middle east

Pre-show roundup: ATM 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Apr 2016

This year’s Arabian Travel Market is set to be the largest yet, with an extra hall added and a spotlight theme on mid-market travel, Hotel News ME hears from the hoteliers set to exhibit whilst taking a look at the show’s new features.  ATM 2016 When: 25-28 April 2016 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Key

Gluten-free Tawa Bakery opens in Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 01 Apr 2016

Tawa Bakery, Abu Dhabi’s first gluten-free bakery has opened at Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach. Emirati founder Reem Al Shemari, was diagnosed with celiac disease last year and wanted to create a concept that demonstrates how gluten-free food can be tasty. Al Shemari commented: “Gluten-free food is very misunderstood. I love food and don’t believe

Marriott International and Starwood Sign Amended Merger Agreement

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Mar 2016

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide have accepted a revised offer to merge with Marriott International after Chinese giant, Anbang threatened to shake-up the existing merger deal.    Marriott raised its bid for Starwood from $65.33 a share to $79.53 a share, greater than Anbang’s offer of $78 a share. Starwood shareholders will receive $21 cash

Deadline for S. Pellegrino Young Chef Award approaches

by Dina Maaty | 09 Mar 2016

There are only three weeks left until the closing date for S. Pellegrino Young Chef Award 2016 – the global scouting project to find the best young chef in the world. The S. Pellegrino competition sees the world divided into 20 areas, with around 100 top chefs as jurors across the globe, 20 young chef

Largest Café Bateel in the world opens in Riyadh

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

Gourmet food business Bateel International has opened Café Bateel in the retail and residential Olaya district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new venue is the largest café in the global Bateel portfolio, covering almost 9,000ft2 and seating up to 350 guests. The café also features a rooftop terrace and will serve up breakfast lunch and

MEA Pipeline data released by STR Global

by Sophia Soltani | 16 Dec 2015

According to the latest data from STR Global, the Middle East pipeline comprises of 501 hotels totalling 144,321 rooms Under Contract with 285 hotels totalling 53,093 rooms Under Contract in Africa.

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