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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dubai remains 'top choice' for GCC Mice destination

The Meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (Mice) market is growing rapidly in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai, as it remains the top-choice for business, incentives and meetings and luxury travel from the GCC, a study conducted by event management company QnA International revealed.

Dubai has been at the forefront of the GCC’s Dh4.7 billion ($1.27 billion) Mice industry, and accounts for more than a quarter of the GCC Mice market, showed an earlier study conducted by Strategy& in 2015.

While the survey results indicate that Dubai’s popularity has not waned, other countries in the Middle East including Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and other GCC nations are gaining momentum as they develop their respective Mice and luxury travel sectors.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, outbound travel expenditure from the Middle East is expected to reach $165.3 billion by 2025 - a high number when compared with the worrying statistic that suggests only 2 per cent of global exhibitions take place in the Middle East.

The survey conducted by QnA International on the global Mice, business & luxury travel industry revealed insights on industry trends and challenges, emerging global destinations and emerging trends and challenges within the industry.

The results indicate some new destinations of choice for business and luxury travel. For instance, France was indicated as the most preferred business travel destination in Europe with Greece too making an appearance while Morocco and Australia were listed as destinations of choice for luxury travel.

The complete list is as follows –

Top destinations for Business Travel include European countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, UK, Greece, and Asian countries such as China, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan along with Australia, UAE and US. Top destinations for Mice include Australia, Europe specifically Eastern Europe, Central Asian countries such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia as well as the South Asian subcontinent and Far East.

Mediterranean countries such as Montenegro, Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and countries from Middle East & Africa like UAE, Kuwait , Kenya, Tanzania also featured as top destinations for Mice.

Australia, US, New Zealand, Fiji, Bora Bora, UAE, Mauritius, Croatia, Morocco, Hawaii and other European destinations have been marked as top luxury travel destinations from the GCC.

Delegates were also asked to identify emerging destinations that could overtake developed markets as a tourism and hospitality destination. Fascinatingly, countries from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Baltic, Eastern Europe and Far East Asia were identified and include Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Siberia, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand to European countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden to Mediterranean countries Monaco, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and last but not the least Russia, Middle East countries such as Oman, Bahrain, Egypt & Saudi Arabia.

Amongst the trends changing the Mice, business and luxury travel landscape from the Middle East, the delegates identified the integration of technology and technological breakthroughs in the industry as pertinent. Other trends considered important were creating authentic experiences, high end luxury luxury, focusing on needs of the Islamic traveller, mobility, and value for money deals whereas some of the challenges identified by survey respondents include delivery timelines, budget constraints, availability of Halal food, finding the correct supplier and the appropriate destination, security, competitive rates, cultural understanding and cultural protocols.

“Taking these market findings into consideration, the sixth annual Mice Arabia and luxury travel Congress has put into place a conference agenda that will discuss the trends and challenges in these sectors and propose practical solutions, while retaining a dominant focus on the one-to-one prescheduled business meetings between the buyers and the suppliers," said Sidh N.C, director, QnA International.

The sixth annual Mice Arabia and Luxury Travel Congress will be held from February 27-28, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Dubai Frame set to open in January

Dubai Frame, a 150-m-high, 93-m-wide structure built to resemble a huge picture frame at Zabeel Park offering views of both the historic and modern parts of the city, will be open to the public next month.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, toured the award-winning cultural landmark ahead of the opening, reported state news agency Wam.

It has been designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, the name behind Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.

Sheikh Mohammed visited the ground floor museum of the building which showcases the UAE's history, heritage and the metropolis it has become.

He was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and other senior officials.

Sheikh Mohammed then ascended one of the two towers, and crossed the 100-sq-m bridge where he viewed the historic and modern landmarks of the emirate.

The Dubai Frame is a 150-m-high, 93-m-wide structure built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama, stated the report.

Lauding the project, Sheikh Mohammed said Dubai Frame was indeed an elegant architectural feat, it added.

He also praised Dubai Municipality's efforts to "achieve this cultural and global attraction, that represents a solid development for the tourism industry in the UAE."



