Flynas launches new service to London Gatwick airport

Updated 20 May 2014
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Flynas launches new service to London Gatwick airport

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier flynas last week launched its global flight routes program with its inaugural nonstop flight from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to London Gatwick.
XY 21 touched down at exactly 9:25 a.m. (London local time) and was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute on touchdown at Gatwick Airport, where it was met by Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at London Gatwick along with other senior executives from the airport. The departure flight XY 22 was due to return to the Kingdom at 10:50 a.m. (London local time).
Flynas CEO Raja Azmi and Saudi media were on board the inaugural flight and welcomed at the gate with a cake cutting ceremony.
“Launching the first of our European long-haul routes is a very exciting day for flynas and we are very pleased to now offer our passengers a nonstop flight to London as part of our international network,” said Azmi.
“The flynas global flight routes program will cover new destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa, all flying out of our international hub in Jeddah in 2014. The international network will also include flights to Manchester, in addition to Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Karachi and Casablanca.”
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at London Gatwick, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the first passengers from Jeddah to London Gatwick as we continue to build on our already successful long-haul network. Flynas is the first low-cost carrier to serve Saudi Arabia from the UK, introducing further innovation into the long-haul, low-cost, business model."
He added: “Gatwick has spent over 1 billion pounds on new facilities in order to become London’s airport of choice for passengers and airlines from around the world. Saudi Arabia is designated as a High Growth Market by UKTI, and we believe that this new, highly competitive service to Jeddah will therefore become an important additional business and leisure link for the UK.”


Danube Group re-launches Filmfare Middle East Magazine in Dubai

Updated 23 April 2018
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Danube Group re-launches Filmfare Middle East Magazine in Dubai

DUBAI: UAE’s largest diversified conglomerate, the Danube Group has made a grand entry into the dynamic media industry with the re-launch of film and celebrity magazine ‘Filmfare Middle East’ on 30th March 2018 at Raj Mahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks, Dubai.
The glittering event had an air of class, luxury, panache and some truly spectacular moments with the reigning super stars from Indian and Pakistani cinema, such as Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Manish Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza along with Founder and Chairman of Danube Group Mr. Rizwan Sajan and the crème de la crème of Dubai.
Singers like Armaan Malik, Aman Malik, Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri raised the tempo of the evening by hitting on the high notes, while performing live in their own style enthralling crowds.
Knocking everyone socks off, the truly talented Bharti Singh got the crowds to laugh out loud. A tribute to the veteran actor Sri Devi was one of the highlights of the evening followed by numerous felicitations of the leading stars.
The fearless, hugely talented and truly stunning Deepika Padukone unveiled the cover of the magazine at the event. The stars showed bedazzled the red-carpet as fans and eager autograph hunters gathered hours in advance hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors.
The proud owner Mr. Rizwan Sajan said: “Filmfare Middle East is a cult brand and it was my dream to revive this brand. We started this venture because we believed that this magazine holds an essence for the cinema and a huge readership among its target audience. We’re grateful to our readers and advertisers for their loyal support. Hope, the magazine will keep the same old spirit.”
He further added: “I would like to personally thank each star for taking out time from their busy schedule. Additionally, kudos to my whole team to leave no stone unturned for this fabulous event.”
The new avatar of the magazine will be catering predominantly to the large Asian expatriate population in the UAE and the GCC, as well as a significant Arab population who love their cinema and celebrities.
Danube Group traces its origin through Danube Building Materials. Established in 1993, the company provides more than 25,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its multiple set of showrooms across the Middle East region and India.