UFLYonline to Form Alliance with Arabia.com

29th Jul 2002

, the leading online travel site in the Middle East, announced recently that they have signed a deal with arabia.com
, the Arab world?fs leading Internet portal.
“This agreement is evidence yet again of our continuing strategy to form alliances with key industry leaders in the MENA region?h, said Mitri Kurban from UFLYonline. ?gWe are eager to connect with as wide an audience as possible and expose people to the expansive service that UFLYonline has to offer?h.

UFLYonline provides access to flights, hotels and car hire throughout the world. The flights are from Arab origins, currently the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It?fs possible to access over 33 000 hotels worldwide from the site.

The highlights of UFLYonline are the flexibility of being able to pay by cash or credit and that it also provides instant access to the most competitive negotiated fares in each country. The service also has a call centre in each country with 24-hour assistance.

?gUFLYonline is a welcome addition to our travel channel?h, said Ramzi Zeine, Chief Executive Officer of arabia.com. ?gWe are steadily witnessing more and more people in the Middle East using the Internet to search for travel options and to make bookings?h, he continued.

The deal with arabia.com follows a number of recent deals for UFLYonline. These include an agreement with Kimidar tours one of the leading tour operators in Egypt to fulfil the Egyptian part of the online organisation; a deal with Cyberia the leading ISP in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon for their Travel Channel; and a deal with IDM and Terranet the two leading Lebanese ISP?fs for their Travel channels also.


UFLYonline has proven that e-commerce for travel is now a reality in the Middle East. After only 15 days of operation in July 1st in the MENA area, online traffic to the UFLYonline website was heavy according to Kurban reaching more than 1500 visitors daily.

Arabia.com was the first portal to be launched in the Arab world in 1995. With its headquarters in Dubai Internet City, UAE the company offers services targeted at the Arab world and the broader international community interested in the Arab world. Arabia.com is based in two offices, in Dubai, UAE and in Amman, Jordan.ia.com is owned by Arabia Online, the Internet centric technology group.


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