CT Quickies: From Rare Meteorite Spotted In Oman To India-UAE Cancelled Flights, 10 Middle East Updates For You

From Bryan Adams rocking Abu Dhabi to meteorites in Oman, 10 must-know updates.

by Deeplata Garde
CT Quickies: From Rare Meteorite Spotted In Oman To India-UAE Cancelled Flights, 10 Middle East Updates For You

Whether you’re intrigued by rare meteorite discoveries, excited about new rock festivals, or interested in travel policy changes, there’s always something happening in this vibrant region. So here are some of the trending updates from the Middle East.

1. Etihad Airways Plans to Double Fleet by 2030, Middle East

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Etihad Airways is spreading its wings! The airline recently announced plans to double its fleet by 2030, launching a massive recruitment drive. Etihad aims to hire hundreds of pilots, both locally and internationally, through a European recruitment roadshow. The move aligns with their strategy to bolster operations and enhance global connectivity. So, aspiring pilots, get ready to soar with Etihad!

2. Rock Festival Alert: From The Oyster Comes The Pearl In Dubai, Middle East

Rock fans, mark your calendars! A brand-new rock festival, “From the Oyster Comes the Pearl,” is set to hit Dubai on November 23. Hosted at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium, this festival promises an epic musical experience. Early bird tickets for the seated section start at Dhs199, while standing tickets begin at Dhs299. Keep an eye on platinumlist.net for ticket sales and get ready to rock out in style!

3. Flight Cancellations In Delhi Affect India-UAE Travellers

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Delhi’s bad weather threw a wrench in travel plans last Friday. SpiceJet and Indigo, two Indian budget carriers, cancelled flights departing from Terminal 1 after a roof collapse at the Delhi airport. While arrivals at Terminal 1 continued, all departing flights were cancelled until 2 PM. Thankfully, operations at Terminals 2 and 3 remained unaffected. Travellers, always check your flight status during unpredictable weather!

4. Middle East Updates: Kuwait Forecasts Scorching Weekend Weather

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Kuwait’s Meteorological Department forecasts a blazing hot and humid weekend. Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi, the department director, predicts temperatures soaring between 47 to 50 degrees due to the Indian monsoon’s low pressure. With northwesterly winds and dry air masses, it’s going to be a scorcher.

5. Rare Meteorite Discovery In Oman, Middle East Updates

In an exciting scientific development, Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism announced the discovery of an exceptionally rare 59.5-gram meteorite. Discovered on February 5, 2020, this lunar meteorite stands out due to its rarity compared to other lunar finds worldwide. Such discoveries not only enhance our understanding of space but also put Oman on the map for meteorite enthusiasts and researchers.

6.  Middle East Updates: Turkey Lifts Partial Ban On Olive Oil Exports

After intense lobbying, Turkey has partially lifted its ban on olive oil exports. Producers can now export 50,000 tonnes of bulk olive oil until November 1. However, with a bumper harvest expected in 2024/25, the sector continues to push for a complete lift on the export ban. This move provides some relief to Turkish olive oil producers eager to meet global demand.

7. Al Hamba Festival Celebrates Pakistani Mangoes In Dohamangoes

Doha’s first-ever Al Hamba Festival is a mango lover’s paradise! Celebrating the richness of Pakistani mangoes, the festival at Souq Waqif features varieties like Sidhri, Chaunsa, Safeed Chaunsa, Anwar Ratol, and Duseri. Running until July 6, this festival is a must-visit for anyone looking to indulge in the diverse flavours of Pakistan’s beloved fruit.

8. Qatar Airways’ Controversial Infant Travel Policy

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A Queenstown couple faced a travel dilemma with Qatar Airways. After booking a trip to Ireland, they discovered they would need to pay an additional $2,500 for their newborn to sit on their lap. Qatar Airways’ policy required them to cancel their original booking, incurring a $1,200 fee, and rebook the same flights. This policy highlights the need for travellers to understand airline regulations, especially when expanding their families.

9. Ras Al Khaimah Offers Free Visas For Indian MICE And Weddings

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The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has unveiled an enticing initiative for Indian visitors: complimentary visas for MICE and wedding events. Starting in July 2024 and running through March 2025, Indian groups can host their events in Ras Al Khaimah with free visas, provided they book a minimum two-night stay in any of the emirate’s luxurious hotels. This initiative aims to position Ras Al Khaimah as a premier destination for Indian weddings and corporate events.

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10. Riyadh Hosts Futuristic Exhibition At Fenaa Alawwal


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Riyadh’s cultural hotspot, Fenaa Alawwal, is hosting the intriguing exhibition “Unfolding the Embassy.” Running until September 1, the exhibition explores the human condition in the year 2040. Discover artworks of Contemporary artists from Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Bosnia, Kuwait, Egypt Zambia, and Belgium. All of them offer a thought-provoking glimpse into the future. Art enthusiasts, don’t miss this chance to explore the nexus of art and futurism.

Stay tuned for more updates and dive into the vibrant happenings across the Middle East!

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