UAE News

Work on Al Maktoum International expansion starts this year

10 May 2015

Once complete the passenger terminal will provide a total of 24 boarding gates, seven baggage reclaim carousels and an increase to 104 check-in desks.

Dubai Airports on Tuesday said construction work to expand Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) is expected to start later this year.

In a statement, Dubai Airports said the capacity of passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International will increase to 26 million annually by 2017 from present level of six million... Read More

Sharjah Launches Dhs80m Leisure Island Project To Attract Tourists

10 May 2015

The island will consist of a Butterfly House, a literature pavilion and art sculptures, the emirate's agency said in a statement.

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has launched Al Noor Island, a leisure island project in the emirate in a push to attract more tourists.

Valued at Dhs80 million, Al Noor Island is located in Khalid Lagoon and extends over an area of 45,470 square metres.

The island will consist of a Butterfly House that will house 500... Read More

HH Sheikh Ahmed to inaugurate Airport Show to be held from May 10 to 12, 2015

07 May 2015

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, will inaugurate the Airport Show 2015 to be held from May 10 to 12, 2015, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). The 15th Airport Show 2015 will be co-located with the 3rd edition of the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) and Travel Catering Expo (TCE).

We, on behalf of Reed Exhibitions Middle East, are pleased to invite you to... Read More

Mid-Market Hotels Gain Momentum In Dubai

07 May 2015

Government directives stimulate growth in mid-market hotel sector

Dubai, UAE, May 5th 2015: According to the latest figures issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai’s hotel portfolio grew during the 12 months of 2014 from 611 hotels and hotel apartments to 659 – a 7.8% growth over the course of the year. With a number of additions to the mid-market segment opening during the year, further additions to the portfolio of three and four star hotels are... Read More

Major Brands Excel At Awards

07 May 2015

The scope of the region’s industry-leading airline and hotel operators

reflected in largest awards ceremony in 12-year history

May 4th 2015

 New and established operators were honoured in the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2015 ceremony at the Conrad Dubai ballroom yesterday evening.

More than 350 executives from across the travel industry attended the awards, which were voted by readers, and this year was the largest in 12 years with two new categories.... Read More


05 May 2015

Hundreds of delegates from the region and around the world attended the opening of the 22nd edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015 in Dubai on Monday, May 4 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year’s ATM, which runs from May 4 to 7, has attracted the participation of nearly 3,000 exhibitors, ranging from hotels to travel agencies who are showcasing their products and services.

In line with the theme of the latest edition of ATM, YouGov has... Read More

Dubai welcomes 13.2m international visitors in 2014

05 May 2015

8.2 per cent growth significantly higher than global average of 4.7 per cent

Results contained within ‘Dubai Annual Visitor Report’, launched at Arabian Travel Market

Dubai, UAE; 3 May 2015: Dubai welcomed a total of 13.2 million international overnight visitors in 2014, according to new statistics issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Representing a year-on-year increase of 8.2 per cent – significantly higher than the global average of... Read More

Technology key to seamless Air Traffic Management in Middle East

05 May 2015

Middle East airspace is presently ‘saturated’

CANSO: Middle East ATM requires effective use of technology

ATC equipment market to reach $4.23 billion by 2020

UAE to handle 1.85 million aircraft movements by 2030

26 companies to showcase ATM portfolio at Airport Show

ATM challenges until 2030 to be debated at GALF-2015

Alleviate ‘system limitations’ in UAE airspace

Dubai, May 3, 2015: Civil aviation authorities in the Middle East are... Read More

‘Promenade With Me’ by Savannah du Quercy

04 May 2015

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach presents an exhibition in collaboration with the International Emerging Artist Award ‘Promenade With Me’ by Savannah du Quercy. An inspiring journey into the universe of the artist, ’Promenade With Me” is a mix media exhibition and a theatrical experience of a unique kind. Vibrant in colour and magically powerful, it is envisioned by French actress and painter Savannah Du Quercy. In it unexpected brush strokes and experimentation blend to reveal a sensitive soul... Read More

Seaplane safaris to Sir Bani Yas Island launched

03 May 2015

New seaplane safaris have been launched making it easier for the public to see some of the rarest wildlife in the country.

A Dubai-based tour operator is now offering a range of packages to Sir Bani Yas Island, west of Abu Dhabi city, starting from Dh 2,999 per person for a day trip.

“We are very proud and privileged to have partnered with Anantara in this new service,” said Stuart Wheeler, chief executive of Seawings.

“Sir Bani Yas is a magical place with so much to... Read More