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

Bateel makes Qatar debut

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Dec 2016

Gourmet date and confectionery brand, Bateel International, has made its debut in Qatar, with six boutiques and cafes to be rolled out in the first quarter of 2017. The first venues opened in December in Mall of Qatar and Doha Tower (Burj Doha). Commenting on the openings, Bateel International general manager Tina Memic said: “Bateel

Opinion: How restaurant design can influence appetite

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Dec 2016

Daousser Chennoufi, founder and CEO of Draw Link Group shares the design factors that play a role in shaping customer behaviour Today, restaurants aren’t just about food: they must offer a unique dining environrement and an enjoyable guest experience. Lighting, music, artwork and the design theme have a direct impact on the mood of a

Media One Hotel appoints venue manager for refurbished Café M

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Dec 2016

Media One Hotel has appointed Adele Malik as venue manager of the newly refurbished Café M. With five years’ experience in the Dubai hospitality industry, Malik has worked in hotels in three countries since the start of her career. Commenting on her new appointment, Malik said: “I chose Media One for my next career move

Rixos the Palm reports 12% increase in occupancy throughout 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Dec 2016

Rixos The Palm Dubai has revealed that it experienced a 12% increase in occupancy rates over 2016 with aveage occupancy across the hotel sitting at 90%. The influx of tourists in the UAE has led to the expansion of Rixos Hotels with additional hotels set to open across the region over then next 2 months.

Langham Hospitality Group secures deal for Jeddah hotel

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Dec 2016

Langham Hospitality Group has inked a deal with the Advanced Hotels Company to manage The Langham, Jeddah – a luxury urban hotel in Saudi Arabia. The new hotel is located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The agreement was signed in

Meliá Hotels International reveals 2017 MEA pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2016

Meliá Hotels International (MHI) has revealed its upcoming pipeline for the next 12 months, including  18 scheduled openings plus MHI’s first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Founded in 1956, MHI has grown from one hotel in Mallorca to an international company boasting more than 375 properties in 42 countries worldwide. Meliá Cartagena de Indias,

Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection names new complex GM

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Dec 2016

The Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection has named Jason Harding as the new complex general manager leading the teams at The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Harding takes on his new role following his stint with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, where he held

Abu Dhabi’s Little Group to open nine restaurants in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 21 Dec 2016

Abu Dhabi-based Little Group, which operates restaurant, catering and consultancy divisions, will open nine new restaurant brands in the UAE capital in 2017. Little Group Restaurants aims to offer diners authentic experiences from cities around the world, with Little Mexico and Little Paris already operating in Abu Dhabi. Established in 2016, the company is preparing

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts reveals plans for Fujairah debut

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans to launch Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort slated to open in January 2017. The property’s inauguration ceremony held on 15 December, was attended by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; advisor to H.H The President of the UAE. and H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al

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