middle east

VIDEO: CNIEL set to expand business at Gulfood 2018

by Staff writer | 18 Feb 2018

French dairy products are becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East among both consumers and businesses according to the French Dairy Interbranch Organisation (CNIEL). “French cream in particular is becoming popular because in the UAE, people like cakes and you need fresh cream make French cakes and the French pastry batter is very delicate too. […]

Dubai experiences first January growth in RevPAR since 2014

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Feb 2018

Dubai has experienced its first January growth in RevPAR since 2014 according to figures released by industry analysts STR. “High demand was enough to outpace somewhat slowing supply growth and push a positive occupancy comparison,” said a spokesperson. “As a result, Dubai saw its first January increase in RevPAR since 2014. STR analysts note the […]

Ajman Hotel announces new GM

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Feb 2018

George Ganchev has been appointed as the new general manager of Ajman Hotel. Ganchev said: “I am honoured to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, as rebranding an hotel includes new challenges that I am ready to tackle with the pioneer’s team of Blazon Hotels. “Our vision for this property is to remain one […]

Full steam ahead for Moroccan Bazaar

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2018

For Moroccan Bazaar, 2017 was a busy year. Having worked on two of the year’s biggest hotel projects in the Middle East. The Mondrian Doha in Qatar and the Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar in Oman, both received plaudits and recognition globally as two highlights of one of the most active years in the hospitality industry […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints new president for MEA region

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Jan 2018

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has promoted Marc Descrozaille to the position of president Middle East & Africa (MEA). Having joined the hospitality firm in 2017 as vice president operations Middle East & Africa, Marc will now take the helm from Andreas Mattmüller, who has retired from his role as chief operating officer MEA, a region […]

JA Resorts & Hotels appoints new CEO

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Jan 2018

JA Resorts & Hotels has appointed Anthony Ross as the company’s new CEO. Ross has over 30 years’ industry leadership experience in the hospitality sector, spanning roles on multiple continents. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, he was CEO at the Indonesia-based Aryaduta Hotel Group and held the executive vice president position at Preferred […]

Hotels in Middle East report drop in annual room rate

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2018

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative 2017 room rate performance results, according to data that was posted by STR.   United Arab Emirates Occupancy: +0.5% to 75.1% Average daily rate (ADR): -3.8% to AED599.58 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -3.3% to AED450.04 STR analysts note that supply growth continues to affect hotel performance in […]

New CEO for Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2018

Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts has appointed Jose Silva as its new chief executive officer. Silva brings over 35 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including almost 25 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. In his last role, he was regional vice-president overseeing France, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal as well as general manager of the […]

King Koil opens flagship store in Ibn Battuta Mall

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2018

Dubai Furniture Manufacturing Company LLC (DFMC) has announced the official opening of King Koil’s flagship store at Ibn Battuta Mall. The new showroom is the 11th store, for the mattress manufacturer, across the UAE and there are plans to open four more showrooms in the first quarter of 2018 that will have the same interiors. During […]

UAE firm buys Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh for $120million

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2018

Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality arm of Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate Lulu Group International, has completed a $120 million acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. The Caledonian joins a portfolio of $650m worth of luxury property across the UK, the Middle East and India that Twenty14 has assembled since 2014. Twenty14 Holdings intends to invest a […]









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