Transport

A German exploring India on a 2-stroke engine!

A German exploring India on a 2-stroke engine!

We are confused as to who is more interesting – the traveler or the vehicle. Read on. Here is a vehicle that can, probably, only boast about a 2-stroke engine and a single cylinder. It can hardly store 10 liters of fuel in a go. Chugging the humble beast across […]

 
 

Infographic- How UAE Residents Perceive Driverless Cars

Infographic- How UAE Residents Perceive Driverless Cars

Majority of UAE Residents Excited for Driverless Cars The future has arrived – driverless cars are officially here. Driverless cars are currently being trialled in Dubai, driverless taxis are being trialled in Singapore and the USA, while in the UK trials have also been approved in selected areas. But how […]

 
 

Saudi online travel bookings up 40%: Euromonitor

Saudi online travel bookings up 40%: Euromonitor

Clearly, more number of Saudi’s are booking travel and holiday deals online.    A new report published by Euromonitor International for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 reveals today that online travel sales to residents in Saudi Arabia showed record 40% growth in 2014 to reach SAR6.5 ($1.73) billion in […]

 
 

Etihad Airways added 200,000 jobs in U.S. in a decade

Etihad Airways added 200,000 jobs in U.S. in a decade

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer Etihad Airways, has said that in over a decade, the Etihad Airways contributed more than 200,000 employment opportunities to the United States job market. The Etihad Airways CEO said in a statement issued on Tuesday that a decade of orders by Etihad Airways […]

 
 

Did you check out the Dubai Tram?

Did you check out the Dubai Tram?

Will it make commuting to work easier? Will it reduce traffic woes? Nevertheless, it has a great amount of novelty factor to it. Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,  also the Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the first tram from Al Sufouh depot on […]

 
 

Streamlining Global Aviation Paradigm: SITA ‘Smart Thinking’ Survey

A cargo plane in Dubai World Central

At one time, it was quite astonishing to hear about air travellers being able to contact their family and friends through phones installed in their seats. Especially as a kid, I always wondered how the planes could have a link of never-ending cables dropping down from the plane to the […]

 
 

IATA Report Indicates Stronger Aviation Demand in the Middle East

IATA Report Indicates Stronger Aviation Demand in the Middle East

Statistics for commuter traffic for February, released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), showed a surge in the demand for the aviation transportation with a percentage increase of about 5.4 percent. This increase has been placed in context to the commuter traffic trend for February, in the previous year. […]

 
 

Peering through Google Glasses: The Future of Aviation Sector

Peering through Google Glasses: The Future of Aviation Sector

Virgin Atlantic piloting Google Glass and Sony Smartwatch technology – A pioneering singular technological employment by one of the world’s leading aircraft operators sure to change the face of the global aviation sector If the Wright brothers revolutionised the domain of transportation by inventing the world’s first plane in the […]

 
 

Bringing Dubai Closer: Al Sufouh Tram Project

Bringing Dubai Closer: Al Sufouh Tram Project

The Dubai Al Sufouh Tram Project – the first tram services to operate in the Middle-east region to begin operations in November 2014 The Al Sufouh Tram Project is one of Dubai’s most highly awaited infrastructural developments. According to the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), the project is expected to […]

 
 

Dubai Tramway on track to begin operations in Nov 2014

Dubai Tramway on track to begin operations in Nov 2014

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the arrival of the first Dubai tram coaches to Jebel Ali port in the middle of this week. The tram consists of 7 coaches and constitutes the first batch of 11 trams in the first phase, with nearly 14 trams to be […]

 
 

GCC airlines growth beat global industry average

GCC airlines growth beat global industry average

Growth of GCC carriers beat global industry average. Growth of Middle Eastern aviation has surpassed the global average and this trend will persist backed by an array of growth tactics such as fleet expansion, with Emirates as the leader, according to industry analysts. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) representing […]

 
 

UAE implements Land Transport Act

UAE implements Land Transport Act

A National Transport Authority (NTA) license is now mandatory for any UAE land transport business. With the coordination of all federal and local authorities, the UAE has successfully implemented the Land Transport Act. After the implementation of Law No. 9/2011, no road transport business in the UAE can be carried […]

 
 

Mercator is United Airlines new cargo IT partner

Mercator is United Airlines new cargo IT partner

Mercator helps build one of the largest cargo IT solutions in the airline industry saving millions of dollars in operational costs for United Airlines. mercator, a leader in aviation IT solutions, and United Airlines, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, join forces to migrate the airline’s cargo logistics and revenue accounting systems […]

 
 

Etihad Airways expands global partnerships

Etihad Airways Airbus A380

Etihad Airways has revealed its plans to expand its global reach by entering into partnerships with Chinese and American operators. In the coming years, Etihad plans double-digit growth on the back of higher passenger traffic in emerging markets, such as China and South America. The airline, which is already benefiting […]

