At one time, it was quite astonishing to hear about air travellers being able to contact their family and friends through phones installed in their seats. Especially as a kid, I always wondered how the planes could have a...
Statistics for commuter traffic for February, released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), showed a surge in the demand for the aviation transportation with a percentage increase of about 5.4 percent. This increase has been placed in context...
Virgin Atlantic piloting Google Glass and Sony Smartwatch technology - A pioneering singular technological employment by one of the world's leading aircraft operators sure to change the face of the global aviation sectorIf the Wright brothers revolutionised the domain...
The Dubai Al Sufouh Tram Project - the first tram services to operate in the Middle-east region to begin operations in November 2014The Al Sufouh Tram Project is one of Dubai’s most highly awaited infrastructural developments. According to the...
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the arrival of the first Dubai tram coaches to Jebel Ali port in the middle of this week.The tram consists of 7 coaches and constitutes the first batch of 11 trams...
Growth of GCC carriers beat global industry average.Growth of Middle Eastern aviation has surpassed the global average and this trend will persist backed by an array of growth tactics such as fleet expansion, with Emirates as the leader, according...
A National Transport Authority (NTA) license is now mandatory for any UAE land transport business.With the coordination of all federal and local authorities, the UAE has successfully implemented the Land Transport Act. After the implementation of Law No. 9/2011, no...
Mercator helps build one of the largest cargo IT solutions in the airline industry saving millions of dollars in operational costs for United Airlines.mercator, a leader in aviation IT solutions, and United Airlines, one of the world's largest cargo carriers, join forces...
Etihad Airways has revealed its plans to expand its global reach by entering into partnerships with Chinese and American operators. In the coming years, Etihad plans double-digit growth on the back of higher passenger traffic in emerging markets, such as...
A recent study released by the U.S.-based JOC Group, which includes the Journal of Commerce, and the PIERs data service, has declared the port of Salalah as the sixth top transshipment port globally and 18th top port globally. According to the...
The Saudi Arabian government has embarked on an ambitious project to build the world’s largest public transport system by awarding contracts worth USD 22.5 billion. The design and construction contracts for the first metro rail system in Riyadh have been...
A Holistic Road Safety Strategy – The Key to Curbing the Middle East’s Staggering Rate of Traffic Accidents. With road accidents in the region killing 17-22 people per 100,000 per year, Middle East governments must urgently adopt a mul­tidimensional Road...
According to recent statistics released by Dubai Customs, Dubai's automotive spare parts trade has been growing at a respectable pace in recent years. From 2010, when the figure was Dhs32 billion, it grew to Dhs36 billion in 2011, and...
Saudi Arabia is expected to invest USD 45 billion to build new railway networks and upgrade existing railways throughout the Kingdom.Efforts are being undertaken to expand Saudi Arabia's existing rail networks to meet the rising numbers of railway...
Etihad Cargo, the freight division of the Abu Dhabi-based airline, has launched a new advertising campaign highlighting its global outreach and higher quality services."The world is our business. Let us take care of yours."This is the division’s first campaign...
Qatar Rail has awarded four design and build contracts worth USD 8.2 billion for phase one of the Doha metro project. The project includes four rail lines and underground section in the centre of Doha. The rail network is part...
"Huge Opportunity for African Aviation" -- IATA Annual General Meeting 2013The International Air Transport Association 2013 (IATA) opened its 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Cape Town, South Africa today. The meeting kicked-off with...
The Australian Business Council Dubai (ABCD) recently announced Qantas and Emirates as its official airline partners. Australian Business Council Dubai Chairman, Craig Holding, said the synergy created by the two airlines working in tandem, would provide a range of new...
With a population of more than 5 million, Riyadh, is both Saudi Arabia’s biggest city and its capital city. Experiencing rapid growth, Riyadh’s population has more than doubled since 1990. City planners announced in July 2012 that Riyadh will build...
