#Hospitality

Alpha Dhabi completes sale of 3 hotels to NCTH

IHC’s Alpha Dhabi consolidates hotel business with NCTH deal

The transaction adds St Regis Saadiyat, Al Wathba Luxury Collection and ultra-luxury Cheval Blanc in the Maldives to NCTH’s portfolio of hotel assets

UAE

UAE’s property market shows no sign of cooling off, says CBRE

The average residential prices in Dubai surged by 20.1 per cent in the year to December, with apartment prices rising by 19.8 per cent

Dhariwal is expanding his ventures to Dubai

Real Estate Moguls: Meet Amit Dhariwal, managing partner, Hridaan Realty

Dhariwal is expanding his entrepreneurial reach to Dubai to replicate the success and excellence achieved in India

South Korea’s H2O Hospitality opens Abu Dhabi office

South Korea’s H2O Hospitality expands global footprint with Abu Dhabi office

The company provides solutions which automate the front and back-end processes of hotels by digitising the process flow, enabling paperless and contactless procedures

Raffles Hotels & Resorts to debut at NEOM’s Trojena

Raffles Hotels & Resorts set to debut on this NEOM island

Raffles Trojena, the newest hospitality brand to partner with NEOM Hotel Division, will be located in the Discover cluster

WOW resorts

These developers are bringing the ‘WOW’ factor to Ras Al Khaimah

The development, which has an estimated value of Dhs4.8bn, will be ready for handover by 2026

Red Sea Global gets SAR2bn financing from Riyad Bank

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Global secures SAR2bn debt financing

The financing will be used to support Red Sea Global’s joint venture with Kingdom Holding Company to develop the Four Seasons Resort

ADNEC Group contribute Dhs7.4bn to the local economy

ADNEC Group’s economic contribution in 2023 tops Dhs7.4bn

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition and Al Ain Convention Centre welcomed 1.78 million visitors, up 123 per cent from 802,000 visitors in 2022

Jumeirah Group gathers steam on expansion, opens first Saudi hotel, Jumeirah Jabal Omar Makkah

Jumeirah Group gathers steam on expansion, opens first Saudi hotel

In addition to its rooms and suites, Jumeirah Jabal Omar Makkah hosts 88 residences, which sit across the podium of its four towers

Dubai hosted 17 million international visitors in 2023

Dubai welcomed 17 million international visitors in 2023

The tourism sector’s performance closely parallels Dubai’s 3.3 per cent GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023

GCC travel and tourism

GCC travel and tourism: On a steady path to growth

Chris Ross, chief commercial officer, EMEA Collinson, gives us insights into how the travel industry is contributing to the region’s economy and key travel trends

Holiday Inn Dubai Business Bay - Reception

Holiday Inn Dubai Business Bay now open, debuts open lobby concept

Set in one of the most central areas of the city, the Holiday Inn Business Bay is an ideal choice for corporate and leisure travellers looking for easy access to Dubai’s business and recreational landmarks

Radisson has strong performance in 2023 Image Supplied

Radisson ups focus on Saudi, UAE as global keys surpass 30,000

Through 2023, the group solidified its position in the Middle East with the signing of 11 hotels, resorts, and serviced apartments across the region

Banyan Tree group rebrands, to open 19 new properties in 2024 Image supplied

Banyan Tree Group rebrands, aims to open new 19 properties in 2024

During its 30th anniversary this year, Banyan Group will launch Beyond, a new digital companion that offers a holistic experience across its wellbeing framework and withBanyan, an experiential members programme

ADQ and ADNEC Group to acquire stake in Egyptian hotel company GettyImages-520265584-e1703142282632

UAE’s ADQ, ADNEC Group to acquire 40.5% stake in Egyptian hospitality company

ADQ and ADNEC will invest in the company through a special purpose vehicle, with 49 per cent equity ownership by ADQ and 51 per cent equity ownership by ADNEC

NEOM to feature Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy at Sindalah Image Supplied

NEOM to feature Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy at Sindalah

The property, set to open this year, will feature units ranging from studios to one, two, and three-bedroom apartments

ADNH, Marriott partner to operate 3 former Emaar hotels

These 3 former Emaar hotels to be rebranded under Marriott

Marriott will operate the three properties under the banners of JW Marriott and Autograph Collection Hotels effective January 1, 2024

WATCH: Accor’s Philip Jones on winning GB Company of the Year

Accor walked away with two recognitions at this year’s Gulf Business Awards, which were held at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace hotel.

LI Hawkins on how hospitality is embracing cloud technology Image: Supplied

Embracing the cloud: How tech is transforming hospitality

From pre-arrival room customisation to streamlined check-in processes, cloud technology enables hotels to meet the elevated expectations of today’s tech-savvy guests

Red Sea Global unveils Shebara its luxury hotel brand Image: Supplied

Red Sea Global unveils Shebara, its luxury hotel brand

Shebara will open in the summer of 2024 and is the first resort to be owned and operated by RSG at The Red Sea destination

IHG opens Makkah’s largest hotel (Image: Supplied by IHG Hotels and Resorts)

IHG opens Makkah’s largest hotel

The voco Makkah hotel is a 4,321-key property with 20,000 sqm of dining facilities

Red Sea Global unveils Thuwal Private Retreat – a new luxury private island destination Image RSG

Red Sea Global unveils new luxury private island destination in Saudi Arabia

The buy-out only island resort will offer travellers premium luxury and hyper-personalised private experiences from early 2024

UAE among the top 5 countries to deliver highest room revenue in 2023 YTD, says Global Hotel Alliance Image Supplied

UAE among the top 5 countries to deliver highest room revenue in 2023 YTD: Global Hotel Alliance

The top three countries driving 2023 room revenue gains YTD are Spain, Thailand and Italy, with Singapore and the UAE coming in a close fourth and fifth

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts' Panos Loupasis speaks to Gulf Business

Interview: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ Panos Loupasis on the group’s expansion plans

Within his new remit as market managing director for Türkiye and MEA, Loupasis is focused on enhancing the group’s operations, and driving business development and commercial leadership

NEOM unveils Leyja Image NEOM

NEOM unveils Leyja, a new sustainable tourism destination

The destination will feature three hotels designed to complement the surrounding nature, operate sustainably, and provide unique experiences

Value of MENA’s hotel, residential projects top $1.9tn

Value of MENA’s hotel, residential projects top $1.9tn

The influx of new hospitality and tourism-related projects in the region is fostering new trends that add value and efficiency

Nuha

Nuha: UAE’s first ChatGPT-powered virtual hospitality concierge unveiled

The artificial intelligence system, conceptualised and developed in-house, has made its debut at the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai

Ennismore and Banyan Tree parten with Dubai Holding Image: Supplied

Ennismore, Banyan Tree partner with Dubai Holding on key hospitality project

The multi-staged project on Bluewaters will welcome new brands to Dubai, starting with the opening of Banyan Tree Dubai in November

Aioka

Cover Story: How Aioka is transforming F1 customer experience

Bally Singh, chairman and founder of Aioka, reveals how the brand is pioneering bespoke and exclusive experiences for F1 aficionados across the region

UAE sets up federal authority ‘commercial gaming”

UAE sets up federal authority for commercial gaming

The new authority will coordinate regulatory activities and manage licencing nationally