Dubai carrier Emirates wins big at World Travel Awards

Dubai carrier Emirates wins big at World Travel Awards
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Emirates took top rankings across global and regional categories based on a record voter turnout from tourism consumers. (@DXBMediaOffice)
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The honors the airline took home were the “World’s Leading Economy Class,” “Airline Rewards Programme” and “Airline Lounge — Business Class.” (@DXBMediaOffice)
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Emirates took top rankings across global and regional categories based on a record voter turnout from tourism consumers. (@DXBMediaOffice)
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Updated 29 November 2020

Dubai carrier Emirates wins big at World Travel Awards

Dubai carrier Emirates wins big at World Travel Awards

DUBAI: Dubai’s Emirates Airline was named as the “World’s Leading Airline” in three major categories at the World Travel Awards 2020.

Emirates took top rankings across global and regional categories based on a record voter turnout from tourism consumers.

The honors the airline took home were the “World’s Leading Economy Class,” “Airline Rewards Programme” and “Airline Lounge — Business Class.”

Earlier this month, Emirates also took home four regional World Travel Awards for the “Middle East’s Leading Airline Brand,” “Middle East’s Leading Airline Lounge — Business Class,” “Middle East’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme” and “Middle East’s Leading Airline Website.”


Malaysia takes legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia takes legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs
Updated 17 January 2021

Malaysia takes legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia takes legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs
  • Palm oil constitutes 30 percent of the global oils and fats production

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is taking legal action at the global trade watchdog against the EU and member states France and Lithuania for restricting palm oil-based biofuels, the government said.

The world’s second largest palm oil producer, which has called a EU renewable-energy directive “discriminatory action,” is seeking consultations under the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry said in a statement.

Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the EU proceeded with implementing the directive without considering Malaysia’s commitment and views, even after Malaysia gave feedback and sent economic and technical missions to Europe.

The EU directive “will mean the use of palm oil as biofuel in the EU cannot be taken into account in the calculation of renewable energy targets and in turn create undue trade restrictions to the country’s palm oil industry,” he said in the statement.

The ministry filed the WTO request with cooperation from the Attorney General’s Chambers and the International Trade and Industry Ministry, taking action it had warned of in July against EU Renewable Energy Directive II.

Malaysia will act as a third party in a separate WTO case lodged by neighboring Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, as a sign of solidarity and support, the ministry statement said.

Indonesia and Malaysia, together account for 85 percent of the global output of palm oil. Palm oil constitutes 30 percent of the global oils and fats production, and plays a significant role in fulfilling the demand in the global oils and fats market.

It is the world’s most produced and traded edible oil, and its versatility can be seen through its use in a wide range of food and nonfood products, which led to the remarkable palm oil consumption growth.

The US imported approximately $410 million of crude palm oil from Malaysia in 2020, CNN reported.