Jet Airways to operate wide-body aircraft on Mumbai-Dubai route

Mumbai: Private carrier Jet Airways on Friday said it will operate one of its daily flights to Dubai from here with a wide body Boeing aircraft to meet growing demand on the route, starting next month.

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The change in aircraft type will help Jet Airways fly an additional 178 seats on the route.

The full service carrier currently operates 10 daily flights between India and Dubai or 70 flights per week on this high traffic density route.

Starting August 6, Jet Airways flight 9W 544 from Mumbai to Dubai and the return leg flight 9W 543 from Dubai to Mumbai will be operated on the wide-body jetliner, Boeing 777-300ER, replacing the narrow-body B737-800, Jet Airways said in a statement.

“Dubai is among our most popular destinations for business and leisure travellers and it was only logical to increase capacity on flights to this key market. Deploying the 777-300ER aircraft will give our guests flying on the Mumbai-Dubai route the opportunity to sample our signature First Class hospitality for the first time, while also delivering a more superior flying experience for guests in all classes,” Jet Airways whole Time Director Gaurang Shetty said.

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World Mourning Nice Attack

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A man places flowers to pay tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, in front of the French embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.

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A French and European Union flags fly at half-mast in memory of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, at the French embassy in Vienna, Austria.
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A man writes into a condolence book at the French embassy in Bratislava to commemorate the victims of the deadly attacks in Nice.

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nice-mourning-londonA French tricolour flag flies at half mast next to the Union flag over Downing Street in central London in honour and solidarity with the victims of the deadly attack in the southern French city of Nice.

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A member of the French community holds up a candle and a national flag during a vigil in Sydney.

 

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Terrorist crime in Nice will not deter us from fighting extremism and terror Sh: Mohammad

ABU DHABI, 15th July 2016 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has reiterated that the UAE stands by with the government and people of France against the terrorist crime which took place in the city of Nice.

He extended the deepest condolences to the families of victims and prayed for speedy recovery for the injured.

In a series of tweets posted on the official account of his news on Twitter, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed said, “The terrorist crime in Nice targets all of us. In this test, we will prevail with our will, determination and joint cooperation.”

H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi further stressed that the terrorist crime in Nice “will not deter us from fighting extremism and terror” and that “Islam’s message of tolerance and our humanitarian values keeps guiding us.”

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Visiting Sir Baniyas Island – By Gulfnews

It may not be the best time weatherwise to visit the Abu Dhabi island but off-season offers make this wildlife conservation site and nature reserve a great short getaway

My watch shows 6am as we start walking from our one-bedroom villa to the reception area for our wildlife drive. It’s a five-minute walk, but my wife and I cannot make it in time; we spot a sand gazelle family a few metres from our villa. As avid photographers, we simply can’t let this opportunity go. The spell is eventually broken by a voice shouting, “Let’s go out for more surprises!”. It is Kate, our guide for the safari, who has come to fetch us in a modified Land Cruiser.

Yes, this may not be the best time to be out on the famous Sir Bani Yas Island, a mere 380km drive from Dubai. But the off-season rates — on stay and excursions — were too good to pass by. Just 8km offshore from Abu Dhabi’s western region, it’s one of the largest islands in UAE and more than half of it is dedicated to wildlife conservation. The journey of this World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination award-winning island started in 1971 when the Father of the Nation Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan declared Sir Bani Yas Island a nature reserve. His visionary Greening of the Desert programme transformed this barren island to an oasis for endangered Arabian wildlife.

We booked our tour with Anantara Hotels and Resorts, the only group with three separate properties on the island — Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Al Sahel Villa Resort and Al Yamm Villa Resort. You have to take a boat ride from Jebel Dhana jetty on the mainland to reach the island. As our official check-in time was 3pm, I sought to book the 2pm boat, but the hotel employee on the phone insisted I take the noon trip. I was in doubt, but he convinced me, saying, “Believe me, sir, you won’t regret it.”

And we didn’t.

After an almost four-hour drive from Dubai on the E11 highway, we reached the dedicated jetty at Jebel Dhana for Anantara’s guests. After a welcome ceremony, the hotel staff directed me to a covered parking area for guests where my car was to spend the night. A luxurious 20-minute boat ride and a shorter scenic car ride got us to the Al Yamm Villa Resort on the island.

