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Sunday, June 25, 2017

3D replica of Palmyra Arch draws 2m visitors in 2 days

Two million spectators visited the 3D replica of Syria’s historic Palmyra Arch of Triumph in just two days as it made its fourth stop in the Italian city of Arona, Sicily, on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

The replica is set to remain on display until July

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini unveiled the arch on Arona’s Piazza della Signori, where it is making its fourth stop following showcases in London, New York, and Dubai. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Omar and Walid Al Asaad, the two sons of prominent Syrian archeologist Khaled Al Asaad who was executed by Daesh in Palmyra’s archaeological site in August 2015.

 “Considering our own rich heritage and its importance to us, Italy plays a leading global role in issues pertaining to culture,” said Franceschini. “We are looking to translate this strength into action by promoting the concept of cultural diplomacy around the world, and raising awareness around heritage preservation.”

 The unveiling ceremony also saw Singer Matilde Mirotti perform “Damasco” (Damascus), an ode to the Syrian capital, accompanied by tenor Giorgio Casciarri and soprano Sara Cervasio and directed by maestro Paolo Beretta.

 The replica – created by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) in a joint effort with the Oxford University’s Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) and Harvard University – is expected to attract thousands more visitors in the coming two months. It was built using 3D technology and original images of the monument. The process took place in Italy and used Egyptian marble. The replica weighs approximately 11 tons and stands almost 20 feet (6 meters) tall – this is roughly two-thirds the size of the original monument.

 “The Dubai Future Foundation was committed to playing its part in recreating the Palmyra Arch of Triumph to underline the potential of future technologies – such as 3D printing – to preserve nations’ history and heritage, all the while catalyzing their development,” noted His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq, DFF’s Acting CEO, adding that unveiling the arch at the G7 Summit highlights the UAE’s (and DFF’s) leading role in preserving ancient heritage around the world so that it “continues to bear witness to human history, while inspiring innovators and experts to come up with bold solutions for proactively planning for the future.”

 The project falls under the partnership between the United Arab Emirates, UNESCO, and the Oxford Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA). It seeks to document archaeological and historic locations around the world using 3D photography to capture their specifications and dimensions. The data can then be used to recreate these structures and artefacts using 3D printing technology should they face the threat of sabotage or vandalism.

 To that end, an electronic portal was launched to collect one million 3D images of archaeological sites at risk of destruction and sabotage to be documented. The portal has published more than half a million images so far, and distributed 5,000 digital cameras with 3D features to the initiative’s partners and volunteers, with the support of the Dubai Future Foundation.

 The project’s website has attracted a wide audience; statistics from UNESCO reveal it was visited by more than 30,000 people, while 50,000 watched the video of the UNESCO/IDA panel discussion online. Meanwhile the hashtag registered 250,000 mentions on Facebook and Twitter in a short amount of time. – TradeArabia News Service

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Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai offers Eid specials

Dubai’s Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is set to welcome guests for the Eid Al Fitr celebrations, offering an extravaganza of dining options, signature Nikki Beach entertainment, trendy vibes, and a line-up of Nikki Beach Dubai resident DJs playing the very best dance beats.

The contemporary beachfront resort located on Pearl Jumeirah invites everyone to embrace the Nikki Beach philosophy and join in the “Celebration of Life”.

Resort general manager Alexander Schneider said, “We take this opportunity to wish our guests a wonderful Eid al Fitr. At Nikki Beach, we are Celebrating Life in a simple but very rewarding way and we think the brand ethos blends well with the UAE local values. Eating, dancing and spending time with family and friends are staples in any celebration. We embrace that and more.”

The property with its pristine beach, unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and its mix of different room categories, 45 per cent of which are suites and villas aims to create memorable experiences for its guests this Eid. From offering a relaxing atmosphere near the beach at the Floridian Key West bar and grill, with unpretentious fine food and genuine service, to the infamous Pour Elle Ladies Day on Tuesday, June 27  at the Beach Club, the visitors have the freedom to feel at home and feel themselves.

Schneider added, “At Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai we curate spaces. We are delighted to have created a social environment where our guests can choose to mingle or withdraw themselves for a personal time of relaxation.”

