Blazon takes over at the Ajman Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Jan 2018

Reto Wittwer and Ulrich Eckhardt have announced the successful management takeover of the Ajman Hotel, formerly known as Kempinski Hotel Ajman, as of January 1, 2018. The hotel now carries the Blazon Hotels brand, as part of the newly established hotel management company Smart Hospitality Solutions (SHS). “We are confident in the continued growth of […]

FEATURE: An A-List service

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

Hotel News Middle East talks to some of the industry leaders about how they cater for A-List celebrity guests… It is not uncommon to turn on social-media and read that celebrities such as Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian and Tom Cruise are currently spending some much-needed vacation time in the Middle East. […]

FEATURE: Why Firelake is such a hot spot

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

Cluster executive chef at Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront and Dubai Canal Views Adam Tracey explains why Firelake is going to be one of the hottest spots in Dubai… Tell us about the concept of your restaurant? Born in Minnesota, FireLake Grill & Cocktail Bar combines the best mid-west traditions of open-flame cooking and the art […]

Mercure Gold Hotel refurbishment is completed

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

Architecture and interior design firm, Design Haus Medy (DHM), has announced the completion of the redesign and refurbishment of the Mercure Gold Hotel on Al Mina Road, Dubai. The design brief was centred on the concept of “movement and continuous evolution”. With the scope of work covering an area of approximately 800 sq m, DHM creative […]

Le Grand Amman – Managed by AccorHotels Opens its Doors in Jordan

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

AccorHotels has announced the rebranding of a prominent landmark  hotel in Jordan to Le Grand Amman. The property consisting of 298-rooms and 67 well-appointed serviced apartments was launched in partnership with Iskan Co. for Touristic & Hotel Investments. Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East commented: “This opening signifies the strategic expansion of our luxury […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to open new hotel in Basra

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open a new property in Basra early this year – Q1 2018. The news comes as the hotel giant aims to capitalise on the city’s status as Iraq’s economic capital and a regional oil and gas hub. The global hospitality firm has signed a deal with Akeel Ibraheem Al-Khalidy to manage […]

Broccoli plans worldwide expansion

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Jan 2018

Broccoli Pizza and Pasta, the Italian restaurant headquartered in Dubai, has announced a worldwide expansion, with 79 restaurants under construction, in over 12 countries. Since commencing operations in 2011, Broccolli has proven a hit with franchise buyers across MENA, Asia and Europe. Richard Kay, global franchise sales manager, said: “Within six years of the launch, we are proud […]

Luigia opens for business at Rixos Premium Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Jan 2018

Luigia, the Italian restaurant and pizzeria, is the latest venue to open at Rixos Premium Dubai. This award-winning Italian restaurant, founded by Luigi Guarnaccia and Enrico Coppola, is aiming to ‘attract all those with a passion for quality and real Italian cooking’. As the first name of the founder’s grandmothers, Luigia draws its inspiration from the […]

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort names new exec chef

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Jan 2018

Peeush Chawla has been named as the new executive chef of Abu Dhabi’s Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort. The young Indian talent is known for his cooking styles as well as innovative and fine food concepts. He has experience from prestigious hospitality brands and restaurants including Taj and Oberoi in Mumbai, W resorts and luxury brand Per Aquum […]

The Langham Downtown Dubai targets Far East market

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Jan 2018

The arrival of the first The Langham hotel in the Middle East will help Dubai establish greater links to the Far East – particularly the growing Chinese market. That is according to Mohammed Hmeid, general manager of sales and marketing at Omniyat. “We knew that bringing The Langham brand to Dubai would be first and foremost […]

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