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Oman tourism promotes agritourism in Rummana

Teepee and Agritourism Development Company (Janaen), a joint venture between Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN Group) and Oman Food Investment Holding Company (Nitaj) conducted Rummana, to promote agritourism in Jabal Akhdar, Oman. This marks the beginning of a series of innovative agritourism projects in the region. The event aims to promote eco-friendly agritourism, offering unique experiences to attract tourists and contribute to boosting local content. The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and was attended by a number of dignitaries and officials from various entities. This pioneering event is a collaboration between Teepee and Agritourism Development Company (Janaen), a joint venture between Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN Group) and Oman Food Investment Holding Company (Nitaj). This season also comes with the strategic partnership with the ministry of heritage and tourism and the ministry of commerce, industry and investment promotion. In his remarks, His Excellency Dr. Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, stated, “The Sultanate of Oman is rich in a wide and diverse range of unique natural resources, which will enhance the competitiveness of the agricultural and tourism sectors in Oman.” He added, “We are pleased with the launch of the second edition of the event, which will have a significant impact on enhancing the agritourism experience for visitors to Jabal Akhdar and supporting local farmers in marketing their diverse products.” During the opening ceremony, Janaen signed a partnership and investment agreement with Teepee to develop, manage, and operate its farms in Jabal Akhdar. This agreement will market Janaen’s farms both agriculturally and touristically, enhancing tourism experiences throughout the …

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Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA opens its first Jeddah-based hotel, expanding the group’s footprint in Saudi Arabia

Millennium Al Masar Jeddah officially opened its doors to guests as Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA’s first establishment in Jeddah. This 252-key hotel marks a significant expansion of the group’s presence in Saudi Arabia, further solidifying its foothold in the region. The five-star property marks the group’s 9th opening in the Kingdom, with 8 existing hotels located in the cities of Hail, Jazan, Madinah, Makkah, and Tabuk. Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA has outlined plans for continued growth in the Kingdom, with three new properties slated to open in 2024 and further expansion anticipated in the coming years. Spanning eight floors, guests can expect a luxurious, five-star experience at Millennium Al Masar Jeddah with an array of room types to choose from and three distinctive food and beverage offerings. The hotel also boasts nine versatile function rooms, accommodating events of all sizes. Each space comes fully equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, ergonomic furnishings, and dedicated support from an events team. Meanwhile, for leisure travellers, a health club, an outdoor swimming pool, and a dedicated kids’ pool make this an ideal base for families and tourists to explore the city. Just a two-minute drive from Al Hamra Beach and 24 km from King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Millennium Al Masar Jeddah is ideally located on Al Maadi Street, Al Ruwais. Celebrate the grand opening of Millennium Al Masar Jeddah with the exclusive Hala Summer campaign. Make family time extraordinary and create unforgettable summer memories with 50% off a second room when you book your stay by October 15, 2024. The Hala Summer offer at Millennium Al Masar Jeddah allows parents booking a stay for themselves and their children to …

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New Murabba to become the epicenter for sports and entertainment in Riyadh, KSA

New Murabba Development Company unveiled the design of New Murabba Stadium, an architectural marvel with a capacity of over 45,000. The stadium will be a central pillar of “New Murabba” the transformative downtown destination in Riyadh City. The stadium will feature cutting-edge sporting technology, creating an immersive and personalized fan experience. The stadium will be a vibrant community hub featuring illuminated entry points and shaded spaces for gathering and socializing. Inspired by the layered overlapping planes and peeling planar texture of the native Acacia tree, the New Murabba Stadium’s design is a testament to the fusion of tradition and innovation that defines New Murabba.  “The New Murabba Stadium embodies our commitment to transforming Riyadh into a global destination for sports and entertainment,” said Michael Dyke, CEO of New Murabba Development Company. “The stadium will not only be a world-class venue for sporting events but also a vibrant community hub that enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.” The New Murabba Stadium is strategically positioned to enhance community engagement. Its design maximizes long-term usability, allowing it to be adapted to host a wide range of events beyond sports, gaming competitions, and exhibitions. “The New Murabba Stadium is a symbol of Riyadh’s dynamic future. It demonstrates our commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure and experiences that will captivate both local communities and global audiences,” said Dyke. With completion anticipated by the end of 2032. This venue promises to become a symbol of Riyadh’s transformation, attracting tourists, fostering community spirit, and solidifying Saudi Arabia’s position as a leader in sports and entertainment.

