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Second Citymax Hotel Al Barsha opens doors

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Citymax Hotels officially opened their second Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, the latest property to join the group’s expanding portfolio and the first hotel to effortlessly combine business travel with the charm of a boutique style setting. The opening follows the successful launch of Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah in November 2018, and bumps the Citymax portfolio up to five hotels in operation across the GCC, as well as a sixth Citymax Hotel in Aswan, Egypt. Known for its personality of vibrant simplicity and providing its guests with an unforgettable stay, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha will follow in the same steps, but with an added sense of appeal. This Citymax property is uniquely positioned to cater to business travellers looking for the comforts of a well-known brand, but the exclusivity and warmth of a boutique hotel. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha is set alongside its sister property, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at The Mall, which is largely popular amongst families and leisure travellers. The hotel boasts 120 spacious rooms, including 24 twin rooms and 96 queen rooms. Each floor of the hotel has only 10 rooms, providing a sense of privacy in the heart of bustling ‘New Dubai’. Each room is larger than average and kitted out with a variety of in-room facilities that meet the specific needs of business travellers; workstations with universal sockets and a media hub with Bluetooth capability for wireless audio streaming to the TV. The property hosts a meeting room, with a capacity of 8-10 delegates. Featuring three unique dining venues, guests are sure to be spoilt for choice. The Stag will be the city’s newest gastro-pub, which is set to launch in the first week of …

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IHG and SRG Holding announce double hotel partnership

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IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) signed franchise agreements for two hotels, Staybridge Suites Dubai Financial Centre and Staybridge Suites Dubai Internet City, with the Dubai-based real estate development firm, SRG Holding. The agreements will see the conversion of two SRG-owned developments to IHG’s extended-stay brand Staybridge Suites. The two franchised assets will be operated by SRG Hospitality, the group’s hotel management arm with opening dates set for January 2020. The hotels are strategically located along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s main commercial artery with convenient access to the Dubai Metro system and the city’s major business and leisure attractions. Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa at IHG, commented on the signing, “The extended-stay sector performs extremely well in Dubai and the Middle East, and we are pleased to be partnering with one of the leading family-owned companies in Dubai, SRG Holding. The Staybridge Suites brand is successful due to its combination of home-like convenience and comfort. We are excited to be expanding our extended-stay offering in Dubai and look forward to building a successful relationship with SRG Holding as we cater to the varied needs of travellers visiting the city.” Fahad AlRafi, CEO at SRG Holding, said of the partnership, “We are delighted to partner with a globally renowned hospitality company such as IHG for Staybridge Suites Dubai Financial Centre and Staybridge Suites Dubai Internet City. This fantastic brand will give us the opportunity to deliver a service style that is little more relaxed than traditional serviced apartments in the city.”

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Fraser Suites with 120 luxury serviced apartments opens in Muscat

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Fraser Suites Muscat officially opened this month with their commitment to offer high-quality luxury experiences which are designed to embrace the needs of the modern traveller and saw media attendees given an exclusive tour of each of the unique facilities at Fraser Suites Muscat. The facility hosts 120 luxury serviced apartments and complete rooftop pool and spa amenities. The apartments comprise of studios and various bedroom configurations equipped with renowned brands such as L’Occitane and Nespresso, together with all-around city views. Boasting modern décor throughout the facility alongside a touch of Omani hospitality, Fraser Suites Muscat has several features that make this a one of a kind of property in the Sultanate. Apart from hosting a rooftop swimming pool with a poolside juice counter and boutique-shopping arcade, Fraser Suites Muscat also accommodates a 24/7 fitness room with the latest gym facilities, a lavish spa with four treatment rooms, and large indoor and outdoor children play areas. The Fraser Suites Muscat Ballroom has a capacity for more than 800 people and is perfect for planning a wedding, the launch of a special product, a general business meeting, or any major occasion. The 1500 sqm of space can be used as the main hall or partitioned into four separate conference rooms as required. Vincent Le Gorrec, General Manager of Fraser Suites Muscat said, “We are keen to reach out to countries in the Middle East, which have the potential for several cultural tourism prospects, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and UAE. Coupled with a unique range of facilities and amenities and situated close to several lifestyle options, Fraser Suites Muscat is an ideal choice for corporate travellers, vacationers, and even families, looking for …

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Hilton Garden Inn Al Jubail opens in Saudi Arabia

