volume 86-2021

Emirates Appoints | M. Alnahari Alhashmi As VP For Pakistan

KARACHI: Emirates has announced the appointment of Mohammad Alnahari Alhashmi as Vice President for Pakistan, effective 1st September. Alhashmi will be responsible for leading the airline’s operations and strengthening Emirates’ presence in the market. Mohammed Sarhan, who was previously Vice President of Emirates for Pakistan, will now take on a new role as Vice President …

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Abu Dhabi To Reopen | Borders to Int’l Travellers

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi is set to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from around the world from September 5th. Unvaccinated visitors from green list countries will also be welcomed with no quarantine measures. Vaccines must be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The news comes following the release of updated international entry guidelines from the …

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Int’l Festival of Dushanbe | MD PTDC Highlights Pakistan’s Agro-Tourism

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) organized an International Festival of Dushanbe, the ECO Tourism Capital, and International Forum on Agro-Tourism Development at Dushanbe, Tajikistan from 29 to 30 August 2021. Heads of tourism organizations of all the member states of ECO participated in this event in physical and virtual format. Aftab ur Rehman Rana, Managing Director …

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Bahrain Removes | Pakistan, India From ‘Red List’

MANAMA: Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs has removed India and Pakistan from its ‘Red List’ countries for travel in line with directives issued by the Government Executive Committee in response to recommendations made by the National Taskforce for Combatting the Coronavirus (Covid-19).  Other countries removed from the list include Panama and the Dominican Republic, said a …

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KPCTA To Install | Camping Pods in 10 More Scenic Spots

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) would install camping pods in 10 more scenic spots to facilitate tourists in the province. KPCTA Director General Kamran Ahmad Afridi said that the authority would install camping pods at 10 more tourist spots besides granting loans to the locals to launch the “Stay home” project to facilitate …

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UAE Opens | Tourist Visas For All Vaccinated Travellers

ABU DHABI: UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) have jointly announced that starting today, August 30, application for tourist visas will be open to people from all countries, including Pakistan provided that they are fully vaccinated with one of the WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines. …

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Saudi’s Vision 2030 | Unleashes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Projects

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has resulted in close to $1 trillion of real estate and infrastructure projects being announced across Saudi Arabia since 2016, according to an analysis carried out by global property consultant, Knight Frank.  According to the property expert, nearly $300 billion of the total spend is dedicated to new infrastructure, including …

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Privatization Commission Auctions | Lahore Services Hotel For Rs1.951bn

ISLAMABAD: The Privatisation Commission on Thursday auctioned the Services International Hotel in Lahore at the highest bid of Rs1.951 billion against the reserved price of Rs1.949bn with the small difference between the two prices raising some eyebrows. Only two bidders participated in the auction and a renowned real estate developer of Lahore, Faisal Town Pvt …

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Retired SIA Aircraft | Making Unproductive, Very Productive

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched The Upcycling Project, through which parts and materials of retired commercial aircraft will be given to various Singapore-based organizations and selected global retail brands for onward usage for art and other products. These upcycled and repurposed products will directly support educational institutions, artists, and persons with disabilities. Parts and …

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20 Countries Owes | $963 Million To Int’l Airlines: IATA

GENEVE: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that Zimbabwe owes US$$142 million to international airlines from ticket sales, cargo space, and other activities. IATA says about $963 million (R14.6 billion) in airline funds, including Zimbabwe’s US$142 debt, are being blocked from repatriation in nearly 20 countries. Other countries that owe substantial amounts were …

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