Sunday 27 May 2018

Oman to draw $50bn in tourism investment by 2040

Tourism continues to play a prominent role in driving Oman’s long-term economic development with future investment in the hospitality sector projected at around $50 billion over the next two decades through to 2040, said a report. While the government’s share in this


Swissôtel Al Ghurair appoints new executive chef

Swissôtel Al Ghurair, a luxurious hotel in Dubai, UAE, has appointed Akhilesh Singh as its new executive chef. Singh will oversee all culinary operations at the property and will play a vital role to boost the hotel’s food and beverage offerings. Singh


UAE's aviation authority denies flydubai hijack rumours

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) denied today rumours of an attempted hijack of a flydubai plane passing through Iranian airspace, said a report. Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, said that flydubai flight FZ301, which was heading from Dubai to K


Rehlat marks Ramadan with new logo, special offers

Rehlat, one of the Middle East's fastest-growing online travel agencies, marked the start of the holy month of Ramadan with the unveiling of its new logo and a special sale, offering attractive prices and discounts across flights & hotels. From May 18 to June 16, the sale


Majid Al Futtaim ropes in Crystal for Dubai lagoon project

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has signed an agreement with Chile-based company Crystal Lagoons to develop the fully swimmable 70,000-sq-m Lagoon Al Ghaf at its new flagship mixed-use community in Duba


ME hotel occupancy, rates down in April

April seemed unfavourable for the Middle East hospitality sector as hotels reported negative performance results during the month, new data revealed. According to data from STR, occupancy levels in the Middle East slipped 4.4 per cent to 72 per cent, with average daily rate (ADR)


Hilton to remove plastic straws from all hotels

Hospitality giant Hilton has announced that it will remove plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018. The group also revealed its new goal to double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030, with the help of sci


Saudia team helps stranded Dhaka passengers

Flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft. Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on May 21 diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to no


The Arch London attracts Arab guests with new halal services

Throughout summer, the five-star boutique hotel The Arch London will be offering a host of specialities for its Arabic guests. These offerings will include a 24-hour Halal Room Service Menu, Halal Full English Breakfast, Halal Breakfast Platter, as well as Halal Chicken and Beef


Jumeirah Saadiyat Resort to open in Nov

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will open its doors on November 11, bringing a breath of fresh air and understated luxury to the shores of Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by natural beauty, this contemporary beachfront resort occupies a stunning location on Saadiyat Island, overlooking

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