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Etihad offers 40% discounts on selected routes

Etihad Airways, has launched deals offering upto 40% discounts to some destinations in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.

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The rise of Budget Carriers in Asia

BBC news on the growing number of travellers choosing to travel on budget carriers and how the airline industry is coping with it.

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced today that passenger traffic between Sharjah and other GCC destinations reached 551, 041 in the first half of 2010, an increase of 16.8 percent, compared to 471, 828 in the same period last year.

Air Arabia recorded an average seat load factor of 81.8 per cent during this period with a total of 83 flights per week from its hub in Sharjah to nine destinations in the GCC.

Jet2.com launches ski flights to Geneva from just 29.99 one way including taxes.

Leading low fare airline, Jet2.com, has expanded its ski offering from Edinburgh and Newcastle with the launch today of brand new services to Geneva for the 2010/2011 winter sports season.

The new services will operate during peak winter getaway times with Newcastle flights departing from 26thDecember to 9th January and then from 20th February to 27th March. The new Edinburgh service will operate from 20th February to 27th March. Flights are on sale now from just £29.99 one way including taxes.

Final Pilings Completed on Louvre Abu Dhabi - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of tourism, cultural, and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, is celebrating the placement of the final pilings for Louvre Abu Dhabi. This is a major construction milestone as this landmark Saadiyat Island project progresses on schedule for completion in 2013.

Bauer International of Germany has been working onsite in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District since March 2010 to place 4,536 pilings, a total of nearly 100km of steel and reinforced concrete pile sections, approximately the distance from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

By Martin Abbugao (AFP)

SINGAPORE - In his days as a jet-setting telecom executive, ready-to-eat meals were a regular part of Fazal Bahardeen's luggage.

Many of the hotels he stayed in did not have halal-certified restaurants for Muslim travellers like the 47-year-old Sri Lankan-born Singaporean.

Rooms lacked markers pointing to Mecca for prayers and staff were unable to answer questions from Muslim guests about their particular needs.

"Half of my life was spent in hotels and airplanes," Fazal told AFP.

Turkish PM Erdogan inaugurated the exhibition 1001 Inventions featuring scientific achievements from the Muslim civilisation between 7th-17th centuries.

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