flydubai looks to boost trade and tourism links with India | Travel Daily ME

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai

India will soon witness increased focus on growing trade and tourism links from UAE. The recent flydubai inaugural flight highlighted this trend with its new connections to Delhi, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

There has been consistent and positive growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals FTA from the Middle East to India over the last three years. This has primarily been as investment, tourism and trade ties continue to strengthen between the two regions.

Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president – commercial GCC, Subcontinent and Africa for flydubai said: “Tourism, investment and trade between India and UAE are important economic drivers. Since we started flying to India in 2010 there has been strong demand for our flights.”

His Excellency Mohamed Sultan Abdalla Al Owais together with business leaders attended a dinner in Delhi to mark the commencement of flights. Business Class will be available on all three new routes in India too.

via flydubai looks to boost trade and tourism links with India | Travel Daily ME.

Interview: Emirates CEO on Why the Dubai-Based Carrier Is Winning – Daily Telegraph

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Ever wondered what happens to a 258-seater jet when it starts to look a bit dated?“  Cut up in the desert,” Sir Tim Clark, the long-standing president of Emirates airline, says matter-of-factly. “Sad but that’s what you have to do. They are no use to us.” Emirates’ Airbus A340-500 aircraft may only be eight or so years old, but some of them will soon end up in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, surrounded by coral and divers.“They have no value so we strip out all of the parts as best we can and then the government takes them, sanitises them and makes them environmentally friendly and creates reefs,” Clark says.It may seem brutal but there is no room for sentimentality in the fast-paced environment at Emirates, which is already the world’s biggest airline by international passenger traffic and is growing rapidly. It’s out with the old and in with the new, after Emirates in November placed the biggest order in the history of civil aviation for larger, far more fuel efficient planes.Emirates is already the biggest operator of A380 super-jumbos – it took delivery of its 44th in December – and it has a total firm order book of 385 aircraft, also including Boeing 777s and Airbus A350s.Although the real sums that change hands over aircraft deals always remain cloaked in secrecy, the list value of Emirates’ order book is $166bn £100bn.

via Interview: Emirates CEO on Why the Dubai-Based Carrier Is Winning – Skift./Daily telegrahp

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The Travel Marketing Digest: Congratulations to Dubai for EXPO 2020, New findings from Facebook, “The 21st Century Traveller” report from Euromonitor, BCG & TripAdvisor report on Chinese Tourism

Dubai Expo CongratulationsFirstly, we would like to congratulate Dubai and its premier sponsors and bid supporters from around the world for their successful bid to host the EXPO 2020. This edition draws attention to three insightful studies: Facebook have released some new findings on their impact on travel plansEuromonitor have released a report on the trends of \”The 21st Century Traveller\”Boston Consulting Group and Trip Advisor have released a report on the explosion of Chinese Tourism and how to capitalise on it In addition, Amadeus announce a new travel start up venture fund, Twitter announce their first entry into advertising and we provide a summary from CMOs InTravel, our blog site.

via Congratulations to Dubai for EXPO 2020, New findings from Facebook, “The 21st Century Traveller” report from Euromonitor, BCG & TripAdvisor report on Chinese Tourism.

The Muslim travel market: The Kuoni Group has a vision – eTurboNews.com

Crescentrating, the world’s leading authority on halal travel, and the world\’s leading group travel provider Kuoni Group Travel Experts, have announced a global partnership that will enable Kuoni Group Travel Experts to market Crescentrated halal friendly group travel arrangements. It will see Muslim families, leisure and MICE groups enjoy better travel experiences around the world thanks to a network of Crescentrating accredited travel agents in Asia.

The partnership launched at the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai (25-26 November). Fazal Bahardeen, Crescentrating’s CEO, spoke at the event alongside several of Kuoni’s hotel partners, to highlight the value of the global Islamic economy and latest trends within halal industries such as food, travel and lifestyle.

via The Muslim travel market: The Kuoni Group has a vision – eTurboNews.com.

Winning Expo 2020 will boost Dubai’s image in global job market | GulfNews.com

Dubai: Expo 2020 would significantly boost Dubai’s image in the international job market as a destination for talented professionals if the emirate is successful in his bid, Hany Mwafy, Managing Director at Brand Finance Middle East said.

Brand Finance is an independent valuation firm that assesses the value of brands and recently released a study that said the UAE brand value would increase by $8 billion (Dh29.4 billion) if Dubai is successful in its bid later this year.

Mwafy, speaking on the backdrop of The Global Travel Marketing Forum — an event that brings together global travel marketing heads — in Dubai on Wednesday, said a winning bid would “enforce the reality that Dubai is one of the global talent magnets”.

via Winning Expo 2020 will boost Dubai’s image in global job market | GulfNews.com.

AirGuideOnline.com — Saudi Arabia places a large order for the iconic London black cab

Saudi Arabia has become the latest Middle Eastern country to place a major order for the iconic London black cab.

The kingdom’s Ujra Holding Company has ordered 200 black taxis and 200 in assorted colours, according to BBC News.

They are due to be delivered by the end of the year.

Dubai also has ordered 200 black taxis, according to the London Taxi Company, which manufactures the cars.

“We’ve got a very good business partner in the Middle East and he’s developed the London Taxi concept into Riyadh in particular,” London Taxi Company vice president Peter Johansen said.

“People prefer to use our taxis over the local taxis because they’re more comfortable and, in particular, in Saudi women are treated slightly differently from the west.

“Because our taxi provides a segregated compartment, separate from the driver, ladies in Saudi are allowed to use our taxis on their own, whereas they’re not allowed to use the local taxis.”

The company said it was also in talks with Azerbaijan.

Abu Dhabi and Bahrain also made large orders of the taxis in 2007 and 2008, respectively, as a tourism initiative, although as yet they have not put the cars on the road.

via AirGuideOnline.com — Saudi Arabia places a large order for the iconic London black cab.

MIDDLE EAST Low cost Carrier rankings and outlook

MIDDLE EAST LCCs ARE NOW ESTABLISHED, but there is still plenty of upside:

by Airline Leader

ALTHOUGH THE LCC MARKET IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS SMALL, it is certainly vibrant and contains several strains of the genre. From the original Air Arabia, still very faithful to its low-cost roots and able to be consistently profitable, through Jazeera and NAS Air to the now-largest, flydubai – the latter now becoming a closer partner with fellow Dubai airline, Emirates.

via http://www.airlineleader.com/regional-focus/middle-east-outlook-1

Emirates becomes the first Airline in the Middle East to use Google Now™ | Emirates United Arab Emirates

DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th August 2013: Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines today announced that it will start to roll-out Google Now™ cards for their passengers who book via Emirates.com.

A feature of the Google Search™ app, Google Now is available and fully integrated for Android™ (devices running Android 4.1 and above) and iOS (iPhones and iPads).

via Emirates becomes the first Airline in the Middle East to use Google Now™ | Emirates United Arab Emirates.