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Oman has continued to attract a record number of visitors from neighbouring GCC countries in 2016 who are now moving beyond the traditional beach holidays and looking for more authentic experiences. The Sultanate attracted over 3 million visitors in 2016 – who visited unique cultural and historical attractions from across the length…

DP World is gearing up to take on the increasing influx of holidaymakers with the start of the 2017-18 cruise tourism season. It is expecting at least 115 luxury cruise ships from 22 ocean-sailing cruise lines to berth at Mina Rashid’s Dubai Cruise Terminal facilities over the coming season. The Dubai Cruise Terminal, operated by DP World,…

Alpha Destination Management has signed an exclusive agreement with Expedia, to operate the Expedia Local Expert program in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The agreement will be effective from October 1, 2017. Expedia Local Expert allows us to build the perfect activity itinerary for travellers with an insider’s perspective and local know-how…

Maldives, a destination historically conceived as a honeymooner’s heaven has been recently witnessing a significant paradigm shift. Not only is the island nation promoting Maldives as an ultimate holiday destination for families across the globe, but the kind of experience this mystical paradise has to offer is indeed beyond imagination. According…


Imagine Abu Dhabi - Al Ain in 15 minutes. Abu Dhabi - Dubai in 12 minutes. Well, this will soon be a reality as HyperloopTT is bringing the ultra high-speed transport system to life. “It is coming, and it is real,” confirms Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), ahead of…

including, among many others: · Ushuaia, Argentina · Rapa Nui / Easter Island · Darwin, Australia · Valparaiso, Chile ·

Dubai Tourism has stepped up its efforts to cement and enhance the emirate’s position as the "Cruise Hub of the Region". Dubai Tourism exhibited at Seatrade Europe, held in Hamburg last month. It exhibited under the Cruise Arabia banner, which brings together the tourism authorities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain on a unified stand with…

services, holiday and hotel bookings, as well as advanced search filters such as destinations with halal food offerings.

Turkish Airlines has signed a new agreement with Enterprise Holdings, a leading car rental providers in the world to extend its services after the flight. According to this agreement, Turkish Airlines’ passengers will continue to receive the high-quality service, offered during their whole flight process, on the ground as well when they rent…

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Desert Adventures, part of the Kuoni Destination Management Specialists division, has widened its business scope and increased its presence in hotels across UAE. By securing excursion sales desks at hotels, Desert Adventures also aims to provide tourists in UAE with the opportunity and convenience…

Salalah, capital city of southern Oman's Dhofar province offers a different experience all together.

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Desert Adventures, part of the Kuoni Destination Management Specialists division, has taken a significant step forward in strengthening its connection with the UK market with the appointment of Jean Joseph, a seasoned hospitality industry professional as its UK representative. The move is mainly…

With just a month away from the biggest aviation extravaganza in the region, Dubai Airshow will witness 1200 exhibitors, including around 100 taking part for the first time at the event. A host of new features shall entice the visitors in addition to the appearance of industry heavyweights and niche companies. The Dubai Airshow takes place from November…

Over 100 experts gathered at the Amadeus Fly by Digital Summit in Dubai, UAE to share best practices and insights from around the globe regarding digital business transformations. This year’s conference focused on supporting industry players to attract, showcase, sell and service travellers in the region as more and more commerce moves into…

The first edition of the Travel Tech ME Congress concluded at Marriot Al Jaddaf in Dubai, UAE where over 100 technology experts, travel agents, airline operators and airport officials came together to provide a forum for exchange of the current technologies in tourism. Organised by Verve Management, the two-day congress started yesterday with Diego…

Carnival Corporation & plc has inked an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build a new cruise ship for the company's Cunard brand. The new ship for Cunard will be built at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery date in 2022. The as-yet-unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria…

World Travel Market London will hold two dedicated conference sessions focused on the Asia and China markets on November 6 and 8, 2017. This year, the two themed conference sessions will be on “Responsible Tourism in China” and “Redefining the travel experience – A viewpoint from Asia and China”. Each session…

Royal Caribbean International has partnered with actress and avid traveller Shay Mitchell to be the brand's Adventurist ? an adventure adviser and storyteller for the cruise line.

