Category Archives: Hotels

Sunway regional office to open in Dubai

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Sunway Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Sunway Berhad, one of Malaysia’s leading property developer, has chosen Dubai to set up its first regional sales office in the Middle East, as part of Sunway’s international market expansion strategy, in partnership with Dubai-based BizGate Marketing & Consultancies. The Dubai office will focus on promoting Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ 11 properties to the Middle East market and explore new opportunities within the region. The office is spearheaded by Ahmad Faizal Iskandar, recently promoted to Director of Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Faizal was formerly from the brand’s flagship hotel, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Middle East is one of the fastest growing source markets for Sunway Hotels & Resorts, specifically for the hotels in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur – the iconic 5-star Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, the newly renovated Sunway Pyramid Hotel and Sunway Clio Hotel which integrates seamlessly with the award-winning Sunway Lagoon theme park and the popular Sunway Pyramid shopping mall. “Our strategic partnership with BizGate through their local market expertise facilitated the regional sales office set-up. This will further strengthen Sunway’s presence in the Middle East and Africa, and to develop new opportunities from previously untapped markets in the region,” said Albert Cheong, CEO, Sunway Hotels & Resorts. “Sunway Hotels & Resorts has successfully created a reputable brand name that attracts high-end leisure guests from the families, couples, honeymooners and weddings segments as well as specialized meetings and incentive segments from the region,” said Mohamad Masri, Managing Director, BizGate Marketing & Consultancies.

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227-room Al Khoory Atrium Hotel opens in Dubai

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Al Khoory Hotels has launched its four star hotel in the heart of New Dubai, which will be their third hotel under the brand umbrella. The new hotel is just walking distance away from The Mall of the Emirates, and offers the modern traveller great value and a convenient locality to explore all that Dubai has to offer. Al Khoory Atrium Hotel Al Barsha features 227 well-appointed rooms and suites which is a destination for families, groups and business travellers. The hotel is positioned midway between Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport and in short distance from the upcoming Expo 2020 site, Jebel Ali port, the Free zone areas, with Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre just 10 minutes away. Each guestroom features a wide range of amenities including Complimentary WiFi, 40″ flat screen television with premium channels, media hub, tea and coffee making facility, mini fridge, electronic safe and bathroom with a walk-in rain shower as well as bathtub. Each Junior Suite additionally includes a separate living area. The delightful Executive Suite is equipped 60” flat screen television, Espresso machine and a walk-in closet in addition to the bedroom and living area. Al Khoory Hotel Apartments, Al Barsha and Al Khoory Executive Hotel, Al Wasl are the two other hotels under the brand Al Khoory Hotels. For more information about the hotels, please visit www.alkhooryhotels.com.

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Ramada Ajman joins UN Global Compact

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Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman announced its membership in United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the largest corporate social responsibility initiative in the world. To commence its membership, the hotel associates gathered for an orientation conducted by Ayla Bajwa and Hidaya Mansoor Alfalasi, United Nations Global Compact local network representatives in the UAE. The session provided an overview of the ten fundamental principles of the initiative, which are in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption, as well as a presentation on The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Iftikhar Hamdani, General Manager, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman enthused: “We are honoured to be part of the UN Global Compact! Our management has always ensured the welfare of our work force and has been actively involved in various sustainable initiatives and charitable projects over the years. Through our membership, we seek to enrich our current business practices, and improve our existing CSR programmes. We will strive to become responsible role models in our field and in the community, and ultimately inspire our industry peers to do their share for a socially responsible global economy.” The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative to promote sustainable development and good corporate citizenship. The initiative was launched in the UAE in May 2015. Established in 2002, the UN Global Compact now has thousands of participating businesses and stakeholders from over 160 countries.

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541 projects and 158,950 rooms in ME by 2020

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There are 541 new hotels in the pipeline across the Middle East – bringing an additional 158,950 hotel rooms to the region, an industry report has revealed. The Middle East Hotel Construction Overview report prepared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS exclusively for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 forecasts that the majority of new hotel rooms will open before 2020. The UAE (180 projects) and Saudi Arabia (134 projects) remain the most active hotel construction hotspots in the region. The busiest year for hotel openings leading up to 2020 is forecast to be 2017 with 189 projects and 58,527 rooms. Notable hotel openings scheduled for 2017 include: the world’s largest hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with 10,000 rooms, and the world’s first Paramount Hotels & Resorts property; the Paramount Hotel in Dubai.

