Australian hotel company, StayWell enters Saudi

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Apr 2016

Australian hotel management company, StayWell has revealed plans to operate its first hotels in Saudi Arabia.  The company has signed a management agreement to open and operate two Park Regis properties in Mecca. The two hotels feature 286 and 344 guest rooms respectively (630 rooms in total). They are expected to open in the second

Operation Falafel opens third outlet at Kite Beach

by Dina Maaty | 03 Apr 2016

Dubai concept Operation Falafel has opened its third outlet at Kite Beach, adding to its The Beach, JBR and Boxpark locations. The restaurant is designed in the style of a shipping container and has the same menu as its two other locations, serving traditional Arabic food, including street food items such as falafels and shawermas.

Millennium Hotel Hail, Saudi appoints new general manager

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Apr 2016

Millennium and Copthorne has appointed Sherif Ezzat as the new general manager of Millennium Hotel Hail in north-western Saudi Arabia.  Seasoned hotelier Ezzat, makes the move to the newly opened Millennium Hail Hotel from the group’s properties in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. In his career Sherif has accumulated a wealth of experience and a solid understanding

Rixos, The Palm launches all-inclusive offer

by Dina Maaty | 02 Apr 2016

Rixos The Palm has launched its ‘ultra-all-inclusive’ package option for guests staying at the resort. In addition to the existing bed and breakfast and half board packages, guests can now upgrade to an all-inclusive package, which includes food and beverage from the hotel’s 11 restaurants and bars at no additional cost. Erkan Yildirim, senior vice

Gluten-free Tawa Bakery opens in Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 01 Apr 2016

Tawa Bakery, Abu Dhabi’s first gluten-free bakery has opened at Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach. Emirati founder Reem Al Shemari, was diagnosed with celiac disease last year and wanted to create a concept that demonstrates how gluten-free food can be tasty. Al Shemari commented: “Gluten-free food is very misunderstood. I love food and don’t believe

Last chance to nominate for Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

The nomination deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural BNC Publishing Leaders in Hospitality Awards, which is open to hoteliers and hotel properties across the Middle East, including the UAE, wider GCC, Levant and Egypt. The deadline for nominations is Monday 4 April, and all nominations can be submitted free of charge. Please email

Opinion: Making a night of it

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Samer S. Hamadeh, founder & managing partner at Aegis Hospitality says nightlife venues should not be put off by oversaturation or competition. Nightlife is one of the more interesting businesses born out of the social realm we refer to as the third place. Nightlife venues are some of the most accessible to many people, save

The Artisan; by Enoteca Pinchiorri opens in DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Italian restaurant The Artisan; by Enoteca Pinchiorri has opened in the Burj Daman Building, DIFC. A concept derived from the Enoteca Pinchiorri, located in Florence, Italy, the restaurant offers refined-casual dining and is headed up by executive head chef of the restaurant is Luca Tresoldi who has worked at the Florence for a number of

Burj Al Arab opens cocktail bar on top floor

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

New cocktail bar Gold on 27 is set to open on 8 April on the highest floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The venue offers views over Dubai’s skyline with art deco design, textured gold coloured walls and resident DJ Darko De Jan entertaining guests with deep house. The concept of the venue is to

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority announces new director general

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has named  His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash as the new director general of the authority. In addition to his vast experience in spheres of strategic, investment and media affairs, Ghobash has held several senior executive positions and has been a member of the governing bodies of key government entities.

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