Saudi - October 08, 2020: In a bid to ease the passport renewal process for Philippine nationals living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, have signed a contract to provide Passport Renewal services in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar.
H.E. Adnan Villaluna Alonto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Head of VFS Global - KSA & Bahrain, ......read more
• Etihad to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia in October 2020
• The ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew to 46 destinations since 23 September 2019
September 23, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is honoured to celebrate the leadership and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 90th National Day of the Kingdom.
To mark the occasion, the airline created an infographic to showcase the flight path of the special liveried “Choose Saudi Arabia” Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner since its first flight to Riyadh on 23 September 2019.
Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government, International and Communications, Etihad Aviation Group said: “The Saudi Arabian-inspired livery ......read more
141,000 searches were conducted on our platform following the announcement
Dubai, 16 September 2020: Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), supports Saudi Arabia’s decision on the resumption of exceptional flights and explains the regulations and categories of travelers allowed to enter and exit the country.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, citizens are allowed to re-enter the kingdom through all land, sea, and airports after January 1, 2021, provided that all coronavirus-related precautionary measures are taken.
In addition, it allows certain categories to travel to and from the Kingdom with stringent health precautions which will take effect from September 15, 2020.
Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, ......read more
• Health precautions introduced throughout the visa application system, including the doorstep ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service available for student visa customers.
• UK Visas and Immigration has introduced greater flexibility in visa rules, allowing students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies.
• Students completing courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021.
September 02, 2020: As part of its commitment to enhance the visa system experience for students, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has introduced flexibility in visa rules, with health precautions throughout the visa system along with visa services partner VFS Global, to ......read more
THC to expand its services to include scenic tourism and aerial work
@AirbusHeli @thc_sa #MakingMissionsPossible
Riyadh, 20 August 2020 – The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters. The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demand and support the development of the Kingdom’s wider aviation sector.
Considered a multi-task aircraft, the Airbus H125 can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit varying requirements. THC will utilize the new additions to its fleet to roll out new services related to scenic tourism and aerial work such as ......read more
Saudi - August 09, 2020: Focusing keenly on their growth in the Kingdom, The Ascott Limited continues its niche brand offerings as an exclusive ‘hotel apartment’ destination for business and leisure travellers in Jeddah.
Catering to a wide sector of both long and short stay guests, the properties, namely Ascott Sari Jeddah, Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah offer exquisite living spaces with comprehensive facilities for business and leisure travellers who enjoy a global lifestyle.
Early birds planning a trip to Jeddah in the second half of the year, can avail up to 25% off on bookings at the-ascott.com/offers
Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers
People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available
July 11, 2020: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling.
As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them.
The advice from WTTC in favour of mandatory mask wearing comes from evidence that countries which are recovering faster and avoid second COVID-19 spikes are those where the use of face masks have been widely enforced and encouraged.
Following medical guidance from ......read more
Intra-Middle East travel demand as a region expected to perform best, with The Maldives ranked as number 1 standalone destination for expected demand
09, June 2020 – In a survey conducted by AVIAREPS of 94 of the Gulf Countries (G.C.C.) leading outbound travel agencies, demand for outbound travel from the G.C.C. is expected to return from August/September 2020, with a majority of travel agencies to commence promoting their travel offerings from July through to September 2020. Most promotional offerings will take the form of full travel packages that include air, accommodation and tour components, with intra-Middle East packages to be most popular, followed by packages for travel to South East Asia, Indian Ocean destinations and Europe.
The survey, first conducted in early May 2020, is being conducted on ......read more
June 04, 2020: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand in April (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), plunged 94.3% compared to April 2019, as the COVID-19-related travel restrictions virtually shut down domestic and international air travel. This is a rate of decline never seen in the history of IATA’s traffic series, which dates back to 1990.
More recently, figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on 21 April and 27 May. This is primarily in domestic operations and off of a very low base (5.7% of 2019 demand). While this uptick is not significant to the global dimension of the air transport industry, it does suggest that the industry has seen the bottom ......read more
2 June 2020: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity.
Today, the ICAO Council approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Takeoff). This is an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis.
