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    Emirates unveils its enhanced flight network with ‘historic agreement’

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    by Team Emirates Woman
    18 mins ago

    Dubai carrier Emirates has unveiled an enhanced flight network after signing a “historical commercial agreement” with US-based airline United.
    In a statement released via the Dubai Media Office, the two airlines announced a codeshare and interline agreement to enhance each airline’s network.
    “Emirates and United announced a historic commercial agreement today that will enhance each airline’s network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of new destinations within the United States and around the world,” the statement read.
    From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston – three of the biggest business hubs in the U.S – will be able to easily connect to United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket.
    From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston will be able to connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket, a statement said. At other US airports served by Emirates, namely Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC – both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place.

    Meanwhile, United will launch a new direct flight between Newark and Dubai, starting March 2023. From Dubai, passengers will be able to travel on Emirates or flydubai to more than 100 cities.
    The airlines said that tickets for United’s new Dubai flight are now on sale. However, codeshare activities and United’s new flight to the emirate are subject to government approvals.
    Customers of both airlines will soon be able to book connecting flights on a single ticket, easing check-in and luggage transfer. The agreement will also grant loyalty programme members of both airlines additional reward opportunities.
    Emirates Skywards members can soon earn miles when they travel on United-operated flights, and United Mileage Plus members flying on United’s New York/Newark to Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai, the statement added. Eligible customers travelling on codeshare flights will also be able to enjoy access to Emirates and United lounges.
    Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: “Two of the biggest, and best-known airlines in the world are joining hands to fly people better to more places, at a time when travel demand is rebounding with a vengeance. It’s a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefits and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer.
    “We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, where our hub Dubai essentially becomes a gateway for United to reach Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the combined network of Emirates and flydubai.”
    “This agreement unites two iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies,” added Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines. “United’s new flight to Dubai and our complementary networks will make global travel easier for millions of our customers, helping boost local economies and strengthen cultural ties.”
    Both airlines have recently announced significant investments to enhance their fleet and bolster customer service. Emirates will retrofit more than 120 aircraft as part of a $2bn overhaul.
    The Dubai-based carrier also announced recently that is investing over $350m to equip its 50-strong fleet of A350s with next-generation inflight entertainment solutions.
    Meanwhile, United will add 500 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft to its fleet with a focus on a new signature interior, the carrier added.
    This article was originally published on Gulf Business and has been repurposed here with permission.
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    Dubai’s Emirates to introduce premium economy to five more cities in December

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    by Team Emirates Woman
    3 hours ago

    Dubai carrier Emirates has announced plans to debut the retrofitted A380s featuring its premium economy cabins to New York JFK, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore from December.
    The carrier will operate EK203 and EK204 to New York JFK, starting from December 1. To Auckland, Emirates will debut its premium economy cabin on EK448 and EK449, starting January 15, 2023.
    Meanwhile, from February 1, 2023, Melbourne will become the second Australian destination to be served with premium economy on EK406 and EK407. San Francisco will become the second US destination to be served by A380 on EK 225 and EK 226, starting on February 15, 2023. To Singapore, Emirates’ will fly its A380 with premium economy for the first time on March 1, 2023, operating as EK354 and EK355.
    Emirates will also update its schedule to London Heathrow, which will receive its third daily service with premium economy on EK005 and EK006 from January 1, 2023. From March 15, 2023, Emirates will operate its second A380 with premium economy to New York JFK on EK201 and EK202.
    From December 15, 2022, Sydney will become the first city in the Emirates network to offer premium economy seats on all flights, with the introduction of the airline’s retrofitted aircraft on EK414 and EK415. The carrier will also start A380 services with a premium economy debut to Christchurch from March 26, 2023, as an extension of the Dubai to Sydney service, operating with EK412 and EK413.