The beach club runs along the breathtaking shores of the Arabian Gulf facing the white-sandy beachfront. By day, guests can lounge poolside and enjoy the extensive menu of dishes featuring signature tastes and spices representative of all the Nikki Beach locations around the world, with local influences. At sunset, Soul Lounge becomes the heartbeat of the resort, where guest can enjoy relaxed chill-out tunes and creative bites. – TradeArabia News Service

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah wins favourable DIFC ruling

Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts) has issued a court order prohibiting the owner of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai hotel from taking any further actions to prevent Viceroy Hotels and Resorts from exercising its exclusive authority to manage and operate the hotel.   

Viceroy requested the DIFC Courts’ assistance following the actions taken by the hotel’s owner on Monday (June 19), when it announced the purported takeover of the hotel by Five Hotels and Resorts, a company affiliated with the hotel’s owner, and took steps to attempt to remove Viceroy from the property.  

The owner’s wrongful actions at that time breached the existing hotel management agreement, said a statement from Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai hotel. 

Viceroy is currently taking steps to ensure that the hotel’s owner complies fully with the terms of the court order and the hotel management agreement, said a top official. 

Bill Walshe, the chief executive of Viceroy Hotel Group, commented: “Contrary to the hotel owner’s statements and subsequent media reports, Viceroy has always been, and remains, the legal operator of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai. 

“The Court’s order requires, among other things, Viceroy’s name, signage and branding to be reinstated at the hotel. Our priority remains to work with our outstanding hotel colleagues to ensure continuity of service and consistent delivery of a guest experience in keeping with the Viceroy ideology.  We will continue to work strenuously with our legal team to ensure we achieve this.” 

“Viceroy is immensely proud to contribute to Dubai’s dynamic hospitality landscape with the opening of our Palm Jumeirah hotel on March 31, 2017. We are committed to supporting Dubai’s Vision to be a leading tourism market and will strongly resist any attempts to threaten this.”

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts signed a long term hotel management agreement to operate the Palm Jumeirah hotel in 2013. The resort officially opened on March 31, 2017. 

According to Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group inspires travellers with one-of-a-kind authentic lifestyle experiences that bring together provocative design and intuitive service in sought-after locations. 

A leader in modern luxury, Viceroy’s vibe-led hospitality is guided by the brand promise “Remember to Live,” an affirmation to create lifelong memories for each and every guest, he stated. 

"Viceroy destinations are segmented into three distinct portfolio tiers to help travelers find exactly the kind of experience they’re looking for. The Viceroy Icon Collection properties include epic hotels and resorts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi," he added.-TradeArabia News Service 

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Etihad to boost Mena operations, adds new Dammam flight

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways is set to boost capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and the key markets of Amman (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon), Cairo (Egypt) and Casablanca and Rabat (Morocco) in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region to cater to the peak June – September travel period, said a top official.

The airline also unveiled plans to launch additional services to Saudi city of Dammam which will be year-round.

"As we build up to the peak travel season and well into the holiday period, we are delighted to provide our local guests more choice with additional flights between Abu Dhabi and some of our key markets across the Mena," remarked CEO Peter Baumgartner:

“By further aligning our capacity with demand during the busy upcoming months, the extra services will help facilitate our guests’ travel to and from these cities and our popular connecting destinations in the GCC, Asia, Australia and the Indian subcontinent,” he noted.

Extra flights and the deployment of bigger aircraft in the Mena region will provide local guests with more choice and greater convenience travelling during the holiday season. These include Dammam (fourth new daily flight); Amman (second new daily flight); Beirut (4 new flights a week and introduction of Boeing 787); Cairo (fifth new daily flight); Casablanca (aircraft upgrade to Airbus A340) and Rabat (one extra weekly flight). 

Etihad said Dammam will initially be served with an additional three morning flights-a-week service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 26, rising to a daily service on July 9. 

The capacity increase to the largest city in the kingdom’s Eastern Province will raise frequency on the route to four daily services year-round, it stated.

