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Renovated Ain Al Faida Resort to open

The historic Ain Al Faida Resort in Abu Dhabi’s World Heritage Site and oasis city of Al Ain came under the spotlight at the EMEA Hospitality Summit in Istanbul. The just renovated 30-year-old family resort will reopen on New Year’s Eve. Ain Al Faida, which translates as “the flowing source”, is expected to be a four-star resort with a 26-bedroomed boutique hotel and 57 one- and two-bedroom villas. Leisure activities will include tennis and basketball, football, quad biking and bicycling, pony rides for children and pony-and-trap rides of the extensive grounds. An 800-seater hospitality tent has been created on the resort’s lake.

Arabian Adventures launches 2012-2013 brochures

Arabian Adventures has launched its new Tours & Safaris brochures for Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. The 2012-2013 brochures include 43 activities in Dubai, 21 in Fujairah and 18 in Abu Dhabi and are available in 10 languages at various hotels and travel agencies.

Tilal Liwa Hotel’s UAE National Day package

Tilal Liwa Hotel, a secluded leisure resort on the edge of Rub Al Khali Desert will celebrate UAE’s 41st National Day with a package starting from Dh699 including buffet breakfast for two, traditional Arabic coffee and dates on arrival, live performance on the eve by a band and belly dancer, and complimentary access to recreational facilities including the pool, steam, sauna and fitness centre. Two children below 12 can stay in the room and kids from 6 to 12 years get 50 per cent off on buffet meals. The package is valid from November 30 to December 2. For more information call 02-8946111 or write to

Virgin Atlantic and Bareminerals launch lip product

Virgin Atlantic and bareMinerals are giving passengers a taste of the high life with the creation of a bespoke lip product, in shade “Upper Class Red”, launched this year to mark the airline’s redesigned Upper Class cabin. The striking lipcolour is available for pre-order and home delivery through Virgin Atlantic’s retail therapy offering.

Etihad bags best long-haul airline award

Etihad Airways has won Best Long-haul Airline at Belgium’s 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards, held in Antwerp. This is the first time the airline has won the prestigious Belgian travel industry award, beating five other long-haul carriers operating to and from Brussels International Airport. The judging panel consisted of almost 400 Belgian travel industry professionals, tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, and cruise lines. The airline’s codeshare partner over Brussels, Brussels Airlines won the award for Best Short-haul Airline.

St Regis Hotel unveils Jason Wu tourista bag

St Regis Hotels & Resorts unveils The Grand Tourista Bag by Jason Wu for St Regis Hotels & Resorts designed with a new generation of luxury travellers in mind. Sophisticated, timeless and informed by the brand’s rich heritage, the bag marks Wu’s first product created exclusively for travel and the first accessory designed for the hospitality brand. It will retail for $1,995 (Dh7,322) at and from early December and is available for pre-order at online luxury fashion retailer Moda Operandi on