After quick reservation formalities, we are taken to our one-bedroom villa in a golf cart. It’s built on the beach and is surrounded by trees. As it was a full moon night, we could see and hear the waves rushing to shore just a few metres from our room. The feeling of tranquility was superlative.

It’s not only the pristine beach or wildlife; in accordance with the rich history of the island, numerous archaeological sites have been discovered on it in recent years. One is the remains of a Nestorian Christian monastery, which dates back to 600 AD. You have to take a separate tour to visit all these sites.

The show-stopper of our tour was the wildlife drive at Arabian Wildlife Park. It guarantees an almost one-on-one encounter with animals ranging from giraffes to cheetah to the Arabian Rock Hyrax. Seeing these beautiful animals in the backdrop of rugged mountains is surreal. On Bani Yas, you can find a variety of landscapes from savannah to salt dome to sand. This is home to one of the world’s largest herds of endangered Arabian Oryx, once extinct in the wild.

The scene of a herd of Oryx, or Eland (the world’s largest antelope), blowing dust in the air as they race through the landscape is spectacular. Every bit of the safari will give you the feeling of being in Africa. From one window of our vehicle, we saw a pair of Cheetah brothers sleeping a few feet away while from the other we enjoyed a soothing peacock dance. Whether you are in a vehicle, or walking, you are never far from an interesting species of deer, antelope or gazelle.

Sir Bani Yas Island is so stunningly beautiful that we regretted not visiting it earlier. Being wildlife enthusiasts, we travel to different African countries every year. Wildlife safaris like those take months of planning. You spend hours on the internet looking for cheap flights, hotel promotions and tour packages. Eventually, you embark on a journey of thousands of miles from Dubai. Compare this with Sir Bani Yas Island, which under the supervision of Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company, now has more than 13,000 animals and birds roaming free in their natural habitat.

Want to rediscover yourself in absolute wilderness? It will take more than one visit to Sir Bani Yas Island.

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Summer in Dubai… 48 degrees and rising

Temperatures have already reached a maximum of 48 degrees Celsius in the UAE over the weekend, and are expected to remain the same over the next three days, according to weather forecasters.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) on Sunday said that temperatures within the internal areas will range from 45-48 degrees Celsius, while the coastal areas will not fare any better with a maximum range from 39-46 degrees Celsius.

The NCMS stated that the weather across the country will be, “hot and fair in general, hazy at times and partly cloudy over some eastern and southern areas.”

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Temperatures have already reached a maximum of 48 degrees Celsius in the UAE over the weekend, and are expected to remain the same over the next three days, according to weather forecasters.

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The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) on Sunday said that temperatures within the internal areas will range from 45-48 degrees Celsius, while the coastal areas will not fare any better with a maximum range from 39-46 degrees Celsius.

The NCMS stated that the weather across the country will be, “hot and fair in general, hazy at times and partly cloudy over some eastern and southern areas.”

“Light to moderate winds, freshening at times over some exposed areas, causing some blowing dust at times.”

The level of humidity is likely to increase over some western coastal areas until Tuesday, with a chance of mist and fog forming. In the coastal areas, humidity is expected to reach as high as 85 per cent in internal areas, while residents living along the coast will be faced with humidity levels ranging from 70-90 per cent.

Northwesterly winds are also expected during the day, with an average speed ranging from 15-25km/h, although it may reach 35km/h at times.

The sea in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman will be calm, with slight to moderate waves at times.

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UAE free from violence, says Nahyan bin Mubarak

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has said “thanks to prudent policies of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan UAE is free from violence.

He was addressing the event held by the Indian Islamic Centre in cooperation with the Indian Embassy and Indian Media Corporation in Abu Dhabi on “World Day Without Violence. The occasion was attended by Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly G. Karthikeyan, Indian Ambassador to UAE M. K. Lokesh. Indian businessman Yusuf Ali and representatives of Indian community in the UAE.

The minister noted that every one feel secure in the UAE at a time violence prevails in many parts of the world. “There is no violence here because we have understood our exceptional situation”, he said citing mutual efforts among the communities to ensure truthfulness, humbleness and tolerance.

Sheikh Nahyan underlined that the founding father of the UAE Union, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, had outlined that a ruler should exercise tolerance, love and dialogue with people, not confrontation, war and destruction.