With the Amman route already upgraded to a Boeing 787 on each of the current daily services, an additional daily early morning flight serving the Jordanian capital will operate between June 25 and September 30.

Four extra flights will be introduced on the Beirut route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays between August 1 and September 10, taking frequency up from seven to 11 services a week, said the Abu Dhabi carrier. 

Effective August 1, seven of the flights to Lebanon’s capital city will operate with the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 featuring 299 seats. 

Egypt’s capital Cairo, one of Etihad Airways’ most popular North African destinations, will have an additional seven midday flights a week, taking frequency up to five daily services between August 1 and September 10, said the statement from Etihad.

In Morocco, the daily Casablanca services will be upgraded from an Airbus A330-300 to A340-600 aircraft between August 1 and September 10. And frequency to Morocco’s capital city of Rabat will increase from two to three flights a week with a new Sunday service operating between August 6 and September 3, it added.-TradeArabia News Service

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EDM unveils infographic on cabin crew

EDM, a leading global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has announced the launch of aviation industry’s first infographic about the cabin crew sector.

EDM’s infographic includes visual representations of useful facts and figures about airline cabin crew in an interesting and engaging way. 

Some of the topics covered include the largest crews in the industry, the world’s safest airlines and the top-rated crew teams as voted for by passengers, said the company in a statement. 

Some staggering statistics include the predicted growth in annual aircraft passenger journeys to 7 billion by 2035 and the forecasted 814,000 new cabin crew needed to service this expansion in civil aviation.

"We continually research the major trends taking place within the aviation industry to help us maintain our competitive edge," remarked Tony Bermingham, the managing director of EDM. 

"We wanted to share some of our findings with the wider airline community and hope that civil aviation professionals around the world will find our infographic useful," he stated.

Combining the highest engineering standards with leading-edge technologies, EDM provides airlines with door trainers, cabin service trainers, cabin emergency evacuation trainers and full size mockups and defence organisations with procedure trainers, maintenance trainers, ejection seats, simulators and full size replicas, remarked Bermingham. 

Serving organisations worldwide from its UK headquarters, EDM is committed to delivering exceptional quality and value to its clients to help them enhance safety and operational efficiency, he added.-TradeArabia News Service 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Airbus wins $40bn of commercial jet orders at Paris

Airbus announced $39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show, providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy.

The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion.

A320 Family aircraft sales and commitments were robust, with business accounting for a total of 306 aircraft worth $33.8 billion. This total comprises 132 firm orders worth $14.7 billion, and MoUs for 174 aircraft worth 19.1 billion. In the Widebody segment, Airbus won business for 20 aircraft worth $5.9 billion, comprising 12 firm orders worth $3.6 billion and MoUs for eight aircraft worth 2.3 billion.

John Leahy, chief operating officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “Our commercial success this week at Paris extends our already diversified order backlog to a new industry record of over 6,800 aircraft, with 326 orders worth $40 billion.”

Further to the new orders, the show also saw a repeat order from DHL Express for four more A330-300 Passenger-To-Freighter conversions, in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace.

At this year’s show, Airbus not only marked a solid sales tally but also extended its value offering at both ends of its commercial product portfolio. In the Single-Aisle family Airbus decided to offer the Airspace Cabin brand – which, on the A320, includes the biggest overhead bin in its class. For the A380, Airbus has increased revenue-earning potential with even better fuel efficiency, thanks to enhanced large winglets, greater cabin capacity and a new higher take-off weight capability to increase its payload-range.

In addition, Airbus this week launched a new open aviation data platform called Skywise to support the digital transformation of the industry and add value for our customers’ operations. Skywise combines Airbus’ aerospace expertise with advanced data analytics solution provided by Palantir Technologies. – TradeArabia News Service

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Emirates, flydubai to work together under one unit

Over the next 18 months, Dubai's Emirates airlines and flydubai will be working together to bring the airlines under one unit, said a report.

“We are minded to accelerate a greater joining of the hip, of what we do, there’s a lot of work going on there to extract value for the shareholder,” Emirates President Tim Clark said at the Paris Airshow.

The push by their state owner comes amid pressure on profits at both airlines, siad a report in Aviation Business ME.

