First Bayti homes nearing completion

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2015

Al Hamra Real Estate Development has announced that it is nearing completion of the first of its luxury Bayti Homes at Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah. Finishing works are scheduled to begin once structural and block work is completed, with 80 homes set to be ready for owners to move in a month ahead

Lights back on in Lebanon

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Lebanon’s hotel industry is showing strong signs of recovery as tourism arrivals pick up and infrastructure enhancements get underway  PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENTS Rural Tourism Strategy for Lebanon: Launched by the Ministry of Tourism last year, this 50-page plan aims to promote Lebanon’s rural and eco tourism credentials. It’s project funded by the United States Agency

Chain Focus: HMH Hospitality Management Holdings

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2014-2015 achievements, its future goals, plus it planned Middle East pipeline GROUP OVERVIEW Founded in 2003 in Dubai, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings is a fully integrated hotel management company that prides itself on being the first hotel chain in the Middle East to offer a halal-friendly, alcohol-free

Affordable luxury for all, YOTEL CEO Hubert Viriot, outlines the company’s plans.

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

YOTEL recently announced plans to open its first property in Dubai – a move that kick-starts its ambitious Middle East expansion campaign. The hospitality firm, an affiliate company of Kuwait-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts KSCC, signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties LLC (‘DIP’) to operate YOTEL Business Bay, which is due to open

Sandrine Le Biavant, director consultancy, Farnek compares the energy consumption from 2014 to Q1 of 2015

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Variable trends: There has been an average drop in occupancy of 5.3 % and a decrease of 3.8% in guest nights and we notice an increase in the average temperature of 11% in Q1 of 2015 compared to 2014 and an increase of 25.6% in cooling degree days, reflecting warmer weather conditions. Energy Use intensity:

Event Review: HOTEC Middle East 2015

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

This year’s edition of HOTEC Middle East 2015, brought together technical directors, hotel purchasing managers and directors under one roof to meet and network with international and regional hospitality suppliers. The event included a series of one-to-one panel sessions, business and social activities designed to enable delegates to spend quality time with leading suppliers and

Citymax Hotels confirm new Dubai properties

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Citymax Hotels have announced three new projects set to pop up across the region further adding to the mid-scale hotel brand’s extensive portfolio of affordable, family friendly hotels, with a new Citymax hotel in Al Barsha which will be within walking distance of Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Metro, featuring 120 rooms with

DAMAC Properties opens its first NAIA Hotel Apartment

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

The first NAIA Hotel and Hotel Apartments project opened its doors for the first time to the public with the news of the launch announced at this year’s ATM. The announcement included details of the newly opened property which is situated in the heart of the Burj area in Dubai, features include the NAIA Breeze,

Millennium & Copthorne makes headway in the region with plans to have over 1,200 keys in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Millennium & Copthorne has announced the signing of four new hotels set to open in Dubai with the properties to include three Studio M hotels, representing its contemporary budget concept as well as a Millennium hotel and are due to open in Dubai World Central, Dubai Investments Park and Al Barsha with the announcement following

Second Dubai property on the horizon for the Four Seasons

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

With the recent success of the of the newly opened Four Seasons, Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, the hotel chain has announced its plans for the development of a second property to appear in the region in the complementary location at the heart of the city’s International Finance Centre.   The DIFC hotel is expected to

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