Bombardier Positions Challenger 3500 Business Jet Mockup in Olbia, Italy, For Customer Viewings Throughout the Summer

The Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft mockup
Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft mockup

Bombardier Positions Challenger 3500 Business Jet Mockup in Olbia, Italy, For Customer Viewings Throughout the Summer

  • The Bombardier Challenger 3500 business jet mockup is presented at the Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, Italy, after stops in Paris and Nice
  • Full-size mockup is on display throughout the summer at the Sardinia FBO, showcasing to clients the Challenger 3500 award-winning cabin and exclusive Nuage seat
  • Exceptional comfort, remarkable performance, and trusted reliability make the Challenger 3500 stand out as a leading choice in business aviation

OLBIA, Italy, July 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is excited to announce the presence of the Challenger 3500 aircraft mockup at the private terminal of the Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, Italy. Throughout the summer, business aviation clients will have a firsthand opportunity to experience the award-winning cabin and see the revolutionary seating of the super midsize jet. The journey of the full-size aircraft mockup included stops in Paris and Nice, France, and provides a convenient setting for European clients to discover the innovative and sophisticated features that make the Bombardier Challenger 3500 the leader in its class.

“The presence of the Bombardier Challenger 3500 mockup in a frequented travel destination such as Olbia is a testament to our commitment to providing a stress-free and easy access to product viewing,” said Emmanuel Bornand, Vice President, International Sales, Bombardier. “This is one of the many ways we make the business aviation experience unique. Every step of the way, we consistently tailor our services and support to meet our clients at their altitude, and that only comes from a genuine understanding of who they are and what they need. We are thankful to have this opportunity to showcase the amazing comfort, luxury and seamless technological features of the best-selling Challenger 3500 in the beautiful Sardinian FBO.”

The Challenger 3500 business jet, ‘’Best of the Best’’ laureate of the prestigious Red Dot Awards for Product Design, boasts the widest cabin in its class, providing passengers with an unparalleled sense of space and comfort. The custom-made cabin is a pinnacle of innovation and luxury, featuring the industry’s first integrated voice-controlled technology in its segment, 4K monitors, and Bombardier’s revolutionary Nuage seats that offer peerless comfort and support by mimicking the natural movements of the human body.

Designed with wellness in mind, the state-of-the-art aircraft has also the lowest cabin altitude in its class, standing at 4,850 feet, which significantly reduces passenger fatigue and enhances overall well-being. Advanced sound insulation contributes to a serene travel environment, allowing passengers to work, rest, or converse in peace.

The Challenger 3500 has an impressive range, capable of flying 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 kilometers), which allows the aircraft to fly out of Olbia to anywhere non-stop in Europe and in most sought-after cities of Africa and the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Lagos, Nairobi and Brazzaville. This remarkable range is complemented by the super midsize jet’s ability to operate in challenging airports around the world, thanks to its takeoff distance of 4,835 feet (1,474 meters) and a landing distance of 2,308 feet (703 meters).

The pilot-centric avionics suite of the Challenger 3500 ensures a seamless flight experience, and the overall aircraft performance capabilities can be trusted to offer a striking dispatch reliability rate of over 99.8%. With the lowest direct operating costs in its class, the Challenger 3500 represents reliability and value.

Guests of the Costa Smeralda Airport are welcome to visit the Bombardier Challenger 3500 mockup anytime without appointment throughout the months of July and August. Clients interested in discovering the super midsize jet can also book a private viewing by contacting the Bombardier Sales team.

About Bombardier

At Bombardier (BBD-B.TO), we design, build, modify and maintain the world’s best-performing aircraft for the world’s most discerning people and businesses, governments and militaries. That means not simply exceeding standards, but understanding customers well enough to anticipate their unspoken needs.

For them, we are committed to pioneering the future of aviation—innovating to make flying more reliable, efficient and sustainable. And we are passionate about delivering unrivaled craftsmanship and care, giving our customers greater confidence and the elevated experience they deserve and expect. Because people who shape the world will always need the most productive and responsible ways to move through it.