The carriers currently have an interline agreement allowing their passengers to connect between each other's flights, the report said.

The move could open up slots for Emirates, said Clark and likely delay the move to Dubai World Central, Dubai's second airport, to "sometime between 2026 to 2030," he added.

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Enjoy a fun Eid holiday at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel

Eid Al Fitr is on the horizon, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait is welcoming guests to its luxurious accommodation and facilities for a time of relaxation and to enjoy an exceptional culinary fair.

For guests that like to beat the heat, there is plenty of fun on the private beach of the resort. Take to the Gulf on a jet ski, open the throttle and enjoy the thrill, or go for a friendly contest and see who can stay upright the longest on a giant inflatable banana as it blasts through the waters. There’s also the option for guests to lift their Eid stay to the next level by taking to the water then to the air with a parasailing session.

Younger guests are important to the team at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. The dedicated staff at Sinbad Kids’ Club will keep the little ones entertained with a range of activities including arts & crafts and extensive play area. Teens need their own space too while on holiday and the Scene Club caters especially for them with their own dedicated space featuring the latest gaming consoles and a private movie theater.

When it comes to dining, the culinary team created a very special Eid brunch with a twist at Garden Café. The brunch features an array of international cuisines and, for the first time, includes a unique Chocolate and Candy Room, offering 55 different chocolate treats, including signature treats such as fashion designed eclairs, an edible chocolate frame, chocolate Um Ali and a wide range of candies – enough to satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth. There’s also a live, interactive chocolate show, a chocolate river and the very popular chocolate shawarma station.
For relaxation and rejuvenation time, the award-winning Talise Spa has a special Eid offer with new Detox treatments from Anne Semonin, Paris. Shock your body into action with the Cryolipolysis Body Treatment or try the Cryo Time Freeze Facial.

There’s plenty to keep one occupied at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa this Eid Holiday.. - TradeArabia News Service

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Global passenger jet aftermarket services to top $1.8trn

The global aftermarket services for passenger aircraft above 100 seats will reach $1.85 trillion over the next 20 years, while the fleet will more than double to 40,000 as traffic grows at 4.4 per cent every year, said an Airbus report.

During the period, the total industry aftermarket services spend will reach around $3.2 trillion, added the report titled Global Market Forecast 2017-2036.

Training, cabin and systems upgrades are also major contributors to the overall services market, it noted.


MRO is the largest activity represented under services market and is expected to double in the next 20 years. On an annual basis, Airbus predicts that the MRO spend will grow from $60 billion to over $120 billion per year; For this segment, there will be a necessity to manage mixed-fleet with ageing aircraft and new technologically advanced aircraft. In addition, the development of low-cost-carriers (LCCs) will further drive outsourcing strategies to allow airlines focusing on their core business of transporting their passengers. Asia Pacific will see the largest growth in MRO demand over the period.


As the world fleet grows, so does the need for more pilots and technicians: Over one million pilots and technicians to be trained over the next 20 years, according to the forecast. Airbus has already tripled the number of its global training locations in the last three years and will continue to grow to propose tailor-made solutions to customers, right on their ‘doorstep’ while integrating latest technologies and web-based solutions.

Cabin & systems upgrades

Airbus projects that over the next 20 years the upgrade market will be worth US$180 billion, driven in part by high competition between airlines who value the ‘passenger experience’ as a differentiator (comfort, connectivity etc.), as well as systems upgrades. Notably, 38 per cent of this market will be Asia Pacific. – TradeArabia News Service

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oman's Sohar airport to commence international flights

Sohar airport joins Oman's list of hubs for international airlines as two carriers have received approval to fly directly to the city, said a report.

According to Oman's aviation authority, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways plan to start direct services from Sohar, Times of Oman reported.

Dates for the start of international flights will be announced soon.

Meanwhile SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, said it will be flying thrice a week from Salalah to Sohar from June 28, while also increasing services to Muscat to 31 times a week, the report said.

Sohar airport was opened by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi, minister of Transport and Communications, as part of 44th National Day celebrations in November 2014, and Oman Air operated an inaugural flight to mark the official opening.

