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Ayman Al Qudwa: BNI Member of the Year 2021

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Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa, Manager of Falcon Travel, and a proud Member of BNI, hailed as Member of the Year 2021.

Ayman Al Qudwa: Enriching the Operations of Travel Agency

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Ayman Al Qudwa, General Manager of Falcon Travel for Travel and Tourism, said, “The travel sector is expected to witness unprecedented growth during the last quarter of this year, as it will grow by 50% compared to the same period last year 2020, indicating that the activity of the travel industry is positively reflected on the operational business.” To travel and tourism offices, stressing that Qatar Airways plays a major and active role in supporting the recovery of the tourism and travel sector by launching a number of new destinations and destinations, in addition to resuming flights to many stations in its operational network, praising in this context the great efforts it plays Qatar Airways supports the local and international travel sector by providing this industry with new and modern services, innovation and creativity in providing them.
Ayman Al Qudwa said, “The last quarter of this year will witness a significant growth in the travel sector, especially with its recovery thanks to the tireless efforts of Qatar Airways, which was able to fly to many international destinations to transport millions of travelers and return them to their countries in safety and security during the Corona Covid-19 pandemic, indicating In this context, Qatar Airways is the undisputed leader in the recovery of the global travel sector, indicating that travel and tourism offices are working to provide all equipment and devices with advanced technology to provide five-star services to its customers and provide them with the highest standards of comfort and luxury during their presence in the offices to conduct Reservation.

Ayman Al Qudwa: Giving advice and guidance on preventive measures

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Al Sharq Newspaper (FRI: 11-06-2021)

Ayman Al Qudwa, General Manager of Falcon Travel for Travel and Tourism, said, “There is no doubt that the travel and tourism sector has differed greatly after the Corona pandemic, as this vital industry required a number of requirements and procedures that the traveler must follow and abide by, indicating that travel and tourism offices are currently responsible for providing a service. Travel advice to familiarize travelers to various destinations and destinations with the requirements to be followed so that they do not face any trouble at the airport of the destination they are traveling to, indicating that one of the first instructions that the traveler must achieve is the Corona “PCR” examination, taking into account the time allowed for this examination and knowing if it is The entity has a quarantine or not, while stressing the importance of obtaining two doses of the vaccine, which has become one of the basic conditions for travel.

Ayman Al Qudwa said, “Travel has become, after Corona, not only a seat on a plane or a hotel room, but rather requirements that must be met, as international airlines do not allow boarding if the traveler does not meet these preventive conditions.” Travel offices provide an advisory service to the traveler and advise them It instructs them on the measures and procedures that must be taken before traveling to prevent you from facing any problem at airports.”

Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa Interview in Al Raya Newspaper (31-05-2021)

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Ayman Al Qudwa: We expect travel to recover during the summer (Al Raya Newspaper 31-05-2021)

Ayman Al Qudwa, General Manager of Falcon Travel, expected that most of the important tourist destinations around the world, especially in Europe and East Asia, will be ready to receive visitors during the summer season, noting that some countries have announced easing restrictions and canceling hotel quarantine for vaccine recipients.
He pointed out that next July will be a turning point in the travel movement, as the proportion of people who receive Corona vaccines will increase all over the world, and countries will work to return their activities to receive tourists, especially in light of the severe economic damage that has befallen these countries as a result of the suspension of tourism.
Al Qudwa praised the efforts of Qatar Airways during the Coronavirus crisis, as the carrier became the first global airline to use the second and latest version of the Honeywell Cabin System to sterilize the cabin with ultraviolet rays, which is positively reflected in the strengthening of sterilization and cleaning procedures on board the airline’s aircraft.
He explained that Qatar Airways has become the first international airline to obtain a 5-star rating in “Auditing the Safety Measures of Covid-19 at the Airline Level” from Skytrax. This comes on the heels of the success of Hamad International Airport as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a 5-star rating for “auditing safety measures for COVID-19 at the airport level.

Al Raya Newspaper, 31-05-2021

Testimonial About Falcon Travel from BNI Royals

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Falcon Travel received a very generous testimonial from none other than Mr. Habeeb K. of BNI Royals:

Testimonial About Falcon Travel from Mr. Habeeb K. of BNI Royals

I hereby thank and appreciate Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa, Manager, Falcon Travels and his exemplary team. This is a testimonial for the great service they are providing.

The expertise and generous support of his team was incredible, and they made the travel arrangements of my family members very easy and seamless amid all the current difficulties and travel restrictions to India.

