AED 100m renovation of Al Bait Hotel 50% complete

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

 Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has revealed that 50% of the AED 100 million renovation project of the Al Bait Hotel in Sharjah is complete.  The new hotel is located in the heart of Sharjah and is hailed as a heritage-focused project in the region. Scheduled for completion by H2 2017, the new hotel

ATM 2017 to focus on experiential travel & tourism

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Oct 2016

The 2017 edition of The Arabian Travel Market will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April 2017 with key themes centered around tourists seeking adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruising experiences. ATM 2017 will integrate the experiential theme across all of the show verticals and activities, including focused seminars

Northern Irish furniture supplier shines at IMG Worlds Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Sep 2016

Northern Irish company, Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) recently supplied themed street furniture to the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure. Owned by the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group and managed by IMG Worlds. ESF supplied over 150 themed custom benches and 450 themed litter bins to the newly opened theme park. Alan

UAE set to represent 90% of the leisure tourism market

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The UAE is forecast to make up 90% of the leisure tourism market in the Middle East by 2020, according to research by Team Leisure LLC ahead of The Leisure Show Dubai 2016.  Phil Taylor, director at Team Leisure LLC, said: “The UAE is just about to take a huge step on to the world

Rixos Hotels & Dragone officially open Land of Legends theme park & Resort in Turkey

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Jul 2016

The Land of Legends – an umbrella of Rixos Hotels by Rixos World Parks and Entertainment, has opened its gates for business.   Pioneering a brand new concept, the largest lifestyle and entertainment park of Turkey opens in Belek, Antalya, a joint venture signed between Rixos Hotels and Dragone, the international renowned Creative Company. The

Brexit: What does it mean for UAE travellers to the UK?

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jul 2016

UAE nationals and expats heading to the UK this summer are expected to splash out on fancy hotels, upgrades, dining and entertainment as a result of the pound’s value slumping post-Brexit.  As Britain has voted to leave the European Union to take greater control of its economy and its borders, shattering the stability of the

Saudi Commission for Tourism bans four types of TV channels in hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jun 2016

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has banned four types of TV channels from airing in any of the hospitality establishments based in Makkah and Madinah. Madinah SCTH Director Khalid Al-Shihrani said the commission implemented new regulations on hotels and other establishments in the hospitality industry to respect the holiness of the

Soon to be open Centro Capital Doha announces the property’s GM

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Apr 2016

Centro Capital Doha has appointed seasoned hotelier, Luca Medda as the new general manager of the new hotel which is scheduled for soft opening late April. Medda brings with him significant experience in the hospitality industry, with over 26 years in the field working for 14 hotels in 8 different countries throughout his career.  Having

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

Meliá Hotels welcomes new development director for MEA

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Apr 2016

Spanish hotel group Melia Hotels International has appointed Benjamin Oppl as the new development director for the group’s Middle East and North Africa operations. Having recently celebrated their 60th Year Anniversary, Meliá Hotels International has restructured its development and expansion department, tasking  Oppl with the consolidation of activities in the MENA region. Oppl brings to

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