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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Oman helps raise autism awareness

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Sep 2017

The two Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Oman teamed up to visit the Special Centre for Autism in Muscat – as part of the group’s #AddingColourToLives scheme. The Park Inn team was  welcomed by the head of the centre Dr. Ali, faculty staff and students. The hotel employees and the centre organised painting and […]

Contract signed for DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Tilal Mall

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Sep 2017

A contract has been signed for the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Tilal Mall at Cityscape Global. The hotel, which is DoubleTree by Hilton’s second property in the emirate, was revealed at a management agreement signing ceremony between Hilton and Tilal Properties at the event in DWTC. Carlos Khneisser, Hilton vice-president for development 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 […]

Turkish delight as GCC travellers increase

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Aug 2017

1,226,665 GCC travellers landed in Turkey between January and June 2017, according to data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office in Dubai. Tourist traffic to Turkey from the GCC rose by 26.29% as compared to 2016. The number of United Arab Emirates citizens and residents travelling to Turkish destinations increased by 9.86%. […]









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