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MoU to support Emiratisation in Abu Dhabi hotels

by Dina Maaty | 02 Aug 2015

Abu Dhabi National Hotels and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Author- ity have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a long-term strategic partnership to encourage young nationals to join the hospitality sector. The collaboration is in line with TCA Abu Dhabi’s “Kibrati” pro- gramme and will further support Abu Dhabi National Hotels to

Hello Halal

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2015

Hotel News ME looks at the potential to roll out halal hotels and resorts across the Gulf region with a tailor-made offering that goes way beyond halal food and a non-alcohol environment. We look at Turkey as a case study where the Antalya region is home to more than 20 halal-friendly resorts, with facilities that

GM Leaders Conference 2015: Boutique Brands

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2015

Abdulla Bin Sulaymen, CEO, Seven Tides and Asteco discusses why now is the right time for hoteliers to be looking into new concepts such as a boutique brand alongside his top tips on making headway in the market. “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Before we even considered launching DUKES Oceana,

GM Leaders Conference 2015

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2015

  General managers from across the emirates came together at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach on the 1st of June, 2015 for the inaugural edition of Hotel News ME’s GM Leaders Conference, which featured some of the Middle East’s leading professionals, including experts from the tourism and hospitality sector sharing their expert analysis

Market update

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2015

Philip Shepherd, PwC Middle East Hospitality & Leisure Leader and Alison Grinnell, PwC Middle East Hotels Leader discuss the Middle East cities hotel forecast for 2015 and 2016. Exponential growth Growth fundamentals for the region’s hotel industry remain strong, with solid performance in terms of ADR (average daily rate) and occupancy levels; however, external factors

Marriott hotels raise AED 217,555 for Nepal earthquake victims

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2015

Marriott hotels across the UAE have managed to raise a whopping  AED 217,555 to support their fellow Marriott colleagues and families to cope with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.   Shortly after the first earthquake the UAE Marriott Business Council HR team sprang into action and organised the facility for colleagues to

The spirit of giving

by Dina Maaty | 12 Jul 2015

This month Hotel News ME talks to a group of hoteliers on the importance of giving back to the local community and sustainable practices throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. Can you tell us about any CSR activities that you are running in light of the Holy month of Ramadan? Al Deik: Jumeirah Group will

Meliá to cash in on Morocco’s 2020 tourism growth strategy

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

Meliá Hotels International is cashing in on Morocco’s flour- ishing tourism industry, opening three properties (more than 700 rooms) in Saidia before 2017. The Spanish hotel firm has joined forces with SDS, a part- nership between the major Mo- roccan group CDG and the Mo- roccan Tourism Development Fund, to open a Meliá ‘Beach Hotel’

IHG inks mega Makkah deal

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has inked a deal to oper- ate the world’s largest Holiday Inn in The Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The hospitality firm has signed a management agreement with Al Majd Al Arabiah Company for Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer, which will offer a staggering 5,154 rooms across five

Dubai to add more than 28,000 hotel rooms by 2018

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

An influx of more than 28,000 hotel rooms will flood Dubai’s hotel mar- ket by 2018, a new report by Jones Lang LaSalle has revealed. They will help accommodate the 20 million visitors Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is anticipating by 2020, as well as the additional 25 million visitors expected when









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