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The new 133-key Hilton Garden Inn Al Jubail has opened in Saudi Arabia’s commercial centre in Jubail, Dammam. It joins three existing Hilton Garden Inn properties in Saudi Arabia. Helmed by Dewan Architects + Engineers as the lead consultant and designer of the project, the hotel building serves as a contemporary hospitality haven in the heart of Al Jubail, the industrial hub of Saudi Arabia. The hotel’s modern form is a new visual anchor for this emerging city. Set on the Jubail Corniche near the Jubail Commercial Port, the property is conveniently located between King Fahd Airport in Dammam and the Royal Commission of Jubail and its industrial city. “The completion of Hilton Garden Inn Al Jubail marks a key moment in this district’s transformation,” says Dewan Architects +Engineers Executive Director, Ammar Al Assam. “The hotel’s contemporary architectural expression reflects the spirit of its surroundings – a growing and constantly evolving city.” In line with Dewan Architects + Engineers’ “go green” initiatives, Hilton Hotels recently announced it is teaming up with Clean the World, an organisation that collects used soaps from hotels, melts them down, sanitises them, and creates brand new bars of soap for people in need. The eight-storey hotel, located on King Faisal Street East, offers 133 spacious guest rooms; a contemporary lobby overlooking the Arabian Gulf; modern meeting rooms (Najla and Dalal); the Panorama (Ladies) lounge; a stunning rooftop swimming pool with views over the Gulf; separate his and her gyms; and high-speed internet access. Guests can enjoy fine dining, themed buffets and weekend brunches at The Garden Grille restaurant, while the Garden Café offers snacks and beverages.

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Omniyat wins AED 150mn funding for fit-out work of ME Dubai Hotel

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Ultra-luxury developer Omniyat has announced that it recently secured a financing of AED 150 million from Mashreq Bank for the fit-out of its ME Dubai Hotel based in The Opus by Zaha Hadid in Downtown Dubai. The facility will be utilised for completing the fit-out of the landmark hotel to be operated by the lifestyle hotel brand ME by Meliá. The internal works will prevail outstanding benchmarks worldwide to meet the distinct needs of future guests. Mahdi Amjad, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Omniyat, said, “We are pleased to sign with the UAE’s longest standing bank and adding it to our portfolio of banks that share Omniyat’s vision of building truly unique projects across vantage locations in Dubai. Bringing Zaha Hadid’s ground breaking vision of the future to life has been a momentous journey and we wish to continue her legacy through The Opus. As the final and most anticipated component of The Opus, we are thrilled to be revealing ME Dubai’s Debut by the end of the year and look forward to guests experiencing the full capacity of the architectural wonder as it captures design aspirations from every corner.” Following the announcement, Enrique Ortiz, EMEA region VP at Meliá Hotels International, said, “Designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, ME Dubai will be a true legacy project when the property launches. We are honoured to work in partnership with her team and Omniyat and we are very much looking forward to ME by Meliá’s first debut in the Middle East offering guests an unparalleled experience combined with exemplary design.”  

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Marriott International and Dur Hospitality open new hotel, apartments in Riyadh

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Marriott International and Dur Hospitality have announced the opening of Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments – Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, just a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. “We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director—Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology including high speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day.  

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Shaza Hotels signs first Mysk in Saudi Arabia; to open doors in 2021

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Shaza Hotels has signed a management agreement with Sheikh Sultan Al Harthi to operate Mysk Jeddah, the Mysk brand’s first property in KSA. Located on Heraa Street, close to the Jeddah Corniche, the four-star hotel is expected to open in 2021. Included in its facilities are a restaurant, a café, meeting rooms, a kids’ club, fitness centre and rooftop pool. Sheikh Sultan Al Harthi stated, “To support the tourism initiatives for Saudi Vision 2030, we have decided to enter the tourism sector by developing an upscale hotel in a prime location in Jeddah Province. We have chosen Shaza Hotels to operate it under the Mysk by Shaza brand as we were keen on bringing a new and fresh brand to the Saudi market. This hotel will be one-of-a-kind in the Kingdom.” Simon Coombs, President and CEO, Shaza Hotels, commented, “The tourism landscape in KSA is changing rapidly due to various government initiatives being put in place to boost the number of arrivals into the country. New destinations are being created and a new generation of hotels is entering Saudi Arabia. Mysk Jeddah is one of them, catering to the evolving needs of the Saudi tourism sector where discerning guests are seeking a more personalised experience aligned with their lifestyle. We are very grateful to Sheikh Sultan Al Harthi for having entrusted us with the management of Mysk Jeddah and we are confident that this Mysk will become the new sought-after address in Jeddah.” Mysk Jeddah is the brand’s seventh property, the first being the award-winning Mysk by Shaza Al Mouj in Muscat, and the next hotels to open are three Mysk retreats that are part of the Sharjah Collection as announced …

