Friday 28 July 2017

Etihad introduces Dreamliner on Abu Dhabi-Beirut route

Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, to Beirut, Lebanon. The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from th


Alshaya to bring ‘world’s best pizza’ to ME

International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced a franchise partnership with award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East this year – its first expansion outside Australia. 400 Gr


RJ launches first global sale with super low fares

Royal Jordanian (RJ) announced today the launch of a sales promotion campaign for the winter season. The heavily discounted fares will run on all RJ’s direct destinations, except for its Far East destinations: Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong King.   


Dusit International to open new hotel in Vietnam

Global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Ha Dat Company Limited to operate dusitD2 Vung Tau, the first dusitD2 branded property in Vietnam, slated to open in Q2 2018. Situated approximately 90km from Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vi


Nominations pour in for top hospitality excellence awards

Hozpitality Group in Dubai closed the online nominations for the third Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2017 after receiving an amazing response with over 550 nominations for various categories. Taking place at The Rixos Premium at JBR Walk in Dubai on November 26, the M


Hilal appointed as Fairmont Dubai GM

Fairmont Dubai, a luxurious hotel located on Sheikh Zayed road, has appointed Ammar Hilal as the new general manager. Hilal joins Fairmont Dubai from his most recent role as general manager at Sofitel Dubai Downtown, its sister property. Under his leadership, the S


ME hotel sector stays flat in Q2, Africa positive

The hotel industry in the Middle East reported nearly flat results during the second quarter of 2017, while hotels in Africa recorded growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR. Occupancy levels in the Middle East slipped 0.1 per cent to 62.4 per


Flydubai adds 3 routes to Russia network

Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced the addition of three destinations to its Russian network, bringing its presence in the country to ten points, a report said. This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh, and resume services to Ufa. Flights f


ME demand for new pilots set to hit 63,000

The demand for new commercial airline pilots in the Middle East region will grow to around 63,000 by 2036, said a new report from Boeing Global Services, a provider of cost-competitive services to commercial and government customers. The demand for new technicians and new cabin c


Huge tourism investments 'will draw more visitors to Dubai'

Large investments in travel, tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors in Dubai will continue to attract more visitors to the emirate, in line with its strategy to welcome 20 million visitors by 2020, a senior official has said. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Chairman

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