“The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A similar approach is critical in this crisis so that we can safely restore air connectivity as borders and economies re-open. The Takeoff guidance document was built with the best expertise of government and industry. Airlines strongly support it. ......read more
13 May 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the air transport sector.
IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Saudi market will fall by $7.2 billion in 2020, 35% below 2019 levels. That puts at risk nearly 287,500 Saudi jobs and $17.9 billion of Saudi’s GDP, which is generated by aviation directly and aviation-related tourism.
In response to the impact of COVID-19, the Saudi government has introduced broad economic relief measures in excess of $32 billion in financial support for the private sector. It has also provided support for air transport by suspending the airport slot use rules for the summer ......read more
Saudi Tourist arrivals jumped in January 2020 with a 137% increase compared to January 2019, making Saudi Arabia ranked top 9th market to Mauritius.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 2020: According to the latest statistics released from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), visitors to Mauritius from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased 137% in January 2020 compared to the same month in 2019, making Saudi Arabia ranked top 9th market to Mauritius, and number one ranked Arab country for tourists arrivals to the Indian Ocean Island.
This increase follows the successful results of visitors from the Kingdom to Mauritius in 2019, as the Saudi tourist arrivals increased by 38%, the visitors' number was 22,788 in 2019 compared to 16,507 in 2018, making the Saudi Market number 10 in rank, jumping from the 12th rank ......read more
24 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will showcase opportunities for growth and development within the Kingdom’s defence sector at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.
SAMI is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in supporting efforts to localise more than 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030. The Kingdom is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide. This position ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will again operate a daily scheduled flight between the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 14 May to 23 May to meet increased demand during the busy religious travel period.
The flights, which will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, have been timed to offer customers in Al Ain with convenient departures in both directions.
The unique service, first launched last year, demonstrates Etihad’s commitment to the culturally and strategically important ‘Oasis City’, which is home to a large proportion of the airline’s national customer base, and its ......read more
JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers
January 25, 2020 – Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new insights into 130 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe.
With Dubai (14th) ranking in the top 20 for the first time in three years, the Emirate continues to be the major business hub in the Middle East, with more than half of ......read more
November 24, 2019: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery.
The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal 1, and management from Etihad Airways.
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new terminal in Jeddah and the warm welcome we’ve received is a demonstration of our commitment to ......read more
KSA, 30 October 2019: The recent launch of international tourist e-visas in Saudi Arabia, as part of Vision 2030 initiatives to boost tourism and increase global competitiveness, is set to have a positive long term impact on the Kingdom’s real estate market, outlines JLL’s latest Q3 market reports.
In efforts to diversify the economy away from oil the government launched tourism giga-projects across the Kingdom and most recently new E-Visas for 49 countries to boost international visitor arrivals. These major initiatives and ongoing reforms are set to shape a more diverse hospitality landscape, stimulating real estate development and new investor opportunities.
“With the Kingdom opening up to more international tourism there is a positive long-term outlook for the hotel sector in ......read more
October 22, 2019: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe.
Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 12 more destinations – Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane, Chengdu, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Rabat, Seychelles and Sydney – while Etihad has placed its ‘EY’ code on Saudia ......read more
The “Sport for Peace Awards” project is expected to have extensive global impact.
October 02, 2019: Reaching to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in line with its goal to fly every corner of the world, Turkish Airlines carries its active stance in the development of its flight network to collaborating with prominent global brands, organizations and NGOs to reach different societies and communities around the world.
On Wednesday, September 25th, the national flag carrier took another step in this direction as it put its signature to an important collaboration with United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the leading United Nations platform for intercultural dialogue and cooperation. The signing ceremony of this significant step, “Sport for Peace Awards” ......read more
27, August 2019: Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, continues to enhance its flight network. Flag carrier has launched scheduled flights to Mexico City, the second biggest city of Latin America and capital of Mexico along with Cancún, one of the favorite holiday centers of Central America.