Travelport has recently launched Travelport Resolve, a new product for airlines that puts the traveller first, automating the sourcing and distribution of hotel rooms, air rebooking and meal and transport needs into a single, seamless and paperless experience when flight are cancelled or delayed. Travelport Resolve enables airlines to react to disruptions…

Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector, led by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is continuing its series of international promotions and conventions ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cruise season with a four-city regional travel trade roadshow in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 – 12 October 2017. Showcasing the Emirate’s…

Concept of Hyperloop Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of transportation conceived by Elon Musk, CEO the aerospace firm SpaceX that transports people and freight at a lightning speed….

The UAE pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, managed and supervised by the National Media Council (NMC), has witnessed widespread interest from a broad range of international VIP’s and visitors since its opening on 10 June, reaching 150,000 during its first month. The UAE pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, which is being held under the theme…

Halal Expo Dubai 2017 is the largest and most comprehensive Business-to-Business (B2B) halal exposition in the Middle East for the US$2.3 trillion global halal industry. The event, which attracted participation from 13 countries in its previous edition and registered 3,700 trade visitors from 40 countries, expect larger trade participation where…

Best Stand Design: Kerzner International Resorts 2. Best Stand Design Highly Commended: South Africa 3.

Travelport has extended its partnership with car rental and ground transportation technology specialist, Mobacar, to deliver innovation in car distribution. The alliance builds on Travelport’s Beyond Air portfolio and enhances the breadth and quality of ground transport services content provided to travel agency customers. …

In India, Hertz's outbound sales efforts are supported in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai by Discover the World, an international GSA partner of Hertz since 1995.

'Responsible Tourism' has been announced as the official theme for the Arabian Travel Market, ATM, 2018 show, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 22 to 25April, 2018. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said, "The GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets on a global scale and is a resource-intensive…

A special night for the maritime industry, ‘TheSeatrade Maritime Awards’ Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa will be held October 9 at the Madinat Jumeirah to celebrate excellence in maritime sea trade. The finalists of this year’s awards have now been announced, who represented some of the most respected names in the…

MakeMyTrip undertook a strategic combination with Ibibo Group in January 2017 and acquired its 100% equity interest. ITQ’s investment in local support and infrastructure for the Travelport platform in the markets in which we operate has enabled us to provide the sort of service and local touch, linked….

This was followed by: · Packing emergency snacks (42%) · Covering kids in bug spray/sunscreen (41%)…. swimsuit/ski gear) separately or at the top of the suitcase (31%) · Checking out the fastest…

Shift Car Rental, a part of AW Rostamani Group has announced the launch of their new office at the Dubai Internet City this month. The new office will cater to the communities of Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road and the Palm. The target group will include the residents, working community…

WayBlazer, an artificial intelligence company has partnered with Fareportal to use of WayBlazer's comprehensive AI platform to drive more contextually relevant search results for website visitors across CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com. "We are extremely pleased with the results we've seen using WayBlazer's technology," said Fareportal Founder…

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. has recently renewed its global partnership with Lufthansa to provide convenience and exclusive benefits for Lufthansa’s passengers renting a Hertz vehicle at any location around the world. Lufthansa customers will continue to enjoy attractive car rental offers from Hertz while accessing special discounts…

Global innovators within the snack and confectionary industry were rewarded for their cutting-edge innovation, at the yummex Middle East Innovation Awards, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The awards recognised the international innovation of sweets, snacks and chocolates at the 11th edition of trade show yummex Middle East, organised…

The event is the Middle East’s first dedicated exhibition for the products, services and technologies related to the disabilities and rehabilitation sectors, with more than 40 centres and….

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Tune Protect, facilitator of online travel insurance, together with Sharjah Aviation Services (SAS) launched a new service for all international travellers, ‘Baggage Assurance by Hala’ a unique offering provided by Hala Services at the Sharjah International Airport. “We are…

Etihad Holidays has launched operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to provide a wide choice of package holiday options to travellers in the four countries. The move follows the successful introduction of Etihad Airways’ holiday division in the UAE, UK, Germany, India and North America. Darren Peisley, Managing Director…

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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced new stipulations for issuing permits to practice car rental activities in Dubai as part of endeavours to streamline the business of this sector. “The new conditions aim at improving the business practices of this sector, curb offences…

The first Cultural Tour Guide Programme was held from September 19 to November 21, 2016, and was aimed at honing the technical skills of Dubai Culture staff specialising in history, Islamic….

