Feature: Fairmont Ajman on the rise

by Patrick Ryan | 28 May 2017

Fairmont Ajman general manager Francis Desjardins explains to Hotel News Middle East how the emirate is on the cusp of great things. It’s obvious that Fairmont Ajman general manager Francis Desjardins (pictured right) isn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth is. Keen doesn’t even begin to describe his belief that big things are

Feature: The Hotel Show heads east

by Patrick Ryan | 28 May 2017

Hotel News Middle East looks ahead as The Hotel Show launches in the Philippines. International exhibitions company dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, based in Dubai, has announced that it will launch its signature hospitality event brand – The Hotel Show – in the Philippines in 2017 after 17 successful years in the UAE. The inaugural The Hotel Show Philippines will take place from 2-5 August 2017

New general manager for Assila Hotel, Jeddah

by Patrick Ryan | 28 May 2017

Assila Hotel, Jeddah, has announced the appointment of Harry Fernandes as the new general manager. The newly-opened five-star hotel is part of the Rocce Forte chain. Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Fernandes said: “I am delighted to take the helm as General Manager of the splendid new Assila Hotel in the beautiful city of Jeddah.

SBI agrees deal with Omniyat for Kuwaiti hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 28 May 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has entered into a management agreement with Omniyat Real Estate.  The deal is part of SBI’s continued expansion into the GCC and will see them operating two hotels in Kuwait – Swiss-Belboutique Bneid Al Gar and Swiss-Belresidences Al Sharq which are both expected to open in 2018. Laurent A. Voivenel, Swiss-Belhotel International’s senior

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait introduces executive team

by Patrick Ryan | 28 May 2017

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has introduced the general manager and executive team, ahead of its opening later this year.  Four Seasons’ stalwart Didier Jardin will lead the team of more than 400 at the seventh property in the Four Seasons GCC collection, which currently includes three properties in the UAE, one in Saudi

Event Review: Hotec 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 25 May 2017

HOTEC Middle East 2017 was held in Azerbaijan and attracted hotel owners and operators as well as a large number of the region’s leading procurement, specialists, designers and specifiers. This year’s edition of HOTEC Middle East was held at the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 25 -28 April. The annual appointment-based event

Mama Shelter to open in Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 25 May 2017

Mama Shelter has announced plans to open a hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay by 2020. The property, which is partnered with AccorHotels, will feature a mix of modern hotel rooms, with one bedroom and two bedroom residences offering design elements specially crafted by famed interior designer Thierry Gaugain. Designed by Franklin Azzi Architecture, Mama Shelter

Carlson Rezidor announces major signings in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 25 May 2017

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of two major hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The hotel giant announced a management agreement with Saudi company Al Majd Al Arabiah was announced comprising a total of 2,850 rooms. This announcement will result in the opening of the world’s largest Radisson Blu hotel, featuring over 1,250

Major appointment at InterContinental Doha

by Patrick Ryan | 24 May 2017

James Young as been named as the new general manager of InterContinental Doha The City. Young joins the hotel from IHG South East Asia, where he previously held the post of Area General Manager Indochina and General Manager of InterContinental Saigon Hotel and Residences in Vietnam. Young said: “I am delighted to be taking over the reins for

New general manager for Dukes Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 24 May 2017

Dukes Dubai has appointed Tristan de la Porte du Theil as general manager. de la Porte du Theil takes over the property in Palm Jumeirah after a spell in China with Tonino Lamborghini Hotels & Resorts. He said: “The five-star luxury market in Dubai is extremely competitive but we aim to carve out a niche with our









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