UAE hospitality

Bumper June for Abu Dhabi tourism figures

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jul 2017

Abu Dhabi recorded a  30% increase in the number of hotel guest arrivals this June, compared to the same month in 2016. The figures were boosted over the  Eid Al Fitr period, which saw the majority of premium hotels fully booked. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA

Record number of overnight visitors to Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jul 2017

A record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six months of 2017, a 10.6 per cent increase over the same period last year. That was according to figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai Tourism,

Belgravia III launched in Jumeirah Village Circle

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Jul 2017

Ellington Properties has announced the launch of Belgravia III in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). The property is the third residential building under the company’s flagship brand and the fifth in its portfolio. Robert Booth, Managing Director, Ellington Properties, said: “The Dubai property sector which has held itself at a steady pace has huge potential for

New executive chef for Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Jul 2017

Kempinski Hotel Ajman has appointed Manoj Aswal as its new executive chef. Aswal has more than 13 years’ experience in the hotel industry having started  in 2004 with The Luxury Collection India as junior sous chef, where he successfully managed the culinary team and became senior sous chef in 2011. Aswal said: “I am excited

Feature: Secret designs of Gen Y girl

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jul 2017

Farah Halwani, PR and marketing executive Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, reveals all to Hotel News Middle East What’s the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is that it fits my personality; I get to be who I am and do what I love. Being creative and staying trendy, that

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray appoints new marketing director

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jul 2017

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has appointed Raziena Cajee as its new director of marketing and communications. The South African national (pictured right) has over 12 years’ of corporate marketing communications experience and has been working with Jumeirah Group since May 2005. Before joining Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Raziena previously represented corporate brand marketing at Jumeirah Group, leading brand strategy,

New director of sales and marketing at Bab Al Qasr Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Tamer Refaat has been announced as the new director of sales and marketing for Abu Dhabi’s Bab Al Qasr Hotel. Refaat’s previous experience included spells as assistant director of sales at Raffles Dubai, director of sales at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Complex before he joined the Park Rotana Complex as the director of business development in

Five Holdings acquires Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts is no longer operating its AED4.3 bn property on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, which opened just three months ago. The hotel has been acquired by the Dubai-based real estate development and hospitality group Five Holdings and will be known as Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Aloki Batra, CEO of Five Hospitality LLC said: “We believe now

Rove Trade Centre opens in Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jun 2017

Rove Hotels has opened its fourth property in Dubai. The 270-room Rove Trade Centre is situated beside the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Rove Hotels addresses a very clear industry requirement: the need to offer contemporary lifestyle hospitality experiences for value conscious business and leisure

Jannah Hotels & Resorts appoints new VP of sales

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jun 2017

Jannah Hotels & Resorts has appointed Ossama Charrouf as vice president of sales. Charrouf will report to the company’s COO, Mohamed Hani Fakih. Jannah Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer, Nehme Imad Darwiche, said: “It is our pleasure to welcome Ossama Charrouf as the vice president of sales of Jannah Hotels & Resorts. “His broad

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