The event was marked with the launch of Lama Tours’ Kolkata office followed by a four-city road show in India. Last year, Dubai alone had 1.

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Allianz Global Assistance and TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators (TIC), which merged to form one of Canada's largest providers of travel insurance and assistance in January 2015, officially became a single entity under the same name and brand on November 16. According to Daniel Wichels, CEO, Canada,…

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Dollar Rent a Car announces participation in this year’s Jeddah International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (JTTX) to showcase its key offerings to existing and potential partners. The exhibition will take place in Jeddah Hilton from 15 to 17 February, 2017. The team of Dollar Rent a Car…

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RSA, a leading provider of insurance services in the region, is launching the country’s first-ever competition to find the UAE’s unluckiest traveller. The four-week long campaign, launching July 10, will give people across the UAE a chance enter a contest to share their unluckiest travel stories…

Along its long coastline are fabulous beaches and islands while its revered history is encompassed amongst its ancient forts. A typical two-hour tour includes being driven in a 4X4 with a bedouin driver, a 30-minute camel ride and a visit to Bedouin tent to meet the friendly locals.

A first for the Indian travel industry, Yatra Online Inc. has launched a 'Smart Watch Wear App' for Android devices. The app gives users access to the booking flow of flights, hotels, buses, trains, homestays, activities and cabs. The app is currently available on the Android Play store. The application is designed to be user-friendly,…

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The Mall of Qatar recently announced a soft opening in time for its National day celebrations The new date will not only be significant to everyone in Qatar as it is just a week before Qatar National Day, but it will also ensure a higher percentage of fitted out shops for a more comprehensive…

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Huge numbers of UAE citizens are risking missing out on valuable cover by neglecting to arrange their travel policies until the last hour, alarming insurance providers of the potential that holiday goers may not understand the value and necessity for these products to ensure a safe and happy vacation.…

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Worldwide Insurance Solutions (WIS) recently announced that it has become the official distributor of Trace Luggage Tracker (www.tmlt.co.uk) for Middle East, Africa and the subcontinent. Commenting on this new distribution agreement, Jonathan Cooper, Managing Director of WIS said, “We are excited…

Yatra Online has introduced a new feature called 'Xplore', aimed at optimizing traveller budgets. With a user friendly, easy to navigate and visually appealing design, Xplore aims to revolutionize and simplify the user experience while enabling a traveller plan a trip within a stipulated budget. Yatra's CEO and Co-founder Dhruv Shringi…

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The much-talked about Al Majaz Watefront in Sharjah is all set to welcome its Winter Festival on 15 December 2016. The festival will see the introduction of an ice rink, frosty decorations, snow tubing activity, a cool inflatable maze and a rainfall of snow. As per a company release,…

Arabian Adventures has curated a selection of excursions in response to the changing needs of customers and the launch of new attractions in the UAE. From visiting remote wadis and canyons to getting first hand insights into conservation efforts and Dubai’s evolving food culture, the new 2017/18 tours, safaris and attractions from Arabian Adventures…

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dnata announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase a stake in the Destination Asia Group - a leading destination management company (DMC) in Asia. This acquisition marks dnata’s first foray into Asia’s inbound travel market. Destination Asia is an integrated destination management…

Antarctica is slowly emerging as one of the most sought after destinations for UAE’s cruise travellers, who are always on the search for something exotic and different. To address the needs of the UAE travellers, ‘The Q Experiences’ has announced a trip to Antarctica on a luxury cruise. Starting on December 9, 2017, an 11-day curated…

According to the latest Q3 2017 data released by the Expedia group, international mobile business into the UAE has increased significantly compared to the same period last year. Data shows travellers from the United States leading with almost 35% of room night demand made via mobile or tablet - almost a 60% year-on-year increase compared…

According to the European Travel Commission, more than 30 million Canadian and US tourists visit Europe each year, spending over USD54 billion (AED198.

The 27th edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will run between April 26 and May 2, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), the fair consistently witnesses record-breaking participation from Arab and Foreign publishing houses, and includes a professional and cultural programme.…

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Travel has taken a jump with summer kicking off. Dubai Airports has reported an increasing numbers of travellers month on month, drawing in an impressive 7.24 million passengers in March. These trends are helping travel insurance providers prepare for a surge in demand. A recent survey found…

The winning projects embody the very best in architectural excellence for future and built developments across the globe.

Yas Marina’s annual Boat Festival is all set to return this October, with an expanded concept celebrating the best of #LifeatSea. Scheduled to take place on October 20-21, the two-day nautical themed spectacular will shine a light on all things boating, right from new and second-hand boats to water sports equipment. Following the…

future direction and current programmes including its interactive training course, ‘Dubai Way’ designed for government and private sector staff engaged in tourist-facing roles in various service sectors.

The 2016/2017 Dubai Cruise season officially concluded with the departure of the season’s final ship, the C.S. Sea Princess, from Port Rashid recently. After a stopover in Dubai, the luxury ship’s only port of call in the GCC, the C.S. Sea Princess continued her voyage to Aqaba as part of a 104-nights round trip around the world. …

Holidayme announced the appointment of Olivier Dombey as its Chief Commercial Officer to spearhead the firm’s entire non-air global supply channel commercial and operational development. Globally, Olivier will focus on fast tracking the expansion of Holidayme product line diversity by, sourcing out and contracting the right products,…

This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC and a 7% increase in international visitors to the event, which was held in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27. For the second year in succession, visitor numbers smashed through the 28,000 mark – the show saw a 71% increase in visitors…

A new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels, is scheduled to open in the summer at DP World Limassol port. The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square meters. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling capability,…

The new branch becomes the 21st Hertz location in the UAE among a global network of 10,300 locations.

Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the successful close of its best-ever cruise season at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal with the maiden call of Princess Cruise Lines’ Majestic Princess. The company recorded booming growth for the year with a 40% increase in vessel calls and 48% overall increase in passengers to Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas from last year.…

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The Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer, Majid Al Futtaim, recently unveiled a strategic development plan that will see the company increase its total investment in UAE by AED30 billion by 2026, taking its total investment in the country to AED…

Al Tayer Travel Agency have appointed as the exclusive general sales agent (GSA) in GCC for ERM Tours & Safaris, a luxury tour operator delivering world-class African experiences. Commenting on the announcement of the partnership, Barry Hurter, CEO of ERM Tours & Safaris said: ‘This partnership represents a strategic milestone for our company.…

WTM London has finally opened registration for its 2017 edition. WTM London 2017, which takes place between November 6-8, 2017 is poised to be the most successful yet. The new-look three-day format, introduced last year, has been universally well received from all participant groups. It is anticipated exhibitors will be able to conduct…

” “Being organised is an absolute priority. ” Currently, Debrah Dhugga is working on the launch of Dukes Dubai on Palm Jumeirah, which has a mixed gender executive team.

Oman Air has announced the first winner of its new incentive scheme for travel agents in Oman. Sumith K.P. of Travel City travel agency was rewarded with a Mini Cooper in recognition of his excellent sales in the first quarter of 2017. The car was presented to Sumith K.P. by Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch. The new incentive scheme for Oman…

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has appointed South Africa Managing Director Andrew Stark to oversee the international travel company’s interests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Andrew now manages three countries including South Africa and Namibia. Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has announced that it will be including the…

By partnering with Zappos, we're now looking to take that a step further with the custom-designed Virgin America pump," said Luanne Calvert, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin America. Created to be both comfortable and chic, it is the perfect travel accessory.

Yatra Online, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement, through its subsidiary, Yatra Online Private Limited, under which it will acquire Air Travel Bureau Ltd. ("ATB"), which is India's largest independent corporate travel services provider with Gross Bookings of INR 15 Billion generated through a diverse client base of over 400 large and medium…

com on why every travel buff absolutely must travel to Morocco · To explore Marrakesh Perhaps the most striking city of the Arab World, Marrakesh…. · It’s inexpensive: For those anxious about the high cost an international trip…

Cathay Pacific celebrates 40 years of its presence in Dubai this year since it commenced operations from its hub in Hong Kong. Ever since that historic inaugural flight to Dubai, Al Naboodah Travel has represented the leading Asian airline as its general sales agent in the UAE. Nasir Khan, CEO of Al Naboodah Travel, said: “It has…

According to the exhibitors at the 5th Annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT), there has been sharp rise in the MICE arrivals from the lucrative outbound Indian travel market, according to exhibitors. To further boost this market, the Indian MICE & luxury travel industry is set to take place on August 1-2, 2017 at Andaz Delhi in…