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Resorts World Cruises introduces premium cruise vacations in the Arabian Gulf for region’s holidaymakers

Cruise-seeking travellers in the region will have a brand new experience at sea with Resorts World Cruises, as it expands its global footprint to the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman with the premium boutique lifestyle cruise ship, Resorts World One. Starting from October 18, 2024 until April 13, 2025, the Resorts World One will homeport and depart from Dubai, providing travellers from the region the option to embark from the emirate on a roundtrip cruise adventure to popular destinations within the Gulf waters. Discover the convenience and comfort of cruising to multiple destinations, without the hassle of packing and unpacking or searching for accommodations at each destination. Resorts World One combines premium amenities with diverse culinary options, offering the best of lifestyle and entertainment at sea, halal-certified cuisine options and a luxurious experience at The Palace, a ‘luxury ship-within-a ship’ private all-suite enclave with exclusive restaurant, sundeck, gym and other facilities, including its own 24-hour European style butler service. Resorts World One will offer roundtrip cruise itineraries from Dubai, including the 2 Night Sir Bani Yas Weekend Cruise with departures on Fridays; a 3 Night Oman Cruise to Khasab and Muscat departing on Sundays; and a 2 Night Doha Cruise departing on Wednesdays. Guests will have the flexible option to combine two or all three of the itineraries to increase the cruise length to a four, five or a seven night cruise. Shore excursions and onboard activities will allow passengers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Dubai and the surrounding region especially Muscat, Khasab and Sir Bani Yas Island. Visits to iconic landmarks, heritage sites, and shopping destinations will be part of the itinerary for tourists …

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Etihad and Batik Air Malaysia launch codeshare offering seamless access to new destinations

Etihad Airways and Batik Air Malaysia have enhanced their cooperation with the launch of a codeshare partnership to boost connectivity for passengers of both airlines. Etihad’s guests can now seamlessly access eight domestic and international locations via Batik’s hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), enjoying the combined services and networks of both carriers on a single ticket. Additionally, guests enjoy the convenience of having their luggage smoothly transferred to their final destination. The agreement now allows Etihad guests to conveniently travel to five new domestic codeshare destinations in Malaysia: Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Tawau; along with three international points, Da Nang and Hanoi in Vietnam, and Perth in Australia. With the agreement, both inbound and outbound Malaysia passengers will have a wider choice of flights on the combined networks. Batik’s network is now easily accessible to customers, who can connect via its gateway in Kuala Lumpur, served by twice-daily Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi. Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer at Etihad, said: “This collaboration significantly enhances our codeshare network, offering travellers seamless access to five key destinations in Malaysia, including the idyllic island of Langkawi, the culturally and culinary rich city of Penang, and Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to Borneo’s tallest peak Mount Kinabalu. “Equally, we eagerly anticipate extending a warm welcome to customers from Asia visiting our home in Abu Dhabi, experiencing our renowned hospitality, as well as passengers connecting to Etihad’s growing global network in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe via our Abu Dhabi hub.” Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy, Chief Executive Officer of Batik Air Malaysia, said: “Through this partnership, we aim to welcome visitors globally to explore Malaysia’s diverse attractions, …

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Swissôtel Sharm El Sheikh introduces the first-ever all-inclusive Swissôtel experience worldwide

