Sunday 2 August 2015

Egypt's H1 tourism revenue hits $3.3bn

Egypt's tourism revenue rose 3.1 per cent in the first half of 2015, hitting $3.3 billion from $3.2 billion in the same period last year, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. The total number of tourists rose 8.2 per cent in the first half, Khaled Ramy told Al-Borsa, a local fin


Arson attack on flight forces Chinese airport closure

Chinese authorities have suspended operations at a small regional airport in the country's east, state media reported on Wednesday, after an arson attack aboard a local flight left two passengers injured. A witness told state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) that a man h


Emirates bids adieu to last Boeing 777-200

Emirates airline phased out its last remaining Boeing 777-200 from its fleet as part of an aggressive fleet renewal programme. The airline’s last Boeing 777-200 departed from Dubai International Airport to Arizona via Boston for de-registration on July 14. With Emirates


Abu Dhabi room tally to reach 26,000 by 2017

Abu Dhabi is expanding its luxury hospitality offering with around 5,300 rooms in the pipeline set to push the emirate’s total room tally to 26,000 from 20,700 by 2017, said a report. Around 2,300 rooms will enter the market by the end of the year alone, mainly in response


Abu Dhabi focused on attracting Australian visitors

Abu Dhabi's tourism industry is looking to capitalise on the surge in Australian tourists by embarking on a four-destination roadshow to Australia next month to increase awareness about the emirate’s growing business and tourism opportunities. The 11-strong delegation,


New ‘Falcon Holding’ to boost Bahrain’s aviation push

Bahrain’s sovereign fund Mumtalakat is looking for acquisition opportunities in the aviation sector, its chief executive has said. Mahmood Al Kooheji also told the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication, that Falcon Holding, a proposed new company consolidat


Qatar Airways in talks with India's IndiGo

Qatar Airways said on Tuesday it was in talks with IndiGo about taking a stake in India's biggest airline that would expand the Gulf carrier's foothold in one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets. "Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is tal


Oman Air launches anti-credit card fraud initiative

Flag carrier Oman Air has launched a new initiative to prevent credit card fraud, which will see a tightening of checks on the validity of credit card transactions. It will be backed up with social media announcements, e-flyers and newsletters, aimed at raising awareness amongst


Jazeera reports 27pc jump in H1 net profit

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways Group has registered a net profit of KD6.2 million ($20.4 million) for the first half of the year, up 27.1 per cent compared to the same period last year. Its operating revenue stood at KD26.6 million ($87.6 million), down 0.8 per cent from H1 in 2014


Catch a 'movie and dinner' at Cipriani Yas Island

Cipriani Yas Island, an upscale restaurant in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will give a whole new meaning to ‘dinner and a movie’ with the introduction of Cipriani Cinema in August. Powered by Archimedia, Cipriani Cinema will feature a mix of Italian themed films and a special them

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