Ras Al Khaimah tourism is on the rise

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Oct 2017

Tourism is thriving in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) following a 9% increase in visitors compared to this time last year. The figures were released by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops and regulates the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions. Visitor arrivals over the period reached 631,617, guest nights […]

New GM appointed at Palace Downtown

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Oct 2017

David Simon has been appointed as the new general manager of Palace Downtown – which is managed by Address Hotels & Resorts. Formerly the hotel manager, Simon’s new role is driving the hotel’s ongoing growth strategy as well as staff leadership, recruitment, and management. He will continue to direct all aspects of daily operations, revenue generation […]

Time Hotels completes 300km trek for breast cancer awareness

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Oct 2017

Staff from UAE-based Time Hotels, have completed a 300km trek in aid of breast cancer awareness. A group of 100 team members, ranging from managers and executives, through to front of house employees, took part in the challenge around the promenade at Dubai Marina. Eddie Ignatius, corporate director of Innovation & Quality, said: “There was […]

McGettigan’s opens on JBR Walk

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Oct 2017

Irish pub and restaurant chain McGettigan’s has opened its latest branch at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah on JBR Walk. McGettigan’s JBR is the fifth location for the chain in Dubai. Marion Sheridon, manager of McGettigan’s JBR who has moved to the emirate from her home town of Galway to ensure authenticity in the new venue, said: […]

Millennium Hotels appoints new VP of operations, Middle East and Africa

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Oct 2017

Millennium Hotels and Resorts has appointed Hussein Kahil as vice president of operations, Middle East and Africa. Kahil has over 20 years experience of operational leadership, most recently as senior director of operations MEA for the Wyndham Hotel Group where he was responsible for more than 50 properties. He will report directly to COO, Kevork Deldelian – Kahil […]

Raffles Dubai makes additions to rooms division

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Oct 2017

Raffles Dubai has announced two senior appointments to the rooms division; Sumit Bhardwaj as director of rooms, and Kevin Haddad as front office manager. Overseeing the operation of the rooms division, Bhardwaj is an experienced luxury hotelier with over 17 years of experience. He will be responsible for leading the housekeeping, front office, Raffles butler and […]

Great British Street Party for Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

Dukes Dubai is bringing a traditional Great British Street Party to its Palm Jumeirah based hotel on 18 November. Union Jack flags will be flying throughout the resort and two giant tables, measuring 1,000ft in total, will stretch from one end to the other, with favourites from Britain on offer. Dukes Dubai F&B Director, Carl […]

Executive Housekeepers Conference returns for 2017 edition

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

Hotel News Middle East is pleased to announce the third edition of its Executive Housekeepers Conference at The Conrad Hotel, Dubai, on November 27. The full agenda for the event is available to view here. This year’s conference will focus on a range of topics including how do hotels deal with negative reviews online; how […]

Oman prepares for World Conference on Tourism and Culture

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

Oman is gearing up to host the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture on 11 and 12 December. This year’s event will focus on the theme of cultural tourism. It is expected there will be more than 60 ministers of tourism and culture and CEOs, from some of the world’s leading organisations, in attendance. […]

Almost 165,000 rooms under contract in the Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

There are currently 164,497 rooms in 574 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East – according to STR’s September pipeline report. Under contract data includes projects in the in Construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the unconfirmed stage. The under contract total in the Middle East represents a […]

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