Meeting mid-scale needs

Samer Sabra

The hospitality market in Saudi Arabia offers tremendous potential for investors to lay out money on mid-scale hotels. This can in turn help a large demand segment looking for quality and affordable accommodations. The Saudi market has been conventionally dominated by upscale and luxury hotels without real focus on the …

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Grand Millennium focuses on bleisure

Grand Millennium

Strategically located in a multicomplex connected to Al Wahda shopping mall and office tower, residences within walking distance to Al Wahda stadium, Grand Millennium Al Wahda is one of the few properties which enjoys both leisure and business clientele. Shehara Rizly The iconic Grand Millennium Al Wahda Abu Dhabi with …

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Game plan for Dubai hospitality industry

Dubai hospitality industry

As Dubai marked 100,000 rooms a few months ago, the industry is on a rapid adaptive game plan tapping different market segments. Industry experts share their views with TravTalk. TT Bureau   “Despite the many challenges of the last few years, the MEA region has proven its resilience. The region …

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Centara’s rapid expansion to the Gulf


The Gulf region is an important part of Centara’s growth plan. Hence, two new properties are scheduled to come up this year in Muscat and Doha respectively with one recently announced in partnership with Nakheel in Dubai, set to open in 2020. Paul Wilson, Vice President of Sales, Centara Hotels …

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La Ville gets a new address in Dubai

La Ville

Part of Marriott International’s Autograph collection, La Ville Hotel and Suites has officially opened its doors in Dubai recently. TT Bureau The new boutique hotel developed by Meraas, La Ville Hotel and Suites is located at the heart of City Walk, Dubai’s new urban living destination. With 77 rooms, 11 …

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Talent acquisition to boost future

Hala Matar Choufany

Investment in robust recruitment processes will be critical for the future success of the hospitality industry. As Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, was recently quoted as saying, “Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth.” Nowhere is this truer …

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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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