Air Arabia Jordan launches new route from Amman to Riyadh

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Apr 2016

Air Arabia Jordan has launched  a new route from Amman to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia effective April 14, 2016. Flights will be operational three times weekly. This will be Air Arabia Jordan’s first expansion in 2016 and Riyadh will be the third Saudi Arabian city to be serviced by the carrier after Dammam and Jeddah. 

Pre-show roundup: ATM 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Apr 2016

This year’s Arabian Travel Market is set to be the largest yet, with an extra hall added and a spotlight theme on mid-market travel, Hotel News ME hears from the hoteliers set to exhibit whilst taking a look at the show’s new features.  ATM 2016 When: 25-28 April 2016 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Key

Chef Rajiv Ranjan joins Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

by Dina Maaty | 11 Apr 2016

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai has appointed Rajiv Ranjan as its new executive chef. Chef Ranjan first joined Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in 2010 when he was appointed as executive sous-chef at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments, Bur Dubai. He worked his way up to executive chef and was recognised within the company as the

Hilton Worldwide to debut Hilton Garden Inn, Doha

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Apr 2016

Hilton Worldwide has inked a management agreement with Universal Management Group to open the mid-market Hilton Garden Inn brand in Doha, C Ring Road.  Set to open in 2018, the hotel is located in Qatar’s capital, and once open will join Hilton Garden Inn hotels already operating in the UAE and KSA. “As one of

Meliá Hotels welcomes new development director for MEA

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Apr 2016

Spanish hotel group Melia Hotels International has appointed Benjamin Oppl as the new development director for the group’s Middle East and North Africa operations. Having recently celebrated their 60th Year Anniversary, Meliá Hotels International has restructured its development and expansion department, tasking  Oppl with the consolidation of activities in the MENA region. Oppl brings to

Visa and Jumeirah Group ink deal to offer exclusive benefits programme

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Apr 2016

The Jumeirah Group and Visa have inked an exclusive partnership to offer all Visa cardholders discounts and perks  for summer stays in hotels across the UAE, Maldives and Kuwait.  As part of the partnership, Visa cardholders across the Middle East and North Africa will have access to a series of value-added cardholder benefits at Jumeirah

Asian restaurant, WOK & Co., opens at ibis One Central

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

WOK & Co., a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant has opened in Dubai’s One Central district at ibis One Central. The hotel’s relaxed all-day dining restaurant serves oriental dishes prepared with a modern twist, and features an outdoor terrace. Executive chef Kiran Ramsaran said: “We are delighted to open our doors to diners at WOK &

Atana Musandam hires new executive chef

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

German-born David Maiwald has joined Atana Musandam, Oman, as executive chef.  Maiwald has worked with international hotel groups across the globe such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Jumeirah Group and Kempinski Hotels in locations such as Azerbaijan, the Maldives, Bahrain, Munich and Moscow. Khaled Elwan, cluster general manager, Atana Hotels commented: “We are

Louvre Hotels opens first Golden Tulip in Kenya

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

The Louvre Hotels Group announces first hotel in Nairobi.  The opening of the first Golden Tulip in Kenya brings the group’s presence to 13 hotels within the sub-Saharan region,  comprising a total of 2,020 rooms under its Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip brands.  The new 4-star Golden Tulip Westlands Nairobi hotel comprises of

Counter Culture Café re-launches at Dubai Marina

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has re-launched Counter Culture Café, located on the ground floor of the hotel. The eatery now features a deli with a patisserie and specialty coffees, and a new bar with grape, craft hops and cocktails. The new menu will feature health-focused options, with produce sourced locally where possible. Items

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