New outbound homes for UAE, GCC

Ayia Napa Marina

The latest trend from the Middle East is the offerings by various destinations to promote more UAE and GCC visitors to invest on a second home in different destinations. Stavros Caramondanis, Chief Executive Officer, Ayia Napa Marina, based in Cyprus, speaks to TravTalk. Shehara Rizly Q How important is the …

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Global hotel industry CEOs at AHIC 2017

Jonathan Worsley

Global leaders from some of the world’s largest hotel chains will take to the stage at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 (AHIC) at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai from April 25-27, in a series of CEO keynote sessions to offer an international perspective on the dynamic Middle East hospitality industry. …

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Hamdani: the Green Champion


PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH Iftikhar Hamdani has revolutionised the hospitality industry over the past seven years with his commitment to carry out projects on environment, community and charity work. Known as the initiator of green programmes in the emirate of Ajman, he has definitely made his mark to engage hoteliers …

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Rove opens at Healthcare City

Rove Healthcare

The unveiling of Rove Healthcare City follows the opening of Rove Downtown Dubai and Rove City Centre, with focus on an engaging guest experience. TT Bureau Dubai Healthcare City, the hub for medical enterprises, healthcare facilities and medical education, now has a new design-influenced, value-lifestyle hotel adjacent to it, which …

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Rapid expansion plans in 2017

Central Hotels

Central Hotel has announced aggressive expansion plans with three new hotels lined up for opening in Dubai in 2017. TT Bureau Ahmad Ali Al Abdulla Alansaari, Chairman, Central Hotels, stated, “2017 is a very exciting year for us with three exceptional properties opening in quick succession. This massive expansion will …

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DoubleTree RAK focuses on bleisure

Nayla Chowdhury

Newly appointed Hotel Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Ras Al Khaimah, Nayla Chowdhury, shares the way forward in 2017 driving a mix of business and leisure guests. Shehara Rizly Nayla Chowdhury, Hotel Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Ras Al Khaimah, shared that last year the hotel’s performance was very strong as …

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Smartotels launches FORM Hotel

Tarek M. Daouk

FORM Hotel, the upscale hotel brand in Smartotels Hospitality International’s portfolio, was launched at Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit in the UAE. TT Bureau FORM Hotel’s 143-key flagship property is being developed by Dubai Contracting Company (DCC), a UAE-based contracting and development company, and designed by Paris-based global …

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Evolution and efficiency

Khalid Anib

For major tourism destinations in the Middle East, 2016 has been a year of adaptation to new market dynamics. Traditional business from the governments and oil & gas sectors dramatically declined and as a result, tourism boards and hotels had to work together to activate other segments. Khalid Anib In …

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Golden Sands eyes German market

Mohammed Khoori

Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, part of A. A. Al Moosa Enterprises, will continue to highlight its affordable accommodation available to both leisure and business travellers from Europe. TT Bureau Mohammed Khoori, General Manager, along with his sales team will meet with decision-makers and business partners to share key developments and …

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Langham luxury now in Jeddah

Langham luxury

Langham Hospitality Group and Advanced Hotels Company will manage a luxury urban hotel in Jeddah, expected to open in the summer of 2018. TT Bureau Strategically located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and with a 360-degree view of the city and Corniche, The Langham, Jeddah …

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