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Etihad Airways Engineering, DHL partner to enhance MRO logistics

Etihad Airways Engineering, a leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider in the Middle East, has signed a Letter of Intent with contract logistics solutions leader DHL Supply Chain to outsource its entire internal logistics functions.

DHL Supply Chain will manage stores, local transport movements and associated supply chain planning at the Etihad Airways Engineering hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Jeff Wilkinson, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We see this agreement as a win-win opportunity not just for Etihad Airways Engineering and DHL Supply Chain, but also for our customers around the world who will be served more efficiently and cost effectively as an outcome of the partnership.”

David Christmas, CEO DHL Supply Chain Middle East, Russia & Turkey, said: “This is a significant business win for DHL in the United Arab Emirates. We have a long-standing relationship with Etihad Airways Engineering, which will continue to maintain our aircraft. Our new partnership will build on and broaden this relationship, synergizing the unique strengths of each partner to maximize efficiency and profitability.

“The supply chain performance and solution has a major impact on the effectiveness of the MRO function. Our expertise and services will help Etihad Airways Engineering to progress towards its vision and meet its strategic agenda effectively. Transforming the MRO logistics and warehousing solution will help them to remain competitive today and build capability for tomorrow.”

The supply chain will be scalable in order to respond to MRO sector growth and will be able to adapt to future operational requirements. By introducing logistics planning and control, DHL brings robust processes to Etihad Airways Engineering’s supply chain to which aligned storage capacity planning and inventory policies compose a major element. Response lead times will be reduced through efficient pick processes and performance indicators for every logistics and warehousing function. Apart from process optimisation, DHL will also introduce several changes in the layout of Etihad’s current warehouse, improving the space already available and setting up an external off-airport warehouse able to accommodate necessary inventory and part storage. - TradeArabia News Service

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Enjoy a remarkable Eid at Danat Al Ain Resort

Make the most of the Eid Al Fitr celebration as you spend the blessed event in the company of family and friends at Danat Al Ain, a magnificent resort retreat in UAE’s picturesque Garden City.

Indulge in a fantastic feast over a delectable family brunch at the resort’s all-dining restaurant, Arabesque for only Dh120 ($32.6) available on the second day of Eid celebration. The buffet features an extravagant buffet with a selection of Arabic and international cuisines with live cooking stations and a lavish dessert corner. Your little ones will be surely excited as the buffet dining experience includes engaging kids’ activities such as face painting, fun games, balloon bending plus their own buffet section.

During the night, enjoy a spectacular evening of live performances at the Oasis Café on the second and third day of Eid featuring the enthusiastic set of a one man show and graceful belly dancer.

For details, visit the hotel's website. - TradeArabia News Service

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Early Bids at Dubai airport to get discounts

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is helping travellers kickstart their Eid and summer holidays with great discounts for those who arrive early at the airport.

Dubai Airports and Emirates Leisure Retail have laucnched a joint initiative called 'Early Birds Have More Fun’, offering early-comers some money-saving deals at the airport.

Offers include discounts of up to 25 per cent at Emirates Leisure Retail’s diverse range of restaurants, as well as up to 25 per cent off on spa treatments at Be Relax and a chance to win a family trip to The Residence Maldives by Cenizaro from dnata travel.

Passengers can download the offers from

With Eid coinciding with schools across the UAE closing for the summer, Dubai Airports is anticipating heightened traffic during the week with over 1.9 million passengers expected to pass through DXB.

The busiest day for departures will be Friday, June 22 with over 76,000 departing passengers while June 30 will be the busiest day for total traffic (departing, arriving and connecting) with over 262,000 customers.
“Due to the heavy passenger loads we want to remind passengers to give themselves a bit of extra time to get to and through the airport,” said Anita Mehra, senior vice president of Communication & Reputation at Dubai Airports. “We also want to ensure they start enjoying their vacation as soon as they reach DXB. So, in cooperation with Emirates Leisure & Retail (ELR), we have launched ‘Early Birds Have More Fun’ which offers a number of discounts, as well as live entertainment and competitions for all the family.”

