Arab CEOs using private jets as personal taxis

The use of corporate jets among Arab CEOs is making a comeback in the Middle East, according to a leading operator and there are now direct flights to the Middle East from the United States.

Over the last five years, the financial crisis saw corporations in the region curtailing their expenditure on luxury aviation travel, but now, Private Jet Charter is noticing an increased rise in demand.

The independent private jet consultants say that although the percentage of CEOs using private jets has now reached a total of 10 percent, this number is just the beginning and we will see more CEOs opting for this form of transportation in the upcoming years.

“This trend is gaining greater momentum in the Middle East because of the upgraded civil aviation infrastructure with improved services for private jets,” said Ross Kelly, Managing Director for Middle East, PJC. “We expect private jet travel to gain acceleration over the next five years as a result of an economic rebound in the region and greater interconnectivity amongst GCC countries.”

 A review of Federal Aviation Administration flight records revealed that dozens of jets operated by publicly traded corporations made over 30 percent of their trips to or from resort destinations.

“In the Middle East, nearly 10 percent of trips of CEOs are personal, while the rest are of business nature,” he said. “Some CEOs in other parts of the world use private planes like personal taxis and this trend is coming to the Middle East in a dramatic fashion.”

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A flight attendant stands next to first class seats aboard an Emirates Airlines A380 on August 1, 2008. Emirates becomes the first commercial Airbus A380 jet to land in the United States at JFK International Airport in New York. The A380 is the world's largest airliner with 49 percent more floor space and 35 percent more seating than the previous largest aircraft. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A flight attendant stands next to first class seats aboard an Emirates Airlines A380 on August 1, 2008. Emirates becomes the first commercial Airbus A380 jet to land in the United States at JFK International Airport in New York. The A380 is the world’s largest airliner with 49 percent more floor space and 35 percent more seating than the previous largest aircraft. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Unapologetic luxury: A Billionaire’s floating playground

Three years in and this “hyper yacht” concept is still in the design phase. But now The Streets of Monaco is going for less than a third of its original asking price.

Although the luxury vessel is not yet cruising the open waters, the meticulous and overzealous design is too outrageous to ignore.


The Streets of Monaco is looking for an owner that can’t get enough of the real city-state. It mimics Monaco’s key landmarks including Hotel de Paris, Prince’s Palace, Port Hercule, La Rascasse, Café de Paris and even an exact replica of the world renowned Monaco racetrack, F1 Circuit complete with go-cart replicas.

Other onboard toys include, a helipad, mini-submarine, speedboats, jet skis, swimming pools, tennis courts, BBQ facilities, a mini waterfall, cafe bar with underwater views and cinema.


The interior of the ship spreads over three floors, all of which have their own set of amenities: a grand fireplace, double heighted ceilings, office, master suite, private courtyard, sunrooms and a private sun-deck, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

The centrepiece of The Streets of Monaco is The Atrium, which links the upper and lower living areas. The Atrium has seven guest suites which all include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The owner’s main apartment is an amazing 4,800sq ft.

In total, the four-deck 155 metre vessel would be capable of housing 16 guests and 70 crew and would cost the owner tens of millions to run each year. But for now, the gargantuan yacht needs at least $405 million to see the light of day.

Business Aircraft

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“Emirates Executive elevates the high standards and quality of Emirates that our customers have come to expect, with the flexibility and luxury that can only be offered by a private chartered flight,” said Adnan Kazim – Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President – Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs.

“We have seen an increasing demand in the private travel segment, especially in the Middle East and Europe as well as in markets such as India, Russia and China, and with Emirates Executive and the launch of its website, we are looking to tap into this niche market with the high-quality of service and attention to detail associated with Emirates.”

Providing a private charter service to most locations worldwide and beyond the existing Emirates network, the aircraft offers a new configuration with a high level of comfort and service for up to 19 passengers. Always pioneering, Emirates Executive introduces many firsts from private suites to a large multi-functional lounge area on-board, making it a service versatile enough to provide diverse travel options for both the private customer and corporations alike.

