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VOX Cinemas signs deal with beIN SPORTS to screen live coverage of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, is excited to announce its partnership with beIN SPORTS, the Official Broadcaster of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), to screen the much anticipated tournament live across its cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Lebanon. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicks off on 20 November at the Al Bayt Stadium as Qatar takes on Ecuador. Fans cheering on their favourite teams can choose from a variety of experiences, including mega-screen MAX cinemas, luxurious in-cinema dining at THEATRE and GOLD, open-air OUTDOOR cinemas at Galleria Mall Jumeirah and Aloft Dubai Creek and even a private cinema at Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates. Adding to the experience, VOX Cinemas will be introducing a themed F&B menu featuring items such as stadium hotdogs, half time pies, Brazilian hotdogs and loaded chicken pops and football fries. Toni El Massih, Managing Director, VOX Cinemas said, “At VOX Cinemas, we are dedicated to showing a diverse selection of premium content including major blockbusters as well live sporting events and concerts as part of our alternative content programming. Like film, football has the power to transcend barriers and inspire and connect people. We are extremely excited to partner with beIN SPORTS to showcase one of the largest global sporting events on the big screen. We will be bringing the action of the pitch to life with our cutting-edge audio-visual technology, stadium-like atmosphere and wide array of F&B, so audiences can expect an unrivalled fan experience. We also have a range of corporate packages so you can cheer on your nation in the company of team …

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Dubai Airports ups annual passenger forecast to 64.3m after  robust Q3 and prospects of a stronger Q4

Dubai Airports has upped again its annual forecast for passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) to 64.3 million following a strong performance by the hub in the third quarter, and the prospects of a stronger surge in the offing in the final three months of 2022. DXB started the second half of the year with a bang, with average monthly traffic exceeding the 6-million mark throughout the third quarter. The hub recorded 18.5 million passengers in Q3, the first time that quarterly traffic reached pre-pandemic levels since 2020. DXB had recorded 17.8 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020 prior to the pandemic. “The growth in passenger traffic has been terrific throughout the year and continues to exceed our expectations by a margin. While we are thrilled with the numbers, what really gives us immense satisfaction is how the airport community is working together like a well-oiled machine to keep raising the bar on service quality. Our collaborative approach and service transformation initiatives are making a tangible difference in the happiness of our customers, and that remains our ultimate measure of success” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. Key facts and figures Passenger volumes at DXB recorded a triple digit surge in the third quarter to reach 18,455,938, propelling the year-to-date September traffic to 46,340,826 passengers, a year-on-year increase of 167.6%. The YTD traffic volume represents 72% of DXB’s pre-pandemic passenger traffic during the same period in 2019. Cargo Impacted by the moving of all major freight operators from DXB back to Dubai World Central (DWC) in March, Cargo continued to register a softening of demand in Q3. DXB recorded 397,676 tonnes of freight in the Q3, bringing …

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Excitement builds with Emirates Dubai 7s ready to welcome 5,500 athletes from 32 countries

In a boost to Dubai’s proposition as the place to be this winter season, some 5,500 athletes from 32 countries will soon arrive to compete in 28 Emirates Dubai 7s invitational tournaments over the long UAE national day weekend starting 1st December. Emirates has been a steadfast supporter of the Dubai 7s since its beginnings, which today has become the highlight of the Dubai event calendar, and the biggest and most popular sports and social gathering among the hundreds of other events hosted in the UAE every year. Over 420 sports teams will play in high-powered competitions spanning rugby 7’s, cricket, netball, and the annual festival’s newest addition, a fitness competition, WODON3, geared for both elite and amateur athletes looking to push their limits. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series usually kicks off its season at the Emirates Dubai 7s with some of the world’s best male and female pro-rugby players from 28 countries with top-ranking and Olympic winning teams participating, including Australia & Fiji as well as Dubai fan favourites South Africa, Ireland & Great Britain, all set to compete on the pitch. At the Emirates Dubai 7s, rugby action isn’t be limited to professional players. The truly inclusive event will also host International Invitational and Open Tournaments for Men & Women as well as Social, Vets for the over 35s and Under 19 Boys competitions while the best teams from across the Gulf Region will battle it out for the Gulf Men’s League, Open, Social, Vets, Women, U19 Boys and Girls, and the UAE National Development Cup, created exclusively for Emirati players. These 16 additional events will be played across the three days at The Sevens Stadium. On …

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Basmah Abdulaziz Al – Mayman honoured as Tourism Ambassador