As part of Dubai Airports’ ongoing musicDXB initiative, the airport will also feature live performances over the peak summer travel period.
Dubai Airports has also issued holiday season smart travel tips to support passenger convenience during the holiday travel peak.
Smart Travel Tips:
-  Be sure to check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into beforehand. Passengers can confirm with their airline or check
- Arrive early at the airport. It is best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
- Leave extra time for the journey to the airport as the roads will be very busy.
- Check with the airline in advance for information on baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kgs will not be accepted at check-in. Passengers should expect to be charged for baggage more than the limit set by their respective airline.
- It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in the check-in baggage. However, if passengers must carry LAGs in the hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
- Beat the queues by checking-in online or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to Immigration.
- Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into the hand luggage well before arriving at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
- UAE residents are encouraged to use Emirates ID cards at any smart gate which helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure. - TradeArabia News Service

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Emaar Hospitality launches 360-degree virtual tours of Dubai hotels

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties, has introduced panoramic, 360-degree virtual tours of its hotels in Dubai.

The 360-degree virtual tours, captured in high-definition photographs and videos, offer visitors the opportunity to experience the unique value propositions of each hotel, discover its myriad facets and make an informed decision – be it for booking hotel stays, restaurants or pampering oneself at spas.

The 360-degree virtual tours cover properties under the premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand, Address Hotels + Resorts; the upscale lifestyle hotel and serviced residences brand, Vida Hotels and Resorts; and the new contemporary mid-scale hotel and serviced residences brand, Rove Hotels.

Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Introducing innovative digital experiences is part of our strategy to further enhance the guest experience. The 360-degree virtual tours open doors to the delightful and exceptional lifestyle offerings at our hotels, enabling visitors anywhere in the world to make informed decisions and plan their stay in vivid detail. We will continue to explore newer opportunities to strengthen our online engagement with our guests, underlining our commitment to provide value-added customer-centric experiences.”

The virtual tours take visitors through the spectacular architecture that define properties under Address Hotel + Resorts, including Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Marina, Address Dubai Mall, Address Montgomerie, and Palace Downtown. The 360-degree virtual tours also take visitors through the exceptional ambience offered by Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown, as well as the three Rove Hotels that are currently operational in central locations across the city – Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre and Rove Healthcare City.

Each virtual tour, assembled through panoramic photography and videography, will provide all the features of the hotel in vivid details. From the exteriors to the interior, whether it is the lobby, restaurants, lounges, spas, event spaces, or the intricate details of rooms and suites, you can experience it all online.

The launch of the 360-degree virtual tours of all hotels is part of the ambitious digital transformation that Emaar Hospitality Group is bringing through several innovative initiatives. The objective is to enable visitors to become familiar with the hotels and understand the real value that awaits them. They can then simply make their bookings via the website itself, adding to their convenience.

The virtual tours can also be experienced over smartphones through the new native apps that Emaar Hospitality Group has launched. Setting an industry-first, these apps powered by Go Find It Technologies SA, enhance the digital lifestyle experiences of guests at Address Hotels + Resorts, Palace Downtown, Vida Hotels and Resorts, Manzil Downtown and Rove Hotels. The apps of Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, Palace Downtown and Manzil Downtown have gone live with the Rove Hotels App to go live shortly. - TradeArbia News Service

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International Air Carrier Association gets rebranded

LOT Polish Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and the 16 members of the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) have officially transformed the association into the Airlines International Representation in Europe (Aire).

Aire will offer airlines more effective representation, information and access to the European institutions.

The strong membership of Aire urges the European institutions to speed up the delivery of a far more cost-effective business environment for airlines.

Gunther Hofman, president of Aire and managing director of TUIfly Benelux said: “The association’s focus remains the implementation of an efficient economic regulation of monopolistic service providers, as well as ensuring good rule-making in Europe. Aire will bring its recognised expertise into the decision-making process.”

Rafal Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines and newly appointed vice-president of Aire added: “We are creating Aire as a new power to be a link to the European institutions for all airlines developing their business to the economic benefits of the European Union. All members of Aire share our vision concerning market access, efficiency of operations as well as the relationship between airlines and their monopolistic service providers. We want to assure, that all airlines from Europe have a level playing field.”