Holiday Gift Guide at FORZIERI.COM The configuration of the A319 Emirates Executive aircraft is based on two main zones. The first area is a wide dining and executive lounge at the front of the aircraft designed to seat up to 12 passengers, combining a work area and a rest zone with two large sofas surrounding four mechanically-activated tables and two 42” HD LCD screens. The second distinct area comprises 10 Private Suites each featuring a fully lie flat seat and a 32” HD LCD screen.

The suites are complemented by a large and elegant Shower Spa, equipped with a full-height shower, featured innovations like a floor heating system, decorative serigraphy on mirrors and marble accents, as well as luxury, all-natural skincare products.

Customers can also enjoy a variety of multi-course culinary options from Emirates’ award-winning menus, and the finest selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as customised options to suit any palette or dietary requirement. The aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including Emirates’ award winning in-flight entertainment (ice) with up to 1,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, as well as a live TV, video conferencing facilities and high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.


The personalised service for customers includes booking an aircraft at short notice and a premium chauffeur drive service. The A319 aircraft is supported by a dedicated team of highly trained and experienced inflight crew and ground staff.

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تمتعوا بمستويات فريدة من الرفاهية والراحة والمرونة، سواءً كنتم مسافرين في رحلة عمل برفقة الزملاء أو الشركاء، أم للسياحة برفقة الأهل أو الأصدقاء.. فمع “الإمارات للطيران الخاص” ستحظون برحلات ترتقي بمعايير الترف والخصوصية إلى ذرى جديدة على متن طائرة الإيرباص A319 التي تستوعب 19 شخصاً وتتيح لكم السفر من دون توقف إلى أغلب الوجهات العالمية. وسوف تنعمون أيضاً بمرونة تامة لتصميم رحلتكم بما يتماشى مع متطلباتكم، سواء تعلق الأمر باختيار الوجهة التي ترغبون السفر إليها أم مواعيد السفر، حيث ستجدون فريقنا التنفيذي وطاقم الخدمة متعدد اللغات على أتم الاستعداد لتلبية متطلباتكم.

أجواء فريدة لإنجاز الأعمال أو الاسترخاء

تحتوي طائرة “الإمارات للطيران الخاص” على صالة رحبة مفروشة بأريكتين وستة مقاعد وثيرة يمكن تجهيزها طبقاً لتصاميم ووضعيات مختلفة بحيث تتيح لكم إنجاز الأعمال، وتناول الطعام أو الإسترخاء ضمن أجواء تتسم بدرجة رفيعة من الراحة والرفاهية.

وقد جهزت الأجنحة الخاصة على متن الطائرة بأبواب منزلقة، ويحتوي كل جناح على مقعد يتحول إلى سرير مستو، ومقعد مخصص للزوار، وثلاجة وشاشة تلفزيونية قياس 32 بوصة تعمل باللمس، تتيح لكم التمتع بنظامنا الترفهي ice الحائز على جوائز دولية رفيعة. وتشمل التسهلات المتاحة قدرات الاتصال اللاسلكي بالإنترنت، وخدمة التجوال الدولي للهواتف النقالة، والهاتف، والفاكس، ومؤتمرات الفيديو.

دَلٍلوا أنفسكم

تحتوي الطائرة على “شاور سبا” بالغ الرحابة، يوفر مجموعة فاخرة من أرقى مستلزمات الاستحمام التي تضمن لكم الشعور بالانتعاش لدى وصولكم إلى وجهتكم النهائية. كما ستنعمون بتشكيلة من أشهى وجبات الطعام التي تضاهي وجبات أرقى المطاعم العالمية، كما يمكن توفير مجموعة واسعة من الأطباق المحلية عند الطلب. علما بأنه يمكننا أيضاً تصميم قائمة وجبات خاصة بكم تتماشى مع مذاقكم الخاص.

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