flyadeal starts daily flights to Tabuk

Updated 21 April 2018
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flyadeal starts daily flights to Tabuk

flyadeal, Saudi Arabia’s low-cost airline, has announced that it will be operating flights daily to Tabuk from May 3. The northern city is the latest addition to the airline’s growing network, which now comprises seven key destinations in the Kingdom.
The launch of the new route has been made possible by the recent arrival of “Al-Qaws,” flyadeal’s sixth new Airbus A320 aircraft.
Ticket prices start from SR108 ($29) between Tabuk and Jeddah and SR198 ($53) between Tabuk and Riyadh, if booked sufficiently early.
“The city of Tabuk is currently the center of significant developmental activity with the NEOM project at its forefront. The new project will boost the economy of the Kingdom, and also have a positive impact on its aviation sector,” said Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal.


Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019
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Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”