Etihad airways offers free stopover to all economy-class guests from Pakistan

Etihad airways offers free stopover to all economy-class guests from Middle-East, Africa and Pakistan. (REUTERS photo)
Updated 03 May 2018

Etihad airways offers free stopover to all economy-class guests from Pakistan

Etihad Airways is offering one night’s free accommodation in Abu Dhabi to all guests traveling in economy class from destinations in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, and stopping over in the nation’s capital.
“The offer is valid from May 1, 2018 until Sept. 15, 2018 and the travel period is until Sept. 30, 2018. The hotels included in the offer are the Radisson Blu on Yas Island and the Yas Island Rotana,” Etihad Airways said in a statement.
Mohammad Al-Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ executive vice president commercial, said: “Etihad Airways is delighted to invite guests to experience Abu Dhabi, a city which has so much to offer every type of traveler, especially during a short stopover.
“Five million guest arrivals were recorded in Abu Dhabi in 2017, proving that the emirate continues to attract greater numbers of leisure visitors each year.”
It added that guests can take advantage of world-famous leisure and business attractions, include miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the soon-to-be-launched Warner Bros. Theme Park.
Etihad Airways has been running stopover programs since 2011, and offering guests a variety of services including airport meet and assist, transportation, accommodation, tours, and visa processing services.
The company said on its official Twitter account: “To celebrate the #YearofZayed, we have launched four new initiatives commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.”


White House says Trump regrets not raising tariffs higher

US President Donald Trump arrives at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Sunday. Trump had been trying to use the conference to rally global leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise of a potential slowdown in the US ahead of his reelection. (AP)
Updated 26 August 2019

White House says Trump regrets not raising tariffs higher

  • President’s comments appear at first to mark a rare moment of self-reflection by the US leader

TOKYO: President Donald Trump said Sunday that he had second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China, but the White House later reversed that message saying the president was misinterpreted and that his only regret in hiking tariffs is that he didn’t raise them higher. Trump faced a tense reception from world leaders meeting amid mounting anxiety of a global economic slowdown at the Group of Seven summit in France. During a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump suggested he had qualms about the spiraling conflict. “Yeah. For sure,” Trump told reporters when asked if he has second thoughts about escalating the dispute, adding he has “second thoughts about everything.”
But hours later, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying Trump’s comments about US tariffs on China were “greatly misinterpreted.”
She said Trump only responded “in the affirmative — because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.” The comments appeared at first to mark a rare moment of self-reflection by the famously hard-nosed leader. But the later reversal fit a pattern for Trump in recoiling from statements he believes suggest weakness.

HIGHLIGHTS

• President Donald Trump faced a tense reception from world leaders meeting amid mounting anxiety of a global economic slowdown at the Group of Seven summit in France.

• White House said comments about US tariffs on China were ‘greatly misinterpreted.’

Trump had been trying to use the conference to rally global leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise of a potential slowdown in the US ahead of his reelection. Trump’s counterparts, including Johnson, are trying to convince him to back off his trade wars with China and other countries, which they see as contributing to the economic weakening.

US-Japan agreement
Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Sunday a deal in principle on a major bilateral trade deal.
“It’s a very big transaction,” Trump said after talks with Abe on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
“Billions and billions of dollars,” he said. “It involves agriculture, it involves e-commerce. It involves many things. We’ve agreed in principle.”

Amazon fires
Also on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that world leaders at the G7 summit have agreed to help the countries affected by the huge wildfires ravaging the Amazon rainforest as soon as possible.
“We are all agreed on helping those countries which have been hit by the fires as fast as possible,” he told journalists.