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Etihad Travel Mall, the airline’s flagship one-stop travel retail and check-in facility, is now open in Dubai offering, under one roof, everything guests need to plan, book and travel with the airline. Guests are able to purchase a ticket, check-in for a flight, drop off baggage and board an Etihad Express luxury coach bound for Abu Dhabi International Airport, and proceed straight to immigration and security. The check-in and transport facilities replace the airline’s previous facilities at Chelsea Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. The airline will continue to offer Etihad Express luxury coach service from its existing location at Dubai Marina Mall. For more information log on to


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has unveiled plans for the return of Shubbak — London’s celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world, which he first launched in 2011 — from June 22 to July 6. With 40 events and nine exhibitions at various venues across London, Shubbak (the Arabic word for “window”) is a 15-day festival that gives visitors the chance to discover new talent from the Arab world (from countries such as the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt). Many of the events are free and suitable for families, including theatre, dance and music, lectures and debates, and those related to fashion, literature, visual arts and architecture. From the UAE, The Arab British Centre — which has just won the Unesco Sharjah Prize — will collaborate with the Dubai Film Festival to hold UK premieres for three films during Shubbak.