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Qatar Airways launches flights to Mombasa, Kenya

Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha to Mombasa, Kenya landed today at Moi International Airport, marking the airline’s second gateway in Kenya. Qatar Airways flight QR1333, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International Airport last night at 02:30 and arrived at Moi International Airport at 08:40, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute. Qatar Airways […]

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Wyndham to open three hotels in Deira, Dubai

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is set to increase its footprint in Dubai with three new managed hotels as part of the Deira Waterfront Development by Ithra Dubai, a wholly owned subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Dubai. The hotels will operate under the Wyndham, Days Inn by Wyndham, and Super 8 by Wyndham brands. Also known as the Deira Enrichment Project, […]

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US Senate Resolution on Saudi Arabia Could Change Middle East Dynamics

A draft US Senate resolution portraying Saudi policy as detrimental to US interests and values and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could, if adopted and implemented, change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an exit from almost a decade of mayhem, conflict, and bloodshed. It could accomplish this by […]

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Centara West Bay Residences & Suites opens in Doha, Qatar

Centara Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in Qatar with the launch of a spectacular new seaview hotel in Doha, the country’s rapidly expanding capital city. Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha is in the West Bay district which is home to many of downtown Doha’s most dramatic skyscrapers. Overlooking the glittering Arabian Gulf, the hotel is adjacent […]

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Tahiti Travel Connection exclusive Ponant Cruise deal

Tahiti Travel Connection exclusive Ponant Cruise deal Aboard Le Boréal, set sail to discover French Polynesia, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Embark on a 10-day cruise to the heart of idyllic islands and atolls hemmed by stunning clear-water lagoons and surrounded by an exceptional coral reef. The first stop on this trip: Rangiroa lagoon, in […]

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Hong Kong a hit with Sydney and Melbourne Trade

Hong Kong a hit with Sydney and Melbourne Trade 150 travel trade professionals were given the Hong Kong star treatment late last month when representatives from the destination rolled into the two cities to provide product updates. The Hong Kong Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific Airways and The Murray Hotel teamed up for the Sydney event which was held on 14 […]

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Saudi Prince Leaves G20 Confident After Khashoggi Scandal

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s experience at the G20 summit suggests that he will be able to put the Khashoggi scandal behind him and maintain his position. While Western leaders largely kept their distance, other world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, greeted the prince with great warmth. Muhammad is not completely out of the woods, but he was able to […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Sidelined in G20 ‘Family Photo’

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was sidelined during the official “family photo” of world leaders and other dignitaries at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday. He stood at the far edge of the group portrait and was ignored. The crown prince, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, quickly exited the stage without shaking hands or […]

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China Eastern welcomes first Airbus A350-900 to fleet

China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse, becoming the latest operator of the twin-engine widebody aircraft. The Shanghai-based carrier now operates an Airbus fleet of 356 aircraft, including 306 A320 family aircraft and 50 A330 family aircraft (figures at the end of October 2018). China Eastern is the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second […]

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Explosion kills 22 people in China

The incident happened near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co. in Zhangjiakou, a city some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Beijing that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The fire also burned 50 large and small trucks, the local propaganda department said on its Weibo social media account. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment following the blast, which occurred […]