tourism

February 19, 2019

Four Points by Sheraton Sharjah, part of Marriott International, celebrated its official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 17, marking the brand’s debut in the emirate.

With over 200 rooms, the hotel is conveniently situated in the centre of Sharjah, providing easy access to prominent sites in the city including Bank Street for business and major leisure destination Al Majaz Waterfront.

“We are delighted to open the first Four Points by Sheraton in the Emirate complimenting Marriott International’s footprint in Sharjah and diversifying the tourist experience in line with Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021. The hotel offers business and leisure travellers with the brand’s"...

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February 17, 2019

InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to buy the brands and operating companies of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for $300 million (Dh1.1 billion) in cash, the owner of the Crowne-Plaza and Holiday Inn chains said on Wednesday, in a move that beefs up its luxury portfolio.

IHG, which has been pressured by competition from online rental services like Airbnb, has looked to re-focus on competing with the sprawling luxury portfolios run by Marriott and Hilton.

'Six Senses is an outstanding brand in the top-tier of luxury and one we've admired for some time,'"...

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February 17, 2019

Expanding hotel supply in Dubai ahead of the city hosting the Expo 2020 mega event impacted on occupancy and room rates in January, according to analysts STR.

STR’s preliminary January data for Dubai indicated performance affected by a continued influx of new room inventory.

Based on daily data from January, Dubai reported decreases in occupancy, average daily rates (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR).

STR figures showed that supply jumped by 9.3 percent in January while demand"...

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February 16, 2019

The UAE is forecast to open more new hotel rooms this year than any other country outside China, according to new data.

STR's international pipeline data shows that the UAE is set to open 31,517 hotel rooms during 2019, nearly 40 percent of the total forecast to open in the Middle East and Africa region.

Only China with 82,559 rooms has a bigger pipeline of hotel accommodation planned this year, STR said.

In the MEA region, STR said Saudi Arabia has the second largest pipeline with 24,170"...

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February 16, 2019

(AETOS Wire)-- Hong Kong
There’s never really a sleepy year to visit Hong Kong, but 2019 is particularly ripe for visitors. Spearheaded by the dynamic entrepreneur Adrian Cheng of K11 and New World Development, the rejuvenation of Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront is just the starting point. The city’s iconic harbourside walkway, Avenue of Stars, has just received a much-awaited makeover that’s the brainchild of Cheng and visually conceived by James Corner, the landscape architect responsible for the High Line in New York. It sees the addition of design-driven rest areas, kiosks featuring homegrown brands, hand prints from Asian film stars and interactive digital"...

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February 14, 2019

Dubai, home to the busiest international airport, is beefing up efforts to woo passengers to visit the emirate rather than just transit through it by introducing experiences at its glitzy hub.

Dubai Airports will transition to a 'consumer-led' company from an airport operator under a new brand, it said in a statement on Wednesday. It will seek to transform passenger experience through new offerings from dance to fashion shows.

Aviation, tourism and travel have been fundamental in Dubai’s growth story and we believe this investment will yield further dividends"...

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February 13, 2019

(AETOS Wire)-- W Dubai – The Palm is now welcoming its first guests. The impressive project was delivered on specification and within budget expectations. The five-star hotel consists of three buildings and spans 100,000sq.m. across Palm Jumeirah’s Western Crescent. Alongside the 350 luxury rooms and suites, the hotel – managed by Marriott International – features a clubhouse, a 475-metre beach, several pools and restaurants, landscaped gardens, back-of-house areas and state-of-the-art security. In addition, W Dubai – The Palm’s culinary attractions include two Michelin-starred chefs - Massimo Bottura presents Torno Subito, his first restaurant outside Italy, while Akira Back’s first restaurant in the Middle East brings unmistakable style and inspired Japanese flavours to this international hub. Linesight – which came on board at the concept stage of this project in 2012 – successfully costed and managed a number of design upgrades, provided the full spectrum of pre- and post-contract services, and advised on procurement strategies throughout the development. Ciaran McCormack, Regional Director for the Middle East, Linesight, said:......

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February 12, 2019

Nearly five years after Dubai passed a law regulating the leasing of vacation homes in Dubai, there are over 10,766 active listing on AirBnB, according to a new report from Knight Frank.

According to the report, the active listings form just part of the total of 20,395 properties registered on the platform.

The report found that the holiday home market accounts for approximately 2 percent of Dubai’s total households – the highest proportion of all other key global hub cities.

Of"...

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February 11, 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the famed name outside of France, announced Sunday it would roll out works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month.

Works by the two artists are part of the gallery's first exhibition this year, entitled 'Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden collection and the Musee du Louvre'.

The exhibit, on display in the UAE capital from February 14 to May 18, is dedicated to the famed 'fijnschilders' - fine painters - of the Netherlands.

'Rembrandt"...

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February 11, 2019

Urban areas can become the world’s food basket. So said the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, in a holographic address at the seventh World Government Summit (WGS 2019) in Dubai today.

Also known as “Fazza” by his 7.2 million Instagram followers, Sheikh Hamdan’s futuristic speech was a spectacular display capturing the futuristic ambitions of the emirate in a theatrical setting worthy of a Prince for the future.

Sheikh Hamdan said future cities should provide 80 percent of all services within 20 minutes"...

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