Category Archives: Hotels

Shangri-La Dubai invites you to a Turkish-inspired Ramadan Experience

Shangri-La Dubai extends a warm welcome to friends and families seeking an unforgettable Ramadan experience. This year, immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of Türkiye as guest chefs Murat Arslantas and Muhammet Göktepe from Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul showcase an array of authentic Turkish highlights. From mezze to mains and irresistible desserts, patrons can indulge in a delectable buffet-style feast at Dunes Café, from sunset to 8:30 pm daily, priced at Dhs250 per person. The culinary journey promises to be an exploration of the diverse flavours originating from different regions of Türkiye, ensuring a delightful and varied dining experience. Live stations and entertainment will add to the excitement during the Iftars. For those preferring an Al Fresco Ramadan experience, iKandy Ultralounge beckons with a poolside setting offering breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. Guests can revel in a bespoke Suhour A La Carte menu, featuring a selection of Arabic mixed grills, cold and hot mezzes, soups, sandwiches and more. Adding to the lively atmosphere, iKandy Ultralounge will be screening sports matches, including all of the Champions League games and numerous other events, throughout the month of Ramadan. Furthermore, you can savour an unforgettable private Iftar or Suhour event while admiring the city’s skyline and iconic skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa from our Level 42 terrace. Private dining packages start from Dhs5,500. For inquiries about private Iftar and Suhour events, please contact +971 4 405 2889 or email events.sldb@shangri-la.com. Ramadan Offers at a Glance: Dunes Cafe Iftar Buffet: Time: Daily from sunset Price: Dhs250 per person inclusive of soft beverages Child rate: 0-6 dine free, 50% off from7-12 years iKandy Ultralounge Suhour: Time: Daily from 09.00 pm Price: A La …

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Dan Company and Hilton sign agreement to operate Dan’s first three resorts at unique farm based tourism destination in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Following a signing ceremony during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia by global Hilton leaders, leading global hospitality company Hilton and Dan Company, a Public Investment Fund (PIF) company specializing in agritourism, ecotourism, and adventure tourism signed an agreement with Hilton to operate three resorts in Al-Ahsa – Al-Ahsa Agritourism Resort, LXR Hotels & Resorts; Al-Ahsa Eco Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton; and Al-Ahsa Adventure Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton. The resorts will be in Al-Ahsa, a significant agricultural region in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to Al-Ahsa Oasis – the largest date palm oasis in the world. With lush surroundings and homegrown farms at its doorstep, the 1.8 million square meter master development aims to create a premium farm-based tourism destination in the heart of Al-Ahsa, attracting visitors looking to connect with nature and enjoy a diverse range of experiences. Abdulrahman Abaalkhail, CEO of Dan Company, added, “The partnership with Hilton to operate the first three resorts in Al-Ahsa will see us combine Hilton’s world-class hospitality with the picturesque landscapes of Al-Ahsa. This part of Saudi Arabia offers unique experiences rich in cultural and natural beauty yet underrepresented in the current tourism landscape. This delivers on our strategy to establish a Saudi homegrown hospitality brand with a pioneering heritage-inspired fusion of agricultural, eco, and adventure experience resorts, nestled in nature, setting a remarkable precedent in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry. Our business model is synonymous with cultural authenticity, sustainability, and community empowerment, thereby creating an ecosystem and contributing to the Kingdom’s broader economic and tourism objectives.” “The signing of these three hotels further expands our footprint in Saudi Arabia, where we plan to …

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Deutsche Hospitality rebrands to H World International

