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Etihad hub Abu Dhabi International Airport sees slower passenger growth this year

Etihad Airways’ hub Abu Dhabi International Airport expects a slowdown in the pace of passenger growth this year, the acting chief executive of operator Abu Dhabi Airports said on Monday. The United Arab Emirates’ second busiest commercial airport expects to handle “around 25 million” passengers in 2017 compared with 24.5 million in the previous year, Abdul Majeed al-Khoori told Reuters …

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Saudia to carry record 10.3mln passengers this summer

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has released its summer plan, outlining the preeminent operational aspects during the upcoming peak season starting from June 24 to Sept. 16. The plan shows a record increase in the number of flights and seating capacity both internationally and domestically, to prepare for the dramatic increase in the demand for air travel in the summer period. …

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Cloud migration can help finance reap rewards

Cloud-based finance technology is an attractive proposition for forward-looking finance leaders looking to increase business performance, optimize operational efficiency and keep up with regulatory changes. Furthermore, moving finance to the cloud will help truly transform it into a strategic function. A tipping point for finance Amid the digitisation of the economy, the finance function is at a tipping point. Today’s …

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Facebook celebrates MENA winners of First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. Facebook (www.Facebook.com) selected 3 winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever …

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Careem set to launch in Palestine

Careem, a ride-hailing service in the Middle East and North Africa, will launch in Palestine on June 15, it announced on Tuesday. Starting in the city of Ramallah and expanding to more locations in the near future, Careem says it hopes to highlight the opportunity the Palestinian tech ecosystem provides to local businesses. Careem’s investment in Palestine falls in line …

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Dubai’s Emirates considers introducing augmented reality aboard

As part of its plans to further revolutionise its services, boost its competitiveness and survive the headwinds besetting the aviation industry, the Emirates Airlines is reportedly studying ways to equip staff with augmented reality glasses that display a passenger’s name and travel habits! “We could enhance customer service tremendously,” said Christopher Mueller, Emirates’ Chief Digital and Innovation Officer in statements …

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Bahrain launches new rules for fintech firms

Bahrain’s central bank has issued new rules to create a regulatory unit that will allow financial technology firms to test and experiment banking ideas in a controlled environment. Other global regulators from Hong Kong to Brazil have established similar regulatory incubators to allow fintech firms to experiment with new business models and products without falling foul of financial rules. Bahrain’s …

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Now, smartphone is your passport in Dubai

Dubai: Passengers departing from Dubai International Airport can now use their smart phones at the smart gates instead of their passports as part of a new service called Smart UAE Wallet. Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and public security in Dubai and Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director-general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners …

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Smart UAE Wallet: Use smartphone as your passport at Dubai airport

Dubai: Passengers departing from Dubai International Airport can now use their smart phones at the smart gates instead of their passports as part of a new service called Smart UAE Wallet. Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and public security in Dubai and Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director-general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners …

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Inmarsat orders new satellite as Qatar Airways takes its broadband service

Britain’s Inmarsat said on Friday it had ordered a satellite from Thales Alenia Space to increase capacity on its broadband network as Qatar Airways signed up to use the service to provide in-flight connectivity. Inmarsat said the new satellite, which would cost about $130 million over three years from 2017 to its launch in 2019, would serve the Middle East, …

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