Ahmet Bolat, chief investment and technology officer of Turkish Airlines, said: “We join Aire as it constitutes our fit-for-purpose representation in the European arena, with a cost-driven agenda and a hands-on approach on issues that must be dealt with on an EU level.”

Yuri Miroshnikov, CEO of Ukraine International Airlines, said: “We share the same legitimate interest to benefit from an optimal European operating environment and will be happy to join forces with other airlines through a common platform.”

Sylviane Lust, Director General of AIRE, concluded: “We are delighted to announce today that 19 carriers team up to form a strong airline association. Together, we carry a significant weight in terms of passengers, staff, fleet and destinations. As such, our reinforced grouping of airlines will work together with the EU decision-makers to ensure that efficiency and costs are better taken into account in aviation policies.”

Milczarski will succeed Hofman as president of AIRE at the end of this year. - TradeArabia News Service

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Emirates to fly over 106,000 travellers this weekend

Emirates is anticipating high passenger traffic on its flights this upcoming weekend, with over 106,000 travellers expected to pass through Emirates Terminal 3 from June 21 as they journey out for their summer holidays and Eid breaks.

The busiest weekend day for the airline is expected to be on Friday, June 23, where over 37,000 Emirates passengers will depart through Terminal 3.

As with any busy travel period, Emirates is reminding customers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight departure, and plan extra time to get to the airport. Online check-in is available 48 hours before flight departures while check-in counters in Dubai open six hours before flight departure. The airline also operates check-in facilities at the car park terminal around the clock at its hub in Dubai. Customers can choose to check in and drop their luggage at the car park check-in facilities from 24 hours to six hours prior to departure easing the crowds during peak travel periods.

Along with checked in baggage, passengers are strongly advised to adhere to carry-on baggage weight limits, which are 7kg for Economy Class and 14kg for Business and First Class. The airline's staff will be checking the weight of carry-on bags at various touch points before passengers board their flights. Alternatively, customers heading to Emirates Terminal 3 can choose to drop their luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class from six hours to 90 minutes prior to departure. Boarding on all flights begins 45 minutes prior to departure, and gates in all concourses close 20 minutes prior to departure.

Those checking in online are required to check in their luggage no later than 90 minutes prior to departure. Customers holding an e-boarding pass and travelling with carry-on bags only, can proceed directly to passport control and security clearance. Customers are advised to go through security checks no later than 60 minutes before flight departure.

For families, Emirates has designated special check-in areas consisting of 20 economy check-in counters in Terminal 3 at Area 2. For passengers accessing Emirates lounges in Dubai Airport, kids will be able to enjoy a dedicated play area. Across all classes, families can benefit from priority boarding to the aircraft.

Those travelling to the US, Canada and the UK are reminded to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage to avoid delays. - TradeArabia News Service

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Monday, June 19, 2017

UAE travellers say their holiday starts before boarding a plane

Over 67 per cent of UAE travellers say their holidays start by the time they reach the airport, according to a travel habits survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Emirates Leisure Retail and Dubai Airports.

Matthew Horobin, director – Brand Engagement, Dubai Airports, said: “The YouGov survey is further evidence that the airport experience is a fundamental part of the holiday experience, which is why we’re constantly introducing new and exciting ways to engage, entertain and delight our passengers. It also revealed that some passengers are unaware of many of Dubai International’s more recent facilities and services, like the dedicated Kids’ Zone to let children blow off steam, and a major upgrade to provide the world’s best airport wi-fi. Combined with the amazing special offers this summer, there are plenty of reasons for passengers to arrive early and get their holidays off to a flyer.”

With the new finding in mind, Dubai Airports and Emirates Leisure Retail launched a joint initiative Early Birds Have More Fun which helps travellers kick-start their summer holidays at Dubai International (DXB) with discounts at a range of world class restaurants, as well as live entertainment and competitions for all the family.

