New general manager for Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jan 2017

Kempinski Hotel Ajman has appointed Christian Ruge as its new general manager. Ruge has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry having begun his career with InterContinental Frankfurt in his native Germany. This was followed by a number of leadership positions in revenue, front office and executive office operations in both Germany and

Angelo Po sets sights on Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

Professional kitchen systems manufacturer Angelo Po has teamed up with the Marmon Group in a deal they say will create major opportunities for the catering and hospitality sectors across the Middle East. “The Angelo Po and Marmon businesses are extremely complementary in terms of both geographical coverage and offering,” said Adriano Fabris, Angelo Po sales

FACE TO FACE: “It takes soul and stamina”

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

No stranger to new challenges, Philip Fitzgerald Jones, general manager, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach Hotel tells Sophia Soltani how successfully opening 14 new properties, alongside working across various oceans takes both soul and stamina to survive in this industry. A seasoned hotelier, Philip Jones has fulfilled roles over the course of a 23-year long career

Wellness is on the rise at ATM

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will be the first to have an onsite wellness and spa lounge. There will be 35 exhibitors from some of the world’s most recognised health and wellness hospitality destinations taking part in the event, which reflects the burgeoning growth within the sector. According to research from Colliers, the UAE

Record numbers expected at Gulfood 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

A record number of operators are expected to take part in Gulfood 2017, the international showcase for food concepts taking place in Dubai from 26 February 26 to 2 March. There are already 400 UAE-based F&B operators confirmed to attend the event, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Research by Euromonitor International suggests

New COO for hospitality management firm

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

Hospitality Management Holding (HMH) has announced the appointment of  Ferghal Purcell as its chief operating officer (COO). Purcell’s previous roles included being complex general manager for both The Ajman Palace Hotel and The Coral Beach Resort Sharjah. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal

New CEO for Middle East travel firm

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jan 2017

The online travel agency Musafir.com has appointed Rajesh Pareek as its new group CEO. Pareek has moved on from his role at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), where he was chief financial officer from January 2011 to December 2016. He spearheaded a number of high profile projects during his time at DIFC, not least the

New resort and waterpark for Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2017

A new AED500 million resort and waterpark on Deira Islands in Dubai is on the cards following an agreement between developers Nakheel and Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts. The deal, which was agreed in Bangkok, will see the creation of 550 new rooms at the Deira Islands location. Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah

Doha hotel joins Hilton’s Curio Collection

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2017

The AlRayyan Hotel Doha is the first property in the Middle East to be added to the Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 30 hotels across the globe aimed at offering travellers an authentic local experience. “Doha, characterised as a destination offering inspiration, progress and adventure, has firmly placed itself as









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