Category Archives: Hotels

Accor adds Movenpick Living & Residences Cairo, New Capital City, to its Egypt portfolio

Accor is expanding its footprint in Egypt with the opening of Movenpick Living and Residences in Cairo. Once open the property will feature 150 serviced apartments and 40 branded residences. The Group is partnering with Al Bourouj Misr Development, which operations started in 2012, with a visionary approach towards strategically responding to the diverse and evolving real estate market in Egypt, by offering a sustainable and diverse mix within a real estate portfolio comprised of construction and real estate developments of mixed-use contemporary, residential and commercial developments through its subsidiaries. “It is with great pride that we announce the inking of a partnership with Movenpick for one of the foremost iconic real estate projects by our company” mentioned Mohamed Assy, Vice Chairman of Al Bourouj Misr Development. “Our collaboration with Accor is a continuation to the company’s commitment of working hand in hand with reputed international brands to redefine the lifestyle of the new capital. We are confident that Sixty iconic tower with its modern and outstanding architectural design will be the first choice for those seeking uniqueness and tranquility in a next generation focal point of the business and financial district that is set to be Egypt’s most sought business and lifestyle destination.” The new Movenpick Living & Residences will be located in the New Capital City (NCC), Egypt, which features hospitality, residential, entertainment, commercial, retail components and government entities, including the presidential palace, parliament, cabinet, Supreme Court, all ministries of Egypt and various foreign embassies.   “This is a very exciting project for Accor in Egypt”, says Mark Willis CEO of Accor India, Turkey, Middle East, and Africa. “This new addition will be introducing a unique offering to …

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Deutsche Hospitality celebrates opening of Intercity Hotel in Dubai

Deutsche Hospitality continues to establish its growing portfolio in the Middle East with the opening of the IntercityHotel Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront on 25 November 2021. On the occasion of this opening, the hotel group joined forces with the hotel management company Valor Hospitality Partners. The IntercityHotel Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront thus becomes Deutsche Hospitality’s first franchised hotel in the Middle East. It will offer benefits such as a buzzing, centralised location and award-winning service to both leisure visitors and business travellers. “The Middle East has always been an exciting and ever-growing market,” says Marcus Bernhardt, CEO Deutsche Hospitality. “We are already operating 19 properties in the Middle East and will continue to expand the presence of our brands in the future. Establishing our first franchised property with such an accomplished partner as Valor Hospitality Partners opens up further opportunities for us in this regard as well.” Situated on Al Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai, the hotel features a total of 138 Superior and Premium rooms. The roof terrace will feature a pool complex complete with an AquaLounge and a dedicated children’s pool area. Further facilities include gyms, contemporary style restaurants and a Bistro Lounge. The property’s striking interior design concept bears the signature features of Italian architect Matteo Thun, as can be seen at all latest generation IntercityHotel properties across the world. The uniquely placed hotel also allows guests to choose their own means of travel with easy and efficient access to the Dubai Metro, main roads, or boat rides across the Creek. Siegfried Nierhaus, Vice President Middle East, Deutsche Hospitality, comments: “We are tremendously excited to introduce the IntercityHotel Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront. Located at the heart of Dubai, nestled between the historical …

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Research Reveals ‘XL Holidays’ Are Set To Boom Among UAE Travellers

Just in time for the long weekend, new research conducted by Hilton shows that extra-large holidays are set to boom as UAE residents and citizens invite friends and family away with them. The majority (89 per cent) of adults in the UAE say the events of the past 18 months has made them re-evaluate what is really important. Three quarters of parents (75 per cent) said their children had missed out on seeing grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins during 2020 and 2021, with 83 per cent keen to make up for lost time in the future. As a result of the extended time apart, the UAE is set to embark on an era of multi-generational holidays, with the vast majority (89 per cent) likely to go away next year with extended family members such as siblings, cousins and grandparents. Of the respondents who had family abroad, 80 per cent confirmed their group holiday would involve visits to family overseas. Almost all (92 per cent) of those polled said going on an extended family holiday allowed them to reconnect with family members while enjoying a break, and 8 in 10 (80 per cent) said inviting more people along made childcare easier. Hilton is the only major hotel chain that allows guests to confirm interconnecting rooms at the time of booking, providing a hassle-free solution to a decades-old problem for families and groups. The most popular reason to have an XL holiday is to catch up with family members, followed by a chance to see relatives you don’t often spend time with and allowing kids to play together while grown-ups relax. One third (33 per cent) of adults said holidays provide an …

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UAE holidaymakers seeking familiar destinations post-pandemic, with 88% planning to go on holiday in the next 12 months

