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Saudi civil aviation authority 'to become independent body'

Ministers in Saudi Arabia this week approved plans to establish the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) as an independent legislative body with the power to directly grant licences to new airlines...

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Posted by: ASIF AHMED Oct 19, 2016 12:06 PM [USA]

GOOD move to have commercial aviation independent...

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Saudi regulator sets new fines, compensation limits for air passengers

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority is to introduce new measures to protect consumers, including compensation for lost baggage and better care in the event of flight delays.Under regulations issued...

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Posted by: ASIF AHMED Oct 19, 2016 1:16 PM [USA]

Good to introduce fines for the the pax mishandling by airlines. lost baggage, delayed flight, flight cancellation, are very common episodes experienced by pax on regular basis. So it is essential the regulators to impose fine to the airlines for ensuring consumer protection and rights as pax are paying a very high cost to travel...

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Saudi gov't workers to be paid 'according to lunar calendar'

State workers in Saudi Arabia are to be paid according to the Solar Hijiri calendar – the calendar most commonly used in Iran and Afghanistan – rather than the Gregorian calendar as previously reported...

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Posted by: khalid Oct 18, 2016 3:35 PM [UAE]

so confusing!

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Emirates ‘overcharges UAE residents for outbound flights’, says Khalaf Al Habtoor

Dubai tycoon Khalaf Al Habtoor has urged Emirates to explain why its outbound Dubai flights cost more than double the price of inbound and transit flights, in a powerful statement on social media this...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Oct 18, 2016 3:35 PM [Spain]

And that makes perfect sense, Dubai is just a medium sized city with some 2.5M people, in a small country of less than 8M of whom most do not fly at all or very seldom. On top of it it needs to share this market with Abu Dhabi airport, and to a lesser extent, Sharjah and maybe others.

The big opportunity for Emirates, Etihad or QA is transit passengers between Asia and Europe/US, and to some extent LatAm.

I know some people think Dubai is the center of the universe but it is not, and Emirates is just a rational player in a tough business doing what is best for them. They are grabbing the large markets that will keep their seats busy.

In a few weeks I will need to fly from Lima to ME and a little bit later to Jakarta, and I am pretty sure the two best alternatives will be Emirates and QA. Their prices are simply too aggressive.

Given that there is ample choice everyone can find something that meets its preferences/budget or maybe if lucky both.

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Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City doubles profits

Manchester City Football Club, the English Premier League team owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Abu Dhabi United Group, has announced a second consecutive year of profitability.In a statement...

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Posted by: Veronica Chapman Oct 18, 2016 3:35 PM [UAE andUK]

Mabrook Your Highness, and of course to everyone concerned
with the running of the best club Manchester City.

Don't forget New Boater hats for the ladies.........

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Aluma scores villa deal for its new tunnel form

Formwork specialist Aluma Systems has won a US $2.2 million (AED8 million) contract to supply its new tunnel form system to a villa project in Abu Dhabi. Aluma will provide 14 complete structures to...

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Posted by: Nikhil Oct 18, 2016 3:35 PM [India]

Can I get some photographs of the system?

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Dubai Police official supports granting driving licence to 16-year-olds

A Dubai Police senior official has supported the idea of granting driving licences to 16-year-olds in the emirate.Major-General Mohammad Saif Al Zaffin, chairman of Federal Traffic Council and assistant...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Oct 18, 2016 1:23 PM [Spain]

I actually think this would be an improvement. At least they would have some formal training as opposed to current situation where you have unlicensed (and therefore uninsured) minors driving.

Looking forward to WHJ explanation on how UAE roads are the safest in the world, or if not how it is the west fault.

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Emirates ID to replace health cards in Dubai by Q1 2017

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has extended the deadline for replacement of health cards with Emirates ID cards to first quarter of 2017.The authority had previously announced early 2016 as the deadline...

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Posted by: Old timer Oct 17, 2016 4:14 PM [UAE]

I am in the same position and stopped BUPA international for the same reason. I didn't bother with insurance here after that as a week in hospital with quite a serious illness cost less than a year's BUPA premium. Under the new scheme AXA offered me cover for far less than they used to charge before which I will have to take in order to renew my residency. Generally though, the insurance companies are completely thrown when you give your age and admit that they are not geared up for us oldies!

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UAE's Pacific Controls $381m debt plan due by end-October

Pacific Controls, a Dubai-based technology company, will submit a proposal to creditor banks on how to restructure its 1.4 billion dirhams ($381 million) of debt by the end of October, sources told Reuters...

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Posted by: jack sparrow Oct 17, 2016 4:01 PM [UAE]

I don't think that after so much scandal and negativity in the media (rightfully so) this company will ever be back on its feet and it shouldn't....they should be a lesson to the other over-ambitious local companies out there!

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Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

Transport has become a priority component in 'smart cities', as they embrace a vision including automated vehicles and rail systems that can travel at or above the speed of sound.Most GCC nations have...

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Posted by: robert t Oct 17, 2016 11:26 AM [UAE]

What does this sentence even mean?

"Transport has become a priority componet in 'smart cities', as they embrace a vision including automated vehicles and rail systems that can travel at or above the speed of light."

Ignoring the obvious misspellings, what public transport in Dubai can travel at or above the speed of light? Nothing, actually.

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