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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

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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

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launches services to new European destinations

Wizz Air has launched flights from Abu Dhabi to Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Vienna, Katowice, Catania and Bari

UAE’s flydubai to launch services to Pisa in June

Flydubai, which is the first carrier in the UAE to operate direct flights to the Italian city, is also resuming services to Catania in June

Emaar to manage new Armani hotel in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah development

Armani Hotel Diriyah will include 70 rooms and two restaurants, with its suites featuring their own spa and swimming pool

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The possible growth avenues for the GCC’s tourism market

There is much potential for GCC countries to offer digitally-enhanced experience tourism alongside innovative offerings

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UAE: No pre-departure PCR tests for inbound vaccinated travellers, masks not mandatory outdoors

The easing of the Covid-19 precautionary measures is effective starting Saturday, February 26, 2022

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Dubai’s travel platform Wego to acquire Cleartrip’s Middle East business

Travel bookings worth $2bn were generated by the combined businesses in 2019 pre-Covid and the company expects to return to this rate by the end of 2022

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Saudi mandates Covid-19 booster shot for citizens travelling abroad

The directive will be put into effect from 1am on February 9, 2022

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Dubai’s Emirates signs new distribution agreement with Amadeus

The agreement offers travel agents on Amadeus access to surcharge-free Emirates content

Marriott to debut its Autograph Collection in Sharjah with two new properties

Marriott inked a franchise agreement with Shurooq for the two hotels which will be located in Kalba and Khorfakkan

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Sheikh Hamdan forms Supreme Committee to oversee development of Hatta

The committee serves for a renewable period of three years, and is subject to an extension based on the recommendation of its chairman made to the Crown Prince of Dubai

Fintech platform PayBy partners with Asfartrip.com

The launch of PayBy payment solutions on online travel platform Asfartrip is a step towards making cashless travel more inclusive

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Sporting tours with Eric Cantona are offered by this Abu Dhabi startup

Looking FC offers four-day journeys designed by Cantona that take visitors on a sporting pilgrimage to discover worldwide football locations

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Arabian Travel Market announces new dates for 2022 edition in Dubai

It will now be held from May 9-12, 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Centre

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Hyatt Centric opens first Middle East property in Dubai

The 173-key Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai is a seven-storey property is located in La Mer

Emirates to resume flights between Dubai and Uganda

Passengers travelling to Dubai and transiting in Uganda will also be allowed to travel

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Emirates suspends entry of passengers from 10 African countries to Dubai

Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to these destinations will remain unaffected