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    Global airlines’ outlook worsening in 2021 due to stricter travel restrictions, Iata says

    The outlook for global airlines in 2021 has worsened compared to forecasts in December as governments impose stricter travel restrictions to curb new variants of the Covid-19 virus, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Airlines’ total cash burn is now forecast to increase to between $75 billion and $95bn this year, up from the $48bn projected in December due to delays in travel recovery, Brian Pearce, Iata’s chief economist, said at an online press briefing on Wednesday. The industry, which was earlier forecast to break even by the fourth quarter of 2021, is now expected to continue burning […] More

  • How Covid-19 is reshaping global air travel in 2021

    How Covid-19 is reshaping global air travel in 2021

    The unprecedented year of 2020 plunged the aviation industry into the worst period of its history, bringing the first decade of steady airline profitability to a staggering halt. The Covid-19 pandemic upended airlines, airports, plane-makers, and leasing firms in a dramatic, unforeseen way. The global outlook for aviation in the upcoming six months, March 1st to August 31st is extremely depressing Oliver Ponti, ForwardKeys The pandemic wiped out 21 years of global passenger traffic growth in 2020, hurling airlines back to 1999 levels, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium. In 2020 alone, more than 40 commercial carriers… Read further. More

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    Media Planning and Buying Lead | The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

    Assistant Buyer Company: Lifestyle ConceptLocation: DubaiPlanning of Buying Calendars & Events. Understand the Buying Calendar and the process of planning for a season. Suppliers and to learn about all buying fairs. To apply for this job vacancy in Lifestyle Concept you must be qualified and you should prepare the required documents, click on the job link for more details.Posted 1 day ago Engineering Supervisor – Storekeeper / Administrator Company: Rosewood Hotels & ResortsLocation: Abu DhabiPrepare and process various forms involving change orders, exception reports, bid requests, and other buying procedures; Write issue tickets when required; To apply for this job […] More

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    Idex 2021: UAE Armed Forces sign $1.5bn in military deals on day three

    The UAE Armed Forces signed military deals worth Dh5.58 billion ($1.52bn) on Tuesday, the third day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, with international and local companies clinching an equal number of deals. The Armed Forces, which signed 12 contracts in total, awarded six contracts valued at Dh4.42bn to local companies, said Staff Brig Gen Mohammed Al Hassani, official spokesman for Idex and the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition. International companies won six contracts worth Dh1.16bn. “We have reached about Dh18bn of contracts in the last three days and we may surpass last year’s figure if this… Read […] More

  • Emirates News Agency - Culture Summit Abu Dhabi announces new theme

    Emirates News Agency – Culture Summit Abu Dhabi announces new theme

    ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2021 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that the next edition of Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, a global forum which explores creative cultural solutions to the most pressing issues affecting the world today, will take place virtually from 8th to 10th March, and explore the theme of ‘The Cultural Economy and the Economy of Culture’. The fourth edition of the forum will bring together cultural leaders, practitioners and experts from the fields of art, heritage, museums, media and technology to generate new strategies and thinking, and […] More

  • 8 wild things you can do in Abu Dhabi this week: February 25 to 26

    8 wild things you can do in Abu Dhabi this week: February 25 to 26

    Who’s ready for a really wild weekend..? The urban expanse of Abu Dhabi has its own brand of alluring wilderness, but if you want to take a walk on the really wild side this weekend, follow us… Brunch with the big cats Emirates Park Zoo has an incredibly diverse population of animal inhabitants, some of them cuddly, some of them decidedly less so. They also have awesome opportunities to get up and close and relatively personal with certain species. The Big Cat Brunch lets you eat lunch in the company of an actual leopard (because, UAE), you can pose questions, […] More

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    Idex 2021: Canada’s CAE in talks with Middle East customers on the digital future of training

    Canada’s CAE said the Covid-19 pandemic is driving a shift in demand for digital training platforms by Middle East customers. Thibaut Trancart, vice president and managing director of CAE Defence and Security in the Middle East, said requirements were changing from requests for flight training to mission training, data integration and full situational awareness. He said the changes would provide a more complete picture of combat situations. “The world is changing and the requirement from our customer is changing from a pure operating point of view to a mission point of view because the world is moving to a more […] More

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    Idex 2021: UAE’s Caracal plans more global manufacturing units

    Caracal, the biggest small arms manufacturer in the Middle East, plans to open new plants around the world as demand for its products grows. The company has four factories in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Germany and the US. It manufactures pistols and rifles for military use. “We want to open more facilities due to higher demand for our products,” chief executive Hamad Al Ameri told The National on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference yesterday. “We are currently in negotiations to open a facility in India.” He did not give further details. Caracal is one of 25 entities […] More

  • International travel linked to spread of deadly drug-resistant bacteria

    International travel linked to spread of deadly drug-resistant bacteria

    International tourists are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria due to the amount of time they spend intermingling with other people, a new study published in The Lancet Microbe has found. The global spread of intestinal multidrug resistant gram-negative (MDR-GN) bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide, with MDR clones of E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae threatening more antibiotic resistant infections around the world. Researchers monitored a group of European travellers visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic for three weeks – analysing daily returns of information and stool samples… Read further. More

  • Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

    PR Manager (Section Head) – UAE National (UZ-4D504)

    Job Role: PR Manager (Section Head)- UAE National RoleSummary Reportinginto the PR & Communications Director, the PR Section Headwill be responsible for leading the outward PR strategies and plansthat promote key initiatives and promote Abu Dhabi as a destinationof choice around the world. The PR SectionHead will manage a team of approximately ten individuals who areprimarily focused on disseminating the Department of Culture andTourism’s narrative and boosting the profile of theorganisation through media and PR activities. Key duties will include developing and leading the PRstrategy, nurturing a strong industry network, developing andexecuting effective… Read further. More

  • Virgin Galactic is aiming to capitalise on gorwing interest in space tourism.

    Virgin Galactic awards scholarships to black students in spaceflight diversity drive

    Virgin Galactic has awarded scholarships to black students in a scheme to make spaceflight more diverse. Five science and technology students from across the US have been selected as part of the company’s Galactic Unite Black Leaders in Aerospace Scholarship and Training (BLAST) program. The company said they will receive mentoring, paid summer internships and job placement opportunities upon graduation. In addition, each student will receive $5,000 in scholarship funding per award, which is renewable for up to 3 years. Virgin Galactic is aiming to capitalise on gorwing interest in space tourism. BLAST selectees will… Read further. More

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