His team offered assistance in arranging all the legal requirements, filling all the applications and getting all the required approvals. Also, they offered the best discounts, not only for the tickets, but for the PCR tests as well through their partner clinics.

In short, they made the travel very easy and seamless.

Thanks, dear Mr. Ayman and team You guys made it happen. Big salutes!

Habeeb K., BNI Royals
Doha, Qatar

Falcon Travel on the Success Story Podcast

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Falcon Travel was featured on the first episode of the Success Story Podcast

On the 2nd of June 2021, the Success Story Podcast released its first episode where the Manager of Falcon Travel, Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa, was featured as a guest.

Check out the video of the full interview with Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa and podcast host Mr. Tomas Uhliarik.

BNI Al Maha Grand Launch

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Falcon Travel Manager, Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa, will be Chapter Launch Director of BNI Al Maha on 6th April 2021.

Mr. Ayman Al Qudwa Interview in Dar Al Sharq Newspaper (March 28, 2021)

Ayman Al Qudwa Interview In Al Sharq 03-28-2021

Finland Has So Much To Offer!

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Finland has so much to offer! Fall in love with Finnish winter.
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Top 10 dive sites in Malta, Gozo and Comino

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Explore the beautiful sea and marine life around the Maltese Islands

Diving around the Maltese Islands is a real joy and there several caves, wrecks, walls and reefs to explore. Don’t forget to visit these top 10 dive sites during your holiday in Malta and experience the Mediterranean marine life. Swim with large groupers, dentex and as barracudas at Reqqa Reef in Gozo or explore the fascinating cave systems at Santa Maria caves in Comino, the choices are endless!

1. Santa Maria Caves

The Santa Maria Caves in Comino provide interesting dives for all levels of diving expertise

The Santa Maria Caves are located on the north side of Comino and this is a very popular dive site due to its fascinating cave systems.

Divers come here year after year and thus, arriving early to avoid the crowds is recommended. There are 10 caves known to divers as Santa Maria Caves and they each have their own particular beauty. Some of them offer great swim troughs, some with large underwater tunnels while others have fascinating views into the blue through their entrance.

The caves are quite shallow and some of the caves are even half above water, also ideal for snorkelers. The shallow Santa Maria Caves are rich in marine life and you can spot Nudibranch, octopus, crabs, spiny lobster, eels, mullets, shrimp, damselfish and morays.

Another attraction is the Banded Sea Bream that will swarm you when you feed them with bread. The pretty Santa Maria Caves are suitable for all levels of divers and offers plenty of things to explore and for the underwater photographer the possibilities are never-ending.

2. Reqqa Reef

Reqqa Point is a popular reef diving site in Ghasri, Gozo, giving you an opportunity to explore the underwater world and discover the marine life

The Reqqa Point or Reqqa Reef dive in Ghasri, Gozo is a nice dive due to its beautiful view into the clear blue Mediterranean Sea and diversity of marine life of the north coast.

Diving at Reqqa Point or Reqqa Reef you will see large groupers, dentex, rays as well as barracudas and if you look by the boulders you can also find lobsters and morays. Getting to the dive site might be slightly hard as the site is not easy to find and you have to walk a bit fully geared. It is recommended to dive at Reqqa Point with someone who has been there before and diving is not recommended during strong winds.

In the Reqqa Point dive you descend along a large wall that runs down to over 60 meters covered in sponges with a lot of small fish present. You can choose to stop on the sandy reef bottom before the drop at about 25m.

There are several smaller overhangs, caves to explore and at 18m you will find a spectacular chimney. When visiting Reqqa Point or Reqqa Reef take the opportunity to visit the salt pans nearby.

3. P29

The P29 dive in Cirkewwa is an interesting dive that combines the exploration of a wreck with the discovery of beautiful marine life

The P29 wreck dive is done around the 62m long, 16m high and 7m wide ex German Kondo class minesweeper that was deliberately sunk in 2007.

The P29 is situated 150 m from the coast off Cirkewwa Point and is easily accessible from the shore and marked by a buoy. The P29 dive site is very popular with both locals and tourists visiting Malta and can be explored by experienced divers.

If you are looking for rich marine life, the Rozi wreck is a better choice, however there is plenty of fauna and fish on the wreck and on the way to the P29 dive site. You will reach the P29 wreck at 30 meters and the seabed is at 38 meters.

You will find some amazing swim troughs, however the smaller and tighter areas are not recommended unless you are experienced in wreck penetration. The deck house has several openings, a lot of light and hardly any mud. The P29 dive is a fun and interesting dive that can be combined with several other dives such as The Arch.