He said President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, follows the legacy of Sheikh Zayed to preserve the authentic values of the community through cherishing peaceful approach to build community free from violence. He noted that the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates and, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, follow suit.

Sheikh Nahyan hailed Mahtma Ghandi who had outlined the nonviolence concepts.

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Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave opens to tourists

Known as the most incredible cave, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam which is so big that it harbours underground jungle and a river has been opened to public now. The cave was discovered in 2009 but was not open for public or tourist.

Discovered was made by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. The cave will finally open to tourists and will enter its first batch of 220 adventure travelers by the end of August 2014.

The cave is so large that it could easily fit in a skyscraper inside it. Located in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province near the Laos-Vietnam border this cave will be a prominent tourist destination from 2014.

Oxalis, a Vietnam-tour company has opened bookings for six days and seven night tour package for the world’s largest cave’s exploration. Oxalis is the only official operator with permission to host tours to Son Doong Cave.

The cave was restricted to tourists but with recent approvals from the Government of Quang Binh Province has allowed pilot tours in to Hang Son Doong from present till end of August 2014. Two of the very best caving experts from the UK will accompany each tour of Son Doong Cave.

With 30 m tall trees and rivers flowing inside Son Doong literally means mountain, river and cave. These distinct features set it apart from other caves located at different parts of the world.

The cave was formed two to five million years ago by river water eroding away the weak limestone underneath the mountain creating huge skylights. Fossils as old as 300 million years have also been found inside the cave. So if you’re interested just pack your bags to take a firsthand look of this incredible wonder of nature.

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Emirates highlights its global reach with 3 launches in a day

Emirates’ expansion reaches new heights today with the launch of flights to Clark in the Philippines, the inauguration of a route between Milan and New York, and a brand new A380 service to Brisbane – all on the same day in four different continents.

First to take off from Dubai International at 0440hrs this morning was EK 338, a Boeing 777-200LR, bound for Clark International in the Philippines.

This was followed by EK 205, pushing back at 09:05hrs for Milan, where the Boeing 777-300ER stops before embarking on a brand new transatlantic connection to New York. Click here to see the video of a JFK landing from a pilot’s perspective.

Next in line was EK 434, departing Dubai at 1025hrs for the airline’s latest A380 destination, Brisbane.

Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “Today is an extremely significant day for our network – we are connecting two great cities across the Atlantic, opening an important new gateway into the Philippines, which helps links Filipino communities across the world, and our magnificent flagship aircraft will quietly descend into yet another destination.”

“These multiple activities embody the scale of our growth, the increasing reach of our network and the role we play in connecting people, minds and cultures as Emirates navigates a path to becoming a top global lifestyle brand,” said Mr Clark.

Clark will be Emirates’ second gateway into the Philippines after Manila. The airport is located 80 kilometres north of the capital, in Angeles City. With a catchment area of 17 million people, the region is poised to become a new tourism and commercial hub. The flight will also help connect the sizeable Filipino communities around the world.

Emirates already serves New York and Milan. The new service addresses an underserved transatlantic link between the two commercially vibrant cities, both in terms of non-stop flights and a premium product offering. Through agreements with JetBlue in the U.S and with Easyjet in Europe, customers can easily connect onto flights serving the U.S via New York and Europe via Milan. With the Milan-New York connection, Emirates becomes triple daily into New York, home to the largest Italian community in America.

Brisbane becomes Emirates’ 22nd A380 destination. Emirates will be the only airline flying a scheduled double-decker into Brisbane, a fitting development to mark the 10th anniversary of services to the state of Queensland. When the A380 leaves Brisbane and continues to Auckland, an Emirates’ A380 “hotspot” will be created. Auckland will become the only place on the Emirates’ network, outside of Dubai, where three of the airline’s A380s can be seen on the ground at the same time; EK 434 from Brisbane, EK 412 from Sydney and EK 406 from Melbourne.

After launching Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm so far in 2013, the airline is preparing for the start of services to Conakry in Guinea, Sialkot in Pakistan, Kabul, Kiev, Taipei and Boston in the coming months.

The new additions

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Emirates flight EK 338 departs Dubai International Airport at 0400hrs, arriving at Clark International Airport at 1640 hrs. The return flight, EK 339, departs at 1835hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2305 hrs.