The flights to Mexico City and Cancún, the 18th and 19th destinations of Turkish Airlines in Americas, will be operated three days a week on Istanbul-Mexico City-Cancún route starting from August 21, 2019. With these flights, Turkish Airlines adds Mexico, the biggest country of Central America, to its flight network, thus offering a connectivity opportunity to a greater area from Istanbul Airport.
During the press conference held in Mexico City International Airport ......read more
05, August 2019: Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network.
Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:
From Warsaw From Istanbul
Krakow Ankara Bahrain
Gdansk ......read more
23 July 2019: DUBZ, a leading baggage technology and logistics company and part of dnata, has opened a new ‘check-in station’ in The Dubai Mall, the world’s most visited retail and lifestyle destination, to offer airline passengers another convenient option to take advantage of its innovative services.
The station is located in the dnata Travel store on the lower ground level of the mall, where the DUBZ team checks in customers for their flights, prints their boarding passes, weighs and secures their baggage and ensures they are delivered to the airport and loaded onto the aircraft.
After collecting their boarding passes and baggage tags, customers can enjoy the various shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities The Dubai Mall offers to its visitors, and then take the Dubai metro to ......read more
Saudi, 18 June 2019: Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has decided to expand its existing A320neo Family order from 35 to as many as 100 NEO aircraft including 35 options. The additional firm order takes SAUDIA’s order of A320neo Family aircraft to 65 of which 15 are A321XLRs.
The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show by His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. Passenger demand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is experiencing strong growth on domestic, regional and international routes. The additional aircraft will be deployed to support the national carrier’s plan to boost capacity. Airbus and SAUDIA have also agreed to further expand their ......read more
Responding to the increasing demand on car parking slots during the Hajj and Umrah season, this facility will serve both the property guests and visitors of Makkah
Makkah, KSA - 29 May 2019: M Hotel Makkah by Millennium, a 5-star hotel located at the heart of the holy city of Makkah, is pleased to announce that a new cars’ parking facility is now available and ready to serve in-house guests of the hotel and visitors to the holy city of Makkah. As the demand on cars’ parking is growing rapidly, the hotel inaugurates this parking facility aiming to meet the needs of pilgrims and Umrah performers during the high seasons of Hajj and Umrah.
The hotel, conveniently situated at the heart of Makkah just a few minutes’ drive to the Great Mosque of Makkah, is successfully attracting more guests with its leading ......read more
December 21, 2016 – In support of the Saudi government’s efforts to boost the domestic travel and tourism sector in line with the country’s economic diversification scheme, Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has recently entered into a strategic lease partnership agreement with Al Aqeeq Real Estate Development to rent the Al Majeedi Residential Center situated in front ......read more
December 12, 2016 - Rail Europe, the worldwide leader in train tickets and rail passes' distribution, has expanded its strong sales network across the region by appointing One of the largest & leading Travel & Hospitality conglomerate in Saudi Arabia, Elaf Travel Tourism Company, as their GSA partner. Elaf Group is a leader in travel and tour operations in the kingdom with a history ......read more
Saudi Arabian VVIP largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s and Amac Aerospace for fleet Cabin Connectivity services
Largest private aviation operator in the Middle East selects Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Go Direct Cabin Connectivity services for its New A319 and A330
Sky Prime selects AMAC Aerospace to install KA, KU Satellite ......read more
November 7, 2016- The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, recently concluded its strategic series of marketing tours in key countries across the continents to promote the rich culture and most popular tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. The marketing tour had designated stop overs in Istanbul, Turkey, Cairo, Egypt. Casablanca, ......read more
New additions to the brand’s LVX collection include three properties across Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; brings total Middle East portfolio to 22 hotels
Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2016: Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, continues to expand its Middle East portfolio ......read more
Five-star Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech features 503 rooms and Morocco’s largest congress centre – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is very proud to open this landmark hotel.