Passengers can now make use of the Early Birds offers by downloading them from Discounts include up to 25 per cent off at Emirates Leisure Retail’s diverse range of restaurants, as well as up to 25 per cent off spa treatments at Be Relax and a chance to win a family trip to The Residence Maldives by Cenizaro from dnata Travel. Over the peak summer travel period, the airport will also feature live performances as part of Dubai Airports’ ongoing musicDXB initiative.
When it comes to airport dining, 36 per cent of respondents say they don’t take advantage of the 150 restaurants at Dubai International. Almost a third (30 per cent) of those passengers say it’s because they don’t have enough time, while 23 per cent say they aren’t sure what options are on offer.
Shemaine Jones, head of marketing at Emirates Leisure Retail, said: “Our belief is that airport dining should positively add to your travel experience – be it for business or pleasure. Our menus and outlets are designed to offer choice and I think most passengers would be pleasantly surprised at how quickly we can deliver world-class food and drink, be that at Pret A Manger, giraffe, Jack’s Bar and Grill, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Noodle House or Costa Coffee.”
Horobin added: “Passengers can get all the details about the early birds offers on the dedicated microsite, while our main website is a go-to guide for all of the airport’s services and experiences, as well as flight tracking and booking tools. This summer, we can safely say that early birds have more fun at Dubai International.”
The YouGov survey, which polled 501 UAE residents, also found that 65 per cent of respondents create an airport shopping list before leaving home, with the most popular items for purchase including sunglasses (51 per cent), toiletries (40 per cent) and books (35 per cent). Some 45 per cent of travellers say they mistakenly leave items at home, which the most commonly forgotten items including travel plug adapters, mobile phone chargers, toothbrushes and sunglasses. - TradeArabia News Service

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Mubadala eyes remaining 50pc stake in Viceroy Group

Abu-Dhabi based investment and development company Mubadala is hoping to finalize a deal to buy the remaining 50 per cent of the Viceroy Hotel Group "within a matter a days".

The UAE firm is in talks with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for the 50 per cent stake owned by Jho Low, a financier linked by prosecutors to Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal, said a report in Financial Times.

The Abu Dhabi fund already owns 50 per cent of Viceroy, while the other half is controlled by Low and affiliates that purchased rights to and interests in the hotel group with funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the newspaper said.

US prosecutors filed complaints on Thursday to recover $540 million in assets allegedly purchased with funds stolen from 1MDB, it said.

US authorities are seeking to seize a total of about $1.7 billion in assets that it says were bought with misappropriated money from the 1MDB.

The proceeds of the sale, if agreed by Low, would be placed into an escrow account frozen by the DoJ, the report said.

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Emaar Hospitality to manage first Saudi hotel

Emaar Hospitality, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties, has signed an agreement to manage its first hotel in Saudi Arabia.

The news was clarified by the group in a statement posted on Dubai Financial Market’s website.

“We would like to clarify that entering into a hotel management agreement is in the normal course of business for Emaar Hospitaity,” it said.

The agreement is not expected to have a material impact on Emaar Properties’ financials, the company said. - TradeArabia News Service

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Japan offers visa-free entry to UAE citizens

UAE citizens can now travel to Japan without a pre-entry visa, a senior official has confirmed.

Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, assistant under-secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the UAE and Japan have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) on easing travel for the UAE citizens to Japan, WAM reported.

The Mou's were signed during the visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to Tokyo in April.

Under the agreement, visa-free entry is allowed to UAE citizens with the diplomatic and special passports on official mission in Japan for any number of days. If they wish to travel to Japan for tourism and business purposes, they can only stay for a maximum period of 90 days from their date of entry, the report said.

UAE citizens with regular passports who wish to travel to Japan for tourism, business and official reasons are required to present their passports to the Japanese Embassy in Abu Dhabi, or the General Consulate of Japan in Dubai, or any diplomatic or representative office of Japan in any other country, to register their date of entry into Japan through an electronic sticker that is placed on the passport, free of charge. It is valid for three years or for the remaining period of their passport’s validity. The sticker allows UAE citizens to remain in Japan for a maximum of 30 days.

This comes into effect from July.

Al Dhaheri stated that this accomplishment, which facilitates the movement of citizens from both countries, "is part of strong and exceptional 45-year bilateral relations between the UAE and Japan".

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