Two Gulf-based airlines on Saturday announced that they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.
The UAE has launched the first `Arab Social Media Award in the Gulf region to encourage Arab societies for responsible use of social media and increase awareness about the issues of concern to the community.
An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi`ite-led government in Baghdad.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought Thursday to mend fences between his mainly-Shiite country and Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies distrustful of Iran`s nuclear ambitions and its support of the Syrian regime.
The Indian market would turn into a battle-field between Gulf and Southeast Asian airlines targeting the growing air traffic, with Jet and Etihad and start-up airlines like Air Asia India and Tata-Singapore Airlines also wooing Indian travelers, experts said on Friday.
A direct flight between Hyderabad and Mashhad in Iran is set to take off from June 30, making it the first such service between South India and the Persian Gulf nation, a senior diplomat said on Saturday.