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Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia Unveils Line-Up for Future Hospitality Summit

• 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

The Philippine ePassport Renewal Centres Launched in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

• 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 Airways Celebrates Its Pledge To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Their 90th National Day

• 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

Wego Embraces Saudi Arabia's Decision to Resume Exceptional International Flights

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

Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New Academic Year

• 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

The Helicopter Company Purchases 10 Airbus H125 helicopters

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

With Four Exclusive Properties, The Ascott Limited Personifies Global Living in Jeddah

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

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Travellers Should ‘Wear to Care' in the New Normal says WTTC

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

Majority of G.C.C. Travel Agents Envisage a Return to International Travel by August/September

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

After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick

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

Urgent Implementation of ICAO COVID-19 Guidelines Needed

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

IATA Calls on the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Support Aviation in the Face of COVID-19 Crisis

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

Promising Results for the Saudi Arrivals to Mauritius at the Beginnings of 2020

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

Saudi Arabian Military Industries to Showcase Opportunities Within KSA Defence Sector at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

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

Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

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

Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi among top 20 ‘most dynamic cities', says JLL

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

Etihad Airways Becomes the First Foreign Airline to Operate Its Flights to Jeddah's New Terminal

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

Saudi Arabia's real estate market set to benefit from major tourism projects and reforms, says JLL

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

Etihad Airways and Saudia Announce Major Expansion of Their Commercial Partnership

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

Turkish Airlines and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations created a joint platform.

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

Turkish Airlines added Mexico City and Cancún, important cities of Americas to its flight network.

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

Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network.

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

dnata's DUBZ checks in passengers for flights in The Dubai Mall

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 Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo Family fleet up to 100

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

M Hotel Makkah by Millennium inaugurates a new cars' parking facility

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

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Etihad Rail signs MoU with GIBCA Crusher…

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts rewards loyal guests with Special Ramadan Offer…

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H.H. Sheikh Ahmed opens Airport Show-2014…

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Airport Show-2014 ready to take off in Dubai on Sunday…

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Akbar Travel signs agreement with Sabre at Arabian Travel Market…

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Ras Al Khaimah International Airport prepares to welcome new Air Arabia hub…

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• Two millions cubic meters of concrete at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah already tested by ACTS    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; July 21, 2013: Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), a consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, has revealed that it has recently completed testing of two million cubic meters ......read more

Dubai World Central unveils new state-of-the-art storage facility project in Logistics District…

[UAE, June 16, 2013] Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, has today announced that a new state-of-the-art storage facility owned by RSA-TALKE is being constructed in DWC's Logistics District. Built to international safety and quality standards and equipped with separate sections for chemical storage, the new facility will offer definite logistical ......read more

Lufthansa operates strongest Middle East schedule ever…

More seats from Dubai – More flights from Saudi Arabia – 50 years in Kuwait This summer Lufthansa offers more flights than ever from the Middle East to Europe, the Americas and rest of the world via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. In 2012, more than 400,000 passengers chose Lufthansa for flights between Dubai, Abu Dhabi and over 200 destinations worldwide and vice versa. For the ......read more

Leading Private Aviation Company, NasJet launches ‘Corporate Aviation Program' at the Euromoney ...…

NasJet, the largest and fastest growing private aviation company in the Middle East will be exhibiting at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference on the 7-8th May 2013. The company will showcase some of the unique products and services available to companies based in Saudi Arabia, supporting their dynamic growth and increasing productivity. NasJet is launching the ‘Corporate Aviation ......read more

nasair to be first Middle East and North African airline to launch passenger operations from Dubai ...…

Dubai, UAE, 07 May 2013 - nasair, Saudi Arabia's national carrier, today announced that it will be the first Middle East and North African airline to launch passenger operations from the new Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai's second airport and the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis on 28 October 2013. The airline also shared remarkable growth figures among attendees of the 20th ......read more

QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION ON THREE CONTINENTS…

Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa, Clark Airport In The Philippines And Newest USA Gateway Of Philadelphia To Join Global Network Pakistan Frequency Increases 60 Per Cent From June 1 6 May 2013:- Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Qatar Airways today announced route expansion on three continents together with a huge increase in capacity in Pakistan as part of the Doha-based carrier's ......read more

Saudi national carrier nasair to exhibit at ATM 2013…

Dubai, UAE, 05 May 2013 - nasair, Saudi Arabia's national carrier, is gearing up to exhibit at the Middle East's pinnacle travel trade fair - Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2013. The Saudi national carrier will have a dedicated stand showcasing its services, fares and latest offers. Commenting on the announcement, nasair's Chief Executive Officer, Captain François Bouteiller, said: ......read more

QATAR AIRWAYS PREPARES FOR MAJOR PRESENCE AT ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET IN DUBAI…

Airline To Hold Press Conference On First Day Of Event Carrier Exhibits On Stand ME 4240AtDubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre 4 May 2013, Dubai, UAE – Qatar Airways will have a major presence at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, a four day event that attracts the crème de la crème of the travel industry from around the world.  The airlinereturns this ......read more

Turkish Airlines strengthen GCC tourist arrivals with new ‘Winter in Turkey' campaign…

• Competitive prices, promotions and loyalty offers complemented by award-winning on board service • Highlights Turkey's growing position as global hub for winter tourism • Focus on cultural offering, winter sports, local cuisine, stunning scenery and Turkish hospitality • Over 20 skiing destinations provide winter sport facilities for five ......read more

FIRST SOLAR SETS UP MIDDLE EAST UNIT AT DUBAI'S ENPARK…

Leading manufacturer of solar energy solutions, First Solar, establishes its first regional office at ENPARK, a free zone business park dedicated to the development of the UAE's environmental and sustainable energy industries Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 18th 2013 – (ME NewsWire) Environment and Energy Park (ENPARK), one of TECOM Investments' 10 business parks in Dubai, ......read more

flydubai a success story…

• The airline's role in the growth of Dubai's aviation hub acknowledged • flydubai profitable within third year of operation    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 February 2013:  flydubai, Dubai's innovative airline, today spoke of its success story, highlighting the airline's achievements since its launch and the increasingly prominent ......read more

Deloitte: Commercial aircraft global production levels above 1,000 aircraft per year for third year ...…

January 28, 2013 — According to the 2013 Global aerospace and defense outlook launched by Deloitte the global defense industry's revenue will likely continue to slide as a result of cuts in military spending, while the commercial aircraft industry will likely have record revenues in the coming year. The Deloitte report indicates that the commercial aircraft segment is experiencing a ......read more

US$ 6billion Kuwait airport expansion project to be highlighted at EACE 2013…

Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2012: Arabian Reach is pleased to announce that Kuwait International Airport, one of the fast up-and-coming hub of air transportation in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, will be taking part in the second edition of annual Emerging Airports Conference & Exhibition (EACE 2013), scheduled to take place on 30-31 January 2013 at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel in ......read more

Thomson Reuters Study Charts Surge in Middle Eastern Trademarks…

- Pharmaceutical, Automotive, and Consumer Companies Protect their Brands in Complex Region NORTH QUINCY, Massachusetts, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson CompuMark, a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business and global leader in trademark searching and brand protection solutions, today released the results of its study of Middle Eastern trademarks. The findings, which ......read more

Hotel revenues in Makkah reach SAR 4 billion …

Hotel industry upbeat about more growth in Makkah and Madina even as airline ticket bookings witnesses increasing demand Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - October 15, 2012 - The Hajj season remains one of the most lucrative seasons for the travel and tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, as recent studies show that hotel revenues in Makkah have hit SAR 4 billion in the Hajj season alone. In line with this, ......read more

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