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Nando’s to open flagship outlet in Riyadh

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Jun 2017

Nando’s will open its flagship Middle East outlet this month in Riyadh on Tahlia Street. The restaurant brand, which specialises in flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken, first launched in the Saudi capital in November 2016, breaking international sales records and serving 180,000 people to date. Richard Barclay, COO Foodmark commented: “Recognised internationally as the only way

Marriott strengthens Middle East & Africa brand portfolio

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Apr 2017

Following the completion of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2016, Marriott International projects growth across 38 countries and 150,000 rooms in the Middle East & Africa, operational and pipeline, by 2022.  The new additions will bolster Marriott International’s existing collection of 247 hotels and 54,000 rooms in 30 countries across the region.

Rixos the Palm reports 12% increase in occupancy throughout 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Dec 2016

Rixos The Palm Dubai has revealed that it experienced a 12% increase in occupancy rates over 2016 with aveage occupancy across the hotel sitting at 90%. The influx of tourists in the UAE has led to the expansion of Rixos Hotels with additional hotels set to open across the region over then next 2 months.

Meliá Hotels International reveals 2017 MEA pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2016

Meliá Hotels International (MHI) has revealed its upcoming pipeline for the next 12 months, including  18 scheduled openings plus MHI’s first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Founded in 1956, MHI has grown from one hotel in Mallorca to an international company boasting more than 375 properties in 42 countries worldwide. Meliá Cartagena de Indias,

Middle East reports 3.6% increase in room supply

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

STR’s November 2016 Pipeline Report has revealed that there are 159,922 rooms in 560 projects under contract in the Middle East and 58,878 rooms in 316 projects under contract in Africa. Figures revealed that the under contract total in the Middle East represents a 10.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with November 2015. Specifically

Alghanim Industries brings US brand Slim Chickens to MENA region

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Dec 2016

Alghanim Industries has entered into a master franchise agreement with Slim Chickens to bring the fast-casual restaurant brand to the Middle East and North Africa region. Founded in 2003 in Arkansas, the move marks Slim Chickens’ first venture outside of the United States. Alghanim Industries chairman Kutayba Alghanim commented: “We are committed to expanding our

Middle East hotels see performance slump

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Dec 2016

According to the latest report from STR, hotels in the Middle East reported negative results in October 2016, while hotels in Africa posted mixed results in the three key performance metrics.  Compared with October 2015, the Middle East reported a 4.4% decrease in occupancy to 64%, a 9% drop in average daily rates (ADR) to

The Hotel Show set to debut in the Philippines in 2017

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

dmg events – Middle East, Asia & Africa has revealed plans to launch The Hotel Show Philippines in August 2017.  The Hotel Show Philippines will take place from 2 to 5 August, 2017 in Metro Manila, while the flagship show will follow in September at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE. The Hotel

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome

5 minutes with… Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Nov 2016

Following the launch of Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc first office and equipment facility in Dubai, Hotel News ME hears from Jean Paul Roudier, vice president, emerging markets, Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS markets on what the new premises has on offer. Why was the decision taken to launch a Manitowoc Foodservice facility in Dubai? As









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