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SUPPLIER FOCUS: United by uniform

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Dec 2016

Uniforms in hotels can often become the reflection of a brand, speaking volumes about the hotel’s identity and perceived image. This month Hotel News ME hears from a group of leading uniform suppliers on why uniforms help set the tone and create a feeling of equality and a sense of belonging amongst employees. Uniforms reveal

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

InterContinental Doha Residences opens for business

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

The InterContinental Doha Residences under a management agreement with Gulf Hotels Company WLL has officially opened for business.  Located on Doha’s longest natural private beach, the new property brings a total of 82 luxury residences to Doha, comprising 17 three-bedroom villas – three of which overlook the Arabian Gulf, eight three-bedroom apartments, and 15 two-bedroom

Demand for serviced apartments peaks across GCC

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

Cheval Residences Group, a leading London developer has revealed growing investor interest in the GCC serviced apartment sector as investors capitalise on the region’s growing hospitality market and rising trend of the extended stay model. According to a recent Colliers International report at least 10,000 additional serviced apartment units are required to fulfil projected demand

Marriott inks deal for Four Points by Sheraton Riyadh

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Al Maryia Real Estate Establishment to open a Four Points by Sheraton in the capital city of Riyadh.  Scheduled to open in 2019, Four Points by Sheraton King Abdul Aziz Road will offer 130 keys in the Sulaimaniyah district of the city.  The Four Points brand is on

AED 100m renovation of Al Bait Hotel 50% complete

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

 Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has revealed that 50% of the AED 100 million renovation project of the Al Bait Hotel in Sharjah is complete.  The new hotel is located in the heart of Sharjah and is hailed as a heritage-focused project in the region. Scheduled for completion by H2 2017, the new hotel

Regency Hotel Kuwait appoints new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

The Regency Hotel Kuwait has named Marc Guenther as the property’s new general manager. A German national, Guenther brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on Food & Beverage operations to his new role in Kuwait.  Guenther has enjoyed successful tenures with established global hotel

New Spanish nightspot for Dubai’s Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Dec 2016

Nightlife venue, Espana Lounge Bar, will open its doors at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on 15 December. Drawing inspiration from the nightlife of Barcelona and Ibiza, the 6,600ft2 space features Spanish décor, a terrace, a ladies-only bar, a Sangria bar and the Gaudi bar. The menu has been designed to cater for a wide range of

Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai to open Italian restaurant

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Dec 2016

Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai is gearing up to open Italian restaurant, Ricetta, in mid-December, with chef Alex Sebastianutti at the helm of the kitchen. Featuring mustard yellow walls, red and white checkered tablecloths and black and white posters depicting scenes from Italy, the venue reflects the ambience of a traditional Italian trattoria. Ricetta’s

Interview: Parmentine

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Dec 2016

Jessica Donario, sales export manager, Parmentine, explains why the French potato brand took a stand for the first time at International Perishables Expo Middle East (WOP DUBAI) in November 2016.     Why did you attend WOP Dubai? This year marks the second time we have attended WOP Dubai, and our goal was to find









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