New GM for Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Sep 2017

Ismail Ibrahim has been announced as the new general manager of Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown. Ibrahim will be responsible for the development and execution of the hotel’s commercial and operational long-term strategies. A spokesperson for the property said: “With an extensive background in the hospitality industry of the UAE and Egypt, Ibrahim has demonstrated a deep commitment […]

Feature: Raising the bar for gym equipment

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Sep 2017

Industry experts explain how they stay ahead of the rest when it comes to gym equipment The panel: Nicole Bradley, assistant manager, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa Joao Batista Gonsalues, personal trainer, Fairmont Dubai Michele Moro, managing director, Technogym ME Daniel Morariu, director of recreation, The Retreat Palm Dubai Xavier Halbi, executive assistant manager, Radisson […]

New VP of operations for Avani Hotels & Resorts

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Sep 2017

Alejandro Bernabé has been named as vice president of operations at Avani Hotels & Resorts. Bernabé (pictured right), who joined Avani in January as group director, reports directly to Robert Kunkler, chief operating officer of Minor Hotels. “We are expanding our current portfolio of 18 properties in 12 countries with more than 20 hotels in the […]

Feature: Peak performance

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Sep 2017

Oman’s Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has been making waves since it opened nine months ago. Hotel News Middle East catches up with general manager Darren Darwin about what makes the ambitious mountain-top resort so special… It can take years, even decades, for a hotel to become an icon. That’s why Darren Darwin, general […]

A new dawn in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Sep 2017

Maram Kokandi, GM of Park Inn by Radisson Jeddah Madinah Road made headlines all over the world when she was announced as the first female hotel general manager in Saudi Arabia this year. She speaks to Hotel News Middle East for the first time about her incredible journey and plans for the future Maram Kokandi […]

New EAM for Grand Hyatt Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Sep 2017

Malek Safa has been announced as the new executive assistant manager (EAM) sales and marketing for Grand Hyatt Dubai. In his new role, Safa will be in charge of the sales, events, revenue and marketing departments of the hotel along with other general operations and will report directly to general manager Fathi Khogaly. In 2002, Malek […]

Rising stars to shine at Middle East Hospitality Awards

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Sep 2017

The rising stars of the region’s hospitality sector will be in the spotlight at the 2017 Middle East Hospitality Awards which are taking place at Palazzo Versace Dubai on 18 September. Four candidates – between them helping shape the future of guest services, features and design for the thousands of world-class hotels and restaurants in […]

Nakheel announces AED4 billion worth of projects at Cityscape Global

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Sep 2017

Nakheel has launched a host of real estate projects at Cityscape Global – collectively worth AED4 billion. Nakheel has unveiled a luxury high-rise beachfront residential project on Palm Jumeirah; a residential, mall, hotel and health complex at Discovery Gardens; a unique collection of homes and leisure attractions at Jumeirah Park; a new hotel at Jumeirah […]

Profile: A new era begins for Dometic

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Aug 2017

Dometic Middle East managing director Goran Anninger tells Hotel News Middle East how he is handing over the baton to Kester Petersson Goran Anninger: I’m told 1991 is 26 years ago, which puts a few things into perspective. Having spent 1988 – 1989 in Sharjah, I knew what I was coming back to, to join […]

From Vietnam to Fairmont Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Aug 2017

Hotel News Middle East catches up with Peter Adel, front desk supervisor Fairmont Dubai Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? I started my career in 2008 as a food runner in a fine-dining Vietnamese restaurant in Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Egypt. As I joined the team at the pre-opening stage, my […]

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