Talabat’s managing director delivers answers

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Nov 2017

Kutlu Kaan Haliloglu, managing director, UAE and Oman for Talabat speaks to Catering News Middle East… You joined Talabat in 2013 – what experience did you bring to the role?  Coming from Yemeksepeti – the leading online food delivery platform in Turkey which is one of the oldest and biggest online delivery platforms in the […]

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: 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, […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts announces third property in Muscat

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Oct 2017

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ Oman has revealed plans to open its third hotel in Muscat. The global hospitality company has inked an agreement with Oman’s Golden Group of Companies to manage the 370-key Mövenpick Hotel Muscat Airport, part of a new upscale mixed-use project under development near Muscat International Airport, which will also feature retail […]

Oman prepares for World Conference on Tourism and Culture

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Oct 2017

Oman is gearing up to host the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture on 11 and 12 December. This year’s event will focus on the theme of cultural tourism. It is expected there will be more than 60 ministers of tourism and culture and CEOs, from some of the world’s leading organisations, in attendance. […]

Al Baleed Resort Salalah’s plan to develop Omani hospitality leaders

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Oct 2017

Al Baleed Resort Salalah has partnered with the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) in Muscat as part of its commitment to developing future Omani hospitality leaders. The plan is in line with Oman’s shift to diversifying its economy and boosting tourism, NHI works with local companies to raise funds for the training of budding hoteliers, all of whom […]

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort appoints new mountain guru

by Patrick Ryan | 05 Oct 2017

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has appointed a new mountain guru.  Maher Al Riyami is responsible for ensuring guests at the five-star resort enjoy an array of indigenous experiences, while putting them in touch with the surrounding culture, history and landscape. “Born and raised in Ash Shirayjah, one of the oldest villages on Al Jabal Al Akhdar, […]

London calling for Middle East travel professionals

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Oct 2017

Travel professionals from the Middle East are heading to WTM London in November, in confident mood as they look to achieve a greater share of the multi-billion-dollar international travel market. WTM London (6-8 November) witnessed more than 51,000 participants in 2016, including 9,900 buyers conducting business worth over US$3.77 billion. Organisers are predicting a record […]

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa has new resident manager

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Sep 2017

Sandro Mazza has been appointed as resident manager of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Oman. Mazza joins from Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, where he was resident manager. Previously, he held the position of resident manager at Shangri‑La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. “Sandro holds a proven track record of success […]

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 […]

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