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  • Air Arabia announced plans of opening a new international hub at Amman Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, its fifth fixed-based operation globally, following the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Petra Airlines. The deal will see the existing principle shareholder of Perta Airlines ‘RUM Group’ maintain a 51 per cent stake. The new partnership will also lead to the creation of Air Arabia Jordan.
  • Thrifty Car Rental recently opened a new rental location in Oman’s Muscat International Airport, making it the brand’s 47th location in the GCC. The total number of passengers recorded at Muscat International Airport at the end of August last year increased by 6.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2013, according to statistics released by Oman’s National Centre of Statistics. The number of flights to the country increased by 1.1 per cent during the same period.
  • Al Areen Palace & Spa was once again recognised at World Luxury Hotel Award, held last year on December 6 at Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, South Africa. Al Areen Palace & Spa was presented with the best Luxury Private Pool Villa award in the country winners category.

    Pierre Vasseur, Hotel Manager Al Areen Palace & Spa, said, “It is with great pride that Al Areen Palace & Spa receives this accolade at a time when our property has undergone major development and upgrades within recent years, an investment that plays an important role in our continuous effort in providing the finest luxury facilities and services to all our guests.”

  • Al Manshar Rotana has won at the Agoda.com 2014 Gold Circle Awards, which is only presented to quality accommodations around the world. Rabih Al Atrash, executive assistant manager, commented, “We are very pleased to receive this award. In an extremely competitive market like Kuwait, the Agoda.com’s Gold Circle Awards only proves that all our hard work, commitment to give out the world-class service at our outmost best at Al Manshar Rotana has paid off.”
  • Emaar Hospitality Group has officially opened the doors of Manzil Downtown Dubai, a new upscale lifestyle boutique hotel. Managed by Vida Hotels and Resorts, Manzil Downtown Dubai defines a distinctive niche in Dubai’s hospitality sector by serving as an international referral point for an ever-evolving and authentic Arab hospitality experience, offering a pragmatic approach suited to a demanding lifestyle.
  • Rixos Hotels has recently opened its fourth Kazakhstan property, Rixos Khadisha Shymkent, which is also the first luxury hotel in the southern part of the country. The 177-room hotel is located in the heart of Shymkent, 10 kilometres from the airport.
  • The World Travel Awards were held at December 7 last year on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The coveted title of the World’s Leading Hotel Brand went to multiple-award winner InterContinental Bangkok. The hotel led the way in Thailand with two additional awards for 2014: Thailand’s Leading Hotel and the property’s second straight recognition as Thailand’s Leading Business Hotel.
  • Qatar Airways welcomed the airline’s first A350 XWB aircraft at a ceremony in Doha. As global launch customer for the model, Qatar Airways will be the only airline to fly this aircraft type for the foreseeable future. The A350 XWB, of which Qatar Airways has ordered 50, signals a new chapter in aviation history and will be a brand-new aircraft type projected for the industry for the next decade.

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