Recognising for her dedication for the tourism sector, Basmah Abdulaziz Al-Mayman is the Regional Director for the Middle East, since 2018. She is still the first woman representing tourism in the Middle East that has garnered a position in the prestigious classification, and she is also the first GCC national to hold a leading position at the UNWTO and the first woman to lead the Middle East region in the history of this international organization. During her tenure, UNWTO opened its first Regional Office for the Middle East (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). She permanently represents, as well, the UNWTO in the meetings of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism in the League of Arab States. Al-Mayman has an MBA, with honors degree, from Al Faisal University, in cooperation with the University of Oxford, where she studied Entrepreneurship and Comparative Managerial Issues and a Bachelor´s degree in English Literature and Linguistics from King Saud University,. She also studied several advanced specialized courses in International Relations, International law, Economic and Diplomatic affairs at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies at the Foreign Ministry in Saudi Arabia. She is fluent in both Arabic and English.    

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Mohamed Jassim Al Rais enters the Gallery of Legends

Mohamed Jassim Al Rais is a young dynamic Emirati, who completed his graduation from American University, Sharjah in 2006. His initial introduction to the Al Rais Group of Companies was made in 2002 through a Management Development Programme and thereafter in 2008 was given a Leadership role in Al Rais Holidays, Al Rais Online Services and Al Rais Rent – A – Car Company. Mr. Al Rais is now the Deputy Managing Director of Al Rais Travel & Shipping agencies (Al Rais Group) and spearheads the Strategic Direction and Growth Plan of the Organisation. Mr. Al Rais has been managing the travel group business for the past fifteen years. His aspirations are truly global and he is committed to making the Al Rais Group of Companies a market leader in the UAE. Mr. Al Rais is the Honorary Chairman of the Dubai Travel & Tour Agents Group – DTTAG since February 2022. Mr. Al Rais is also actively involved in Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

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Stars to dazzle tonight @Arabian Travel Awards 2022

The day is finally here, as the most coveted awards in the region, Arabian Travel Awards will once again host the industry winners. This year’s edition is special as the focus is on sustainability. Arabian Travel Awards is a platform for the Middle East market to appreciate the efforts of the travel specialists who have contributed to the booming travel and hospitality industry. The aim is to encourage them to continue promoting tourism in the region. The Arabian Travel Awards are fair and unbiased, following a systematic method of internet-based voting. These awards are supported by Tourismbreakingnews.ae, TravelTVmiddleeast.news and TravTalk Middle East who are premier media partners for the coverage of the event. The awards will be divided into four categories: Personal Awards, Business Awards, Trending Awards and Partner Awards. They will include awards for Best Business Hotel, Best Family Friendly Hotel, Best City Hotel, Best Green Hotel, Best Leisure Hotel, Best Destination Management Company, Best Hotel Apartments, Best B2B Travel Portal, and Best Luxury Hotel to name a few. San Jeet Director Arabian Travel Awards shares, “Our awards this year is very special as it recognizes the untiring efforts of the industry experts. This year as the borders open, the travel, tourism and hospitality experts were able to restore to levels enjoyed pre-pandemic time. Most had to redefine the way forward in the post covid era, as we can confidently call it. Applications are still open to vote for those in the industry and who has been in the forefront promoting and working to go over and beyond the general norms of the industry. Middle East has always been the most resilient region, especially the UAE and Dubai in …

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Etihad Airways unveils new route to Guangzhou twice weekly from Oct 2022

Etihad Airways is set to start flying to Guangzhou next month, becoming the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger services to the top three Chinese gateways since the start of the pandemic. Subject to regulatory approvals, the twice-weekly passenger service to Guangzhou will start on 10 October, initially using a two-class Boeing 777. The new route means Etihad will be offering guests convenient access to three Chinese gateways as Guangzhou is added to existing services to Shanghai which resumed in July 2020 and Beijing, which resumed in June 2022. Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Global Sales and Cargo, said: “We are proud to offer our guests a third destination in China as Etihad Airways begins flights to the pivotal and historic port city of Guangzhou. As well as being a modern and rapidly growing city itself, Guangzhou has excellent connections with the Greater Bay Area. “Our twice-weekly service will further address the huge demand for passenger travel between the UAE and China, as well as provide new cargo capacity, building on the formidable people and business ties between the two markets.” With the addition of these new services from 10 October, Etihad will offer four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and China: two services per week to Guangzhou and weekly services to Beijing and Shanghai. Those wishing to book are advised to visit Etihad.com, and to remain informed on the relevant entry regulations at their end destination. Flights are also available for booking through the Etihad mobile app, by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 (UAE) or +86 400 8822 050 (Mainland China), or through local or online travel agencies.  Abu Dhabi-Guangzhou flight …

