Middle East

Etihad Airways signs partnership with MCI

Etihad Destination & Leisure Management and MCI Middle East have announced a partnership designed to offer travel management services and special rate MICE packages for programmes serviced by MCI in Abu Dhabi throughout 2021 and 2022. Etihad Airways becomes the official airline for MCI’s groups coming into Abu Dhabi where the airline can support internationally through their connectivity.  Thi...

Dubai issues new guidelines for hosting business events safely

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has issued official guidelines on how business events can take place safely as the city prepares to resume its calendar of conferences and exhibitions. With locally organised meetings taking place from 15 September and international meetings returning to the city from 1 October, the guidelines focus on protecting the health and safety of all par...

twofour54 Abu Dhabi’s game on with Unity Technologies

twofour54 Abu Dhabi, home to over 600 media companies, has announced a 10-year partnership with Unity Technologies, a video game software development company, which will see the companies establish a Centre of Excellence for the game development industry in the region. twofour54 and Unity will also develop a physical gaming hub where local start-ups and students can learn the skills needed to succ...

Dubai kicks off region’s first live, interactive business event of H2 2020

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) successfully hosted the AI Everything X Restart Dubai Summer Conference, 16 July, the region’s first live, in-person business event to be hosted in H2 2020. The event showcased the effect of artificial intelligence on the UAE’s pandemic recovery. DWTC implemented comprehensive regulatory protective measures at the venue, including temperature screening, social dista...

Emirates airline to offer passengers medical cover for Covid-19

Dubai’s Emirates airline is offering to cover medical expenses of up to €150,000 euros and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 days for passengers should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel. The cover is offered by Emirates free to its customers regardless of class of travel or destination and is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October, 202...

Dubai marks business events reopening with AI conference

Business events are set to restart in Dubai, with 16 July seeing the start of the emirate’s first major live in-person leadership business event organised by Dubai World Trade Centre. The AI Everything x Restart Dubai Summer Conference, hosted by the National Program of Artificial Intelligence, will celebrate the United Arab Emirate’s AI efforts during this time of pandemic. The event promises exc...

BIE Executive Committee backs postponing Expo 2020 Dubai for a year

The Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), organiser of the world Expo, has unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. As changing the dates of an Expo requires the support of a two-thirds majority of Member States of the BIE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the organisation’s General...

Etihad trials technology to identify medically at-risk travellers

Etihad Airways is the first airline to trial contactless technology for monitoring temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate of travellers. The UAE flag carrier will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial the new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travellers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of ...

ExCeL London’s Abu Dhabi owners confirm NHS is using venue rent-free

Owners of ExCeL London, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Group, have issued a statement confirming the East London venue has been offered to the NHS rent-free. Chief Executive of ExCeL London, Jeremy Rees said that the initial agreement between the 100,000sqm venue and the UK National Health Service included a contribution to some of the fixed costs involved with keeping the large fac...

Expo 2020 Dubai to explore date change as Covid-19 impacts preparations

Expo 2020 Dubai has released the following message regarding a possible date change to the big event: We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our plans and preparations for Exp...

ADNEC delivered AED4.9bn of economic impact in 2019

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), a subsidiary of ADQ, has announced that the value of its direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2019 was AED4.9bn (US$1.33bn).

‘Discover Dubai’ previews Expo 2020 for event planners

A group of 55 business event planners took part in a familiarisation trip in Dubai, ahead of Expo 2020 coming the city next year.

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