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Over 1,000 yachts to celebrate New Year in Dubai

The shores of Dubai will see more than 1,000 yachts gather for three days of celebration to bring in the New Year, said a report.

Organised by Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the ‘New Year’s Eve Yacht Gathering 2018’ will be launched with support from 12 public and private establishments including Dubai Police and Kleindienst Group, said a report in WAM.

"The New Year’s Eve Yacht Gathering will further enhance Dubai’s competitiveness on the world’s maritime tourism map. We now have more diversified tourism product offerings, and with bold initiatives like Sea Dubai we can expect more success and growth in 2018 and beyond," said Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.

Ali Al Daboos, executive director of Operations, DMCA, said: "New Year’s Eve Yacht Gathering 2018 is an important addition to ongoing initiatives for enhancing Dubai's position as a world-class destination for New Year’s Day celebrations. This is an excellent initiative aimed at delivering a unique three-day experience spanning the Burj Al Arab up to the Palm Jumeirah. It is in line with relentless efforts to accelerate the growth of the marine leisure sector as a key pillar for consolidating the leadership of the local maritime community as one of the most competitive and attractive in the world."

The New Year’s Eve Yacht Gathering 2018 is scheduled to take place from 11am to 2am from December 29 to 31.



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New sales head for Kuwait Marriott Hotels

Kuwait Marriott Hotels has appointed Samer Gerges as the new cluster director of sales and marketing.

Gerges brings with him over 10 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. His extensive experience enabled him to develop great leadership skills and the ability to form high-performing teams that deliver exceptional business results.

Gerges is no stranger to Marriott Hotels, having held many positions within the company, including cluster sales manager and cluster director of sales at Marriott Hotels in Kuwait, where he was fully in charge of managing all proactive and reactive sales teams, and putting together strategies to drive more business and revenues.

Gerges has dedicated his time to provide guidance to his team, establish great relationships with stakeholders and customers, and has supported the positioning of Marriott hotels in Kuwait, which has led to a tremendous increase in Revpar and yearly revenues.

In his new role, Gerges will oversee all sales, marketing and reservations activities while developing business strategies that drive more revenues, growth and exceed the business goals.

Throughout his career with Marriott, Gerges has received various sales and marketing accolades for his outstanding performance, including the Presidents Circle in 2013, Chairman’s Circle in 2016 and he has also been awarded the Mustang Manager of Kuwait Marriott Hotels in 2012 and 2015.
 
Commenting on Gerges’s appointment, cluster general manager George Aoun said: “On behalf of the management and associates of Kuwait Marriott Hotels, I would like to congratulate Samer on his new promotion. Under his leadership, I am confident that Kuwait Marriott Hotels will bring new heights to market positioning and guest satisfaction." - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Araco set to oversee construction of new Dubai hotel

Abdul Rahim Architectural Consultants (Araco), a leading engineering consultant in the UAE, will begin its supervisory role on the construction of an approved hospitality project in Dubai’s Business Bay, work on which has just started.

The four-star hotel, which is designed to meet standards and classifications outlined by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, will be one of the newest hospitality projects in the city’s buoyant and growing tourism and travel sectors.

At present, Dubai accounts for 30.3 per cent of hotel rooms or hotel keys in development, which translates to 29,200 keys at the end of October 2017 according to a recent report by STR — a data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights company for the global hospitality industry. This figure is the highest for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region outpacing Saudi Arabia, and spread across 95 hotel projects in Dubai over the coming years.

The frenzied development of new hospitality projects should be understood in the context of the UAE’s projected growth in the tourism and travel industry for the next decade which outpaces the 4 per cent expected in the global sector. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the growth of the tourism sector in UAE at CAGR of 5is expected to reach over Dh260 billion by 2027. As a factor of the UAE’s GDP, the tourism and travel sector will make up 12.4 per cent boding well for the country’s ongoing economic diversification strategies.

“Over the years we have been involved in many hospitality projects working for renowned brands, operators, owners, and construction companies. This time round as well, we are happy to be working with our counterparts in providing more choices and opportunities in Dubai’s strong hospitality sector,” commented Bader Abu Shaaban, head of Business Development, Araco.

