Tuesday 1 September 2015

Gulf spending $61bn on rail lines; regional network 'sluggish'

Almost $61 billion worth of railway transport projects are under construction in the Gulf region, of which more than $40 billion comprise work on the Doha and Riyadh metro schemes, a report said. The Gulf region's metro sector is fast developing with Doha and Riyadh metros well und


Aiana Hotels welcomes new operations VP

Aiana Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality brand, has appointed Murlidhar Rao as its new senior vice president, operations. A seasoned hospitality professional with three decades of industry experience, Rao will be based at Aiana Hotel & Resorts’ regional headqua


Bahrain to host fifth Arab Aviation and Media Summit

The fifth edition of the Arab Aviation and Media Summit (AAMS) will see world-leading organisations convene in Bahrain to exchange ideas and strategies to address the challenges faced by the sector. Taking place on December 7 and 8, the Arab Aviation & Media Summit is an indu


Emirates offers special fares to select destinations

Emirates airline is offering special fares on its Business and Economy Class cabins to select destinations worldwide from its hub in Dubai. The offer is valid for booking by September 10 for travel until December 10. Economy Class fares from Dubai to the Middle East starts at


Oman Air receives ISO certificate for in-flight services

Oman Air, the flag carrier of the country, received top honour for its inflight services by being awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certificate by Bureau Veritas Certification Holding. Accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), th


Saudi Arabia warns against misbehaviour during Haj

Misbehaviour by pilgrims during Haj will not be tolerated, a senior official was cited as saying, as Saudi Arabia gears up to welcome Haj pilgrims this year. According to reports in Arab News, any behaviour by the pilgrims against the Shariah or the country’s laws that h


Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche official hotel of Chic Lady

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, a luxurious property in the UAE capital, has been named the official hotel of Chic Lady 2015, an exhibition dedicated to weddings, beauty and fashion, which will commence tomorrow (September 1). Chic Lady Exhibition and show is an annual event, attract


Abu Dhabi vies for bigger slice of Moroccan tourist market

Moroccan tour operators are looking to Abu Dhabi as a potential tourism destination, following a recent trip to the emirate by a delegation of travel industry leaders. Citing a combination of first-class infrastructure, top-class accommodation, an extensive array of attractions f


Mövenpick Bahrain appoints new sales head

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, a leading five-star property in the kingdom, has welcomed Rameez Shaikh as its new director of sales.  With numerous accomplishments and experience in strategic growth planning, Shaikh is the perfect man for the task of steadily strengthening the hote


'Foreign airlines not allowed to dictate terms in Indian skies' - IAAI

Travel agents across India could face negative implications on business operations if Lufthansa’s Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) comes into effect tomorrow (September 1), said a report. The Lufthansa Group, which comprises Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss

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