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Turkish Airlines launches new commercial starring celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Oz at the Super Bowl LII

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Turkish Airlines has just debuted its new commercial on Sunday, February 4th during the NFL’s final game and the most-watched show in U.S. TV history, the Super Bowl.

Award-winning Danish director Martin Aamund took the reins for the film, which will be broadcast across Europe, South Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, and the Americas including North America (Canada), Latin America, and the United States.

Filmed under extreme weather conditions, with temperatures up to 50° C in the Sahara Desert, and below 0° C for the Northern Lights, the commercial celebrates the magic of the human body to excel in diverse conditions.  “Widen Your World” is a call to the viewer to explore the world, and through it ourselves, with our five senses.

Ahmet Olmuştur, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Turkish Airlines commented on the new campaign’s debut at the Super Bowl; "As the airline that flies to more countries than any other, we strongly believe that our mission is so much more than bringing our passengers to their destination. We actively encourage them to discover the world and through it, discover themselves. Our new Five Senses campaign aims to emphasize the experience every journey brings towards discovering the unknown with our five senses to their fullest.

We are more than satisfied by the feedback and outcomes of our celebrity ad campaigns with world-famous figures so far. Our campaign last year ad with Morgan Freeman was a great hit. Now we are looking forward to this new cooperation with Dr. Oz. We will maintain our leadership with our ‘Widen Your World’ mission through our journey, which will inspire the whole world to seek new discoveries.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz emphasizes the importance of a high quality passenger experience; "As a doctor who has dedicated his life to communicating the wonders of the human body to the world, I am thrilled to work with Turkish Airlines on their novel Five Senses project. Together we will explore the unique experiences we can have across diverse locations around the world as we invoke curiosity and a sense of wonder for our audience."

This follows on from the launch of a highly successful commercial starring Morgan Freeman, which aired during the commercial break at the 2017 Super Bowl and went on to become the most watched Super Bowl commercial on YouTube with 53 million views. In 2016, Turkish Airlines sponsored "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", and broadcasted its commercial as part of the sponsorship deal, at the Super Bowl for the first time with an estimated audience of over 800 million people worldwide. "Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout", another of the national flag-carrier's commercial deal with Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant, was also selected the best commercial film of the last decade by YouTube.

Special hotel offers for Dubai Shopping Festival

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Hospitality Management Holding has launched exclusive Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF 2018) offers for their hotels in Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of The Dubai Shopping Festival - the Emirate’s largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza that is expected to attract shoppers from all over the world from December 26th to January 27th. It is one of the most-awaited events in Dubai’s annual calendar and one of the best times to visit the city. During the period, tourists will enjoy many exclusive offers and promotions, spectacular fireworks and themed entertainment shows in Dubai.

During DSF18, guests who book their stay at HMH UAE hotels will enjoy special room rates inclusive of breakfast and lunch as well as complimentary drop off and pick up to the various malls.

Mr. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “We have stunning beach properties such as the Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel and the Coral Beach Resort Sharjah that are ideal for families and perfectly located to offer both – an idyllic beach getaway with plenty of activities for children as well as a daily dose of city fun and shopping for grown-ups. Both hotels are located 30 minutes-drive from Dubai and we provide free daily shuttle bus service for our guests from the hotels to the city making it extremely convenient to commute and be a part of the festivities. For guests who wish to be closer to all the action, they can opt for the Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel which is located within walking distance from the Mall of the Emirates or the Coral Dubai Deira Hotel that is situated on Al Muraqqabat Street, the hub of DSF activities, and in close proximity to the Dubai Gold Souk and various other malls in the area.”

For booking the hotel please click here.

YES UAE visas are being issued to Pakistanis

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There was a FAKE news circulating that the UAE authorities have stopped issuing visas to Pakistanis. The UAE Immigration Department has denied this. So, all those planning to visit Dubai for celebrating the New Year are welcome. Remember, this year there will be no fireworks at Burj al Arab only a light display so it is best to make a beeline for the talest building in the world - Burj Khalifa.

The best time to get to the venue is before 6pm. After that all the choice spots are gone. Restaurants are selling tables for extremely high rates so do not expect to have a ringside seat without coughing out $$s.

For booking a hotel in Dubai click here.