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Ctrip signs China-focused distribution agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts

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Ctrip.com International (Ctrip), one of China’s largest integrated travel services companies, has signed an agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) to develop a global distribution strategy promoting MHR properties to Ctrip’s 300-million strong customer base. The agreement was announced jointly at ITB Berlin by David Zhou, Chief Business Officer—Accommodation Business Unit, Ctrip and Nayan Peshkar, Senior Vice President – Digital, Distribution & Revenue Strategy, MHR. It marks the start of an alliance enabling Ctrip to offer MHR’s iconic portfolio of hotels in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia to its China-based business and leisure travel clients. Zhou said, “Chinese outbound tourists reached nearly 150 million in 2018, and the growth for this year remains strong. By signing this China–focused distribution agreement with MHR, we are continuing to offer 300 million members the best hotel experience worldwide whilst enhancing MHR’s presence and boosting new business opportunities for them in the China market.” Through the aegis of a strategic collaboration agreement, MHR will partner with Ctrip’s membership programme, which will certify its properties as ‘Chinese-Friendly Hotels’ and enable them to benefit from Ctrip’s influential ranking system. MHR and Ctrip will also work towards customer initiatives such as the launching of a flagship store on Ctrip’s digital platforms, joint marketing campaigns as well as knowledge sharing and cross exposure programmes for team members. Ctrip is the number one platform for Chinese nationals travelling overseas. About one in four Chinese citizens use Ctrip to book and search for outbound flight tickets, making it the world’s largest outbound travel platform. Peshkar said, “We are delighted to be raising the profile of our hotel offering in the fast-growing China travel market. Asia …

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The S Hotel Al Barsha to mark debut at Arabian Travel Market 2019

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The S Hotel Al Barsha has confirmed its participation at Arabian Travel Market 2019 to be held from April 28 to May 1 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Shailesh Grover, General Manager, The S Hotel Al Barsha, said, “As the region’s leading travel fair, Arabian Travel Market offers us a fabulous platform to introduce and showcase our first The S Hotel in the Middle East, The S Hotel Al Barsha.” A recent research report released by Arabian Travel Market ahead of the major event reveals that the UAE is set to welcome 8.92 million visitors from top five source markets by 2023. The report says that the country’s top three source markets for inbound tourism are India, KSA and the UK. The number of Indian visitors travelling to the UAE will increase at a CAGR of 7% to 3.01 million in 2023, while arrivals from Saudi Arabia and the UK will witness an increase of 2% and 1% to 1.76 million and 1.28 million respectively over the same period. “Our marketing efforts are geared towards attracting guests from these high-growth segments. Our focus is to get a bigger slice of the inbound tourists from India, KSA, the UK, China and Russia. We’re also targeting the GCC & Middle East, Southeast Asia, Far East Asia, Europe and Latin America,” Grover explains.    

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Sheraton unveils new logo

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s most global brand continues its transformation journey with a nod to its timeless pioneering legacy, as it unveils a new logo that pays homage to its past and depicts its vision for the future. The new design reflects the brand’s holistic vision for the future, making Sheraton the central gathering place of communities around the world, welcoming guests and locals into a public space that embodies the modern town square vibe. “The logo’s evolution reflects the renewed energy and firm commitment we are making to our owners and guests to the resurgence of this iconic brand.  More than a logo, this is a symbolic statement of Sheraton’s vision for our new guest experience,” said Mara Hannula, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Classic Premium Brands. “This was the final piece of the redesign puzzle and offers a modernized look and feel to match our reimagined spaces while maintaining the powerful equity and recognition of the original logo.” The new Sheraton experience will be available to guests later this year in Phoenix. The transformed 1,000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel which the company purchased in 2018 will bring to life the first of Sheraton’s full on-strategy hotel along with other exciting innovations. “We are excited to introduce the new direction of the brand’s iconic symbol in the Middle East and Africa, where Sheraton has nurtured long-standing relationships with guests, owners and communities for over 50 years,” said Sandra Schulze–Potgieter, Vice President Premium & Select Brands, Marriott International Middle East and Africa. “In line with the transformation of the brand, we are excited to showcase our early adopter properties soon, the Sheraton Jeddah Hotel and Sheraton Grand Hotel, …

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