Boeing delivers Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner

07 Jan 2015

Abu Dhabi based airline first in the Middle East to receive the 787-9

Dubai: Boeing said on Thursday it delivered Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline’s new livery, which was revealed recently. The aircraft is the first of the 71 Dreamliners that the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has on order, which includes forty-one 787-9s and thirty 787-10s, Boeing said in a statement. It added that Etihad Airways will also be the first airline in the Middle East to operate the 787... Read More

Dubai Duty Free Sales Touch $1.9bn In 2014

07 Jan 2015

Perfume was the top selling product in Dubai Duty Free during 2014, followed by liquor and gold, the airport retailer said.

Sales at Dubai Duty Free (DDF) rose to reach almost Dhs7 billion ($1.9 billion) in 2014, up 7.36 per cent from 2013, the airport retailer said in a statement.

The group also set a new monthly sales record in December with sales soaring to reach Dhs749.13 million ($205.24 million), up seven per cent from Dhs700 million in the corresponding period of 2013.... Read More

Dubai International Airport passengers are projected to reach 78.4 million in 2015

07 Jan 2015

Dubai International announced it is set to clock up more than 71 million passengers by the end of the year and could overtake the current busiest airport in the world - Heathrow. Passenger traffic at Dubai International rose 5.7 per cent in October putting the airport on track to eclipse the 71 million passenger mark according to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Dubai Airports estimate passenger numbers are projected to reach 78.4 million in 2015 and 103.5 million... Read More

Paris Opera National Ballet in Dubai

Paris Opera National Ballet in Dubai

05 Jan 2015

The program of the Galas with Etoiles and soloists from Paris Opera National Ballet has been unveiled

and promises unforgettable moments.


Performers: Ludmila Pagliero, Karl Paquette, Etoile Dancers and Soloists from L’Opera de Paris

Venue: Madinat Theatre, Dubai

Dates: 8th, 9th and 10th January 2015


Dubai – 22 December 2014: The program of the unprecedented Galas with Etoiles and Soloists from Paris Opera National Ballet has been unveiled... Read More

Burj Khalifa LED show to continue until January 9

04 Jan 2015

Record-breaking display uses 70,000 LED bulbs

Dubai: The Guinness World Record winning LED illumination on Burj Khalifa’s facade will continue until January 9.

The spectacular LED display envelopes the world’s tallest tower in the colours of the UAE national flag among other dazzling effects, which captivated revellers during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Downtown Dubai on Wednesday.

Covering an area of 32,467 square metres, the record-breaking LED display has an... Read More

Mohammed bin Rashid approves Dubai’s budget for 2015

04 Jan 2015


No-deficit budget for 2015 will have an operating surplus of Dh3.6b

Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the largest budget for Dubai since the global financial crisis at Dh41 billion, up 9 per cent from 2014.

According to a release from Dubai Government Media Office, the no-deficit budget for 2015 will have an operating surplus of Dh3.6 billion, provides for 2,530 jobs... Read More

The UAE named world’s largest donor

04 Jan 2015

UAE development assistance amounts to 5.4b in 2013, 1.34 per cent of Gross National Income

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has been named the world’s largest donor of official development assistance in 2013, offering $5.4 billion (Dh19.84 billion), representing 1.34 per cent of its Gross National Income, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

To date, France is the only country to match this percentage through its globally administered aid in 1961.... Read More

4 Jan 2015 marks 5th anniversary of the Burj Khalifa’s official opening

04 Jan 2015

Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.

Height to architectural top... Read More

Dubai’s Non-Oil Foreign Trade Nears Dhs1 Trillion Mark

31 Dec 2014

China was Dubai’s top non-oil foreign trade partner, followed by India and the US, figures revealed.

Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade amounted to Dhs988 billion during the first nine months of 2014, figures released by Dubai Customs showed.

Out of the overall trade, imports had the biggest share with a value of Dhs621 billion while exports and re-exports to the emirate reached Dhs86 billion and Dhs280 billion respectively.

China was Dubai’s top foreign trade partner during... Read More

Abu Dhabi Airport capacity to handle aircraft increased

31 Dec 2014

Runway renovation is part of wider expansion programme

Abu Dhabi: With the re-opening of the southern runway, the Abu Dhabi International Airport can now handle 500,000 aircraft movements annually, making it one of the largest runway operations in the world.

The re-opening of the renovated southern runway is part of Abu Dhabi International Port’s expansion plans in preparation for the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becoming operational in 2017.

This milestone was marked... Read More