UAE Transit visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi airport

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The Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs of Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process and grant both transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes. The new service, located at the Terminal 3 transit area at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), includes activation of the new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all nationalities traveling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The launch of the new visa counter is part of the Life in Abu Dhabi initiative, in support of the Enriching Tourist Experience. Established in May 2017 as part of the Government Services Office at Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Life in Abu Dhabi is an annual gathering aimed at developing a number of public sector services for the government of Abu Dhabi.

The new counter will issue several types of mission and tourist visas available to travelers who do not fall under the current visa upon arrival scheme. Passengers can now approach the visa counter in T3 to apply for, and obtain the relevant visa within a maximum 30 minutes.

In addition, the visa counter is now issuing the new 96 hour transit visa, which is a key part of Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to attract more visitors to the capital. This project is being jointly implemented by several parties including Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Abu Dhabi Airports, General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.

The AED 300-visa can be used by passengers with planned trips from AUH, or with intermediate flights through Abu Dhabi en route to their destination if their layover exceeds four hours. The transit visa can be applied for both at the new visa counter on arrival, or through the online designated portal, provided passengers meet the application criteria. Travellers can also request to change their transit visa to a tourist visa at the airport if they are planning to extend their stay in the capital.

Previously, the transit visa was only available for citizens of certain countries while other passengers had to apply though the official channels prior to their arrival to the capital. The transit visa cost was also reduced to AED 300 thus enabling more passengers to explore Abu Dhabi and enjoy its top attractions.

Transit Visa related Frequently Asked Questions

What is a transit visa?
A transit visa is a temporary visa that is valid for a brief period of time. On this occasion, the Abu Dhabi transit visa is valid for four days, or 96 hours, for travellers of all nationalities and ages. Through this visa type, guests can explore all the exciting and family-focused activities Abu Dhabi has to offer.

How do visitors apply for a transit visa?
The process of applying for a transit visa is easy and convenient. Guests need to provide the required information, documents and pay the visa fee online without having to send documents by email or visit the office personally. Once your visa application is approved, you will receive an EVisa copy via email. Guests buying their transit visa on arrival need to visit the Visa on Arrival Office in Terminals 1 & 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, hand over the required documents and pay in cash or credit card.

How many days before the arrival date to Abu Dhabi should visitors apply for the transit visa?
Visitors can purchase a transit visa on arrival at the airport. Alternatively, they can go online on Etihad’s Airway’s website and apply – Visa issued within 30 mins after request submission.

Is there a fee associated with the Abu Dhabi transit visa?
Passengers will need to pay a fee of AED 300 to avail the transit visa. The fee has been reduced from AED 500.

What nationalities are eligible for a transit visa to Abu Dhabi?
Travelers of all nationalities and ages can apply for the transit visa. The visa, however, is not guaranteed and subject to approval from the relevant authorities.

How long is the transit visa valid for?
The transit visa is valid for four days, or 96 hours.

Is it a single entry or multiple entry visa?
The transit Visa is single entry visa.

Are the visa fees inclusive of all charges? If not, are there any additional charges visitors will have to incur?  
The amount paid include all the fees

Is it mandatory to travel on Etihad airways or can visitors travelling on other airlines also avail the transit visa?
The visa sponsored by Etihad Airways can be applied by guests traveling either with the airline or with its partners but is also available to guests flying on board other airlines to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Is the transit visa subject to renewal or remains valid for 96 days upon which a visitor can reapply once this period expires?
Travelers who wish to extend their stay in Abu Dhabi can request to change their visa to a tourist visa.

Can visitors travel outside Abu Dhabi and visit other emirates upon receiving the transit visa?
The Abu Dhabi transit visa guarantees the free movement of passengers between all seven emirates across the UAE.

Is it possible for visitors to track the status of their visa application if they are applying online before landing in Abu Dhabi?
Yes, approval will be send by email or upon arrival through the visas office.

What happens if visitors exceed the length of stay allowed granted under the transit visa? Are they subject to any fines?
Fines start from Dhs. 300 subject to increment.

PIA launches flights to Najaf, Iraq

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PIA has launched three weekly flights to Najaf in Iraq just in time for pilgrims who wish to spend Muharram in the holy city. Flights leave every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Karachi. On the 20th of Safar (30th Oct 2017) devotees celebrate Arbaeen by walking from Najaf to Karbala. The 80km journey takes about 16 hours by foot. Almost 20 million pilgrims are expected to attend.

You can travel to Najaf from Karachi by PIA for just under Rs.50,000. For booking a hotel in Karbala or Najaf please click here.
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