Hotel News Middle East

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 […]

Crackdown on counterfeit Italian food

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Sep 2017

The Italian Trade Agency is cracking down on counterfeit Italian food items on sale in the UAE by urging people not to buy food without the official Italian seal of quality. “There is a long process for food to be officially certified,” said Liborio Stellino, ambasssador of Italy to the UAE. “It has to have […]

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 […]

VIDEO: Hipsters revolutionise UAE workwear

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Sep 2017

 Hipster-led trends have revolutionised UAE workwear according to a Dubai-based designer. David Sprakes, design and production manager at Dubai-based hospitality uniform manufacturers A. Ronai, was speaking ahead of The Hotel Show Dubai which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 18 -20 September as part of Dubai International Hospitality Week. Sprakes said: “I have noticed […]

Emaar makes Point over Address Harbour

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Sep 2017

Emaar Hospitality Group has released more information about the recently announced Address Harbour Point in Dubai Creek Harbour. The property will be home to 202 luxury rooms and suites and is part of a 1.4 million sq ft development that will also feature Address Residences Harbour Point – overlooking Dubai Creek Tower. Olivier Harnisch, chief executive […]

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 […]

InterContinental Abu Dhabi appoints new resident manager

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Sep 2017

Georges Abi Aad has been named as the new resident manager of InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Abi Aad is in charge of the commercial department and will oversee day to day operations for the award-winning hotel. Abi Aad said: “I am delighted to join a hotel that provides exceptional services and experiences to all their guests. I look forward to working […]

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