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Doha to add 41 hotel projects, 11,000+ rooms

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Doha has 41 projects and 11,722 rooms in its hotel construction pipeline, according to a new report. The Doha Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016, reveals that Doha is the 3rd busiest city in the Middle East and Africa for hotel construction, behind only Dubai (133 projects) and Riyadh (47 projects). Doha’s busiest year for hotel openings is forecast to be 2017 with 14 new properties entering the market, including: Pullman Doha West Bay (468 rooms), JW Marriott West Bay (297 rooms), Hilton Garden Inn Doha Al Sadd (225 rooms), and Millennium Plaza Doha (232 rooms). The five-star Millennium Plaza Doha will open as part of the new Barwa Al Sadd development located in the heart of Doha. Comprised of four high rise towers offering commercial, residential and office space, the major project, currently under construction, will also offer a range of restaurants, shops and recreational facilities. Kassab added: “Barwa Al Sadd is set to be an exciting new addition to the city for both visitors and residents. Millennium Plaza Doha will be the only hotel within the development, offering an ideal base for business and leisure trips as well as for residents looking for a central location for business meetings, dining or celebrations.” TOPHOTELPROJECTS will present on development hotspots in the Middle East and Africa including Doha at the 4th edition of The Hotel Show Dubai’s annual Vision Conference, part of the “Update on market and consumer patterns and trends: get the inside track” panel discussion on 18th September 2016, 11:00-11:50am.

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Hotel Show 2016 at WTC Dubai

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The much awaited Hotel Show will be held from September 17-19, 2016 at Dubai World Trade Center. With a surge in technological innovations designed specifically for the hospitality industry, The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 is set to debut a dedicated new feature when it opens this week. Tech start-ups and major global brands will launch innovative new products in the ‘Tec-Innovation Zone’, to feature alongside The Hotel Show’s extended list of exhibitors and TecSec Summit conference. Combined, the Technology and Security Pavilion now takes up almost a quarter (22%) of the event’s 17th edition. LG will be unveiling the world’s first OLED Hotel TV to the Middle East market for the first time at the Tec-Innovation Zone alongside a Pro:Centric Direct hotel content management system which provides solutions such as 1-click service and IP-network-based remote management. Alongside the Tec-Innovation Zone, more than 75 technology and security suppliers will showcase extended ranges of the latest products and services of interest to the region’s hospitality industry including: Bang & Olufsen; GREENTEC Automation DMCC; ASSA ABLOY Hospitality; SALTO Systems; dorma+kaba, and INTEREL. INTEREL has the largest stand planned for the 2016 Technology and Security Pavilion. It is set to showcase its online Water Management System, awarded ‘Most Innovative Hospitality Technology of 2016’ at the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) TechOvation awards.

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New hospitality projects by Deyaar and Millennium & Copthorne

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It is reported that Deyaar Development has signed a deal with hotel operator Millennium & Copthorne to operate three hospitality developments in Dubai spanning 953 units. The Dubai-based developer said in a statement that the move is part of its ongoing drive to support Dubai’s tourism and hospitality infrastructure needs. The strategic alliance with Millennium & Copthorne spans three of Deyaar’s current developments – a hotel and serviced apartments development in Al Barsha next to Mall of the Emirates, luxury residences at The Atria in Business Bay and premium serviced apartments at Montrose in Dubai Science Park. All three developments are scheduled for completion from late 2017 to early 2018, Deyaar said. Millennium & Copthorne will manage and operate the developments’ hotel and serviced apartments, as well as provide consultancy services during the construction phase of the projects. Deyaar’s CEO Saeed Al Qatami said: “The new developments will provide convenient overnight, short-term and long-term hospitality options for business and leisure travellers to Dubai. We have chosen our locations based on convenient access to the major business and transport nodes, including malls, metro stations and offices.” Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, president and CEO, Millennium & Copthorne MEA, added: “We are delighted to partner with Deyaar, a company of excellence in the real estate sector, to bring these exciting developments to the market. The projects will add to the breadth of Dubai’s hospitality offering, boosting the number of international standard, high quality hotel rooms and serviced apartment accommodation to meet rising demand,” he said.