Construction on the new hospitality project is set to begin this month with expected completion in 21 months. The hotel will add a further 228 rooms, and 16 suites to Dubai’s hospitality sector. The total built up area is anticipated at 235,000 sq ft across the 17-floor hotel which will also consist of one basement, the ground floor, and 2 parking floors. – TradeArabia News Service



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Oman tourism revenues exceed $3.1bn

Oman's tourism revenues exceeded RO1.2 billion ($3.1 billion) at the end of last year, with a large share of the revenues coming from local tourism.

According to the Tourism Statistics Bulletin issued by the Omani National Centre for Statistics and Information, local tourism accounted for 73.5 per cent (RO 882.5 million/$2.28 billion) of the total revenue while foreign tourists contributed 26.5 per cent of the total revenue, equal to RO319 million ($827.6 million).

"The total tourist spending in 2016 increased by 10.3 per cent to reach RO319 million compared to RO289 million ($749.8 million) at the end of 2015," the report said.

"The average expenditure of tourists during the last year was RO101.21 ($262.5) and the outbound tourism expenditure increased to RO490 million ($1.2 billion) and domestic tourism to RO882.4 million ($2.28 billion)," it said.

The number of incoming tourists to the sultanate increased by nearly 40 per cent every five years. The number of incoming tourists stood at 1.1 million tourists in 2005, increasing to 1.5 million in 2010 and then to 3.2 million in 2016.

Visiting relatives and friends (41.9 per cent) topped the list of the main purpose of tourism, followed by recreation (33.5 per cent) and work trip (17.7 per cent). - TradeArabia News Service



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UAE nationals granted visa-free entry to Chile

UAE nationals can now enter Chile visa-free, said a report citing an announcement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The development comes in pursuance of the MoU signed by the UAE and the Republic of Chile on November 12 to exempt Emirati and Chilean nationals carrying ordinary passports from obtaining pre-entry visas while travelling to both countries, said a report in WAM.

Ahmed Saeed Ilham Al Dhaheri, assistant under-secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry, said holders of ordinary UAE passports can now enter Chile without pre-entry visa and stay up to 90 days.

"Introducing such distinguished consular services is among the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in line with the directives of the country's wise leadership to ensure welfare and happiness for Emirati citizens around the world," he said.

He added that the signing of the MoU would further strengthen cooperation between the UAE and Chile in areas of tourism, trade and investment, the report said.



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Emirates pays tribute to Sheikh Zayed with unique livery

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Seef Mall announces first 'Shop & Win' raffle draw winners

Bahrain's Seef Mall has announced the winners of the first raffle draw of the ‘Shop & Win’ campaign, which is running till the end of the month.

The raffle draw was held in the presence of Seef Mall’s management and a representative from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

Fawzia A. Allah Al Dosari, Yousif A. Allah Al Rumaihi, Benjamin Maglunob, Rafeada Al Hariri, Mariam Yahya, Lizy Babu, Njood Abdulla and Mariyam Nasser each won cash prizes of BD 1,000. Shoppers still have the chance to enter the raffle draw and win BD 1,000 in cash every day when spending BD20 ($52.4) or more at the mall.

Seef Mall aims to host a series of events and campaigns throughout the year in order to strengthen the retail sector and further position Seef Mall as the leading destination for shopping and entertainment in the kingdom.

Seef Mall has been a leading premier shopping hub and entertainment destination in Bahrain since 1997, and still continues to attract a large number of visitors from neighboring GCC countries through its diverse selection of international brands, variety of restaurants, and a wide range of entertainment facilities for adults and children to enjoy. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Bahrain's biggest shopping festival returns next month

The fourth-edition of Shop Bahrain is set to be the biggest nationwide festival with a unique line-up of events and entertainment, a fantastic shopping experience and numerous prizes.

The 30-day event, aimed at celebrating the kingdom’s hospitality and tourism offering, will kick off on January 11 and will run until February 10, 2018.

The festival, organised by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), is held in cooperation with partners from the public and private sector such as Tamkeen, YK Al Moayyed, Viva Bahrain and Gulf Air.

