Author: Ozgur Tore

Rotana has a new hotel project in Muscat, Oman

Rotana announced a new management agreement with Golden Group Holding (GGH) for a new hotel project in Muscat, Oman. The agreement was signed by Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Sheikh Salim bin Ahmed Al Ghazali, Chairman of Golden Group Holding during Arabian Travel Market 2017. The new hotel – named Al Mouj Rayhaan by Rotana – will be located within the landmark Al Mouj development, an integrated tourist complex spread along a stunning 6-km stretch of Muscat’s coastline and comprising a mix of hotels, luxury residential properties, retail and dining facilities and a private yachting hub in addition...

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Abu Dhabi International Airport announces results for Q1 2017

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 6.15 million passengers in the first quarter of 2017, representing a 1.8% increase in airport traffic compared with the January-March period of 2016, which reached 6.04 million. Key highlights: The top five destinations from AUH during the first quarter of 2017 were: London, Bangkok, Bombay, Doha, and Jeddah recording collectively 17.3% of the passenger traffic for the January-March (Q1) period. Transit/transfer traffic grew by 2.1% in the first quarter and reached 65.8% of the total traffic at AUH, whereas the origin & destination (O&D) traffic registered 34.2% of the total...

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Gulf Air appoints VFS Global to provide visas for Bahrain visitors

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has partnered with VFS Global, the largest visa service provider in the world, to facilitate visa issuance for passengers flying to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The online visa facility will launch this summer on gulfair.com. Signing the agreement with VFS Global, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, said: “We are partnering with VFS Global to provide a much-needed service to Gulf Air passengers that will support our national carrier’s longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of...

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Saudi Arabia promotes its MICE industry at Imex Frankfurt

For the first time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at IMEX – Frankfurt will highlight the extensive range of more than 600 first class hotels, convention and exhibition facilities available in the leading cities across the country. The marketing initiative is a practical step in line with Vision 2030, announced in April 2016, setting out economic and social policies designed to move the Kingdom’s economy away from its dependence on oil. Hosting business events is one of the focal points of the reforms, along with leisure and religious tourism, all means to generate both revenue and employment. Under the National Transformation...

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Qatar Airways announces Third Daily Direct Flight to Bali Denpasar

Qatar Airways will commence a third daily non-stop route from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Bali Denpasar. Bali has long been a popular destination for Qatar Airways’ passengers, with the airline offering its first direct service in 2014, later enhancing this to a twice daily frequency. Prior to this Qatar Airways served the destination via a touchdown in Singapore, but the expanding global reach of the airline and significant growth in size of its fleet has enabled the airline increasing popularity to now offer three daily direct non-stop flights. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al...

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