Deutsche Hospitality is rebranding to H World International to drive the expansion of its ownership group, H World, outside of China. All of H World International’s brands will be part of the H Rewards global loyalty program and online booking platform. The brand family includes Steigenberger Icons, Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels, Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City, House of Beats, IntercityHotel, Maxx and Zleep Hotels. New to the international brand family is Ji Hotel, one of H World China’s fastest-growing midscale brands with the recently opened Ji Hotel Orchard Singapore as the first of its kind outside of China. “The rebranding to H World International is ushering in a new chapter of international growth, complementing our vast presence in China”, says Jin Hui, CEO of H World. “It is an important step towards our goal to become a world-class global hotel group, with one global team.” Oliver Bonke will serve as CEO H World International alongside the established executive leadership team of the former Deutsche Hospitality. Oliver Bonke and Choon Wah Wong, CFO H World International, will remain Managing Directors of the Steigenberger Hotels GmbH. H World International includes Europe, Middle East, India & Africa (MEIA), as well as Asia Pacific (APAC). “We are excited to bring all of our distinctive brands to key global markets. With our compelling value proposition for owners and investors, we will be able to offer our employees career opportunities across the globe and 218 million H Rewards members more choice – an even more attractive hotel portfolio, in more destinations, and across more brands”, says Oliver Bonke. Joint venture with Conduit House To kick-start its growth in APAC, H World International has …

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Hilton set to quadruple its presence in Saudi Arabia with two-thirds of its portfolio under construction; plans to exceed 100 hotels across the Kingdom

The Hotel Galleria Jeddah, Curio Collection by Hilton was opened by Hilton President & CEO Chris Nassetta. Two-thirds of Hilton’s Saudi pipeline is under construction across the Kingdom, with plans to exceed 100 properties in the coming years. Hilton’s President & CEO Chris Nassetta visited the Ministry of Tourism to further discuss Hilton’s growth plans across the Kingdom. Hilton is re-affirming its commitment to growth in Saudi Arabia during a visit led by President & CEO Chris Nassetta as the global hospitality company plans to quadruple its presence and open more than 60 new hotels across the Kingdom in the coming years. Hilton will be introducing more of its award-winning brands in new tourism destinations and large-scale developments, as well as major cities and regional locations across the country. H.E. Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, stated: This significant expansion underscores our dedication to enhancing Saudi Arabia’s tourism infrastructure, positioning the Kingdom as a prime opportunity for global investors. In line with our Vision 2030 objectives, we are aiming to increase hotel rooms to 550,000 by 2030, showcasing the vast opportunities for private sector investment in our tourism recovery efforts. Our collaborative efforts with leading international brands, including Hilton, highlight our commitment to developing a world-class tourism sector. By focusing on enriching our hospitality offerings, as well as activities and entertainment options, we are catering to the growing number of visitors attracted by our sporting events, giga-projects, and cultural and religious sites. Our goal is to welcome 150 million tourists by 2030 and increase tourism’s contribution to our GDP by 10%.” Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton said: “It’s great to be back in Saudi Arabia and experience the incredible progress made …

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Qatar Airways Group partners with Our Habitas to launch ‘Our Habitas Ras Abrouq’, a luxury desert resort set on Qatar’s golden west coast

Qatar Airways Group in partnership with Our Habitas has officially launched a luxury resort nestled on the West Coast of Qatar next to the Al Reem UNESCO-Designated Biosphere Reserve. Located about one hour’s drive from Hamad International Airport in Doha, the resort features unspoiled views of the Arabian Gulf, spectacular golden sunsets along with an exciting blend of art, culture, music, wellness, and adventure programmes. Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani along with VIP guests, media, designers and artists were present at an opening ceremony to showcase the distinctive hospitality venture that promises a unique experience. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “Our Habitas Ras Abrouq is a breathtakingly beautiful Qatari desert destination and now travellers across the Qatar Airways global network can experience this landscape in a unique way when they fly to Doha. We are working with Our Habitas to unlock the future of travel by curating one-of-a kind, innovative, travel experiences.” Our Habitas co-founder and chief executive, Oliver Ripley said: “We believe that people are changing the way in which they choose to travel, seeking meaningful connection with places, culture, nature and each other, this resort welcomes global traveler’s to discover Qatar, its culture, and immerse themselves where the desert meets the sea inside a UNESCO biosphere.” The area stands out due to its unusual landscape of white cliffs and beautiful geological forms yielding a captivating view of the Qatari desert. The resort’s one-to-four-bedroom villas, each with private pools and large outdoor decks, overlook the Arabian Gulf. Internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra’s public art installation, the East-West/West-East sculpture commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority, is 1.6km from the resort. Qatar …

