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Ajman Tourism awards resort the emirates’ first Bureau Veritas certification

by Dina Maaty | 26 Oct 2020

In line with the Ajman Tourism Development Department’s guidelines and precautionary measures, Ajman Saray was the first hotel in the emirate to be awarded the Bureau Veritas Certification by His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Upon awarding the BV certification to Ajman Saray, His Highness Sheikh Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Ajman Tourism

IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City appoints new area general manager to oversee four properties

by Dina Maaty | 25 Oct 2020

IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City has announced the appointment of veteran hotelier Thomas Schmelter as area general manager, overseeing four properties and the Dubai Festival Arena. Originally from Germany, Schmelter, according to IHG, will drive the performance of InterContinental, InterContinental Residences Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Dubai Festival Arena by InterContinental at Dubai

Emirates launches contactless biometric path at Dubai International Airport

by Dina Maaty | 25 Oct 2020

Emirates has launched an integrated biometric path at Dubai International airport (DXB). The contactless airport experience is now open to passengers travelling from and through the emirate. The integrated biometric path will give passengers a seamless travel journey from specific check-in to boarding gates, with less document checks and less queuing. Utilising the latest biometric

Mandarin Oriental appoints general managers for two properties in Turkey

by Dina Maaty | 22 Oct 2020

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Harun Dursun and Ersev Demiröz as general managers at the chain’s Bosphorus and Istanbul properties, respectively.  Anticipated to open in Spring 2021, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul will be the Group’s second luxury hotel in Turkey. Dursun, who has been General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum since 1 May 2018, has

Radisson Hotel Group launches new brand, signs 10 new properties across EMEA

by Dina Maaty | 21 Oct 2020

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the launch of a new brand, Radisson Individuals. Radisson Individuals is a conversion brand that offers independent hotels and local, regional chains the opportunity to be part of the global Radisson Hotel Group platform, benefit from the Group’s international awareness and experience, with the freedom to maintain their own uniqueness

Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown opens with offers

by Dina Maaty | 21 Oct 2020

Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown has officially opened its doors. Boasting 269 rooms inspired by the historical story of Dubai Creek, the hotel features shisha lamps and artistic wallpaper displaying iconic landmarks of Dubai, with over 200 pieces of authentic art from local artists sourced in collaboration with Alserkal Cultural Foundation, Tashkeel and XVA gallery, as

Radisson Hotel Group appoints new general manager in Oman

by Dina Maaty | 20 Oct 2020

Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Salah Hamdan Mohammed Al Mamari as the general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Sohar in Oman. He joined the hotel in 2014 as Rooms Division Manager, before being promoted to Executive Assistant Manager in 2018. Born in Oman, Al Mamari kicked off his career in 2004 when he joined the

Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar to reopen for new season

by Dina Maaty | 20 Oct 2020

Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar, located at the Grosvenor House Dubai, is set to reopen in time for the new season on October 22, 2020. The lounge will serve up beverages mixed by expert mixologists and bites, along with weekly entertainment. Every Tuesday, a percussionist is set to join the DJ, while on Thursdays and Fridays

IHG opens its first Staybridge Suites property in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 20 Oct 2020

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its first Staybridge Suites property in the emirate, located in Dubai South. Staybridge Suites is IHG’s upscale extended-stay hotel brand, designed for multi-night business and leisure travellers. The hotel comprises 262 suites. Guests can start the day with a daily complimentary breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, as well as

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City appoints front of house manager

by Dina Maaty | 20 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City has appointed Claudia Pittau as its new front of house manager. Pittau is originally from Sardinia, Italy, and has been with the property for one year, as guest relations manager. Prior to that, she spent four years in London, where she started as a receptionist at Hilton, leaving as

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