CT Quickies: Flydubai Announced Airline Of The Year To Qatar Balloon Festival; 8 Middle East Updates

by Anupriya Mishra
CT Quickies: Flydubai Announced Airline Of The Year To Qatar Balloon Festival; 8 Middle East Updates

There are many things happening every day around the world, especially in the Middle East. From the latest development projects to new festivals, the region is always buzzing with new developments. So, if you’re also wondering about them, then here’s a look at the Middle East updates that will keep you ahead of all the latest developments.

Middle East Updates

1. Brand Dubai Launches Hatta Festival

Brand Dubai, which is regarded as the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Offices has launched the Hatta Festival. As part of the Dubai Destinations Campaign, this festival will run from December 15 to 31. In case you’re wondering, it offers unique winter recreational activities against the beautiful backdrop of Hatta.

2. Sania Mirza Launches Dubai Open For Tennis Academies (DOTA) Tournament

Sania Mirza, an Indian tennis legend recently launched the Dubai Open for Tennis Academies (DOTA) Tournament. In case you’re not aware, this is a collaborative venture between the Dubai Sports Council, UAE Tennis Federation, and Sania Mirza Tennis Academy. So, bringing together over 200 tennis talents from 40 sports academies, this is going to run until February 4, 2024

3. Emirates Reveals The Most Watched Movies & Series On Ice

Emirates revealed that amongst the most watched movies by Emirates customers around the globe included, Avatar: The Way of Water, Ticket to Paradise, and Top Gun: Maverick. While long haul customers across the world watched sets of movies, such as The Lord of the Rings complete trilogy and all four of the John Wick films.

Besides English language content, the top viewed international movies included two Bollywood action movies, Vikram Vedha and Bholaa, the French thriller La Syndicaliste, Korean drama Return to Seoul, and Anatomie d’une chute from France.

4. Qatar Balloon Festival Begins

Happening till December 18, the Qatar Balloon festival has begun. Extending beyond the traditional hot air balloons, this festival sees some really quirky balloons taking flight in the city. So, if you’re visiting the city during this time then taking a ride in one is an absolute must.

5. Jamil and Bouthayna By Caracalla Dance Theatre To Happen At Maraya

Get ready to bear witness to Jamil and Bouthayna by Caracalla Dance Theatre, which will be unfolding in Alula. Scheduled for December 22, this awe-inspiring show will be taking place at the Maraya. So, during the show, you will get to see an enchanting performance paired with Zena Emad’s soulful Saudi tunes. And the tickets for the show are already live on Ticketmaster.

6. Saudia Announces A Limited Period Discount On Flights

Saudia recently announced on X that it’s offering a discount of 30% on flights from KSA to destinations, like Frankfurt & London Gatwick & Manchester & Zurich & Maldives & Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh & Alexandria. However, this ticket must be issued before December 15 and the flight dates should be between December 14 to 31, 2023.

7. Abu Dhabi Bus Fares Capped Per Journey

Abu dhabi road
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Abu Dhabi bus fares have now been capped per journey, and the trips will start at AED2. As such, there will be an addition of 5 fils per km. However, the cost of the single trip is now capped at AED5! This was announced by the Integrated Transport Centre, part of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT). And the aim is to promote travelling by public transport.

Also Read: After 8 Years, Iran Pilgrims To Return For Umrah Pilgrimage In Saudi Arabia

8. Flydubai Awarded Airline Of The Year At Aviator Middle East Awards

Flydubai was recently announced named as the ‘Airline of the Year.’ This was announced by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, on his official account on X. As it happens, this is a big deal the airline has won this recognition for the first time at the Aviator Middle East Awards 2023.

So, were you aware of these key updates from the Middle East?

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