Category Archives: Hotels

Barceló Mussanah Resort welcomed over 100,000 guests in one year

Barceló Mussanah Resort welcomed over 100,000 guests over the past year since its opening and as they celebrates their first anniversary this July offers residents and visitors of the Sultanate a host of summer activities to commemorate its successful first year since its launch in 2021. The four-star property has launched a variety of exciting and tantalising summer activities, catering to the needs of every type of traveller. One of the main attractions is the 175-metre long zip-line, which will exhilarate thrill-seekers as they glide across the picturesque views of the Mussanah marina. Focused on guest safety, the zip-line is managed and operated by the resort’s trained staff, promising hours of thrilling fun. In 2021, following the successful operations of four properties in the region, trailblazing Spanish hotel chain – Barceló Hotel Group launched Barceló Mussanah Resort intending to support Oman’s vision to diversify the hospitality and tourist sectors in the Sultanate. Since opening its doors, Mussanah’s flagship has rapidly risen in popularity, hosting nearly 100,000 guests, becoming a popular travel destination for national and international travellers. The stellar property has also hosted eight international sporting events in the past year in partnership with Oman Sail, including the 11th edition of the coveted Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT) and Youth Sailing World Championships that attained Barceló Hotel Group and Oman Sail the Silver Award for ‘Best Sports Event of the Year 2021’ at the Middle East Sports Industry Awards 2022. Adventure seekers looking to beat the summer heat can indulge in a wide range of water-sports activities, including sailing across the smooth waters of Mussanah or an early morning kayak across the beautiful marina. Snorkel among the vibrant coral …

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Jumeirah Group opens first luxury resort in Oman

Jumeirah Group further expands its international portfolio with the unveiling of an exceptional new resort in the Middle East – Jumeirah Muscat Bay. Nestled within the secluded cove of Bandar Jissah between the Hajar mountains and Gulf of Oman, just 15 minutes from the capital Muscat, Jumeirah Muscat Bay will offer a true sense of serenity and escapism. With sea, mountains and a historic city on its doorstep, it is the ideal spot to disconnect and spend blissful days on the beach, explore the great outdoors via an array of adventurous wellbeing experiences, or venture out to discover the Sultanate’s rich history. Mr. José Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Oman is a popular destination for those looking to combine nature and wellness with cultural interest. At Jumeirah Muscat Bay, we have focused on taking cues from the natural landscape and its restorative energy and have brought this to life through design and architecture and in keeping with the hallmarks of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, our innovative dining concepts, signature service and exceptional experiences are well represented throughout this resort. As we continue to expand our portfolio, we are delighted to open the doors to this beautiful resort and bring our brand promise of Stay Different, for the first time to Oman.” Jumeirah Muscat Bay will offer 206 spacious rooms and suites, all assuring breath-taking ocean vistas, with connecting rooms available for the perfect family holiday. In addition, five secluded summerhouses in two- and four-bed configurations, and the exceptional Sanctuary Villa, will provide the ultimate hospitality experience, each with a private pool, dedicated butler service and access to an exclusive private beach. Modern arabesque design features throughout the resort …

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Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub set new records with 200,000 Visitors in season 4

Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub Season 5 will commence on 15 September 2022, following a successful extended Season 4 that welcomed more than 200,000 visitors from 125 nationalities in eight months. In line with the emirate’s vision to create opportunities and engage businesses in Hatta, Season 4 also witnessed a 32 percent increase in the number of partners from the Hatta local community reaching 25 partners, who have been instrumental in the development of Hatta’s eco-tourism. Increase of footfall was influenced by the new additions to the destination’s experiences, the Hatta Caravan Park and the Hatta Dome Park, complementing the existing Damani Lodges and Sedr Trailers, and giving people more opportunities to enjoy Hatta’s views, activities and charm. In the meantime, Hatta Kayak as well as biking and hiking activities will continue to operate throughout the summer. Summer Activities Adventure seekers can continue to enjoy Hatta’s hiking and biking trails. Spanning 32.6 kilometers, the Hatta hiking and biking trails are divided into different grades and five routes to accommodate every level and experience of hikers and riders. Visitors can explore the area on their own mountain bikes or rent a bike from Hubbers, the mountain bike centre at Hatta Wadi Hub. A day in Hatta is not complete without kayaking on the iconic lake formed by the Hatta Dam. Hatta Kayak is open daily from 7:00AM to 11:00AM, and 3:00PM to 9:00PM. Pedalos, water bikes and electric donut boats are also available for thrill seekers. The New Season A new multipurpose adventure ropes course catering to both children and adults will be the latest addition to the exciting range of activities and experiences at Hatta Wadi Hub and will …

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The First Collection to open its newest hotel in Business Bay

