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August 2018 958

Cleartrip is enjoying its best year yet: proof that customer focus reaps rewards. When Cleartrip launched its Arabic platform last year, it had shown a strong ...

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August 2018 914

The global medical tourism market was valued at $15.43 billion in 2017, and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 per cent during ...

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August 2018 2200

As cheap flights and high-speed rails take over the world, sleeper trains take a back seat from travel itineraries. However, those of us who have spent nights ...

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August 2018 823

Sri Lanka offers one of the biggest wildlife spectacles, adored by tourists and environmentalists. The Minneriya Elephant Gathering is the largest coming toget ...

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August 2018 741

Visit Sharjah this summer to enjoy vibrant summer offerings and make the best memories with all the family. The emirate is celebrating the season with amazing ...

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August 2018 561

Interel, the award-winning provider of hospitality guest room management solutions, and Angie Hospitality, creator of award-winning Angie, the world's first cl ...

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August 2018 627

Etihad Aviation Group announced a new organisational structure and operating model last month to deliver on its mandate as it embarks on the next phase of its ...

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August 2018 763

The 200-room Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is scheduled to open next month (September) on the banks of Dubai Creek, offering guests the opportunity to live their o ...

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August 2018 1368

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, brought to life fan-favourite DC Super Heroes like Batman, Supe ...

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People & Places

  • Michael Caine, Olivia Colman and Joanna Lumley (pictured here) were among seven celebrities, who were called on board to create the second instalment of British Airways’ star-studded pre-flight safety video. They will be seen ‘auditioning’ in humorous sketches while also delivering important safety messages. The video was directed by comedian Asim Chaudhry and promotes Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. 

  • A speciality coffee house, Baristas’ Corner, has been newly opened at Canal Central Hotel in Business Bay, Dubai. It offers a wide selection of refreshing and unique brews. The design aesthetics create a welcoming and relaxing ambience for people seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Beyond coffee, Baristas’ Corner also serves select artisanal teas and fresh, delicious pastries.

  • If you need one good reason to drive to Ajman, let it be the newly launched sumptuous spread of finger-smacking Bukhara food in Ajman Hotel. The host of offerings include the special dal Bukhara, live kebab counters, free flowing rose lassi, Indian street chats, and hot Indian desserts with the best in tandoori dishes. The Ajman Hotel is offering the emirate’s best Bukhara brunch at relatively reasonable prices every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. The brunch package costs Dh150 ($40) if you go for soft drinks, and Dh180 ($49) if you prefer selected house beverages. 

  • Chef Sanjay Thakur, an Etihad Airways inflight chef, broke the Guinness world record for creating and serving dinner to guests at the highest pop-up restaurant in the world, located at Everest Advanced High Camp, at an altitude of 5,585 metres above sea level. The meal itself included ingredients collected from the alpine environment around them on the mountains. 

  • Adrian Mackay became the first person ever to propose on the world’s longest zip line in Ras Al Khaimah. He popped the question when his wife to be, landed on the suspended platform high up on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain. The adrenaline-fueled proposal was supported by RAK TDA and Toro Verde UAE. 

  • Mr. Miyagi’s popular brunch offering has been revamped to include more branded entertainment. Every Thursday and Friday, guests can avail packages starting from Dh290 ($79) that include three hours of unlimited drinks with five courses. The newer offerings include more fun games, fish bowls, along with the old offerings like Live Ping Pong Shows, Glitter Stations, Karaoke, Coconut Stations and their infamous buckets. 

  • H Hospitality Collection has debuted in Saudi Arabia, with the signing of a new five-star hotel in Makkah with real estate developer Jabal Omar Development. The project has an outstanding location, only walking distance from the Grand Mosque. The hotel is part of the Jabal Omar mega-development, with a total built-up area of over two million square metres, featuring residences, hotels, malls, retail amenities, prayer areas and other facilities.

  • Turkish Airlines signed a deal with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT). This agreement would facilitate expansion to South America making it a global collaboration already including Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. This deal aims to set a common strategy on a global level and to increase the cooperation between the managements of both parts at all levels along with this expanded partnership. 

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