    The airline launched its premium economy bookings from June 1, 2022. On a four-class Emirates A380, the premium economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck with 56 seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. The airline has said that it will ramp up its A380 services to 42 destinations by the end of March 2023. Tickets can be booked on the carrier’s website and app or via both online and offline travel agents.
    It is also enhancing its existing schedules to over 400 A380 departures from Dubai, offering 460,000 weekly seats by March 2023, including 81,000 seats across its premium cabins. By year-end, the airline will be serving close to a third of its network with its flagship on 85 A.
    Emirates recently announced plans to kick-off its fleet retrofit programme, consisting of a multi-billion dollar investment to ensure customers continue to have the best experience in the sky.
    This article was originally published on Gulf Business and has been repurposed here with permission.
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    In pics: 5 of Sheikh Hamdan’s best summer 2022 moments in the UK

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    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

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    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince is never short of wanderlust inspiration.
    Despite being one of the most high-profile royals in the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan managed to enjoy his trip to the UK, similar to any other tourist.
    Fazza is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom, as are many other members of the Dubai royal family and made another long trip this summer. From taking a stroll in the park to using the London tube, he went about his daily activities, some of which were documented on social media.
    After an activity-fuelled summer, Emirates Woman looks back at all the best moments from this royal’s summer.
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    This Zuma venue is defining the ‘next 20 years’ of the renowned restaurant brand

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    by Olivia Morris
    6 hours ago

    For those who have been gallivanting around Europe this summer (and we’re sure that’s many of you), you may have happened to stumble across the Zuma name more than once.
    The globally renowned luxury restaurant brand debuted three new venues this summer in key holiday destinations: Ibiza, Sardinia and Mykonos.
    It marks a milestone in the 20-year history of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in London two decades ago. In fact, according to Zuma’s Creator and Co-Founder Rainer Becker, the new Mykonos venue is a marker for what the next 20 years hold for the brand.
    “This is a momentous summer for Zuma, with three new venues opening across Europe, including our brand-new Mykonos lifestyle hub,” he explained. “We opened the first Zuma in London 20 years ago and look forward to embarking on our next 20 years as we launch this new venue concept internationally.”
    The opening of the Mykonos venue is a first-of-its-kind for Zuma, encompassing a multi-purpose destination including a restaurant, lounge and bar, as well as a sleek infinity pool, day beds and resident DJ.
    The new venue offers the same exquisite cuisine many Dubai residents will know and love but on a different level. Visitors can indulge in the beloved staple dishes during the day as they soak up the Mediterranean sun as they chill out poolside. Then, when the sun sets, the space transforms into the ultimate night-time hotspot with a DJ playing chilled house into the early hours.
    Go inside the chic new European hotspot below.

    If this is a marker for what’s set to come for the Zuma brand globally, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
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    This guest-only oasis offers a secluded sandscape in the heart of Dubai

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    by Team Emirates Woman
    13 mins ago

    IIN PARTNERSHIP: Want to spend the night under the picturesque desert sky? Then Dubai’s luxurious property, Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa needs to be added to your list of staycations to visit.
    As the weather cools down, this mesmerising getaway takes you back in time with utmost serenity and impeccable service from the moment you enter.
    For a lavish escape, there are 42 secluded luxurious tented suites that pay homage to the emirate’s longstanding heritage. With local artefacts and Bedouin-inspired designs, guests are offered complete privacy with a private temperature-controlled pool surrounded by lush desert palms.
    If guests want to experience an intimate evening for any special occasion, the venue offers private sundowners personalised according to individual taste. Whether champagne or sparkling juice, all the details can be curated by the team of onboard specialists according to your preference, under the twinkling canopy of stars.

    To feel completely rejuvenated, the Timeless Spa ensures utmost relaxation with a plethora of beauty and relaxation treatments including private massage rooms for couples. Be it a hydrafacial or a soothing traditional massage, each visitor can be fully pampered from head to toe.
    For those who want to raise their adrenaline levels,  the desert resort offers an eventful list of activities including camel riding, archery, falconry displays, horse riding, dune driving and wildlife drives.
    Set amid the rolling sand dunes, the signature fine dining restaurant, Al Diwaan Restaurant serves a culinary extravaganza with an unending set of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Situated above the restaurant is a refined Hajar terrace bar with loungers and cocktail tables that can be enjoyed against breathtaking views of the Arabian Desert.

