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Ròya inks deal with The Onyx Dubai as strategic advisory consultant

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Sep 2016

Dubai based hospitality consultancy firm, Ròya, has inked a strategic deal with The Onyx Dubai to act as lead advisors in the operator search, evaluation and selection process. A subsidiary of Ishraqah For Development Ltd, The Onyx for Development Ltd,  begun as an alliance between Saudi giants, Al Zahran Group and Ben Mahfouz Group with a

Face to Face: Guido De Wilde, SVP, regional director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Sep 2016

Having withstood the test of time, Guido De Wilde, senior vice president, regional director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Middle East has been with the company for almost 30 years, climbing the ladder of success and travelling the globe in the process. A sincere gentleman with goodwill at the core of his character, De Wilde tells

New Dubai mega-project, Jumeirah Central unveiled by H.H Sheikh Mohammed

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Sep 2016

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the launch of Jumeirah Central, an urban mixed-use city district expected to become a comprehensive model for future urban planning in Dubai and around the world. The district will comprise 47 million sq.ft

dmg makes series of senior appointments to design & hospitality divisions

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Aug 2016

Ahead of the Hotel Show Dubai, 2016, dmg Events, Middle East, Asia and Africa has made a series of senior appointments with two high-profile executives as it looks to drive greater growth in its design and hospitality divisions. Tony Crinion has been named as the portfolio director for design and Ray Tinston as the portfolio director for

Dur Hospitality inks deal with Dar Al Hijrah for selection of turnkey projects

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Aug 2016

Saudi based hotel developer and operator, Dur Hospitality has inked a deal with realtor, Dar Al Hijrah for a selection of turnkey hospitality projects. The Public investment fund (PIF) represented by the Saudi Real Estate Development Company Dar Al-Hijrah and Dur Hospitality, the Saudi Company specialising in hotel development and operations through local and international

Hansgrohe SE celebrates 115 years of operations

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Aug 2016

German sanitary fittings manufacturer, Hansgrohe SE is celebrating 115 years of operation. Launched in June 1901, Hans Grohe founded a metal spinning workshop in the town of Schiltach in Germany’s Black Forest, 115 years later he could hardly have imagined that the three-man business would become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bathroom fixtures

Minor Hotels reports profit increase of 73% in first half of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Aug 2016

Hotel owner, operator and investor, Minor Hotels has reported a net profit increase of 73% in H1, 2016. The hotel group, currently boasts a portfolio of 151 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean. Excluding the non-recurring revaluation contributions of the acquisition

Middle East hotel pipeline grows by 18.8%

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Aug 2016

According to STR’s July 2016 Pipeline Report there are 155,899 rooms in 552 projects under contract in the Middle East and 56,227 rooms in 295 projects under contract in Africa.  Figures revealed that the under contract total in the Middle East represented an 18.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with July 2015, specifically in

Dusit Hotels & Resorts signs deal for DusitPrincess ACES Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Aug 2016

Dusit Hotels and Resorts has signed a management agreement with ACES Property Development to operate DusitPrincess ACES Dubai, a new hotel apartment project within Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai, bringing Dusit’s portfolio to six in the Middle East. Located overlooking the Dubai Marina skyline, and offering access to the new Al Maktoum International Airport, the Palm

GCC hotels report declining profitability in first half of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Aug 2016

According to a new report from STR, hotels across the GCC have been experiencing a downturn in performance and overall profitability that correlates with a decline in oil prices. Through the first half of 2016, the GCC hotel industry reported a 10.3% Y-o-Y decrease in the key hotel performance indicator RevPAR. According to Statista, the

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