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UAE theme parks to welcome over 19m visitors by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million admissions a year by 2020 according to data released by Colliers International in their Theme Park Tourism Report ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017. The prediction is made using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld

Taj Hotels & Shangri-La ink deal to merge loyalty programmes

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces have inked a deal to merge their loyalty programmes to form Warmer Welcomes. The alliance will officially launch in March 2017 with the introduction of the Warmer Welcomes programme, integrating  Taj InnerCircle and Shangri-La’s Golden Circle guest loyalty programmes. The Warmer Welcomes programme will

Talent interview: El Sur head chef Juan Carlos

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

El Sur head chef Juan Carlos says steady progression is key to success in the region’s F&B industry Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was washing dishes while I was studying in Andorra, Spain. It’s a very laborious job and makes you appreciate how important

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi launches ’emARTi 45′

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

In celebration of the UAE’s 45th National Day, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art Hub Gallery have launched emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union Art Exhibition.  emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union brings together 45 emirati artists from all seven emirates, aimed at promoting emirati traditions, heritage and spirit. Paintings from Mohammed

1762 Stripped opens in Dubai’s JLT

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

1762, the Gourmet Deli Company, has launched 1762 Stripped, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The 5,000 ft2 two-storey venue features an in-house bakery, a retail corner with home décor and kitchenware, and a food lab, which will host educational sessions for guests to learn from the chefs. Suzi Croft, co-owner, commented: “The only way

Todd English gears up to launch two new UAE venues

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

American chef Todd English is preparing to launch two new outlets in the UAE – one in Abu Dhabi’s new airport extension, and the second in Dubai Mall. Located in the AED 10.8 billion Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, English will open a pub modelled on Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas, but

Bulldozer introduces Uzbek-inspired restaurant to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

Bulldozer Group, behind Cipriani, Sass Café and Novikov, makes its first foray into casual dining with the launch of Eshak on Dubai’s City Walk 2. Scheduled to open mid-December, the restaurant draws inspiration from the Silk Route, blending Uzbek, Armenian, Georgian, European and Middle Eastern tastes. Chef Mahmoud Efranjiey, who is at the helm of

Second Lock, Stock & Barrel to open in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Nov 2016

Dubai-based entertainment group Solutions Leisure Group will open a second Lock, Stock & Barrel venue in the second quarter of 2017, managing director Paul Evans revealed during an exclusive interview with Catering News Middle East. Scheduled to launch in May, the two-floor bar will be double the size of the original outlet in Grand Millennium

COUNTRY REPORT: The Ottoman Empire

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2016

 It’s no secret that 2016 has been a trying year for Turkey, with multiple terror attacks and a failed coup attempt under its belt. But despite recent challenges, government incentives and Turkey’s Vision 2023 tourism strategy is set to bolster tourism and drive visitors back to the region. Hotel News ME analyses how new sub-sectors

Saudi Arabia to become regional MICE leader by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their









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