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Alghanim Industries brings US brand Slim Chickens to MENA region

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Dec 2016

Alghanim Industries has entered into a master franchise agreement with Slim Chickens to bring the fast-casual restaurant brand to the Middle East and North Africa region. Founded in 2003 in Arkansas, the move marks Slim Chickens’ first venture outside of the United States. Alghanim Industries chairman Kutayba Alghanim commented: “We are committed to expanding our

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

FACE TO FACE: Dubai’s sea breeze

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

Jumierah Al Naseem marks the completion of one of Dubai’s most iconic properties – Madinat Jumierah. Newly appointed Richard Alexander, general manager, Jumeirah Al Naseem tells Hotel News ME how the youngest member of the successful Arabian resort’s family of hotels is set to breeze onto Dubai’s shoreline and make its mark.  Nestled away on

Rove Hotels opens second Dubai property

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

Rove Hotels – Emaar Hospitality Group’s mid-scale lifestyle hotel brand  has opened its second property in Dubai.  Rove City Centre, under Rove Hotels, a joint venture of Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding, opens following the successful launch of Rove Downtown Dubai, next to The Dubai Mall and the Dubai International Financial Centre. Seven Rove Hotels

AlRayyan Hotel Doha reveals new executive team

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio – A Collection by Hilton has revealed the executive members behind the new city hotel set to open late December 2016. General Manager, Luca Crocco, who was appointed during the hotel’s pre-opening phase in June 2015, leads a multicultural team across the 201 rooms and suites, five restaurants, three outdoor swimming

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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