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Foreign Secretary Visit to Saudi Arabia
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Foreign Secretary Visit to Saudi Arabia

On a visit to Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Secretary discussed shared interests including trade, security and climate change. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP 7 June 2021 Today (7 June 2021), British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with HRH Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, HRH Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and others in the Saudi Government. Foreign Secretary Raab set out the UK’s ambition for a closer partnership with Saudi Arabia based on a commitment to trade and regional security. Talks also focussed on the UK’s ambition in tackling global issues, including climate change, in the lead up to the COP26 climate conference. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights concerns, notably around justice reform and freedom of ...
Emirates Introduces Daily Scheduled A380 Services to Bahrain for June
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Emirates Introduces Daily Scheduled A380 Services to Bahrain for June

Airline is also offering special fares from Bahrain for stress-free travel to quarantine free destinations Dubai, UAE, 3 June 2021: Emirates will be providing more choice and comfort for its customers in Bahrain, with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service during the month of June. This is the first time an airline operates the double-decker on a regularly scheduled basis to the Kingdom, and demonstrates the operational readiness of the new airport to provide the necessary infrastructure to accommodate for an A380 service. Flight EK 839/840, previously operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, has been upgraded to the flagship and customer favourite, the Emirates A380. The change of aircraft will help meet growing demand to and from Bahrain during the summer, and underscores...
Emirates is Helping Take the Stress out of Travel for UAE Travellers Wanting to Travel and Reconnect to New Experiences.
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Emirates is Helping Take the Stress out of Travel for UAE Travellers Wanting to Travel and Reconnect to New Experiences.

Dubai, May 30, 2021 – Emirates returns to Roland-Garros 2021 for the ninth consecutive year as the Official Airline and Premium Partner of the iconic Paris tournament, taking place from May 30th to June 13th, 2021. The airline has been a long-standing partner of Roland Garros since 2013 and has become a Premium Partner of the Grand Slam in 2018. With its five-year agreement, Emirates enjoys a significant presence throughout the tournament. As part of its Fly Better brand promise, the airline is proud to stand alongside Roland-Garros to share and grow the passion for sports, bring communities together and offer customers in France the best experiences in flight and on the ground. Emirates commitment to Roland Garros is a natural extension of its existing tennis sponso...
Emirates Kicks off Summer With Stress Free Travel and Special Fares to Popular Destinations
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Emirates Kicks off Summer With Stress Free Travel and Special Fares to Popular Destinations

Airline taking the guesswork out of planning for travellers eager to reconnect to new experiences Dubai, UAE: 26 May 2021 – Emirates is helping take the stress out of travel for UAE travellers wanting to travel and reconnect to new experiences. The airline is offering special fares to more than 10popular destinations, now open for visitors, so they can enjoy their long-awaited summer holidays. Destinations like the Maldives, Seychelles, Athens, Moscow and cities in the US included in the offer require little to no quarantine so holidaymakers can pack for their long-awaited holiday with no stress. The offer is valid for booking from 24 May until 6 June 2021 for outbound travel until 30 September 2021. Economy and Business Class passengers can enjoy fares to the following dest...
Holidays are Coming as Qatar Airways Resumes Málaga Route from 2 July
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Holidays are Coming as Qatar Airways Resumes Málaga Route from 2 July

‎ 26 May 2021 Málaga resumption will see the airline’s Spain network return to pre-pandemic levels with three total destinations, including Barcelona and Madrid Qatar Airways’ presence in Spain is further strengthened through its recently expanded strategic partnership with Iberia, offering seamless connectivity across the Iberian peninsula and Latin America DOHA, Qatar — The key holiday destination of Málaga returns to Qatar Airways’ route network as Spain begins to ease travel restrictions for tourists. Málaga is a firm favourite with holidaymakers around the world, and fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to visit once again whilst also enjoying Qatar Airways’ award-winning hospitality and service. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Bak...
Emirates Wins Record 8th Consecutive Best Airline Worldwide Award
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Emirates Wins Record 8th Consecutive Best Airline Worldwide Award

DUBAI, UAE 26 May 2021: Emirates has been voted ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ for the eighth consecutive time by the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2021. The airline also took home accolades for ‘Airline with the Best First Class’, and ‘Airline with Best Economy Class’. The wins demonstrate Emirates’ strategic approach to continuously improving the onboard and on ground experience, offering a safe customer journey across all touchpoints, leaving no detail behind, while ensuring it meets evolving customer expectations during the most challenging period the air travel industry has experienced. To maintain its industry leadership, the airline has also doubled down on its digital approach to modernise the air travel experience by fully launching and scaling up its biometric path and to...
Syria Presidential Election on 26 May: Quint Statement
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Syria Presidential Election on 26 May: Quint Statement

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Italy on the presidential election in Syria. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP 25 May 2021 We, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America wish to make clear that Syria’s May 26 presidential election will neither be free nor fair. We denounce the Assad regime’s decision to hold an election outside of the framework described in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and we support the voices of all Syrians, including civil society organisations and the Syrian opposition, who have condemned the electoral process as illegitim...
The Cycle of Violence Must End for Israelis and Palestinians Alike
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The Cycle of Violence Must End for Israelis and Palestinians Alike

Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UNSC Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 16 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Mr President, the ongoing violence across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is deeply concerning and must stop. This week has seen the worst violence Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have experienced for several years. I repeat my Prime Minister’s call that both sides step back from the brink and show restraint. This cycle of violence must end. The UK offers our deepest condolences to the families of those civilians killed. Each one of those deaths is a tragedy. ...
Qatar Airways To Launch Three Weekly Flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire From 16 June 2021
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Qatar Airways To Launch Three Weekly Flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire From 16 June 2021

‎ 26 April 2021 Launch of Abidjan flights will increase Qatar Airways’ network in Africa to over 100 weekly flights across 24 destinations Passengers from Abidjan can enjoy more flexible travel options via the most connected and Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport with the widest network of destinations across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and North America  DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it will operate three weekly flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire via Accra from 16 June 2021 becoming the fourth new destination in Africa announced by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the pandemic. The Abidjan service will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business ...
Qatar Airways to Ship Essential Medical Supplies to India Free of Charge
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Qatar Airways to Ship Essential Medical Supplies to India Free of Charge

 29 April 2021 300 tonnes of aid from around the world to be consolidated and transported in a three-flight cargo aircraft convoy from Doha to India on Monday, 3 May 2021, as part of the WeQare initiative DOHA, Qatar — Qatar Airways is supporting international efforts to tackle the second COVID-19 surge in India by shipping medical aid and equipment to the country free of charge from global suppliers. The airline intends to transport 300 tonnes of aid from across its global network to Doha where it will be flown in a three-flight cargo aircraft convoy directly to destinations in India where it is most desperately needed. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The State of Qatar has a long and special relationship with India, and we have wat...