    Without leaving the room, guests have the option of in-room dining. For that Instagram-worthy moment, the property offers a unique floating breakfast experience that can be savoured in its private temperature-controlled pool.
    Packages start at Dhs4,200 for the full board option inclusive of two desert activities per person, per night. For a spa-inspired getaway, the package is priced at Dhs4,600 for a full-board stay and a luxurious spa treatment. For the ultimate desert romance escapes, the package starts at Dhs4,800 per night for a full board inclusive of welcome drink, VIP amenities, one desert activity, and a deck dinner for two persons for a minimum two-night stay.

    Nestled amid the centre of Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve, guests can witness iconic vistas of the Hajar Mountain massif and experience this serene escape with absolute comfort.
    For your next escape and to make a booking visit mariott.com
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    I’m a Wellness Editor and These Are the 5 Things I Always Pack in My Carry-On

    Not to brag, but I’ve become an expert at packing my carry-on. Between my obsession with all things wellness (#itsmyjob) and regularly traveling at least every couple of months (my whole family is on the opposite side of the country), I have mastered the art of packing my bag for travel days: It contains everything for every ailment so that I can actually feel my best. While my carry-on can resemble Mary Poppin’s bottomless bag where things just keep coming out, there are five things I pack and take with me on airplanes, no matter what. Read on for the five items you will always see in my carry-on and why they are so essential for making any travel day better.
     

    1. Rapid calming CBD melts
    Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a little bit of travel anxiety, like getting nervous on planes. Plus, traveling itself can be stressful, whether it’s sprinting across the airport on your (very brief) layover or your flight getting delayed (again). In addition to trying all the things (working with my therapist on airplane anxiety, meditating in the a.m. to calm stress levels, etc.), I love having these CBD Rapid Calming Melts on hand. While Equilibria’s Daily Drops have helped to relieve stress and anxiety over time, these melts work fast and help me feel a sense of peace whether I’m worried about missing my connecting flight or am feeling stressed about traveling alone. They take about 5-15 minutes to kick in and last 3-6 hours, so I’ll take one either when I’m boarding the plane or when I’m feeling extra stressed.

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    2. Greens juice tablets
    I swear by a DIYed green juice to start my day with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that will make me feel good all day long. However, we (unfortunately) don’t have access to a full juicer and fresh veggies like celery, cucumber, or broccoli when traveling and need convenient options that we can take on the go or keep in our carry-ons. Enter: 8Greens. Each tablet is made from eight powerful greens: spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and aloe vera, and you just add it to your water bottle to make a green juice on the go. Plus, it naturally contains a high amount of vitamin C and minerals like zinc, making it a way healthier option than other vitamin C or hydration packets, so you can count on it to keep you hydrated and keep your immune system healthy as well. 

    3. Digestive supplements
    All my girls with gut issues get the struggle: You grabbed a bagel sandwich before hopping on the airplane (convenience is crucial!), and you’re 20,000 feet in the air when your stomach starts feeling uncomfortably full, bloated, or crampy. I’ve found myself in an uncomfortable situation with painful travel bloat way too many times, so now I make sure to always have Arrae Bloat on me (like, I even bring it to restaurants when I’m not traveling). With totally natural ingredients (including superpower herbs and digestive enzymes that come from fruit), these powerful little capsules are one of the only supplements that have ever actually worked to help my body digest food it doesn’t usually agree with (looking at you, bagel sandwich). I take it after eating any meal while traveling and it reduces heartburn, gas, bloating, etc., by helping with food breakdown. 

    4. Inspiring read
    Living on the West Coast while our office and my family live on the opposite side of the country means that I am traveling a lot. For a while, I felt annoyed by long plane rides and would pay the $10 Wi-Fi fee to work through them in order to feel productive so I could tell myself it wasn’t wasted time. But I’ve totally changed my perspective and now see plane rides, car rides, etc. as a time to fully dedicate to myself. I believe you can turn any travel experience into self-care (unless you’re traveling with kids–IDK what that’s like, but I imagine it’s not very peaceful!). I slather on my Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, pull out a book that makes me feel inspired, and spend the extended period of time with no phone (very rare!) intentionally. 