Dubai, UAE, 22 October 2016: Morocco welcomes the arrival of a significant new hotel with the opening of Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, following a US$100 ......read more
RAKTDA and Emirates Airline organized joint travel trade roadshow in Jeddah and Riyadh
Saudi visitors to Ras Al Khaimah during September increased 39 per cent, compared to September 2015
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 12th October 2016: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and plans, initiates and drives ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2016: As the wedding industry continues to grow in the Middle East, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced a new initiative to establish the hospitality company as a premium choice for both weddings and honeymoons.
For every USD 5,000 spent on a wedding at participating hotels in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, ......read more
Rehlat goes foodie way for this annual survey of airline’s with best in-flight food service for both domestic and international airlines. Our experts took opinion from our esteemed clients on what exactly is served on their flight and how much they actually like it.
It was obvious but Emirates topped the list for best food and beverages. It was given huge thumps up for both domestic and ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 September 2016 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today opened the doors to the Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah, a unique European-style property in one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities.
The 228-room property, which marks the Swiss hospitality firm’s third hotel in Jeddah and 11th in the Kingdom, seamlessly blends a classical ......read more
September 26, 2016 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will be showcasing Saudi Arabia’s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries in the month of October 2016. The Group will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight ......read more
Dubai, UAE, September 22, 2016: Have just 48 hours to get the most out of London and the surrounding region? Don’t fear, we’re here to help. From the best tea shops and art-deco hotels London has to offer to the perfect spots for enjoying some of the best countryside scenery in the whole of England, our guide will ensure that you don’t miss out.
Within easy ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2016: The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council MENA is pleased to announce the launch of the 8th Edition of FTTH Council MENA Conference taking place from 7th to 9th November at The Regency hotel, Kuwait, under the patronage of HE Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait. Prysmian Group, ......read more
Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2016: Families come together from far and near to celebrate the joyous festival of Eid Al Adha in their own special way. Whether you have your heart set on a relaxed beach holiday, a quick getaway within the UAE or a staycation in one of Dubai’s top family resorts, JA Resorts & Hotels has exactly what you’re looking for. Experience a fun filled holiday ......read more
August 14, 2016- Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in ......read more
International Terminal D delivers a high-end, convenient shopping experience
Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2016: Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics are bringing new luxury beauty options to customers traveling through International Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The three stores—all of which are part of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. brand ......read more
With two million travellers forecasted to go through Dubai International Airport this summer, Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) and Maritime & Mercantile International (MMI) is encouraging travellers to arrive early for a relaxed travel experience and to ensure the time to visit their brand new venues including giraffe, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, The Draft House, Pret A Manger, The Noodle ......read more
June 26, 2016 - With the number of Umrah visas issued by embassies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year reaching 5.67 million with more than 5 million already having entered the Kingdom, hospitality experts and local travel operators are seeing a surge in travel bookings to Makkah and Madinah in 2016 and are expecting a further increase over the coming weeks towards the end of ......read more
June 15, 2016 - The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Bulgaria has recently signed an Agreement of Cooperation with ID Global Company, a diversified commercial conglomerate with direct investments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Middle East, Asia and Europe, to represent Bulgaria's Ministry of Tourism and promote its tourism industry and policies in the Kingdom.
The company ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, May 28, 2016: The recently held Rotana Annual Conference at Park Rotana Abu Dabhi for the company executives served great news for Centro Sharjah. Mr Michael Kasch, General Manager was awarded ‘Manager of the Year’ in the company wide award ceremony.
Mr. Michael Kasch, is a veteran in hospitality services and has been in the hospitality arena for over 2 ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 23, 2016: The Saudi-based national airline, flynas, is increasing capacity between their home country and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah.
Effective on 23 June, flynas will add a second daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, increasing its combined offer with Etihad Airways to four daily services. Also on 23 June, flynas will ......read more
Employees of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ graduated from the in-house programme, which helps them prepare for the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 19 May, 2016: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is delighted to announce that 200 of the company’s Saudi employees successfully graduated ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 18, 2016: The 4th annual Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 opened Tuesday (17th May 2016) Under the Patronage of His Highness Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Tourism Committee in Jeddah, who was accompanied by Mohammad A. Al-Amri, General Manager, Jeddah and Makkah Province at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage ......read more
Saudi Arabia, 12th May 2016: Details of the inaugural Saudi Arabia Hospitality Awards (2017) will be announced by organisers’ dmg events at The Hotel Show in Jeddah this month.
