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Culture Summit Abu Dhabi to livestream special panel session and performances

by Dina Maaty | 07 Apr 2020

In the absence of a Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2020 event, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), in collaboration with global cultural organisations, is delivering a special Culture Summit Abu Dhabi live stream experience, set to be broadcast on YouTube on Thursday, April 9 at 5pm (UAE time). HE

Multinationals and businesses pledge support for community fund against COVID-19: Dubai Chamber

by Dina Maaty | 07 Apr 2020

The Community Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19 is a major step towards mitigating the economic, social and health challenges posed by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), asserted His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The private sector will have a leading role to play in supporting

McGettigan’s and Bonnington Hotel to donate meals to frontline workers

by Dina Maaty | 07 Apr 2020

McGettigan’s and Bonnington Hotel will be donating hundreds of free meals to thank frontline workers across the UAE as part of the national Together We Are Good campaign. The effort will be coordinated from the Bonnington Hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers and will begin next week – with classic favourites such as fish and

Ascott chief takes on additional role as CapitaLand’s lodging CEO

by Dina Maaty | 06 Apr 2020

CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, has announced the appointment of Kevin Goh as its new chief executive officer, Lodging. In this new role, according to the group, Goh will oversee CapitaLand Group’s lodging business. Lodging is one of the three pillars of the Group’s strategic businesses for sustainable growth,

Indian packaging manufacturer inks agreement to build Abu Dhabi factory

by Dina Maaty | 06 Apr 2020

Shrinath Flexipack Pvt Ltd, an India-based manufacturer of plastic packaging materials, has finalised an agreement to build its first factory in the Middle East at KIZAD. The investment of AED 55 million ($15 million) will allow the Hyderabad plastics player to set up on a greenfield site within KIZAD’s Polymers Park. The new facility will

I urge operators to act responsibly: Abu Dhabi National Hotels CEO

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2020

Khalid Anib, chief executive officer at Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) has released a statement addressing the industry amid the global coronavirus battle. Giant hotel groups operate in different countries, some with strong social security systems while others offering weak or totally inexistent support, leaving employees at risk when forced out of work, Anib started

Accor launches €70 million fund to support employees

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2020

Accor Group has announced post-crisis recovery measures amid the global battle against the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on hospitality worldwide. After consulting with the Group’s main shareholders, JinJiang International, Qatar Investment Authority, Kingdom Holding Company and Harris Associates, Accor has decided to allocate 25% of the planned dividend (€70m) to the launch of the “ALL

Coronavirus drives shift to e-commerce in Saudi Arabia: Oxford Business Group

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2020

Restrictions on movement and trade as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a significant shift in consumer behavior in Saudi Arabia, with locals increasingly turning to digital channels, says Oxford Business Group (OBG). Worldwide, cases of COVID-19 have risen to 859,000 and 42,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus as of

OYO founder to forgo salary as leadership team takes pay cuts due to coronavirus constraints

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2020

Ritesh Agarwal, founder and group CEO of OYO Hotels & Homes, has announced he would forgo 100% of his salary for the rest of the year. The company’s entire executive leadership team has taken a voluntary pay cut starting at 25%, with many opting for an additional uncapped amount, and some going up to 50%

Emirates announces first passenger flights post suspension

by Dina Maaty | 05 Apr 2020

Emirates has received approvals to carry passengers on certain flights. Effective Monday, April 6 initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with four flights a week to London Heathrow, and three flights a week to the other cities. Operating from Dubai International airport Terminal 2 until further notice,

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