Nakheel and RIU sign AED385m deal for hotel at Deira Islands

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Jan 2018

Developer Nakheel and Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts have signed a contract worth AED385 million for the construction of their 800-room, joint venture beachfront resort and water park at Deira Islands in Dubai. Set for delivery in 2019, the resort, which has a total investment value of AED670 million, will be built by Bin Ladin […]

Middle East hospitality sector under the radar at GIOHIS

by Patrick Ryan | 03 Jan 2018

The need for new demand drivers in the Middle Eastern hospitality sector is higher than ever, due to the challenges of mounting competition and continued low oil prices. That was according to Simon Allison, HOFTEL chairman, who was speaking ahead of the Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) 2018 – 29-30 January in the Yas […]

OPINION: The rise of social influencers

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Jan 2018

In the first of a series of monthly columns from the team at Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort, Firas Rashid, director of sales and marketing looks at the rise of social influencers… With social media now dominating our media consumption, influencer marketing has become one of the most effective ways for hotels to attract guests, […]

Getting to grips with GRIF

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Jan 2018

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines is managing director, Middle East, for Bench Events, organisers of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), the annual meeting place for the international restaurant investment community. Visit:   Who is the person who has inspired you most in your career? I have been very fortunate in that putting together events such as AHIC & […]

Snail of Approval for Dukes Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Jan 2018

Dukes Dubai, on Palm Jumeirah, has been awarded Slow Food Dubai’s Snail of Approval. The award is a recognition programme for food producers, artisans, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes that demonstrate a philosophy of adopting earth friendly practices. These include reduction in the use of chemicals, use of local and low food mile ingredients, preserving […]

Chef Middle East expands portfolio with Lactalis partnership

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Jan 2018

Leading regional supplier Chef Middle East has signed a major deal with, dairy food producer, Lactalis. The new business partnership between the companies is effective immediately and both firms are adamant that the deal will only strengthen their positions in the market. Olivia Hingray, food service sales manager UAE at Lactalis said: “Being in the […]

Middle East hotels perform lower than 12 months ago

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Dec 2017

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative performance results during November 2017 – according to figures released by STR. U.S. dollar constant currency, November 2017 vs. November 2016 Middle East: Occupancy: -1.8% to 69.6% Average daily rate (ADR): -4.6% to US$171.10 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -6.3% to US$119.01 STR analysts note that consistent declines […]

Over 485 take part in La Cuisine Du Sial 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Dec 2017

Over 485 competitors from the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Egypt took part in the La Cuisine Du Sial 2017 event. 20 international judges from all over the world came to judge alongside 10 UAE based judges during the culinary spectacular which was held in the ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. President of the guild chef Uwe Micheel […]

New general manager for Atlantis, The Palm

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Dec 2017

Atlantis, The Palm has appointed Timothy Kelly as general manager and senior vice president, operations. Directly reporting to Serge Zaalof, chief operating officer for Atlantis Resorts & Residences, Kelly will oversee all operations, strategic direction, management and continued growth of Atlantis, The Palm. This also includes additional responsibility for all administrative, retail, food & beverage, banqueting […]

VIDEO: Blue Ribbon launches new showroom

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Dec 2017

Hotel News Middle East speaks to Blue Ribbon managing director Prakash Menon about his company’s new showroom. Menon believes the showroom sets Blue Ribbon apart as leaders when it comes to supplying top-end luxury to the hospitality industry – from fine china and premium cutlery to linen, furniture and more. What sets Blue Ribbon aside […]

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