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Ramada Ajman is not going to waste

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Jan 2017

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman has invested heavily in reducing its level of waste. The hotel has installed a WasteStation machine, a food waste macerator and dewatering unit that can process 700kg of food waste per hour. Iftikhar Hamdani, general manager, Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman, said: “This WasteStation will help improve and hasten the process

Millennium and Copthorne takes over Radisson Blu

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Jan 2017

The management of the Radisson Blu Downtown has been taken over by hotel group Millenium and Copthorne. The hotel will now be known as the M Hotel Downtown. In a statement yesterday the company said: “From Monday, 16 January 2017, the Carlson Rezidor Group is no longer managing the former Radisson Blu Downtown, located on Al

Comment: Breaking the glass ceiling

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2017

Women seeking a career in hospitality in the Middle East should take every opportunity to sit at the table, take charge of their professional life and make things happen. By Assia Riccio, founder of Evolvin’ Women. All over the world, women who are determined to advance in the business community deal with the same challenges. In

The UAE focuses on diversification to attract investment

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2017

Subdued oil prices prompted a trimmed federal budget for 2016 as the UAE, like other countries in the region, tightened its belt in response to falling hydrocarbons revenues. Hotel News ME reveals how a sustained focus on economic diversification and targeted investment across the seven emirates in recent years has placed the UAE in good

Oberoi Beach Resort signs deal with Staytus

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2017

Luxury hospitality firm Staytus has announced a partnership with the Oberoi Beach Resort in Al Zorah, Ajman, which opens next month. “Oberoi is synonymous with providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency,” said Burkhard Wolter, general manager of the Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah. “Staytus fits perfectly with that proposition, ensuring we

Wellness is on the rise at ATM

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Jan 2017

This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will be the first to have an onsite wellness and spa lounge. There will be 35 exhibitors from some of the world’s most recognised health and wellness hospitality destinations taking part in the event, which reflects the burgeoning growth within the sector. According to research from Colliers, the UAE

TAKE 10: On a budget

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Jan 2017

Despite its reputation for luxury and as home to the world’s only “7-star” hotel, the UAE has seen a significant shift towards mid-market hotels, according to JLL. The consultancy found that about half the 3,600 new hotel rooms entering the Dubai market late last year had a 3-star or lower rating. Here, Shibu Baby, general

5 Minutes With… SAGMA CORP

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Dec 2016

5 minutes with… Myriam Redouane, hospitality regional director, SAGMA CORP. Can you provide some details about the company history? Sagma Corp is a master distribution company based in Dubai. We’ve been operating since 2009 and specialise in the distribution of French niche perfumes and luxury guest amenities. We currently cover most of the GCC and

Shangri-La: A sense of place

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Dec 2016

Shangri-La Dubai has embarked on a complete overhaul of its 302 guest rooms and public areas to create a new “sense of place” in the city. Gerhard Hecker, general manager, Shangri-La Dubai tells Hotel News ME why the no-expenses spared AED 70 million refurb is set to invigorate Dubai’s city explorers.   Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has

Interview: Exclusively boutique

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Dec 2016

Newly appointed general manager of The Manzil Downtown Dubai Hotel, Riad Abu Haidar tells Hotel News ME why being “uniquely boutique” is key to waging the war against rate and occupancy dips, alongside his plans to reinforce real Arabian hospitality across the property. Artistic in spirit and contemporary in presentation, the 197-room Manzil Downtown Dubai

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