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Harnisch, former COO of Carlson Rezidor joins Emaar Hospitality Group

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Emaar Properties PJSC has appointed Olivier Harnisch as the new Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, its hospitality & leisure business.  A seasoned hotelier with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Harnisch joins Emaar from his latest stint as COO in Brussels with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group where he was responsible for a portfolio

Healthy café opens in Dubai solar-powered park

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Dec 2016

Bystro Restaurant Group has opened new café concept, Inn the Park, in Dubai’s solar-powered Al Khazzan Cadillac Park. From the creators of Bystro on Sheikh Zayed Road, Inn the Park’s menu features organic eggs, Raw coffee and local produce. Josh Benson, founder of Bystro Group of Restaurants commented: “The idea was to have an organic

UAE regional selection process for Diageo World Class underway

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Dec 2016

The regional selection process is underway for the 2017 edition of World Class, an annual bartending competition hosted by Diageo Reserve to find the world’s best bartender. Now in its eighth year, the regional leg of the competition, World Class UAE, offers a platform for the country’s bartenders to learn, grow, and test themselves against

COVER STORY: Park Life

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.  

Taj Dubai names new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

Taj Dubai has named Ranjit Phillipose as the property’s new general manager following the departure of Jason Harding. An Indian-born British national, Phillipose joins the team with over twenty years of hospitality industry experience in luxury hotels across five countries and three continents. Having started his journey in 1993 with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces

DXB to welcome 7 million passengers during festive period

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

Dubai International (DXB) is preparing to welcome some 7 million passengers during December 2016. “Nearly a quarter of a million passengers will be passing through the airport daily during the seasonal peak and we want to ensure they start enjoying their vacation as soon as they reach DXB,” said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of

Kempinski’s youngest GM moves on from the Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Dec 2016

Kai Schukowski – Kempinski’s youngest GM is due to leave his role in the Middle East to pursue his career with Kempinski Hotels in Europe. Schukowski will leave Kempinski Hotel, Ajman at the end of December 2016, where he will begin his new tenure as General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, located in the

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

AccorHotels reveals Egypt expansion

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2016

AccorHotels has signed four new hotel management agreements with ARCO for new developments in Egypt’s North Coast – all which are slated to open by 2022. The projects include the Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissôtel Fuka Bay, Novotel Al Alamein City, and ibis Styles Al Alamein City. The addition of these hotel projects increases AccorHotels’ operational

AccorHotels invests $24m for stake in Banyan Tree Hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

Banyan Tree Holdings has inked a deal with French hospitality giant, AccorHotels for a long-term partnership to develop and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels across the world. Banyan Tree will also have access to AccorHotels’ global reservations and sales network, as well as its loyalty programme Le Club AccorHotels. AccorHotels will invest €16 million ($24









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