Thursday 21 September 2017

Otto brings authentic Italian flavours to Bahrain

Bahrain’s homegrown hospitality group, Al Abraaj Restaurants Group, has now introduced a new Italian concept, Otto - offering authentic flavours with a fresh perspective. Otto which means ‘eight’ in Italian, marks a number of firsts in the kingdom’s Italia


Flyadeal wins AOC; to launch flights on Sept 23

Flyadeal, the newly established low fare airline in Saudi Arabia, is set to commence operations next week, on September 23, marking Saudi National Day. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) on Wednesday issued the new carrier its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) at a cerem


Qatar Airways to fly direct to Cardiff

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch to direct flights between Doha and Cardiff, a report said. According to a report in BBC, the new seven-day-a-week service is scheduled to begin in May 2018. The route will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, seating


Lufthansa to terminate Qatar flights

German carrier Lufthansa has announced plans to discontinue its flight service to Qatar from October, a report said. According to Karsten Zang, senior director Gulf at Lufthansa Group, the route was found to be "commercially not viable" despite substantial sales efforts


Maldives named ‘the islands with the best places to stay’

Maldives was named the islands with the best places to stay at the Condé Nast Traveller’s 2017 Readers’ Travel Awards, reaffirming its position as one the world’s preferred destinations. The annual awards ceremony was held at the Ham Yard Hotel in central


Rotana CEO receives top honour

Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of hotel group Rotana, was honored with the ‘Hospitality CEO of the Year’ award at the CEO Middle East Awards 2017 held in Dubai on September 12. A Rotana veteran, Kaddouri has been with the company for nearly two decades and has serve


Tourico Holidays says India hotel bookings jump 97pc

Tourico Holidays, a leading travel brokerage company, has reported a 97 per cent increase in hotel bookings in India compared to the same time last year.   According to Tourico’s 2017 hotel booking data, the European Union was a driving force behind the increase with EU


UAE tourism spending seen exceeding $56bn by 2022

Spending within the UAE’s travel and tourism sector is expected to rise steadily over the next five years and reach over $56 billion in 2022 as new mega projects come to market, a recent analysis conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry showed. The analysis,


Grand Hyatt Dubai welcomes new executive asst sales head

Grand Hyatt Dubai has promoted Malek Safa to the role of executive assistant manager sales and marketing. In his new role, he will be in charge of the entire sales, events, revenue and marketing departments of the hotel along with other general operations and report directly to g


Eggless omelette, tiramisu sans sugar - diners' unusual requests!

Chefs in the Middle East have revealed the most unusual requests they’ve been given from hungry diners – and the revelations may just disprove the old adage that the customer is always right!   A survey conducted ahead of next week’s The Hotel Show Dubai 201

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