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Covid-19 impact: Is consolidation the way ahead for GCC’s aviation industry?

Are mergers the way ahead for the GCC’s airline industry post pandemic?

Dubai’s Emirates to resume flights to Toronto from August 16

Customers can fly the Emirates A380 from Dubai to Toronto five times a week

VFS Global launches Covid-19 testing service in UAE

The testing service will commence from August 3, and is being offered in partnership with UAE Ministry of Health approved testing laboratories

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Dubai’s Emirates becomes first international airline to resume services to Seychelles

Emirates will fly five times a week to the popular tourist destination from Dubai

Kuwait to resume flights from Aug 1, bans residents from seven nations including India, Philippines

Kuwait had suspended all commercial flights to and from Kuwait International Airport in mid-March

Saudi mountains, Crimean beaches beckon for staycations in Covid-times

As the Covid-19 pandemic dented international travel and tourism, companies look to capture domestic spending that normally goes abroad

Oman’s Dhofar, Masirah to remain closed due to Covid-19

Omani nationals who have requested to travel abroad during this time have been given permission

Private Aviation

How the private aviation sector in the Middle East is responding to the Covid-19 crisis

Pre-pandemic estimates suggested that there are approximately 800 private jets registered in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Sheikh Mohammed Dubai Metro Route 2020

Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates Dubai Metro’s Route 2020

The new route will provide direct metro connectivity to the Expo 2020 Dubai site

Dubai’s Emirates processes nearly 650,000 refund requests, returns over Dhs1.9bn to customers

The airline crossed its target by early June, expanding its processing capability from a monthly average of 35,000 requests to nearly 200,000

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UAE residents and citizens cannot travel abroad for tourism

Residents who wish to visit their home countries and return to the UAE will be permitted to do so

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UAE citizens abroad with Covid-19 symptoms, virus should inform embassy

The total number of cases in the UAE has risen to 49,069

Update: No NOCs will be issued to UAE residents in India to facilitate return

All residents seeking to return to the UAE must receive approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship

Dubai residents planning to travel abroad must get a permit in order to return

Residents do “not need a Covid-19 test or Dubai government approval to leave Dubai”

Expats stranded outside Saudi will only be allowed to return after the pandemic ends

The mechanism for extending the exit and return visa is yet to be announced

Revealed: 10 big ideas post Covid-19 in the GCC

These are some of the biggest trends set to shape the region post pandemic, according to LinkedIn

UAE outlines conditions under which residents, citizens can travel abroad

Travel will be permitted to specific destinations and for pre-determined categories of people starting June 23

UAE residents, citizens allowed to travel to select countries from June 23

The categories of people allowed to travel along with the approved destinations will be announced at a later date

Hotel Data Cloud

UN recognises Dubai tech startup for efforts to spur tourism industry

Hotel Data Cloud also disseminates information regarding hotels’ ongoing precautionary measures to protect against the Covid-19 virus

Emirates announces four repatriation flights to Cairo from Dubai

The flights will depart from Dubai to Cairo on June 14, 18, 19 and 21

Etihad’s Travel Voucher offers 50% cash bonus on tickets booked until June 24

The vouchers are valid for two years

Covid-19 impact on the GCC’s travel and tourism sector: When will it pick up again?

The travel and tourism industry has indisputably faced the biggest brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic. Are there answers on when things will improve?

Dubai RTA bus stop

Dubai’s RTA partners with private sector to build new-gen bus shelters

The first four shelters are already operational, with plans to construct a total 1,550 over the next 3-4 years

Emirates to resume flights to 16 more cities from June 15, including New York, Singapore

From June 8, Emirates will also offer flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for travellers who wish to connect onwards to other destinations

Movement permits needed in Abu Dhabi during travel ban

Abu Dhabi has banned entry and exit from the emirate for one week starting Tuesday

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Airlines cannot operate with empty middle seats – Emirates’ Tim Clark

The next six to nine months will be “tough” for the aviation industry

Covid-19 impact: Dubai’s Emirates confirms staff layoffs

Airlines across the globe are cutting jobs as the pandemic hit travel demand

Saudi extends tourist visas for three months free of charge

The kingdom suspended all international flights in March

What you need to know about how airline miles are changing

Introduced nearly 50 years ago, air miles are a way for the industry to make money

Danielle Curtis Arabian Tavel Market

Dubai trade show Arabian Travel Market announces three-day virtual event in June

It will feature speed networking sessions, interviews with aviation keynote speakers and pre-recorded on-demand roundtables