TAKE 10: On a budget

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Jan 2017

Despite its reputation for luxury and as home to the world’s only “7-star” hotel, the UAE has seen a significant shift towards mid-market hotels, according to JLL. The consultancy found that about half the 3,600 new hotel rooms entering the Dubai market late last year had a 3-star or lower rating. Here, Shibu Baby, general […]

5 Minutes With… SAGMA CORP

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Dec 2016

5 minutes with… Myriam Redouane, hospitality regional director, SAGMA CORP. Can you provide some details about the company history? Sagma Corp is a master distribution company based in Dubai. We’ve been operating since 2009 and specialise in the distribution of French niche perfumes and luxury guest amenities. We currently cover most of the GCC and […]

Shangri-La: A sense of place

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Dec 2016

Shangri-La Dubai has embarked on a complete overhaul of its 302 guest rooms and public areas to create a new “sense of place” in the city. Gerhard Hecker, general manager, Shangri-La Dubai tells Hotel News ME why the no-expenses spared AED 70 million refurb is set to invigorate Dubai’s city explorers.   Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has […]

Interview: Exclusively boutique

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Dec 2016

Newly appointed general manager of The Manzil Downtown Dubai Hotel, Riad Abu Haidar tells Hotel News ME why being “uniquely boutique” is key to waging the war against rate and occupancy dips, alongside his plans to reinforce real Arabian hospitality across the property. Artistic in spirit and contemporary in presentation, the 197-room Manzil Downtown Dubai […]

Rixos the Palm reports 12% increase in occupancy throughout 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Dec 2016

Rixos The Palm Dubai has revealed that it experienced a 12% increase in occupancy rates over 2016 with aveage occupancy across the hotel sitting at 90%. The influx of tourists in the UAE has led to the expansion of Rixos Hotels with additional hotels set to open across the region over then next 2 months. […]

Langham Hospitality Group secures deal for Jeddah hotel

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Dec 2016

Langham Hospitality Group has inked a deal with the Advanced Hotels Company to manage The Langham, Jeddah – a luxury urban hotel in Saudi Arabia. The new hotel is located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The agreement was signed in […]

Meliá Hotels International reveals 2017 MEA pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2016

Meliá Hotels International (MHI) has revealed its upcoming pipeline for the next 12 months, including  18 scheduled openings plus MHI’s first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Founded in 1956, MHI has grown from one hotel in Mallorca to an international company boasting more than 375 properties in 42 countries worldwide. Meliá Cartagena de Indias, […]

Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection names new complex GM

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Dec 2016

The Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection has named Jason Harding as the new complex general manager leading the teams at The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Harding takes on his new role following his stint with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, where he held […]

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts reveals plans for Fujairah debut

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans to launch Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort slated to open in January 2017. The property’s inauguration ceremony held on 15 December, was attended by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; advisor to H.H The President of the UAE. and H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al […]

Choice Hotels inks deal for Greece expansion

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Choice Hotels International Inc. has signed a multi-unit development agreement with GVK Enterprises, a hospitality management and development firm, to introduce and establish a hotel portfolio in Greece.  The first property under the agreement is expected to open by the summer 2017 under the Comfort brand flag in Athens, and four additional properties will be […]









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