middle east

Raffles Dubai appoints director of sales & marketing

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Nov 2017

Raffles Dubai has announced the appointment of  Zeynep Ӧden Ağagil as director of sales & marketing. She joins the team at Raffles Dubai from Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, where she held the role of director of sales & marketing for the previous two years. Prior to this, she was director of sales at Raffles Istanbul […]

Bayan Suites by Cristal to open in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Nov 2017

Cristal Group has entered into a management agreement with Bayat Company for Hotel Services to operate Bayat Suites by Cristal in Saudi Arabia. The 477-key property is situated in the city of Muhayil and is expected to open next month. Kamal Fakhoury, CEO of Cristal Group, said:“We are very excited to expand our footprint in Saudi […]

New executive assistant manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Nov 2017

Rajaa Obeid has been appointed as the executive assistant manager of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman. Obeid’s career has taken him around the Middle East, with significant experience working in the food and beverage departments at hotels in the Dubai. He cut his teeth as a food and beverage manager across a […]

Feature: Bringing native flavours to new markets

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Nov 2017

Lucas Adrian Farias, Chef de Cuisine at Saudi Arabia’s first Argentinian restaurant, talks to Catering News Middle East about bringing native flavours to new markets and creating the best restaurant in Jeddah. Words by Melanie Mingas In any national cuisine, there are certain ingredients and techniques essential to authenticity, from meats and marinades to native […]

Almost 167,000 rooms under construction in the Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Nov 2017

STR’s October 2017 pipeline report shows 166,774 rooms in 580 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East. Under contract data includes projects in the in construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The Under contract total in the Middle East represents a 5.1% increase in rooms […]

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya opens

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Nov 2017

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has officially opened. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was guest of honour on November 6 at the grand official opening ceremony of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, the leading luxury hospitality company’s first address in Kuwait. “We are honoured to welcome […]

Dubai tourism is ‘on course for record year’

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Nov 2017

Dubai is on course to post a record year for tourism according to data released by the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).  A total of 11.58 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first nine months of 2017, reflecting a 7.5 per cent increase over the same period last year, […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes major announcement

by Patrick Ryan | 01 Nov 2017

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Amir Lababedi to spearhead its expansion strategy in Europe and North Africa. Lababedi, who has played a key role leading Mövenpick in the Middle East and Africa, with 47 properties across 10 Arab countries, has assumed the newly-created vice president development Europe & North Africa role, and will be […]

Feature: Indigenous offerings. Do hotels get it right?

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Oct 2017

Darren Darwin, general manager, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman, talks about the importance of indigenous offerings. When I joined Anantara, I was to understand from an early stage that one of our brand pillars was offering indigenous experiences and this intrigued me. Yes, I knew the dictionary definition in that it means produced, […]

Chain Focus: Hospitality Management Holding

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

Founded in 2003 in Dubai, HMH Hotel Group(Hospitality Management Holding) provides hotel owners and developers with a broad spectrum of world-class management solutions with five distinct, yet complementary hotel brands, catering to varied market segments from luxury to budget. These include Bahi Hotels & Resorts, Coral Hotels & Resorts, Corp Hotels, EWA Hotel Apartments and […]

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