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SAUDIA launched a new B2B travel management solution

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) launched the all-new rebranded business division for the airline; SAUDIA Business, specialising in B2B travel solutions for Corporate, Agency & MICE clients recently. SAUDIA Business provides unique solutions for each travel requirement for a diverse range of beneficiaries, including corporations, travel agencies, and event organisers. The new account management department will streamline the booking process and support corporate travel through a seamless online platform with multiple functions and tools to serve SAUDIA’s business clients from A to Z. SAUDIA Business will have a dedicated meetings and events team that assists with specific corporate travel needs and event organisation worldwide. The new division will serve and support clients with busy schedules who frequently go on business trips, whether for meetings, incentive travel, conventions, or exhibitions (MICE). Hazem Sonbol, Vice President of sales at SAUDIA, said, “This is not just a new service department; it is an extension to the SAUDIA brand, a show of dedication to pursuing excellence. SAUDIA Business respects our guests’ time and understands the corporate standard with a service that will live up to it. We are looking forward to serving our business partners and taking care of their travel needs through SAUDIA Business.” Catering to corporate clients with custom solutions, SAUDIA Business will be offering new incentives exclusively for corporate clients through SAUDIA Business Loyalty. This unique rewards programme that allows for the redemption of points with every booking and spend. SAUDIA Business retains a stellar repertoire of regional and international clients from various industries, including Saudi ARAMCO, SABIC, SNB, BAE Systems, Amazon, and many more, that have put their trust in the new business department.  

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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi starts its seasonal flights to Tbilisi

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi announced the start of its seasonal fights to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, starting from 16 June 2022. Abu Dhabi travelers will now be able to fly directly to Tbilisi International Airport with competitive prices and a frequency of three weekly flights. Schedule to Tbilisi, effective 16th June 2022 (all times local) Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Frequency 3L 714 Abu Dhabi 11:40 Tbilisi 15:10 Airbus A320 Tues/Thurs/Sat 3L 715 Tbilisi 16:00 Abu Dhabi 19:50 Airbus A320 Tues/Thurs/Sat   Tbilisi, which harmoniously integrates both historic and modern elements, is rich in culture and scattered with impressive theatres and concert halls bustling with life each year with various colourful festivals. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is currently serving 23 routes since the launch of the carrier’s service from Abu Dhabi International Airport in July 2020. Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Tbilisi by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call center or through travel agencies.    

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Tiri Consultancy to represent Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows across the GCC

Situated on the beachfront of Santa Monica, California, Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows is perfectly located to attract GCC travelers and has retained the services of Tiri Consultancy to achieve this objective. Steeped in history, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is among the most exciting places to stay in southern California. It originally functioned as a mansion owned by a former United States Senator, who helped found the city of Santa Monica during the 1800s. Today the property boasts 297 elegant guest rooms, suites, and bungalows and offers a unique experience in premiere Santa Monica luxury accommodations. Just a stone’s throw away from the beach and a short walk to the famous Santa Monica Pier, the property is ideally located to serve GCC families and FIT travelers alike. Nour Aridi, Managing Director of Tiri consultancy will utilize her strong network of trade and influencers to promote the property across the region. “We are delighted to be selected to represent such an iconic property in the GCC and we believe there is a strong opportunity in the family travel and FIT segment of the GCC market” says Aridi. “With over 13 years of experience in the GCC hospitality and tourism marketing sector, we are delighted to partner with Ms. Nour Aridi and Tiri Consulting to support our iconic luxury hotel as one of the most sought after destination across the Middle East,” says Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows General Manager Sam Jagger. “With her passion for tourism and extensive knowledge in the region, we look forward to working with Nour as an extension of our team to welcome and service our distinguished guests from the Middle East here in Santa Monica …

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Airport Show to showcase solutions to shape the future of aviation

