New chef joins Cucina at Courtyard by Marriott Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Sep 2017

Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community has hired Artyom Hakobyan as the new chef of Cucina, the hotel’s Italian eatery.  Originally from Armenia, Hakobyan joins the Marriott family with seven years’ experience and a love of molecular gastronomy. With a degree in Culinary Arts, Hakobyan began his career as a chef in the army and

Marriott strengthens Middle East & Africa brand portfolio

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Apr 2017

Following the completion of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2016, Marriott International projects growth across 38 countries and 150,000 rooms in the Middle East & Africa, operational and pipeline, by 2022.  The new additions will bolster Marriott International’s existing collection of 247 hotels and 54,000 rooms in 30 countries across the region.

It’s a grand opening for Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Mar 2017

The Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday. The five-star hotel’s six restaurants and the 400 guest rooms were all under the spotlight at the grand opening. Marriott International president and managing director, Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis said: “As the newest addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio in the

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

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

Marriott International opens second boutique hotel in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Marriott International has opened its second boutique hotel in Dubai – La Ville Hotel and Suites, part of the Autograph Collection, joining Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa. Comprising of 77 rooms, 11 suites and 68 apartments, guest rooms are poised to offer urban luxury through décor led by sophisticated neutral furnishings, combined with contemporary


by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

The UAE has witnessed an epic transformation since it was formed 45 years ago. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which were once sleepy fishing villages, inhabited by Bedouins, pearl divers and traders, have rapidly evolved into global economic powerhouses, home to some of the world’s busiest airports and attracting a growing number of international tourists.  

IMG World of Adventures reveals plans for new mega-project in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Dec 2016

IMG Worlds, the Dubai-based owner and operator of IMG World of Adventures has revealed plans to build a new, two million sqft  theme park – IMG Worlds of Legends.  The all new IMG Worlds of Legends, will feature nine zones which are set to bring together globally celebrated entertainment brands, including Ubisoft, Mattel, Nickelodeon, Saban

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

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