    5. Protein bar
    I am one of those people who doesn’t go anywhere without a snack. I will pack some things to eat if I’m out running errands, even if just for a couple of hours, so you bet I have a snack handy when I’m traveling. Sometimes I like to indulge at the airport (read: the aforementioned bagel sandwich) as a way to make traveling feel a little more special, but you should never feel like you have to eat whatever is available (and pay the astronomical airport prices) just because you don’t have options. Sometimes I’ll make my own TSA-approved meals ahead of time, but when that feels like too much work, I’ll pack a few of these Sakara bars to have on hand. While any bar should not be used as a replacement for a meal, they’re a super convenient option to snack on when you get hungry during a long plane ride or you don’t have access to healthier options. These bars are my favorite because they’re cleaner and more nutritious than any option out there, IMO. Plus, they contain superfoods and high-powered ingredients that make you feel amazing (necessary during long travel days). 

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    The Wellness Essentials That Keep Me Healthy While Traveling

    When it comes to travel, I consider myself somewhat of an expert (humble brag). I’m that girl on the plane with the highly-organized carry-on, filled with every possible essential you could need. I have a go-to travel outfit (sweatsuit and sneakers), packing squares are my best friend, and I am always looking for the best travel deals. All this to say, I have curated a list of wellness essentials over the years that keep me hydrated and healthy. In other words, they are my must-haves while traveling, no matter where I’m going or the length of my trip. So the next time you’re planning a trip, consider packing these 10 products for a stress-free vacay. 

    Immune Support Packets
    It’s no surprise that travel can take a toll on the body. We’re not on our regular routines and probably sleeping less and indulging a little more. For this reason, I always have Emergen-C packets on hand. I want to enjoy every moment of my vacation, so these packets ensure that if I start to feel a little under the weather, I get a quick boost of electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. 
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    Genuine Health
    Greens Powder
    You’ve probably seen the ads for various greens powders and wondered if they’re actually worth trying. I am here to tell you, this one is 100 percent worth the hype. Getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis can be tricky, and while traveling, it can sometimes be nearly impossible. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve spent searching an airport for a salad or been in a country that survives off of bread and cheese (I still love you, Paris), only to realize vegetables are nowhere to be found. This has made my greens powder an essential item in my carry-on. I simply add a couple of scoops to some water whenever I am feeling tired or craving vegetables, and I instantly feel refreshed.

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    Jet Lag Mask
    There’s a reason they call it the “Jet Leg Mask.” Nothing dehydrates your skin more than travel—from hours spent on an airplane to changes in weather. Trying to ensure your skin gives off a Hailey Bieber glazed donut glow while traveling is a feat, but I swear by this mask to help do the trick. Sometimes I will apply it just under my eyes or I will treat it as a face mask and leave it on for the duration of a flight. I may get a couple of side glances from my neighbors, but my skin is always left hydrated when I walk off the plane. 

    Sleep Capsules
    I’ve spent many years trying to conquer jet lag and searching for the best tips and tricks to avoid it. I’ve tried melatonin, magnesium, and CBD for sleep, but my favorite, by far, has been the Arrae sleep capsules. When you’re in a different time zone and can’t fall asleep on your own, it’s useful to have an aid to help you adjust. These sleep capsules help me fall asleep faster and don’t leave me with the lethargic feeling I get from taking melatonin. Lack of sleep can impact our immune system, nervous system, and overall well-being. It’s important to get enough sleep while traveling, and these capsules help do the trick.