The 21st edition of the annual Airport Show hosted by Dubai, the world’s largest annual airport event, starting tomorrow, 17 May to 19 May, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is set to be the driving force for the global aviation industry to emerge even stronger after the Covid-19 pandemic and will showcase the latest solutions from around the world that will shape the future of the industry. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, under whose patronage the Airport Show is held, described the Airport Show as an important event timed perfectly to boost the global aviation industry, which is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels with high demand for travel and the announcement of the resumption of development projects to keep up with the expected growth. This year’s edition is supported by Dubai Airports, Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), dnata (part of Emirates Airline and Group), Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), Global Air Navigation Services (GANS) and Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans). Organised by RX Global (Reed Exhibitions), the world’s largest airport industry B2B platform will have a sharp focus on sustainability to help the airport community in achieving a more sustainable airport industry that is aiming to reduce carbon foot print year on year. The Airport Show and its co-located events Airport Security Middle East, ATC Forum and the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum will debate ways to tap into new growth opportunities and overcome current challenges for airports. It will also discuss aviation industry’s efforts towards sustainable and collaborative airport infrastructure development …

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Marriott Executive Apartments opens in Al Khobar

Marriott Executive Apartments, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar. Located within close proximity to the city’s premier shopping malls and business district, the upscale residential apartments cater to the rapidly growing demand for longer stay accommodations that offer home comforts for both business and leisure travelers. Commenting on behalf of the owning company of Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Jumah, Chairman, Mansour bin Jumah Holding said: “We are delighted to introduce these elevated serviced apartments which will cater to travellers who seek short and long stay accommodation in a central city location. Suitable for a business trip, city escape or family holiday, Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar will embrace new ways of living, offering travelers premium accommodation and comfort, combined with world-class service. We are also proud to contribute to the Kingdom’s thriving tourism sector and support Vision 2030.” Ahmed Hozaien, Area Vice President – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt at Marriott International said: “We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments in the vibrant city of Al Khobar. This opening offers the ideal fit for business and leisure guests who seek a sophisticated experience with amenities and services that mirror the comforts of home.” Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar features 268 modern residential apartments. The spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments offer separate living, sleeping, and working areas so guests can enjoy a home from home experience during their stay. The property embodies the notion of sophisticated living combined with modern comforts, fulfilling its commitment to providing a full range of accommodations with the highest …

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DDP mourns the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi

Durga Das Publications mourns the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Royal family, and to the citizens and residents of United Arab Emirates. We join the whole  nation in honouring his remarkable legacy as an exceptional  and inspiring leader. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as the President of UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in 2004 after the death of his father, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the first President to serve since the union in 1971 until the time of his death.      

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Bahrain and KSA to receive electronic visa waiver status from 1st June 2022 for UK

It was announced by the UK Government that, from 1 June, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will join other Gulf Cooperation Council countries with UK electronic visa waiver status, making it easier and cheaper to travel to the UK. This positive change comes as the UK is open to business and welcoming back international visitors with all COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted.  VisitBritain has already been rolling out a multi-million-pound global GREAT Britain marketing campaign “Welcome to another side of Britain” to inspire visitors to book a trip to the UK. VisitBritain Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa (APMEA) and North Asia Tricia Warwick said: “It is fantastic news that travel to the UK will become easier for travellers from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who will now be able to obtain their British visa in 48 hours and for 30 GBP. Saudi Arabia is one of our highest spending markets, we know there is strong pent-up demand for international travel from the Gulf and making it easier for visitors to get to the UK is crucial to our message of welcome and to our competitive tourism offer. We know that GCC visitors are keen to visit the UK now that travel restrictions have eased and we can’t wait to welcome them back. GCC visitors enjoy our outstanding experiences whether that be in shopping, sports events, food or our beautiful landscapes. “VisitBritain is out in market competing hard for visitors from the Gulf at the Arabian Travel Market this week in Dubai, working with top travel trade buyers from across the region to highlight why now is a brilliant time to book a trip to Britain. We very much hope that visitors …

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ATM 2022 closes with over 23,000 visitors, growing by more than 100 percent YoY