The launch will take place during the second day of the annual The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia (18th May 2016), where representatives from hotels and restaurants throughout Saudi Arabia will have the chance to ......read more
Saudi Arabia, May 11, 2016: Ramzi R. Solh, CEO of Commercial Development at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), is the latest addition to the line-up for the 2nd annual Vision Conference, Saudi Arabia.
The conference is a key feature of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, from 17-19th May 2016 featuring a range of industry experts exploring the Kingdom’s booming hospitality ......read more
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair have introduced a new Self Service Bag Drop facility at Hong Kong International Airport that will further enhance the airport experience for passengers of the two airlines.
Self Service Bag Drop allows passengers to check in baggage by themselves. The self-service process includes printing the baggage tag, tagging the luggage and dispatching the luggage. ......read more
Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2016: Independent five-star luxury hotel operator, Shaza Hotels unveiled their forthcoming projects and plans at this year’s editions of the Arabian Travel Market ( ATM; 25th-28thApril) and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC; 26th – 28th April). The first hotel chain to infuse Arabian cultures and values in a contemporary and luxurious ......read more
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurates ATM 2016; the Middle East’s largest travel and tourism event celebrates 23 years of industry milestones
Dubai, UAE, April 26, 2016: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 today, ......read more
March 15, 2016- Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has organized the Moroccan Food Festival at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel (Red Sea Mall) in Saudi Arabia. Launched under the theme ‘Food Festival that Brings You the Best & Diverse Moroccan Cuisine,’ the event was inaugurated by Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels, Elaf Group in the presence of Elaf’s senior officials like Mohammed Bin ......read more
Saudi Arabia, February 18, 2016: A record 47,431 rooms and 124 hotel projects are currently under development in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.
The majority of projects are in the final construction and pre-opening stages with 52 projects and almost 20,000 rooms set to open to the public throughout the Kingdom this year, says the new report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS commissioned ......read more
Saudi Arabia 2 February 2016: One&Only, the award-winning collection of ultra-luxury resorts, is delighted to announce a Middle East Roadshow starting next week hosted by a selection of Senior Executives from the brand. The roadshow will give One&Only Senior Executives the opportunity to meet with key agents, operators and trade partners in Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi ......read more
Welcome to Vienna! The city of the most enthralling history and lifestyle that will make you fall in love over and over again
Over the years, Vienna has maintained a high-quality of living and is named as one of the most liveable cities in the world (ranked no. 2 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 Global Liveability Ranking) not only for its efficient and stable political ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, January 18, 2016: Having previous held key managerial positions with world renowned hospitality brands, Mr Michael Kasch has been with Rotana since 2011. The most integral driving force behind hotel operations at Centro Sharjah for the last two years, he gives us here extensive insight into current trends transforming the tourism & hospitality sector of Sharjah.
As we ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, December 21, 2015: Take a step back into true holiday enchantment and get entertained by Centro Sharjah’s Christmastide and meet Father Christmas himself. Join us for a lovely time of merry making and experience the magic of Christmas festivities and relive these priceless moments!
We’ve got fantastic plans to keep you entertained with lots of seasonal ......read more
Sharjah, UAE, December 10, 2015: Colleagues from Centro Sharjah Hotel joined the Clean Up UAE campaign organised by Emirates Environmental Group as part of the Hotel’s social responsibility initiative.
The Clean Up UAE campaign brings together people from all walks of life and creates awareness as well as advocates the cause of sustainable living. The Sharjah version of the ......read more
‘1001 Nights to Transform Air Transport in the Middle East’
30 November 2015 (Jeddah) – Speaking at the AACO Annual General Meeting today, Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlined some key short-term objectives for aviation in the Middle East.
Full speech can be read here.
