New director of sales and marketing at Bab Al Qasr Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Tamer Refaat has been announced as the new director of sales and marketing for Abu Dhabi’s Bab Al Qasr Hotel. Refaat’s previous experience included spells as assistant director of sales at Raffles Dubai, director of sales at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Complex before he joined the Park Rotana Complex as the director of business development in […]

Jumeirah Group to manage Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Dubai Holding and Jabal Omar Development Company have signed an agreement to develop Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel in Saudi Arabia, which will be managed by Jumeirah Group. The Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel will include 1,033 guest rooms along with 93 villas and will feature a variety of food and beverage offerings, meeting facilities, executive lounge, gymnasium and […]

Bahrain is new frontier for Dusit International

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

Dusit International has signed an agreement with Al Manzil Hospitality Group to operate the dusitD2 Seef Bahrain, the brand’s first property in the country. A spokesperson said that the opening will help to position Dusit for further expansion within the GCC region, where it already operates five hotels, with another five confirmed in the pipeline. “We […]

GCC hotels hit by drop in performance over Ramadan

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

The majority of the hotel markets in the GCC experienced a drop in performance during Ramadan, according to figures released by STR. Comparing the data from 26 May to 25 June, STR found that Muscat, Oman was the strongest performing region with a RevPar increase of 8.7%. “The market’s 19.4% increase in occupancy outweighed a […]

Millennium announces five-star resort in Ras Al Khaimah

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

Millennium Hotels and Resorts has announced a new five-star property on Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah. The signing ceremony was held in London for the 339 key beach resort which is one of 40 hotels that the company has in the pipeline. Scheduled to open in 2020, the resort will be situated on a […]

AccorHotels looks to the market in Iran

by Patrick Ryan | 06 Jul 2017

AccorHotels is determined to make an impact on the market in Iran, says Francois Baudin, senior vice President – development of luxury hotels EMEA for AccorHotels. Baudin was speaking to Hotel News Middle East about his company’s plans for the region and Iran was high on the agenda. “It’s an untapped country, which has huge potential […]

Rove Hotels eyes expansion across Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Jul 2017

Emaar’s Rove lifestyle brand has just opened its fourth property in Dubai, the 270-room Rove Trade Centre near DWTC, but that is only the tip of the iceberg, says Jaidev Menezes, corporate director business development, Emaar Hospitality Group. “We have four hotels, with Rove, here in Dubai, we have a commitment to do 10 Rove […]

Internet of Things can only get better

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Florian Kriechbaumer, director of operations and development, Interel, explains why now is the time for the hotel industry to embrace The Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT), already a major trend in the consumer space with devices such as the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue smart light bulbs and Fitbit wrist bands that measure […]

Talent: Ahmed el Shandawili, general manager of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jun 2017

Hotel News Middle East talks to Ahmed el Shandawili, general manager of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? Well, I started my career working as a busboy in a fine dining restaurant in one of the most famous restaurants in New York where we used to host most […]

Bahj Ajman Palace spends AED 1.6 million on laundry facility

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jun 2017

Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel has spent AED 1.6 million to upgrade and expand its laundry facility, doubling its daily capacity in the process.  The facility will not only cater to in-house guests but will also provide laundry services to other hotels. Ferghal Purcell, COO of Hospitality Management Holding (HMH), which manages the property, said: “We are proud […]

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