New UAE-based travel site launched

Al Futtaim Travel has moved its travel services online, with the launch of, which will allow users to book and pay for flights, hotels and car hire.

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By  Robin Duff Published  September 16, 2000

Al Futtaim Travel (AFT) has launched an online version of its travel services, which will allow UAE-based travellers to book and pay for flights, car hire and hotels.

AFT used Galileo Emirates’ solution, which allows for a fully customised search to be carried out through a choice of over 500 airlines, 45 car rental companies and 30,000 hotels worldwide, to run the site on.

“It will complement our existing business: there will be a lot of people wanting a direct contact with the travel agent for travel plans,” said Marie Benedetti, manager of AFT. “Ticket rates will become very competitive with more online ventures, and margins on these will be on the thinner side. The intention is to work out special packages with airlines and then pass on the benefits to the client. The AFT site offerings are not restricted to just the airlines that we represent.”

Payment does not have to be made by credit card: AFT has provided its bank details for bank transfers or deposits, or cash payment can be made at Al Futtaim travel agents.

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