Abu Dhabi

Pak claim series whitewash with 356-run win in second Test against Oz

Pakistan AustraliaAbu Dhabi, Nov 03 : Pakistan soared to their biggest Test win as they defeated Australia by a whooping 356 runs in their second match and claimed the two match series as well.

The Pakistani spinners ripped apart the Australian batting line up quickly after lunch claiming five quick wickets and letting the batsmen contribute 46 more runs.

This is the first time since 1994 that Pakistan has won a Test series against Australia.

Pakistan had put up a massive first innings total of 570-6 declared while Australia managed to score only 261 before they were all out.

Australia grabs top spot in ICC ODI rankings

Australia grabs top spot in ICC ODI rankingsAbu Dhabi, Oct 13 : Australia has grabbed the top spot in the Reliance ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings following its 3-0 series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Indian team is just behind the Australians in the rankings and the cancellation of the third ODI between India and the West Indies due to Cyclone Hudhud has ensured that India cannot leapfrog Australia even if it wins the remaining two matches if the series in Dharamshala and Kolkata.

Etihad Airways offers enhanced access to India

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, June 2 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced a major expansion of its code-share agreement with India's Jet Airways.

The new arrangement offers travellers enhanced connections throughout India, and linking India with even more destinations worldwide.

The two airlines have obtained regulatory approval to code-share on 43 additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their agreement to 71.

Etihad named best Middle East airline

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, May 5 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been named the Middle East’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards Middle East.

The prestigious accolade was one of three awards won by Etihad Airways at a special gala ceremony Sunday night in Dubai. The airline was also named the Middle East’s Leading Airline - First Class, and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew.

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to celebrate excellence in travel and tourism, with industry professionals and travel consumers voting for the winners.

Royals win in Super Over with more boundaries

Royals win in Super Over with more boundariesAbu Dhabi, April 30 - The Rajasthan Royals clinched an exciting win in a thrilling Super Over finish based on the total number of boundaries and sixes hit during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here Tuesday.

Chennai Super Kings get a big win over Daredevils

Chennai Super Kings get a big win over DaredevilsAbu Dhabi, April 21 - Chennai Super Kings put on a clinical show to beat Delhi Daredevils by a massive 93 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here Monday.

Riding on a strong batting performance led by Suresh Raina's 56 off 41 balls, Chennai Super Kings posted a competitive 177 for seven in 20 overs.

Their slow bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, then picked up two wickets each to bowl out Delhi Daredevils for just 84 runs in 15.3 overs.

Etihad Airways now to fly to Jaipur

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, April 2 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Wednesday commenced daily operations between Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, and Abu Dhabi.

"The addition of the Jaipur service reinforces Etihad Airways' commitment to the Indian subcontinent,” Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways' regional general manager for Asia-Pacific North and the Indian subcontinent, said in a statement.

“We are confident that the new flights will continue the strong passenger growth between India and the UAE,” he added.

Etihad Airways, airBaltic expand codeshare

Etihad-Airways-airBalticAbu Dhabi, March 21 : Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has expanded its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to include routes from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich to Abu Dhabi and Riga.

Subject to government approvals, the newly added codeshare routes will see airBaltic and Etihad Airways offer 37 connecting return flights per week between Riga and Abu Dhabi, with both airlines placing their respective BT and EY flight codes on services to and from these cities, it was reported Friday.

Etihad Airways to increase Abu Dhabi-Moscow flights

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, March 14 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will increase its Abu Dhabi-Moscow services from seven flights per week to double daily from June 1, and then to triple daily from Oct 1 this year.

The UAE flag carrier commenced operations to the Russian capital's Domodedovo airport in December 2008, and since then has carried more than 400,000 travellers.

In 2013 passenger, volumes rose 36 percent compared to 2012 levels, achieving double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive year.

Air Arabia announces $118-mn net profit in 2013

Air-ArabiaAbu Dhabi, Feb 18 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based low cost carrier Air Arabia has announced a net profit of 435 million dirhams (around $118.4 million) for 2013, an increase of two percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Turnover for the full year ending Dec 31, 2013, stood at 3.2 billion dirhams, up 14 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

"Air Arabia has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth since launching operations back in October 2003, and our performance in the year of our tenth anniversary was no exception," Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, said in a statement Monday

Etihad Airways announces new sales region

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, Feb 5 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is increasing its commitment to Africa with the establishment of a new sales region -- Africa Sub-Sahara and Indian Ocean (AFI).

