August 2015, Issue: 8 Volume: 33

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People & Places

  • Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline, launched an Arabic Call Centre to serve customers across ten countries in the Middle Eastern region. Arabic-speaking passengers booking or travelling Turkish Airlines can now get their queries answered in their language as tele-callers receive calls from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. 
  • Barjeel Al Arab Restaurant, located at the Heritage Village by the Dubai Creek, invited residents and visitors to hear Islamic discussions on Ramadan and Islam during the Holy Month.
  • Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre participated in Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ sixth annual ‘Iftar for Cabs’ initiative. The initiative has been running since 2010. Last year, Starwood delivered over 3,000 iftar packs to cab drivers across the region. This year, Starwood, including Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is also extending the gesture to its partner-drivers at Uber and is looking forward to reach-out at least 200 cab drivers.
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) announced the official date of the 11th edition of the Al Ain Air Championship (previously known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show) that will be staged at Al Ain International Airport from December 17 to 19 this year featuring a new championship competition format and an expanded programme of on-the-ground entertainment guaranteed to enthral flying enthusiasts and families alike in the region.
  • Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central celebrated a major milestone as it welcomed its five millionth guest. Sharanya Trivedi from India, who chose to celebrate her 10th birthday at the hotel, along with her eight-year-old brother, Suvarn, mother, father, and grandmother, received a spectacular welcome by managing director Josef Dolp.
  • Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas on the Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi celebrated the birth of two baby giraffe calves, a boy and a girl, in the Arabian Wildlife Park. The new additions bring the island’s total reticulated giraffe population to 37. The baby giraffes are now about two metres high and each weighs an estimated 100 kg. 
  • In an effort to optimise the experiences of Middle Eastern visitors to Orange County, California, the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA), announced the release of a free online training video for Orange County local business owners, community members and professionals from the local hospitality, tourism and retail industries. Seen here are Glenn Johnston, vice-president OCVA Middle East and Nasif Kayed, managing director, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding.
  • Rihab Rotana Dubai announced the winner of the Stay and Fly for Free campaign that included a four-night’s stay at Salalah Rotana Resort with air tickets courtesy of Air Arabia for two individuals. The draw was held at Rihab Rotana in the presence of Kinan Al Ghraoui, general manager of Rihab Rotana and a representative from Dubai Economic Department.  Fawzi Melhim was announced as the winner, a national from Kuwait and a regular guest of Rihab Rotana since 2012. Gemmy Dimitry, hotel manager, Mona Doush, marketing head and Sherif Edward, front office manager were also present at the occasion.


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