4. The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole in Dwejra, Gozo is one of the most popular dive sites in the Maltese Islands.

The Blue Hole dive site in Dwejra overlooks the beautiful Azure Window and starts in a fantastic 10m wide inland sea pool which leads into a large crevice and through to the open sea. Once you start your dive you will see a natural rock arch with clear blue waters that is your doorway leading to the open sea.

After passing the Arch you will swim through the tunnel with very nice rock formations, you will discover fantastic marine life such as parrot fish, Schools of Bream, Moray Eel, Lobster, Octopus and much more.

Heading towards the reef wall you have to swim through a large vertical crack in the reef (The Chimney) starting at 18m and then go up to the coral garden located at 4m. If you do not wish to swim out to the open sea you can turn back and visit the cave at the far end of the Blue Hole.

The Blue Hole is a good dive for all level of divers as there are several depths and routes to choose from. The Blue Hole dive can be followed with the Inland Sea dive.

5. Ghar Lapsi

The Ghar Lapsi dive offers a great cave dive which is ideal also for beginners

The quiet and shallow waters of Ghar Lapsi offer a perfect dive for beginners and new divers who can descend on the reef to about 15 meters.

Divers with more experience can discover the natural beauty of the Ghar Lapsi Cave with azure blue and green waters and with beautiful underwater photography opportunities as the sun reflects through the entrance.

The Ghar Lapsi Cave has several entrances and exits and inside, the cave is wide and flat with plenty of marine life. Since large areas of Ghar Lapsi Cave are covered in sea grass, you have good chances of spotting nudibranches and sea hares.

The Ghar Lapsi dive is easily accessible by either a ladder or by a large slipway leading down to the sea. Diving at Ghar Lapsi can also be combined with swimming at this popular beach and diving at Um El Faroud.

6. The Inland Sea and Tunnel

The Inland Sea dive is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Malta and Gozo, offering beautiful lighting effects and plenty of marine life

The Inland Sea is a very popular and spectacular dive that can be can be done on the same day with the Blue Hole dive located close by.

The dive at the Inland Sea and Tunnel starts in a 60m wide scenic inlet surrounded by high cliffs. The unique tunnel connected to the inland sea is 80m long, however be careful when diving in the tunnel as boats pass through it as well.

At the end of the tunnel you will see some stunning lighting effects created by the sunlight hitting the water. Light inside the tunnel is usually not a problem; however some divers prefer to bring a torch along to explore the tunnel walls. Once you exit the tunnel, the seabed drops to beyond 30m and you can choose to dive on the right or left side of the tunnel.

Whichever you choose you will have fantastic wall dives and see plenty of marine life such as John Dory, Octopus, Cardinal Fish, Barracuda, Parrot Fish, Spotted Doris. Even though the reefs and the walls are beautiful, the Inland Sea and the tunnel are very unique and is a must dive if you visit Malta and Gozo.

7. Billinghurst Cave

The Billinghurst Cave dive in Gozo is an interesting dive that allows you explore the marine life and enjoy beautiful play of lights

The Billinghurst Cave dive is situated in Gozo and is one of the longest cave dives in Gozo near Reqqa Point.

The Billinghurst Cave is about 50m long with the entrance only 3m under the surface with a maximum depth of 30m. At the entrance of the Billinghurst Cave the sunlight hits the water and creates fantastic lights perfect for silhouette photographs.

However, bring a torch with you as there is very little natural light penetration to be able to see all the colourful fish, red sponges and lace coral covering the sides of the tunnel.

The marine life is not as rich in the Billinghurst Cave as it is elsewhere. If you swim to the end of cave you will enter another cave called Railway Tunnel and at the end of this cave it is possible to surface. Diving in this site is only possible with a dive centre.

8. The Madonna Statue – Cirkewwa

The Madonna Statue is a very popular dive site situated in the northern part of Malta.

The Madonna Statue is the ideal diving site to explore during your holiday in Malta as it is suitable for both open water divers and more experienced ones. One of the main attractions of this dive is the Madonna statue which was placed in the sea over 25 years ago by a local dive club at the entrance of a small swim-through at 18m.

The dive starts from the shore with an easy access through a 1m deep pool and offers diving around shallow plateaus of maximum 10m. More experienced divers can dive off the plateau until around 30m.

The wall has several tunnels as well as two amazing swim-troughs. This dive site is also popular for fantastic night dives. Be prepared to see interesting marine life such as amberjacks, barracuda, and scorpion fish and if you’re lucky, you might even see trigger fish.

