46. Fleet Addition
Oman Air has recently added the new 787 Dreamliner to its fleet. This will dramatically improve air travel experience of passengers flying to Saudi Arabia and Europe.
47. More flights to Abu Dhabi
Jet Airways is set to launch daily international flights from Ahmedabad, Pune, and Mangalore, to Abu Dhabi. Jet Airways is currently the only private Indian airline to operate over 50 daily flights to multiple destinations in the Gulf. Guests travelling onwards from the UAE’s capital city to the United States can access the US Preclearance at Abu Dhabi airport.
48. Private on Twitter
Etihad Airways’ Gold and Platinum members can now access a private Twitter account, @ EtihadPremium, for real-time feedback to requests and questions. The airline has guaranteed that the response time will take no more than five minutes. This channel aims to enhance the experience of guests by offering them a personalised service and delivering a range of unique benefits.
49. Customs, Preclearance
The UAE flag carrier Etihad announced that preclearance through US Customs and Border Protection will now be available for all its passengers enabling them to arrive in the US as domestic passengers and avoiding having to queue at immigration upon arrival. They can check their luggage directly to their final destinations by meeting TSA security screening standards at the originating airport.
50. New in Saudi Arabia
Qatar Airways has launched a new service to its eighth destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with four flights a week to Abha. The new route will bring additional flexibility for passengers connecting from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. An Airbus A320 with an average flight time of just over two hours will operate this service.
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51. VISA Fee Waiver
The Jordanian government has approved visa fees to be waived for tourists of all nationalities with immediate effect. The waiver will be on a condition that the traveller spends a minimum of two consecutive nights in Jordan.
The King Khaled International Airport in Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing massive development and expansion that aims at increasing its capacity to cope with growing tourism requirements.
53. Me Connect
Come February, Emirates Airlines will launch the longest flight in the world from Dubai to Panama City, lasting more than 17 hours. Panama’s capital will also be the airline’s first destination in Central America.
TREATS BY THE BEACH
There is nothing better than relaxing by the beach, soaking up the sun while reading your favourite book, and going for an occasional dip.
54. Marsa Malaz Kempinski – Qatar
When Europe meets Arabian Nights, the result is probably something like the newly-opened Marsa Malaz Kempinski. Located on The Pearl Doha, a man-made island, the island is secluded and oﬀers immense privacy to those who desire so. However, if you want to experience The city on a given day, then Qatar’s major attractions are just a short drive away.