Scouring the globe

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Michelle Sephton, managing director, Elegant Resorts tells Hotel News ME about breaking stereotypes as a female MD in the industry and why the operator decided to make its Middle Eastern debut.  You began your career with Elegant Resorts in 1992, what first attracted you to the role and what has kept you with them for

Dubai to become family focused destination by 2016 says DTCM

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Dubai’s presence at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) highlights the continual appeal of Dubai to visitors from the UK and Europe, with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) joined by 62 top Dubai tourism brands to deliver the message that families should put Dubai top of their list as their 2016 must-visit

DXB passenger traffic soars

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Passenger traffic at Dubai International rose 8.2% in September 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in September totalled 6,432,654, compared to 5,942,628 recorded during September 2014. Year to date traffic rose 12% to 58,696,877 compared to 52,422,547 recorded during the first nine months of 2014. Aircraft movements totalled

AccorHotels to launch mega projects in Makkah

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

AccorHotels have announced the signing of three management agreements with Al Rajhi Investment Group for a trio-cluster of hotel properties in Al Naseem, a mega complex by Al Rajhi in the Holy City of Makkah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The trio-cluster of properties adds over 2,350 rooms to Al Naseem development near the

Starwood expands presence in Saudi Arabia

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE has announced an agreement with Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Real Estate Investments Company LLC, to launch Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem. Scheduled to open in Q2 2016, the hotel will be the brand’s largest property globally with over 1,000 rooms and will be located in the

All aboard

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

For more than a decade, Bateaux Dubai has been serving 5-star food while sailing on Dubai Creek, but it isn’t the only time a hotel chain to create an out of the ordinary, off site dining concept. Hotel News ME discovers how standalone restaurants are diversifying business beyond the hotel property. The diversification Bateaux Dubai

Time for a refurb?

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

When and how to roll out your new-look property The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel markets with 763 hotels spanning some 191,047 rooms currently under contract, the September 2015 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report reveals. This represents a 26.3% increase in rooms under contract compared to September 2014

Sheraton Abu Dhabi supports UNICEF with Flea Market

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will host its popular flea market on Saturday 5th of December in Arzanah Ballroom.

Announced Opening of Cristal VIEWZ Bar & Grill

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Cristal VIEWZ Bar & Grill, a restaurant, grill and lounge rolled into one, set  in Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi, opened in the first week of November.

Radisson’s Search for Santa

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Radison Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek has opened its’ search for Santa Claus 2015. Any guest could be the next Mr. Santa and star in the festive campaign.

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