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Marriott boosts ME presence with 14 new properties in 2016

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Marriott International, Inc. has continued to pursue an ambitious growth strategy across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region announcing an impressive 14 new property signings so far in 2016. The signings will add to Marriott International’s current operating portfolio of 147 hotels in 20 countries across the Middle East and Africa, with the company also confirmed to open 11 new properties across the region by the end of this year. The latest collection of signings will see Marriott International expand its Middle East footprint by eight properties across the UAE, Egypt, Qatar and Kuwait, encompassing the Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, Residence Inn by Marriott and Protea Hotels by Marriott brands. The company has also announced further growth to its African pipeline with the signing of six new properties under the JW Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection and Protea Hotels by Marriott brands. Within the Middle East, Marriott International currently operates a total of 40 properties spanning eight brands. Today’s announcement will add a further five properties to Marriott International’s UAE presence as well as one property each in Egypt, Qatar and Kuwait. In Africa, Marriott International’s acquisition of Protea Hospitality Holding in 2014 is continuing to yield positive returns as the company signs a further six hotels in 2016 adding 1,040 rooms to its Africa pipeline. That pipeline will include two properties in Uganda and one property each in Nairobi, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. Amongst the signed properties is a JW Marriott brand hotel in Nairobi and an Autograph Collection hotel in South Africa. Aside from the 14 new property signings in 2016, Marriott International has also confirmed that 11 new properties are set to …

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Louvre’s 3-star hotel opens in Ras Al Khaimah

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Louvre Hotels Group, one of the largest hospitality groups in the world, has announced further expansion of its regional portfolio with today’s opening of a new 3-star hotel in the UAE – the Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah. Located in the heart of the city, with convenient proximity to the central business district and just minutes from Ras Al Khaimah’s famed beachfront locations, Tulip Inn offers 104 spacious and modern rooms and suites along with state-of-the-art business facilities and an elegant selection of restaurants and cafes to meet the needs of families as well as business travellers. Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah offers guests comfortable and well-equipped rooms and a comprehensive range of business facilities including three meeting rooms equipped with the latest audio and video technologies, complemented by top-quality dining options and impeccable service. With facilities and services that go beyond segment standards, Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah is poised to enhance the midscale value proposition as guests now have a modern and affordable hotel that ticks all the boxes for a comfortable stay. Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah is the first of many ventures between Louvre Hotels Group and Action Hotels Limited; one of the pioneers in the midscale hospitality sector, with already the Tulip Inn Jeddah confirmed to open soon among others in the pipeline.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts daily ticket priced at AED240-AED330

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As the excitement begins, Dubai Parks and Resorts announced the daily ticket prices for the theme park destination which will open on October 31 this year. Pre-purchased standard adult tickets will range from AED 240 to AED 330 for a one-day single park ticket, and will range from AED 480 to AED 890 for a multiple parks multiple days’ ticket. This unique destination is comprised of three theme parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai, together with the LEGOLAND Water Park. Guests will have access to nearly 100 exciting rides, attractions and shows on opening day at the destination located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai.The gateway to the destination is Riverland Dubai, offering over 50 themed retail, dining, and entertainment experiences set across a waterfront district which is free for all to enjoy. The destination also hosts the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel. Online ticket sales will go live shortly. Dubai Parks and Resorts will also feature a VIP ticket priced at AED 1,500 per park per day that will give guests a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to Q-Fast front of line access, a personal tour guide, discounts on food and beverage and retail purchases.  Regular daily ticket holders will be able to purchase the Q-Fast line access separately to enjoy reduced waiting time on rides and attractions, prices of the Q-Fast access for each theme park will be announced closer to the opening. Dubai Parks and Resorts will open to the public on 31 October 2016. Annual passes are currently on sale and available at DubaiParksandResorts.com.

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