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Wizz Air launches Rome-Dammam flight

Wizz Air launches its first flight between Rome and Dammam

Flights between the two destinations will operate twice a week

IndiGo commences new direct flights between Mumbai and Ras Al Khaimah

Indian carrier IndiGo launches daily direct service between Mumbai and Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is IndiGo’s 100th overall destination and 11th in its Middle East network

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Wizz Air: New bus service to transport passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi airport

The service will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport with Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Bus Station on an Express Bus Route

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Why TikTok is the platform of choice for travellers across the region

TikTok has become wildly popular for showcasing immersive travel moments, ranging from creators interacting with nature in many ways, exploring various cultures, simply tasting street food, or trying their hand at uniquely local experiences

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UAE, Saudi Arabia travellers prefer premium travel experiences, reveals study

According to Collinson, the most popular travel benefits among respondents were loyalty rewards, airport lounge access and frequent flyer rewards

Emirates to invest $2bn to enhance customer experience

Emirates to invest over $2bn to enhance inflight customer experience

Emirates’ latest initiatives include a new vegan menu, a ‘cinema in the sky’ experience, cabin interior upgrades and sustainable choices

Air India announces special ‘Independence Day’ travel offer for Gulf and Middle East

The promotional tickets are on sale between August 8-21, with travel valid until October 15

Airbnb readies $2bn buyback on surge in travel demand

Airbnb readies $2bn buyback on surge in travel demand

The San Francisco-based home-rental company said that nights and experiences booked in the second quarter rose 25 per cent to 103.7m

Etihad Airways records $296m first-half profit

Etihad Airways reports core operating profit of $296m in H1 2022, as travel demand recovers

Eithad Airways carried 4.02 million passengers in H1 2022, over 3 million more than last year, with an average seat load factor of 75 per cent

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Airport Dimensions opens flagship sleep ’n fly concept at DXB

Sleep options include a range of cabins and sleep ’n fly’s signature FlexiSuite Pods and a dedicated ‘Power Nap’ area

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UK-UAE travel: Emirates to start third flight to London Gatwick to meet demand

The third daily flight will help serve high demand from customers travelling to and from London this summer

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Insights: The journey from pandemic to endemic and what it signals

Collinson’s global medical director says countries will increasingly move away from community testing and instead require only symptomatic individuals to be tested, particularly with virus variants become less potent

Emirates rejects LHR request to cut capacity

UAE-UK Travel: Emirates refuses London Heathrow request to reduce flights

Emirates plans to operate services as scheduled to and from London Heathrow until further notice

Airbnb readies $2bn buyback on surge in travel demand

Dubai ranks as 10th best Airbnb destination globally in 2022

According to the latest data from Inkifi, Dubai has 15,948 Airbnb active rentals

Abu Dhabi International expects 2.8 million travellers in July and August

The airport is expecting around 414,000 travellers during the Eid Al Adha travel season between July 7 and 15

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UAE citizens will not require visas to visit UK from 2023

The directive has been extended to other GCC countries as well

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Tourism recovery sees Dubai welcome 6.17 million visitors from January to May

The latest tourism data was revealed by Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism at its first ‘City Briefing’ for 2022

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Travel trends: More than 50% people in UAE and Saudi Arabia are seeking new experiences

Results from a new Twitter Insights Survey showed that around 33 per cent of the respondents in Saudi Arabia didn’t know how they felt about travel in 2022 against 31 per cent who were confident to hop on a plane and travel

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Saudi Arabia lifts Covid-19 precautionary measures

The kingdom registered 905 new Covid-19 infections on June 12

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Mastercard, Musafir partner to enable seamless travel bookings

The partnership will see new payment products introduced to offer travel benefits to both consumers and corporates

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Saudia, NEOM to start regular international flights from NEOM Bay Airport

Saudia will operate direct flights to select regional and international destinations, with weekly flights to Dubai set to start by the end of June

Revealed: UAE tourism sector’s performance in Q1 2022

According to tourism figures for Q1 2022, the country’s hotel establishments attracted nearly 6 million visitors who spent 25 million hotel nights

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ATM 2022: In-destination experiences to shape the future of global travel and tourism

Topics discussed at the one-day forum included the role of sustainability in driving the in-destination business forward

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Ras Al Khaimah offers new hot air ballooning experience

The RAK Airventure attraction is open daily at Manar Mall and is part of the emirate’s sustainable tourism initiatives

Flydubai suspends flights to Sri Lanka till end of August

Budget carrier flydubai restarts flights to Saudi Arabia’s Ha’il and Tabuk

The resumption of these flights will take flydubai’s network in Saudi Arabia to ten destinations, including Dammam, Gassim, Jeddah, Taif and Riyadh

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Low-cost carrier Air Arabia Abu Dhabi announces new service to Mumbai

The carrier flies to Calicut, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi and Trivandrum, with Mumbai soon becoming its sixth destination in India

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Hayya Card mandatory for all visitors to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup

At the moment, the card is only being issued to those who have a ticket for the tournament

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Covid-19: Travel ban to be lifted for unvaccinated Emiratis in UAE

Also, unvaccinated individuals under the age of 16 no longer need to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in the UAE

UAE’s flydubai restarts service to Taif, Saudi Arabia

With the Taif service restarting, flydubai’s network in Saudi has grown to seven destinations, including AlUla, Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh and Yanbu

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches new route to Chennai

The new service to Chennai represents the sixth city that Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will operate to in India after Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum, Delhi and Jaipur