The event will kick-start the kingdom’s robust 2018 tourism calendar and will include an impressive line-up of activities and promotions for the entire family to enjoy including numerous prizes and raffle draws.

“The fourth-edition of the festival aims to further drive the growth of the tourism and retail sector by attracting residents and tourists to the numerous activities. We were keen to host the event during the holidays of our Gulf neighbors in order to attract a large number of tourists to flock the country,” said Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, chief executive of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority.

“This year we have over 27 hotels participating and have also witnessed an increase in the participating shopping malls that reached 22 malls. The Taste Tour alone will also feature 44 restaurants. Also the prizes for the festival include airline tickets and over 20 brand-new cars from YK Al Moayyed,” he added.

“The kingdom’s tourism strategy aims to increase the average tourist expenditure in Bahrain to reach BD100 ($262.3) per day. Shop Bahrain will be a main driver as it will offer tourists a 30-day celebration catered to the entire family. The activities and entertainment held during Shop Bahrain will further position the Kingdom as an ideal tourist destination,” said Shaikh Khaled.

Tamkeen’s chief executive Dr. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi stressed that Tamkeen continues to support Shop Bahrain for the fourth year in a row due to its proven track record of energising the retail sector in the kingdom.

“The festival has a positive impact on various sectors in the kingdom such as retail, hospitality, transportation and so forth. It also portrays the true partnership between the public and private sector and aims to position Bahrain as an ideal tourism destination in the region,” he added.

Among the highlights of the event is a unique shopping experience witnessed across the participating malls along with a number of entertainment activities for the entire family. The calendar of events also includes a ‘Festival City’ located at the Bahrain Bay which will host a variety of activities and carnival games for all age groups as well as a market, live performances and acts in both English and Arabic and entertainment.

Other highlights include the return of the ‘Taste Tour’ which aims to showcase over 40 mouth-watering restaurants. Also the excitement doesn’t end here, shoppers registered in the festival’s loyalty system found at participating hotels and shopping malls will be able to enroll in raffle draws. Shop Bahrain will also be covered by a number of local and regional social media influencers with an aim of promoting the festival to a larger audience.   

Further commenting on the festival, Shop Bahrain director, Yousef Mohammed Al Khan said: “The festival this year will create an unforgettable calendar of events for the entire family including many surprises, exciting range of in-mall activities and valuable prizes. This year we launched a dedicated app for the festival aimed at informing locals, residents and tourists about the latest promotions, activities and the latest updates on customer’s the loyalty point system.”   

“For every BD10 ($26.2) spent by the shopper, they will be eligible to enter the raffle draw to enter fabulous prizes including 20 brand new cars. Shoppers can register for the system through kiosks located at participating shopping malls and hotels,” he added.

Shop Bahrain will mirror the kingdom’s position as an accessible family destination, renowned for its close proximity to the Gulf countries with easy access through the King Fahad Causeway and the Bahrain International Airport. The festival will offer an incredibly diverse range of retail experiences. Shoppers will be enrolled in the Festival’s loyalty system when purchasing directly from any participating outlet and partner allowing them to win a wide range of prizes.

To learn more about "Shop Bahrain", visit the event's website or social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Monday, December 25, 2017

New cluster GM for Millennium Madinah hotels

Millennium Al Aqeeq and Millennium Taiba Hotels, part of Millennium Hotels & Resorts, have announced the appointment of Jamal Abdulla as the new cluster general manager of the two luxurious properties in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

The hospitality veteran, with over 20 years of experience in Saudi Arabia, will be responsible for guiding the overall direction and strategic priorities of the hotels, ensuring hotel revenue targets are met whilst delivering an excellent guest and member experience, the group said.

Kevork Deldelian, chief operating officer, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels – Middle East & Africa, said: “Jamal is an experienced hospitality professional with an extensive knowledge of the KSA market. Whilst Saudi Arabia is continuing to position itself as a business and in select locations a leisure destination, religious tourism is fueling the country’s growth in the hospitality sector. Given the importance of KSA as one of our strategic growth markets, we are confident that Jamal will harness his broad market knowledge to strengthen the overall performance of our properties and to achieve greater affinity with the Millennium Hotels & Resorts brand.”