9. Qawra Reef

The Qawra reef is an interesting reef on the Northern part of Malta, ideal for both beginners and intermediate level divers

The Qawra Reef is one of the most beautiful reefs in the touristic resort of Qawra in Malta and is a perfect dive for beginners and intermediate divers. Access to the Qawra Reef is easily done from the shore and offers a drop off until 40 m with a nice wall as well as several big caves on the right side of it.

The caves are going inside and under the reef and are safe to enter as they have wide entrances and do go deep. If you like marine life this is the place for you as you will find Spiny or Slipper Lobsters, hermit crabs, nudibranchs and spider crabs.

If you follow the drop off to the deeper parts there are large boulders, which are home to barracudas, dentex, tuna and amberjack hunting for smaller fish and it is here that you can spot the rare Axinella verrucosa (Mediterranean ‘finger’ sponge).

The Qawra Reef dive site has several shallow parts where the reef top comes to around 15 m for the beginners to explore with parrot fish, different types of groupers and cardinal fish to watch. This dive is not well known, so you might be the only one exploring the Qawra Reef.

10. The Rozi Tugboat Dive

The Rozi tugboat in Cirkewwa is an interesting dive giving you the opportunity to explore the underwater marine life

The Rozi is a 40 m tugboat that was purposefully sunk in 1991 in Cirkewwa and is one of the most popular dive sites in Malta today.

The dive starts from the shore with a swim over one of the most beautiful reefs in Malta towards the wreck which is only 150 m away from the shore and very easy to find as it is marked by a large yellow buoy. The Rozi wreck is still intact in an upright position at about 34 m, except for the engine and the propellers that have been removed.

Thanks to this, the engine room and the wheel house are now empty and can be safely entered; while exploring the rest of the wreck is also possible. Behind the wheelhouse you can dive into several doorways and explore different rooms.

The beautiful clear blue waters around the Rozi are filled with a lot of fish including rainbow wrasse, cardinal fish, lots of Sea breams and scorpion fish. The Rozi dive in Malta is a spectacular dive that can be combined with the Madonna Statue dive. If you have time, explore the reef on your way back as it offers a few swim troughs in the rock and has a very rich marine life.

Top 10 Value Destinations in 2020

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Got itchy feet but don’t want to break the bank? Here are 10 destinations where you’ll find you’ll be able to make your money go further.

1. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

This often overlooked region of Indonesia rewards those who hit Bali and keep going – and going. These islands are home to pristine beaches that are quieter than those further west, and one of Indonesia’s best diving scenes can be found on the Alor Archipelago.

2. Budapeset, Hungary

Of all the grand dames of Central Europe, Budapest is one of the most rewarding on your pocket, while serving up highlights memorable enough to rank high on continental explorers’ lists of big hitters.

3. Madya Pradesh, India

There’s wildlife spotting with a difference in this state of India. The first difference is the price – wildlife-spotting excursions come with a far lower cost than in Africa.

4. Buffalo, NY, USA

Buffalo’s resurgence continues. Plan a visit now to take advantage of expanding budget air routes and a fast growing hotel and restaurant scene.

5. Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a near-unique destination with a low visiting cost for the quality of accommodation, food and experiences on offer.

6. Serbia

What’s this? An authentic, characterful European country, rewarding slow exploration and barely discovered by travellers? Serbia can’t even be said to have been hiding away – it’s capital, Belgrade, has for centuries been one of the continent’s great crossroads.

7. Tunisia

Tunisia is a wonderful place to first dip your toes into North Africa at a reasonable cost. While Morocco offers a similar instant immersion, Tunisia’s efforts to win back visitors means that it offers terrific value and also shines a light on what makes the country unique.

8. Cape Winelands, South Africa

South Africa is a regular fixture in lists of places that offer a friendly exchange rate for those looking for world-class safaris and other wildlife spotting, but there’s so much more to the country than Kruger and other reserves.

9. Athens, Greece

The best things in Athens are free. Yes, the simply wondrous Acropolis Museum charges a modest fee, but you can gawp at the Parthenon itself from various vantage points for nothing. In fact, admiring the glowing Acropolis at night is one of the most magical experiences in Europe, let alone Greece.

10. Zanziber, Tanzania

Such is the evocative nature of the word ‘Zanzibar’ that there’s anticipation of adventure before you’ve even landed. And if arriving on the ferry from mainland Tanzania, you’ll get an unusual internal passport stamp: bonus! Two passport stamps for the price of one.