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A unique experience for students from the - Al
T H E Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R F R O M A L - F U T TA I M T R A V E L • 1 st Q u a r t e r 2 0 1 6
Welcome to the first edition of Onboard 2016!
Al-Futtaim Travel would like to heartily thank you for your contributions and the support
you have given us in 2015.
While pressure on markets continues, the lower cost of fuel will have other positive outcomes
on travel, which remains an attractive way to spend, as many airlines have lowered their
fares to consumers. Special offers on fares and holiday packages for 2016 are expected
and Al-Futtaim Travel will remain competitive to bring you fantastic lower prices. This year
is the best time to bring out the travel explorer in you. After all, everybody needs a break!
As part of Al-Futtaim Travel’s expansion initiative this year, the big news is that we have
already made plans for our retail presence across two key malls in the UAE. Stay tuned as
new stores will open soon to offer you a wider range of innovative products and services
to cater your travel requirements.
Micky Bhatia
Wishing you all the best for a splendid year of travels in 2016!
General Manager, Al-Futtaim Travel
A unique experience for students from
the University of Maryland
Al-Futtaim Travel’s MICE division welcomed 2016 by hosting a group of 30 MBA students from the Robert H Smith
School of Business, University of Maryland. They were offered a unique blend of cultural and educational experiences
with visits to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, as well
as the usual leisure activities of city tours, desert safari, dhow dinner cruise and the Burj Khalifa observation deck.
Business meetings for the group included Masdar Institute, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai International Financial
Centre, Nakheel, Etihad Rail, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and
Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate. We would like to thank Ian Torrance, General Manager – Development, Al-Futtaim Group
Real Estate for sharing his experience with the students. We are looking forward to welcoming more student groups
from Bocconi University, John Cass Business School and Columbia Business School in the coming months.
Aviation News
Concourse D opens at Dubai
International Airport boosting capacity to 90 million
Dubai International Airport boosted its capacity to 90 million passengers as it
opened its new Concourse D.
The concourse, part of a US$1.2 billion investment to enhance service and
capacity, is linked to the newly-renovated Terminal 1 by an airport train that can
transport 300 passengers per trip.
Concourse D has 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate
the double-deck Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 planes. There are also 11 remote stands.
The new concourse also features well-being concepts such as Be Relax spa and SnoozeCubes, plus nine lounges, including five airline
lounges, a new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and a Marhaba VIP lounge. Dubai Duty Free has a total of
175 retail installations.
New Passenger Facilities Charge introduced at Dubai
International Airport
A new passenger facilities charge at Dubai International Airport (DXB) is to be
implemented to assist in funding the airport’s continued facility improvement
programme which aims to increase capacity and enhance service levels and
capability of the airport. For tickets issued on/after 1st March and for travel
on/after 1st July, a tax of AED 35.00 will be collected per passenger for every
departure from Dubai International Airport (DXB). The tax is to be collected at
the point of sale and shown separately on the ticket.
Emirates says Hello Cebu (CEB) and Clark (CRK)
From 30 March 2016, Emirates is pleased to announce that it will
operate daily passenger flights to Mactan–Cebu International Airport
(CEB) and Clark International Airport (CRK) in the Philippines.
Emirates adds sixth daily flight to Heathrow
Emirates is adding a sixth daily flight to London Heathrow starting 27th March.
The new Emirates flight to London Heathrow will initially be operated by a
Boeing 777-300 ER, departing Dubai at 11.30 am and arriving in London at
4.10 pm. The service will be upgraded to an Airbus A380 on 1st June.
Qatar Airways to fly direct to Mozambique
Qatar Airways will start direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique on 27th March,
replacing the current service that currently stops via Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Doha-based airline will continue its thrice-weekly service when it launches
direct flights, whilst also maintaining its current services to Johannesburg,
South Africa.
Employee of the Year 2015
exceptional efforts award
Employee of
the Quarter
Employee of the Year 2015
July – September 2015
Irfan Sajid
Princess Cristobal
Senior Travel Consultant
Senior Travel Consultant
October – December 2015
Sohini Ghosh
Travel Consultant
Rekha Shetty
Credit Controller
The winners have been selected for displaying one or more criteria which include exemplary customer service and going the extra mile,
outstanding KPIs, and identifying new business opportunities and opportunities to earn revenue through new or current business practices.
Singapore package
2 nights Singapore City + 2 nights Sentosa Island
Starts from AED 4,150 per person
The offer includes economy class airfare, accommodation on
a twin sharing basis at a 4 star hotel with breakfast, one day
Universal Studio Entrance tickets, entrance tickets for The
Maritime Experiential Museum And Marine Life Park – the world’s
largest oceanarium, and all taxes and transfers by private car.
Malaysia package
2 nights Kuala Lumpur + 2 nights Legoland Theme Park
Starts from AED 4,750 per person
The offer includes economy class airfare, accommodation on
a twin sharing basis at a 4 star hotel with breakfast, half day
Kuala Lumpur city tour, two days Legoland Theme Park and
Water Park combo tickets and all transfers and taxes.
Hong Kong package
3 nights Hong Kong with Disneyland
Starts from AED 4,050 per person
The offer includes economy class airfare, accommodation on a
twin sharing basis at a 4 star hotel with breakfast, full day trip
to Hong Kong Disneyland with park entrance tickets and all
transfers and taxes.
Singapore and Malaysia package
2 nights in Singapore with a Universal Studio tour and 2
nights at Johor Bahru with Legoland Theme parks tour
Starts from AED 4,990 per person
The offer includes economy class airfare, accommodation on twin
sharing at 4 star hotels with breakfast, one day Universal Studio
tour with entrance tickets, one day Legoland Theme Park and
Water Theme Park combo tickets and all transfers and taxes.
Guess and win!
Al-Futtaim Travel will be opening two new retail outlets soon!
Guess the new locations and win a dinner for two at Crystal restaurant, Copthorne Hotel Dubai.
Email your entries to [email protected]
Cherry Blossoms Spring special
Always wanted to see the famous Far Eastern cherry
blossoms during Spring? Now you can!
3 nights in Tokyo starts from AED 4,450.
3 nights in Tokyo, plus 3 nights in Osaka starts from AED 7,400.
Japan Rail Pass available from
Al-Futtaim Travel!
Ordinary and Green
7, 14 and 21 days
For more details, please call +971 4 341 0237
or email [email protected]
3 nights in Seoul starts from
AED 5,950
Prices are per person inclusive of
flights, 4* hotel accommodation
and cherry blossom tours. For a
complete itinerary, please ask our
travel consultants.
For bookings, please call +971 4 217 7500 / +971 4 341 0237 or email [email protected] / [email protected]
Holidays with
exclusive to Al-Futtaim employees
starting from AED
inclusive of one way ticket
Airlines of choice:
starting from AED
inclusive of one way ticket
inclusive of one way ticket
• Cebu Pacific Air
• Philippine Airlines
• Cathay Pacific Airways
Bring your family and relatives to the UAE!
Documents required:
• Clear colour scanned passport copy
• Scanned passport sized photo with white background
• Undertaking from Al-Futtaim Employee
Tourist visa fee is non-refundable, in case visa is not granted
Pay later in 10 monthly instalments with Al-Futtaim Employee Instalment Scheme
TO PROCESS A NEW VISA, CALL OUR KABAYAN HELP DESK ON +971 4 217 7503/04 341 0237 OR EMAIL [email protected] / [email protected]
Mall of the Emirates – located opposite Carrefour Supermarket +971 4 341 0237 / 8, email [email protected]
Al Rigga Outlet located next to McDonalds – Al Ghurair City +971 4 217 7500, email [email protected]