This brings to seven the number of geographical regions that make up the airline's global sales structure.

The other regions include the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, North Africa and Levant, Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific North and the Indian Subcontinent, and Asia Pacific South and Australasia.

UAE's Etihad, Spain's Air Europa in codeshare agreement

Etihad-Airways-Air-EuropaAbu Dhabi, Jan 20 : The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) flag carrier Etihad Airways and Spanish airline Air Europa have signed a codeshare agreement which will see both carriers significantly enhance access to and from Spain, the UAE and to destinations across the globe.

Under the terms of the agreement and subject to regulatory approvals, Air Europa plans to commence a three-times-a-week direct service between Madrid and Abu Dhabi in late 2014.

iPhone 5 is UAE's most popular smartphone

iPhone 5 is UAE's most popular smartphoneAbu Dhabi, Dec 21 : Apple's iphone 5 is the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has said.

The authority has released a report on the UAE's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and application websites.

Between July 1 and Sep 30, 46 percent of handsets registered in UAE were smartphones.

In terms of smartphone models, the iPhone 5 was the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE, with 2.8 percent of such handsets registered on UAE networks.

Etihad Airways fined Rs 1crore by CCI

Etihad Airways fined Rs 1crore by CCIThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday slapped Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways with a penalty of Rs 1 crore for implementing a part of its deal with Jet Airways before getting its approval.

Announced in April this year, the $900-million Jet-Etihad deal has four major parts, viz. Equity in the Indian carrier for $379 million; equity in the carrier's frequent flyers program for $150 million; $300 million for debt financing; and sale & lease-back of three slots at Heathrow Airport for $70 million.

Etihad Airways to fly to Jaipur

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, Dec 16 : Etihad Airtways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced Monday that it will expand its destination network in India by launching flights to Jaipur, the capital of the west Indian state of Rajasthan.

The new flights to Jaipur, which will commence on April 1, 2014, bring the total number of Indian cities served by Etihad Airways to 10, with existing routes including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Survey to measure mobile radiation in UAE

Telecommunications-Regulatory-AuthorityAbu Dhabi, Dec 7 : The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched a survey to measure mobile radiation levels across the country.

The survey is based on the TRA's regulatory policy "Non-Ionizing Radiation Limits for Telecommunication Networks".

It will measure radiation levels for licensed telecom operators in the UAE to ensure that both the regulatory policy and the international standards are met to ensure safety of citizens.(IANS)

UAE economy to grow 4.5 percent this year: Minister

Sultan-Bin-Saeed-Al-MansouriAbu Dhabi, Nov 18 : The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow between 4 percent and 4.5 percent this year, according to this Gulf nation's Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri.

"The UAE remains committed to its ongoing development and diversification of its economy in keeping with its Vision 2021, which seeks to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021," Al Mansouri was Monday quoted as telling Gulf News.

Etihad Airways to double Abu Dhabi-Munich flights

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, Nov 15 : Etihad Airways will increase its Abu Dhabi-Munich services from seven flights per week to a double daily schedule from 1 February 2014.

Munich was Etihad Airways' first destination in Germany, and a daily flight linking the Bavarian capital with Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi hub commenced in June 2004.

Since then, the airline has carried over one million passengers between the two cities.

UAE telco wins top mobile phone awards

UAE telco wins top mobile phone awardsAbu Dhabi, Nov 7 : Etisalat Group, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has picked up two awards for the roll out of innovative mobile commerce solutions at the Mobile Money Global Awards.

"We are delighted to win these awards, as it is recognition that Etisalat is spreading the benefits of mobile finance to under-banked communities all over the world," Khalifa Al Shamsi, chief digital services officer at Etisalat Group, was quoted Thursday as saying.

Etihad Airways to launch flights to Madina

Etihad-AirwaysAbu Dhabi, Nov 7 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch non-stop daily flights to Madina from next February.

Madina, the regional capital of the western Saudi Arabian province of Al-Madina al Munawarah, is the second holiest city in Islam after the holy city of Makkah.

"We are delighted to announce the introduction of Madinah to the Etihad Airways' global flight network,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways' president and chief executive officer, was quoted Thursday as saying.

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