The First Collection announced the opening of its second Dubai-based hotel: The First Collection Business Bay.  The launch builds on the success of The First Collection Jumeriah Village Circle, which in Q3 of 2021 was voted #22 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hottest New Hotels in the World – and is the only hotel in the Middle East to have received this accolade. Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group comments: “The opening of The First Collection Business Bay marks another important step in the development of our new lifestyle hotel brand, The First Collection. The brand has been extremely well received by local and international guests, generating fantastic reviews – and we’re very much looking forward to opening our doors of this upscale, dynamic property” The new hotel located in Business Bay, one of Dubai’s most up and coming neighbourhoods, is the latest addition to the group’s fast-growing body of upscale hotels, significantly strengthening brand presence across the city. Seamlessly meeting the demands of business travellers, as well as families and leisure visitors, the stylish hotel is the perfect base to explore Dubai and its world-famous attractions. Close to Downtown Dubai, plus all its iconic attractions (the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall included) as well as within walking distance of the expansive Dubai Water Canal, it is also within easy reach to both Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek due to its extensive transport links. The hotel itself features 437 well-appointed and sustainably designed guestrooms and spacious suites, many of which boast exceptional views of Dubai’s awe-inspiring skyline including the Burj Khalifa and the Stables. Top-tier amenities include a stunning 25 metre open-air swimming pool with sundeck and Burj Khalifa vistas, …

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Shurooq’s integrated infrastructure project in Khorfakkan includes luxury hotel, water park and over 200 residential units

As part of its efforts in redefining the leisure and travel landscape of Sharjah and the region with an exciting expansion of portfolio offerings, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has revealed details of its upcoming integrated large-scale development project in the Eastern enclave of Khorfakkan comprising a 5-star hotel, the first waterpark in the Eastern region, and more than 200 residential units. Scheduled for completion in 2024, the luxury 5-star hospitality project, operating under the Autograph Collection by Marriott International and built on 38,000 sqm opposite the Khorfakkan port, will feature 75 deluxe units, pools, restaurants, and a ballroom for special occasions. The proposed rooms include 62 single rooms, 5 double rooms, and 8 luxury suites offering stunning views of the Arabian Sea and offers unparalleled luxury for visitors to the tranquil eastern enclave. Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), revealed details of the project currently under development, during a phone call to (Al Khat Al Mubasher) radio show on Wednesday (June 22). The expansive project will also see the development of the first waterpark in the Eastern region of the emirate and caters to the ever-growing demand for tourism and leisure experiences in the East Coast. Ahmed Al Qaseer pointed out that the project would also include more than 200 residential units which will be serviced by retail stores, restaurants and a host of other outlets on the ground level, adding that off-plan sales would commence with the announcement of a detailed overview of the project in the third quarter of the current year. The Acting CEO noted that the project will be completed in 2024. Shurooq’s new project …

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flydubai prepares for a record-breaking summer, expects over 3 million passengers

flydubai is preparing for a record-breaking summer, building on the momentum from the tremendous performance in the first quarter of 2022 and the surge in demand for travel. The carrier is gearing up to welcome three million passengers over the busiest summer in the airline’s history. Over the summer period, an average of 8,500 departures per month are scheduled across flydubai’s network of 102 destinations, which exceeds pre-pandemic levels. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “while the global aviation sector has been slowly recovering from the repercussions of the pandemic, we have seen Dubai steadfast in its approach to enable the return to free flows of trade and tourism. The decisions made early on in the pandemic have enabled us to ramp up our operations to cater to the pent-up demand in record time. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our people, the collaborative approach taken by the key stakeholders in the UAE and the confidence our passengers have in our operations.” “Our agility and preparedness, strong business model and the scheduled aircraft deliveries this year, will see that we are well placed to overcome the challenges through which we as an industry continue to navigate. We look forward to an exceptional summer of connecting people, opening up underserved markets and providing our customers with more options to travel,” added Al Ghaith. Returning to a single hub operation flydubai’s flights to more than 30 destinations, which were temporarily operating out of Dubai World Central (DWC), return to operate from Dubai International (DXB) from 23 June. This follows the successful completion of the 45-day period Northern Runway Rehabilitation programme at DXB. Between 09 …

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Dubai tourism to promote industry jobs to high school graduates

With admissions open for the September 2022 intake at Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), part of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), students seeking to pursue higher education are encouraged to explore vocational opportunities and hands-on learning experiences beyond the classroom in order to develop successful careers within the tourism and hospitality industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, global travel and tourism employment is expected to grow in 2022 by 3.5%, comprising 9.1% of the total global job market, a figure which is set to increase further in 2023 and beyond.  As the tourism industry rebounds, now marks a crucial time for high school students who are carefully considering their prospects and planning a roadmap for a successful career. DCT runs the first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary educational platform in the region with an aim to create a dynamic and forward thinking workforce of exceptional talent who will be at the forefront of the future tourism workforce in the UAE and the wider MENA region. Providing students with vocational training in tourism, retail business, culinary arts, hospitality, and events, DCT helps to foster the talent pool within the emirate and encourage young Emiratis and expatriates to take up suitable careers within the tourism industry.   In order to leverage opportunities within the growing tourism and hospitality sector, DCT is urging young people at this significant point in their lives to explore vocational education and training to be able to successfully position themselves for gainful employment in the tourism ecosystem. Essa bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, commented: “In a few months’ time, high school leavers across Dubai will be focused on taking the next steps towards their future careers …

