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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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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Travelport honours KSA leaders

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The awards started in Jeddah on February 20, followed by Riyadh on February 22 and Dammam on February 28, 2017. TT Bureau With Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism industry increasingly in the spotlight as a driving sector for growth in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy, the event also …

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Infinia’s Dubuy mobile App

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Loyalty and Payments Solutions Company — Infinia Services and Solutions has launched its geo-location based mobile application, Dubuy. TT Bureau Dubuy is a smartphone application which can function on both Android and iOS formats for travellers to Dubai. Tourists can browse for merchant categories, apply filters and find locations near …

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Sharjah’s Al Jawaher hosted 120,000 in 2016

Al Jawaher

Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC) attracted more than 120,000 visitors and guests in 2016. This brings the total number of visitors who participated in some of the most prestigious and high-level events, organised and hosted by the Centre to 388,420 visitors, since they opened their doors in early …

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Thailand’s golf club for ME


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently announced its Golf Ambassador to promote the kingdom as a leading golf destination. Shehara Rizly The Tourism Authority of Thailand has appointed Thongchai Jaidee, a professional Thail golfer ranked at number 54, as the brand ambassador for golf tourism in the country. Chattan …

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