“As a region, the Middle ......read more
4th OIC Halal Middle East to be held from 8 to 10 December at Expo Centre Sharjah
Sharjah, 29 November 2015 : The 4th OIC Halal Middle East exhibition, which will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 8 to 10, is launching a new vertical targeting the halal tourism segment – Halal Tourism Middle East 2015.
To be held as part of Halal Middle East, the Halal Tourism Middle East ......read more
Share seasonal moments to treasure and feast on delicious gourmet treats for the whole family
Dubai UAE, November 16, 2015: Soneva Resorts and Residences, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has unveiled its Christmas and New Year’s Eve Programmes 2015/2016 for its two properties; Soneva Fushi (Maldives) and Soneva Kiri (Thailand).
Soneva’s ‘Ever So ......read more
Dubai Air Show, Dubai, November 12, 2015 – Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Philippine flag carrier, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pratt & Whitney to power its order of 15 firm plus 15 purchase right A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
“We pride ourselves on ......read more
Dubai, October 31, 2015: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expanding its Saudi Arabian network through a new five-times-per-week service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi operated by its codeshare partner flynas.
Commencing on 16 December 2015, the new flynas service will complement Etihad Airways’ existing 13 weekly flights between Abu ......read more
October 20, 2015 - The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will launch its series of strategic marketing tours to select countries across continents in a bid to further boost Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism industry. During its stopovers in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Tunis in Tunisia, and the United Kingdom starting October of this ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 17, 2015: If your travels have been weighing heavily on your budget recently, you may not be travelling smart. You don’t always have to pay with cash for your flights; you can also pay with your miles. This method of buying a flight ticket in the UAE was also the topic of one of our previous articles, but the primary goal of this article is to show you how to earn ......read more
Incredibly, Dubai is still classified as part of an emerging economy, as are most cities and nations in the Middle East. This does a huge disservice to these countries, both in terms of the natural resources at their disposal and the regeneration that has engulfed the Middle East as a whole during the course of the last decade in particular.
This particularly applies to Dubai, ......read more
Every year the hospitality industry sees $8.6 billion worth of non-refundable hotel room cancellations. The numbers are astounding, and if you have ever made such a cancellation you know how they eat into your wallet.
When you are planning a holiday or even a business trip, like most people, you too may be looking for the best deal. Often this means that you end up booking cheaper, ......read more
Bharat Book Bureau provides the report, on “Saudi Arabia Tyre Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”. In 2014, the country’s central region accounted for the largest share in the tyre market, followed by western, eastern, southern and northern region of Saudi Arabia. ......read more
Whether summer or winter is your favourite time of year to travel, make sure you keep in mind something that is often overlooked: how to protect yourself from fraud or theft when travelling abroad.
With the upcoming Eid holidays, traveling without cash is by far the safest way to travel, so don’t forget these five pointers to protect yourself:
• Check that your ......read more
UAE mega-projects in development include Dubai-I (2017) world’s largest Ferris wheel to rival the London Eye, the new Louvre (Paris) and Guggenheim (New York) museums in Abu Dhabi (2017), Dubai Pearl (2018) featuring MGM Grand and Bellagio made famous by the Las Vegas strip, Dream Island (2018) in Ras Al Khaimah promoted as a ‘mini Ibiza’ and 10 major new theme parks ......read more
Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines al Salamah in Jeddah open for bookings today
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14th July 2015 – CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), officially announces today that Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines Al Salamah, all located in Jeddah, are open for bookings today.
Mr Vincent ......read more
This summer, the Collection of Villages across Europe will offer Middle Eastern guests ‘seven star’ service in celebration of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This period will encompass special events, exclusive offers, an unrivalled hospitality experience and – as always – leading luxury shopping destinations.
With guests looking to enjoy a period of celebration and ......read more
International hospitality firm reveals plans to open Mövenpick Hotel Heraa Jeddah in 2019, its fourth property in the city and 14th kingdom wide.
Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 8 July 2015: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is consolidating its Saudi Arabia expansion plans by adding a fourth property in the kingdom’s thriving city of Jeddah.
The 300-key Mövenpick Hotel ......read more