Prior to joining Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Abdulla was the managing director for the ‘5 Stars Hotel Division’ with Mohamed Al Ali Al Swailem Investment Co., where he was responsible for the openings, renovation and operations of their hotels. He has previously worked with international hotel groups such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Accor Hotels and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. - TradeArabia News Service



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'Green' celebrations at JA Hatta Fort Hotel

JA Hatta Fort Hotel in Dubai, UAE, is celebrating this festive season in the greenest and creative way. 

As many as 275 recycled car tyres have been used to build a unique but equally festive Christmas tree. The idea behind the project is to spread festive joy and happiness as well as raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment, the hotel said.

The tree was made up of recycled car parts, recycled timbers, LED fairy lights and a GI chain. The project took four days to complete and forms part of a wider range of celebrations and festive activities conducted by JA Resorts & Hotels.

Deborah Thomson, general manager of JA Hatta Fort Hotel, commented: “As we continue with our holiday celebrations and enjoy the festive period, it’s important that we remember the environment around us. Our ‘Very Green’ tree is a small reminder to keep recycling and contributing to sustainable initiatives. It’s a fun and different way to celebrate Christmas and we look forward to welcoming all our guests to JA Hatta Fort Hotel over this joyful time.” - TradeArabia News Service



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Sheikh Mohammed in debut Dubai Safari Park tour

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the Dh1.25 billion Dubai Safari Park, an edutainment development sprawling over 12 million sq ft.

Sheikh Mohammed kicked off tour by visiting the monumental model of the park, accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Emirates Group, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, reported state news agency Wam.

He was briefed by Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, on the various departments and facilities of the park, which includes four villages: Arabian, Asian, African, and an open safari village.

The region's one-of-a-kind development also includes a Valley Zone adjacent to the African village. It provides the visitors with a safe and comfortable atmosphere and gives them the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant family picnic on the green yards along the animals living in the valley, which stands as a large edutainment centre for visitors, especially school students and families, to learn about wildlife and its diversity, it stated.

Sheikh Mohammed, accompanied by a delegation of senior officials, toured the park's diverse sections and villages in eco-friendly vehicles run by solar energy.

The Arabian Village is considered a moderate desert environment embracing different species of Arabian oaks, deer and birds. All the components of life for these animals and birds are provided from sand, grass, water, lakes, artificial scales, air-conditioned umbrellas and others.

The Dubai ruler then visited the Asian village, established as an incubator for animals and birds from Asia.

At the end of his tour, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his satisfaction with the completion of this educational cultural tourism project in a short period of five-six years.

He commended the great efforts of the Dubai Municipality and its partners to implement this promising national project which is not serving families in the UAE only, but also tourists and visitors from different world countries, said the Wam report.

The park features integrated services and facilities for People of Determination, an area dedicated for buying souvenirs, and classes dedicated for school students, in addition to restaurants and rest areas, which allow visitors to take short breaks in a comfortable and quiet family ambience, it added.



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Dubai implements new air space restructuring project

Dubai has implemented the new designed airspace that enhances its efficient utilization to cater to the growth and the expansion plans in the sector.

Spearheaded by Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, that ensured the implementation of 90 new air traffic management procedures and the introduction of 150 new way points, in addition to the training of 168 air traffic controllers to guarantee the successful and seamless transition to the new design of the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

The Air Space Restructuring (ARP) project aims at delivering crucial benefits to the aviation sector in the UAE at large, such as the enhancement of the airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond, and increasing access to all airports within the country.

In the Dubai Aviation sector in particular, the project deliverables cascade into specific transformational results on annual basis such as enabling airlines to save fuel consumption of a total value of $14.6 million, driving CO2 emission reductions of 90,401 metric tons, furthermore enhancing air traffic movements capacity to accommodate continuous growth in the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Mohammed A Ahli, the director general of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) stated: “The past three years whilst working on the project, have demonstrated the importance of cross sector collaboration for the greater benefit of the United Arab Emirates.

“We are also proud to witness the Aviation sector arrive at new and unprecedented fronts, as it continues to cater to its prestigious customers of airports, airlines and authorities. Moreover, it is also crucial to acknowledge the tremendous and exemplary efforts exerted by the various project teams, who ensured the successful delivery and implementation of the project.”

