Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, recently announced its partnership with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), by signing a strategic agreement establishing a framework for the exchange of services, training, and knowledge transfer.
Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has opened a variety of world-class entertainment experiences at City Centre Al Zahia including the largest cinema and largest bowling alley in Sharjah as well as the region’s leading family entertainment centre, Magic Planet.
Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has announced its debut of the longer stay brand in the UAE with the opening of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf.
Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, has officially opened its newest lifestyle and retail experience in the Northern Emirates: City Centre Al Zahia.
The Galleria Al Maryah Island, a premier lifestyle and shopping destination in the heart of Al Maryah Abu Dhabi, recorded numerous accomplishments in 2020 including surpassing 22 million in footfall, the opening of over 68 new stores and achieving double-digit growth. All of this was achieved while maintaining the highest health and safety standards for guests throughout the destination. As a result of these successes, The Galleria has firmly established itself as the pre-eminent retail destination in Abu Dhabi.
As part of its continuous commitment to sustainable practices, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman recently harvested organic crops from its very own urban farm. The team yielded produce from the 430 m2 space, which grows seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with local designers to upcycle obsolete aircraft cabin interiors into pieces of art, as an environmentally friendly alternative of dealing with waste.
Carpet and fabric rolls, emergency equipment, sidewalls and windows, and economy and business class seats are just some of the old aircraft parts Azza Al Qubaisi and Christine Wilson used to design art installations for Etihad Airways.
Terry Daly, executive director guest experience, brand and marketing, Etihad, said, “End-of-life parts that were destined for landfill have been repurposed into beautiful art instillations by skilled artists who used rare and unwanted aircraft scraps. By collaborating with artists from the local community, our goal is to not only showcase talent within the region, but to further encourage sustainable innovation that’s good for the environment”.
Born in Abu Dhabi, Emirati sculptor Azza Al Qubaisi’s first art piece used seat floor mounting rails as a building motif to create symmetric geometric formations that can be displayed free standing or suspended from the ceiling.
Using aircraft curtains, wall panels, life jackets and cabin interiors, Christine Wilson, an emerging artist from Ireland based in Dubai, designed a multidimensional upcycled art piece to encapsulate a textural zeitgeist of Etihad.
Inspired by nature with a passion for the environment, Christine founded her ‘covid-couture’ business at the start of the global pandemic to play her part in remaking the world and living a sustainable life.
Etihad is displaying the art pieces at Etihad Headquarters and hopes to commission similar work in the future.
The Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB) has made a successful start to this year by winning the ‘Best Marketing Destination’ award at the MICE China Forum and Awards.
A delegation from the Ajman Free Zone led by H.E. Ali Abdulla Bin Towaih AlSuwaidi, director general, AFZ visited Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, in line with AFZ’s commitment and vision of achieving sustainability.
The pavilion has been built to operate net zero for energy and water consumption as part of its sustainable building design. The delegation explored the pavilion’s features to learn more about how to create a more sustainable future and the many ways people can practice sustainable living, including solar energy and smart use of water.
Ajman Free Zone, which is the first free zone to visit the pavilion and the first entity from Ajman, has been adopting the trend and is set to complete the construction of its Eco-Friendly Zone project, which integrates sustainable technologies and practices in line with its environmental sustainability agenda.