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Cairo's notorious traffic costs Egypt LE47 billion ($6.5 billion) every year, or 2.5 percent of its current GDP, according to a recently released World Bank study.
June 10, 2014 - 12:28 GMT
Cairo is also under-supplied with public transport, compared to similar large cities around the world.

May 6, 2014

Lufthansa business class
08:26 GMT
(press release)

Lufthansa, the largest European airline group, is giving a positive outlook on the 2014/2015 travel season for its business in the Middle East at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

A member of Etihad Airways’ cabin crew showcases the airline’s new Business Studio product at the 2014 Arabian Travel Market in Dubai
07:08 GMT
(press release)

Etihad Airways publicly showcased the latest developments in air travel with its new innovative, premium cabins aboard the airline’s Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Adem Ceylan, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Turkish Airlines in Middle East & Cyprus
05:55 GMT
(press release)

Turkish Airlines, recorded a growth in passenger traffic from the Middle East of 25.8 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012, and eyes significant growth from the region this year.

Qatar Airways, along with Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, have snatched a sizeable share of the long-haul travel sector, turning their home cities into major hub on the routes to Asia and Australasia.
03:55 GMT

Al Baker said the acquisition took place last year, shortly after a political shake-up in which Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem was removed from the post of prime minister.

May 5, 2014

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker
13:08 GMT
(press release)

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker announced the airline’s expansion plans on the opening day of Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

With over billions of investments taking place in the railway industry, the summit will provide a practical approach on 'The Plan' for future and how it can be executed
12:55 GMT

Current railway projects in the Middle East and smart communication systems coupled with intelligent transport systems for railways will form the focus for a major summit opening in Riyadh (May 5).

Lufthansa wins Best European Airline BTME
11:14 GMT
(press release)

Lufthansa proved that it is the best among the best after clinching the “Best European Airline serving the Middle East” title during the gala ceremony of the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2014.

Etihad Airways won three awards at this year’s World Travel Awards Middle East, including Middle East’s Leading Airline
11:01 GMT
(press release)

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been named the Middle East’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards Middle East.

Saudi Public Transport Co. (Saptco) has won a $2.1 billion contract to operate and maintain buses in Riyadh jointly with French group RATP Dev.
03:55 GMT

The 10-year deal is worth 7.885 billion riyals ($2.1 billion, 1.5 billion euros), Saptco indicated, noting that Riyadh authorities informed them they won the deal on Wednesday.

May 4, 2014

The highly acclaimed two-seater, all-aluminium Jaguar F-TYPE was named “Best Premium Sports Convertible” and “Car of the Year” at the prestigious Middle East Motoring Awards. (Image:
13:23 GMT

Jaguar Land Rover Mena continued to receive automotive accolades for its strongest ever line-up by racking up 17 automotive awards in the last year alone.

Emirates Airline
12:15 GMT

Emirates has successfully completed the validation process for the European Union-initiated ACC3 security regulation, becoming the region’s first air carrier to do so.

Sharjah International Airport's spike in traffic is largely due to the renovations at Dubai International Airport (File Archive/Shutterstock)
09:17 GMT

Sharjah International Airport is in process of preparing an influx of 200 additional weekly flights starting this summer.

Barry Green, Managing Director, Etihad Guest, with Randy Petersen (Founder of the Freddie Awards and InsideFlyer Magazine) at this year’s Freddie Awards in Seattle
06:28 GMT
(press release)

Etihad Airways’ award winning loyalty program, Etihad Guest, has again proved to be one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs after winning the award for the Best Loyalty Credit Card.

May 1, 2014

From May 15 onwards, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 79 flights per week to the Kingdom (File/AFP)
15:44 GMT

Qatar Airways announced doubling flights to Gassim and added a new destination route to Al Hofuf.

An Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter parked at the new terminal
11:09 GMT

After months of construction, planning and testing, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet today officially started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport.