Qatar

Qatar launches first commercial charter flight to and from Kazakhstan

The nation has identified Kazakhstan as one of 15 target markets where tourists can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy Qatar’s vibrant culture

Vietnam

Dubai’s Sunset Hospitality Group launches Azure Beach and Attiko in Vietnam

The group sets sights on opening a further 20 venues in 2023, 15 of those internationally, as its expansion plan gathers pace

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International travel to see steeper growth in 2023, predicts Musafir.com

The average annual business travel spend of SMEs in the UAE is expected to grow by 15-20 per cent in 2023

Review: Staycation at V Hotel Dubai

Review: Staycation at V Hotel Dubai

Located in Al Habtoor City on the banks of Dubai Water Canal, the hotel is unlike anything else you will experience

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Pandemic travel has reached a tipping point

The pullback in restrictions is “an acknowledgment that we’re in a new phase of this pandemic, where things are more stable

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches its first flight to Tashkent

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches first flight to Tashkent

The flights will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport to Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport with a twice-weekly service

Passenger demand, forward bookings signal continuing recovery, says IATA

Passenger demand, forward bookings signal continuing recovery, says IATA

Total traffic in October 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 44.6 per cent compared to October 2021

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UAE’s dnata announces partnership with Amex GBT

As per the agreement, dnata will provide full end-to-end travel and meetings management services to Amex GBT’s customers in the region

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Etihad Airways, Armani/Casa partner to deliver a premium travel experience

Launching onboard in December, the partnership will further enhance Etihad’s premium offering, exclusively curated with designer Giorgio Armani

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DayAway, a portal offering daytime luxury experiences, launches in the UAE

With seven luxury launch partners currently on board, DayAway’s offerings in the UAE include experiences at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Telal Resort Al Ain and InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah

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How the surge in travel has impacted the insurance sector

Neeraj Gupta, CEO of Policybazaar in the UAE tells Gulf Business about how travel insurance has gained prominence post the pandemic

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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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Saudi Arabia opens airspace to all carriers

The move by Saudi Arabia marks a win for Joe Biden as he uses his visit to the region this week to advance US strategic interests

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

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Emirates Airline’s Adnan Kazim on the carrier’s roadmap to a thriving future

Dubai will definitely remain a core strategy for Emirates, opines the carrier’s chief commercial officer 

Arabian Travel Market 2022: The industry’s best on offer

Airlines, hotels, tourism boards and travel trade operators from around the world came together for the event

Airbnb is shutting China business to focus on outbound Asia travel

The San Francisco-based company will stop offering rental homes and experiences in the country this summer

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The Middle East’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to be established in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project

Apart from the property in Saudi, there are only five other Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide

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UK to waive visa requirement for Saudi, Bahraini nationals from June 1

They will need to fill out an online visa waiver application which will be processed within 48 hours and at a cost of GBP30

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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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Airbnb says employees can work remotely forever

Airbnb employees who work in lower cost-of-living areas won’t see their compensation change

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Arabian Travel Market 2022 edition in Dubai to feature over 1,500 exhibitors

Beginning on May 9 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, it expects to receive around 20,000 attendees

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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

How the 2022 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show elevated the global yacht industry

The Dubai International Boat Show which took place last month highlighted the resilience of an industry that fought its way through a difficult two-year period to come out stronger than ever on the other side

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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Trojena: All you need to know about Saudi’s new mega tourism project

Trojena which will include the GCC first outdoor ski resort is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs and add SAR3bn to the kingdom’s GDP by 2030

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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

Antonio Gonzalez, CEO, Sunset Hospitality Group.

Dubai’s Sunset Hospitality Group to expand to 14 countries in 2022

It has announced plans to increase its portfolio to 50 operating venues globally by the end of this year