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Hoteliers braced for challenging trading conditions

by Patrick Ryan | 02 May 2018

Hotel operators in the UAE are preparing themselves for a period of challenging trading conditions as Ramadan and the subsequent summer season become ever closer.

Everything you need to know about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

This page answers some frequently asked questions about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017. ***NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: 7 September 2017*** How do I nominate? You can either download the categories, nomination guidelines and nomination form using the below links or email to have them sent to you. Send your completed nomination form(s) to by Thursday

CATEGORIES: Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

The Leaders in F&B Awards 2017 will celebrate the leading restaurants and individuals working in the Middle East’s F&B industry. The full list of 18 categories is detailed below. For nomination enquiries and to request a nomination form, please contact  RESTAURANTS *Please note: nominated venues can be within a hotel or stand-alone concepts, owned by

Experiential travel boosts Qatar’s economy

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Mar 2017

The tourism sector in Qatar is being boosted by a growth in experiential travel. That’s according to Arabian Travel Market (ATM) senior exhibition director Simon Press who was speaking ahead of the annual event which is taking place from 24-27 April at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). “Qatar’s well-paced National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 will

Country focus: Qatar

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Qatar is increasingly becoming a highly desirable location, says Al Rayaan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton general manager Luca Crocco. As evidence he points to the fact that, thanks to recent expansions, Qatar Airways now flies to 120 destinations. Meliá Hotels International, development director of Middle East and North Africa Benjamin Oppl said: “A prolonged scenario with

Face To Face: Alison Grinnell, CFO Rak Hospitality Holding

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Alison Grinnell, the CFO of RAK Hospitality Holding, is convinced that good things are going to be happening in the emirate. She speaks here to Patrick Ryan about how she’s looking forward to seeing how the future unfolds in Ras Al Khaimah. It seems that everyone is queuing up these days to tell you about

Anantara ventures into Europe with Algarve opening

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Feb 2017

Tamir Kobrin has been appointed as general manager of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal. It marks Anantara’s first property in Portugal and the brand’s first foray into Europe. Kobrin said:“This is an exciting opening for Anantara. Whilst Portugal is a well-known travel destination, Anantara’s authentic luxury will immerse guests in the Algarve’s classic charms,

Rotana opens its first African hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Feb 2017

Rotana has opened its first hotel in Africa with the Kin Plaza Arjaan in Kinshasa,the Democratic Republic of Congo. The luxury five-star hotel has 101 rooms, studios and suites as well as three food and beverage outlets. Rotana president and CEO Omer Kaddouri said: “Rotana has been increasingly looking to markets in Africa to drive business growth and expansion,

Product focus: In room accessories

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Feb 2017

Myriam Redouane Regional Commercial Director – SAGMA CORP +971 4 454 84 02 What is your best-selling product? Honouring the heritage of the worldwide renowned haute couture elegance, the Oud & Rose scented hotel amenities set, by Lanvin is our best-selling product. It contains notes of oud, rose, patchouli and musc. In 1924, Jeanne

The need for premium Wi-Fi

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

du chief commercial officer Fahad AlHassawi on the importance of not cutting back on connectivity In a few short decades, the world has progressed to a point where we are so digitally connected that we have everything at our fingertips; so much so, that we can even access internet on commercial flights. According to a

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