Dubai Festival City to feature “megamedia spectacular”

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

Dubai Festival City Mall is to feature a “unique megamedia spectacular” from Q3, 2016, following a deal signed between operator Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) and Laservision Mega Media. The new attraction will be part of the mall’s AED1.5bn expansion scheme, and will be based on other experiences around the world, such as Hong Kong’s

TIME Hotels launches CSR project

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

With a remit to strengthen community ties and enhanve workplace wellbeing, TIME Hotels has launched Tomorrow’s World, a CSR focusssed website designed to keep hotel guests up-to-date with TIME Hotel’s contribution towards building “a responsible and sustainable business community in Dubai.” Developed on the bacl of TIME’s recent CSR Label award for 2015 from the

Meraas launches new hospitality division

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2015

Meraas, the Dubai-based holding company has announced the launch of Meraas Hotels and Resorts, a new entity that will introduce, operate and manage different hotel brands. Meraas Hotels and Resorts falls under the umbrella of Meraas Hospitality, a division within the holding group that was established to oversee the company’s portfolio in the hospitality sector

Arabian Travel Market 2016 to launch Wellness & Spa Lounge

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2015

According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) by the end of 2015, the UAE’s spa industry is forecast to achieve revenues of AED 5.5 billion, rising to AED 8.3 billion by 2017, making it one of the most valuable tourism-related industries in the Middle East, with the MENA region the second fastest-growing market in the

Four Points brand debuts in Algeria

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced the debut of the Four Points brand in Algeria, with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Oran. A few minutes’ drive from the airport, the hotel is conveniently located within a short distance of the city centre with shops, restaurants, recreation and the famous Mohamed Benahmed

Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards launch new loyalty rewards initiative

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards have announced their ‘Fab Four’ benefits. Members are now able to share points among friends and family, book stays with a mix of cash and points plus book travel in advance before having enough points, and earn Elite night credits for stays paid for with points.

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates unveils 368 million dirham renovation.

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

Majid Al Futtaim has unveiled the newly refurbrished Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates following a 368 million dirham renovation. The project has seen the refurbishment of all 373 guest rooms and suites, the placement of new state-of-the-art conference and catering facilities, the opening of three new restaurants and lounges, Olea, Salero Tapas and Bodega

IHG launches new initiatives for business travellers

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

IHG has announced the global launch of two industry initiatives for business travellers – the IHG Assist andt the IHG Meeting Point. The two new services will be rolled out across more than 4,900 IHG hotels to enhance the experience offered to business guests and corporate partners. Commenting on the new services, Ingrid Quimby High,

Ajman Tourism Development Department revamps brand image

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Dec 2015

The Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) has announced the completion of a new brand identity for the emirate. The revamped identity has been launched in an attempt to drive more tourists to the destination and to promote Ajman as a place to experience the UAE’s hospitality. The new brand has been approved by His Highness

Starwood introduces 11th brand

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Dec 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced an expanded partnership with Design Hotels AG becoming the 11th Starwood brand. The move comes just seven months after Starwood launched its 10th brand, Tribute Portfolio. Since 2011, Starwood has been a majority but passive investor in the Berlin-based Design Hotels which for more than two decades has

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