Dubai-Milan-New York:

Emirates flight EK205 will depart Dubai at 09:05hrs, arriving in Milan at 13:50hrs. The flight will then depart Milan at 16:00hrs and arrive in New York at 19:00hrs the same day. The return journey on flight EK206 will depart New York at 22:20hrs, which lands in Milan at 12:15hrs the following day before departing for Dubai at 14:00hrs, arriving in Dubai at 22:05.

Brisbane:

Emirates’ non-stop EK434 service leaves Dubai at 1025hrs and arrives in Brisbane the next day at 0605hrs before departing Brisbane at 0750hrs and arriving in Auckland at 1415hrs. On its return journey, EK435 departs Auckland at 1830hrs arriving in Brisbane at 1915hrs before departing Brisbane at 2100hrs arriving in Dubai at 0520hrs the next day.

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The countdown has begun: Dubai Expo 2020 bid

100 Days count down has begin for Dubai’s competition \with three other cities to host the World Expo in 2020. Representatives from 167 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will cast their votes on November 27 2013.

The Dubai Expo 2020 team is now focused on working towards the ‘Theme Symposium’ in Dubai this October. The symposium is an opportunity for all candidate cities to showcase their Expo 2020 themes. Dubai’s theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, has the sub-themes of mobility, sustainability and delegates, which represent crucial elements of global development.

The United Arab Emirates’ robust infrastructure, warm hospitality and global connectivity will allow delegates to experience the country’s unique advantages as a potential host nation.

If Dubai is awarded the accolade, the Expo will be scheduled to take place on the eve of the UAE’s 50th anniversary, bringing the World Expo to the Mena region for the first time. It is expected to attract 25 million visitors and would mark the first World Expo in which more than 70 per cent of visitors would not belong to the host nation.

Moreover, as well as aiming to be an inspiration for future generations, the event is expected to create 277,000 jobs.

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Philipine Airlines (PAL) returns to the UAE

Abu Dhabi: PAL the national airline of Philippines, will operate a direct daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Manila starting from 1st October.

This comes as part of PAL’s plan to expand its operations in the region, starting with Abu Dhabi, followed by Dubai on November 6.

The return fare (Abu Dhabi-Manila-Abu Dhabi) starts from Dh1,985 for premium economy. PAL also offers domestic connection to Laoag, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo and Tagbilaran for Dh2,320, while Dh2,535 for Davao and General Santos. Prices are valid till July 2014. The fare prices are inclusive of full in-flight service, such as meals on board, taxes and 30kg baggage allowance.

Departure from Abu Dhabi is 11:15pm arriving to Manila the following day at 12:25pm. On return, departure from Manila is 4:25pm, arriving here at 9:45pm. PAL passengers will arrive and depart at the Philippine Centennial Airport.

According to Pocholo Azucena, general sales agent relations and charter services manager at PAL, the A330 aircraft for the inaugural flight is due for delivery this month. It can take up to 414 passengers, 39 seats of which are for premium economy. Only Etihad Airways currently operates a direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Manila with two flights per day, which are often overbooked especially during the peak season. At present, there are 161,449 Filipinos in Abu Dhabi.

With about 500,000 overseas Filipinos currently residing and working in the UAE, Azucena said there’s a potential market here, especially with Christmas just three months away.

“There’s a need for us to support the Filipinos. We owe it to them,” he stressed. Quoting their slogan, he said PAL would serve as “your home in the sky.”

“PAL’s coming into the UAE market will solve the lack of seats currently experienced by our compatriots especially during the high season of Christmas, school graduation (March/April), Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha, and when prices are so high from other airlines,” said Philippine Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa. She noted that the UAE is considered the top labour destination in the world and the Philippines the top labour origin in terms of ratio.

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines second flag carrier, has announced recently the launch of its direct flight from Dubai to Manila also starting next month.

“The Philippine embassy strongly supports the additional carriers to come here. Aside from answering the needs of Filipinos for more accessibility and cheaper airfare, this will also hopefully support the “More Fun” tourism campaign of our government,” Princesa said.

According to the Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) statistics, visitor arrivals from the UAE from January to May this year increased by 16.47 per cent compared to the same period last year. The October 1 flight will see PAL resuming operation in the emirate after 15 years. It ceased flying to Abu Dhabi as a stop-over in 1998. PAL’s expansion plan into the region also included Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia by December, targeting the estimated one million Filipino workers there; and Doha in Qatar.