Leading the implementation of the new airspace design in Dubai, dans has allocated a full-fledged team of its air traffic management professionals who supported and collaborated with all the entities and members of the Air Space Restructuring project over the period of the past three years.

The organisation was part of the Project Sponsor Committee, and had appointed representatives to three teams (the project steering group, project technical team and the project management team) who managed and ensured the successful and seamless operational transformational into the new airspace design. Through their unique expertise and knowledge, the teams extended their support by taking on different roles such as advising on the new airspace designs, conducting 9 real time simulations on the procedures in partnership with the project vendors in Italy and overseeing the full project management framework adhering to meticulous specifications.

The first phase of the project which delivered the new design of the terminal airspace of the UAE was fully funded by Dubai Air Navigation Services. Moreover, the organisation in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has been a major shareholder in equivalence in the third phase of the project which delivered the implementation of the final design in Dubai in particular and the UAE in general.

Dubai Air Navigation services (dans) is the air navigation services provider for Dubai and Northern Emirates. Dans also provides air navigation services for airport authorities and numerous prestigious airlines, such as Dubai Airports and private airports in the UAE. – TradeArabia News Service



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Heavy fog disrupts flights at UAE airports

Emirates Airlines has cancelled and delayed several inbound and outbound flights on Sunday due to heavy fog in Dubai, a spokesperson of the airline was quoted as saying in a media report.

Emirates Airlines urged clients to check the status of their flights through the airline's call centre or website, reported state-run news agency Wam.

"The safety of passengers and crew is a top priority for us," said the airlines.

Meanwhile Etihad Airways has anticipated some flight delays and cancellations due to heavy fog forecasts in Abu Dhabi over the next few days.

As a consequence, some return flights into Abu Dhabi are also expected to face disruption, according to the company's spokesman.

Guests holding bookings over the next few days are advised to check the status of their flights at etihad.com/flightstatus or through the Etihad Airways Mobile App before proceeding to the airport, reported Wam.

The company will continue to monitor the adverse weather conditions in Abu Dhabi and have in place contingency plans in the event of further disruption to its operations, added the spokesman, reiterating that "the safety of our guests and crews remains our utmost priority."

Fog formation decreasing by Thursday, Friday: NCM

The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather to be humid at night and early morning with fog and mist formation over scattered areas, and partly cloudy to fair in general, said Wam.

Wind will be light to moderate Northwesterly to Northeasterly, with speed of 15 – 25 km/h reaching 30 km/h at times, with fresh northwesterly winds starting from Tuesday evening especially toward west and over the sea, reaching 40 km/h.

Sea will be slight to moderate in Arabian Gulf becoming rough by Tuesday evening and slight to moderate in Oman Sea.

From Wednesday to Friday, it will be humid at night and early morning with a probability of fog and mist formation especially over the internals and western areas, where opportunities and places of fog formation are gradually decreasing, especially on Thursday and Friday. The amount of clouds will increase at times over the sea, eastern and northern areas during Wednesday and Thursday.

The wind will continue light to moderate Northwesterly, becoming easterly and Northeasterly by Thursday morning, freshening at times over the sea with speed of 15 – 25 km/h reaching 40 km/h. Sea will turn rough to moderate in Arabian Gulf, becoming slight to moderate by Friday, and moderate in general in Oman Sea, becoming rough at times by Thursday daytime.



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Celebrate the festive season with HMH

The season of fun and festivity is in full swing at the hotels managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding.

Whether guests are looking for buzzing locations or a quiet luxury retreat, there is something for everyone. For a relaxing holiday escape to Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel or Coral Beach Resort Sharjah. Stay at Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel or Coral Dubai Deira Hotel and experience the magic of Dubai at the doorstep. Equally delightful are the Corp Amman Hotel, Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel, Coral Muscat Hotel & Apartments, Coral Khartoum Hotel, Coral Port Sudan Hotel and EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments.

Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said: “As we approach 2018, we look ahead with a great deal of excitement with a host of activities lined up throughout the festive season. We have put together a fabulous Christmas and New Year programme at each of our unique hotels to make our guests’ celebration special. The season’s best deals are available on our website www.hmhhotelgroup.com ”

With a beautiful collection of hotels located in some of the most sought-after destinations across the Middle East and Africa, properties managed by HMH offer an array of stay and dining alternatives awaiting guests and their family. From ‘suite’ surprises to the coolest serviced apartments and elegant rooms, there is a wide choice of accommodation options. For diners too there is plenty to tempt the palate. Purcell said: “Let our chefs take you on an epicurean journey with excellent local and international cuisines. On the menu will be our authentic festive fares with a wide mix of the popular flavours served in magical settings in all our fabulous restaurants.” - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya gets top recognition

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya celebrates its first successful year by scooping a number of impressive prestigious awards.

The hotel was recognised as the ‘Best Business Hotel’ and received the ‘Best Location’ Award in the Middle East by ‘Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards’. It was also awarded the 'Best Luxury Business Hotel’ Award, at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards; all of which acknowledge the most exceptional hospitality experiences and services, based on guest satisfaction.

The hotel's prestigious restaurant, Azure, was recently recognised as the 'Best Family luxury Restaurant in the Middle East' at the prestigious 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The award aims to highlight special culinary cultures and nominates five-star restaurants around the world, based on their overall experience offered to guests. Since its opening last January, Azure has been offering a unique culinary experience to guests with its distinguished atmosphere and gastronomic heritage of countries like Turkey and Greece, inspired by the Aegean islands heritage.

Located on the first floor of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Azure restaurant offers an infusion of Turkish and Greek gourmet that pulls its influences from Aegean-inspired cuisine, providing a refreshing retreat from the mundane. Azure uses authentic ingredients sourced both locally and internationally to service exceptional unique flavors. In addition to the lunch a la cart menu, the restaurant is now presenting a business lunch set menu.

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya Hotel’s general manager Nizar Weshah, expressed pride in the hotel’s achievements within a relatively short period of time since opening its doors and lauded the support of the hotel’s work team. He said: "The hotel's distinguished location and services were a key factor in this success; coupled with the outstanding skills of the hotel’s experienced and dedicated staff to provide the best services to guests; an approach that has earned us enhanced loyalty and support from our customers."

With its prime location in Olaya, a growing financial district in Riyadh, the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya is the preferred destination for business travelers. It is also in close proximity to the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, and is a less than 40-minute drive to King Khalid International Airport.

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya offers 261 spacious guestrooms, including 40 suites, spread across 28 floors, designed in a unique contemporary style. All guestrooms and suites feature panoramic views of the vibrant city of Riyadh, and incorporate subtle local touches and design elements, including patterned leather panels that are embroidered with a contemporary interpretation of a middle-eastern mashrabiya motif.

Located on the 26th floor with spectacular views, the hotel’s Regency Club offers exclusive services, including access to the Club’s meeting room, providing a quiet and comfortable environment for guests, as well as complimentary internet access, and snacks all day round.

To unwind after a long day, the hotel’s Sokoun Spa is the ultimate destination for rejuvenation and relaxation. The spa offers four treatment rooms and an extensive range of wellness services, including relaxation massages and therapeutic body treatments for men. It also includes a Fitness Center, the best in Riyadh, which features the latest equipment for health and recreation, from cardiovascular exercise machines to strength-training equipment; with a special fitness facility for women. A traditional Moroccan Hammam invites guests to unwind from the day's stress with a cleansing steam or sauna. The spa also features an indoor swimming pool and a multi-purpose sports court. - TradeArabia News Service



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The Track, Meydan Golf wins top accolade

The Track, Meydan Golf is celebrating for a second year running after being named the Middle East's Best 9 Hole Golf Course 2017 at the ‘World Golf Awards’ that took place recently in Spain.

Nominated against three other venues, The Track, Meydan Golf was the stand out winner.

Located just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport The Track, Meydan Golf is in an ideal location to accommodate visitors travelling from overseas. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Meydan Racecourse and views of world’s tallest building ‘Burj Khalifa’, the Peter Harradine designed championship course measures 3,706 yards for nine holes, and 7,412 yards for eighteen holes, from the black championship tees. The club has an all-inclusive nature and welcomes golfers of all standards, which is highlighted by the provision four teeing options.

