Hotel & Catering ME

Emirates reopens lounges worldwide starting with Cairo

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2020

Emirates is reopening its lounges around the world, starting with Cairo International Airport. In the coming weeks, Emirates’ customers can look forward to enjoying lounge services in other destinations including New York’s JFK International and Manchester Airport. The airline has redesigned its lounge offering and introduced additional health and safety measures. The new protocols will

IATA calls for the reopening of borders with testing, no quarantine required

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2020

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously resolved to urgently call on governments to reopen borders for travel. IATA is proposing systematic testing of international travellers, which would permit the lifting of border restrictions and provide an alternative to current quarantine rules. Quarantines essentially kill demand for air travel and governments

The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah to celebrate UAE National Day with offerings

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2020

The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is offering a special package for families, where guests can celebrate the UAE National Day in authentic Emirati style. For an all-encompassing holiday experience, the resort is offering a three-night staycation for the price of two when booked in a The Chedi Grand Room or a higher category* allowing guests

Accor takes full ownership of sbe hotel brands

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2020

As part of its simplification and asset-light strategy, and with the goal of accelerating its momentum in the fast-growing lifestyle hospitality sector, Accor has announced the signing of binding agreements on a new sbe Group ownership structure. Under the terms of these agreements, Accor is taking full ownership of sbe’s Hotel asset light business including

Accor enters into exclusive negotiations with Ennismore

by Dina Maaty | 25 Nov 2020

Accor & Ennismore have announced that they are entering into exclusive negotiations to form the world’s leading lifestyle operator in the hospitality sector, focusing on one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry. Through this all-share merger, a new autonomous and fully asset light entity will bring together an unrivalled portfolio of world class brands,

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh to make its debut in the Cambodian capital in 2021

by Dina Maaty | 25 Nov 2020

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is set to launch in the Cambodian capital in early 2021, marking the brand’s first venture into one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. With 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, the new contemporary-meets-colonial property is scheduled to open in January 2021 in the heart of Phnom Penh’s Doun Penh district with the hotel website

Emaar Hospitality and Arada launch Vida Residences Aljada in Sharjah

by Dina Maaty | 24 Nov 2020

Emaar Hospitality and Arada have officially launched the first phase of off-plan sales for Vida Residences Aljada, marking Vida’s first entry into Sharjah’s branded residences space. Owned and developed by Arada, and operated by Vida Hotels and Resorts, the one, two, three-bedroom branded apartments and penthouses will add to Vida’s portfolio, including Vida Emirates Hills,

Saudi Arabia and the UAE lead region’s hotel construction pipeline, report reveals

by Dina Maaty | 24 Nov 2020

According to the latest published Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East, analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state that, at the end of the third quarter of 2020, countries with the most projects are Saudi Arabia with 204 projects/69,743 rooms and the United Arab Emirates with 185 projects/54,533 rooms. The hotel construction pipeline in

F&B Networking Hub by SIAL Middle East garners extensive international participation

by Dina Maaty | 24 Nov 2020

The F&B Networking Hub by SIAL Middle East – E-summit and Meetings has achieved record results during its virtual sessions, held on November 23. Over 700 global experts and specialists from 65 countries, alongside 57 local and international media outlets, attended both the e-sessions and the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Virtual Platform. The F&B Networking

Accor Middle East & Africa expands with the addition of India and Turkey

by Dina Maaty | 23 Nov 2020

Accor has added India and Turkey to its Middle East & Africa region. The newly expanded region will now comprise a portfolio of more than 84,000 rooms across 400 hotels.  This regional expansion brings an increased pipeline of over 112 properties, scheduled to open in the coming 24 months, bringing the overall number of keys

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