Makarem goes the ‘smart’ way

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Saudi-based Makarem Hotels showcased its strengths during ATM 2017 by promoting the use of smart technology to attract visitors. TT BUREAU Makarem Hotels, a renowned Saudi brand designed by Dur Hospitality, contributed in promoting Saudi Arabia’s culture and tourism regionally as well as internationally and highlighted the added value of …

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Centara marks its debut in Muscat

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Centara Hotels and Resorts continues to expand internationally with the opening of a four-star, 152-room hotel in Muscat — its first of three hotels planned for the Middle East. The Thailand-based hotel operator is also looking at opening properties in Doha later this year and Deira Island in the UAE …

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Lucrative investments in Dubai

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A buoyant tourism market coupled with a range of benefits makes the ownership of a hospitality unit in Dubai attractive for individual investors seeking an alternative income option. The hospitality sector in Dubai is flourishing. A growing number of international hotel developers and hospitality companies are making inroads into the …

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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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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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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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