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Riyadh Airports Company (RAC), which manages and operates King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, has received three awards at the inaugural Future Aviation Forum as part of the organization’s Airport Total Quality Evaluation for 2021. The airport received the ‘Best Airport’ award in the International Airports category, the ‘Best Security Inspection Area’ and the ‘Best Customs Inspection Area’.



The milestone 10th edition of the Arab Aviation Summit (AAS), the region’s leading aviation and tourism industry event, will be held in Ras Al Khaimah from March 6 to 8, 2023. Adel Al Ali, Chairperson of the Arab Aviation Summit, and Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), made this announcement on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market 2022 in Dubai.



Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, received an award as the Best European Airline serving the Middle East at the Business Traveler Middle East Awards 2022. The airline recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary of flying to the UAE and has similar long-term relationships with other Middle East countries.



Following the successful launch of Climate Warriors to mark Earth Day on April 22, the Grow With Six Senses children’s programme has grown an extra set of wings at properties around the world. Climate Warriors is built on simple, tangible things children can do and enjoy doing, to combat climate change and play a positive role in their environments and communities. It was first trialed at Vooc Village at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam, as a two-day programme with children learning simple eco-friendly habits and experiencing a host of fun activities before achieving their Climate Warrior status in the form of a certificate.



Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on May 9 at the Business Traveler Middle East Awards 2022. Al Nowais is the first person to receive the illustrious award recognising legends of the hospitality industry who have made outstanding contributions to the region.



Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) officially revealed its brand-new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Beyond, at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022. The new IFE system will further transform SAUDIA’s onboard experience with over 5,000 hours of HD content, including, but not limited to, Western and Eastern films and tv shows, as well as a library of E-books, weather reports, shopping, meal ordering, flight information and agenda timeline.



Talea by Antonio Guida, Emirates Palace’s newest Italian dining destination, hosted an exclusive six-hand dinner curated by Michelin green starred guest Chef Riccardo Gaspari, Chef Guida and the restaurant’s Head Chef Luigi Stinga from May 21 - 22, celebrating the best of Italian cuisine and showcasing a sustainable culinary experience.



This World Family Day, May 15, 2022, Shangri-La announced its debut partnership with Make-A-Wish International. Celebrating the importance of family, special offerings across select hotels in the Middle East, Europe, India, the Indian Ocean, and Canada will be created to raise vital funds for the inspiring work the foundation does for children and families around the world. Shangri-La will also work closely with Make-A-Wish International to support the granting of wishes for children with critical illnesses across hotels, where the sky is the limit.



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