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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

Rixos the Palm reports 12% increase in occupancy throughout 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Dec 2016

Rixos The Palm Dubai has revealed that it experienced a 12% increase in occupancy rates over 2016 with aveage occupancy across the hotel sitting at 90%. The influx of tourists in the UAE has led to the expansion of Rixos Hotels with additional hotels set to open across the region over then next 2 months.

Langham Hospitality Group secures deal for Jeddah hotel

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Dec 2016

Langham Hospitality Group has inked a deal with the Advanced Hotels Company to manage The Langham, Jeddah – a luxury urban hotel in Saudi Arabia. The new hotel is located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The agreement was signed in

Meliá Hotels International reveals 2017 MEA pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2016

Meliá Hotels International (MHI) has revealed its upcoming pipeline for the next 12 months, including  18 scheduled openings plus MHI’s first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Founded in 1956, MHI has grown from one hotel in Mallorca to an international company boasting more than 375 properties in 42 countries worldwide. Meliá Cartagena de Indias,

Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection names new complex GM

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Dec 2016

The Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection has named Jason Harding as the new complex general manager leading the teams at The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Harding takes on his new role following his stint with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, where he held

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts reveals plans for Fujairah debut

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans to launch Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort slated to open in January 2017. The property’s inauguration ceremony held on 15 December, was attended by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; advisor to H.H The President of the UAE. and H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al

Choice Hotels inks deal for Greece expansion

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Choice Hotels International Inc. has signed a multi-unit development agreement with GVK Enterprises, a hospitality management and development firm, to introduce and establish a hotel portfolio in Greece.  The first property under the agreement is expected to open by the summer 2017 under the Comfort brand flag in Athens, and four additional properties will be

Middle East reports 3.6% increase in room supply

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

STR’s November 2016 Pipeline Report has revealed that there are 159,922 rooms in 560 projects under contract in the Middle East and 58,878 rooms in 316 projects under contract in Africa. Figures revealed that the under contract total in the Middle East represents a 10.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with November 2015. Specifically

Mövenpick Hotels finalises deal for resort on Al Marjan Island

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has finalised a deal to operate the hospitality firm’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah – the 550-key Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island. The new property is slated to open in 2019 and will boast a prime beachfront location, offering guests unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf and the picturesque Ras









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