Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dubai International passenger numbers hit record high

Dubai International passenger numbers hit record high
Dubai International started the New Year with record monthly traffic of 7.3 million passengers in January, surpassing the previous benchmark of 7.2 million passengers which was set in August 2015.
Passenger traffic reached 7,327,637 in January 2016, up 6.3 per cent from 6,895,668 registered during the same month in 2015, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.
In terms of percentage growth, North America recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic (19.9 per cent) – led by Emirates with the addition of an Orlando route and increased services to Boston, New York and Seattle.
This was followed by the GCC (11.6 per cent), where Saudi Arabia registered double-digit growth thanks to the surge in traffic from Jeddah, and the Indian subcontinent (8.7 per cent) mainly propelled by traffic on routes to traditionally strong markets of India and Pakistan.
India remained the top destination country in January with a total of 989,819 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (606,730 passengers) and the UK (488,819 passengers) while London was placed number one on the list of top destination cities followed closely by Doha and Jeddah.

Rixos The Palm Dubai launches new ultra all-inclusive package

Guests staying at The Rixos Palm Dubai now have the option of selecting an all-inclusive package making this the first luxury multi-concept resort in the UAE, reports Phil Blizzard from Dubai.
For those staying at the resort on Dubai’s man-made, iconic Palm Jumeirah an upgrade form the existing bed and breakfast and half board packages to the new ultra-all-inclusive package is now on offer.
Those who select this new package will enjoy a wide selection of culinary delights and a choice of over 70 international branded beverages from across 11 restaurants and bars.
Erkan Yildirim, senior vice president of operations for Rixos Hotels told Breaking Travel News: “We are really excited to be the first hotel in Dubai to offer such a service and offer tourists and residents alike a new hospitality experience.
“While ‘all-inclusive’ is quite a well-known concept in other popular tourist destinations worldwide, it is a relatively unknown concept in this part of the world and we anticipate that it will be very well received.
“But what is more important, this concept is totally luxury and we are confident that by launching this we will redefine the market in this part of the world.”

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Located on an unrivalled spot on Palm Jumeirah’s Eastern Crescent, the resort boasts 230 guest rooms and suites, each commanding unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s panoramic skyline.
Its collection of nine restaurants and bars provide a dynamic dining and night-life experience while Rixos Royal Spa provides a haven of serenity and relaxation.
Its vast stretch of pristine white beach is reputed to be the best on the Palm Jumeirah, offering a wide selection of motorised and non-motorised watersports, a variety of beach and poolside lounging and a large temperature controlled swimming pool.
Characterised by modern interiors and renowned for its superb hospitality, the resort is a popular destination for families, couples and groups alike, offering a comprehensive programme of daily activities for guests as well as unique selection of venues for meetings and events.
The resort is 45 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport and can be accessed both via the road, by boat and by helicopter at the resort’s private jetty and helipad.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Steady growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International

Steady growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International
Passenger traffic has continued to grow steadily at Dubai International, with over 6.3 million passengers registered in February 2016.
According to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,383,544 in February 2016, up 6.9 per cent from 5,973,727 registered during the same month in 2015.
This brings the total year to date passenger traffic at DXB to 13,711,181, an increase of 6.5 per cent from the first two months of 2015.
India remained the top destination country in February with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (485,570 passengers) and the UK (460,279 passengers).
London topped the list of destination cities, followed by Doha and Mumbai.

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Freight volumes at DXB increased from 191,002 tonnes in February 2015 to 196,730 in February 2016, up three per cent.Aircraft movements at DXB totalled 32,975 during the month under review, compared to 31,012 movements recorded in February 2015, up 6.3 per cent.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports, said: “This steady growth in passenger numbers has coincided with the opening of Concourse D in February, which increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year.
“Not only are we able to accommodate the rising passenger numbers, we have also boosted our service levels considerably.”
He added: “This month, we were deemed the third busiest airport in the world by ACI, moving up three places from last year’s ranking.
“Considering that we do not have domestic traffic, this is an important milestone.
“The continued rise in traffic at DXB is underpinned by our heavy investment in the infrastructure needed to facilitate growth for the 100 airlines that operate at our airport.”

