September 25, 2017

Businesses that register to operate within Dubai Airport Freezone will also be licenced to operate onshort in the emirate, following an agreement between the free zone authority and Dubai Government.

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Economic Development (DED) to allow Dafza-hosted companies to obtain dual licenses to operate across Dubai.

The MoU is part of intensified efforts between Dafza and DED to support a more flexible approach to driving investment, the two parties said in a joint"...

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September 25, 2017

Emirates has added its weight to a campaign calling on the UK government to slash air passenger duty (APD) – a tax imposed on air travel.

Ahead of the UK government’s Budget announcement in November, the ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign is asking for the tax to be cut by at least 50 percent.

At present, APD is added to UK journeys at a rate of £13 for economy class and £26 for other classes for flights up to 2,000 miles away. For flights over 2,000 miles away the rate is £75 and £150, respectively. There is a higher rate"...

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September 24, 2017

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has signed a MoU with Dubai Airports, as part of efforts to expand co-operation and joint partnerships to promote Smart Dubai, launched by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The goal is to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to make Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city. The agreement seeks to unify energies and resources, exchange knowledge, innovation, ideas and effective communication to implement DEWA’s three smart initiatives at Dubai Airports, to meet the needs of the community and to achieve the overall"...

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September 23, 2017

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has announced it is offering 10 per cent discounts on flights to all destinations from Saudi Arabia, including Australia, the UK and US to mark the kingdom’s National Day on September 23.

Discounted fares for UAE-based guests travelling to Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Medina, are also on offer, reported Wam, the Emirates official news agency.

All discounts are available until September 23, terms and conditions apply, and the travel period is valid between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

In addition, Etihad Airways will celebrate Saudi National Day with special activities in its lounges and ground operations in Abu Dhabi.



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September 20, 2017

Abu Dhabi Airports announced on Tuesday that it achieved 65 per cent increase in operating profit during January-August 2017 as compared to same period in 2016, helped by passenger fee introduced in June last year.

The company grew its operating revenue by 26 per cent, the airport said.

Abu Dhabi Airports in June introduced Dh35 fees for passenger departing from or transiting through airports.

'One of the key contributors to this increase is the passenger facilitation charge introduced"...

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September 20, 2017

Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has achieved a 65 percent increase in operating profits during the January-August period this year compared to the same period in 2016. This announcement comes after the company’s executive team weekly meeting that took place at Al Ain International Airport last week, led by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

The company grew its operating revenue by 26 percent, which impacted the 65 percent EBIDA increase for 2017. One of the key contributors to this increase is the passenger facilitation charge introduced in July 2016. Previously, UAE airports were some of the few around"...

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September 19, 2017

Dubai Municipality has recently signed a partnership agreement with Emirates on offers and privileges for its employees. Under the agreement, Emirates will offer discounts on the prices of tickets for municipality employees and their families.

Marwan bin Bayat Al Falasi, director of human resources department, Dubai Municipality, and Mausouma Al Mohsen, director of sales, Emirates, signed the agreement, which is in line with the efforts of the municipality and Emirates to strengthen their mutual understanding as part of a strategic partnership aimed at creating and promoting constructive cooperation between them.

As per the agreement, Emirates will offer municipality employees and certain close"...

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September 17, 2017

UAE is likely to mark September 21 - a Thursday - as Muharram 1 (the last month of the 1438 Hijri calendar, and the New Year), subject to an official announcement.

With a three-day break likely, it could be an opportunity for many to plan a short trip. If you haven't yet decided where to go and how to plan it quickly, you could choose from some holiday packages.

To help you plan your long weekend, we bring you some budget holiday packages, as announced by Sharjah-based airline Air Arabia.


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September 16, 2017

Until November 30, 2017, all passengers flying from Dubai to Manila on Cebu Pacific who pre-purchase baggage allowance of 40 kilograms will get an additional 25 kilograms, completely free-of-charge*- that's a total of 65 kilograms of check-in baggage, equivalent to the weight of a typical 'balikbayan box.'

Moreover, this total 65-kilogram baggage allowance will be carried-over for guests with connecting flights to other Cebu Pacific destinations, as long as their flight itinerary was booked as a through sector.

'It's once again the most wonderful"...

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September 14, 2017

Emirates will celebrate a milestone in aviation history when it welcomes the delivery of its 100th A380 aircraft later this year.

The Dubai-based airline said Saudi travellers can join in the celebration with special fares to the Middle East, South East Asia, Indian Ocean, Europe, United Kingdom and North America.

Special A380 fares will be offered to popular destinations from Saudi Arabia including Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Maldives, Munich, Paris, London, Canada, Los Angeles and New York while prices start from SR880 for Economy Class and SR3,480 for Business Class.

Bookings have to be made before September 21, for travel between September 15 and December 7, the airline added"...

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