 
 

Port of Salalah earns global recognition

Port of Salalah earns global recognition

A recent study released by the U.S.-based JOC Group, which includes the Journal of Commerce, and the PIERs data service, has declared the port of Salalah as the sixth top transshipment port globally and 18th top port globally. According to the study, the port has also been successful in bagging a number […]

 
 

KSA to build world’s largest transit system

KSA to build world’s largest transit system

The Saudi Arabian government has embarked on an ambitious project to build the world’s largest public transport system by awarding contracts worth USD 22.5 billion. The design and construction contracts for the first metro rail system in Riyadh have been won by three foreign-led consortia. Bechtel Corp, a major U.S. […]

 
 

Middle East gov’ts to adopt Road Safety Strategy

Middle East gov’ts to adopt Road Safety Strategy

A Holistic Road Safety Strategy – The Key to Curbing the Middle East’s Staggering Rate of Traffic Accidents. With road accidents in the region killing 17-22 people per 100,000 per year, Middle East governments must urgently adopt a mul­tidimensional Road Safety Strategy – a holistic frame­work that encompasses all aspects […]

 
 

Dubai succeeds in automotive spare parts trade

Dubai succeeds in automotive spare parts trade

According to recent statistics released by Dubai Customs, Dubai’s automotive spare parts trade has been growing at a respectable pace in recent years. From 2010, when the figure was Dhs32 billion, it grew to Dhs36 billion in 2011, and in 2012 Dubai’s automotive spare parts trade was worth Dhs37 billion. […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia – new railways to cost $45 billion

Saudi Arabia – new railways to cost $45 billion

Saudi Arabia is expected to invest USD 45 billion to build new railway networks and upgrade existing railways throughout the Kingdom. Efforts are being undertaken to expand Saudi Arabia’s existing rail networks to meet the rising numbers of railway passengers — expected to reach 3.37 million by 2014, on the existing […]

 
 

Etihad Cargo delivers new advert campaign

Etihad Cargo delivers new advert campaign

Etihad Cargo, the freight division of the Abu Dhabi-based airline, has launched a new advertising campaign highlighting its global outreach and higher quality services. “The world is our business. Let us take care of yours.” This is the division’s first campaign since it rebranded itself from Etihad Crystal Cargo to […]

 
 

Qatar awards Doha Metro contracts

Qatar awards Doha Metro contracts

Qatar Rail has awarded four design and build contracts worth USD 8.2 billion for phase one of the Doha metro project. The project includes four rail lines and underground section in the centre of Doha. The rail network is part of Qatar’s preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 […]

 
 

IATA Annual General Meeting 2013 “Africa growth”

IATA Annual General Meeting 2013 “Africa growth”

“Huge Opportunity for African Aviation” — IATA Annual General Meeting 2013 The International Air Transport Association 2013 (IATA) opened its 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Cape Town, South Africa today. The meeting kicked-off with strong calls for African governments to take full advantage of […]

 
 

Australian Business Council Dubai sponsored by Qantas and Emirates

Australian Business Council Dubai sponsored by Qantas and Emirates

The Australian Business Council Dubai (ABCD) recently announced Qantas and Emirates as its official airline partners. Australian Business Council Dubai Chairman, Craig Holding, said the synergy created by the two airlines working in tandem, would provide a range of new opportunities to ABCD members and businesses within the region. Craig […]

 
 

Riyadh Metro Project [Photos]

Riyadh Metro Project [Photos]

With a population of more than 5 million, Riyadh, is both Saudi Arabia’s biggest city and its capital city. Experiencing rapid growth, Riyadh’s population has more than doubled since 1990. City planners announced in July 2012 that Riyadh will build a new public transport system to serve its fast-growing population. The government […]

 
 

Kuwait to Invest $250 million in Egyptian Railways

Kuwait to Invest $250 million in Egyptian Railways

The Egyptian Railways is one of the most popular modes of public transportation in Egypt with around 800 million passenger miles annually. Most of this network connects the Nile Delta with Cairo and Alexandria. The train fares in commuter trains are kept low so that large volumes of people can […]

 
 

The Answer to EPA Proposed Low Sulfur Rule

The Answer to EPA Proposed Low Sulfur Rule

The EPA’s newly-proposed Tier 3 rule would cut sulfur levels in American gasoline by two-thirds, and by 2018 the new standard could be fully implemented. According to the EPA, introducing and enforcing the new regulations would cost $3.4 billion between now and 2018, but Americans would save $23 billion in […]

 
 

The New MPG is MPD – Miles per Dollar

The New MPG is MPD – Miles per Dollar

For decades, we have measured fuel economy and miles traveled by car or truck in the familiar miles traveled per gallon of gasoline, or MPG. Some nations don’t use miles as they use the metric system and distance is measured in kilometers (American spelling) or kilometres (European and Canadian spelling) which […]