Bombardier customers operate a fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft, supported by a vast network of Bombardier team members worldwide and 10 service facilities across six countries. Bombardier’s performance-leading jets are proudly manufactured in aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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FM, UNRWA commissioner-general start session of talks

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigration Badr Abdelatty and Commissioner-General of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini started a session of talks.

Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigration Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid said that the talks addressed ways to support the agency’s work and humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza, as well as the challenges of the humanitarian situation within Gaza Strip.

Abdelatty and Lazzarini are scheduled to hold a joint press conference following the discussions.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Texas, killing one, leaving 2m without power

WASHINGTON: urricane Beryl has produced over 10 inches of rain across southeast Texas, The Guardian reported. Forecasters have warned that the hurricane will bring heavy amounts of rain, flash flooding, and high winds as it travels up the Lone Star state.

‘Beryl continues moving north. Heavy rains have caused flash flooding in/around the Houston area. Rain continuing to fall will aggravate ongoing issues. Strong/gusty winds persist,’ the National Weather Service Houston reported.

The weather forecaster also warned that isolated tornadoes remain a possibility.

Roadways in Houston are closed amid extreme flooding caused by Hurricane Beryl, as drivers are warned to avoid travel if possible.

More than 2 million people are affected by power outages as Hurricane Beryl travels across Texas.

Customers in the southeast part of Texas are without power, according to, which tracks outage in the US.

The latest power outage statistics come as swaths of the state are still affected by flooding and high

1,775 flights were cancelled at US airports as Hurricane Beryl made landfall early on Monday, creating hectic travel conditions as summer vacations continue.

The George Bush Intercontinental airport in Houston had the greatest number of cancelled flights according to, with 500 outbound cancellations, 452 inbound cancellations, and 19 flight delays as of Monday.

A man in Texas is dead after a tree toppled by Hurricane Beryl fell on the man’s home, trapping him inside.

In a post to X, Harris county sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that a 53-year-old man was killed while taking shelter from the hurricane at home with his family. An oak tree reportedly fell on the home’s roof and knocked over rafters, which fell on the man.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi launches Emirati Family Growth Support Programme

ABU DHABI: The Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi (DCD), the regulatory body of the social sector in the emirate, has launched its programme to support the growth of the Emirati family, which was approved by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, headed by H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

The programme includes six initiatives to support UAE Nationals to marry and raise children, build and grow families, and contribute to family and societal cohesion. The Emirati Family Growth Support Programme aligns with Abu Dhabi’s strategy for enhancing family quality of life, with goals extending to 2028. The initiative focuses on the growth and stability of Emirati families, recognising them as the primary drivers of development and prosperity in the country.

DCD supervises the Emirati Family Growth Support Programme, with initiatives implemented by several partners, including the Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority, th
e Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, and the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority. The programme includes multiple initiatives designed to encourage citizens to marry, have children, build stable families, support family growth, and enhance the role of parents in raising and nurturing their children. Through these efforts, DCD aims to strengthen family cohesion and create a most prosperous society.

The programme includes the facilitated Marriage Loan Initiative, the Maternity Leave Support for Women Working in Private Sector initiative, and the Home Visit Service Initiative to support new mothers. It also includes Rental Assistance for Newlyweds to provide temporary housing for newly married couples, the Extending Housing Loan Repayment Period initiative to exempt a percentage of the housing loan amount for each additional child born in the family, starting from the fourth child to the sixth, within specific criteria and conditions, as well as the Loan Partial Deduction initiative, if the beneficiary has four or mo
re children.

Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development, said: ‘Our wise leadership is dedicated to providing decent standards of living for all individuals, Emirati families in particular, and spares no effort to enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents. This reflects our leadership’s belief in the importance of human beings as the country’s true wealth and the foundation for comprehensive and sustainable development.’

Dr. Al Khaili added: ‘The Emirati Family Growth Support Programme, which was approved by H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, comes within the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Family Wellbeing Strategy launched by the Department of Community Development. This constitutes a significant leap forward in DCD’s efforts, alongside its partners, reflecting efforts to work as a single, unified team that ensures a decent life for all.’

