Category Archives: Hotels

Nakheel starts work on Palm Tower rooftop infinity pool

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Master developer Nakheel has started constructing the rooftop infinity swimming pool at The Palm Tower, its 52-storey, luxury hotel and residential complex at the heart of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Perched 210 metres above the ground and covering 775 square metres, the infinity pool – one of the highest in the world – borders all four sides of the building, boasting unrivalled, panoramic views across Palm Jumeirah, the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline. The pool – which will hold 930,000 litres of water – is on the 50th floor of The Palm Tower. Above the pool will be a podium housing a 51st level speciality restaurant and a 52nd storey public viewing deck, 240 metres high. Construction of the rooftop dining viewing deck complex will begin soon. Located at the heart of the world-famous, award winning Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Tower comprises a 289-room St Regis hotel, 432 luxury residences and an array of dining and leisure facilities. The hotel occupies the first 18 floors, with fully-furnished studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments on the upper floors. The Palm Tower is directly connected to the under-construction Nakheel Mall – the access point for the public viewing deck – and its 350 shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Four Points by Sheraton debuts in Sharjah

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Four Points by Sheraton is all set to open its doors for guests in Sharjah during mid-January. With 225 contemporary guest rooms, the hotel offers views of the traditional Blue Souq and Water Lagoon from higher floors. With a sizeable inventory of inter-connecting and twin rooms to accommodate families and large groups, this will be the brand’s first hotel in the Emirate complementing the existing sister brand, the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa. Ideally located in the centre of Sharjah on King Faisal Street close to Al Ittihad Square, the newest city hotel will have easy access for leisure with Al Majaz Waterfront in the south and for business in the north with the Bank Street. The Four Points hotel is directly connected with one of the most prestigious business towers in Sharjah and an upmarket shopping mall within the same premises. Furthermore, the hotel stands at the end of the famous Sharjah Buhairah Corniche offering many options for dining and family entertainment. The hotel presents a range of Food and Beverage options with the Mediterranean styled all-day dining restaurant – Yasmina and casual dining with Cheeky Chan offering Asian-fusion favourites. Signature Coffee brews with savoury snacks at the Library Café and a pool-side Tea Garden caters to the in-between needs of the guests. Six modern and well-designed meeting spaces in the hotel are enhanced with natural daylight and latest technology to facilitate business discussions, team building activities and social gatherings. Recreational services at the hotel includes an open-air swimming pool and a kid’s pool on the 8th floor with a stunning view of the sunset over Sharjah. The Four Points by Sheraton will be the second hotel by …

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100,000+ customers from 78 countries check into OYO since its launch in UAE

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OYO Hotels & Homes welcomed over 100,000 guests from 78 countries across 14 properties and 20 homes in the UAE, since its launch in April last year. With this lease and full inventory control model, OYO currently manages 1,300 rooms within these properties in Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah and is set to touch 12,000 rooms by 2020. Since the first 9 months of its launch, the hotel chain has received guests from within the UAE, which accounted for 45.73 per cent of their guests and the remaining from countries such as India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, United States, Australia, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mauritius and United Kingdom, among several other counties. OYO aims to grow its market share through its ‘Manchise’ business model — a unique business model that combines the best of management contract and franchise agreement. Through this model, OYO aims to grow its footprint within the two-, three- and four-star hotels in the UAE.  With nearly 15.8 million overnight visitors in 2017, Dubai retained its ranking as the fourth most visited city in the world for the fourth year in a row, according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index. Dubai was ahead of Singapore, followed by New York, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Istanbul, and Seoul. Manu Midha, Regional Head — Middle East, OYO Hotels & Homes, said, “OYO has now grown to become a preferred choice for several nationalities across the globe due to its ideal location, quality and also the price point. At the moment, we have touched around 78 countries and we are going to take this number higher due to the upcoming EXPO 2020. With 190 nations already signed up, we are confident that our …

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‘Palace Residences’ by Address Hotels + Resorts at Dubai Creek Harbour

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Palace Residences has been launched in Dubai Creek Harbour, adjacent to the upcoming 121-room Palace Dubai Creek Harbour hotel featuring a range of dining choices and luxury hotel services. An architectural landmark, Palace Dubai Creek Harbour and Palace Residences are housed in two contemporary 44-storey towers rising above the Creek Canal and Creek Beach. Described as ‘The World of Tomorrow’, these homes offer unobstructed views of the iconic Dubai Creek Tower and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Palace Residences bring a boutique waterfront living experience for residents with branded 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments. The homes will be serviced on demand by Address Hotels + Resorts. Investors will have several benefits including 5-year property management services by Emaar, 50 per cent discount on membership at the Palace Dubai Creek Harbour Spa and pool, as well as 25 per cent discount on food and beverage at the hotel’s outlets. Residents will have access to a host of exclusive amenities in both the residential towers and the hotel. Among the amenities are a rooftop infinity edge swimming pool, signature rooftop lounge and grill, a full-fledged gymnasium, 24×7 concierge service and valet parking, among others. Residents will be able to use the hotel’s services and amenities on demand, including a modern spa, meeting rooms, 5-star deluxe hotel service, and all-day dining outlet, among others.

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New line up of Four Seasons Jet itineraries for 2020

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced a collection of three Four Seasons Private Jet itineraries set to take flight in 2020. Featuring the trip of a lifetime to Rwanda and the Galápagos as part of the fastest selling itinerary to date, World of Adventures, the trio of international expeditions gives travellers the opportunity to discover the rare, wild, and beautiful in the comfort and care of Four Seasons, aboard the brand’s Boeing 757. Peter Nowlan, Chief Marketing Officer, Four Seasons, says, “The feedback we’ve received since launching our fully branded and customised Four Seasons Private Jet Experience in 2015 has been overwhelmingly positive. Guests are beyond thrilled as they can now cross destinations off their bucket lists in the comfort and care of Four Seasons, resulting in record-pace bookings and subsequent wait lists for each of our 2019 itineraries. Travellers are clearly responding to the dedicated team and renowned high-touch service that we offer both on the ground, and when cruising at 40,000 feet.” The itineraries feature air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet, ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and beverages, and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts. International Intrigue (February 15 – March 9) Seattle – Kyoto – Hoi An – Maldives – Serengeti – Marrakech – Budapest – St. Petersburg – Paris Adventurers will explore old Japan in Kyoto, discover the Ancient temples of Hoi An in Vietnam, relax on pristine Maldives beaches, and taste the exotic flavours of Morocco. Jetsetters will also be witness to Serengeti sunsets and can enjoy a soak or two when visiting Budapest’s historic baths. A behind the scenes ballet experience awaits travellers in St. Petersburg before a …

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369-room Stella Di Mare hotel opens at Dubai Marina

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The new five-star hotel Stella Di Mare at Dubai Marina is now open to welcome its guests. The brand new property offers a wide range of top-class amenities for both travellers and the UAE residents, alongside six restaurants and bars. Stella Di Mare, meaning ‘the star of the sea’ in Italian, is ornate, elegant and designed to the highest-possible quality. The 369-room hotel offers art deco style suites, twin and king rooms, a fully-equipped spa with an extensive range of beauty treatments and stylish meeting venues. A true one-of-a-kind feature is the 1920-inspired grand ballroom, serving as the ideal venue for bigger events, occasions, and glamourous wedding receptions. Stella Di Mare brings a new dining hub to the south edge of the Marina. The property comprises 252 king rooms, 72 twin rooms and 45 suites, all of which are fully air-conditioned and fitted with high-speed Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, personal safe, mini-bar and 24-hour room service. The 550 sq metre roman bath-inspired spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages, facials and beauty therapies. There are separate male and female saunas, a steam room, an indoor jacuzzi and a stunning outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool. The health and wellness options also include an indoor gymnasium with a range of high-quality equipment, plus a salon offering hair, nail and other beauty treatments.

