Month in review - February

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For February 2017. 

It's an exciting time to be a traveller in the Gulf with new innovations revealed from Emirates and Qatar Airways in their premium cabins and Musk-fever takes over the UAE with driverless cars appearing on our roads and new images of the much anticipated Hyperloop. 

First pictures of Elon Musk's Hyperloop revealed

Hyperloop One, headed by entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk, have released the first images of the test Hyperloop which is currently being built in the Nevada desert with plans to eventually be installed in the Emirates. The Hyperloop will reduce the time spent travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to just twelve minutes. The pictures come after Musk's appearance at the World Government Summit held in Dubai in February, coinciding with the launch of Tesla in the UAE. Read more.

Qatar reveals new business class cabin

Sheikkh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's ambassador to Germany, unveiled his national carrier's new business class seat and accompanying upgrades to the business class service offering at the International Tourism Bourse held in Berlin this week. Features of the new business class seat, named QSuite, include hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold, luxury bed linens and a new food and beverage concept with fancy new chinaware and cutlery. The real announcement is what Qatar are calling "first class in business class" with drop down panels in the suite enabling adjoining seats to be joined into the world's first double bed in business class. Furthermore, the same panels can be used to create a 'family-style living room' perfect for sharing meals and socialising throughout your flight. The QSuite will be rolled out from June this year. 

Emirates upgrade A380 Onboard Lounge

One of the world's most innovative onboard concepts is set to receive a facelift as Emirates announced a multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade which has taken inspiration from private yacht cabins, elevating luxury marine travel to the sky. The new A380 Onboard Lounge will be operational in July and will offer more seating space with a new seating arrangement along the windows on both sides of the bar. Each seating area will have a table and window view.

Qatar has strong delegation at ITB 2017

A strong delegation comprising 20 of Qatar’s leading hotels, including The St Regis Hotel Doha, The Four Seasons Doha and the W Hotel Doha, destination management companies and other tourism establishments is joining Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) at this year’s edition of ITB. The 2017 delegation has a strong interest in growing Qatar's reputation as a destination for European travellers. To further support its push to promote transit stays, travellers on Qatar Airways are eligible to apply for a free of charge 96 Hour Transit Visa. 

Airbus launches iflyA380.com 

For those travellers that are aircraft type loyal versus airline, Airbus' new booking engine is the perfect solution. The site allows users to search and book only A380 configured routes as well as explore all A380 destinations, and discover the distinctive on-board services that world-class airlines offer in every class.

Driverless cars the future of travel within the Emirates

Elon Musk was a busy man on his most recent type to the Emirates, with the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) signing an agreement with Tesla to purchase 200 electric-powered cars, equipped with a semi-autonomous autopilot option, to supplement Dubai Taxi Corporation’s limousine fleet. This supports the vision for 25% of all journeys in Dubai to be driverless by 2030.