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GCC committee postpones work on Gulf railway until 2021

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The committee of the ministers of transport in the Gulf Cooperation Council decided to postpone working on the Gulf Railway Project from 2018 until 2020-2021. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE's Minister of Infrastructure Development, said the UAE is ready to fully implement the project. He noted that around 160 kilometers of the constructed railways which are currently in use can be used for the massive project, Al-Khaleej daily reported. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the ...

UK lifts electronic ban on Egypt flights to London

Friday, 1 September 2017

British authorities have lifted a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Friday. The United States and Britain in March imposed restrictions banning electronic devices from being carried on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Authorities lifted the ban “after confirming that security procedures on Egypt's flights meet the ...

Intel set to roll out 100 self-driving cars

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. A day after closing the $15 billion deal to buy Mobileye, which specializes in driver-assistance systems, Intel said it will begin rolling out fully autonomous vehicles later this year for testing in Europe, Israel, and the US. The fleet will eventually have more than 100 vehicles, according to Intel. The testing in real ...

Saudi Civil Aviation continuing to prevent Qatari planes from using airspace

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority said on Wednesday it is continuing its boycott of Qatar by preventing Qatari carriers from using the kingdom’s airports and airspace. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest, supporting terrorism and getting too close to Iran, all of which Doha denies. In all, 18 destinations in the region are now out of bounds for Qatar Airways, which has also been ...

US businesses defend Gulf airlines in subsidies dispute

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A coalition of transportation and tourism businesses on Monday called on the US government to preserve aviation agreements with Gulf nations despite accusations of unfair trade by major US airlines.Businesses including courier service FedEx, budget air carrier JetBlue and hotel giant Wyndham, oppose calls from Delta, American Airlines and United to renegotiate Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.The three biggest US air carriers say Abu Dhabi and Doha have pumped ...

Emirates Boeing plane in 2016 crash ‘had no mechanical faults’

Sunday, 6 August 2017

UAE investigators looking into the cause of the 2016 Emirates crash at Dubai International Airport have found no mechanical issues with the aircraft prior to the incident. Investigators were "working to determine and analyze the human performance factors that influenced flight crew actions during the landing and attempted go-around", a United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority report said on Sunday. The Aug. 3, 2016 crash was the first major incident in Emirates' ...

Saudi Arabia hires Goldman for Riyadh airport stake sale, sources tell Reuters

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Saudi Arabia has hired Goldman Sachs to manage the sale of a stake in Riyadh airport, the first major privatization of an airport in the kingdom, three sources familiar with the matter said.The Saudi Civil Aviation Holding plans to sell a minority stake in Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, the sources said, without providing a timeframe for the sale.The exact size and potential value of the stake were not immediately known, but Riyadh has the second biggest airport in Saudi ...

Saudia: Passengers to US can carry electronic devices beginning today

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Saudi Arabian Airlines has confirmed that the ban on taking electronic devices inside the cabin with passengers was lifted and passengers traveling to the United States can now carry their electronic devices with them beginning today. Saudi Arabian Airlines, which is also known as Saudia, became the final of nine carriers to be removed from the March laptop ban for carry-on bags aboard flights heading to the U.S. The Transportation Security Administration tweeted the announcement on Monday. The ...

Ride-hailing firm Careem buys stake in Egyptian transport start-up

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ride-hailing firm Careem, a Middle East rival to Uber Technologies Inc, has bought a minority stake in a three-month-old Egyptian start-up that connects commuters with private buses in Cairo.Dubai-based Careem invested $500,000 in Swvl and Chief Experience Officer and Co-Founder Magnus Olsson will take a board seat. Careem, which operates in 12 countries mainly in the Middle East, declined to disclose the exact size of the stake.Swvl, founded in April by a former Careem executive, is a bus ...

Qatar airways CEO: 'Bullying' Qatar will affect profits

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar al-Baker accused neighboring Gulf States Thursday of "bullying" his country during the region's political crisis and said his company's profits would be hit by the dispute. Baker insisted that Qatar could sustain the impact of what he called a blockade imposed on Doha, but conceded that an impact on profits was inevitable for the Gulf carrier. "It has to (affect profits) because we have additional costs to operate in and out of the country," he said. ...

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