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Europe holds on as top rank outbound travel destination for GCC travellers

As summer begins in the GCC, Europe once again maintains its top spot as the most travelled destination. In a recent interview with Chris Gregory-Pasha, Senior Sales Director, MEA, Sojern shared, “As we move into the Q3 peak summer months we’re pleased to see travel confidence has regained in the region. For travellers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, regional travel is proving popular to Istanbul, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, all appearing in the top five destinations across these markets. International travel is also making a strong return as destinations such as London – United Kingdom, Paris – France, and Bangkok – Thailand all appear in the top fifteen, with London the top destination. We know that the cosmopolitan cities of London and Paris with their historical sights, comfortable climates and some of the most sought after luxury brands in the world have long been favourites of regional travellers. With the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)* working to strengthen Thailand’s presence as the preferred tourist destination among Middle East travellers, we also expect to see sustained interest in visiting the vibrant cities and beautiful beaches the ‘Land of Smiles’ has to offer.” He further reiterated, “looking at today’s traveller profile well over half of travellers from the UAE (72.7%), Saudi Arabia (55.9%), Kuwait (69.6%), Qatar (70.3%), Oman (71.1) and Bahrain (68.1%) are solo travellers, with an average across the six markets of 63.1%, with approximately 27.4% of people travelling as a family and 9.5% as a couple. We also see that the majority of trips are seven days or longer, with over 50% of trips coming out of the UAE (53.93%) and Kuwait (50.27%) 15 days or …

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Chic summer offering from McArthurGlen:Plan a new wardrobe with value savings from designer brands

The onset of summer is all about being bright and sunny. McArthurGlen is celebrating the new season with incredible discounts from everyone’s favourite designer brands. The list is endless and so are the options. Visitors who look to shelve the heavy coats and boots can now indulge in shopping with fresh air, great food, and discounts of up to 60%. This is the ultimate day out indulgence while also treating yourself in style. The options are plenty from colourful slip dresses to romantic whites from French Connection and Reiss, to even relaxed tailoring from Moss and M&S swimwear. If this is not all everything small detail is being considered to ensure every visitor’s maximum comfort and wellbeing. Every outlet has ensured enhanced health and safety measures this summer, so visitors can relax and enjoy their holiday in total peace of mind. Additionally, the guest services team is also on hand to help with any requests one may have during their visit. Commenting on the summer offers, Matthias Sinner – Senior International Markets Manager, McArthurGlen Group, said: “The summer is about everything new and trendy. Our outlets will showcase key trends for this summer with the best offerings. Our outlets also serve as a one-stop shop for a day’s visit, be it for couples or families. There is something for everyone.” The new range of offers this summer of 2022 will be infused with practicality. The clothes showcased make getting dressed every morning a delight. Visitors can choose from statement shirts to beautiful back-to-basics that will create the look of summer. Some key trends to be considered this summer are jewel tones, higher hemlines, miniskirts that are surprisingly easy to wear, …

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Malaysia targets 2million international visitors this year

Malaysia has officially reopened its borders to international tourists starting 1st April 2022. Targeting to attract more than 2 million international tourists this year, Tourism Malaysia, the promotional board under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), will embark on a continuous effort to showcase the country’s unique blend of “Truly Asia” heritage to the Middle East and the world. Earlier during the pandemic, Tourism Malaysia launched the campaign #WeMissYou, which was targeted at the Middle East region to invoke feelings of nostalgia among travellers on the magnificent attractions that Malaysia has to offer. Recently, Tourism Malaysia participated in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022, where it signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with Dubai-based Emirates Airline as part of the recovery and development of traffic to Malaysia from key markets across the airline’s network. Through this strategic agreement, Tourism Malaysia will work with Emirates to explore mutually beneficial initiatives that will drive tourism into Malaysia, and offer Emirates more opportunities to serve the market, which include familiarisation trips, workshops, seminars, digital campaigns, in-flight marketing campaigns and other marketing programs. The mission’s goal at the ATM is to re-establish and strengthen the region’s commitment to good tourist cooperation, future partnerships and better cooperation with the travel and tourism industry. Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s Tourism Arts and Culture Minister said: “We will continue to place strong emphasis and focus on the Middle Eastern market in terms of outbound tourism. Hence, we will be stepping up our promotional efforts here. “It is indeed a huge relief for the tourism industry as we welcome more international tourists, newcomers and regulars alike, to further boost our economy. Therefore, we hope for …

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