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February 2021 1505

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) conducted a virtual event for the Middle East late last month to support its current merchandising campaign and to gather ...


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February 2021 1621

A new Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) report, QuickLook: Adventure Travel Business Health, has found that the industry’s 2021 outlook rema ...


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February 2021 1315

The Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere launched last month, affording visitors an opportunity to be among the first to experience Terra – The Sustainabili ...


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February 2021 1211

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA–Dubai) and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai ...


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February 2021 1526

Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveiling of a brand-new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enh ...


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February 2021 1846

Rising above the majestic Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok’s Creative District is an enclave of tiered buildings, connected ...


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People & Places


  • Café Délices, an exquisite Coffee Lounge and Eatery at the Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay, has refreshed its menu along with expanding its outdoor seating area. The Café facing the Dubai Water Canal on Al Abraj Street, Business Bay is home to visitors seeking an excellent location to unwind. Café Délices offers all-day dining with its newly dished menu offering a variety of lip-smacking Bahraini flavours. Signature dishes like Bahraini Tikka and Bahraini Kebab to a wide range of creative mocktails, fresh smoking hot grills, choicest range of coffee and delectable desserts are offered.

  • Oman Air has announced an expanded code-share cooperation with Qatar Airways. The code-share expansion will significantly increase the number of destinations available to Oman Air guests to 65 additional points on the Qatar Airways’ network across Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, India, and the Middle East. Qatar Airways passengers will also benefit from additional connectivity, with the ability to book travel on six new destinations across Africa and Asia in Oman Air’s network.

  • Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, inaugurated the tracklaying works across Al Dhafrah Region in Package A of Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway, during his visit to Etihad Rail’s railhead in Al Ruwais. He was accompanied by many senior executives. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan was briefed on construction progress of Package A, which will connect the UAE rail network to Al Ghuwaifat on the Saudi border and the wider GCC region. Having started in early 2020, steady progress has been made on construction of Package A, which is now 59 per cent complete.

  • Trip.com Group, China’s leading travel services provider has signed an exclusive 18-month China Business Development Collaboration with Experience Hub, to support Trip.com employees to promote Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, as the perfect holiday destination for Chinese tourists. The partnership will see the two entities work together on a structured program focused around engagement, training and incentivisation of Trip.com’s agents and sales associates. The programme kicked off with a three-day Yas Island Week Celebration event inside Trip.com HQ, China, with over 100 employees from Sales, Marketing and Call Centre in attendance.

  • Trip.com Group, China’s leading travel services provider has signed an exclusive 18-month China Business Development Collaboration with Experience Hub, to support Trip.com employees to promote Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, as the perfect holiday destination for Chinese tourists. The partnership will see the two entities work together on a structured program focused around engagement, training and incentivisation of Trip.com’s agents and sales associates. The programme kicked off with a three-day Yas Island Week Celebration event inside Trip.com HQ, China, with over 100 employees from Sales, Marketing and Call Centre in attendance.

  • On January 15, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates, launched Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline is also to start flights from Abu Dhabi to Thessaloniki, starting on February 4.

  • As part of their ongoing partnership with Al Ihsan Charity Association, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche extended aid to the organisation by offering amenities at the hotels’ private beach club. Six orphans supported by Al Ihsan Charity completed swimming and diving training courses facilitated by Majellan Sports Marine and Diving Center.

  • Dubai Shopping Festival’s (DSF) exciting and eclectic markets have proven to be a major highlight of this latest edition of the world’s biggest and best retail celebration, as families and shoppers enjoyed great retail experiences. Residents and visitors can make the most of the new year and the wonderful winter season by enjoying great alfresco shopping trips for unique and must-have items as well as foodie treats and much more. All of the Dubai Shopping Festival Markets at Al Khawaneej, at Al Seef, at Al Rigga, Hatta Wadi Hub and Al Muraqabat are unique and are attracting a bevy of people.

  • Dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, has opened a new, state-of-the art cargo complex, dnata City North, at Manchester Airport (MAN) in the UK. The 150,000 sq ft facility allows the company to significantly expand and consolidate its Manchester operations. Particularly well-situated for ease of airfield access, dnata’s purpose-built on-airport facility includes 125,000 sq ft warehouse space and is capable of processing in excess of 150,000 tons of cargo annually.


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