October 4 (TravelAndy): Emirates operated its inaugural flight service between Dubai and Edinburgh on October 1.
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down in the Scottish capital just before 3pm local time, making Edinburgh the airline’s second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom.
Emirates flight EK023, with a group of VIP guests and media on board, was welcomed by Edinburgh Airport with a water cannon salute.
To celebrate the new service, Emirates and Edinburgh Airport held a launch event hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport. Continue reading Emirates starts Dubai-Edinburgh flight
June 21 (TravelAndy): UAE’s decision to issue free transit visas is generating a lot of interest among tourists.
The UAE government has waived transit flyers from all entry fees for the first two days.
The fliers can choose to extend their stay by up to four days by paying a nominal AED50, Gulf News reported.
According to the latest move, transit passengers will be allowed to step outside the airport. Continue reading Free UAE transit visa cheer for flyers
March 21 (TravelAndy): The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai, has run a host of diverse activities in support of the International Day of Happiness, coinciding with 20th March every year. Also, passengers at the Dubai airport were surprised with General directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs on Tuesday welcoming them with the title ‘Welcome to the Happy UAE’ with a smiley face design stamp on their passports.
Events targeted the RTA employees, mass transit users, parking inspectors and drivers. Chocolate boxes were distributed to 1,600 employees, together with messages that inspire positivity and spread happiness & fun. Continue reading Dubai stamps passports with smiley on Happiness Day
March 26 (TravelAndy): Emirates has announced to introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.
Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.
Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays. Continue reading Laptop, tablet handling for Emirates US flights
September 11 (TravelAndy): Dubai has introduced robots as life guard on the public beaches, said reports.
These boat-like robots can move at 35kmph, almost 12 times the speed of a human lifeguard. It is operated by remote control.
The 125cm robot can travel 130km on a single charge and can conduct some 30 rescue operations at a go. Continue reading Robot lifeguards on Dubai beaches