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dubai unveils new visa system

Dubai: Residents can now carry out all visa and residency transactions through the new UAE vision system, introduced by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) on Wednesday.
Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA, said residents will not be required any more to visit the GDRFA headquarters or any of its external branches in order to apply for any visa or residency-related transaction.
The transactions include applying for visa, renewing residency, applying for new residency, visa cancellation, in addition to any other related services.
All transactions can be carried out via approved typing services centres.
The “UAE vision”, considered one of the best systems introduced to help the public save time and effort, is in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who stressed on facilitating governmental services.
“UAE Vision System is a new system where public members will be able to visit any of the typing service offices and submit their transactions all without having to visit the GDRFA building or any of the centres to complete their transactions as everything will be done at the typing centre only,” said Colonel Hussein Ibrahim, Assistant of the Director-General for administrative support at GDRFA.

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He pointed out that clients must provide accurate information to the typing centre such as valid phone numbers, address and email in order to allow communication with them.
Those who apply for visit visa-related transaction will have it sent to their email and those applying for residency visa service will have it sent to them via Zajel courier service, he explained.
Shahin P, owner of Abdul Samad Office Typing Center located near Emirates Towers metro station, told Gulf News that the center has been using the new system for almost a month on a trial basis.
“After submitting all documents, the status will be 'in process' until approval is confirmed by immigration. Users will be notified by SMS for the final step,” said Shahin.
Once approval is confirmed, residents will then visit the immigration headquarters only once to get their passport stamped.
Visit visas will be issued through email as e-visas, he said.
“The number of applications submitted at the typing center has started to grow during this month. This service provides the public with a one-stop-shop for all transactions,” said Shahin.
Application fees will remain the same, confirmed a GDRF customer service agent.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dubai launches world’s first medical tourism portal

Dubai: Dubai on Sunday launched the world’s first comprehensive electronic medical tourism portal, Dubai Health Experience, that promises to provide all health, travel, hospitality and visa services at the click of a button.
Medical packages will include procedures such as wellness, cosmetic and dental services, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and physiotherapy and specialised medical tests, to name few.
The initiative has a target of over 500,000 international medical tourists by 2020.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, inaugurated the initiative at a ceremony on Sunday. The one-window portal will enable international medical tourists to log on to the website that will allow them to book medical procedure packages at any of the 26 private and public hospitals in Dubai along with special discounted Emirates airfares, visa, medical insurance to cover malpractice, hotel stay, leisure activities and marhaba service for smooth airport to hotel transfer. An android app version for the portal will be up and running within ten days, an official from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said.
The DHA will execute this initiative with strategic partners such as the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Emirates airline, among others.
Humaid Al Qutami, chairman of DHA’s Board of Directors and its director-general, said at the ceremony: “Dubai is at the pinaccle of safety, security, creativity and innovation and has over 200 nationalities living here. It has been a pioneer and leader in global development and by choosing to be a global hub of medical tourism it will redefine development on the map of this region.”
Dr Laila Al Marzouqi, head of DHA’s medical tourism initiative, said the time was ripe in every way. “Dubai has world-class medical facilities, it has security, happiness, aspiration and love and the leading carrier, Emirates, flies to over 140 countries. The time is prefect to launch this electronic portal that will connect the world with Dubai’s medical facilities.
Elaborating on the high response to the tourism initiative, Dr Al Marzouqi toldGulf News: “In 26 hospitals of Dubai we witnessed a traffic of 638,000 medical tourists, of whom nearly 47,000 were international tourists. This high traffic was recorded at just the 26 private and public hospitals and we are not even talking about the medical tourism procedures conducted in over 1,000 clinics and ambulatory care centres in Dubai. Every year the number goes up by 12 to 15 per cent.”
Given these figures, the DHA estimate of 500,000 international medical tourists is conservative and is likely to far exceed the target.
One of the most important features of the website is a detailed Patient Bill of Rights and Patient Protection Plan. The medical packages provide for medical insurance to cover any complication or medical liability. “We are adhering to international best practices and do not think there would be any malpractice, but this provision has been provided for the peace of mind of the patient. If there is a complication, then the individual will be allowed to return to UAE free of charge and revision of the surgery will be carried out free of charge. This insurance valid for a month after the procedure will cover the complication at no extra cost to the patient, “ Dr Al Marzouqi said.
Humaid Al Qutami welcomed Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Ahmad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and Group, among other dignitaries at the event.

Health insurance will cover medical malpractice
The Dubai health experience will enable potential medical tourists to buy a medical malpractices insurance. Dr Al Marzouqi explained: “Patients may or may not have an interanational medical insurance to cover the cost of the procedure but apart from travel insurance buying a medical package will automatically enable them to have a medical malpractive insurance cover that will be valid for one month after the procedure. If the patient finds post operative complications he will be allowed to travel to Dubai and stay here free of charge and have a revision surgery or any other action to be taken, at no cost to him. The insurance will cover that cost.”
Reference - Gulf News 
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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