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Dubai Marriott Harbour names new Executive Housekeeper

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites located in Dubai Marina has names Laura Zanfirescu as the property’s new Executive Housekeeper. Zanfirescu began her career in Spain where she quickly moved through the ranks of housekeeping and into an executive housekeeper role at the Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia. She then moved to

Azizi Developments announces Expo 2020 serviced apartment project

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

UAE based developer, Azizi Developments has announced the pre-launch of its 222-unit Montrell serviced apartments project. When complete, the furnished serviced apartment building will offer a total of 168 fully furnished luxury studios and 54 one-bedroom units. The total cost of the development is said to be in the region of $80 million. Farhad Azizi,

UAE set to represent 90% of the leisure tourism market

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The UAE is forecast to make up 90% of the leisure tourism market in the Middle East by 2020, according to research by Team Leisure LLC ahead of The Leisure Show Dubai 2016.  Phil Taylor, director at Team Leisure LLC, said: “The UAE is just about to take a huge step on to the world

St. Regis Abu Dhabi appoints Les Clefs d’Or member as Chief Concierge

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has appointed Erwin Rachim as Chief Concierge. Rachim, an Indonesian national, brings to the hotel over 16 years’ hospitality experience including 10 years specialising in concierge in the Middle East. Rachim is one of just 39 Les Clefs d’Or members in the UAE. Les Clefs d’Or is an association of the

MEET THE EXPERT: Oversupply Issues

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jul 2016

Aditya Rajaram, managing director, Radar DWC LLC, reveals how hoteliers can keep up with the competition and secure their share of business, leisure, corporate and Gen Y travellers.  Today’s hospitality industry is bustling with new brands, upcoming properties and new concepts, so it is no surprise that the market is a highlight competitive breeding ground

Kempinski Hotels names Dutch national as new SVP operations

by Dina Maaty | 20 Jul 2016

Kempinski hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht as the new senior vice president, regional operations for the Middle East and Africa.   A seasoned hotelier, Dutch national, Meyknecht brings with him than 30 years’ experience and a skillset of three languages, including fluent Dutch, German and English. Meyknechat, a graduate of Maastricht Hotel School in the Netherlands

Wyndham Hotel Group appoints new Cluster GM

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Jul 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has named Rogier M. Hurkmans as cluster general manager for two of the group’s hotels in the UAE. Hurkmans will oversee TRYP by Wyndham located in Barsha Heights and the recently opened hotel, Wyndham Dubai Marina. Hurkmans joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in the Middle East a year ago as opening general

Dubai Municipality to launch Future Food Live

by Dina Maaty | 13 Jul 2016

Dubai Municipality has partnered with Dubai World Trade Centre to launch Future Food Live, a new exhibition, conference and workshop aimed at increasing food security and creating a healthier society. The event will put diet and nutrition under the spotlight, with a focus on nutritional food and beverage products, and organic and halal producers. There

Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood Receives Antitrust Authorisation From Saudi Arabia & Mexico

by Sophia Soltani | 09 Jul 2016

Marriott International, Inc has revealed that it has received authorisation from competition authorities in Saudi Arabia and Mexico to proceed with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a merger transaction. With these authorisations, the only remaining country in which Marriott and Starwood require pre-merger authorisation from is China. Marriott and Starwood said they

Brexit: What does it mean for UAE travellers to the UK?

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jul 2016

UAE nationals and expats heading to the UK this summer are expected to splash out on fancy hotels, upgrades, dining and entertainment as a result of the pound’s value slumping post-Brexit.  As Britain has voted to leave the European Union to take greater control of its economy and its borders, shattering the stability of the

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