Meet The Judges: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Apr 2019

The Leaders in Hospitality Awards, BNC Publishing’s annual award ceremony for the hospitality industry is back for its fifth year running and promises to be a night to remember with a total of 29 categories to be awarded on the night. This year’s winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Sofitel, The Palm

Hilton To Open 100 Hotels Across Middle East and North Africa

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Apr 2019

With its rapidly developing pipeline in the Middle East and North Africa, Hilton expects to open almost 100 hotels in the region in the next five years. This will be mainly in markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, and Egypt, equating to a $9 billion investment by Hilton’s development partners, including

19 New Marriott International Properties To Open in 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Apr 2019

Marriott International today announced it expects to add 19 new properties and more than 3,000 rooms to its Middle East and Africa portfolio in 2019.  Underpinning a strong demand for its diverse brands, the new additions are in line with the company’s expansion plans to add more than 100 new properties and nearly 26,000 rooms across

Meraas Signs Naming Rights Deal With Coca-Cola For Its Multipurpose Arena

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Apr 2019

Meraas has signed a 10-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the exclusive naming rights for Dubai’s biggest indoor, multipurpose arena. Upon completion, the 17,000-capacity arena will be known as the Coca-Cola Arena. Located at City Walk in Dubai, the arena will open to the public in June this year. Owned by Meraas, the Coca-Cola

MR Properties Break Ground On Two New Hotels In Al Marjan Island

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Apr 2019

MR Properties has announced the launch of two new hotels in Al Marjan Island the flagship of Marjan, the master-developer of freehold properties in Ras Al Khaimah. Having already launched Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, MR Properties recently broke ground for Hampton by Hilton on Al Marjan Island, the largest under

SHORTLIST: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Apr 2019

After receiving a record number of nominations, the shortlist for the Leaders in Hospitality Awards has been revealed below. HOTEL CATEGORIES Leading New Hotel Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai W Amman Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront Rove Dubai Marina Al Bait Sharjah Pearl Rotana Capital Centre W Dubai – The Palm Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Multi Billion Dollar Worth Deals Signed At Gulfood 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Apr 2019

Gulfood 2019 ended its 24th run at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals reinforcing the emirate’s reputation for specialist industry events that serve as strategic gateways to hugely-lucrative and transformational global markets. The 2019 edition of the show was the largest to date, attracting more than 100,000 visitors

Joe & Seph’s Natural Popcorn Flavours Enter The UAE Market

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Apr 2019

According to a report by Allied Market Research, the global popcorn market is projected to reach $15billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.6% from 2017 to 2023. Joe & Seph’s has entered the regional market to compete with big FMCG brands with their range of handmade popcorn. Founded in London, UK, the company takes

Jumeirah Tops Most Intimate Brand List In The Region Followed By Hilton, A Study Finds

by Mahak Mannan | 02 Apr 2019

Nine out of ten of the hospitality & theme park brands in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy Study saw a rise in their Brand Intimacy Quotient (BIQ) scores in 2019. This meant the hospitality & theme parks industry also moved up one place, from 15 to 14 place in the largest study of brands based on emotions.

A New Jones The Grocer Outlet Opens At Dubai Mall

by Mahak Mannan | 01 Apr 2019

Jones the Grocer has officially opened its doors at Dubai Mall in partnership with Al-Futtaim. The store features a theatre kitchen, bakery, patisserie, artisan cheese and charcuterie rooms, and a meat ager that dry ages choice cuts of meat. The Dubai Mall location also features a 100 seat balcony, a children’s play area, and a

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