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    Abu Dhabi records surge in hotel occupancy in Nov

    Hotels across Abu Dhabi witnessed an increase in occupancy by six per cent points from 82.6 per cent in November 2016 to 88.6 per cent in November 2017, new data from EY showed.

    The increase can be attributed to the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, as well as the Formula 1 races that took place in November. The Abu Dhabi hospitality market also saw an increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) by 2.9 per cent from $146 in November 2016 to $150 in November 2017. However,"...

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    We test Super Cruise, Cadillac’s new hands-free semi-autonomous techJanuary 20, 2018

    Naysayers, please be quiet. I have seen the future – well, a modest part of it, at least – and it isn’t actually all that scary. Cadillac’s Super Cruise is a clever autonomous amalgamation of map data and a driver-attention system, along with cameras and other sensors in the car. And the results are almost addictively impressive.

    The American brand claims that it is the “first true hands-free driving technology for the highway”. To put it to the test, I am in Nevada, driving through beautifully barren interstate scenery, en route from Las Vegas to Echo Bay, an hour or so away, on the banks of Lake Mead.


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    Construction of Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions set to start in AprilJanuary 20, 2018

    Construction work on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions by participating countries is expected to start in April, according to a senior official.

    Najeeb Al Ali, executive director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office, also said a total of more than 180 countries will participate in the mega event which is set to attract 25 million visitors, with 150,000 daily.

    In a statement to state news agency WAM, he added that work also continues on the Expo site’s infrastructure and its centrepiece, Al Wasl Square.


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    How Ruchika Sachdeva won the West

    Indian fashion is rejoicing, and for some very good reasons. Last week in Florence, all eyes were on Ruchika Sachdeva as she became the third Indian fashion designer to win the coveted International Woolmark Prize. With Rahul Mishra and Suket Dhir winning the award in the menswear category in 2014 and 2015 respectively, India seems to have become International Woolmark Prize's country of choice.

    Ruchika's seven-year-old label Bodice has created quite a niche for itself back home in India, winning Vogue India's Fashion Fund four years ago. Her recent win only confirms that India's being seen as an important fashion destination globally."...

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    UAE resident embarks on round the world record attempt

    Senior Etihad Airways executive, Andrew Fisher, embarks on a journey of a lifetime on 21 January when he attempts to break the world record by flying around the globe in the shortest time frame on scheduled flights, and with the fewest number of sectors.

    Fisher, who works as the airline's Vice President Fleet Planning, hopes to shave three hours off the current record of over 55 hours by completing the journey in only four sectors.

    His flight path begins in the early hours of Sunday morning in Shanghai, taking him to Auckland, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam before returning"...

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    Emirates signs agreement for 36 additional A380s

    The Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to acquire 36 additional A380 aircraft.

    The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

    The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at the latest listed prices.


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    Brazilian seminar on Islamic economy

    The Dubai Islamic Economic Development Centre, DIEDC, will hold a seminar 'Principles and Strategy in Islamic Economy' on 22nd January at the headquarters of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo, according to the Agencia do Noticias Brasil-Arabe, ANBA.

    The event is intended for Brazilian businesspersons looking to tap into the market for halal goods and will look at industries such as fashion, tourism, food and cosmetics.

    According to ANBA, speakers will include International Halal Accreditation Forum, IHAF, secretary-general Mohammed Badri; Dubai"...

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