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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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Dubai hotel room rates 30%

Hotel room rates in Dubai have dropped as much as 30% as the global economic downturn sees holidaymakers cut back on spending, tour operators in Dubai have noted.

Aloke Dey, the manager of Dubai-based Sharaf Travel Holidays, said fourstars and five star hotels have cut their room rates by between 10 percent and 30 percent, also the Frre night offers are being offerred from begining of the 2009. This includes the worlds best hotel in DUbai the burj Al Arab which is offerring 1 free night if you book 2 consequetive nights.

Avtar Singh, director of operations at Dubai-based Lama Tours, said room rates had dropped at least 10 percent over all.

Mr. Suhail Agha of Exotic DUbai Tours reported that there had been such feeling starting from August the bookings for 2009 are low and due to this the hotel rates are bound to be low. “The hotels will either need to lower the rates or put in more efforts with tour operators to promote Dubai even more in the foreign world” Mr. Suhail Added.

Mr. jamal panhwar of Travel & Culture said that the rates were already hyped and a correction was always needed.

Recently opened hotel The Atlantis Dubai which spend 22 million on a grad party with hollywood and bollywood actors and actresses is also having dificult time to fill up the rooms. rumors were that Atlantis had reduced rates to about 90% but it was just a rumer however the hotel has reduced rates about 10-15%

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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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Flowers and a paper reading ‘Pray for Nice’ are placed in front of the French Embassy in Berlin. nice-mourning-Bratislava

A man writes into a condolence book at the French embassy in Bratislava to commemorate the victims of the deadly attacks in Nice.

nice-mourning-germanyWhite roses lie in front of the French embassy in Berlin, Germany.

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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