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Passenger count at Abu Dhabi airport set a new high

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Abu Dhabi: According to media reports, the passenger traffic in Abu Dhabi  International Airport is claimed to have reached a new high in one month.

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Over 2.25 million travellers passed through the airport in August, compared with the 1.92 million in August 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.

“For the second time ever, we witnessed over two million passengers travelling through in a single month,” said Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Ahmad Al Haddabi.

The spike in traffic was attributed to many residents returning from vacations before the reopening of schools and the beginning of the academic year, he added.

Abu Dhabi is also increasingly seen as a preferred tourist and business destination, al Haddabi added.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Indian PM Narendra Modi Given Highest Civilian Honour By UAE

Modi conferred UAE's highest civilian honour

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A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons, the Khaleej Times reported. Pixabay

The UAE honoured visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian honour, the “Order of Zayed”, on Saturday.

The award was conferred to the Prime Minister by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace here.

A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons, the Khaleej Times reported.

Earlier during an interview with the Khaleej Times, Modi said: “I feel very honoured to receive the United Arab Emirates’ highest civil honour, the Order of Zayed. It is a testimony to our growing partnership and also an honour for the entire Indian nation of 1.3 billion people.”

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Modi also launched the RuPay Card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, here earlier in the day and bought 1 kg of laddoo using the card. Pixabay

Modi also launched the RuPay Card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, here earlier in the day and bought 1 kg of laddoo using the card.

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The UAE is the first country in the Middle East where the RuPay card has been launched.

Modi, who is on a tri-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain, reached Abu Dhabi on Friday from Paris. From Abu Dhabi, he will visit Bahrain before returning to France for the G7 summit. (IANS)

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