tourism

February 15, 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports has announced a long-term agreement with MSC Cruises, giving the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line berthing rights at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.

The deal, signed by Noura Rashid Al Dhaheri, director of cruise business at Abu Dhabi Ports, and MSC Cruise CEO Gianni Onorato, aims to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a premier destination on the international cruise map.

The deal will bring 1.3 million visitors to the UAE capital over the tenure of the agreement.

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February 15, 2020

(WAM) -- The hotel establishments across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi saw their revenues increased to around AED5.83 billion in 2019, a YoY growth of 6.8 percent from around AED5.46 bn, according to figures revealed by the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi.

The significant growth is driven by a considerable increase in tourist and guest arrivals on the back of multifaceted international business events and edutainment activities organised in the UAE capital in 2019, including Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, IDEX 2019, AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition, NAVDEX, and several others.

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February 12, 2020

DUBAI, 11th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Dubai World Central, DWC, registered a surge of 81.5 percent in customer numbers in 2019 with annual traffic exceeding 1.6 million.

According to a DWC press statement, the sharp increase in customer numbers was attributed to the relocation of operations by various international carriers during the 45-day closure of Dubai International’s, DXB, southern runway during April and May of 2019.

Year-on-year traffic also increased in the final quarter of the year compared with 2018 as DWC welcomed 363,626 customers in Q4 (+38.2 percent),"...

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February 11, 2020

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has officially unveiled the Jais Adventure Peak, a collection of iconic attractions perched atop the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais.

The emirate’s latest adventure tourism offering includes the Jebel Jais Flight, Jais Sky Tour and Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park, in addition to the new Jais Adventure Centre and Jais Sky Maze.

Set amid the magnificent Hajar mountain range, the grand opening took place in the presence of Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

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February 11, 2020

ABU DHABI, 10th February, 2020 (WAM) -- The Value Added Tax, VAT, Recovery Self-Service Kiosks for Tourists scheme has been expanded to be available at major shopping malls and hotels, in addition to the existing ones at air, land, and maritime entry and exit ports across the UAE, announced the Federal Tax Authority, FTA.

The expansion aims to provide additional services to tourists, enhancing the UAE’s status as a leading destination on the international tourism map. Planet – the company authorised by the FTA to operate the electronic system for the Tax Refunds for Tourists Scheme – debuted nine self-service kiosks in stage"...

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February 11, 2020

(AETOS Wire)-- The Posiflex Group, a synergy of world-leading POS, kiosk, and industrial computing technologies — will brings its Serviced IoT solutions to EuroShop 2020, the leading Europe trade fair for the retail industry, from February 16th – 20th at Hall6/A57 in Düsseldorf. Nowadays, the ways of retail have been fundamentally changed. Retailers are experiencing unparalleled disruption and are facing new challenges with fierce competition and consumer demands. To aid retailers to stay ahead of the curve, Posiflex POS solutions help retailers to become an integral part of the future retail by offering machines with advanced capabilities, such as rotating screens, various OS platform support, hands-on cable management, and ease of service. Posiflex’s new Android version of MT-Series (Mobile POS), RT-Series (POS terminal), HS-Series (All-in-One POS), and new ZT Series (POS terminal) will be showcased to enhance the Posiflex POS solutions trending in Retail. Additionally, Posiflex will debut its brand new ZT Series, an unprecedented line of POS terminals with features that will set the retail standard for years to come, and can optimize retailers’ daily operations and infrastructure across all touchpoints of the store. In addition to the POS solutions, Posiflex kiosk solutions are designed to enhance and reinvent the customer experience by providing fully integrated and modularized kiosks......

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February 9, 2020

GFH Capital has announced that it has acquired a diversified US hospitality portfolio worth $250 million in partnership with Arbor Lodging Partners (Arbor).

A unit of GFH Financial Group based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), GFH Capital is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

A specialised hospitality asset manager in the US with a strong track record in investing and"...

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February 9, 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports announced on Saturday plans to design and construct a new cruise jetty at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

The AED100 million ($27 million) new jetty project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, in time for the launch of the 2021 cruise season.

The expansion will allow two vessels to dock at any given time and provide up to 5,000 passengers with direct access to embark and disembark at an accelerated rate on the southeast beach of Sir Bani Yas Island, state news agency WAM reported.

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February 6, 2020

DUBAI, 5th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Dubai Business Events, DBE, recorded a total of 301 successful bids for meetings, conferences and incentives in 2019, set to attract an expected 150,095 delegates to Dubai over the coming years.

This will deliver approximately 620,000 room nights for the city, and, added to wins from previous years, the total expected hotel room night pipeline stood at 1,031,060 at the start of 2020.

The city’s convention bureau also witnessed the steady growth of its Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors Programme, with 342 active ambassadors in 2019,"...

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February 6, 2020

DUBAI, 5th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Dubai International, DXB, has retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers for the sixth consecutive year with annual traffic for 2019 reaching 86.4 million – 6 million more than the nearest rival London Heathrow.

The year 2019 was also exceptional for DXB in terms of customer service with shorter wait times, record-breaking baggage performance and new retail and food and beverage offerings.

DXB welcomed a total of 86,396,757 for the full year of 2019 (-3.1 percent) as numbers were affected"...

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