He continued: ‘Abu Dhabi has always b
een a city that supports children, empowers young people, and is family friendly. From this standpoint, we affirm our commitment to supporting young people and those about to get married by providing a supportive system based on a belief in the importance of family in building society, enabling them to establish stable families. We are dedicated to supporting parents and helping them overcome the challenges they face in raising their children, as the family is the fundamental building block for creating a responsible society that continues the path of progress and preserves our national achievements.’

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, said: ‘The Abu Dhabi Housing Authority works within an integrated system alongside the community sector entities affiliated with the Department of Community Development to implement the growth programme for Emirati Family, by providing a set of housing initiatives that will contribute to the programme’s objectives. This c
omes in line with the Authority’s continuous commitment to work in line with the directives of the leadership and in accordance with their aspirations aimed at achieving societal well-being and the Emirati family’s stability as they are integral aspects to the ongoing comprehensive development process witnessed in the emirate’.

Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri, Undersecretary of the Department of Community Development, explained that the launch of the Emirati Family Growth Support Programme reflects DCD’s role in bolstering the progress of the Emirati family, increasing the population, and enhancing its stability in order to realise our leadership’s vision of a sustainable future for whole country. Therefore, the programme is part of DCD’s commitment to supporting the sustainability of Emirati society through family formation, growth and stability.

Al Dhaheri added: ‘The family is the nucleus of society and the basic building block for its stability and sustainability, and our children are the pride, foundation, and th
e true wealth of the nation. Therefore, we encourage newly married young Emiratis and families to grow their numbers, because they play a vital role in achieving social stability and preserving national identity.’

He stressed that strengthening the role of the family in society requires integrated efforts from all stakeholders. Thus, supportive initiatives will be provided within the framework of the programme, keeping in mind specific standards and conditions. This will have a positive impact in enhancing cooperation and solidarity between members of the Emirati community, who strive to achieve the UAE’s vision of building a strong and cohesive society.

Abdulla Al Ameri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority (SSA), said: ‘The UAE’s wise leadership is committed to supporting the growth of the Emirati family, recognising its vital role in the development of the nation. The Abu Dhabi government is actively developing initiatives and programmes to ensure a high standard of life and well-being
for all citizens. As the entity responsible for regulating the social sector, the Department of Community Development is successfully establishing a comprehensive framework that enhances the quality of life for families, youth, and parents. These efforts emphasise the role of the family, recognising that strong and stable families are the foundation of our society and essential for sustainable development in Abu Dhabi emirate.’

‘At SSA, we are proud to be involved in programmes which foster the development of Emirati families, support newly married couples, and extend maternity. These initiatives contribute to achieving the highest levels of social stability by supporting growth and strengthening family and community bonds amongst Emirati families. By helping newly married citizens to achieve a secure foundation, our aim is to encourage young people to build resilient families. We also recognise the vital role of motherhood within the family structure, and the importance of ensuring a harmonious balance betw
een family and professional responsibilities. Such efforts not only enhance family cohesion and stability, but also contribute to the overall prosperity of society in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.’

Hamad Hareb Al Muhairi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, said: ‘Through the rental assistance initiative, we seek to provide financial support to married citizens in a way that contributes to enhancing their stability at the beginning of their family life, in addition to encouraging the Emirati youth to marry and start their families by facilitating requirements related to housing needs as they are among the key factors that contribute to enabling individuals to start a family life. The other two initiatives which are to deduct an amount of money from the housing loan and the initiative to extend the repayment period for housing loans aim to reduce the financial burdens on citizens and encourage them to have children in a way that contributes to enhancing the growth of the Emirati family. He also state
d that these services will be available next September.

Programme initiatives:

The Emirati Family Growth Support Programme provides support to citizens through various programmes, including the Marriage Loan Initiative that will be implemented by the Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority. It aims to promote a culture of simple marriages by providing a financial advance without interest or fees to citizen employees working in the public and private sectors who are about to get married.

The Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority will also implement the Maternity Leave Support for Women Working in Private Sector initiative, to extend the maternity leave of citizen mothers working in the private sector to 90 days to ensure sufficient time to rest and care for the newborn.

