Etihad Airways introduces maiden flight to Sanaa

Updated 02 September 2013

Etihad Airways introduces maiden flight to Sanaa

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Sanaa.
Etihad Airways serves the Yemeni capital four times a week from Abu Dhabi.
A high-level delegation from Yemen’s political and commercial capital, including Transport Minister Waed Bathib, Tourism Minister Qasim Sallam Said, representatives from the ministry of education and civil aviation security, and senior airport officials received the maiden flight upon its arrival in Sanaa.
Khaled El Mehairbi, Etihad Airways’ SVP-government and aeropolitical affairs, led the airline’s delegation.
It included Hassan Al-Hammadi, SVP-executive affairs and corporate security, and Ali Murtada, VP-sales for the Middle East, Levant and Africa.
Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan said: “The launch of direct services to Sanaa is consistent with our strategy of adding depth and scale to our network and targeting areas of growth in emerging markets.”
The launch was celebrated with a reception followed by a banquet attended by the UAE Red Crescent bureau based in Yemen, members of the travel trade and a media delegation from the UAE.
Marking the launch of services, Etihad Airways also will visit Al-Khair Public School and Um Habiba School in the city, where staff and volunteers are due to distribute 1,000 bags filled with stationery and school supplies to students. The effort is arranged in collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent.
More than 90,000 Yemeni nationals live in the UAE and the country is Yemen’s largest regional trading partner, with annual trade valued at over $2 billion, including $1.6 billion in UAE exports.
Overall, the UAE accounts for almost 20 percent of Yemen’s total imports.


Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Updated 19 January 2020

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Atyaf Mall, in partnership with Majid Al-Futtaim’s Vox Cinemas, launched a cinema facility of 11 screens and 650-seating capacity. The eighth branch of Vox Cinemas in Saudi Arabia was inaugurated by Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country manager of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rowaished, CEO of Hewar Al-Rabie Company. 

The new cinema facility features seven standard cinemas, two VIP provisions, and two kids’ movie houses. Apart from refreshment counter favorites like popcorn, snacks and beverages, Vox Cinemas in Atyaf Mall offers a Nutella Bar, and Kitchen 35, a bakeshop with artisan breads and pastries and fresh juices in one entertainment venue. 

Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We are proud to launch another entertainment venue for our dynamic customer base who considers Atyaf Mall as its home for lifestyle needs. We extend our biggest gratitude to our partners from Majid Al-Futtaim in making this project possible with innovative and customer-focused experiences and offerings on hand.”

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, Atyaf Mall houses conducive places for shopping, dining and leisure, along with a lineup of global brands, and a 220,000-square-foot LuLu hypermarket. From Matalan to H&M, Saco, and Red Tag, the fashion collection is expected to highlight the latest clothing lines and footwear pieces every season, alongside a food court and seven new restaurants that will soon showcase global flavors. 

“With these new concepts introduced in the mall, Atyaf Mall will continue to satisfy the evolving and adventurous lifestyle demands of the new age of Riyadh’s growing market,” Mohammed added.