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Despite the pandemic headwinds that the global hospitality industry has had to contend with over the past two years, new hotel development in prime tourism destinations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE, remains substantial even by global standards.

Following two years of intensive research and development, innovation and transformation through its Greenliner programme to tackle aviation decarbonisation, Etihad Airways in collaboration with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi has launched the Etihad Mangrove Forest to provide guests, corporate accounts and partners the ability to adopt mangroves in Abu Dhabi to reduce their carbon footprint.

The International Humanitarian City (IHC) has forged strategic cooperation with the team behind the International Humanitarian Summit (IHS), an independent forum committed to improving the state of the world to promote dialogues for regional and global humanitarian development.

Ajman Free Zone has secured two new certifications from ISO, proving the organisation’s capability to adhere to the highest standards of quality, productivity, and efficiency. The free zone has received the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 Information Technology Service Management and the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management Systems.

The Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, has cemented its commitment to drive growth from GCC, encompassing Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

In February, Umm Al Emarat Park’s BOUNCE pop-up trailer offered free fitness sessions and performance shows to encourage people to stick to their New Year wellness resolutions.

flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, recently announced the start of flights to AlUla in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first UAE carrier to operate this route from Dubai.

For the first time since its opening in 2019, Qasr Al Watan’s esteemed majlis, ‘Al Barza’ is now open to visitors at the Palace of The Nation.

 

Smart Africa and the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote investment into Africa’s digital transformation. The partnership will also see Smart Africa and AIM collaborating on core events to promote dialogue to advance development agendas.

Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and one of UAE’s largest bank First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), in partnership with Visa, a world leader in digital payments, is launching a sustainably-focused Visa credit card. The card will reward shoppers for making sustainable choices in their everyday spending habits.