Travellers in the UAE are favouring the same holiday destinations year after year for home comforts and familiarity, with the pandemic leading most to being less adventurous than usual according to new research from Marriott Bonvoy, the travel loyalty programme that encompasses hotels, resorts, home rentals and experiences across 30 brands in 138 countries. UAE travellers seek the familiar post-lockdown The figures show that just a quarter (27%) of those going abroad plan to visit somewhere new for their post-lockdown holiday. The Maldives and Turkey are jointly the number one destinations for those from the UAE for their next getaway. Nineteen per cent of those planning a holiday abroad intend to visit The Maldives, and the figure is the same for Turkey. However, seven in ten of those going to Turkey (73%) say they have gone on holiday there previously and 48% have been multiple times. Meanwhile, 68% of those going to the Maldives have been there before. Egypt is the third most popular destination for post-pandemic breaks amongst those from the UAE travelling abroad (17%), followed by the UK (13%) and Italy (13%). In total, 88% say they will be going on holiday in the next 12 months. Seven per cent plan not to, whilst 6% remain unsure. It appears that lockdown has had an impact on where those from the UAE are choosing to go for their post-lockdown holidays. Over half (51%) say the pandemic has led to them being less confident in visiting new places. Amongst those who do not plan to go away 52% say that this is specifically due to a lack of confidence in travel post-Covid. The aim of the research is to look into how …

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The Dubai EDITION opens its doors in downtown

The much-anticipated Dubai EDITION opened recently, marking a significant expansion for the brand into the Middle East’s most popular travel destination. Based in the heart of Downtown Dubai, opposite the world-famous Dubai Mall, the one-of-a-kind hotel will showcase EDITION’s signature blend of modern luxury and local influence. Destined to become Dubai’s cultural and social milieu, the hotel will boast unique dining experiences, exciting entertainment, and world-class services and amenities. Designed by LW Design Group LLC, the hotel features 275 exquisite guestrooms including 45 suites. Restaurants featured at the hotel include an Italian restaurant, DUOMO, with an outdoor fresco terrace; Jolie – a French restaurant inspired by Mediterranean coastal flavors; a poolside bar and lounge with uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa, Thia; and a speakeasy style bar, Leon. The hotel will also feature a spa with three treatment rooms, a pool, and a state-of-the-art gym. Additionally, the property will boast meeting rooms and a flexible event space that can be uniquely transformed to fit any concept or theme.

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Marriott Bonvoy announces opening of Courtyard by Marriott Cultural Village

Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands, announced the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Culture Village, Dubai.  The property is ideally located in Al Jaddaf’s Culture Village featuring stylish accommodation with excellent service, overlooking the Dubai Creek. Guests will find themselves only minutes away from retail playgrounds such as Dubai Mall and Downtown Dubai as well as the business districts of both the Dubai World Trade Center and Dubai International Financial Centre. Courtyard by Marriott Culture Village, Dubai features 168 spacious guestrooms and suites that combine comfort and functionality. Each guestroom is thoughtfully designed with modern amenities, intuitively designed work areas and plush bedding. The hotel provides the ideal destination for travelers looking to stay connected, productive and energized when traveling, with its flexible spaces to work, network and relax. Guests are invited to taste dishes from around the world at the  MoMo Bistro, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicacies to enjoy. For those who prefer to pick up a quick snack, MoMo 2 Go, offers the perfect menu, whether it’s to grab breakfast on the go, a coffee or a healthy lunch. Courtyard by Marriott Culture Village, Dubai’s leisure facilities include a fully equipped gym with waterfront views, an outdoor swimming pool and a tranquil spa, perfect for guests looking to recharge during their stay. “We understand what our guests look for when they stay with us – ample space and time to work but also the opportunity to rest, relax and recharge. We look forward to providing uplifting spaces and welcoming hospitality that will give our guests an experience worth remembering,” says Richard Bleakley, the Multi-Property General Manager.  

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World’s First Warner Bros. Hotel opens its doors to guests on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

Miral in collaboration with Warner Bros., announced The WB™ Abu Dhabi, located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the first ever Warner Bros. themed hotel, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, has officially opened its doors to guests. The hotel allows guests to see their favorite stories and characters brought to life through unique hospitality experiences that only the rich history and storied legacy of Warner Bros. could offer. Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi (CEO of Miral), HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak (Chairman of Miral), Jochem-Jan Sleiffer (President, Hilton, MEA & Turkey) and Pam Lifford (President, WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences) at the grand opening of The WB™ Abu Dhabi HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, said: “This is yet another great moment for us, with The WB™ Abu Dhabi hotel opening on Yas Island, further positioning it as a top global destination for leisure, entertainment and business. We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with both Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Hilton, bringing world firsts and global hospitality offerings and experiences to Abu Dhabi.” Featuring over 400 curated images and film and TV props, guests at the world’s first Warner Bros. hotel will be treated to a journey of discovery through film and television, enjoying Warner Bros.’ rich history and library of timeless productions at every touchpoint from arrival to check-out. While dining in one of five restaurants on the property, you can listen as the piano from “Westworld,” the hit HBO science fiction TV show, plays a familiar tune. Visitors can stroll through the lobby or admire 360-degree city and sea views alongside their favorite props and costumes from Warner Bros. films and TV shows.  Kids and …