The Home Visit Service Initiative will also be implemented by the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, which will provide assistance during the first weeks of motherhood, with the aim of supporting parents’ well-being and monitoring the child’s gro
wth and development.

The fourth initiative that will be implemented by the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority is the Rental Assistance for Newlyweds, providing annual rental assistance to newly married couples through specified financial support that will last for four years. The support will gradually decline, with specific incentives linked to the birth of children.

The fifth initiative is the Loan Partial Deduction, which is an exemption of a percentage of the loan amount, specifically linked to the birth of a fourth, fifth, and sixth child in the family.

The Abu Dhabi Housing Authority will also implement the initiative titled Extending Housing Loan Repayment Period, for housing loans for a period of three years linked to the birth of the fourth, fifth, and sixth child.

To support parents in raising their children and enable them to begin a stable family journey, the programme aims to develop work-life balance systems and policies in cooperation with various partners. One of the key initiatives is designed t
o support working mothers and fathers with caregiving responsibilities, providing them with the flexibility needed to balance their daily lives and responsibilities. Additionally, the programme includes early childhood support initiatives that offers care services in government nurseries and creates more opportunities for children to enroll in these facilities.

The Emirati Family Growth Support Programme will be implemented over a period of 5 years, during which the positive impact of the initiatives will be assessed to ensure their contribution to building a more stable and prosperous community.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE participates in 3rd G20 Sherpas Meeting

RIO DE JANEIRO: The United Arab Emirates participated in the 3rd Sherpas meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) held in Rio de Janeiro.

Saleh Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Brazil and G20 Sous-Sherpa, led the UAE delegation to the meeting.

The meeting highlighted developments within the G20 Finance Track, as well the progress made in the taskforce for establishing a global alliance to combat hunger and poverty, in addition to a taskforce to combat climate change.

The meeting also discussed the role of the G20 in mitigating geopolitical tensions witnessed by the international community. Moreover, Al Suwaidi underscored the UAE’s commitment to collaborations and international partnerships to achieve lasting peace.

The UAE’s participation in the G20 reflects the country’s steadfast commitment to multilateral cooperation and international priorities across all sectors. In this regard, the UAE is dedicated to supporting the global agenda while forging partnerships that will benefit the international community and fut
ure generations.

The UAE places a strong emphasis on active participation in international fora and organisations, engaging in constructive dialogue that is enhanced through active platforms representing emerging and developing economies on the global level.

The UAE participated in the meeting following its receipt of an invitation from the Brazilian Presidency of G20. This is the UAE’s third consecutive year to participate in the meeting.

The UAE has demonstrated significant and effective contributions aligned with the priorities of the G20 during its participation as a guest country in France in 2011, Saudi Arabia in 2020, Indonesia in 2022 and in India in 2023.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed chairs Abu Dhabi Executive Council meeting, approves Emirati Family Growth Programme

ABU DHABI: H.H Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has chaired the council’s meeting and approved the Emirati Family Growth Programme, part of the Abu Dhabi Family Wellbeing Strategy managed by the Department of Community Development.

The programme aims to enhance the growth and stability of the Emirati family as the main driver of economic and social development in the emirate, through implementation of a series of initiatives that contribute to fostering the social ecosystem, empowering youth to build stable families, and providing a framework to encourage UAE National youth to get married and have children, thereby enhancing family stability and reinforcing community cohesion and integration.

H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reaffirmed, during the meeting, that the Emirati family is a cornerstone of economic and social development, highlighting that this programme reflects the leadership’s commitment t
o the Emirati family’s wellbeing and its dedication to establishing a nurturing environment that promotes both community cohesion and family and stability.

Abu Dhabi Executive Council, during the meeting, also reviewed key developments in government projects, initiatives and programmes, as well as services designed to meet the needs of UAE Nationals and residents and enhance their quality of life through further streamlining of efficiencies in cooperation with the private sector.

H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan re-emphasised the significance of partnerships between the public and private sectors in achieving the goals of comprehensive and sustainable development, highlighting that the emirate’s business ecosystem aims to further advance the business environment and attract investments through adoption of a legislative framework that enables global companies to expand their operations locally, regionally and internationally.

Source: Emirates News Agency