Swissôtel announced the opening of its first all-inclusive resort, located at the South Sinai desert and mountains overlooking Naama Bay, Swissôtel Sharm El Sheikh offers an enriching all-inclusive experience packed with functional amenities, thoughtful hospitality, and meaningful experiences for the entire family. Located in the heart of the city, Swissôtel Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal choice for travellers seeking to explore the vibrant culture and natural wonders of Sharm El Sheikh. The all-inclusive resort offers 590 guest rooms adorned with lavish furnishings and picturesque views, promising an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages with its luxurious amenities and thrilling adventures, aqua park, spa and Kids Club. The second expansion phase, scheduled for next year, will increase the total number of rooms to 1,350. The resort is a convenient 10-minute drive from Sharm El Sheikh Airport and a 10-minute stroll from the vibrant Naama Bay. Swissôtel Sharm El Sheikh offers direct access to a pristine white sandy beach, inviting guests to bask in the sun and dip into the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. Guests can embark on thrilling adventures at the expansive aqua park, featuring 13 water slides and endless entertainment for all ages. The excitement continues with beach parties that capture the vibrant spirit of Sharm El Sheikh. Dance, sip on refreshing cocktails, and mingle with your loved ones or fellow guests — an evening of unforgettable fun and excitement. Guests can indulge in a culinary adventure with a diverse array of dining options, featuring exquisite à la carte restaurants offering Indian, Italian, BBQ, and Sushi cuisines, as well as Mongolian and Teppanyaki specialties. Enjoy vibrant bars and bustling food courts, including Aqua Food Court, where …

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Etihad Guest extends partnership with Pointspay to launch first of its kind solution

Etihad Guest has extended its partnership with Pointspay in a move that will lead to the first introduction of a groundbreaking new solution to the Middle East region later this year. The new solution introduces the ability for members to earn and redeem Etihad Guest miles via online retailers, providing value and convenience for members. By integrating this new solution, Etihad Guest members will be able to seamlessly incorporate the programme into their daily lives, transforming how they earn and redeem their miles across a variety of retail partners within the Etihad Guest ecosystem. This enables them to save money, expand their options for earning and redeeming miles, and accelerate their path to earning rewards such as upgrades and more. Mark Potter, Managing Director Etihad Guest, said: “We’re constantly evolving our programme to offer our members a more rewarding experience. In the spirit of innovation in line with Etihad’s core values, we’re pleased to be partnering with Pointspay on this new payment solution, giving our members the chance to earn and pay at online retailers seamlessly using their Etihad Guest Miles.” Dominic Hofer, CEO of Pointspay, commented: “We are thrilled to extend our long-term partnership with Etihad Guest and launch our new white label solution. This collaboration represents another significant milestone in Pointspay’s mission to innovate and enhance loyalty programmes globally. Etihad Guest’s dedication to enriching member experiences aligns perfectly with our vision, and we are excited to see the positive impact this will have on both members and retail partners.” For retailers, the new partnership provides a powerful tool to engage with millions of members, supported by extensive omnichannel marketing and advertising opportunities. Ultimately, this leads to increased customer retention …

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SAUDIA transports over 9 million international guests in 6 months with 24% growth

SAUDIA, has achieved positive growth in its operational performance for the first half of 2024, based on the latest performance report. The airline carried 16.3 million guests on both domestic and international routes, marking a 19% increase compared to the same period in 2023. This growth was supported by the operation of over 94,300 flights, including scheduled and additional services, representing an 11% increase. Additionally, Saudia recorded 287,200 flight hours, with an 11% rise compared to last year, while maintaining an exceptional on-time performance rate of 89.3%. In international operations, Saudia transported over 9.1 million guests, reflecting a 24% increase from the previous year, and conducted 42,000 flights, marking a 13% increase compared to the same period in 2023. The airline’s international fleet logged 199,000 flight hours, marking a 12% growth. Domestically, Saudia served more than 7.2 million guests, a 14% increase, with over 52,300 flights operated, recording a 10% rise. Domestic flight hours also grew by 9%, reaching 88,000 hours. H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, stated: “In the first half of 2024, we successfully executed both our Summer and Hajj season plans. I extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all Saudia employees for their unwavering dedication, operational excellence, and exemplary on-time performance, which have greatly contributed to increased guest satisfaction.” Saudia’s high-quality operational performance is bolstered by its current fleet of 144 aircraft, which facilitates connections between the Kingdom and over 100 destinations across four continents. This extensive network supports various sectors, including tourism, business, sports, entertainment, Hajj, and Umrah. Looking ahead, Saudia is poised for unprecedented growth with two major agreements with Boeing and Airbus for the acquisition of 103 new aircraft over …

