IHG announces signing of two new hotels in Business Bay

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Aug 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of two new properties in Dubai – Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay. Both properties are in partnership with API Hotels & Resorts. “In the Middle East, we are currently engaged in the strategic expansion of the Crowne Plaza brand, as […]

Opinion: Why hotels should invest in customised apps

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Aug 2017

Roger El Khoury, managing partner Neorcha, on why customised apps make investment sense. In an increasingly competitive environment, where pressure on profitability continues to grow, leading hoteliers are dedicated to identifying ways to enhance guest experience to achieve greater operational success. It comes as no surprise that mobile technology solutions, such as customised apps, are […]

St. Regis is charged for green project

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Aug 2017

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has installed four Tesla charging connectors. The charging connectors will be free to use for everyone, including non-guests, as part of a green initiative by the hotel. “We are delighted to launch this charging station, which will enable us to serve the growing number of motorists who […]

AED233 million MEP work to start at Fairmont Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Aug 2017

Drake & Scull International has announced it will proceed with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the Fairmont Abu Dhabi Hotel and Serviced Apartments as part of a AED 233 million contract.  The entire project consists of the 39-storey tower comprising of 563 rooms in the five-star hotel and 249 serviced apartments. Mohammad […]

Middle East hotel room pipeline grows by 6.6%

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

There are 166,166 rooms in 590 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East according to data supplied by STR. The latest STR report reveals that the number of rooms under contract in the Middle East has increased by 6.6%  compared with July 2016. The Middle East reported 95,089 rooms in 301 projects in the […]

On The Spot: Abdelfattah Mohammed

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

Abdelfattah Mohammed, outlet manager, Oasis Café – Danat Al Ain Resort reveals all to Hotel News Middle East… What’s the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is getting the chance to entertain guests of different cultures. Talking to them and making sure they are comfortable and from these conversations, I […]

In Profile: Dubai Furniture Manufacturing Company

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

Hotel News Middle East puts the spotlight on DFMC, one of the region’s leading suppliers. We spoke to marketing manager Sudarshan Rai about what sets the company apart… When was your company established? DFMC, part of AAA Al Moosa Enterprises, was established in 1993 for manufacturing and marketing the King Koil brand of luxury bedding […]

Homenidis returns as GM of Meliá Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

Yannis Homenidis has been appointed as the general manager of Meliá Dubai, taking over from Saurabh Tiwari. His tenure with Meliá Hotels International started in 2011 in Athens. This is not Homenidis’ first spell at Meliá Dubai – he was the general manager from 2013-14 before returning to Meliá Athens, Greece. “Homenidis so far worked with world renowned hospitality groups […]

Eco-friendly fitness on the agenda at The Leisure Show

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

The cream of the region’s fitness experts will be in attendance at The Leisure Show which is taking place in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) next month from 18-20 September. The annual event will also introduce the Middle East’s leisure market to a number of eco-ranges, including high-end machines that operate purely off of water […]

Nakheel considers AED900mn proposals for Dragon Towers

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

Nakheel is assessing five proposals for the construction of Dragon Towers, with bids starting at close to AED900 million. The Dragon Towers project is a twin-building residential complex in the Dragon City region of Dubai. Dragon City also includes two hotels – a 251-room ibis Styles that opened in February 2016 and a 304-room Premier […]









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