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Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens now open for guests

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Moving into The Greens with a bang, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens is the third hotel to open as part of Jumeirah Group’s upscale casual brand. Opening in Tower 3 of the Onyx Towers, the hotel is high on design synonymous with other hotels within the Zabeel House by Jumeirah collection; but inspired by New York loft living, with contemporary and yet quirky art and design throughout the hotel, representing the spirit of the Zabeel House by Jumeirah brand perfectly. The Onyx is a stylish integrated community with three towers of residential, commercial and hospitality buildings, as well as a podium of 32 retail and F&B outlets located in the heart of Dubai. A hotel to appeal an intrepid traveller, it is perfect for those looking to stay in a social destination in the heart of new-Dubai, but are also able to enjoy the conveniences of a Jumeirah-endorsed hotel, all at a great price. There are two restaurants too: LAH LAH, a pan-Asian eatery and Social Company – a ground-floor restaurant with a difference; Native Club, a new multi-purpose sports and leisure club open for both membership and hotel guests; outdoor pool perfect for a swim, or for sun-worshipping on the quirky pop-art and retro-inspired furniture and cabanas.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village

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The latest addition to Dubai’s hospitality inventory is the opening of 326-roomed Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village. The hotel enjoys an ideal location between Dubai International Airport and Downtown Dubai and is just 100 meters from Al Jadaf Metro station with easy access to the Dubai Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and other key destinations in the city. Al Jadaf is one of the most historically significant neighbourhood’s in Dubai as it was the first hub for traditional dhow vessel building and repairing – putting it at the heart of the city’s vital trade routes. It remains the last location where dhows are crafted and with significant investment is shaping up to be a truly unique tourist destination in the region. “I am delighted to be opening Dubai’s fourth Hilton Garden Inn in Al Jadaf. While staying at the beautifully designed hotel, guests can relax by the rooftop pool, work out at the fitness centre, dine at the restaurant or attend an event in one of the spacious meeting rooms. I look forward to welcoming guests to this exciting new property,” said Jose Luis Ruiz Arroyo, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village.  

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Gloria Hotels re-brands itseself as Two Seasons

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Al Ghaith Holdings has decided to re-brand its hospitality product Gloria Hotel to Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments under the management of Two Seasons Hotel Management LLC with effect from January 2019. The Two Seasons brand emphasises quality throughout its services, while the hotel offers comfortable accommodation in Dubai for travelling executives, families, holidaymakers as well as long-staying guests. The property has undergone substantial refurbishments from lobby to rooms to improve the product standards as well as in generating attractive selling points. The refurbishments have breathed a new life into the hotel and provide the new brand name with a strong foundation to reposition in the market. Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments boasts 1,010 rooms and suites in a prime location directly opposite to Dubai Internet City metro station. Apart from accommodation facilities, the key factor will be friendly and caring staff to exceed guests’ expectations. The new brand will still be an alcohol-free property but applying ‘BYO’ system. The concept of Two Seasons Hotel is determined as cutting-edge, trendy, funky and charming — echoes a new season of lifestyle hotels start up. Two Seasons Management Company is planning to launch brand new hotels in Dubai and Morocco in the coming two years which will include Hotel Deluxe Apartments, Beach Resort and Lifestyle Boutique Hotel. Freddy Farid, Managing Director, Two Seasons Hotel Management LLC, said, “The creation of our home-grown brand and the upgrading of our current property will enhance our guest interaction by offering personalised service and quality standard to our customers.”

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Citymax ventures into KSA; first hotel to open in Riyadh by mid- 2019

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Citymax Hotels from Landmark Group is set to open its first property in the Olaya district of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by mid 2019. Citymax Hotel Riyadh is the brand’s first hotel in KSA and the second to open outside the UAE. The opening comes at a time when mid-market hotels are on the rise and are poised to provide continued competition to the luxury hotel segment, by offering rooms with contemporary amenities at competitive rates. The three-star property will offer 65 rooms, as well as an all-day dining restaurant, Citycafé and a Lavazza coffee shop. Other facilities include meeting rooms and a fully-equipped gym and sauna. With long-stay guests identified as a key audience for the property, Citymax Riyadh will cater to both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is close to many local attractions, including Kingdom Towers, the Ministry of Interior and Al Faisaliah Mall. Aly Shariff, Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels, said, “Mid-tier travel as a whole is on the rise, which puts us in a favourable position as the demand is certainly growing. This is especially true in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to drive economic diversification has had a major impact on the hospitality industry.”

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