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Two SAUDIA representatives appointed to IATA’s advisory councils

SAUDIA announced the appointment of two members of its senior leadership team to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s influential advisory councils. Mr. Faisal Sabbagh, Executive Vice President of Finance and Services at Saudia Group, has been appointed to the Industry Financial Advisory Council, while Mr. Abdulgader Attiah, Chief Data and Technology Officer at Saudia Group, has been appointed to join the Digital Transformation Advisory Council. The advisory councils focus on identifying innovative solutions to advance the aviation sector and provide recommendations for qualitative initiatives in key areas including digital transformation, security, aviation safety, and sustainability. Notably, H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, serves as an elected member of IATA’s Board of Governors, the highest legislative body within the organization. In addition, he holds positions in both the Chair Committee and the Nominating Committee, playing a crucial role in overseeing and guiding IATA’s strategic direction. With these new appointments, Saudia’s representation in IATA’s advisory councils has now reached six members across six of the association’s nine councils. Previously, Captain Mohammed Dahduli, Vice President of Safety, Aviation Security and Quality at Saudia, was appointed to the Security Advisory Council; Mr. Marwan Niazi, Vice President Commercial Saudia Air Cargo Company, joined the Cargo Advisory Council; Mr. Mohammed Alsaied, General Manager of Strategies and Legal Compliance, became a member of the Legal Advisory Council; and Dr. Saleh Bukhari, General Manager of Sales and Distribution Strategies, was appointed to the Distribution Advisory Council. These appointments further affirm Saudia’s esteemed position and the trust it has within the global aviation industry. They also reflect the airline’s commitment to leading the industry forward through strategic expertise.

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Air Arabia to commence 4 daily flights to Vienna from December 2024

Air Arabia announced the launch of its newest route connecting Sharjah and Vienna, the capital of Austria. Commencing operations on December 20th, 2024, the new service will operate with a frequency of 4 non-stop weekly flights, providing travelers with a direct and efficient connection between the two vibrant cities.     Schedule from and to Vienna, effective December 20, 2024 (all times local): Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Frequency G9 970 Sharjah 08:00 Vienna 11:25 Airbus A320 Monday/Friday G9 971 Vienna 12:15 Sharjah 20:50 Airbus A320 Monday/Friday G9 970 Sharjah 18:00 Vienna 21:25 Airbus A320 Wednesday/Saturday G9 971 Vienna 22:25 Sharjah 07:00 Airbus A320 Wednesday/Saturday Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: ” The addition of Vienna to Air Arabia’s expanding European network, not only strengthens the airline’s commitment to providing affordable travel globally but also opens exciting opportunities for both leisure and business travellers. This newly introduced route reflects our ongoing commitment to offering travellers with diverse and compelling destinations and we look forward to welcoming our passengers onboard to explore the historic and dynamic city of Vienna.” Air Arabia operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 neo-LR aircraft, the most modern and best-selling single aisle aircraft in the world. The cabin configuration across the fleet provides added comfort with one of the most generous seat-pitch compared to any economy cabin. The aircraft is equipped with ‘SkyTime’, a free in-flight streaming service that allows passengers to access a wide selection of entertainment directly to their devices. Customers can also enjoy a variety of delicacies between snacks, meals, and sandwiches from the on-board ‘SkyCafe’ menu at affordable prices. Customers can now book their direct flights …

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