    32 oz Bottle
    Remember the days when we all had regular-sized water bottles? We’d have to refill them over and over again, especially in the summer. Purchasing this water bottle has been life-changing for me while traveling. I no longer have to wait for the flight attendant to come around with a tiny cup of water (you know what I’m talking about) or make a pit stop on a road trip to refill. Staying hydrated is so important while traveling. It keeps our skin looking fresh and our immune systems strong, and this water bottle has been a key factor in all of the above.
    16 colors available

    Supergoop!
    Unseen Sunscreen
    Did you know that every year the UV rays increase and thus, the risk of sunburns? Your skin is your largest organ and protecting it should always be top of mind. There are so many different sunscreens to choose from, but Supergoop! is one of my favorites.  Lightweight and oil-free with an SPF 40 protection, it leaves my skin feeling healthy and, most importantly, break-out free. While I usually opt for a sunnier travel spot, I always have this sunscreen on hand no matter my destination. 

    Beats by Dre
    Wireless Headphones
    I have not once regretted purchasing my noise-canceling headphones. When you are stuck on a plane in the middle of the night and struggling to fall asleep because of all the noise, you’ll be thankful to have them. Sometimes you need to escape the busyness of travel and take a moment for yourself to unwind and relax. Being able to put my headphones on no matter where I am and disconnect is a haven I didn’t know I needed. 
    3 colors available

    Everyday Sneakers
    A good pair of shoes can make or break your travel experience. Comfort is key whether you are flying, driving, or walking. I’ve made the mistake of opting for a pair of sandals while walking through Paris, only to immediately regret my decision and the back pain that followed. The Allbirds Everyday Sneakers are not only designed to be worn everyday but are also versatile enough to pair with many outfits.
    17 colors available

    Meditation App
    I have always viewed my mental health as important as any other part of my body, and one way I take care of it is through meditation. Even while traveling, I plan out some time in my day for meditation. The Unplug App has been a long-time favorite of mine for the diverse meditations it provides, such as a jet lag meditation, anxious travelers meditation, and even a deep sleep for travelers meditation. No matter where I am in the world, I can find time to meditate with this app.

    Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes
    If my skin feels oily or dirty, it affects my entire mood. In my opinion, there’s no worse feeling than walking around just wishing you could wash your face, and when traveling, it can be hard to find a nearby sink. Enter: these cleansing wipes. Whether you need a mid-day refresh or are without your regular face wash, these will do the trick. They’re hydrating, extremely soothing, and, as an added bonus, 99% of the ingredients are made from natural origins. 
    6 types available

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    UAE to launch new tech-driven Emirati passport next month

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    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    The UAE will introduce a new generation of Emirati passports from next month.
    With innovation at the forefront, the new version of passports, which will launch on September 1, 2022, will feature technical specifications to promote security and safety for international travel.
    Launched as part of the national ID card project that began in June 2021, this change is all set to enhance the UAE’s international competitiveness on a global scale and reduce the attempts of forgery with its detail-oriented identification page.
    Per the state news agency WAM, these changes are in line with the directions of the wise leadership to consolidate the movement toward a smart government in the UAE.
    The latest features include a fine security thread, decorative carvings with highly complicated spectrums, photographs printed with advanced security features, a holographic logo for authenticity, a refined three-dimensional intaglio showcasing the date of birth and a watermark with the UAE emblem.
    To reduce any external damages, polycarbonate is used instead of paper due to its thickness and increased quality for specialised printing.

    The new generation of the UAE Passport.@MoFAICUAE____#IdentityCitizenshipCustomsAndPortSecurity #UAEPassport pic.twitter.com/TSg6X4gnUw
    — Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security UAE (@UAEICP) August 11, 2022

    “The project aims to enhance the flexibility of doing business related to individuals in various institutions of the UAE, in order to improve the quality of life and provide a travel experience that strengthens the leading position of the UAE,” the chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, said.
    With the UAE’s strong ranking on the global map, per the Henley Passport Index for 2022, making it the highest in the Arab world, such changes are a step further to strengthen its position on the list.
    All Emirati passport holders will also need to verify the validity of their documents for a period of no less than six months before they travel with the possibility of issuing passports while being abroad through the UAE.
    Passports for holders of the previous generations are still considered valid until their next expiry date approaches for renewal. The new generation passport can be applied for once there is a six months validity left on the current passport.
    The Emirati passport can be renewed through the website or the UAEICP smart application.
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