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Residence Inn by Marriott welcomes its largest and tallest Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road

Residence Inn by Marriott Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai announced the completion of the hotel’s rebranding as Residence Inn by Marriott following its renovation.  Enjoying a prime location on Sheikh Zayed Road near the city’s key business and leisure attraction such as the Dubai International Financial Centre, Museum of the Future, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Emirates Towers, and World Trade Centre, it is the world’s largest and tallest hotel to join the Residence Inn by Marriott brand. With a global presence of over 870 hotels in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn is the world leader of the longer stay lodging segment. The Residence Inn experience is designed for guests to travel the way they love to live by blending comfort with style in flexible and intuitive spaces. “I am proud to welcome guests to experience the world’s largest and tallest Residence Inn by Marriott and enjoy exceptional comfort and freedom that the brand is renowned for around the world,” said Khaled Saab, General Manager for Residence Inn by Marriott Sheikh Zayed Road. “Conveniently located merely 11 kilometres away from the Dubai International Airport, the Residence Inn by Marriott Sheikh Zayed Road offers guests more possibilities to live their way or wind down with redesigned spaces. In addition, being part of the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Program unlocks for our guests a world of exclusive member benefits and extraordinary experiences including complimentary Wi-Fi, member-only rates, and points that take you places.” Featuring 430 modern residential rooms and suites, many of which boast impressive views of the Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah coastline, Residence Inn by Marriott Sheikh Zayed Road offers travellers a ‘home-away-from-home’ experience with …

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Sheraton Hotels and Resorts unveils new Sheraton Jeddah hotel in keeping with the kingdom’s vision

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts unveiled Sheraton Jeddah Hotel. The newly renovated hotel exemplifies the brand’s worldwide elevation of the guest experience, showcasing signature key elements from the new concept that create an environment where guests are truly at ease, whether working, meeting, or relaxing. Drawing on its roots as a community hub for locals and guests at flagship locations, the new approach for Sheraton creates an intuitive and holistic experience with places to connect and be productive. “We are delighted to introduce Sheraton’s new design vision in Saudi Arabia and look forward to welcoming guests to discover the modernised look,” said Ahmed Hozaien, Area Vice President – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt, Marriott International. “Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has a long-standing history in this market, and we are proud to build on this legacy showcasing the brand’s contemporary updates as part of its global transformation. The reimagining of Sheraton Jeddah Hotel reinforces our commitment to offering premium accommodation for leisure and business travellers who are seeking an elevated experience, while enjoying all the familiar comforts of the Sheraton brand.” Following extensive renovations, Sheraton Jeddah Hotel offers 172 redesigned guestrooms and suites. Guests are welcomed into a natural light-filled space with warm, residential appeal, along with new tools for productivity including a height-adjustable worktable with integrated power and charging stations, while still retaining some of the classic Sheraton signature amenities such as the iconic Sheraton Sleep Experience bed. Enhanced technology in the guestrooms include upgraded internet connectivity and 55-inch TVs with built-in Chromecast and live streaming. Flooded with natural light and featuring soft finishes and light wood tones, the guestrooms offer expansive views of the Red Sea. The new lobby serves …

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InterContinental Hotels & Resorts unveils limited-edition suites in collaboration with leading artist Claire Luxton

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has collaborated with acclaimed British artist Claire Luxton to unveil a series of fully immersive experiences at InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental New York Barclay and InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Bookable now through to mid-July, the experiences celebrate the joy of worldliness and the beauty of global travel as told through a Claire Luxton lens. The Claire Luxton Experience at InterContinental Dubai Festival City heroes a limited-edition suite which have been designed and curated by the artist and depict her interpretation of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Taking cues from her personal travels and inspirations, Luxton brings the brand to life through the natural flora and fauna signature to her artwork in combination with an array of sensory experiences, including a drawn bath and soundscape. Every detail and room accent across the suite has been transformed to reflect the artist’s style with features including bespoke artwork, lighting and soft furnishings, that represent InterContinental hotels in Japan and Southeast Asia, respectively. A drawn bath experience with a curated soundscape, aromas and florals enhances the stay for guests. Additional discoveries in the suite include a special playlist and coffee table books reflecting Luxton’s travels. Guests booking the suite at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City will also be offered a massage for two in the hotel’s luxury spa. Claire Luxton said: “I’m thrilled to partner with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts again, interpreting the brand’s story of worldliness. Global travel inspires my work, and I hope it shines through in every detail of the collaboration, from the foyer florals and the hotel team’s custom scarves to the drawn bath experience and the artworks themselves. Each flower and animal within my work …

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