Here’s Holidayme’s list of Top places! · Atacama Desert, Chile Being one of the driest places on earth (it receives only a millimetre…. · Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Apart from being a very popular holiday destination…

Royal Caribbean Arabia recently honoured travel agents for their dedication and excellence in the industry in a selection of awards that were announced at Arabian Travel Market 2017. The annual awards, which is in its 11th year, celebrates outstanding travel companies working in conjunction with the cruise brand across the GCC, Levant and…

Nirvana Travel and Tourism has announced the launch of its sister company Dana Al Bahar, Abu Dhabi’s prime luxury yacht company which provides high-end marine tourism services in the United Arab Emirates. Ala Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Nirvana Travel & Tourism said, “Establishing Dana Al Bahar, Nirvana Travel &…

Gulf Air has officially launched one of the airline’s anticipated initiatives “Gulf Air Holidays”, offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide across its network available via holidays.gulfair.com. The airline has partnered with online travel booking company “Ezeego1.com” who are…

In a special partnership with PressReader, the Cathay Pacific app now allows customers to gain access to PressReader 48 hours before departure. This means all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon customers can download full issues of their favourite publications to their own smart phones or tablets for free. PressReader’s 7,000-strong library…

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Hotelbeds Group, a global bedbank and business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry, has announced plans for Tourico Holidays to merge with its Bedbank business unit. Joan Vilà, Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group said: “With the backing of Cinven and CPPIB we…

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The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 24 to 27. Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international…

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With ambitions to welcome 440,000 visitors a year by 2024, the government of Kuwait is pressing ahead with multiple plans that will see billions of dollars invested in projects and a further $1 billion budget earmarked to promote the Gulf state over the same period. Plans are in place to establish…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market next week in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The authority will be joined by 67 interested parties representing 115 products at the region’s biggest…

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Consumer shopping and buying behaviours are always evolving, but the most disruptive changes are still to come, reveals the latest research study from Sabre. The global study, Consumer Mega-Trends Impacting Hospitality, analyses six mega-trends, showing hoteliers what guests will want next. Sabre…

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Tune Protect, a regional online facilitator of travel insurance through its insurance partner, recently unveiled a new suite of travel assurance products featuring benefits catering specifically to the evolving needs of travellers throughout the region. The company introduced Tune Protect lifestyle assurance…

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Worldwide Insurance Solutions (WIS) recently launched Car Hire Excess insurance for travellers through the WIS Connectz B2B platform. The insurance is provided for UAE residents and is underwritten by Alliance Insurance, supported by Allianz Global Assistance and offered exclusively through the WISConnectz…

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi recently inaugurated two new attractions, ‘Benno’s Great Race’ and ‘Flying Aces’. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development inaugurated the new family ride, Benno’s Great Race. Expansion…

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is all geared up to launch its luxury yachting and cruises. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement.…

From Broadway shows to Vietnamese cooking classes, travellers can now save as much as 30 percent on the top activities, tours, and attractions in over 1,600 destinations: ·….

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UDrive, a Dubai-based pay-as-you-go rental service today recently launched the ‘UDrive for free’ campaign, offering residents and visitors to Dubai free membership for one month as well as a complimentary one hour free drive, that is inclusive of parking and fuel costs. The campaign…

The ATM Travel Agents’ Academy will return to Arabian Travel Market in 2017 with two half-day sessions on Thursday 27 April, at Dubai World Trade Centre. Beginning at 10am in Hall 1, scheduled topics for the free-to-attend 2017 programme include itinerary planning, sales training and destination briefings, with a networking break,…

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An innovative new website, myconcierge.com, goes out to market this month following a pre-summer soft launch. The Dubai-based site bridges the gap between actual and virtual concierge services for those seeking the very best experiences at the most competitive prices. While the concept was intended…

The destination will also feature the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort. Dubai Parks and Resorts has committed to picking unique items to ensure a truly immersive experience.

But sometimes these mistakes can turn your trip into a disappointing and money wasting experience. Here are 9 of the most common travel mistakes.

With over 450 performances per year, the show is to be presented in a 1,300 seat, purpose-built, state-of-the-art theatre, filled with 2.

“Amadeus has invested in delivering innovative solutions that enable our partners to thrive in this industry with new business models and technology.