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Dubai DET announces that Holiday Homes to have qr codes going forward image credit Dubai Media Office

Holiday homes in Dubai now need QR codes on entrances, here’s why

This code enables visitors and guests to conveniently scan it and access essential information about the operator of the holiday home and the relevant contact details for the Department of Economy and Tourism

The First Group

The First Group expands business with launch of hotel management division

The launch of the new operation coincides with The First Group being appointed to manage the Zoya Health and Wellbeing resort in Al Zorah, Ajman

Azulik AlUla resort image courtesy RCU

Saudi Arabia’s RCU to open AZULIK AlUla, a new eco-luxury resort

The eco-luxury resort, which will feature 76 villas, is scheduled to be launched by 2027

Minor Hotels signs agreement with Saudi's Tourism Development Fund (Image: Supplied by Minor Hotels)

Minor partners with Saudi’s Tourism Development Fund

Multiple properties from brands including Anantara, Avani, Tivoli and Oaks will open across different regions within the kingdom

Hospitality group Accor has confirmed three new luxury properties will open in Riyadh by 2027 (Image: Supplied by Accor)

New Raffles, MGallery and Sofitel announced for Riyadh

It will include a 230-key Raffles hotel, a 250-key Sofitel Serviced Residence and a 60-villa MGallery resort

IHG to open 12 Holiday Inn Express hotels across Saudi Arabia (Image: Supplied by IHG)

IHG reaches deal for 12 Holiday Inn Express hotels in Saudi Arabia

It has signed a master development agreement with Tashyid for Hotel Operations to develop the hotels totaling 2,500 keys

IHG Hotels and Resorts signs the agreement with Arkan Palm for Real Estate Investment (Image: Supplied by IHG)

IHG confirms two additional properties in Cairo

The InterContinental West Cairo 205 and voco West Cairo 205 Suites will together add 390 keys to the group’s portfolio in Egypt

Fairmont Cheshire The Mere (Image: Supplied by Fairmont)

Dubai’s Select Group to open Fairmont Cheshire The Mere in the UK

Following an extensive renovation programme, the historic property which features an 18-hole championship golf course will open in Q3 2024

Le Méridien Al Marjan Island Resort and Spa (Image: Supplied by Marjan)

Le Méridien to open in Ras Al Khaimah by 2026

The beachfront Le Méridien Al Marjan Island Resort and Spa in the UAE will feature 350 keys

Rua Al Madinah (Image: Supplied by Accor)

Accor signs deal for three properties in Madinah

A Fairmont, Swissôtel and Novotel will cumulatively add over 1,000 keys to Accor’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia

Rotana's Guy Hutchinson signs the agreement at the FHS in Riyadh. (Image: Supplied by Rotana)

Rotana signs agreement for five new properties in Riyadh

The openings will cumulatively add 618 keys to its portfolio and includes four Edge by Rotana hotels as well as one Rayhaan by Rotana property

Cloud7 Residence AlUla (Image: Supplied by Kerten Hospitality)

Kerten Hospitality’s project size in Saudi to reach SAR1.5bn in 2023

The group has launched The Collective by Kerten Hospitality initiative to unify its efforts across all the projects in the kingdom

SUnset Hospitality Group expands presence in Marbella

Dubai-based Sunset Hospitality Group expands footprint in Marbella, Spain

The hospitality group will unveil the established venues inside the METTHotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona

Hospitality trends: Witty D’silva, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, Leva Hotels

Insights: 6 key trends driving growth in the hospitality sector

From hyper-personalisation to OTAs and bleisure travel to budget travel, we look at the developments boosting the hospitality industry

Kimpton Riyadh Saudi Arabia signing ceremony (Image: Supplied by IH Hotels and Resorts)

IHG to debut Kimpton brand in Saudi Arabia by 2024

The new-build Kimpton Riyadh will be located within the King Abdullah Financial District

The resort will soar 305m off the ground. (Image: Supplied by Wynn Resorts)

The Wynn Al Marjan Island resort in the UAE will open by 2027

The 1,500 key property will be located in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai launches first ever AI-based chatbot

Asksuite has developed a customised omnichannel guest automation chatbot for the hospitality brand

Amsa Hospitality

Amsa Hospitality, Accor join forces to bring 18 new hotels to Saudi by 2032

The agreement will see Amsa Hospitality develop a range of Accor’s economy and midscale brands while also acting as the third-party operator by leasing and franchising the assets

Winners of the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2023. (Image: Motivate Media Group)

Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2023: Here are all the winners

The 22nd edition of the annual awards included 40 award categories spanning airlines, airports and hotels

Rove Hotels

Rove Hotels expands reach with serviced residences

Rove Home Aljada is the brand’s first residential project, featuring contemporary designs and smart home features

Azizi Developments

Azizi Developments enters hospitality sector; announces launch of global hotel brand

The company has appointed Michael Zager as its new chief operating officer – Hospitality

Rotana at ATM (Image: Supplied by Rotana)

ATM 2023: Rotana to have 120 operational hotels by 2030

Saudi Arabia and Egypt will be the key markets for the group’s expansion in the region

Four Seasons NEOM resort

Four Seasons to develop new island resort in NEOM’s Sindalah

The resort will feature 225 guest rooms and suites with terraces overlooking the beaches of the Red Sea

Aman Wadi Safar (Image: Supplied by Diriyah)

Aman Group to open two properties in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah

Aman Wadi Safar will include 78 keys, while Janu Diriyah will feature 120 guest rooms

Cheval Maison - The Palm (Image: Supplied by Cheval Collection)

Cheval Maison serviced apartment brand opens in Dubai

The 131-key Cheval Maison – The Palm includes one-three bedroom apartments

Christian Hoehn, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (Image: Supplied by The Ritz-Carlton)

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal launches on-site vertical farm

The farm is expected to generate 10kg of produce daily and has a 41 sqm footprint

The Chedi Hegra (Image: Supplied by The Royal Commission for AlUla)

The Chedi Hegra to open in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla

The boutique hotel will feature 35 guest rooms and is expected to open to by Q4 2023

Ahmed Ramdan

Interview: Ròya International’s Ahmed Ramdan on the changing face of the region’s hospitality sector

The founder of the home-grown hospitality firm shares his company’s milestones and how hospitality in the GCC is poised for further growth

IHG Hotels and Resorts announces the lunch of Holiday Inn Express brand in Saudi Arabia (Image: Supplied by IHG Hotels and Resorts)

Holiday Inn Express to open first Saudi property in Riyadh

The 200-key new-build property will open in the capital’s Olaya district in 2026

Signing of the upcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Andalus Mall (Image: Supplied by Hilton)

DoubleTree by Hilton announced for Jeddah

Hilton currently operates 16 hotels in Saudi Arabia and has another 51 under development