marhaba adds Tel Aviv meet & assist services to global offering through partnership with Laufer Aviation-GHI

Dubai, UAE, 4 January 2021 – marhaba, one of the world's leading airport hospitality brands, has partnered with Israel-based Laufer Aviation-GHI to offer customers a safe, seamless and worry-free travel experience at another international hub, Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv.

The partnership will see the two companies promote and sell each other's quality services, enabling their customers to conveniently book and enjoy world-class airport hospitality and maximum safety across an extended network of global hubs, including Tel Aviv and Dubai. flydubai, EL AL Israel Airlines and Arkia Israeli Airlines already commenced flights between the two cities, while Etihad Airways announced plans to launch services in March.

Laufer Aviation's renowned meet & assist services in Tel Aviv can already be booked on marhabaservices.com along with marhaba's entire global offering. Likewise, Laufer Aviation has started selling a range of marhaba's Meet & Greet and Lounge Services to customers.

Both marhaba and Laufer Aviation have implemented a number of measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Each meet & greet agent has been thoroughly trained on health and safety protocols, and wears a mask and abides by social distancing guidelines while assisting passengers at the airports. marhaba's lounges offer touchless payment options and frequently undergo increased cleaning and sanitisation with specific focus on high-touch surfaces. Senior travellers and their family member can enjoy the services in designated zones.

Shahab Al Awadhi, Head of marhaba Global, said: "We are thrilled to partner with Laufer Aviation to offer our customers easy access to reliable and safe airport hospitality services in Tel Aviv, while promoting our extensive global offering to Israeli travellers. We expect both companies' quality services to become increasingly popular as airlines commence direct flights between our Dubai base and Tel Aviv. We stay focused on delivering world-class safety and service excellence for all customers at every stage of their journey."

Elad Levy, Acting CEO Laufer Aviation GHI LTD, said: "We are excited to start this partnership with marhaba and to offer our customers a real value in airport hospitality services in Dubai and all over the world. We are sure that both companies will provide unique services and will grow together as the route between Dubai and Tel Aviv will become more popular now that the peace agreement between the countries has been signed. We are happy to be part of this historic moment and to provide all of our customers our top-quality service both in Tel Aviv and in Dubai."

marhaba, which means 'welcome' in Arabic, was launched in the UAE to help passengers arriving in or departing from Dubai International Airport. The popularity of meet & greet services has grown exponentially in line with Dubai's growth as a major international travel hub, and marhaba has continually expanded its product offering with a growing list of services and extra options designed to make the passenger airport experience as comfortable as possible.

marhaba started to expand its global footprint in 2017 by opening new airport lounges in Karachi (Pakistan) and Melbourne (Australia). Since then, it has opened two additional facilities in Singapore and Manila (The Philippines) and substantially increased the capacity of its airport lounges in Dubai. marhaba now operates airport lounges in six countries providing service excellence to passengers with a team of over 800 customer-oriented employees.

The marhaba brand is part of dnata, one of the world's largest air services providers. A trusted partner of over 300 airline customers, dnata offers ground handling, cargo and catering services at 126 airports in 19 countries.