The Egyptian Railways is one of the most popular modes of public transportation in Egypt with around 800 million passenger miles annually. Most of this network connects the Nile Delta with Cairo and Alexandria. The train fares in commuter...
The EPA’s newly-proposed Tier 3 rule would cut sulfur levels in American gasoline by two-thirds, and by 2018 the new standard could be fully implemented. According to the EPA, introducing and enforcing the new regulations would cost $3.4 billion between...
For decades, we have measured fuel economy and miles traveled by car or truck in the familiar miles traveled per gallon of gasoline, or MPG. Some nations don’t use miles as they use the metric system and distance is measured...
Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) today revealed that the number of commuters who used public transport means on the New Year's Eve has clocked 1.45 million persons. Dubai Metro accounted for the lion's share with the metro ridership touching...
The UAE’s national railway project received a boost with the arrival of first shipment of wagons.The project will be developed and operated by Etihad Rail. These newly arrived vehicles will be used for first stage of the rail project,...
Governments of the Gulf Arab states are working on plans to establish a long-distance rail transport in the region and extend it across the Arabian Peninsula, a report published by Reuters said on Wednesday.According to official figures, around $100...
Qatar’s railway projects of an estimated $41.8 billion top all GCC countries and are set to create significant country growth, investment and thousands of job opportunities, a report said on Wednesday.According to a report commissioned by The Big 5...
Dubai Police announced they have started a white points system to encourage motorists to follow traffic rules and help cancel black points, local media reported on Wednesday.Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, said under the new initiative, drivers...
Turkmenistan announced on Saturday it has scrapped a $700 million contract with an Iranian company to build a key section of a major new railway line along the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.According to state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan,...
Egyptian Transportation Minister Mohammed Rashad announced on Wednesday Saudi Arabia and Egypt are going ahead with plans to build a causeway that will link the two countries at an estimated cost of $3 billion.A technical committee will meet in late...
Algeria announced it will invest more than $6 billion to modernise public transport by introducing trams in 14 cities nationwide, media reports said.Algiers Subway Company (EMA) said the provinces that will benefit from the trams are Sidi Bel Abbes,...
Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has issued tender invitations for the first three contracts in the development of Stage Two of the rail network, the company said in a statement on...
Oman announced on Wednesday its Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has initiated work on the feasibility study of the ambitious GCC railway project to boost transport services across the region.The first stage of the railway project will start...
Egypt’s auto retail sector, one of the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has been hit hard by dwindling sales due to the recent political instability and economic slowdown, but pent-up demand is shoring up...
Worldwide sea piracy levels fell by 54% during the first half of 2012, helped by a massive drop in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said Monday.The International Maritime Bureau said in its report that 'pre-emptive and disruptive counter...
DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem on Monday announced Istithmar World PJSC will transform its vessel Queen Elizabeth II into a 300-room luxury hotel that will be operational in 18 months.While speaking to reporters, the top Dubai shipping giant official reckoned...
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed on Monday it has signed an agreement with Midparc Investment S.A., a Moroccan property holding and management company, to purchase from them the land required for its new plant in the Midparc Casablanca Free Zone, in...
Russian Railways announced it is planning to participate in the Abu Dhabi railway project, estimated to cost around $2 billion, and various railway projects in the Middle East and North Africa region."We have the best chances in the Gulf....
Airports throughout the Gulf region managed to clinch the bulk of transportation contracts worth $2bn awarded during the first five months of 2012, a report said on Sunday.The new research suggested road construction stood second with contracts worth $1.6bn...
Dubai’s Al-Futtaim Motors announced it is recalling more than 4,000 Toyota Fortuner cars in the UAE for service checks after reports emerged that some models made between 2006 and 2008 developed problems with the rear propeller shaft.“Following communication with...
Press Release All resolutions including 24 US cents per share dividend approved Dubai, UAE, 30 April 2012:  DP World Limited held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in respect of the full year 2011 this morning, with all resolutions put to shareholders...