Dubai to Heathrow busiest international flight route in January

Dubai to Heathrow busiest international flight route in January
A commercial airplane flies past Burj Khalifa as it starts landing at Dubai international airport in the United Arab Emirates, on January 9, 2021. (AFP)
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Updated 10 January 2021

Dubai to Heathrow busiest international flight route in January

Dubai to Heathrow busiest international flight route in January
  • OAG found 190,365 available seats on flights between Dubai and the UK’s largest airport
  • Reasons for the popularity of the route include the removal of the UAE from the UK’s quarantine list

LONDON: Dubai to Heathrow is set to be the busiest international air route in January 2021, according to global travel data provider OAG, with services between Cairo and Jeddah the second most popular.
OAG said it defined popularity by “largest volume of scheduled seats in the current calendar month,” adding that “data was for both directions of the route” in question.
The company found 190,365 available seats on flights between Dubai and the UK’s largest airport, whilst 154,377 were offered for flights from Cairo to Jeddah.
The route from Cairo to Riyadh is set to be the ninth most popular among international travelers, with 115,124 seats.
Reasons for the popularity of the Dubai-to-Heathrow route include the removal of the UAE from the UK’s coronavirus quarantine list, with a significant number of British holidaymakers known to have flown to the emirate over the Christmas period.
But OAG said a recently imposed national lockdown in the UK could impact the eventual number of travelers.
The UK announced on Thursday that passengers on flights into England and Scotland from abroad would need to test negative for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the country — requiring them to take a test up to 72 hours before their flight. Similar steps are likely to be taken for Wales and Northern Ireland in the coming days.
The decision to impose the new restrictions came in the wake of rocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases across the UK, in addition to fears over a new variant of the disease originally discovered in South Africa.


UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum signs Red Sea oil exploration deal with Egypt

The agreement, signed by Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, allows the company to explore in a 3,084 square kilometer area of the Red Sea. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
The agreement, signed by Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, allows the company to explore in a 3,084 square kilometer area of the Red Sea. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Updated 23 January 2021

UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum signs Red Sea oil exploration deal with Egypt

The agreement, signed by Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, allows the company to explore in a 3,084 square kilometer area of the Red Sea. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
  • It will own 27 percent of the stake as part of the agreement, while Shell will own 63 percent

CAIRO: The UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum Company has signed an agreement with Egypt to explore for oil and gas in the Red Sea.

The agreement, signed by Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, allows the company to explore in a 3,084 square kilometer area of the Red Sea and was a result of a bidding round in 2019.

It will own 27 percent of the stake as part of the agreement, while Shell will own 63 percent. Egypt’s Tharwa Petroleum Company owns the remaining 10 percent.

The agreement refers to an area known as Sector 4, located in the north of the Red Sea in an area adjacent to the Gulf of Suez Basin, which is rich in natural resources. 

Parties will commit to conducting exploration studies in this sector and collecting seismic data for the area, using three-dimensional techniques, during the first three years of the exploration phase.

“The addition of Sector 4 in the Red Sea represents a new extension of our operations in Egypt, while providing a valuable opportunity to expand our activities, and by working with a strategic partner such as Shell,” said Mubadala Petroleum CEO Bakheet Al Katheeri. “The search and exploration operations in this sector, if successful, will support our strategy of extracting and manufacturing hydrocarbons, in order to contribute to supporting the stability and expansion of the Egyptian market, while providing growth opportunities for our operations in the country.”

Mubadala Petroleum owns a 10 percent stake in the offshore Shurooq gas field concession that includes the Zohr natural gas field, in addition to 20 percent in the concession area of Noor Gas Company. Both are located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt.