Dubai's new airport to open on Oct. 27

Updated 04 April 2013
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Dubai's new airport to open on Oct. 27

DUBAI: Dubai's new international airport, which started cargo operations in 2010, will open its long-delayed passenger terminal on Oct. 27 with two budget airlines launching services there, airport authorities said yesterday.
European low-cost carrier Wizz Air and Saudi Arabia's nasair will begin passenger operations into Dubai World Central, Dubai Airports said in a statement.
Dubai World Central is designed eventually to cater to 160 million passengers, which would make it the world's largest airport on completion. It is supposed ultimately to replace the emirate's current international airport, Dubai International - though this will not happen before next decade at the earliest.
Big airlines, including Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates, have not indicated any plans to move to the new facility, which was originally due to open for passenger traffic in March 2011.
Dubai is still pressing ahead with a $ 7.8-billion plan to expand Dubai International and opened a dedicated terminal there for Emirates Airbus A380s in January. Passenger flows through Dubai International jumped 13.2 percent last year to 57.68 million people.
Last month the airport became the world’s second busiest for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Charles de Gaulle in Paris. London's Heathrow is the busiest.
FROM: REUTERS


Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

Updated 24 May 2018
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Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

LONDON: DHL Express, the world’s leading express logistics provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Egyptian football superstar Mohamed Salah to become brand ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the next two years.
The new collaboration will see the parties working together on a series of marketing activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that reinforce the synergies between the core values of DHL Express as a business and Mohamed Salah as a sportsman and youth-inspirer.
The announcement made late on Wednesday in northern England comes just weeks ahead of Salah’s campaign to lead the Egyptian national team at the World Cup in Russia.
DHL’s CEO in the Middle East and North Africa, Nour Suliman, told Arab News that he was very proud of collaborating with Salah.
“Our partnership with Mo Salah is unique as it is the first contract with an individual player, but also it is a testament to the synergy of core values DHL Express and Mo Salah share — leadership, commitment, teamwork, precision, agility, determination,” he said.
When asked by Arab News about the meaning of this partnership, Salah said: “I am very proud to be the first player to partner with DHL, and I am happy to collaborate with an international brand.”
DHL did not disclose the funds earmarked for its CSR initiatives to be spent in the MENA region, and its region’s CEO said the initialtives to be developed are still a work in progress.
However, DHL said it has already significantly contributed to the development of the countries they operate in within the MENA region.
The company’s work includes supporting charities, working to help orphans, youth development, care and education among other causes.