Marriott Al Jaddaf appoints Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences expert as new spa manager

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Aug 2016

Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai has appointed Anand Kumar as the new spa manager of Saray Spa, where he will manage and lead the operational, strategic and financial performance of Saray Spa and Health Club. Kumar brings with him over 13 years of experience in the spa and hospitality industry having previously worked as the

Middle East hotel pipeline grows by 18.8%

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Aug 2016

According to STR’s July 2016 Pipeline Report there are 155,899 rooms in 552 projects under contract in the Middle East and 56,227 rooms in 295 projects under contract in Africa.  Figures revealed that the under contract total in the Middle East represented an 18.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with July 2015, specifically in

Religious tourism to boost Riyadh & Jeddah hotel slump

by Sophia Soltani | 16 Aug 2016

Religious tourism in Saudi Arabia is expected to drive revenue streams across the hospitality sector as performance in Riyadh and Jeddah slow down. During the second quarter, the average occupancy rates in Mecca and Medina rose by 13% and 4% Y-o-Y, while those in Riyadh and Jeddah declined by 12% and 4 % respectively according

The panel: Sorting out the staff

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Aug 2016

There are more hotels opening their doors now than ever before – but that doesn’t mean the challenges of people management have diminished. Hotel News ME talks to the backbone of human capital – the HR department – to find out how their roles are evolving and whether recruitment agencies ultimately help or hinder the

Dubai Parks & Resorts reveals official opening date

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Aug 2016

Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to officially open on 31 October, 2016. The opening will mark the region’s largest theme park complex where guests will experience nearly 100 rides and attractions across four parks. This leisure destination will comprise of three theme parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, and Legoland Dubai, together with

Cover Story: New wave marketing

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Aug 2016

From social messaging to 3D storytelling, Hotel News ME looks at creative techniques being used to engage hotel guests around the world. Today’s guests demand more from their hotel brands than ever before.  They expect a personalised service and their needs to be anticipated and this is definitely not limited to their in-house experience. Guests

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

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

Forty-eight Middle East Starwood hotels give out iftar packs to cabs

by Dina Maaty | 23 Jun 2016

Starwood Hotels & Resorts celebrated iftar with taxi drivers across the Middle East as a part of its seventh annual ‘Iftar for Cabs’. Staff from 48 hotels across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan distributed iftar packs to taxi drivers at the main entrance of each hotel on Tuesday 21 June. Commenting on

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites hires new chef

by Dina Maaty | 21 Jun 2016

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites in Dubai Marina, has appointed Chadi Terro as executive chef. Originally from Barja, Lebanon, Terro started his career at Le Meridien Beirut, Intercontinental Phoenicia Beirut, before moving to InterContinental Doha as sous chef of Fish Market, the hotel’s award-winning seafood restaurant. He later moved to the UAE where

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