The airline also plans to operate to London by the end of November, following the partial lifting of the ban by the European Union on Philippine planes in July.

“Only PAL can fly to Europe right now (for) complying with all the standards,” said Azucena.

Reservations and tickets for PAL flights can be done online through exotic Dubai Tours at http://www.exoticdubai.com/pal/ . In Abu Dhabi, PAL passengers have the option of checking 24-hour early and upto four hours before departure through the City Terminal. “We are also considering the bus service (from other emirate) in future to further improve our service,” Azucena added.

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UAE Hotels faced a slow summer

Dubai: a HotStats survey by TRI Hospitality Consulting Middle East shows hotels in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region did not reach high occupancy levels in July 2013, .

Hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi registered declining revenues and profits in July.

The summer, alongside restrictions on sales of food and alcohol during Ramadan impacted UAE hotel performance, according to the findings.

In Dubai, occupancy declined 12.5 per cent to 54.6 per cent, which pushed revenue per available room (RevPAR — a benchmark for performance) to fall 16.8 per cent. Average room rates (ARR), however, was up 2.2 per cent to $196.87.

“As expected, Dubai has seen performance reach the lowest point of the year in absolute terms. This naturally resulted from a lack of events, coupled with the fact that this month is traditionally characterised by low demand,” said Peter Goddard, Managing Director of TRI Hospitality Consulting.

As more hotels open in Dubai, supply of rooms may not meet demand, Goddard told Gulf News.

“Overall demand will increase; however, there will be a slight drop in occupancy, the reason being that supply will exceed demand. So I think occupancy [in July next year] will be between 48 and 50 per cent,” he said.

As a result of declining room and food and beverage revenues, total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) in Dubai dropped 10.7 per cent to $242.98 compared to a year ago.

In addition, profitability declined 63.6 per cent to $37.35.

Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, occupancy grew slightly by 0.5 per cent to 50.1 per cent, as per the survey.

But ARR fell 4.7 per cent to $105.82 , which caused RevPAR to grow 3.8 per cent.

Due to high operating costs, the Abu Dhabi market recorded falling profitability, according to the survey.

In Kuwait, too, hotels registered small growth in occupancy of 0.7 per cent to 42.8 per cent, while RevPAR fell 2.2 per cent to $101.02, as a result of ARR dropping 3.8 per cent to $236.15. Additionally, TrevPAR was up 13.9 per cent to $245.86.

Meanwhile in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, hotels showed strong performance with occupancy growing by 81.2 per cent, while RevPAR was up 11.6 per cent to $214.75, triggered by a 15.3 per cent growth in rates.

Jeddah hotels recorded the highest profit margins among the markets surveyed, with gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) up 21.5 per cent to $174.68.

In the eastern city of Riyadh, meanwhile, hotels recorded a 4.2 per cent drop in occupancy to 43.9 per cent, which saw RevPAR fall 7.9 per cent to $96.06. Profitability was down 10.3 per cent to $53.20.

Similarly in Cairo, occupancy dropped 23.5 per cent to 21.3 per cent, which triggered RevPAR to fall 46 per cent to $25.31.

In Sharm al Shaikh, hotels also saw occupancy levels drop 7.5 per cent to 58.2 per cent., while RevPAR fell 10.4 per cent to $23.4.

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NCDR completes 81 per cent of organizing UAE’s archives Project

ABU DHABI, 22nd August, 2013 (WAM) — The National Center for Documentation ‘&’ Research (NCDR) has accomplished 81 per cent of the archives of the Governmental and federal local authorities.

This came as part of the project aims to organize the official archives of the country.

This achievement comes in light of a federal law issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on establishing National Center for Documentation and Research to carry the responsibility of the National Archives Center in the state and stresses the importance of keeping the country’s archive for the future generations.

In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the NCDR’s missions visited the archives of 39 authorities, in Dubai they visited 22 entities, 24 in Sharjah, 13 in Ras Al Khaimah and 10 archives in Fujairah.

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Emirates Boosts Dubai Travel With Quick Visa Processing

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has made travel to Dubai much easier, with 48 hour UAE visa processing. This is aimed at reducing the amount of time for travelers to acquire a visa to the Middle East nation.

