Middle East

Maldives-UAE travel corridor could be agreed in June

Maldives’ Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced at the recent Arabian Travel Market that the two nations were discussing how to establish a travel corridor and that it could be in operation in early June. This travel corridor would allow travellers who received the two doses of any World Health Organisation-approved vaccines to travel between the Maldives and UAE without a PCR tes...

Arabian Travel Market 2021 opens four-day in-person show in Dubai

The 28th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2021 returned to Dubai in-person on 16 May. The region’s largest travel and tourism showcase runs to 19 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and founder of the Emirates Group and chairman of Dubai World, officially inaugurated the show. He was accompanie...

ASM Global APAC appoints new GM for Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai

Global venue management and services company ASM Global APAC has announced that Coca-Cola Arena’s Mark Jan Kar (pictured) will be promoted to the new role of general manager as part of a restructure following the recent resignation of current chief executive officer Guy Ngata. Mark who is currently the Arena’s director – commercial and live, will assume the role on 20 June following the departure ...

Malta MICE Business Scheme

The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) is increasing its support for MICE business to the Maltese Islands with a new MICE Business Scheme designed to incentivise foreign corporate clients and associations to choose Malta and Gozo for their events in 2021 and 2022. The MICE segment is a very important component of Malta’s tourism industry and is generates a higher than average spend per tourist as well ...

ADNEC and Expo Tel Aviv join in business partnership

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Expo Tel Aviv have signed a new memorandum of understanding. The two exhibition organisers will be partnering to develop business events in Abu Dhabi and Israel. The MoU demonstrates the wider spirit of cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The agreement took place at a virtual signing ceremony between Humaid Matar Al Dhaher...

Restrata provides covid-safe hotels for Abu Dhabi T10 cricket tournament

Restrata, a company which provides covid-safe technology and emergency response management, recently partnered with the Abu Dhabi T10 cricket competition. The UK-based company provided biosecure hospitality locations in hotels, stadia and transport. Included in this were social distancing measures, instant contact tracing and restricted access to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Data was gathered and sha...

Two Anantara Hotels in Abu Dhabi join ADNEC’s portfolio

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of the ADQ holding company, is to take on two hotels from Anantara, the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Abu Dhabi Resort and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. The deal brings the total number of hotels under ADNEC’s umbrella to five, including Aloft Abu Dhabi, Andaz Abu Dhabi Capital Gate, and Aloft London Excel. Jaap Kalkman, chief investor...

All roads lead to Dubai for World Intelligent Transportation Systems Congress 2024

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will host the World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS World Congress) 2024. It will be the first time this signature event will have been held in the region since it launched in 1994. RTA was nominated to host the event by ITS Europe. The Congress is supported also by ITS America and ITS Asia-Pacific. His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al T...

Dubai hosts study mission for UK and Russian business events planners

Dubai Business Events (DBE) has successfully hosted a study mission for meeting planners, its first in 10 months since the start of the Covid pandemic. A 13-strong group from the UK and Russia – both countries now having safe travel corridors to the United Arab Emirates – experienced first-hand the safety measures in place to protect visitors and were shown how the city is preparing fo...

Hybrid alchemy in Dubai as region’s largest gold convention set to gather in Armani Burj Khalifa

The gulf region’s largest gold convention will go ahead as a hybrid event in Dubai on 23 November. Host venue is Armani Burj Khalifa, which will welcome gold industry companies, mine representatives, refiners, traders, and government officials and regulators from across the world. The event is organised by IBMC International who claim that Global Gold Convention 2020 is the first ‘hybrid’ industry...

Dubai wins major business event bids

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has worked with stakeholders across Dubai to host a number of new events all taking place in 2021. The new events include: International DIP Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy; World Independent Advertising Award Conference; and Omnilife Latin America Incentive. Other events DBE will be bringing ...

Dubai launches virtual working programme to attract remote workers

Dubai has launched a new programme that enables overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers in their home country. The move aims to “offer remote workers the opportunity to re-locate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations”. Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been recognised fo...