Reuben Mifsud, cluster general manager, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality expressed his delight upon receiving this exclusive award and said: “We are very happy to be recognised for the second year in a row with this prestigious accolade, which marks an impressive milestone for The Track, Meydan Golf in the region."

The most unique feature of The Track, Meydan Golf is its floodlights, allowing visitors to play as much golf as they like both day and night. The option to play golf into the evening hours makes The Track the perfect place for a quick stopover before catching a flight.

Tom Rourke, PGA Fellow Professional, director of Golf, The Track Meydan Golf, said: “It takes a great team to reach such a remarkable achievement and I’m proud to be one player of this team. This is the best way to end 2017 - to win Middle East’s Best 9 Hole Golf Course and it will definitely encourage us to exceed further and higher expectations that are set in this field.”

Off the course, golfers can enjoy the wonderful service of the Qube Sports Bar, which is located on the upper level of the Meydan Golf Clubhouse and serves as a unique venue in which to relax before or after a round of golf. The prominent feature of the bar is the four-sided large ‘Qube’ shaped projector screen together with 16 LED screens, offers an unparalleled experience when it comes to sports viewing. Moreover, visitors can take advantage of the pool tables, shuffle board, table football and darts boards that are offered complimentary to all. The Qube also offers a fantastic menu, serving great food to satisfy any appetite, carefully prepared by professional culinary team of The Meydan Hotel.

Adjacent to the golf course, the distinct Meydan Racecourse, where the world’s finest thoroughbreds come to race, visitors can witnesses a calendar of nine domestic meetings from November to March including the Dubai World Cup Carnival and its signature event, the Dubai World Cup (the world’s richest day in racing). - TradeArabia News Service



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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort participates in community initiative

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa recently participated in the “Clean Up UAE 2017” campaign held by Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) under the patronage of Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy.

Together with a number of organisations throughout the UAE, the award-winning Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, was delighted to take part with 90 of its team members in this excellent initiative highlighting the importance of the local community towards a sustainable environment.

The team collected a total of one ton of waste from the surroundings of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, spanning over 60,000-sq-m of Dubai desert and located in Al Qudra area, known in the region for its endurance racing.

Commenting on this initiative, Reuben Mifsud, cluster general manager, The Meydan Hotel and Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa said: “We are proud to take part to this environment sustainability initiative “Clean Up UAE 2017” for the first time. Green initiatives and sustainable practices are one of our priorities in this luxury desert resort, which is one of the reasons for Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa to be awarded recently by World Travel Award 2017 as ‘Middle East’s Leading Desert Resort’ for the sixth year in a row." - TradeArabia News Service



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Oman Air offers 50kg free baggage to Omani students

Oman Air is demonstrating its support of Omani students by continuing to offer them an additional 20 kilos of free baggage on all international flights originating from Oman.

This offer is in addition to the existing 30 kilo free baggage allowance and is available until the end of 2018; helping students fund their travel next year.

This initiative reflects the national carrier's keenness to support Omani students and positively contribute to keeping the costs of travel with the airline to a minimum. The offer will include all international routes and destinations within Oman Air’s ever growing network. This offer is not offered on regional flights within Oman.

Jamal Al Azki, Oman country manager, Oman Air, said: “As the national carrier we take our role in supporting our citizens very seriously and we have a responsibility to support our students, who will be tomorrow’s workforce. Whether they are travelling for a holiday, to study, to broaden their horizons or are simply visiting family, we aim to make it as easy and cost-effective as possible for them to fly with Oman Air.”

The increased baggage offer is applicable only for Omani Students travelling in Economy Class. Every student has to provide student ID or a letter from their educational establishment which proves their enrolment. To take advantage of the free baggage offer students will have to book tickets with the students discount fare through Oman Air. Tickets should be issued in Oman only, irrespective of the point of travel within the Oman Air network. Normal baggage rules apply for all tickets issued outside Oman, the airline said. - TradeArabia News Service



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