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Inaugural B2B edition of Saudi Travel Mart kicks off in Riyadh

The inaugural B2B edition of Saudi Travel Mart with TravTalkME as media partner kicked off in Riyadh yesterday with over 135 companies from 20 countries. It will provide a platform for key exhibitors from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world to showcase their many offerings within a period of three days from 25th to 27th February 2024. Opening the event Naif A. Alrajhi – Vice Chairman of Board of Directors Riyadh Chamber of Commerce shared, “Today is an important event to have this first ever B2B event in Saudi Arabia, having 135 companies from 20 countries which shows the importance of being in Saudi  Arabia and this is very good for later stages as Saudi Arabia aims to achieve a high number of tourists from across the globe. Saudi Arabia has a lot of opportunities with thew commitment of the government as they have set a target with the vision 2030 aimed at attracting the highest number of  tourists by 2030 and with all the foreign investments happening in the Kingdom this will give rise to the tourism sector in the Kingdom.” Mohammed Al Harbi, Chief Executive Officer Saudi Travel Mart in his opening remarks shared, “we consider the Saudi Travel Market to be one of the important exhibitions through which we intend to place the Kingdom on the list of major tourist destinations in the coming years. As the first B2B exhibition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we aim to attract the largest international companies to the Kingdom and make it the first and best choice for everyone.”  

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Millennium Hotels and Resorts announces the opening of the prestigious Biltmore Hotel Villas in Dubai

Millennium Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of The Biltmore Hotel Villas in Dubai. Comprising a collection of 20 luxury five-star hotel villas, this establishment promises unparalleled comfort and sophistication, adding a touch of glamour to the heart of the city. Situated in close proximity to the Mall of the Emirates, The Biltmore Hotel Villas offer a distinctive hospitality experience that seamlessly blends the opulence, history, and heritage of the esteemed Biltmore brand. Renowned for its iconic 100-year-old hotel, The Biltmore Los Angeles has long been a haven for presidents, dignitaries, and Hollywood elite, epitomizing the glamour and style of the golden age of Hollywood. Now, with the launch of the first Biltmore Hotel Villas project in the world, guests in Dubai can expect nothing short of A-list treatment, complete with signature architecture, design, and unparalleled comfort. An Opulent Urban Sanctuary Nestled in a prime location just steps away from the Mall of the Emirates and the new open-air retail district, The Esplanade, The Biltmore Hotel Villas offer guests the epitome of privacy and luxury. An opulent urban oasis awaits, providing a serene retreat within easy reach of entertainment, luxury retail, and vibrant nightlife. Perfectly balancing the excitement of city life with secluded tranquillity, it’s an ideal haven for those seeking both indulgence and relaxation. Among the 20 exclusive villas offered, guests can choose from various configurations to suit their needs. Options include 3-bedroom villas, ideal for smaller groups or families, while 4-bedroom villas offer additional luxury for larger families or groups of friends. For those desiring the utmost space and opulence, the property features two 5-bedroom villas boasting a generous plot size. Exclusive to the 5-bedroom villas, guests can enjoy …

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The Heart of Europe and IHG Hotels & Resorts partner to bring the first InterContinental Resort to Dubai