The process handled by Emirates Uganda office requires a traveler to book their travel with the airline and fill in the required forms for the Visa and pay the necessary fees. Successful applications are submitted by the Airline on behalf of the traveler, and once approved the Visas are ready for collection from the Emirates office within a maximum period of 48 hours.

“Supporting our Ugandan travelers to acquire the Visa for the UAE is part our service to facilitate t ease of travel and visit the UAE. Our team is committed to making travel hassle free by handling the process for our passengers within a short period of time”, said Khalid Al Zarouni, Emirates Country Manager.

Since the launching of the service, many Ugandan travelers have taken advantage of the simple, quick and convenient way to acquire a visa for the UAE. Dubai is one of the leading travel destinations for Ugandans and the visa process has helped them save time and costs by applying for the UAE visa directly at the Emirates Uganda office.

“Ugandans can still apply for a travel visa at the UAE embassy, however we can save our travelers time by handling the process, making it convenient and easy. Our goal is to make our passengers travel as comfortable and pleasant as possible”. Khalid added

Emirates operates an Airbus A340-500 on the Entebbe – Dubai route with a capacity of 258 seats in a three-class configuration, offering twelve luxurious First Class suites, 42 seats in Business Class and generous space for 204 passengers in Economy Class.

Throughout the aircraft, passengers are able to experience the airline’s award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 1,400 channels on-demand as well as meals prepared by gourmet chefs. Emirates operate daily flights (7 weekly flights) between Entebbe and Dubai and onward to more than 137 destinations across the world.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0835hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1245hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 2155hrs.

Emirates flies to 133 destinations in 77 countries on state-of-the-art aircraft where passengers can experience Emirates award-winning in-flight service and in-flight entertainment system, ice.

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Rotana Jet adds more flights to Sir Bani Yas Island to meet rising demand

July 7th, 2013 Rotana Jet, the growing airline from the UAE, is to increase capacity on its services to Sir Bani Yas Island from August 1st, 2013, with the addition of two more flights per week, the airline announced today.

The flights, which will operate between Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island on Sundays and Wednesdays, will increase the total number of weekly flights serving Sir Bani Yas to five.

“This increase in capacity in just one year of our operation to Sir Bani Yas Island, where we flew over 10,000 people, demonstrates Rotana Jet’s continuing commitment to the destination.” said Rajendran Vellapalath, Rotana Jet’s Commercial and Planning Director. “These additional flights will enable more people to visit the island, whether to spend a day exploring the Arabian Wildlife Park, experience many of the leisure activities in the island or for overnight stays,” he added.

The new flights will be operated with Embraer jet aircraft in a single class configuration, adding 250 seats each way per week on the route.

Sultan Al Mahmoud, TDIC’s Executive Director of Strategic Performance, said, “Rotana Jet’s additional flights to Sir Bani Yas come at exiting times for TDIC, with the opening of new developments on the island, including the new Anantara Sir Bani Yas Al Yamm Villa Resort which was launched last week. This increase in flight capacity will not only provide greater accessibility for a wider audience seeking an alternative-stay experience, but is also a testament to the island’s increasing popularity.”

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New ‘mini world’ tourism attractions to be built in Dubai

In continuation to promote Dubai as the city of Expo 2020 yet another wonder is being built in Dubai the tourist attraction boasting miniature recreations of iconic world landmarks including the Empire State Building, the Great Wall of China and even the Burj Khalifa is set to open in Dubai.

The attraction which may be named as “Mini World Park”, was approved by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum this week. The attraction will also feature odes to Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Rome’s Colosseum, and many other recognisable natural and manmade monuments.

The location and other details of the project are still to come

This is not the first time that Dubai has attempted to bring together some of the world’s most famous landmarks into a single tourist development. Falconcity of Wonders, announced in 2005, proposed builder larger-than-life replicas of the likes of the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Eight years later though and that project has failed to get off the ground.

As part of its Expo 2020 bid, Dubai Municipality this week unveiled a number of other new projects.

The Al Mamzar Corniche Beach development, opposite the incomplete Palm Deira, will add up to 60,000 sqm of new public beaches in Dubai and is expected to open in the first quarter of next year.

A new Maritime Museum, in the shape of a nautical snail, will overlook Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and will cost AED35m ($9.5m) to build.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Library project, which will take the form of an open book, and will act as a new central library. Spread across nine floors, the library will accommodate more than 1m books on display and a further 1.2m in storage.

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