Tuesday 9 February 2016

Yas Mall attracts over 20m visitors

Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall has welcomed over 20 million people since its opening in November 2014, 18 million of whom visited in 2015. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chief executive officer at Aldar Properties – developer of Yas Mall, said: “I am very pleased with the grow


Qatar Airways starts Ras Al Khaimah flights

Qatar Airways last night marked the start of scheduled services between Qatari capital Doha and Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, with the landing of its flight QR1120 at the  Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Engineer Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Internatio


India's Sahara Group to sell London hotel to Qatar

Indian diversified group Sahara will soon close an agreement to sell the Grosvenor House hotel in London to Qatar, it told a court in India on Tuesday, said a report. The group is also negotiating a deal with a lender for refinancing the loans on two New York hotels —The Plaza, a


Sumosan to open in Dubai's Billionaire Mansion

This March, revered contemporary Japanese restaurant concept Sumosan will launch within Flavio Briatore’s much-awaited Billionaire Mansion in Dubai. Billionaire Mansion will bring a sophisticated spectacular terrace and nightclub alongside first class dining. Sumosan was


New GM for Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea, a luxury property in Jordan, has appointed Emmanuel Stavrakakis as its new general manager. A German national, Stavrakakis enjoys over 20 years of experience in the hotels and hospitality sector. His career at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) comme


Boeing delivers first Dreamliners to Saudia

Leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing today delivered two B787-9 Dreamliners and a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to Saudia, Saudi Arabia's national airline. A third Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered eight 787-9's in 2010.


‘No Olympic travel dip over Zika virus’

The Rio 2016 organizing committee is worried about the rapid spread of the Zika virus in Brazil, but said on Tuesday it has not seen evidence of people canceling travel to the Olympics in August. "Tickets have not been returned nor trips canceled," Rio 2016's commun


2 Zika cases in Australia; mosquitoes at Sydney airport

Two Australians were diagnosed with the Zika virus after returning home from travels in the Caribbean, a state health service said on Tuesday, confirming the first cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the country this year. Officials also said that mosquitos carrying the virus ha


R Hotels appoints cluster GM of Dubai properties

R Hotels has promoted Samir Arora as the cluster general manager of its two Dubai properties, Ramada Downtown Dubai and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham.   Prior to his appointment, Arora served as the general manager of Ramada Downtown Dubai for two and a half years,


Egyptian Leisure Airlines to buy Russian jets

Privately owned Egyptian Leisure Airlines will sign a multi-million dollar deal in Cairo on Tuesday to buy four jets from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, with the option of buying another six, said a Sukhoi official. The two sides are also expected to form a joint venture and an additiona

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