Doha hotel joins Hilton’s Curio Collection

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2017

The AlRayyan Hotel Doha is the first property in the Middle East to be added to the Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 30 hotels across the globe aimed at offering travellers an authentic local experience. “Doha, characterised as a destination offering inspiration, progress and adventure, has firmly placed itself as

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham JBR Appoints New Hotel Manager

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Jumeirah Beach Residence has appointed Samer Rafie as hotel manager. An Egyptian national, Rafie has more than two decades of hospitality experience in the GCC region, having worked in UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Bahrain. Commenting on his appointment, Rafie said: “I am delighted to join Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR. I

Dukes Dubai marks soft opening

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

British hotel brand Dukes has opened its first property outside of London on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. The five-star property owned and operated by Seven Tides, features 273 rooms including 64 suites, a ladies-only Duchess floor featuring 20 rooms, 227 fully furnished hotel apartments and six F&B outlets. Debrah Dhugga, managing director of Dukes Dubai and

Lapita Hotel Dubai begins welcoming guests

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Lapita Hotel has begun welcoming guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination. Part of Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, the Polynesian-themed property has 504 rooms including 60 suites and three private villas. Lapita – the only hotel in Dubai Parks and Resorts – features five

Opinion: Why hoteliers should ‘brick wall’ customers in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Jan 2017

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels offers five reasons why we should ‘brick wall’ our existing customer base in 2017   As the saying goes, “The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing,” so what can we learn from 2016 that will stand us in good stead for 2017? Well I’m sure every

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

Dubai’s Metropolitan Hotel re-opens after three-year closure

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Dec 2016

Al Habtoor Group’s The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai has re-opened in a new location on Sheikh Zayed Road, following a three-year closure. The original hotel was built in 1979 and demolished in 2013 to make way for Al Habtoor City, which houses the St. Regis, W and Westin Al Habtoor City and The Dubai Water Canal.

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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