The Heart of Europe signed an agreement with IHG Hotels & Resorts to launch and manage the InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe on The World Islands, Dubai. The signing marks the first resort property in Dubai from the iconic InterContinental brand, reaffirming the company’s commitment to bringing luxury experiences across key leisure destinations in the region. This latest signing strengthens the partnership between the two companies and marks the third hotel to be added to the joint portfolio of IHG Hotels & Resorts and The Heart of Europe. It also complements The Heart of Europe’s principles, embodying The World Islands’ mission to unite global cultures, bridging diverse backgrounds through its unparalleled global excellence in architecture, development, innovation, and sustainability. Haitham Mattar, Managing Director – India, Middle East and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “We are excited to further strengthen our partnership with The Heart of Europe to bring our inaugural ‘InterContinental Resort’ in Dubai, marking a milestone in IHG Hotels & Resorts portfolio. Being a one-of-a-kind first in the emirate, the new resort is poised to redefine the leisure and luxury space in Dubai, promising an immersive experience for all guests. He added: “We are confident in our partnership with Kleindienst Group in offering unique guest stays within a dynamic location like The Heart of Europe. We look forward to welcoming travellers worldwide upon the hotel’s opening in early 2026.” Situated at the centre of The World Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Dubai, the upcoming ‘InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe’ will be strategically located in ‘The Heart of Europe,’ a self-sufficient holiday destination spanning six islands. This transformative destination will seamlessly blend European …

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Fraser Suites Al Liwan Bahrain opens in Al Hamala, Bahrain

Frasers Hospitality opened Fraser Suites Al Liwan Bahrain, its third property in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Distinctively premium, Fraser Suites properties are timelessly elegant and located in highly desirable addresses, offering thoughtful service curated for the most discerning travellers. Fraser Suites Al Liwan Bahrain premieres a diverse range of 63 thoughtfully designed premium apartment suites set to redefine luxury living in the Kingdom of Bahrain, catering to both business and leisure travellers with an elevated home-away-from-home experience. Accommodations include nine one-bedroom, 42 two-bedroom, and 12 three-bedroom serviced suites ranging from 107 sqm to 192 sqm. Guests can take advantage of in-suite dining facilities, the L’una breakfast buffet or can visit N’ovetto, the property’s lobby café managed by award-winning chef Susy Massetti. N’ovetto, meaning ‘little egg’ will debut the chef’s first quick serve café and offers guests breakfast and a variety of fresh food throughout the day including cakes and pastries crafted in Massetti’s Al Liwan bakery, delivering the same exceptional quality that patrons have come to expect at Massetti’s nearby restaurant N’ovo. Fraser Suites Al Liwan Bahrain is strategically located in the vibrant Al Hamala neighbourhood, a suburban area in the northwestern region of the main island providing guests with modern amenities and convenient proximity to Dumistan Beach, the Sakhir Desert in Al Riffa and the town of Zallaq, home to the Al Zallaq Mosque. For a cultural experience, UNESCO world heritage site, Dilmun Burial Mounds, is also within easy reach. Fraser Suites Al Liwan Bahrain becomes the cornerstone of Seef Properties’ mixed-use Al Liwan development – a new entertainment district offering direct access to the Al Liwan Mall. designed to cater to a ‘Live, Work, and Play’ lifestyle. Steps …

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Marriott International to strengthens its sustainability drive this year

Marriott International announced its plans to strengthen their commitment towards hospitality with some key campaigns in the region as well as obtaining the “Green Key” certification for all their properties. Speaking at a media gathering Sandeep Walia COO Middle East Marriott International shared, “Mangroves store carbon dioxide give out oxygen four times more than trees so you will see more mangrove plants. We started our journey this year in Ajman in January then we move into Dubai and Fujairah and we started in Saudi as well. St.Regis Red Sea in Saudi is 100% renewable energy on this island. All local, solar energy being generated and 100% on the whole island for everything is renewable. Zero waste in terms of food as well. We want to see that we don’t throw away. We have a responsibility and opportunity for us to make a change. Water will be a big thing and being mindful and instead of flying bottles making it locally and reduce the transport of bottles. Sustainability is engraved into everything we do, everybody is asking about it, whether it is the traveller, booker or operator, everybody is getting into it and doing the right thing. It is no longer a trend, but it is the way forward and here to stay which is the good part. It is the part where we give back to the community and the area we take it from so a lot we did in that space in 2023. We started this big project of mangroves which we started from the UAE itself. We partnered with Etihad, and we conducted mangrove planting in Abu Dhabi but instead of doing a few we did a …

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