 
 

Dubai Metro Breaks Passenger Record during New Year’s Eve

Dubai Metro Breaks Passenger Record during New Year’s Eve

Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) today revealed that the number of commuters who used public transport means on the New Year’s Eve has clocked 1.45 million persons. Dubai Metro accounted for the lion’s share with the metro ridership touching new heights as the number of metro riders hit 587,542 […]

 
 

New wagons arrive for UAE rail network

The UAE’s national railway project received a boost with the arrival of first shipment of wagons. The project will be developed and operated by Etihad Rail. These newly arrived vehicles will be used for first stage of the rail project, which will link Habshan and Ruwais by 2013, and Shah […]

 
 

GCC states pinning big hopes on $100bn railway project

GCC states pinning big hopes on $100bn railway project

Governments of the Gulf Arab states are working on plans to establish a long-distance rail transport in the region and extend it across the Arabian Peninsula, a report published by Reuters said on Wednesday. According to official figures, around $100 billion may be spent by 2020 on laying over 6,000 […]

 
 

Qatar railway tops GCC with projects worth $41.8bn

Qatar railway tops GCC with projects worth $41.8bn

Qatar’s railway projects of an estimated $41.8 billion top all GCC countries and are set to create significant country growth, investment and thousands of job opportunities, a report said on Wednesday. According to a report commissioned by The Big 5 2012, as much as $149 billion worth of rail projects are […]

 
 

Dubai introduces rewards system for safe drivers

Dubai introduces rewards system for safe drivers

Dubai Police announced they have started a white points system to encourage motorists to follow traffic rules and help cancel black points, local media reported on Wednesday. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, said under the new initiative, drivers of vehicles registered in the emirate will be awarded a […]

 
 

Turkmenistan cancels Caspian Sea railway deal with Iran

Turkmenistan cancels Caspian Sea railway deal with Iran

Turkmenistan announced on Saturday it has scrapped a $700 million contract with an Iranian company to build a key section of a major new railway line along the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea. According to state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov decided to annul the contract with Iran’s Pars […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia, Egypt to proceed with Red Sea bridge project

Saudi Arabia, Egypt to proceed with Red Sea bridge project

Egyptian Transportation Minister Mohammed Rashad announced on Wednesday Saudi Arabia and Egypt are going ahead with plans to build a causeway that will link the two countries at an estimated cost of $3 billion. A technical committee will meet in late September to discuss the causeway, the pan-Arab Al Hayat daily said. […]

 
 

Algeria to spend $6 billion on country-wide tram projects

Algeria to spend $6 billion on country-wide tram projects

Algeria announced it will invest more than $6 billion to modernise public transport by introducing trams in 14 cities nationwide, media reports said. Algiers Subway Company (EMA) said the provinces that will benefit from the trams are Sidi Bel Abbes, Mostaganem, Tlemcen and Bechar in west Algeria, Setif, Annaba, Batna, […]

 
 

Etihad Rail gears up Stage 2 of UAE national railway network

Etihad Rail gears up Stage 2 of UAE national railway network

Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has issued tender invitations for the first three contracts in the development of Stage Two of the rail network, the company said in a statement on Sunday. The three tender invitations, issued to pre-qualified companies, are for […]

 
 

Oman study on Inter-GCC rail project underway

Oman study on Inter-GCC rail project underway

Oman announced on Wednesday its Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has initiated work on the feasibility study of the ambitious GCC railway project to boost transport services across the region. The first stage of the railway project will start at the Oman-UAE border comprising of the 136km Al Ain-Buraimi-Sohar […]

 
 

Egypt auto industry cautiously optimistic about future

Egypt auto industry cautiously optimistic about future

Egypt’s auto retail sector, one of the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has been hit hard by dwindling sales due to the recent political instability and economic slowdown, but pent-up demand is shoring up recovery, the Oxford Business Group said in its report on Thursday. […]

 
 

Decline in Somali activity helps world sea piracy fall 54%

Decline in Somali activity helps world sea piracy fall 54%

Worldwide sea piracy levels fell by 54% during the first half of 2012, helped by a massive drop in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said Monday. The International Maritime Bureau said in its report that ‘pre-emptive and disruptive counter piracy tactics’ adopted by international navies patrolling in seas off […]

 
 

Istithmar to turn Queen Elizabeth II ship into luxury hotel

Istithmar to turn Queen Elizabeth II ship into luxury hotel

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem on Monday announced Istithmar World PJSC will transform its vessel Queen Elizabeth II into a 300-room luxury hotel that will be operational in 18 months. While speaking to reporters, the top Dubai shipping giant official reckoned many banks will jump to finance it, However, he said […]