Profile: On song with Khaled Al-Idrissi

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

A penchant for building fish tanks and speaking Greek are just some of the things we discover about Khaled Al-Idrissi, cluster director of sales and marketing, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort and Fairmont Ajman What’s the best thing about your job? The fact that every day is different and the opportunity to work with a very […]

Profile: The Time of her life

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

Meet Melanie Mazo Faderagao, head waitress at Time Oak Hotel & Suites, Dubai Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? I started in the hospitality industry as a waitress at Time Oak Hotel & Suites. It was always my passion to join this industry and after joining Time, each day passed without me […]

Ground broken on Al Marjan Island project

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

Crowngate International, the global real estate developer, has officially broken ground on the Avani Resort at Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah.   The ceremony for the 225-key property was attended by Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director of Al Marjan Island LLC, and Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. […]

IHG named among best places to work

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group, IHG, has been named among the top five companies to work for in Asia in Great Place to Work’s annual Best Workplaces in Asia 2017 list. Ranked fifth in this year’s list, IHG has been recognised for showing commitment to creating a great work environment where colleagues trust the people they work […]

Smartotels chief says Dubai leads the way in hotel technology

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

The managing partner of a tech driven hotel brand has said that hotels in the region are leading the way when it comes to the implementation of technology – despite having significant obstacles to overcome. Tarek M Daouk was making his comments at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference during a one to one interview with […]

New cluster director of sales for Capital Centre Arjaan

by Patrick Ryan | 22 May 2017

Centro Capital Centre and Capital Centre Arjaan has appointed Amber Kumar as cluster director of sales. The Indian national, who graduated in Hotel Management at the Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Management has 11 years of experience in the industry. Kumar said: “I am extremely excited for this new challenge and look forward to the […]

Cinema themed hotel to open in Deira

by Patrick Ryan | 21 May 2017

Majid Al Futtaim has announced plans to build the first cinema themed hotel in the region – at Aloft Dubai City Centre Deira. The hotel will feature a cinematic themed floor of 25 standard rooms and four suite rooms designed to create an integrated lifestyle offering through the combination of cutting edge technology, modern style […]

New F&B director for Sofitel The Palm

by Patrick Ryan | 21 May 2017

Sofitel The Palm has appointed Lars Heeman as its new F&B director. With over 24 years’ experience in the hotel industry, Heeman (pictured right) started his career at Marriott Hotel, Hamburg as a Casual Waiter. Following five years with the hotel, he moved to London where he worked for both Marriott Hotel Marbel Arch and […]

REVEALED: Leaders in Hospitality 2017 winners

by Patrick Ryan | 18 May 2017

The winners of the  Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017, presented by Rikan, were announced on Wednesday 17 May at a gala ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai. Sixteen winners took home awards including Leading New Hotel, Leading General Manager and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Praising the high standards set by this year’s winners, as well […]

Highlights: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 18 May 2017

All the action from the glamorous Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017, which took place on Wednesday 17 May at The St. Regis Dubai  









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