More than 23,000 visitors attended the 29th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022, as industry leaders gathered at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) to share insights into the future of international travel and tourism. “In addition to doubling our visitor numbers year on year, ATM 2022 hosted 1,500 exhibitors and attendees from 150 countries,” commented Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME for Arabian Travel Market. “These figures are especially impressive given that lockdowns are still taking place in China and other destinations. What’s more, the development of the travel and tourism sector throughout the Middle East region shows no signs of abating, with GCC hotel construction contract awards set to rise by 16 percent this year alone.” The value of UAE and Saudi Arabian projects accounted for 90 percent of all regional hospitality contracts awarded in 2021, according to research from BNC Network. With analysis from Colliers International forecasting that $4.5 billion worth of hotel construction contracts will be awarded in the GCC during 2022, industry experts took to the ATM Global Stage for a panel discussion about the future of the region’s hospitality industry. Moderated by Paul Clifford, Group Editor – Hospitality at ITP Media Group, the panel discussion featured insights from Christopher Lund, Director – Head of Hotels MENA at Colliers International; Mark Kirby, Head of Hospitality at Emaar Hospitality Group; Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President – Middle East and Africa at Radisson Hotel Group; and Judit Toth, Founder and CEO of Vivere Hospitality. Commenting on the need to attract and retain talent within the Middle East’s hospitality sector, Radisson Hotel Group’s Cordon said: “The organisations that get this right are going to benefit because, of course, …

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flyadeal lists five new seasonal destinations next summer and adds Dammam to its departure stations from Cairo

flyadeal has listed five international destinations for its flight network in the summer of 2022. The company is expanding the number of flights to meet consumer demand for destinations, including Amman in Jordan, Tbilisi and Batumi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaijan, and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt. Flyadeal has also added the King Fahd International Airport in Dammam. The company will also launch a new flight to Cairo from Riyadh and Jeddah. Con Korfiatis, Chief Executive Officer at flyadeal, explained that the new seasonal flights are in line with flyadeal’s ambitious plan to grow and expand domestically and internationally and to provide the opportunity for more of its customers to enjoy a unique travel experience, as well as being able to serve more customers. flyadeal’s seasonal flights will operate to the five destinations from mid-June until late July, with seven weekly flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to Amman. The company will also operate four flights to Tbilisi from Riyadh, three from Jeddah and two flights from Dammam, and Batumi, Georgia’s second destination, with an average of three flights from Riyadh and Jeddah. Initially, there will be an average of four flights to Baku from Riyadh and three flights from Jeddah and Dammam. There will be an average of three flights to Sharm El-Sheikh from Riyadh and Jeddah and two flights from Dammam. flyadeal will also add Dammam as a new starting destination to operate flights to Cairo. It will operate seven weekly flights, in line with the demand for Cairo flights witnessed through both Riyadh and Jeddah. During the summer season, flyadeal flies to 21 destinations, including 14 domestically and seven internationally, supported by a modern fleet of 21 aircraft. …

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DCT Abu Dhabi partners with top Global Travel Service Provider Trip.com Group

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has signed a strategic partnership with Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, in an online ceremony at Arabian Travel Market. The partnership’s social and economic initiatives will encourage and entice visitors worldwide to visit Abu Dhabi, promoting the UAE capital as a top-tier travel destination in 13 markets across Asia and Europe, including in India, China, South Korea, Japan, USA, UK, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. The partnership marks the first time DCT Abu Dhabi has engaged Trip.com Group as a whole, rather than with its various singular entities, increasing consistent visibility across its five popular business and consumer global travel platforms. Over a period of 12 months, Trip.com Group’s primary focus is to achieve 57,000 room nights in Abu Dhabi through marketing on its five portfolio channels. These B2B and B2C subsidiaries include Trip.com, a global travel service provider with an extensive hotel and flight route network; Skyscanner, the world leader in global flight meta-search; Travix, a global OTA operating in 39 countries; Ctrip and MakeMyTrip. HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi said “We are very pleased to announce our global agreement with Trip.com Group, a partnership that will share Abu Dhabi’s story with international visitors – beginning with the summer season and beyond. Through strategic partnerships such as this and our ever-expanding tourism and culture offering, we are further elevating Abu Dhabi as a top-of-mind destination, providing travellers around the world with diverse, immersive and enriching experiences to discover at their own pace.” Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer at Trip.com Group said “We are pleased to announce, …

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