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Al Bustan Palace Oman focus on GCC market for December

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, a private and lavish resort located between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, has launched an exciting new range of exclusive offers and luxurious experiences for guests and families to enjoy for the coming months especially for the GCC clientele. Guests visiting Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, for a family getaway rather than business are in for a treat, as they will get to experience all the facilities the resort has to offer, such as the infinity pool, non-motorized water sports activities, and an array of daily kid’s activities. Families can also enjoy 50% savings on their second room for children up to 16 years old. Breakfast is available for two guests per room, and kids below six years old can also enjoy free dine-in and breakfasts. Also, families can enjoy complimentary use of Ritz Kids facilities and selected non-motorized water sports. The 50% discount applies to the lower room rate and interconnecting or adjacent room upon availability. There are a limited number of rooms available on this package, and blackout dates may apply, so guests should reserve a week in advance to avoid disappointment! Make an extended weekend escape a luxurious and relaxing experience at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, by enjoying a stay at the resort for four to six nights to enjoy 25% savings. With many activities catering to their every wish and need, guests staying four or more nights can enjoy a 25% discount along with luxury accommodation, creating the perfect addition to a relaxing weekend. Breakfast is available, and children under six years old will enjoy complimentary dining. Saving the best for last, travellers …

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Marriott signs deal with Wasl to open W Mina Seyahi in 2022

Marriott International announced it has signed an agreement with wasl Hospitality & Leisure LLC, to bring the W Hotels Worldwide brand to Dubai’s sought-after Jumeirah Beach coastline. Expected to welcome its first guests in 2022, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is set to become an iconic addition to Dubai’s skyline and a new buzzing, urban escape in the cosmopolitan city. “We are seeing increasing demand for luxury lifestyle brands in Dubai, and with its mix of culture and high-energy lifestyle, the emirate is the perfect destination for the trend-setting W Hotels brand,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President – Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “With its unexpected design and iconic, socially driven Whatever/Whenever® service, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi will become a destination within a destination.” His Excellency Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group, said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement and introduce W Dubai – Mina Seyahi to the renowned Mina Seyahi complex in Dubai Marina. This new property, which is among several other Marriott International hotels that wasl brought and launched in the emirate, will be an exciting addition to Dubai’s hospitality sector. We continue to look forward to developing further hotels to cement our position as a key player in the hospitality sector”. Located close to Dubai’s thriving leisure destinations, such as Dubai Marina and JBR Walk, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is well-situated to offer guests a vibrant and playful escape. The 31-storey hotel is expected to feature 318 guestrooms, including 26 suites and an Extreme WOW Suite (W’s take on a Presidential Suite). The W Lounge (the brand’s signature take on the hotel lobby) is anticipated to draw …

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Hyatt plans to open 430 roomed Grand Hyatt in Red Sea KSA

Hyatt announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with The Red Sea Development Company for a 430-room Grand Hyatt hotel on Shaura Island, the hub of the ambitious Red Sea Project on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The luxury resort hotel will represent the largest of 11 hotels set to open on the island and will occupy a prime position within this innovative tourist development. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom and the seventh Grand Hyatt hotel in the Middle East, marking an important milestone in Hyatt’s growth strategy in the region. Slated to open as part of phase one of the Red Sea Project, the property will be designed to reflect the bold and vibrant luxury synonymous with the Grand Hyatt brand, featuring sophisticated design, materials and decor inspired by the iconic elements present in the destination. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will feature a striking architectural “coral bloom” design, a unique concept that resembles a bloom of coral in the sea from above, that will offer a sense of luxury that blends seamlessly with the natural environment. A tasteful mix of suites and large standard rooms will provide guests with a comfortable and upscale place from which to explore the area’s diverse ecosystem and endless attractions. World-class food and beverage venues and the wider amenities of the hub island, which will include a marina and an 18-hole championship golf course, will complete the luxury hotel experience within a breathtaking setting. Located in close proximity to the soon to be developed Red Sea International Airport, Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be easily accessible from both international …

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